Staff Bios

Adeel Khan, Founding School Director:   Adeel Khan will be the Founding School Director at DSST: Conservatory Green High School.  Mr. Khan is joining us from DSST: College View High School, where he served as Associate School Director.  DSST College View High School was just rated the #1 overall school in Denver and Mr. Khan hopes to continue this track record of excellence at Conservatory Green High School.  See more details about Adeel in a letter from our CEO, Bill Kurtz, by clicking here:  Adeel Khan School Director Announcement 

Maria Cedillo, Founding Office Manager:  Ms. Cedillo will join DSST-CGHS as the Front Office Manager. She has worked with students and parents at both Aurora and Denver public schools. She has a B.S. in Human Services and M.S in School Counseling. She is very excited about joining DSST-CGHS family she is ready to take on challenges and will help support everyone at CGHS. Ms. Cedillo lives in Aurora and loves to spend time with her children, family and friends. She enjoys helping others and learning new things. She likes to listen to music, dance, meditate, walk in the park and watch movies.

Meghan Janci, School Director in Training: Meghan Janci is thrilled to be a member of the founding team of Conservatory Green High School! For the past 3 years, Meghan has been the Associate School Director at DSST GVR HS - before that she spent 4 years teaching 10th grade chemistry. Ms. Janci has her undergraduate degree in the University of Illinois and is working on her masters in Instructional Leadership from the Relay Graduate School of Education. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and traveling to Chicago to see her family. Meghan is thrilled to be a Hornet next year and can't wait to meet the founding class of 2021!

Mike Perez, Founding Athletic Director:  Mr. Perez will be moving up to the high school to be Conservatory Green Campus Athletic Director. For the last 2 years Mr. Perez has been the PE teacher at the middle school. Mr. Perez will split time next year at the middle school and the high school. Mr. Perez attended the University of Jamestown on a basketball scholarship and earned a degree in Physical Education as well as Health and Fitness Administration. He has been teaching for 8 years all in Denver. He has taught every grade level from Kindergarten to juniors in high school. He is excited for the challenge and opportunity to bring a great Athletics program to CG High School.

Valerie Wilkinson, Founding E-Ship Computer Science Teacher: Mrs. Wilkinson is joining our team with 7 years of experience teaching with DSST Public Schools and will be teaching Design Thinking. Mrs. Wilkinson is moving up in age from working as an Art teacher at both the Green Valley Ranch and Cole middle schools and very excited to work with high school students. Last year she was named Master Teacher in addition to receiving both culture and academic awards. Mrs. Wilkinson is a Colorado native and earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Metropolitan State University of Denver. In her free time Mrs. Wilkinson keeps very busy with her baby boy/girl twins Oliver and Emerson, and husband Will.

Nichole MacVittie, Founding Special Education Coordinator:  Mrs. MacVittie will join the CGHS team as the Special Education Coordinator. She has taught students in grades 6-8 in Atlanta, GA, as well as undergraduate college students in Virginia. She earned a B.S. in Business at Virginia Tech, a M.Ed. in Behavioral/Learning Disabilities at Georgia State University, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Education at George Mason University. Mrs. MacVittie is beyond excited to move to Denver to be a part of the CGHS family. She enjoys learning new things, reading, outdoor adventures with her pup, and trying new food!

Nick Wilsey, Founding 9th Grade Physics Teacher:  Mr. Wilsey will be teaching 9th grade physics. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at Truman State University in Missouri and MS in mathematics education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, trail running, and exploring the woods with his two dogs.  Mr. Wilsey helped found another STEM school in Knoxville, TN, where he was earned the “Teacher of the Year” honor. He has vacationed in Colorado every summer for the past few years and looks forward to now calling it home.

