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.  As School Director, Mr. Khan helped lead DSST Conservatory Green to its first school rating of Blue - Distinguished, which is the top rating a school can receive and only achieved by two schools in all of Denver.  See more details about Adeel in a letter from our CEO, Bill Kurtz, by clicking here:  Adeel Khan School Director Announcement 

Maria Cedillo, 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, Associate School Director: 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,  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,  Director of College Success: 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, Director of Curriculum and Instruction - Intervention:  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,  Physics & Engineering Teacher:  Mr. Wilsey will be teaching 9th grade physics and engineering. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at Truman State University in Missouri and his master's degree in mathematics education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his free time you'll find him trail running, hiking, mountain biking, writing books, and playing music. Mr. Wilsey helped to found another STEM high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he worked with students who designed an experiment that launched aboard the International Space Station.

Alexandra Medrano, English Language Development Teacher Leader:  Maestra Medrano will join the Hornets staff as English Language Development Teacher Leader. 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!

Nate Reaven, Dean of Students:  Mr. Reaven will be the Dean of Students for our Prep Academy (9th and 10th Grade)! This will be Mr. Reaven's 9th 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, Coordinator of College Success - Internships:  Ms. Meeder will be joining the Hornets as the Coordinator of College Success - Internships. 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, Math Teacher:  Mrs. Seaman will be joining the Hornets as a 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. 

Kyla Taylor, Chemistry & Biology Teacher:  Ms. Taylor will join the Hornet's Nest next year as the Chemistry & Biology Teacher. Ms. Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in Cellular Biology and Chemistry from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison (Go Mountaineers!), and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Education and Teacher Leadership. She cannot wait to meet her students at Conservatory Green and share her passion for science with them! In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and hiking in the mountains with her German Shepherd, Lola!

Christine Schultz, Senior Academy Dean:  Mrs. Schultz is so excited to continue working with Hornet students as the Senior Academy Dean! With an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver, Mrs. Schultz is excited to continue to pursue her love for equity in education and building relationships with students, parents, and community members in her new role. After 8 years in the classroom, Mrs. Schultz is excited for the challenge of something new and is looking forward to supporting students culturally as they get closer to achieving graduation and moving on to college. She can’t wait to spread joy and love to students each and every day! In her spare time, Mrs. Schultz loves to snuggle her babies Noah and Lily and work up a sweat at Orange Theory Fitness :)

Meriwether Joyner, World Literature and AP Language & Composition:  Ms. Joyner will join the Conservatory Green family as a 10th grade English teacher. She has spent the last four years teaching 9-12th grade English and Creative Writing in Nashville, Tennessee. As an outdoors-enthusiast, she can't wait to move to Colorado. She is a Tiger at heart, as she graduated from Clemson University, but is excited to become a Hornet this upcoming school year! She is eager to meet her new students and to start diving into great literature together!

McClellan Walcott, Director of Curriculum and Instruction:  Ms. Walcott will be joining the Conservatory Green High School team as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the 2018-2019 school year. Originally from Alabama, she taught high school math for four years before attending grad school to earn her Masters of Education in Language and Literacy. She moved to Denver in 2015 to become a Math Fellow Coordinator in Montbello, where she has worked for the past three years. Ms. Walcott is excited to join the CGHS staff in year 2 to support teachers in continuing to grow in their practice! In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, cooking, and planning her wedding--coming soon in March 2019!

Corey Werner, Math Teacher:  Mr. Werner will be joining the CG High School for the 2018-2019 school year as a Math teacher. He has taught middle school math for the past 8 years, including 3 years at DSST. At Conservatory Green Middle School he was recognized with an Award for Exemplary Data. Before teaching, Mr. Werner earned a degree in Art and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. He rekindled his love of math when he joined Teach For America and taught in Mississippi. In his free time, you can find Mr. Werner hiking, camping, climbing, or snowboarding. If he's not outdoors, he will likely have his nose in a book! Mr. Werner is excited to share and grow his many passions with the high school Hornets!

