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    Keri Melmed

    Executive Director/Principal

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    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.

    Email: kmelmed@highpointacademy.net

        Clarissa Barnett

        Elementary School Assistant Principal

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        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. 

        Email: cbarnett@highpointacademy.net

            Jessica Newsome

            Middle School Assistant Principal

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            Jessica Newsome is High Point Academy’s Middle School Assistant Principal. The 2021-2022 school year marks her first year at High Point Academy. Prior to her joining the HPA family, she’s had experience as an Administrative Teacher on Special Assignment, Special Education Department Coordinator, Interventionist, a Special Education Teacher, and an Early Childhood Educator. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Langston University, her Master of Education degree in Special Education: Cross Categorical from Grand Canyon University, and 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. While her educational endeavors are special to her, nothing can top her greatest accomplishment to date which was becoming a licensed and ordained preacher. Outside of taking part in ministry activities, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, friends, singing, collecting t-shirts, and being able to sport sneakers and stilettos with ease.

             Email: jnewsome@highpointacademy.net

                Kyle Forsyth

                Dean of Students

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                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.

                Email: kforsyth@highpointacademy.net

                    Jennifer Rendón

                    Interim Dean of Students

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                    Jennifer Rendón is the Interim Dean of Students 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.

                    Email: jrendon@highpointacademy.net

                        Kathryn Archer

                        Special Education Teacher/Coordinator

                        Email: karcher@highpointacademy.net

                            Alexandria Azeez

                            6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

                            Email: aazeez@highpointacademy.net

                                Bethany Baldwin

                                3rd Grade Teacher

                                Email: bbaldwin@highpointacademy.net

                                    Mikayla Biebrach

                                    5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher

                                    Email: mbiebrach@highpointacademy.net

                                        Kelle Bongard

                                        4th Grade Teacher

                                        Email: kbongard@highpointacademy.net

                                            Michelle Brennan

                                            Instructional Assistant

                                            Email: mbrennan@highpointacademy.net

                                                Cassie Britain

                                                Occupational Therapist

                                                Email: cbritain@highpointacademy.net

                                                    Tabitha Cardin

                                                    Director/Preschool Teacher

                                                    Email: tcardin@highpointacademy.net

                                                        Theresa Cardona

                                                        Instructional Assistant

                                                        Email: tcardona@highpointacademy.net

                                                            Ariel Carey

                                                            School Therapist Intern

                                                            Email: acarey@highpointacademy.net

                                                                Luis Carrillo

                                                                7th Grade Mathematics Teacher

                                                                Email: lcarrillo@highpointacademy.net

                                                                    Nancy Chairez

                                                                    Instructional Assistant

                                                                    Email: nchairez@highpointacademy.net

                                                                        Emily Chouinard

                                                                        Health Clinic Assistant

                                                                        Email: echouinard@highpointacademy.net

                                                                            Sydney Costa

                                                                            Elementary School Counselor

                                                                            Email: scosta@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                Bill Crossman

                                                                                Facility Manager

                                                                                Email: bcrossman@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                    Emily DelRoss

                                                                                    8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

                                                                                    Email: edelross@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                        Timothy Donaldson

                                                                                        Email: tdonaldson@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                            Veronica Duran

                                                                                            Preschool Assistant

                                                                                            Email: vduran@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                Ashley Eisel

                                                                                                5th Grade Mathematics Teacher

                                                                                                Email: aeisel@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                    Safa Elfaki

                                                                                                    Preschool Assistant

                                                                                                    Email: selfaki@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                        Jeanette Epp

                                                                                                        2nd Grade Teacher

                                                                                                        Email: jepp@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                            Catherine Farrell

                                                                                                            K-5 ESL Teacher

                                                                                                            Email: cfarrell@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                Gene Fashaw

                                                                                                                8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

                                                                                                                Email: gfashaw@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                    Teresa Fechtig

                                                                                                                    Kindergarten Teacher

                                                                                                                    Email: tfechtig@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                        Madison Fogarty

                                                                                                                        8th Grade Science Teacher

                                                                                                                        Email: mfogarty@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                            Jason Gavaldón

                                                                                                                            Art Teacher

                                                                                                                            Email: jgavaldon@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                Dawn Gioia

                                                                                                                                Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                Email: dgioia@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                    Cindy Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                    Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                    Email: cgonzalez@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                        Tamara Graff

