Columbine’s Frank DeAngelis – The Story of Columbine’s Heart, Resilience, and Recovery

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be there for your students even when times are tough. He tells his story in “They Call Me ‘Mr. De'” The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience, and Recovery.

This is a two-part interview. The second part will be added to this blog post on Monday night, April 8th.

Part 1 with Frank DeAngelis


Part 2 with Frank DeAngelis

Bio of Frank DeAngelis

Colorado native Frank DeAngelis was the former principal after thirty-five years of service at Columbine High School. After the tragic shootings on April 20, 1999, DeAngelis mourned with the Columbine community.

He vowed to never forget those who were murdered, those who were injured, and all who were impacted by the tragedy.

He dedicated his life and career to helping his students—his kids—recover.

He currently serves as a consultant for safety and emergency management for the Jeffco School District in Colorado and continues to deliver speeches in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

DeAngelis was named the Colorado High School Principal of the year and was one of three finalists for the National Principal of the Year.

He has also received the Jefferson Country Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award.

Frank has just launched his book, They Call Me Mr. De, which is the story of the heart, resiliency and recovery of Columbine.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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