Zach Carlson, World History Teacher:  Mr. Carlson joins the Hive as the 10th Grade World History teacher starting in August 2018.  He has taught 9th through 12th grades and loves the opportunity to work with students as they discover and pursue their passions. Mr. Carlson was born and raised in Colorado, attended CU Boulder, and when he isn't camping, fishing, or hiking, you can find him at Crossfit, the movies, reading, or traveling to new places. History has always been his true love, and he cannot wait to work with his future Hornets as they take the lessons from the past and create a better world.

Lacey Ruskin, Theatre Teacher: Ms. Ruskin is beyond thrilled to be a Hornet again this year and feels so lucky to be the CGHS founding performing arts teacher. Ms. Ruskin graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey (a long time ago) with a B.A. in Theatre and received her master’s degree from Goddard College in Vermont. Ms. Ruskin grew up just outside of NYC (in New Jersey) and has lived in NY, FL and even spent ten years in Alaska.  She moved to Colorado in 2008 and plans to grow old(er) here. Ms. Ruskin sincerely hopes you will come check out the black-box theater in room 318 this year!


Jon Caravello, Visual Arts & Digital Arts Teacher:   Mr. Caravello is honored to be joining the Conservatory Green community as the High School Visual Arts teacher. After receiving his bachelor's degree from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York, Mr. Caravello spent the next ten years working as a graphic designer in Marketing and Advertising throughout NYC. Fortunately, he woke up one day and realized his true purpose and calling in life was in education. Shortly after he and his family packed up and moved from Queens, New York to Denver, Colorado, he swiftly completed the Teacher Licensure Program at Metropolitan State University for K-12 Art Education. Mr. Caravello is very much looking forward to creating, exploring, contemplating, experimenting, discovering, and communicating new ideas through the visual arts with students for years to come. Outside of school, he spends his time with his wife, chasing their three sons; Jack (2.5), Alex (1), and Sam (1). In rare moments, he enjoys drawing in his sketchbook and being outside building things in his garage.

Kevin Berstler, Spanish Teacher & Music Teacher:  Mr. Berstler is a Spanish teacher whose passion for language has lead him to DSST: CG. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Colorado, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Mr. Berstler earned his BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Stetson University where he won a scholarship to study in Peru as well as the Robert L. Smith Award for Outstanding Student in Latin American Studies. He earned his MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Education from the University of Colorado, Denver with a 4.0 GPA. As well as being a passionate educator, Mr. Berstler loves to play, write, and record music from various styles, including lofi hip hop and progressive metal. He speaks four and a half languages. Ask him which ones they are!

Amanda Somsky, Math Teacher:  Mrs. Somsky will be joining the hive next year as a 10th grade math teacher. Her deep content knowledge and years of experience in middle school have prepared her to make the jump to high school. After earning her undergraduate degree in Middle Childhood Math and Social Studies education, she taught in Chicago and earned a master's in Middle School Math Education. Through her experiences teaching in inner city Chicago, she learned much about the resilient spirit of young adults and the impact quality education (and love) can have on ones' future. Although she began her DSST career as a raptor, she is excited to become part of the hive and continue learning from its staff and students. In her free time she loves going on adventures whether it be camping or snowshoeing to traveling the world with her husband and son.

Jack Walsh, Special Education Teacher:  Mr. Walsh will join CGHS as a special education teacher in the fall. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in International Affairs in 2016.  After graduating, he served 2 years in AmeriCorps with City Year Denver at College View Elementary School and Skinner Middle School.  Outside the classroom, Mr. Walsh enjoys watching and playing sports, heading up to the mountains, and the Lord of the Rings novels.

Elias Heard, High School Physics Teacher:  Mr. Heard will join the DSST community teaching physics to incoming high school freshmen. He has taught middle school math for the last two years but has tutored students in high school and college for the last four years. Mr. Heard has received a dual degree major. One degree is in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology; whereas the other is in Mathematics from Fort Valley State University. He is excited to bring rigor and excitement for math to the incoming Hornets! In his spare time, he reads, does martial arts, plays the saxophone, and attends the theater.

