About Our District Leaders

  • 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.

  • Staff photo of Superintendent Steven Cook DR. STEVEN COOK

    Superintendent

    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 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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  • Staff photo of Dr. Trina Caudle, Director fo Secondary Education DR. TRINA CAUDLE

    Director of Secondary Education

    Dr. Trina Caudle has worked in the Coeur d'Alene School District since the summer of 2014.  As Director of Secondary Education, Trina supervises the district’s middle schools, high schools, and Professional-Technical Programs.  Trina also oversees other secondary education programs such as school improvement plans, accreditation, counselors, instructional coaches, Advanced Learning and school safety.  Trina received her Bachelor and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Idaho, her Master’s Degree from the University of Alaska, and her Education Specialist Degree from Idaho State University.

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


     

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

    Director of Elementary Education

    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.  As Director of Elementary Education, Kate supervises the district’s 11 elementary schools. Kate also oversees other elementary education programs such as school improvement plans, counselors, instructional coaches, ALP, school safety and others. 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 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 Curriculum and Assessments

    A graduate of Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, Dr. Mike Nelson works with district educators to provide current and relevant teaching materials and verifies that students are working to meet or exceed district and state standards. Idaho’s Milken National Educator from 2005, Mike is also responsible for our district’s assessment program, curriculum-related professional development, and works with our Technology and Special Education departments to ensure student engagement. 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 Title 1 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.

    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


     

  • Staff photo of Katie Ebner, Director of Finance KATIE 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 toddler. 

    Phone: 208-664-8241


     

  • Staff photo of Director of Operations Jeff Voeller

    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