GES CAMPUS STAFF
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Mr. Brown returns to Denver after six years in Cherry Creek School District as an Administrator. Prior to working in CCSD, he worked 14 years in Denver as a Counselor and Administrator. Overall, he has worked 16 years as an Assistant Principal and Principal.
Mr. Brown grew up in Southern California and moved to Colorado in 1986 to be a student-athlete at CU-Boulder. He is a HUGE Lakers, Raiders and Yankees fan! He comes from a large family:7 sisters and 2 brothers and was raised by a strong, single mother. He is proud of the life lessons that he gained from this experience. Mr. Brown is grateful to his mother for all of their conversations.
While at CU-Boulder, he earned his BA in Criminology and played on the only National Championship football team in CU history! He holds his MA in Educational Counseling and Principals License from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Brown values every moment he spends with his family and believes they give him his daily energy and drive to be the best person he can be. He loves to travel (particularly road trips) and exercise, Pilates and karate, and the lessons that comes from all of these experiences.
His goal every day is to be happy and make a positive difference in at least one person's life.
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.
Ms. Kashmiere Dotson is thrilled to join the Colorado High School Charter GES learning community as the new School Counselor. Her experience working with young adults at the Douglas County Student Support Center and her sister being an alumni caused her to carve a special nook for alternative education in her heart. Kashmiere has always been fascinated with the cultivation and creation of knowledge. As a high schooler one of her biggest accomplishments was creating a documentary film that investigated homelessness in Colorado. Carrying a fire for film-making and a desire to understand humans she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Comparative Women’s studies with a concentration in Film and a Spanish minor from Spelman College. Kashmiere believes that each student's story is valuable and that their lived experiences are sources of knowledge. She is excited to help students and their families acquire the skills and strategies they need to speak up, be heard, and advocate for their education. In her free time Kashmiere enjoys binge watching Tiktoks, hiking, eating, teaching bible classes, and talking on the phone with friends and family.
Dean of Operations
Carla is joining the CHSC-GES staff as the Dean of Operations. The 2021-2022 School Year marks Carla's 29th year in education and she brings experience in school leadership and other administrative positions in this role. She is excited to be working with staff, students, and the community to move CHSC-GES forward to its next level of excellence. During time away from work, Carla enjoys spending time with her family, including her two year old lab, Vail. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling to Northern California, going to Top Golf with friends, and considers herself a Peloton enthusiast.
Special Education Coordinator
Ms. Sharon Roman has lived in Colorado since 1999. She was born in Manhattan, NY and raised between New York and Puerto Rico throughout her youth. She moved to Colorado from Connecticut to raise her four children and two dogs. Ms. Roman holds a BA in Biology/Special Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, as well as an MA in Principal Educational Leadership from UCCS. She is currently a second year PhD student at the University of Denver, studying Educational Leadership Policy Studies. She has been a special education teacher for eight years. In her far too limited free time, Ms. Roman enjoys hiking, mountain biking, laughing and loving her friends and family.
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.
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 students in multiple ways eliminating barriers. With her free time she enjoys spending time with her adult children and grandchildren. She likes to go bowling, watching movies and traveling.
Adam was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, before relocating to the small town of Sandwich, Illinois. His background in communications and journalism lead to an interest in teaching and counseling. In 2019, Adam graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelors degree and will obtain his Masters in higher education communication from Grand Canyon University by the end of summer 2021. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, taking road trips, hiking, and watching sports. Adam is a very communicative person who enjoys getting to know the people he service. Adam is thrilled to share his knowledge and build life long relationships at GES.
Breanna (Bree) Gonzalez is from Los Angeles, California - a fact she will never let you forget. As a proud Angelino, she lives for the Dodgers and tacos more than anything, while the Lakers, LAFC, and Ducks are a close second. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Global Studies as well as Transborder Community Development and Health, focusing especially on the Latinx community she is so passionately a part of and cares so deeply for. Upon graduating, she moved to Peru for a few years as a health educator, and fell in love with the mountains and teaching teens equally. Teaching in Denver was the right path to take next and she plans to make Denver home. As a frequent treat, Bree loves to watch nerdy movie and cook comida Mexicana.
