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Gillon, Josh

Upper School History & Mathematics

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Gillon, Josh

Upper School History & Mathematics


Ph.D., 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

1st Grade Teacher


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.

Grover, Karen

Chief Financial Officer

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Grover, Karen

Chief Financial Officer


M.S., Professional Accounting, Central Washington University

B.A., English Literature, University of North Carolina

Hamby, Theresa

5th Grade Teacher

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Hamby, Theresa

5th Grade Teacher


MA, Teaching, Colorado College

BA, Fine Arts, University of New Hampshire

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have lived in Japan and Iceland.

What is one thing you've learned from students?

To laugh off the mistakes.

What did you want to be growing up?

A teacher.

What draws you to working with students?

Seeing that lightbulb moment when a student finally gets something they have been trying to understand.

What is your favorite spot in the world and why?

I think I would have to say Iceland, the land of fire and ice. It has tranquil beauty – whether it is summer and lupine or cotton grass are in bloom or winter with white, bright blue, and black snow. It is a place relatively untouched by commercialism. We recently took the kids back so they could explore a place they lived and/or were born in. That journey, seeing the wonders of Iceland – black sand beaches, rugged basalt cliffs, rolling green hills, glacier-covered mountains, stunning waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife, rainbows, and the northern lights – with the kids as adults was and will always be one of my most favorite times in one of my most favorite places.

Theresa began her teaching career as a 2nd-grade teacher while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Her experiences include teaching 1st grade in the Las Vegas school system and teaching grades two through four at Hilton Head Elementary International Baccalaureate School. Additionally, she spent a year working at the Gifted and Talented Center for York County schools in Yorktown, Virginia. Throughout the course of her career, Theresa has had wonderful opportunities to teach and to work with diverse students and exceptional teachers. As a result, she has been exposed to many different teaching styles and classroom disciplinary systems, and has created, integrated and expanded her classroom curriculum to meet a vast array of student needs. She's adapted what she has learned from each experience to become proficient at designing creative and stimulating lesson plans, which accommodate multiple learning styles, encourage hands-on learning, and promote student discovery and creative-thinking. Theresa earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Elementary Education – magna cum laude – from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Art in Education from Colorado College.


Hamilton, Ron

Middle School Division Director

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Hamilton, Ron

Middle School Division Director


M.Ed., Leadership and Curriculum Development, CDE Administrator’s License, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

M.A., Literature, Composition and Rhetoric (coursework/thesis exclusion), University of Denver

B.A., Humanities, Literature and Linguistics, Fort Lewis College

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I like to build things and work on engines.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have and why?

The ability to inspire young people and convince them to have confidence.

What is your favorite memory at CSS?

My daughter's graduation in 2016 and telling stories to children in my wife's classes for many years.

What is one thing you've learned from students?

That every day is a new day with a new opportunity to be the person you want to be.

What did you want to be growing up?

An actor.

What draws you to working with students?

The ability to see their growth and development in real-time.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS and why?

I enjoy the dedication that families, students, and our faculty and staff have for learning and growing.

What is your favorite spot in the world and why?

My campsite; every time we get away and play with our family.

Ron is an inveterate resident of the west side of Colorado Springs. A graduate of Manitou Springs High School, Ron began his career teaching college freshmen writing and rhetoric at the University of Denver. He has been supporting young people in our area as a 6th-12th grade English and technology teacher, an International Baccalaureate program coordinator, and a school leader for the past 26 years. Ron's story with CSS began as part of a teenage crew operating a giant dragon puppet in a movie shot on campus in the 1980s. He has also officiated weddings on the patio of the Trianon and is married to Mrs. Julie Hamilton, who taught in the Children's School for many years. His daughter, Estella, is a 2016 graduate of CSS, and his daughter, Amelia, attended the Children’s and Middle Schools at CSS. When he's not hiking with his son, Jack, and his dog, Juno, Ron enjoys gardening, snowmobiling and listening to live music.