Katherine Johnson, MIS Center Program Lead:  Ms. Johnson is joining Conservatory Green High School as a first year teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree in moderate to intensive special education at The Ohio State University. She is incredibly excited to join the team as the Multi- Intensive Severe Center Program Lead and collaborate with the general education teachers to best support the students at Conservatory Green. Originally from Cleveland, she is new to the Denver area. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, skiing, snowboarding, hiking and practicing yoga!

Elisa Rodriguez, MIS Center Program Paraprofessional:  Ms. Rodriguez recently graduated with my bachelors in Social Work from Colorado State University. Over the past couple of years, I have worked with a range of students from kindergarten through high school. Most recently I worked at an elementary school under the school counselor and got to work with children from all different backgrounds. I love working with kids and am so excited to share my experiences and to be a part of DSST! I love animals, especially dogs! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, hiking, trying new restaurants, and being active.  

Tim Koh, Biology Teacher:  Mr. Koh was born and raised in Colorado (and is very proud of that fact). He loves rock climbing, camping, skiing and backpacking as they all lead to him spending time with friends. He is looking to improve his woodworking skills and hopes to build an electric guitar with his older brother over the summer. Currently he is enraptured, for the second time, by the book series "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis.  He graduated from Colorado State University in the Spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Microbiology and a Master's Degree in Education. He began his teaching career in the Fall of 2018 with DSST: Byers teaching Chemistry. While the prospect of leaving the staff and especially the students at Byers was difficult, it is with great joy that he will be moving into a role with the Hornets teaching Biology, a subject he loves and dedicated many late nights to studying. He is eager to get started and improve by implementing all he learned in his first year, and is looking forward to meeting everyone in the Hive!

Natalie Bess, AP Language & Composition Teacher:  Ms. Bess is ecstatic to join the CGHS 11th grade team as an English teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Spanish at Northwestern University and remains a proud wildcat today. After college, Ms. Bess taught 9th grade Humanities for three years at DSST: College View High School. Most recently, she has spent the 2018-2019 school year teaching secondary English in A Coruña, Spain on a Fulbright grant. Ms. Bess is looking forward to returning to Colorado to share her new hobbies, skills, and international perspective acquired abroad with the Hornet community!

Jonathan Rempfer, Math Teacher:  Mr. Rempfer will be joining CGHS as a Math Teacher. He has taught students from 7th grade through 12th grade in Salt Lake City, UT and Ogden, UT.  In addition to teaching he has also coached cross country, track, and basketball. Mr. Rempfer earned his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Concordia University in Nebraska and his Masters in Mathematics Education from the University of Utah. He is excited to share his passion for math and to see his students grow and become lifelong learners! In his free time, he enjoys running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Nicole Ryks, Spanish Teacher:  Ms. Ryks will join Conservatory Green campus starting the '19 school year as a Spanish teacher. She is very excited to share her passion and knowledge of foreign language and culture with the amazing students at DSST! Nicole grew up in the Midwest and earned her undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University and her masters in Spanish Literature at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Since then, she started her career in education as a paraprofessional and worked in higher education as a Spanish instructor and coordinator. She loves to spend her free time with her three-legged pup, exercising, and being in the Colorado mountains.

Reese Wold, World Literature Teacher:  Ms. Wold will join the Hive as a 10th Grade World Literature teacher. She has worked with students in 7th grade through 12th grade in Denver at West High School and DSST College View Middle School. At CVMS, she worked to create a diverse curriculum that also accommodated all students learning styles and needs. Ms. Wold earned her undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Denver. After studying literature at DU, she is ecstatic to be diving back into books full time at CGHS! In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, reading and creating poetry, and watching the Denver Nuggets and Broncos. Her secret talent is the ability to sort anyone into their Hogwarts house!

Sebastian Roeder, Apprentice Teacher:  My name is Sebastian Roeder and I will be joining the Hive as a 10th grade apprentice science teacher. I was born in Germany, grew up in Venezuela, and completed my undergrad in Health Sciences at CCU in Lakewood, CO where I played DII NCAA soccer. I have been a substitute teacher for only about 3 months now but I cannot wait to get a chance to become a permanent teacher in the Fall and try to add to what already seems to be a very diverse yet integrated campus!