A first generation Mexican American and lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia relocated to Denver to raise her daughter, Liddy, relish in the plethora of outdoor recreational activities that Colorado has to offer, and to escape the 115 degree summers in the Mojave Desert. During her time as a desert dweller, Olivia was a custody and divorce case manager for a boutique law firm, where she assisted in arbitrations, evidentiary hearings, federal and district court trials. When she isn't cracking jokes at the front desk, Olivia likes to relax by wandering the aisles of Trader Joe's, practicing yoga, listening to Joni Mitchell records, and passing the hours with Liddy at one of Denver's many parks. Olivia is proud to serve the GES community. Go Panthers! Meow!
With 12 years experience in education, Felicia is excited to help GES students grow. She is a mother to Alyssa, a college freshman; Isaiah, an 8th grader baseball player; 2 Siberian Huskies; and a German Shepard Dog. She loves spending her time outdoors, hiking with the dogs, cheering for her son's traveling baseball team, cheering for the Broncos and Av's, and any MLB team. Family is very important to Felicia. They inspire her to be her best. Everyday she tries to make others smile as smiles are contagious and one never knows what someone else is going through. One smile can make one person feel special even if only for a moment. Be kind to others and treat others as you want to be treated.
Rajpaul Pannu is a first generation Indian-American who comes from Oakland, California, where he served as a Math Educator in a public charter school setting. What attracted him to Colorado High School Charter- GES is the emphasis on restorative practices to foster teacher-student relationships, along with the opportunity to expand on his skillsets as an educator. More importantly, Rajpaul is excited to work with the GES community and become familiarized with the beautiful City of Denver. During his free time, Rajpaul is a professional runner, racing distances upwards to a hundred miles. He also enjoys reading up on nutrition, strength training, and general health on his free time and takes pride in being a huge Las Vegas Raiders fan.
James was born on a farm in Eastern Oklahoma. He attended college at Oklahoma State University and graduate school at City College of New York. James has worked as an English educator since 2005, with stops in Oklahoma City, New York City, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Nepal. Along the way, he's taught elementary students, adult language learners, M.Ed students, and led countless teacher development workshops. In his free time, he enjoys traveling abroad and getting as far away from Lonely Planet destinations as possible. James has been married for 13 years and has a twelve-year-old daughter.
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.
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 has played sports his whole life, and can still dunk a basketball. He loves hiking, biking and anything outdoors with family and friends.
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.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Allegra came to Denver in 2007. She earned a BA in Mathematics from Northwestern University and an MS in Mathematics from Notre Dame, so you may catch her teaching with a Lake Michigan accent. Her first mathematical love is algebraic topology (ask her why doughnuts and coffee cups are the same). Ms. Reiber taught mathematics at the University of Denver for (13) years. She transitioned to public secondary teaching in 2020 to share her love of ideas, actively support equity in education, and help young students express their mathematical voices. Alongside her love of mathematics, Allegra adores communication, imagination, and theatre. Away from work, she enjoys learning new things, meditation, watching movies with her husband and family, singing too loudly, and playing video and board games.
Mr. Orr was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Denver over 12 years ago and loves living in the Mile High City! Mr. Orr lives with his two sons. When he is not working, he enjoys working out in his home gym that he built in his garage with his sons. Working out is a great way to relieve stress after a long week! Mr. Orr is a huge sports fan. He enjoys working with young adults of CHS.
Amanda Bauer is excited to be stepping into the role of Humanities teacher for the upcoming school year. Amanda was born in Denver, received a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado- Denver in 2010. Since then, she has been exploring her passion of teaching and traveling. She has taught middle and high school in South Korea, Savannah, GA, and here in Denver. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Education at Buena Vista University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her spouse and cats.
GED & Online Instructor
Cameron Tafoya is our online GED and Diploma Teacher, a new position and program designed to expand opportunities for students who are interested in completing their GED or Diploma online. Cameron has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Colorado State University. Over the past four years Cameron has held various positions at an online/blended high school, most recently serving as an Electives Teacher. Prior to serving students, Cameron worked with young people in residential settings and addiction programs. Cameron enjoys gardening and spending time with his family. You can most likely find Cameron exploring nature and going on adventures.