Hannum, Holly

Executive Administrative Assistant

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Hannum, Holly

Executive Administrative Assistant


B.S., History, Univeristy of Southern Indiana

What is your role at CSS? I am the executive administrative assistant. From my desk in the Trianon, I try to make sure everyone has what they need to get their jobs done.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would want my superpower to be the ability to move things with my mind.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS? One thing I enjoy about CSS is I get to spend my day with the best kids on the planet. They brighten my day with their enthusiasm, energy, joy, and giggles.

What draws you to working with children? I am drawn to working with kids because it’s always an adventure. Every day brings new rewards and new challenges. The kids are excited to take on the day, and it’s contagious. (And they don’t think my dinosaur obsession is weird.)

Hanson, Natalie

Upper School Science Teacher

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Hanson, Natalie

Upper School Science Teacher


M.S., Biology, American University

B.A., Environmental Studies and Biology, Concordia College, Moorhead

What is your role at CSS? Upper School Science Teacher and garden coordinator. What is a favorite memory at CSS? Taking my Anatomy & Physiology students to Peak Institute for Anatomical Research to observe human cadavers.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? The power to teleport anywhere in the world. I would visit all the beautiful places and wonderful people in the world I long to see, not to mention cutting my commute time to zero, but it would be much more eco-friendly than air travel!

What did you want to be growing up? A park ranger.

What draws you to teaching? The challenge and creativity required to work with so many different types of personalities and learning styles, and the joy of helping people discover and understand their world.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS? Small class sizes and the ability to innovate and create engaging experiences for the students.

What is your favorite spot in the world? Colorado Springs!!! I’m so happy to have moved here four years ago.

Hidalgo, Tila

Upper School Division Director

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Hidalgo, Tila

Upper School Division Director


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Abilene Christian University

M.S., Biology, University of Nebraska at Kearney

B.S., Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University

Hocate, Melissa

Health Coordinator & Children's School Administrative Assistant

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Hocate, Melissa

Health Coordinator & Children's School Administrative Assistant


B.S., Biology, with a Minor in Chemistry, Saint Edwards University

M.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School

Holman, Bronwyn

Early Childhood Director & PreKindergarten Teacher

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Holman, Bronwyn

Early Childhood Director & PreKindergarten Teacher


B.M., Music Therapy & a minor in Psychology, Willamette University

M.Ed., Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement, University of Oregon

What is your role at CSS? PreKindergarten Teacher

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I grew up on an island outside Seattle. I am a trained instructor of Infant Massage and Early Childhood Music (using the Music Together Curriculum).

What is one thing you’ve learned from students? I love the honesty, openness, and curiosity of the young learner, and I learn from them every day how to be a better, more empathetic, and authentic human being.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Flying, for sure, and helping people see the good in other people.

What did you want to be growing up? A veterinarian. I love animals!

What draws you to teaching? My love of kids!

What is your favorite spot in the world? I enjoy being on the water, perhaps because I grew up on an island. Pretty much anywhere I can sit and look out over water is where I want to be.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS? The community! My children have been in all divisions at the school, and I love how the interactions between age groups encourage a strong community. I also appreciate that the size of our school makes it so that every child is known on campus, even by folks who are not their current teachers. It creates a sense of safety as children move through the grades.

What are you looking forward to as a teacher at CSS? Getting to know all ‘my’ kiddos and hopefully getting them back on campus!

Hughes, Lisa

Learning Specialist

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James, Jessica

Director of Development & Alumni Relations

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James, Jessica

Director of Development & Alumni Relations


B.S., Marketing, Miami University, Ohio

Jessica L. James has served The Colorado Springs School (CSS) community since 2007. Jessica honed her non-profit management and communication experiences with the United States Golf Association Grants & Fellowship program. Prior to CSS, she directed a $43 million capital campaign with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Jessica values connecting dots and celebrating student successes through her work. She shares the CSS story to advance the school’s mission and to connect resources. She loves building relationships with families and donors, taking photos at events, and asking people to support CSS. Her position blends strategic and tactical approaches for best practices in communications and fundraising. Jessica has taught public speaking and regularly connects with students during Senior Capstone. She is an accomplished presenter on the national stage having presented at CASE/NAIS, GOLF 20/20, and as an alum of the Evans Scholarship.

Along with her husband Lance, Jessica is raising two children. They both attend CSS. She enjoys antiquing, travel, sports, and canning.