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Marcus Bratton

President

Bio

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).

Christina Hank

Preschool Director

Meredith Stolte

Executive Director

Elise Topliss

Vice President

Bio

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

Treasurer

Bio

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

Secretary

Bio

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.

Nicole Alexander

School Therapist and Elementary School Counselor

Alexandria Azeez

6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Bethany Baldwin

Reading Specialist

Clarissa Barnett

K-4th Grade Assistant Principal

Bio

Clarissa Barnett is High Point Academy’s Elementary School Assistant Principal. 2020 marks her first year at High Point Academy. Previously, she has served as K-12 MTSS Coordinator, K-5 Instructional Coach, K-3 Interventionist and First/Second Grade Looping Teacher. Clarissa earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She also earned a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. Clarissa is Reading Specialist certified and has been Reading Recovery trained. She has also completed an Instructional Coaching Credential Program in Madison, Wisconsin. Clarissa has attended both a Reading and a Writing Institute in New York at Columbia University, Teachers College. In her free time, Clarissa enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She also has an aussiepoo, Tucker.

Gloria Berreth

Spanish Teacher

Mikayla Biebrach

8th Grade Science Teacher

Dionne Brame

4th Grade Teacher

Jennifer Butler

Instructional Assistant

Jazmine Carruthers

1st Grade Teacher

Theresa Cardona

Instructional Assistant

Luis Carrillo

7th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Nancy Chairez

Instructional Assistant

Emily Chouinard

Health Clinic Assistant

Bill Crossman

Facility Manager

Sarah Delevoryas

Music Teacher

Emily DelRoss

8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Michelle Dodge

1st Grade Teacher

Veronica Duran

Preschool Assistant

Ashley Eisel

5th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Lukas Elmore

Technology Teacher

Catherine Farrell

ELD Coordinator

Gene Fashaw

8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Ethan Ford

4th Grade Teacher

Kyle Forsyth

5th-8th Grade Assistant Principal

Bio

Kyle Forsyth is High Point Academy’s Dean of Students and Culture. Kyle joined the leadership team in the summer of 2020. Prior to working at High Point Academy, Kyle was a founding teacher of Compass Academy in Denver Public Schools where he taught 6th and 8th grade science for five years. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he began his educational career right after college as a City Year AmeriCorps member with Boston Public schools. He served for two years in a 7th grade English Language Arts Classroom before moving on to teaching 5th grade. Kyle then moved to Denver, CO, in 2015 to help open up Compass Academy in Southwest Denver. Mr. Forsyth earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Chester University. In 2019, he went on to complete his master’s degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania: Graduate School of Education where he also received his Public School Principal Certification for grades K-12. In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors; snowboarding, hiking, climbing and mountain biking being some of his favorite hobbies.

Cassandra Garcia

6th Grade Math Teacher

Jennifer Garcia Rosendo

Director

Bio

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.

Jason Gavaldón

Art Teacher

Cindy Gonzalez

Instructional Assistant

Tonya Gray

Business Services and Enrollment Coordinator

Destiny Gray

3rd Grade Teacher

Gabriela Gutierrez

Instructional Assistant

Natalie Haggard

2nd Grade Teacher

Tony Henderson

Wellness Teacher

Wyatt Hansen

1st Grade Teacher

Samantha Heck

Preschool Teacher

Eva Hernandez

Director of Operations

Cassie Hollenbach

Occupational Therapist

Ondrell Jackson

2nd Grade Teacher

Langston Jacobs

5th-8th Grade Dean of Students

Bio

Langston Jacobs is High Point Academy's 5th-8th Grade Dean of Students. He has served as a High School Dean of Students, Middle School ELA instructor, Middle School Special Education Center Program teacher, Building Guest Teacher and Special Education Paraprofessional. Langston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilberforce University (Ohio) and a Master of Arts from Liberty University (Virginia). Langston is a Certified Specialist in Restorative Justice and trainer. Other community work includes, former Program Director at Boys & Girls Club, substance abuse counselor, including years of non-profit work. Langston has a passion for justice and equity. He is an “outside the box” educator who loves R&B music and Soul Train dancing. Langston is also a poet and public speaker. His family includes a wonderful wife and three awesome boys.

Amber Kohlhoff

Preschool Teacher

Chris Li

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Cayden McGroff-Lujan

Instructional Assistant

Keri Melmed

Leadership Coach

Laura Memige

3rd Grade Teacher

Shaleena Miller

K-8 Equity Advisor

Sarah Moore

Kindergarten Teacher

Julia Nevarez

Instructional Assistant

Jessica Newsome

Director of Learning Support

Bio

Jessica Newsome joined the High Point Academy (HPA) family as the Middle School Assistant Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. She is now in her newly elevated position as the Director of Learning Support Systems. Prior to joining the HPA family, she had experience as an Administrative Teacher on Special Assignment, Special Education Department Coordinator, Interventionist, Special Education Affective Needs Teacher, and Early Childhood Educator. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Langston University and her Master of Education degree in Special Education: Cross Categorical from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry at Grand Canyon University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Jessica had the opportunity to attend the University of Denver’s Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies program which allowed her to attain her principal license after its completion. While her educational endeavors are special to her, nothing can top her greatest accomplishment to date: becoming a licensed and ordained preacher. Outside of participating in ministry activities, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, collecting t-shirts, and being able to easily sport sneakers and stilettos.

