About Our District Leaders

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    Our administration is strongly committed to the ongoing development of every child and supports continuous improvement to ensure our Coeur d'Alene Public Schools continue to promoting opportunities for innovation in learning and inspiring excellence in everyone. Our mission is to invest in each student to prepare, challenge and advance well-educated, resilient and future-ready citizens.

    We are confident you will find our staff responsive to the needs of your children as we work together to prepare them for their careers and future.

  • Steve Cook


    Steven Cook is the Superintendent of the Coeur d'Alene school district. Steve grew up working on his family's farm in Dodge City, Kansas; from there he went to Bonner Springs, a suburb of Kansas City.  Most recently he worked in Douglas County, a Denver suburb.  As a former chemistry and physics teacher, high/middle school coach, building administrator, and district administrator, he is a lifelong educator with over 30 years of service in public education.  Steven got his BS in Science Education from Kansas State University, his MS in Education Leadership from Emporia State University and his Ed.D from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). Steve and his wife Stephanie live in Hayden and have 3 adult children.  

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: scook@cdaschools.org

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  • kelly mcniccolls KELLY NICCOLLS

    Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and Curriculum

    Our new Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and Curriculum is Kelly Niccolls. Kelly is based in Spokane and worked for Getting Smart out of the Seattle area, a leader in the field of education innovation. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and school development coach and administrator.

    "She brings a varied, non-traditional background to the role and we are excited to add her to the team," Dr. Steven Cook stated.

    Kelly would begin July 1 and succeed Dr. Trina Caudle. As many of you know, Trina is headed next door to the Post Falls School District, where she will be the new Assistant Superintendent.

    “I’m really honored for the opportunity to join Coeur d’Alene Public Schools,” Kelly said. “I am keenly aware I am entering during a time of uncertainty and change, and look forward to the creativity and intentionality of our work as we navigate new and different ways to teach and learn together. I am excited to get to know people and school communities so I can best support and amplify the important work we do for our students.”

    Previously she was Assistant Principal at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash.; Dean of Students at Lincoln High School in Tacoma; and a School Development Coach with New Tech Network. Before that she taught high school English in California.

    She received her Principal Certification from the University of Washington; her Master's in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton; her Bachelor’s in English Literature from California State University, San Bernardino.

    Kelly describes herself as “an exceptionally lucky daughter, mother, wife and educator” who loves “good food, good drinks and good company.” She added that she is “always eager to hear a good story and read a good book, and happy to talk sports and favorite shows on HGTV.”

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: kelly.niccolls@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Dr.. Kate Orozco, Director of Elementary Education DR. KATE OROZCO

    Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education and Instruction

    Dr. Kate Orozco began her work with Coeur d'Alene School District during the summer of 2015. She has been an educator and administrator in Washington, Nebraska, and Montana. Kate supervises the district’s 11 elementary schools and oversees other elementary education programs such as school improvement plans, counselors, instructional coaches, and ALP. Kate also oversees the Special Education Department and Equity and Federal Programs. Kate received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees from Gonzaga University, and has received her Education Specialist Degree and administrative certifications from the University of Nebraska and from the State of Montana.

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: korozco@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo for Katie Graupman, Director of Curriculum KATIE GRAUPMAN

    Director of Curriculum

    Katie Graupman has lived and worked in North Idaho most of her life. She taught English, journalism and dual credit with North Idaho College for several years in the Lakeland School District. She was Idaho's 2013 Milken Award winner, and she holds Bachelor Degrees in English and Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho. Katie is passionate about providing powerful learning experiences for every student. She lives with her husband and daughter in Coeur d'Alene. 

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: kgraupman@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Frank Maier, Director of Special Education. FRANK MAIER

    Director of Special Education

    Frank has a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University, Fullerton and a Master degree in Special Education from Claremont Graduate University. He taught middle school and elementary school special day classes, and as a teacher served on several committees regarding special education compliance, instruction, and curriculum. Prior to joining the Coeur d'Alene School District, he was a special education coordinator in West Covina, California and was part of a team that assisted with the monitoring, direction, evaluation, supervision, and coordination of the District’s special education program and related services.  He currently lives in Coeur d’Alene with his wife Stacey and two children. 

