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May, Nancy

PreKindergarten Aide & Extended Care Teacher

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Michielutti, Emily

Music Teacher & Theater Operations Manager

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Michielutti, Emily

Music Teacher & Theater Operations Manager


B.Mus. Composition, Columbia College Chicago

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I sang professionally for the Michigan Opera Theater at the Detroit Opera House as a child through my teen years.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
I’d love to have the ability to teleport, so I could travel all over the world more efficiently!

What is one thing you've learned from students?

Have fun! Learning happens best through exploration and play!

What did you want to be growing up?

I always knew that I wanted to do something in music, whether that be performing or teaching.

What draws you to working with students?
I love the joy that comes from my students and their eagerness to learn.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS?

I love seeing all the smiling faces on campus because it makes me feel welcomed.

What is your favorite spot in the world?

Paris is probably my favorite spot in the world because the architecture is so beautiful and my birthday happens to fall on Bastille Day!


Emily is a composer, pianist, and educator who recently relocated to Colorado Springs from the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent the last three years teaching K-8 performing arts and music composition at an independent school in Menlo Park, California. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Emily began her professional music career at an early age singing for the Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus. Emily holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and a minor in Piano Performance from Columbia College Chicago. In her professional career as a composer, she experimented with extended techniques using acoustic instrumentation and a digital approach to sound. Her compositions have been performed by various New Music ensembles in Chicago. While at Columbia, she also began teaching so she could share her joy for music with students of all ages. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that every student is capable of expressing the skill of creativity through collaboration and curiosity.

Miller, Amy

Department Chair (English), Upper School English Teacher, Capstone Advisor, Full Steam Ahead Program Director

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Miller, Amy

Department Chair (English), Upper School English Teacher, Capstone Advisor, Full Steam Ahead Program Director


B.A., English, Colorado College

What is your role at CSS? My roles at CSS are English Department Chair, Upper School English teacher, Capstone Program Director, National Honor Society Faculty Adviser, Senior Class Sponsor, Full STEAM Ahead Program Director, and Upper School Community Service “tracker.”⁣

⁣What is a favorite memory at CSS?⁣ ⁣
Wow! There are more than I can sort through to find just one, so I’ll just write down a few to capture some of my favorites: Protecting Mr. Benson through the streets of Hoi An; laughing hysterically with Natalie R. as she bailed water into our canoe on the Mississippi; Matt B. hunting our AP class with a super soaker as we reenacted “The Most Dangerous Game”; purposely putting stressed seniors to sleep by reading Romantic poetry (Julie S.C.); and many, many CSS Revue skits!⁣
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⁣What draws you to working with students?⁣
I am reassured by some of the standard conventions of human development that I can rely on from year to year, including the look of wonder on a student’s face when they face a brilliant realization or make a brilliant stride forward — those AHA! moments keep me going and produce more and more of my own AHAs!⁣

⁣What is one thing you enjoy about CSS and why?⁣
I love the campus itself. I have missed driving by the pond every day and spotting ducklings or turtles or great blue herons, along with several grazing deer or the occasional bear in the field or by the creek. I enjoy looking out of my classroom window at the changing leaves on the trees on the quad and seeing the other buildings full of so many great people whom I admire and care about.⁣

⁣What is your favorite spot in the world?⁣ ⁣
That’s easy! A bookstore or a library. I feel inspired and calmed by being surrounded by books.⁣

Moorhead, Brent

Instrumental Music, Band Teacher

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Moorhead, Brent

Instrumental Music, Band Teacher


M.A., Music Education, Youngstown State University

B.A., Music Education, Youngstown State University

What is your role at CSS? I am the Instrumental Music teacher and Band Director for grades 4-12. I also teach Upper School Music Theory, direct the Pep Band, and coach the Upper School Garage Band, Holiday Winds, and various other small ensembles.

What is one thing you’ve learned from students? I’ve learned that goosebump moments aren’t restricted to professional recordings, performances, or paintings. Our CSS musicians, actors, and artists create some incredible moments that touch my heart and inspire me to be better at what I do. Our students create moments that will raise the hair on your arms, cause you to believe that they actually are the character they are portraying, or help you to experience colors (or other visuals) in a whole new way.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I am a HUGE fan of the superheroes that have gadgets like Batman or the Green Arrow. Give me a utility belt full of cool devices or some arrows with a sweet bow, then add a neat costume, and I would be good to go! If I had to choose a superpower, I would love to have Spiderman’s ability to stick to things, paired with his super strength!

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS? I love how we think outside of the box and encourage risk-taking while exploring the possibilities of experiential education within every discipline.

What did you want to be growing up? I don’t know that I ever decided that I officially wanted to be a cowboy or the character from a favorite TV show - although I’m sure there are pictures and stories somewhere that suggest otherwise - but I always did want to follow my mom and dad around and learn how to do things that interested them. At one time my dad was a carpenter, and I would build things in the garage using his tools and scraps of wood. I would also go out on jobs and help him paint or do various other tasks. I did the same with my mom, following her around the kitchen and wanting to help her bake or visiting her at work when she was an RN in the ICU at the hospital. I wanted to be like them!

What is a favorite memory at CSS? I met my wife, Stacy, at the school, and we worked together for several years, so getting married at CSS was an amazing experience. The ceremony was outside on the Terrace of the Trianon in late October 2014. It was a beautiful 80-degree day with Colorado blue skies and the fall colors all around us. I remember looking over near the entrance to the gym and seeing two of my Upper School Band students watching our ceremony. There were regional volleyball games going on in the Field House that weekend, so our girls’ team ran out to give us hugs in-between games. I also remember a team from another school sitting under a tree on the quad, and cheering for us when the pastor finally said “you may now kiss the bride.” Such a magical moment at CSS!

