Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Dressler started his career in 1965 and he taught two years in his hometown high school in St. Louis, Missouri before getting married in 1967. He completed his master's degree in Secondary School Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. After teaching for two years at Raytown South High School in Raytown, MO. he moved to Boulder, CO. The next two years he taught at Broomfield High School before becoming the assistant principal then principal of Erie Junior-Senior High School. Eventually he became the principal of Niwot High School. He was also a principal of a charter middle school for a short time. During these years he began his doctorate at the University of Colorado with acceptance into a fellowship focused on the principles and ideals of organization development in schools which during which he completed doctorate in 1983. The study of working with organizations created a passion about the influence leaders have on the culture and success of schools. That passion has led to working in the Restorative Justice area including training trainers to work in schools.
Over his career Dr. Dressler worked as a federal programs' consultant and the Director of the Curriculum & Instruction Unit in the Colorado Department of Education; as an education advisor to a Colorado governor; he taught at and was selected at the Teacher of the Year at the University of Phoenix; he also taught at the University of Northern Colorado. He retired (May 2008) from an Assistant Professorship at Montana State University. Currently he is a contributing faculty member of Walden University. He has consulted for the National Institute of Corrections: Jail Center and numerous public and private schools. He continues to be as active in contributing to quality learning and teaching experiences.
He currently live in Belgrade, MT.