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: fmaier@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Dr. Mike Nelson, Director of Curriculum and Assessements DR. MICHAEL NELSON

    Director of Assessment and System Performance

    A graduate of Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, Dr. Mike Nelson works with district educators to administer current and relevant assessments and regularly reports progress toward district and state goals. Idaho’s Milken National Educator from 2005, Mike is also responsible for our district’s assessment program and related professional development and works with our Technology and Special Education departments to continuously build student awareness and motivation. He holds six degrees from the University of Idaho in Spanish, broadcast journalism, curriculum, technology, administration and holds a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership.

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: msnelson@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Seth Deniston, Director of Technology SETH DENISTON

    Director of Technology

    Seth Deniston came to the district in 2014 from the Issaquah School District near Seattle.  He has been in education for over 13 years, as a teacher, an educational technology specialist, and now as an administrator.  Seth oversees technology operations and instructional technology, collaborating with teachers and administrators on utilizing technology with our students to improve student learning and engagement. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Washington, and a Master’s in Teaching from Washington State University.

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: sdeniston@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Kate Keinert, Director of Title 1 Programs. KATE KEINERT

    Director of Equity and Federal Programs

    Kate was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, having earned a Bachelors Degree from Weber State University. She served as a secondary teacher of English, French, health, film studies, and senior project advisor in Priest River and Sandpoint schools. From there, Kate worked as a K-12 district instructional coach for Lake Pend Oreille School District and later a Region I coach for the Idaho Coaching Network through the Idaho Department of Education. Kate joined Lakeland's ranks as a principal assistant at Garwood Elementary before accepting this position with Coeur d'Alene Public Schools in 2018.

    Kate considers herself a life-long learner, not only academically, having earned her Masters and Education Specialist Degrees from the University of Idaho, but also professionally as she explores and shares the extensive possibilities and opportunities to best serve all students through a great public education, as well as personally in her efforts to raise a happy family who lives small, laughs loudly, and shares what they have with the world.

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: kkeinert@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Scott Maben, Director of Communications SCOTT MABEN

    Director of Communications

    Scott Maben is the district’s Director of Communications. Before joining Coeur d'Alene Schools in June 2017, Scott was a news reporter and editor for over 25 years. Most recently he was the Business Editor at The Spokesman-Review and previously managed the newspaper's Coeur d’Alene bureau as Deputy City Editor.

    Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Scott and his wife Carolyn have lived in Coeur d'Alene since 2006. They have two children who attend schools in the District.

    Phone: 208-664-8241 x10009  l   Email: smaben@cdaschools.org


  • Staff photo of Kelly Ostrom, Director of HR KELLY OSTROM

    Director of Human Resources

    Kelly Ostrom was hired to the Coeur d’Alene School District in 1988. Kelly graduated from CdA High School and continued her education to earn a Bachelor Degree from Lewis-Clark State College in 1997 with a Management Major. She has completed special coursework in Employment and Education Law to include: Americans with Disabilities; Fair Labors Standards; Workers Compensation; Sexual Harassment; Wrongful Termination; Investigations; etc.

    Kelly currently serves as the Human Resource Director and Title IX Coordinator for the District.

    Phone: 208-664-8241  l   Email: kostrom@cdaschools.org


  • Kate Ebner

    Director of Finance

    Katie Ebner joined the Coeur d’Alene School District finance department in 2013. Prior to joining the Coeur d’Alene School District, she worked at Northwest Regional Education Service District in Hillsboro, Oregon. Katie oversees the accounting functions as well as budgetary management and reporting of our district. Katie is local to North Idaho, growing up in Spirit Lake. She earned her Bachelors of Accountancy from Gonzaga University. She and her husband, Nick, enjoy rooting for the Zags and spending time outdoors with their children. 

    Phone: 208-664-8241


  • Staff photo of Director of Operations Jeff Voeller


    Director of Operations

    Jeff grew up in Seattle and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University. After working as the operations manager at a mountaineering youth program in British Columbia, Jeff relocated to the Coeur d’Alene area. Since 2002, he has worked in management and leadership roles for several local companies within the building industry.

    Jeff brings many translatable skills from the private sector to the public sector to ensure the efficient and safe operation of Coeur d’Alene schools and facilities along with visioning for future planning. He uses inspirational and collaborative leadership with a focus toward creating success for all students of Coeur d’Alene Public Schools. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Hayden with their two boys, who attend schools in the district.

    Phone: 208-664-8241 x10004  l   Email: jvoeller@cdaschools.org