Rite of Passage
Edward Cope is currently the Principal of Ridge View Academy in Watkins, Colorado. Ridge View is an award winning alternative charter high school for adjudicated boys formed through a partnership with the Division of Youth Corrections and Denver Public Schools serving at-risk boys for the last 13 years. The focus for educational programming entails character education, social skills, career and technical education, physical and mental well-being, as well as academic progress. He has spent twenty years as an educator in Colorado mostly as an English Language Arts instructor but has also spent time as an Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal. Edward has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Teaching in English from Rhode Island College and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. He enjoys working with his student outside of class as a Track and Cross-Country Coach and a Robotics Mentor. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, fly-fishing and spending time with his wife and two children.