                                                                                                                                        School Therapist

                                                                                                                                        Email: tgraff@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                            Destiny Gray

                                                                                                                                            Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                            Email: dgray@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                Tonya Gray

                                                                                                                                                Business Services and Enrollment Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                Email: tgray@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                    Kaylarae Griffeth

                                                                                                                                                    2nd Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                    Email: kgriffeth@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                        Wyatt Hansen

                                                                                                                                                        Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                        Email: whansen@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                            Eva Hernandez

                                                                                                                                                            Director of Operations

                                                                                                                                                            Email: ehernandez@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                Gabriela Hernandez

                                                                                                                                                                Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                Email: ghernandez@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                    Ondrell Jackson

                                                                                                                                                                    2nd Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                    Email: ojackson@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                        Amber Kohlhoff

                                                                                                                                                                        Preschool Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                        Email: akohlhoff@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                            Jessica Lawdan

                                                                                                                                                                            Music Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                            Email: jlawdan@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                Suzie Ledford

                                                                                                                                                                                Spanish Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                Email: sledford@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                    Abigail Lee

                                                                                                                                                                                    Special Education Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: alee@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hannah Lenz

                                                                                                                                                                                        1st Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: hlenz@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chris Li

                                                                                                                                                                                            7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: chrisli@highpointacademy.net 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Amy Lopez

                                                                                                                                                                                                Behavioral Specialist

                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: alopez@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maureen Ly

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3rd Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: mly@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cayden McGross-Lujan

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: clujan@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shaleena Miller

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kindergarten Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: smiller@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michelle Murray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1st Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: mmurray@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Angela Nelson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Special Education Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: anelson@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Taylor Niewoit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1st Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: tniewoit@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Denise Nolte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Special Education Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: dnolte@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Natalie Olson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Intermediate Floater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: nolson@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jenelle Payne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kindergarten Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: jpayne@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Laura Peck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Technology Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: lpeck@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mary Ponville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: mponville@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Conrad Prososki

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                School Therapist Intern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: cprososki@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brittany Reyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Preschool Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: breyes@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Socorro Reyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: sreyes@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ruby Rodriguez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: rrodriguez@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elizabeth Roffe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Speech Therapist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: eroffe@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steven Roland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6th Grade Science & Social Studies Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: sroland@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jordyn Roles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3rd Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: jroles@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Demri Sailas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4th Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: dsailas@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kendra Sanchez Marble

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                School Psychologist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: ksanchez-marble@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jill Schmidt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Director of Human Resources and Reporting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: jfitz@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vanda Simpson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Building Substitute Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: vsimpson@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            April Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2nd Grade Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: asmith@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thai Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7th Grade Language Arts Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: tsmith@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ashley Scott

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4th Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: ascott@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kerry Tay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Preschool Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: ktay@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brianne Thomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6th Grade Mathematics Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: bthomas@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vanessa Trayler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Middle School Counselor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: vtrayler@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dane Tuck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Physical Education Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: dtuck@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Evelyn Valle-Ruiz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Receptionist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: evalle-ruiz@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lisa Underdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5th Grade Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: lunderdown@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shanice White

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Preschool Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: swhite@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stacie Wilson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School Therapist Intern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: swilson@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Erica Wood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Director of Student Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: ewood@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heather Yeckley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Instructional Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: hyeckley@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jane Shirley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                President/Treasurer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: jshirley@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Elise Topliss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secretary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: etopliss@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marcus Bratton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Director

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email: mbratton@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael Fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Director

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael is a former HPA teacher and basketball coach. He works in public policy and is an adjunct professor of American Politics. He graduated from Valparaiso University and earned his J.D. from University of Colorado – Boulder. He and his wife, Mele, have 3 children.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: mfields@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Laurie Godwin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Director

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Laurie has over 30 years experience in public education in Colorado.  She began her career teaching in Northwest Aurora and then served as a math coach, AP, and Principal in an Expeditionary Learning School.  Laurie was the Head of School of SOAR Charter School in Denver for 4 years and is currently serving as the Interim Principal at Cole Arts and Sciences Academy in Denver. Laurie earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College and her M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Colorado.  Laurie is actively involved the educational community in Colorado focused on educational reform, equity, and teacher development.   Her work is focused on supporting teachers and leaders in diverse schools to ensure that all students receive an excellent education.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: lgodwin@highpointacademy.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mirela Phillips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Director

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: mphillips@highpointacademy.net

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