What is RidgeWRX?
RidgeWRX is a project based learning class where students meet traditional classroom standards by completing projects in the community. These projects are sponsored by local businesses, or are the students own ideas that they wish to pursue.
Informational Video for Students
How do I join?
Sophomores and Juniors will receive a RidgeWRX registration form with their Junior and Senior year course registration forms. Students who want to enroll in RidgeWRX will turn in both registration forms.
Tim Hanauer, Language Arts Teacher
Dr. Erin Carson, Social Studies Teacher
Tim Hanauer has been teaching at Fossil Ridge since 2009. He is a proponent of project-based learning and enjoys coaching students through longterm whole-class collaborative problem-solving.
While he currently teaches Pre AP World Literature and Composition, US Literature and Composition and junior and senior English as part of Ridge WRX, he has also taught Pre AP English 9, World Literature and Composition, Creative Writing, and Short Fiction.
He is the sponsor of Writers Guild, Songwriters Guild, and the oRIDGEinal Literature and Arts Magazine. He is also the junior level Advisory coach and is a facilitator of the staff PEBC cohort, professional development for his fellow educators.
When not at school, you will find him playing with his two children, strumming the guitar, or digging in the garden.
Dr. Carson has been teaching social studies education for almost 20 years in both Minnesota and Colorado. Early in Dr. Carson's career she taught middle and high school Geography and American History, coached swimming and led various diversity clubs. While teaching full time, Dr. Carson completed both her Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After living in Minnesota for 20 years, Dr. Carson decided that it was time to return to her home state of Colorado where she began her work at FRHS. Since being at Fossil, Dr. Carson has taught Geography, Psychology and World History. She has also coached the girls swim team, assisted and is currently advising Student Council, as well as working as an advisory coach. Dr. Carson loves sharing the wonder of the world every day with both her students, three small children and her husband.
Andy Stevens, Business Teacher
Mr. Andy Stevens began teaching at Fossil Ridge in the Spring of 2009 in the Business and Marketing department. In the early years of his career Mr. Stevens taught mostly computer courses. As his career progressed he began teaching more traditional business and marketing classes including: Introduction to Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Business Economics. As Business Economics continued to grow in popularity Mr. Stevens began specializing in this course and has become the primary teacher of Business Economics in the department.
In addition to his teaching duties Mr. Stevens coach’s the boys and girls golf teams and is the lead DECA advisor for FRHS. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his two daughters and wife and of course golfing!
Brad Nye, Assistant Principal
Brendan Gallagher, Media Arts Teacher
Brad Nye is celebrating his 19th year in public education and his 10th year as an Assistant Principal/Activities Director at Fossil Ridge High School. Brad’s educational journey has included being an In-School Suspension Teacher at Freeport Jr. High (Freeport, IL), a K-6 Art Teacher at Burlington Elementary School/Frederick Elementary School (Longmont/Frederick, CO), the Art Department Chair and Student Council Advisor at Loveland High School (Loveland, CO), Dean of Students at Thompson Valley High School (Loveland, CO) and Assistant Principal/Activities Director at Mountain View High School (Loveland, CO). He believes that connecting students to their passions and interests and getting them involved in their school are keys to their success. He is excited to support the students and staff in Ridge WRX and can’t wait to see the incredible impact it will have on our community. In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, camping, etc. and he is an HUGE Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets fan!
Brendan Gallagher began his career in Television and Film as the station manager of Vail Valley Community Television, freelanced for Disney, ESPN, and ABC on a variety of projects, and worked for Transit Image, a mobile Jumbotron screen company on projects all over the country. After falling in love with his wife, Gilda Gallagher (who also teaches in PSD), he decided that a freelancing lifestyle was incompatible with family life.
Brendan completed his Bachelor’s degree in English at CSU and began teaching Language Arts at Berthoud High School. After teaching AP Language Arts courses for four years, he jumped at the opportunity to work at Fossil Ridge High School in his dream position, teaching video production. Over the last seven years, Brendan has developed one of the best video production programs in the country. Alumni now work professionally in many areas: broadcasting college football games, working at Altitude Sports Network, and working on music videos and professional films from Los Angeles to New York. His favorite medium and genre is the persuasive documentary because it gives students a powerful voice for telling stories that matter.
He is excited to be a part of Ridge WRX because it brings the power of Project Based Learning and work that matters in the community together with passionate educators who want students to learn how to be successful in life beyond high school.
Ben DeGear, Journalism Teacher
Ben DeGear started at Fossil in 2013 and is currently teaching Language Arts and Journalism. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, DeGear held a similar role in Ouray, Colorado for nine years. Combining experiences at the University of Minnesota and teaching in Minneapolis with the rural Ouray and the ever-expanding community of Fort Collins, DeGear has become fascinated with providing authentic learning experiences for students through Project Based Learning and constant reflection on the purpose of education for the learner. As a consulting contributor to the RidgeWRX team, he is hoping to help shape a mode of education that can grow to reach more of the Poudre School District community while also improving his ability to include PBL hybrid opportunities in all of his course offerings. Check out an example of students doing authentic work at the Fossil newspaper website, Etched in Stone.