Marcus Bratton



Marcus Bratton is a Denver native with over a decade of experience in K-12 public education. Before joining the Colorado Education Initiative earlier this year as Director of Implementation and Partnerships, Marcus was a school administrator at a K-8 in Denver, and prior to that, a high school teacher in Aurora. His work has always been guided by his belief that public education should give every student the opportunity to create the lives they want for themselves. Marcus has been married for 14 years to his wife Krista, who is a Seventh Grade Teacher, they have a son (7) and a daughter (3).

Elise Topliss

Vice President


Elise Topliss is a Policy and Performance Manager with the State of Colorado, Office of Economic Security. Elise earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services – High Risk Youth from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Elise is passionate about education and ensuring all children have access to safe and quality schooling, which includes minimizing the nutritional disparities among varying populations. Additionally, Elise is committed to ensuring professionals in the education field have resources and supports to be effective in their chosen field as well as have job satisfaction. Elise and her husband Jesse are the proud parents of two High Point Academy students.

Devaki Parma



Devaki Parma is a Director of Wi-Fi Product for Charter Communications. She earned her degree in Economics from Spelman College and her International M.B.A from the University of Denver. Devaki’s passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion causes has led her to mentor women in the technology industry.

Devaki has lived in the High Point community for 4 years with her husband, Robert and their children, one of which attends High Point Academy. In their free time, Devaki and her family enjoy camping, traveling – near and far, and exploring museums.

Mirela Phillips



Mirela Phillips has been living in the High Point (HP) community since 2014 with her husband and two children. She is a Healthcare IT professional for Cognizant Technology Solutions with over twelve years of consulting experience. Mirela enjoys welcoming new neighbors to HP and loves helping the families settle into their new community including highly recommending High Point Academy for preschool through 8th grade.

Jennifer Garcia Rosendo



Jennifer García Rosendo is a Colorado native with over 20 years experience supporting families with young children. She is currently the Family Engagement Manager at Early Learning Ventures, an organization dedicated to increasing access to high quality early educational experiences for all children and families. She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Adams State University and a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of Denver.   Jennifer is passionate about ensuring that children and the adults who care for them have strong support systems that enable them to thrive. Jennifer and her husband Simon are the proud parents of a 2nd grader at HPA.

Theo Shaw



Theo Shaw serves as Director of Equity and Community Partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools. Theo earned his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Education degree from Xavier University, an Academic and Intellectually Gifted Licensure from Duke University, and is scheduled to earn his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver next spring. Theo joins us with diverse personal experiences and a commitment to equitable outcomes for every student.

Theo got married in the summer of 2022 to his wife, Crystal. They have two boys, thirteen and eight.

Governing Board Meetings

2022-2023 Governing Board Meeting Calendar


Parent Grievance Policy and Grievance Form

Parent Grievance Policy


If a parent feels that a school staff member or another parent is not following the provisions of this policy or is acting in a manner that negatively impacts the learning environment, the parent shall follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1. Consultation with Offending Person(s) 

The parent shall request a meeting with the staff member(s) or parent(s) who are not following the provisions of this policy or who are acting in a manner that negatively impacts the learning environment.

  1. Unless the situation is sufficiently serious, HPA highly recommends that parents request a meeting directly with the offending person(s) before taking further action.
  2. The request for a meeting may be made in person, over the phone, ZOOM, or via e-mail.
  3. A team lead or administrator will be present at the meeting if either side requests it.
  4. The meeting shall take place within ten business days of the date of the request.

Step 2: Parent Grievance Form 

If the issue remains unresolved after step one, or if the offending person’s conduct is sufficiently serious, the parent shall complete the Parent Grievance Form and submit it to a school administrator (the principal, dean of students, or director of academics).

  1. The Parent Grievance Form is available at the end of this policy. The completed form may be submitted in person or electronically.
  2. A school administrator will investigate the grievance, and, within seven calendar days of receipt of the form, will:
    1. request that the parent attends a meeting to further discuss the grievance,
    2. inform the parent of the action taken to remedy the grievance. Some of these actions may include:
      1. Parents aren’t allowed to be on the school premises at the same time during the school day
      2. Parents aren’t allowed to attend school functions at the same time
      3. Banned from communication with other parent or staff member if needed
      4. Law Enforcement involvement

Step 3: Consultation with Governing Board 

If the issue remains unresolved after step two, the parent may request, in writing, that the governing board review the grievance at their next monthly governing board meeting.

  1. At least two business days before the meeting, the parent shall deliver the request to the governing board president.
  2. The governing board may reserve the right to discuss the issue in executive session if the subject matter meets the requirements of CRS 24-6-402(4).
  3. A written record of the proceedings and decision shall be made and retained by the governing board.