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

Frank DeAngelis in episode 466 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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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