GES CAMPUS STAFF
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Jackie Coppola is a passionate educator who believes there are many roads to success. Her experiences working with Emily Griffith High School taught her about the importance of career readiness, CTE training and the power of post-secondary options. She knows that schools serve a valuable role in the community in supporting students in academic and social/ emotional growth and believes that we have a duty to prepare students to have access to anything they should choose in their future. She believes that authentic learning happens through building relationships and having new experiences. As a leader, she is a learner who values the challenges that each day brings. Jackie grew up in New Jersey but has made Colorado home for the past 16 years. She earned her undergraduate degree at Metro State College and her Masters in Education at UC-Denver. In her free time, Jackie enjoys spending time with her son, Charlie, and German Shepherd, Sarge. She also loves music, cooking, traveling and everything about the mountains.
Mr. Rose is an Arsenal supporter (that's an English soccer team). Prior to CHSC he helped start a nonprofit that brought young American Jews to the West Bank to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also spent a year as a college soccer coach before becoming a teacher. Mr. Rose received his BA in Sociology & Anthropology with a minor in History from Swarthmore College in PA. Mr. Rose was inspired by his grandfather who taught history in a rural VT public school his entire career. Mr. Rose enjoys playing soccer, hiking, skiing, reading and cooking. He has a younger sister who's his best friend. Fun fact, Mr. Rose can name almost every MLB player's stats from the 1999 season. (It's weird, he knows.)He loves Indian, Vietnamese, and Thai food (Pad Thai is bomb)! His life goals are to be happy, learn every day and live a life full of exploration and wonder.
Dean of Students and Culture
Darlicia is originally from Gary, Indiana but was raised here in Denver. She has worked in DPS since 2001. Darlicia has a degree in criminal justice specializing in Community Corrections.
Darlicia loves working with students and supports studnets in multiple ways eliminating barriers. With her free time she enjoys spening time with her adult children and grandchildren. She likes to go bowling, watching movies and traveling.
Alissa is originally from the Central Coast of California, which has inspired her love of the ocean, bright green rolling hills, and Dodger baseball. Alissa returned to Colorado High School Charter as the School Social Worker in the 2016-2017 school year, three years after serving as the Master of Social Work intern at CHSC during the 2012-2013 school year. Alissa previously served in Social Work roles in elementary, middle, and high school settings in Flagstaff Unified School District and Denver Public Schools, mostly in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver. Alissa received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Alissa loves to travel-- one of her favorite memories is spending a summer backpacking Europe on her own. Alissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
As a young student Kara struggled in traditional education settings. Through this struggle Kara found her passion in advocating for young people and helping them pursue their dreams. Kara’s work is grounded in a person-centered lense. She understands that each individual comes to the table with unique struggles and strengths. Kara received her MA in Counseling and Psychology in 2014, her Education Specialist Degree in 2018 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. When Kara is not at work, she is playing with her friends, family, and two dogs. Kara is incredibly proud to be a part of the CHSC team!
Miss April is proudly originally from Maine but has been home in Colorado for almost 20 years. She was stationed in Colorado Springs while in the US Air Force and decided to make this home. She has worked in schools for several years. Her most memorable experience was a 4-day trip with 50 teens to Moab, Utah. She found it truly amazing to watch young adults have this new experience and rise to the challenges they faced. She enjoys traveling and has been to every state in the US along with a handful of other countries. Miss April has a teenage son and together they spend their free time kayaking, paddle boarding, rafting and swimming. She is thrilled to be part of the GES team!
Special Education Coordinator
Mr. Green was born and raised in South Jersey where he cheered on the Philadelphia sports teams (specifically the Eagles and the Flyers). He graduated from Widener University with a BA in early education/special education. He moved to Denver in August of 2015 and began working as a Special Education Teacher immediately. Mr. Green has a passion for advocating for students and supporting them in whatever way possible. In his free time he enjoys going to concerts, snowboarding, hiking, camping and hanging out with friends and family. He is thrilled to be part of this amazing team and to have the opportunity to work the students at Colorado High School Charter.