Victor Aviles-Garcia, Spanish Teacher:  My name is Victor Aviles and I am from Ponce Puerto Rico (The best part of Puerto Rico). I studied Language Education at Universidad Interamericana de Ponce and taught at several grade levels including elementary, middle school, high school and college. As a professor at Trinity College of Puerto Rico I had the opportunity to see many students find and develop their passions into amazing and promising careers. I believe that a good teacher shares knowledge but a great teacher shares the curiosity for learning. I'm a fan of all things pop culture, arts and memes. I love talking about movies, series, gaming, comics, books and YouTube videos. I'm also an executive producer and host at PRESENTAOS - EL PODCAST which is a weekly episode Spanish podcast that analyzes pop culture and other interesting subjects. I always have a new project or challenge in mind and I love to encourage others to try do the same. I moved to Colorado two years ago, had a great time teaching at Strive PREP but now I'm super excited to join the Hornets and call this school my home.

Alex Hippenhammer, Humanities & Composition Teacher:  Mr. Hippenhammer will join us as a 9th Grade Humanities teacher. He has taught all ages, from 1st grade through 12th, and he is excited to share his love of literature and life with his students. Mr. Hippenhammer studied English Literature and Writing at Indiana University. He spent last summer working with volunteer high school students building schools and teaching English in Anloga, Ghana. In his free time, he is an avid climber, traveler, dancer, and lover of the outdoors.

Andy Kretz, Physical Education Teacher & Volleyball Coach:  Andy Kretz is thrilled to join the DSST Conservatory Green community in the 2019-2020 school year as the PE Teacher. Andy received his BA in Business Administration with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Management from Peru State University. He has been coaching and playing sports his entire life and all over the world, from South Korea to Italy and many places around the United States. He is passionate about sharing his love for fitness, team sports, and character development with todays’ youth. He is currently involved in the Athletics Department at DSST CG as the head volleyball coach, assistant basketball coach, and Strength and Conditioning teacher. He is looking forward to building the PE program at the high school to ensure every student has the foundational knowledge and skills to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Molly Cleary, Special Education Teacher:  Ms. Cleary will join CGHS as a special education teacher in the fall.  She graduated from the  University of Dayton with a Bachelors in Science as an Intervention Specialist with a minor in Social Work.  During her time at the University of Dayton she was on the Dean’s List and awarded The Raymond & Beulah Horn Award of Excellence to the outstanding student in the area of Intervention Specialist Education.  Ms. Cleary has had a diverse amount of experience being placed in a variety of schools since her freshman year at the University of Dayton.   Ms. Cleary is eager to begin and continue her passion for teaching.  Outside of school Ms. Cleary enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She loves to travel and very excited to explore the beautiful Colorado mountains hiking and skiing.   

Carmen Espinosa, School Social Worker (& her Therapy Dog, Minerva!):  Ms. Carmen and her furry co-therapist Minerva is joining the Hornet Hive as the School Social Worker. Ms. Carmen has worked supporting 6th grade through 12th grade students in the Denver Metro area for 3 years and has been with the DSST Network for 1 year. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Social Work and Certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver. Ms. Carmen and Minerva are excited to bring experiential-based approaches to therapeutic support, such as Animal-Assisted Interventions, Humane Education, and Mind-Body Re-Integration, to Conservatory Green High School students. In her free time, Ms. Carmen enjoys teaching and practicing yoga; reading; hiking; dancing; and traveling around the world.

Patrick McCarty, World History & AP US History Teacher:  Mr McCarty will be joining the team at CGHS to teach World and US History. He earned his undergraduate degree in History/Social Science Education from Illinois State University. Following graduation, Mr McCarty was a wilderness guide at two Boy Scout High Adventure Camps where he enjoyed teaching young people to responsibly thrive in the outdoors. He has most recently moved back to the U.S. from China, where he taught science and social studies to 7-12 grade ESL students. Mr McCarty is passionate about photography, travel, exploring the outdoors, and challenging students to think critically and creatively about the world they share. He is excited to call Colorado and CGHS his new home!

