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Andujar, Jonathan

Theatre Arts and Middle School Spanish

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Andujar, Jonathan

Theatre Arts and Middle School Spanish


B.A., Theatre, Adams State University

B.A., English, Adams State University

B.A., Creative Writing, Adams State University

What is your role at CSS? I am a theatre teacher and a Middle School Spanish teacher.

What are you looking forward to at CSS? I am looking forward to utilizing my strengths in Spanish and Theatre to connect with the community at CSS. I am happy for the opportunity to share my first language with eager students. I am also looking forward to building onto the legacy of the CSS theatre program.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? The first language I spoke was Spanish. I was born in Puerto Rico. And I have successfully eaten the 72-ounce steak challenge in Amarillo, Texas.

What is one thing you’ve learned from students? PATIENCE! Students always respond to patience and a deeper need for understanding.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would like to be an Earth Bender. I have always wanted to mold the elements.

What did you want to be growing up? I have always wanted to be a teacher! Also, an actor.

What draws you to teaching? The idea that I can pass on my knowledge to the next generation is intriguing. I feel that I am good at relating complex ideas using simple concepts.

What is your favorite spot in the world? Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico.

Bates Bliss, Jody

Children's School Division Director

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Bates Bliss, Jody

Children's School Division Director


M.A.T., Education and Human Development, University of Denver

M.A.T., Elementary Education, Manhattanville College

B.A., Psychology, Connecticut College

Beardsley, Blisse

Middle School and Upper School Mathematics, Assistant Upper School Girls' Soccer Coach, Assistant Middle School Girls' Volleyball Coach

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Beardsley, Blisse

Middle School and Upper School Mathematics, Assistant Upper School Girls' Soccer Coach, Assistant Middle School Girls' Volleyball Coach


Post B.A., Education and Mathematics, Eastern Michigan University

B.A., Sociology and Statistics, University of Michigan

What is your role at CSS?I am a Middle and Upper School math teacher, a Middle School volleyball coach, a Middle School girls’ assistant soccer coach, and a Middle School student council faculty representative.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I grew up on a small island 8 miles called Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, northern Michigan. There is a population of about 400 year-round residents. No motorized vehicles are allowed, except emergency ones. The island has about 100 kids total in one building for public school for kindergarten through 12th grade. I graduated with 4 students in my grade.

What did you want to be growing up? I have always wanted to be a teacher. I loved helping friends with their math for as long as I can remember. My mom has also saved quizzes that I created and gave my younger brother when I was about 10. They were normally quizzes about our mom. I even had some extra credit questions on them.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS? There are so many. CSS has given me relationships with students and other faculty members that I never dreamed possible. I have definitely found another home here. I have had the opportunity to teach some students two years of math, teach siblings, coach athletes for four years in a row in two sports, camp and cook with students and faculty members, design numerous different seminars with faculty across curriculums, and work with students from 3rd grade to 12th grade.

Bryan, Tim

Maintenance Technician

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Bryan, Tim

Maintenance Technician


A.A., HVAC, Technical Trades Institute

Burgess, Lori

Chef

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Burgess, Lori


B.A., Arts and Social Science, Colorado State University

What is your role at CSS? I am the chef who prepares lunch and other goodies for the children and faculty and staff.⁣⁣
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What do you enjoy about your role?⁣⁣
I am the lucky one who gets to provide food and other refreshments to some incredible students and faculty and staff. My career philosophy is, “Always go beyond what your clients wants/needs,” and my customers are the kids. I want their time during lunch to be a place to laugh, relax, eat good food, and just be kids.⁣⁣
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⁣⁣What draws you to working with children?⁣⁣
Well, kids of all ages LOVE to eat. My profession allows me to see the excitement when there are “curly fries” on the menu. I so appreciate their smiles, intriguing questions, practicing manners daily, and so much more. Everyday you have a different cast of characters that makes⁣ your day perfect.⁣⁣
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⁣⁣-If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?⁣⁣
I don’t need to be a superhero, but I would like to FLY.⁣

Calhoun, Jeff "J.J."

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

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Cooper, Heidi

School Counselor

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Cooper, Heidi


M.S.W, Social Work, Widener University

B.A., Social Sciences, Muhlenberg College

Heidi Cooper is happy to be a Kodiak. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Widener University in Chester, Penn. Prior to joining The Colorado Springs School, Heidi worked as a family coach for children and families with Maple Star Colorado. Most recently, she served as a School Social Worker for Colorado Springs School District 11.

Prior to pursuing her love of counseling and supporting students with social needs, Heidi worked as a volunteer coordinator for nonprofit organizations such as the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center in Colorado Springs, where she learned about being around horses and how they can calm us. Some of her favorite social emotional learning tools include Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, also called NVC, and releasing anxiety using Tapping. She loved learning about Israel and Palestine when she travelled to the Middle East as part of the Earth Stewards Network and also attended the centenary gathering of the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999.

