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Administrative Team

Ben DeVoss

Middle School Dean (5/6)

Mr. DeVoss has spent the majority of his career working with middle schoolers, first as a school counselor and now as dean of Grades 5/6. He is also a Grade 6 advisor and co-director of high school placement. Ask him which is his favorite board sport - skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard or surfing!

Favorite Interaction with Students
I like being with students on trips.

Favorite Graland Moment
Any student-driven initiatives that are sound, make me proud.

Graland Trip I Love
I have been on all middle school trips. The South trip is by far the most powerful and experiential, and took me places I may not get to on my own without a very concerted effort.  The sixth Southwest trip is high on my list of favorites because of the camping.

Lifelong Learner
I like engaging in formal professional development and cohorts, particularly around equity and multicultural issues. I think all learning is social-emotional learning so those books and workshops always get my attention. Truthfully, the most internal growth and learning for me tends to come from having responsible and sometimes difficult conversations with people.  Reflecting on those is powerful.

Life Goal
Visit all the continents.

Fun Fact
I caught a guy riding my stolen bike around Denver and got it back single-handedly (nothing physical)!  Very satisfying.

Favorite Childhood Memory
Playing catch (baseball) with my dad. When my parents took me to the skatepark (Soccer West) in the BIG city of Wichita and I skated with friends. I remember getting props from the older rippers once in awhile and seeing Tony Hawk do a demo there when I was 15.  

Other than Graland, I Support
Human Equality.  Humane Society

Joined Graland in
2010

Hometown
Dodge City, Kansas

Education
BA in psychology from University of Kansas
MA in counseling psychology and education from University of Colorado, Denver 

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.