Shannon Clarke, Principal

I am excited to be back with the Mountain Ridge family.  I am beginning my 22nd year in education.  I spent 8 years teaching middle school and high school Language Arts/English.  I worked at the district level for two years coordinating assessments, curriculum, and gifted and talented services.  The rest of my time has been spent as a middle school principal, which is where my passion lies.  I truly love this age!  I am fortunate to walk into a building every day where every teacher and administrator has the same passion and love for middle school students.

I am a Colorado native!  I earned my BA in English from Colorado State University and my MA in Administrative Leadership from the University of Colorado.  I am married and have one son.  We are beginning his Senior year at Vista!  I enjoy watching all different kinds of sports, spending time with family, and reading!  I love reading books that help keep me up to date on what is happening in education and best practices for middle level learners.  I also enjoy relaxing with a good novel!  

I am excited to continue working with the Mountain Ridge staff, students, parents and community.  Let's make this a great year!

Trena Hand, 8th Grade Assistant Principal 


It is my privilege to serve as the 8th grade Assistant Principal at Mountain Ridge this year.  I have worked in DCSD since 2004, serving as a middle school and high school English, Literacy, and ESL teacher.  In 2013, I began my career in Educational Leadership and School Administration as an Instructional Coach/Dean of Students, and continuing my career path serving as an Assistant Principal.  My true passion lies within the walls of a middle school and I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to continue working with our students and the passionate teachers for my third year at MRMS! 

In addition to being an educator, I am also a mom to a very precocious eight year old named Sullivan who has aspirations to eventually become a Ram.  Both he and my husband Matt keep me on my toes with our adventures in traveling, yoga, golfing, and enjoying the Colorado outdoors!  Though I was born in Indiana, Colorado will always remain my home as I lived here for over twenty years. 

It is such a great privilege to be a part of the Mountain Ridge family and I am so excited to continue building partnerships with the students, teachers, parents, and the community of Highlands Ranch. 

Robin Fender, Dean of Students 

This is my third year at MRMS and I look forward to experiencing all that middle school and this year has to offer. I am eager and always willing to contribute to the already positive environment that we try to maintain here at school.  I have been fortunate to learn and grow for the last 23 years in Douglas County in a multitude of positions ranging from teacher to Administrative Intern, Assistant Principal and Dean. We are always looking to work as a team to help your child navigate the middle school years. Please don't hesitate to contact me to collaborate and support your child.


Prior to Douglas County, I spent four years as a teacher in Houston, Texas in Alief ISD.    After four years in Texas, I realized that Colorado was the place I wanted to enjoy my career and all of my outdoor passions -- mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding and just about anything outdoors.  As the Dean of Students at Mountain Ridge, I look forward to watching and helping your child grow academically, socially and emotionally by holding myself, staff, and students to the Seattle Fish Company’s philosophy of:


This philosophy has been around for some time, and in my mind, these words can never get old.

Let’s all work together to ROCK this year!