Fun fact about Heidi: she recorded her own musical CD called La Mariposa. Feel free to reach out to Heidi anytime by email. She would love to hear about who you are and help you navigate any bumps in the road.

Crow, Ellen

1st Grade Teacher, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees

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Crow, Ellen

1st Grade Teacher, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees


M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

B.A., Speech Communication; Emphasis: Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado

What is your role at CSS?⁣ I am a first grade teacher.⁣

What would people be surprised to learn about you?⁣ I built my first home with my husband. It was called an Earthship and was made of tires and completely off the grid.⁣

What is a favorite memory at CSS?⁣ Every memory involves the community - first as a parent, now as both a parent and teacher. We have such incredible people here!⁣

What is one thing you’ve learned from students?⁣ You can ALWAYS learn something new!⁣

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?⁣ I would invent a new one: octopus arms that I could deploy when I need to be doing several things at once!⁣

What did you want to be growing up?⁣ A teacher - a nurse was a close second.⁣

What draws you to teaching?⁣ The wonder and joy of children - helping to build on that is an incredible gift!⁣

⁣What is your favorite spot in the world?⁣ Any place with my family!⁣

Derr, Sara

PreKindergarten Teacher

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Derr, Sara

PreKindergarten Teacher


B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Delaware

What is your role at CSS? I currently teach PreKindergarten. That’s what I taught when I started at CSS in 2003. After a few years, I also taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in the Children’s School. I’m thrilled to be working with our youngest learners again!

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I love growing vegetables, but I really love houseplants. Between home and school, I have about 80!

What is a favorite memory at CSS? I have so many cherished memories. One of my proudest moments was at graduation in 2016 when I had the honor of presenting the Longevity Award to my former PreK students as they concluded their CSS careers.

What is one thing you’ve learned from students? I’ve learned so much about resilience from my students. When reflecting on my days at school, I try to see the world through their eyes. We set a high bar for our kids and that inspires me to do the same for myself.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would love the power to play any instrument and sing any song. I grew up in a very musical family, but I haven’t made it a priority as an adult.

What did you want to be growing up? If I didn’t become a teacher, I probably would have become a veterinarian or a zoologist. With three dogs, a cat, and a couple of lizards at home, sometimes I feel like one!

Gaebler, Susan

Librarian and Children's School Computer Science Teacher

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Gaebler, Susan

Librarian and Children's School Computer Science Teacher


M.L.S., Library Science, University of Denver

M.Ed., Curriculum Instruction, University of Denver

B.A., Art History and History, Colorado State University

Gillon, Joshua

Upper School Economics and Statistics

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Gillon, Joshua

Upper School Economics and Statistics


Ph.D., Symbolic Logic and Philosophy, Princeton University

B.A., Philosophy and Classical Studies, Brigham Young University

What is your role at CSS? I’m an Upper School Math and History Teacher. I teach statistics, AP statistics, discrete math, world history, micro- and macroeconomics, and AP micro- and macroeconomics. I’m also an advisor, the sponsor of the chess club, the coach of the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling Team (HiMCM), and a sponsor of the Class of 2022.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
My favorite kind of music is 60s pop. And I don’t mean the Beatles or the Stones or anything the students might have heard of. I mean Jay and the Americans, the Turtles, Coven, Pebbles and Bam Bam, Ricky Nelson, the Toys, the Archies, Edison Lighthouse, Tommy James and Shondells, Dion, Otis Redding, the Velvet Underground, etc. I go hard.

What did you want to be growing up?
What didn’t I want to be? A paleontologist, an aeronautical engineer, an Olympic swimmer, a theoretical physicist, and a studio musician are the things that stand out most. These days I can’t figure out why anyone wants to be anything other than happy.

What draws you to working with students?
They’re smarter, more curious, more active, more motivated, and kinder than almost all of the adults I know.

Goldberg, Caren

1st Grade Teacher

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Goldberg, Caren


M.S., Childhood Education, The City University of New York - CUNY Hunter

B.A., English, The State University of New York - SUNY New Paltz

What is your role at CSS? I am a first grade teacher.

What is one thing you’ve learned from students? I’ve learned tons of things from my students, but the most important thing is to slow down and listen. Kids have great ideas and think in ways adults rarely consider, so there’s a lot you can learn from them if you do.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would have super speed. That way, I’d be able to work with my first graders even more each day!

What did you want to be growing up? I wanted to be a first grade teacher. I got very lucky!

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS? I love the way CSS encourages students and teachers alike to reach for their potential. CSS opens countless opportunities for people to try new things and explore the world around them.