School Leadership

    Keri Melmed

    Keri Melmed is High Point Academy’s Executive Director/Principal. She has been working in education for over 20 years, both as a classroom teacher and in school leadership; in various schools in California, New York, and Colorado. Since Fall of 2013, Keri has led the High Point Academy community. Prior to coming to High Point Academy, Keri was the Principal of a “start up, turn around” charter school in Denver Public Schools in Far Northeast Denver. Starting from ground zero, Keri established a professional learning community, and modeled best practice through hands on coaching with her teaching staff. Keri built trust between families and the school during the foundational years. Prior to working in DPS, Keri was the Administrative Director at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, a hub of innovation, where her work focused on student character development and building strong school culture. She engaged students in taking ownership and personal responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Keri empowered staff and families to work together to ensure that the needs of students were being met both academically and socially. Ms. Melmed graduated Magna Cum Laude in history from University of Colorado, Boulder and later attended Columbia University, Teachers College where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Education. Keri has two boys that keep her busy mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. Her husband is a ceramic artist and teaches visual arts at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora.


        Juanise Cornell

        Juanise Cornell is the Dean of Students at High Point Academy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University in communication with a minor in business and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in corporate education. Prior to coming to High Point Academy she was a physical education at a charter school in Colorado. She also coached women’s basketball at Harvard University in Boston and Colorado Christian University. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, reading books, traveling, playing basketball, and spending time making memories with friends and family.


            Jessica Ranalletta

            Jessica Ranalletta, previously Ms. Schmidt, is High Point Academy’s Interim Middle School Assistant Principal. She’s been a part of the High Point Academy team since 2011. Previously, she taught seventh and eighth grade science and served as the Middle School Team Lead for five years. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She is currently working towards her master’s degree in educational leadership from Regis University. In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling with her husband, Scott, spending time with her dog, Cami, playing competitive volleyball, and enjoying quality time with her family.


                Jennifer Rendón

                Jennifer Rendón is the Restorative Justice Coordinator and eighth-grade advisor at High Point Academy. Prior to holding this position, she served as High Point Academy’s wellness teacher. She received her associates in restaurant and hotel management from Westwood College and her bachelors in Spanish from Metropolitan State University in Denver. She has worked in all facets of the food industry including restaurant management for the last ten years. She LOVES the Broncos and enjoys watching football, playing fantasy football, cooking, traveling, mountain biking, playing sports, and spending time with her daughter.


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