Douglas County Parents is a community group that was formed in the summer of 2013 out of concern over the destructive policies that the previous Douglas County (Colorado) reform-minded Board of Education and central administration had forced upon the families of our community. We are composed of parents and community members of a variety of professions and political affiliations. Since our founding, we have worked to inform the community about educational issues affecting DCSD and have helped to elect Board of Education directors in 2015 and 2017 who support public education.
Douglas County Parents Board
PATTI HICKEY (email)
Patti was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado and attended Littleton Public Schools graduating from Heritage High School. She went on to the University of Northern Colorado earning her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. Patti taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade in LPS spanning 13 years. She and her husband Brian moved to Douglas County in 1999 to start their family and put their future children in DCSD. They currently have 2 boys attending their neighborhood schools and thriving. Patti is now a domestic engineer, public school advocate and very involved with her children’s education and schools. She wants all children to succeed in their schools and she wants strong teachers to lead them through. Public education is the foundation upon our communities and when it is strong all students can become productive citizens and grow with their communities.
JEN VIRDIN (email)
Jen was born and raised in Eastern Pennsylvania where she received her education in public schools. Just after high school, she moved to Southern California where she earned a degree in communications and public relations. In 2005, she and her husband moved to Colorado to be more centrally located for her husband’s job.
When choosing where to live in Colorado, the school district played a large role in their decision. Jen and her husband moved to Castle Rock partly because of its small town charm, but largely because of the exceptional reputation of DCSD. As a stay-at-home mom, Jen is very involved in her children’s education, volunteering regularly at their school. After her kids had attended school for a couple years, Jen noticed that something was amiss. As she researched more, she realized that it was not only her children’s school, but the entire district that was affected and was the result of district initiatives.
Jen had always advocated for public education, but wanted to do more. She has served as the PTO secretary at Flagstone Elementary and currently serves as a Vice Chair on the School Accountability Committee (SAC) Rock Ridge Elementary School and parent representative on the School Accountability Committee at Mesa Middle School. Since 2013, Jen has volunteered with Douglas County Parents, working to improve the educational experiences of all kids in Douglas County.
Douglas County Parents Spokesperson
JASON VIRDIN (email)
Jason was born in California and moved to Colorado in 2005. He and his wife, Jen, live in Castle Rock. Growing up in California, he attended public neighborhood schools. It was in middle and high school that he learned to play the trumpet and French horn in marching and concert bands, played the guitar in jazz band, and developed the appreciation for music that he still has today. In high school, he took advanced automotive and automotive electrical classes that fostered an interest in diagnosing and repairing late model vehicles and helped him develop the skills that would later become useful in his career. Currently, Jason works as a technical specialist, specializing in electrical and powertrain diagnostics. He also plays guitar and trumpet in bands on the weekends for fun. Jason’s indebtedness for the experiences he had in public schools and the desire for his children and others to experience similar opportunities drives his efforts to support public education and continue to move Douglas County School District in a positive direction.