Ana Rodriguez was born in Toluca, México. At the age of six Ana immigrated to the United States and has lived in Colorado ever since. She is deeply connected with her indigenous roots and community. Ana has faced barriers/ struggles within her education and every day survival. She knows she is not the only one facing these issue. Ana is determined to pursue higher education. She is currently working on her Bachelors in Social work with hopes to pursue a Masters. Prior to CHSC she was a Victim Advocate at Women In Crisis, a safehouse for survivors of domestic violence. Ana is involved in the La Raza Leadership Program which empowers Latino youth to achieve their educational and leadership potential and desire to give back to the community.
Carmen was born in a small town in Washington State but raised in North Denver since the age of six. Carmen has a Bachelor's degree in social work and is a Masters student. Carmen is dedicated to helping students find their voice so they can proactively advocate for themselves and others who cannot. Prior to CHSC she worked in case management and supervised visitation services. Carmen most enjoys traveling, art, sports and spending time with family.
Language Arts Teacher
Alena Hopkins was born in Colorado and has spent many years living and working in the Denver metro area. She received a Bachelors in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters of Humanities with an emphasis in Women and Gender Studies from CU Denver. She came to CHSC after teaching English Language Arts in the Park Hill and Skyland neighborhoods for the last several years. She is passionate about working with young people and designing and implementing projects to engage and guide students throughout the learning process. Outside of the classroom, Alena enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling, as well as spending time with family, friends, and her very old cat, Avi. Alena is excited to be part of the CHSC community and looks forward to guiding students in relevant community-based work and building authentic and meaningful relationships with students and families.
Richard has been with CHSC since Winter 2019. He strives to balance high expectations with high support to help his students build confidence and realize their potential. Richard’s teaching style is hands-on and project-based in order to engage students and help them to see the relevance of science in our everyday lives. Richard obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Portland in 2015, and is currently working toward his Master’s degree in Secondary Education to better serve his students. Richard currently teaches Chemistry, Ecology, and Microbiology. Outside of school, Richard can be found skiing or hiking.
Ms. Felton grew up in the mountains of Colroado and loves getting outside to camp, hike and snowboard. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Since graduation she has worked in teh tech and hospitality industries. She has always loved math and is passionate that math skills are applicable to all different types of career paths. In Morgan's free time she loves playing board games with her friends and family.
Miguel “Mike” Rivera is the CTE Instructor for Colorado High School Charter. Born and raised in Colorado he is a Bronco fanatic and enjoys the outdoors. Prior to teaching at CHSC he was the instructor for Denver YouthBuild. He has enjoyed working with kids and young people since his first position at the YMCA - where he worked there for eight years. He looks forward to having a positive impact in the lives of young people.
Shawn has been a health educator for over 15 years. Shawn’s studies include Psychology and Health Science at the University of Colorado Denver, teaching credential in Health Education and a Masters in Health Science from Cal State Northridge. Shawn supports health initiatives to make the Denver community healthier through his work with principals, parents, staff, and students. Shawn is very passionate about Health and Wellness and loves being a health educator. He believes that healthy kids learn better and he is always finding new and creative ways to engage all kids to live a healthy lifestyle. His mantra is “Practice what you preach”. Shawn is grateful to work for a school that prioritizes Health and Wellness. He enjoys playing with his three kids, seeing movies with his wife, trail running in Boulder, cycling, swimming and reading about the latest health craze. He loves the outdoors and is always looking for new adventures.
Civics/Social Studies Teacher
Mr. O'Malley has been in education for 7 years. Sean earned his undergrad degree from Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. He has a major in History and a minor in Graphic Design. His teaching certification was earned through Metro State. His goal is to help young adults be prepared when they leave high school. Sean wants to build real connections between himself and his students and help them build real connections with the world.
Sean hadplayed sports his whole life, and can still dunk a basketball. He loves hiking, biking and anything outdoors with family and friends.