Moulton, Jim

Upper School History

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Moulton, Jim

Upper School History


Ph.D., History, University of Denver

M.A., History, University of Arkansas

B.A., Political Science and History, University of Arkansas

Mylin, Nathan

Lower School Division Director

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Mylin, Nathan

Lower School Division Director


School Management and Leadership Certification, Roehampton University

M.S. Ed, EPPSP, Educational Administration, Butler University

B.S. Mathematics and Physics, Butler University

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love art and am an avid collector of antiques and historical items.

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

The power to go back in time, so I could meet some of the great minds and spirits who have made an impact upon the world, like Abraham Lincoln, Alice Paul, MLK, and Lucille Ball, too, who made me laugh so much!

What draws you to working with students?

Educators have the important task of engaging and teaching children. I love the challenge of finding what makes kids tick and choosing the right approach, creativity, humor, and productive struggle that will inspire and empower them to think for themselves and want to learn more.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS?

I am just beginning my CSS journey, but I am inspired by our long-standing commitment to outdoor education, experiential learning, and using best progressive practices in the classroom.

What is your favorite spot in the world?

I love Scotland's breathtaking coasts, hillwalking its countryside, and exploring my favorite capital city of Edinburgh.

Mr. Mylin is an award-winning educator with more than 25 years of academic leadership experience both domestically and abroad, including a certification in School Management and Leadership from Roehampton University in England. He comes to CSS from Traders Point Christian Schools (TPCS) in Indiana, where he has served as elementary and middle school principal since 2018.

Throughout his tenure at TPCS – home to approximately 615 students – Mr. Mylin has played an integral role in revamping the school’s culture to include a vibrant outdoor and environmental education component as well as enhanced curriculum standards with an emphasis on engaging, hands-on science, mathematics, and social-emotional learning.

Prior to his time at TPCS, Mr. Mylin served as housemaster and head of junior boarding for a top-ranked independent boarding school, Merchiston Castle School in the United Kingdom, and spent five years as STEM coordinator and teacher at The Orchard School in Indianapolis. His 29-year teaching career in the field of STEM ranges from math and science to physics and calculus courses.

A former Wilderness Leader for Cottonwood Gulch Organization, he looks forward to exploring the Pikes Peak region with his rising 9th-grade son, Renner, and wife, Heather.

Neville, Viktoria

PreKindergarten Teacher

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Nissen, Colleen

Academic Interventionist

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Orzechowski-Price, Kat

Middle School English Teacher

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Orzechowski-Price, Kat

Middle School English Teacher


M.Ed., Southern Utah University

Post-Graduate Certificate Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham

B.A. English Language, San Francisco State

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have nine siblings.

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

I would be a shapeshifter because I would love to see the world through the eyes of others.

What is one thing you've learned from students?

You learn best when you can be yourself around others.

What did you want to be growing up?

A teacher

What draws you to working with students?

I find that helping others find their confidence and comfort in the world to be one of the most important roles that anyone can play. This is why I work with students.

What is your favorite spot in the world?

My favorite place in the world is Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple in Seoul. It was created and had worked as a temple since 794 and was originally known as Gyeonseongsa. When I lived in South Korea, this was the place I would go to refocus and find balance.


Kat began her teaching career in 2006 in South Korea working with middle, elementary, and collegiate level students. While there, she earned a post-graduate certificate in Applied Linguistics. In 2013, she returned to the United States and continued her education in Language Arts Education at Southern Utah University. While earning her MAed in Utah, she worked as an English teacher at a therapeutic boarding school. She relocated to Colorado Springs in 2018 to work as a public high school teacher for four years before joining The Colorado Springs School.

Palmer, Rebecca

Children’s School Art Teacher

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Palmer, Rebecca

Children’s School Art Teacher


B.A., Art Education, Brigham Young University

Perdew, Mark

Physical Education Teacher and Boys' Soccer Coach

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Perdew, Mark

Physical Education Teacher and Boys' Soccer Coach


B.A., Recreation and Physical Education, Ottawa University

Playe, Erik

College & Career Counselor

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Playe, Erik

College & Career Counselor


M.A., Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University

B.A., English, Saint Michael's College

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have and why?
I would be able to ripen an avocado just by touching it. I would even be able to bring avocados back from being overripe by touching them. I could make a dent in world hunger this way and also make guacamole at any moment.

What is one thing you've learned from students?

Patience...maybe. I am still working on it.

What did you want to be growing up?

A Jedi and a waterskier.

What draws you to working with students?

Their energy and never wondering if I am doing something meaningful.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS and why?

I love that we are the Kodiaks. I have been a Wildcat, a Purple Knight, a Winged Beaver, a Cardinal, a Sun Devil, a Hawk and a Warrior, and now I am happy to be a Kodiak.

What is your favorite spot in the world and why?

Pagosa Springs, CO. My wife, Kelly, and I have a piece of property in Pagosa where we camp. It's our happy place.

Erik was born and raised in Northampton, MA, where he graduated from the Williston Northampton School. He attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont, where he majored in English Literature and minored in Spanish. He earned a master’s degree in Liberal Studies, with a focus in Humanities, from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. For the past 13 years, he has been teaching English and/or has served as a college counselor at three U.S. independent schools and at an international school in South America. He served, most recently, as Director of College Counseling, Academic Dean, and Softball Coach for a boarding school in Arizona. Erik and his wife, Kelly, are excited to be moving to Colorado Springs. Kelly is a horticulturist, who is starting her own business in resilient landscape design. Kelly and Erik enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, biking, gardening, and birding together. Erik loves teaching and working with high school students. He hopes there will be no livelier place on campus than his college counseling office, and is excited to share his enthusiasm with students and families at The Colorado Springs School.