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.
Alissa is a proud founding member of the CHSC GES team! Alissa loves working with the youth at GES because of their sassy spirits, fierce honesty and authenticity, and the humor and banter they can share. Alissa’s areas of passion and expertise are in evidence-based, anti-racist, anti-oppressive program development, as well as values-driven leadership, implementing therapeutic and trauma-informed interventions, and building data-driven social/emotional/mental programs and plans for students.
Prior to CHSC, Alissa has worked in social work roles in elementary, middle, and high school settings in Arizona and Colorado. Alissa received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University, a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, and completed the Executive Leaders for Successful Schools Principal program from the University of Denver.
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 is a proud partner, and mom of a 10-year-old artist, 105lb Bloodhound, and their family is welcoming a new baby in September!
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.
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.
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.
School Operations Manager
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!
Olivia is delighted to join the GES team for the 2020-2021 school year. A first generation Mexican American and lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia recently relocated to the Glendale area to raise her family, relish in the plethora of outdoor recreational activities that Colorado has to offer, and to escape the 115 degree summers in the Mojave Desert. Olivia was previously a custody and divorce case manager for a boutique law frim in Las Vegas. When she isn't chasing after a rambunctious toddler, Olivia like to relax by practicing yoga or listening to Joni Mitchell records. Olivia hopes to become a certified yoga instructor. Despite her diminutive stature, Olivia enjoys cooking (and gobbling up) new recipes for her family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jen Stefanacci was born and raised on Colorado. She received a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Colorado and a Master's in geography from Michigan State University. She has worked with a variety of data analysis, software, and technology companies as well as Denver Scholarship Foundation, Partners in Literacy, and the Odyssey School. She is coming to CHSC after completing her teacher's residency program in Mapleton Public Schools. Jen believes that everyone is a math person and is excited to work with students exploring how much math means in their daily lives. She also enjoys hiking, birding, traveling, watching sports (esp. basketball) and spending time 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.
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 hadplayed sports his whole life, and can still dunk a basketball. He loves hiking, biking and anything outdoors with family and friends.
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.