Taylor Niewoit

Reading Specialist

Amy Parrott

6th Grade Science Teacher

Liyah Patrick

5th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Jazmin Paulk

SPED Instructional Assistant

Jenelle Payne

Kindergarten Teacher

Jordyn Potts

3rd Grade Teacher

Clarabelle Ramirez

Preschool Assistant

Socorro Reyes

Instructional Assistant

Steven Roland

K-4th Grade Dean of Students

Demri Sailas

4th Grade Teacher

Maria Salaverry

Preschool Assistant

Jill Schmidt

Director of Human Resources and Reporting

Tammy Schoenhals

Kindergarten Teacher

Theo Shaw

Director

Bio

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.

Jane Shirley

President

Bio

Jane Shirley has twenty-five years of experience in business, education and the arts, holding a master’s degree in education with extensive post-graduate work in systems thinking and structural consulting. Currently, she is a partner with Team Tipton, a consulting firm that works with teams and organizations to design and implement future-focused strategy.

Jane and her husband Dave are co-founders of Rattlebrain, the creative team that envisioned and opened a cabaret theater in the historic D & F Clocktower. They have one son who is currently in film school and who sometimes gets roped into running tech for one of their shows.

Vanda Simpson

2nd Grade Teacher

Thai Smith

LaQuane Smith

6-8 ELD Teacher

Sterling Smith-Murphy

Instructional Assistant

Krista Snow

Building Substitute

Teresa Sundstrom

Preschool Floater

Vanessa Trayler

Middle School Counselor

Dane Tuck

Physical Education Teacher

Lisa Underdown

5th Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher

Evelyn Valle-Ruiz

Receptionist

Shanice White

Preschool Teacher

Erica Wood

Student Services Coordinator

Heather Yeckley

Instructional Assistant

Governing Board

Marcus Bratton

President

Bio

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

Bio

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

Treasurer

Bio

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

Secretary

Bio

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

Director

Bio

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

Director

Bio

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.

School Leadership

Meredith Stolte

Executive Director

Clarissa Barnett

K-4th Grade Assistant Principal

Bio

Clarissa Barnett is High Point Academy’s Elementary School Assistant Principal. 2020 marks her first year at High Point Academy. Previously, she has served as K-12 MTSS Coordinator, K-5 Instructional Coach, K-3 Interventionist and First/Second Grade Looping Teacher. Clarissa earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She also earned a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. Clarissa is Reading Specialist certified and has been Reading Recovery trained. She has also completed an Instructional Coaching Credential Program in Madison, Wisconsin. Clarissa has attended both a Reading and a Writing Institute in New York at Columbia University, Teachers College. In her free time, Clarissa enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She also has an aussiepoo, Tucker.

Kyle Forsyth

5th-8th Grade Assistant Principal

Bio

Kyle Forsyth is High Point Academy’s Dean of Students and Culture. Kyle joined the leadership team in the summer of 2020. Prior to working at High Point Academy, Kyle was a founding teacher of Compass Academy in Denver Public Schools where he taught 6th and 8th grade science for five years. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he began his educational career right after college as a City Year AmeriCorps member with Boston Public schools. He served for two years in a 7th grade English Language Arts Classroom before moving on to teaching 5th grade. Kyle then moved to Denver, CO, in 2015 to help open up Compass Academy in Southwest Denver. Mr. Forsyth earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Chester University. In 2019, he went on to complete his master’s degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania: Graduate School of Education where he also received his Public School Principal Certification for grades K-12. In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors; snowboarding, hiking, climbing and mountain biking being some of his favorite hobbies.

Langston Jacobs

5th-8th Grade Dean of Students

Bio

Langston Jacobs is High Point Academy's 5th-8th Grade Dean of Students. He has served as a High School Dean of Students, Middle School ELA instructor, Middle School Special Education Center Program teacher, Building Guest Teacher and Special Education Paraprofessional. Langston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilberforce University (Ohio) and a Master of Arts from Liberty University (Virginia). Langston is a Certified Specialist in Restorative Justice and trainer. Other community work includes, former Program Director at Boys & Girls Club, substance abuse counselor, including years of non-profit work. Langston has a passion for justice and equity. He is an “outside the box” educator who loves R&B music and Soul Train dancing. Langston is also a poet and public speaker. His family includes a wonderful wife and three awesome boys.

