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New Hires for 2014-2015

July 01, 2014

Between dodging the hail and enjoying the sunshine of this beautiful early summer, we have been hard at work at The Colorado Springs School planning for next year. This May, at the end of the year meetings, I “officially” rejoined the CSS faculty. It was a great pleasure to present my educational philosophy and views on curriculum design and implementation to the faculty. Together, we created professional learning communities, small groups that will meet through next semester to reflect on the strengths of our program, further define our distinct practice of project-based learning, and seek to optimize student acquisition of 21st century relevant skills and knowledge.

In partnership with the administrative leadership team of Jessica James, Eric Gaylord, and Ron Marko, along with the Division Lead teachers, John Longo, Carol Mayberry, and Amos White my most important task this spring and early summer was to interview many strong applicants for our various hiring needs. I am pleased to introduce the following new additions to the CSS community.

Lisa Kleintjes Kamemoto has accepted my invitation to join the CSS community as our Director of Admission and Marketing. Mostly recently the Director of Communications and Admissions at Yale University’s Physician’s Assistant program, Lisa has a proven track record as an Admissions Director at several independent schools, including K-8 schools, day-boarding high schools, and two international schools. Most importantly, Lisa’s ability to think strategically about admissions, to connect with children and parents, to create clear and attractive marketing materials, and to add a cross-institutional perspective to the leadership team will make her a great asset to the school as we move forward. She begins work today.

Faith Madsen will ably assist Lisa Kleintjes Kamemoto in Admissions tasks and Jessica James in Advancement operations as the Admission and Advancement Assistant. Faith brings a wealth of professional experience in a wide variety of contexts, including managerial work with large offices in the Department of Defense. Her superb database management skills and her excellent people skills will serve us well at The Colorado Springs School. Most recently Faith and her family lived in California and will now call Colorado home.

Julie Hamilton is joining us as our First Grade teacher as Carol Mayberry takes over Children’s School lead teacher responsibilities. Most recently of The Da Vinci Academy, Julie has also taught at Renaissance Academy and she possesses a deep knowledge of project-based learning that aligns with our school’s ethos of student-centered learning. We are truly pleased to be adding Julie to our teaching faculty.

Jocelyn “Jolly” Burke will be our second teacher in Kindergarten. A fully certified and experienced teacher most recently in District 3, Jolly also has experience in two independent schools. Jolly is also a competitive runner, and in addition to teaching Kindergarten, she will coach and inspire the Kodiaks in middle school cross-country. We are thrilled to be welcoming Jolly to the team.

Blisse Beardsley has accepted the opportunity to join the CSS faculty and she will teach math in Middle and Upper School. A recent graduate student of the University of Michigan, Blisse also earned her teaching certification in mathematics from Eastern Michigan University. Blisse has teaching and advising experience at an independent school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are happy to welcome Blisse both to Colorado and to CSS.

Upon learning Georgia Allred would be departing CSS after receiving acceptance into graduate school, we have hired Lisa Hughes as our new Learning Specialist. A multi-talented and able educator with a deep background in differentiated instruction, the teaching of gifted and talented students, and mathematics, Lisa joins our community after extensive experience as a learning specialist and classroom teacher in District 12 here in Colorado Springs. She will be working with students and families in all three divisions to support student learning, help teachers differentiate their teaching practices, identify student strengths, and create accommodation plans for students with documented learning differences. Lisa will be invaluable in helping us best serve all students at The Colorado Springs School, and we welcome her to the team.

Known to many in The Colorado Springs School community for her 10+ years of teaching in the Children’s School and her recent work in our PreK program, Sara Derr will be providing a friendly, professional presence to the Early Childhood Center during the day and through the Extended Care program. We are pleased to have her continue her good work as the Early Childhood Center Assistant.

I am confident that these new faculty and staff members are qualified and committed to adding to the great traditions of The Colorado Springs School, to serving our mission statement, and to inspiring our students to do their best work each and every day.

In the spring, you may recall we announced newly defined roles that Bette Anterra, Media Integration Specialist; Ann Runte, Receptionist and Infirmary Coordinator; and Ruth Watts, Database Administrator will play, as well as the announcement regarding Eric Gaylord as Academic Dean and Carol Mayberry, John Longo, and Amos White as the Division Lead teachers. We are pleased to have such fine individuals functioning in these new roles as we head into the 2014-2015 academic year.

For a complete 2014-2015 faculty/staff directory click here.

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