Frankie Jones, Girls Basketball Coach:  Coach Frankie Jones will join the CGHS family as the Founding Head Girls Basketball Coach. Coach Frankie is a 2017 Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award National Winner. He is ranked top 15 basketball trainers in the country by Steph Curry's COACHUP training company. Coach Frankie is a licensed USA Basketball Youth Development coach. In the summer, he helps run the Snow Valley Basketball Camps that have been featured in Sports Illustrated. He is known for his character driven, high energy and positive reinforcement coaching style. Coach Frankie is excited to help develop and grow Hornets Basketball into a program that brings excitement to our school and community!

Colton Stephens, Founding 9th Grade Math Teacher: Mr. Stephens will join our team as a 9th Grade Math teacher. He began his career as a chemical engineer after developing a love of math from his high school experience. One year into engineering, he realized the reason he loved math so much was because of the teachers he had and how they taught. He moved to Colorado, where he obtained a Masters in Education and began teaching eighth grade. He is excited to be a part of this new adventure and share his love of math with a new group of students. In his free time he loves to get out to the mountains to hike or snow shoe, is a board game enthusiast, and loves exploring all that Colorado has to offer.

Alexandra Medrano, Founding 9th Grade Spanish and Spanish for Native Speakers Teacher:  Maestra Medrano will join the Hornets staff as a Spanish 1 and Spanish 1 for Native Speakers teacher. She has taught high school Spanish, both in second language and heritage language settings. Mstra. Medrano graduated with her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of San Diego. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. She looks forward to sharing her experiences in diverse cultures as a result of being bilingual and passion for Latino culture. In her free time, la maestra enjoys being outdoors, running, playing soccer and hanging out with her dog. She is excited to meet all of her future Hornets!

Kaitlyn Cooper, Founding 9th Grade Humanities Teacher:  Ms. Cooper will join the Hornets as a 9th Grade Humanities teacher. She has taught 6th grade writing, and 7th grade reading at Stapleton Middle School in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Cooper earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and will earn her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, summer 2017 from University of Colorado Denver. She is looking forward to growing students love of literature, and creating lifelong readers! In her free time, Ms. Cooper loves reading, traveling, and trying unique and diverse foods.

Nate Reaven, Founding 9th Grade Composition Teacher:  Mr. Reaven will be moving up with the class of 2021 to teach 9th grade Composition! This will be Mr. Reaven's 7th year in the DSST network, and third campus. After spending the last three years at Conservatory Green Middle School, Mr. Reaven can't wait to move up to the wonderful world of high school! Mr. Reaven is a Denver native, who attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned an English degree, and certificates in both Education and Leadership. He is excited to share his passion for reading and writing with a group of students that he knows and adores. In his free time, he enjoys reading, camping, traveling, and skiing.

Kelly Meeder, Founding 9th Grade Humanities Teacher:  Ms. Meeder will be joining the Hornets as a 9th Grade Humanities teacher. She started teaching in Baltimore, MD in various grade levels including PreK, 1st grade, and 7th grade. Most recently, she completed her first year as a DSST teacher as the 8th grade reading teacher at Conservatory Green MS. She is extremely excited to continue to work with the AMAZING class of 2021 and sharing her love of reading and learning with each of her students! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being in the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Seaman, Founding 9th Grade Math Teacher:  Mrs. Seaman will be joining the Hornets as a 9th grade Math teacher. She has taught students from 7th to 12th grade in Houston, Texas. She earned her degree in Secondary Mathematics and Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2013 (Whoop!). Sarah is excited to share her love of math and passion for knowledge with her future Hornets! In her free time she enjoys long distance running, yoga, reading, traveling, hiking, and hanging out with her house-trained rabbit, Theodore. 

Katherine Dilley, Founding 9th Grade Physics Teacher:  Mrs. Dilley will be joining the CGHS team as a 9th grade physics teacher. Mrs. Dilley received her undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working on her M.A.T in Secondary Science through Relay - GSE and is a 2017 Teach for America Corps Member. Katherine decided to enter the classroom after working with youth in various programs and recognizing the unique position teachers are in to encourage youth as both students and individuals. Being raised in Colorado, Katherine loves exploring the Rockies through hiking, skiing, and running. She is excited to share her love for science with her students at CGHS!