Jessica Newsome

Director of Learning Support

Bio

Jessica Newsome joined the High Point Academy (HPA) family as the Middle School Assistant Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. She is now in her newly elevated position as the Director of Learning Support Systems. Prior to joining the HPA family, she had experience as an Administrative Teacher on Special Assignment, Special Education Department Coordinator, Interventionist, Special Education Affective Needs Teacher, and Early Childhood Educator. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Langston University and her Master of Education degree in Special Education: Cross Categorical from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry at Grand Canyon University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Jessica had the opportunity to attend the University of Denver’s Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies program which allowed her to attain her principal license after its completion. While her educational endeavors are special to her, nothing can top her greatest accomplishment to date: becoming a licensed and ordained preacher. Outside of participating in ministry activities, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, collecting t-shirts, and being able to easily sport sneakers and stilettos.

Steven Roland

K-4th Grade Dean of Students

Staff

Emily Chouinard

Health Clinic Assistant

Bill Crossman

Facility Manager

Tonya Gray

Business Services and Enrollment Coordinator

Eva Hernandez

Director of Operations

Keri Melmed

Leadership Coach

Jill Schmidt

Director of Human Resources and Reporting

Evelyn Valle-Ruiz

Receptionist

Erica Wood

Student Services Coordinator

Preschool Team

Christina Hank

Preschool Director

Veronica Duran

Preschool Assistant

Samantha Heck

Preschool Teacher

Amber Kohlhoff

Preschool Teacher

Clarabelle Ramirez

Preschool Assistant

Maria Salaverry

Preschool Assistant

Teresa Sundstrom

Preschool Floater

Shanice White

Preschool Teacher

Primary Team

Jazmine Carruthers

1st Grade Teacher

Michelle Dodge

1st Grade Teacher

Natalie Haggard

2nd Grade Teacher

Wyatt Hansen

1st Grade Teacher

Ondrell Jackson

2nd Grade Teacher

Sarah Moore

Kindergarten Teacher

Jenelle Payne

Kindergarten Teacher

Tammy Schoenhals

Kindergarten Teacher

Vanda Simpson

2nd Grade Teacher

Intermediate Team

Dionne Brame

4th Grade Teacher

Ashley Eisel

5th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Ethan Ford

4th Grade Teacher

Destiny Gray

3rd Grade Teacher

Laura Memige

3rd Grade Teacher

Liyah Patrick

5th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Jordyn Potts

3rd Grade Teacher

Demri Sailas

4th Grade Teacher

Lisa Underdown

5th Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher

Middle School Team

Alexandria Azeez

6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Mikayla Biebrach

8th Grade Science Teacher

Luis Carrillo

7th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Emily DelRoss

8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Gene Fashaw

8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Cassandra Garcia

6th Grade Math Teacher

Chris Li

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Amy Parrott

6th Grade Science Teacher

Specials Team

Gloria Berreth

Spanish Teacher

Sarah Delevoryas

Music Teacher

Lukas Elmore

Technology Teacher

Jason Gavaldón

Art Teacher

Tony Henderson

Wellness Teacher

Dane Tuck

Physical Education Teacher

Learning Support Team

Nicole Alexander

School Therapist and Elementary School Counselor

Bethany Baldwin

Reading Specialist

Jennifer Butler

Instructional Assistant

Theresa Cardona

Instructional Assistant

Nancy Chairez

Instructional Assistant

Catherine Farrell

ELD Coordinator

Cindy Gonzalez

Instructional Assistant

Gabriela Gutierrez

Instructional Assistant

Cassie Hollenbach

Occupational Therapist

Cayden McGroff-Lujan

Instructional Assistant

Shaleena Miller

K-8 Equity Advisor

Julia Nevarez

Instructional Assistant

Jessica Newsome

Director of Learning Support

Bio

Jessica Newsome joined the High Point Academy (HPA) family as the Middle School Assistant Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. She is now in her newly elevated position as the Director of Learning Support Systems. Prior to joining the HPA family, she had experience as an Administrative Teacher on Special Assignment, Special Education Department Coordinator, Interventionist, Special Education Affective Needs Teacher, and Early Childhood Educator. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Langston University and her Master of Education degree in Special Education: Cross Categorical from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry at Grand Canyon University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Jessica had the opportunity to attend the University of Denver’s Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies program which allowed her to attain her principal license after its completion. While her educational endeavors are special to her, nothing can top her greatest accomplishment to date: becoming a licensed and ordained preacher. Outside of participating in ministry activities, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, collecting t-shirts, and being able to easily sport sneakers and stilettos.

Taylor Niewoit

Reading Specialist

Jazmin Paulk

SPED Instructional Assistant

Socorro Reyes

Instructional Assistant

Thai Smith

LaQuane Smith

6-8 ELD Teacher

Sterling Smith-Murphy

Instructional Assistant

Krista Snow

Building Substitute

Vanessa Trayler

Middle School Counselor

Heather Yeckley

Instructional Assistant