Elijah Kane, AP US History Teacher:  Mr. Kane will join the Hornet Crew as an 11th Grade A.P U.S History Teacher. He has taught students in 7th and 8th Grade in Rockingham, North Carolina and Tarboro, North Carolina. While teaching at W.A Pattillo in Tarboro, Mr. Kane served as chair of the Social Studies Department, Resilience Team and Eighth Grade Level Team and has coached Cross Country. This past school year, he was voted "Teacher of the Year" for his efforts in developing rigorous and engaging curriculum for both the Social Studies and English Language Arts Department. Mr. Kane earned his undergraduate degree in History with a Social Studies Teaching Certification from Messiah Collage in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. While Mr. Kane will always appreciate his Pattillo Viking Family, he is excited for this new chapter of sharing his love for history and to see his students use history as a tool to develop effective communication skills as well as becoming empathetic and informed citizens. In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling and exploring the latest new and bizarre Netflix series.

Adrian Parker, Chemistry Teacher:  Mr. Adrian will join the Hornets as a 10th Grade Chemistry teacher! He has recently finished his teacher residency at DMLK Early College where he taught 9th Grade Biology & 10th Grade Astronomy. Mr. Adrian has earned his undergraduate degree from CU Boulder in Business Management & Leadership and will be graduating with a Masters of Art in Teaching in May 2020. He is most excited to learn with his students and see what amazing achievements they can accomplish as they chase their dreams. On his free time, you can catch Mr. Adrian fishing & camping around Colorado or exploring different countries and their cultures around the world.

Kyle Gordon, Apprentice Teacher:  Mr. Gordon will join Conservatory Green as an apprentice teacher with Mr. Wilsey through the University of Denver Teacher Education Program. Mr. Gordon previously was a substitute teacher and high school basketball coach for 3 years in Los Angeles. Mr. Gordon earned his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Westmont College where he also played for years of basketball. He is excited to join such a prestigious school and share his love of science with the future generations. In his free time Mr. Gordon enjoys playing sports, country line dancing, and hiking all around Colorado.

Mari Stevens, Spanish Teacher:  Maestra Stevens will be joining the Hornets staff as a Spanish teacher. Born and raised in Park Hill, she is very excited to be moving back to her hometown after spending a few years in Madrid, Spain, New York City and Portland, Oregon. She has taught middle school Spanish I and Spanish for Native Speakers and has worked with students from 4th through 12th grade in both Oregon and New York City. Maestra Stevens graduated from the University of Portland with a joint degree in Education and Spanish. She then earned a Master’s in teaching Spanish at New York University and published her thesis in Spanish about the effectiveness of using humor in the classroom (which she shamelessly applies with or without student approval). She has lived abroad in Costa Rica and Spain and is excited to share her experiences and acquired passion for language and culture with her students. Outside her classroom, Maestra Stevens loves to craft, draw, bake unhealthy treats, and spend time with friends, family and her dogs. Maestra Stevens is also a certified Zumba instructor and big Broncos fan. She can’t wait to get to know all of you!

Brittany Stephens, Math Teacher:  Ms. Stephens is very excited to join the DSST: Conservatory Green team as a math teacher. She has experience teaching math at many different levels in Alabama and her home state of Georgia, from 5th grade math to 12th grade Calculus. Ms. Stephens graduated from Jacksonville State University in Alabama with a BS in Mathematics Education. From her very first visit to Denver, she fell in love with the mountains and weather (both very different from the southeast), and has dreamed of moving there ever since. She is excited that she has the opportunity to live in her dream city while teaching at a wonderful school like DSST. Ms. Stephens enjoys working with motivated students, but also likes the challenge of discovering strategies that work for individual students. In her free time, she likes finding new comedians to watch, playing with her dogs, and taking pictures of beautiful Colorado.

Bintou Diallo, Humanities Teacher:  Ms. Diallo will join the Hornets as a 9th grade Humanities teacher. She has taught and worked with students from 2nd through 12th grade in Colorado and Guinea, West Africa. Ms. Diallo earned her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and her graduate degree in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she and her colleagues created a curriculum for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Outside of pursuing her educational aspirations and working with students, she enjoys spending time with her family, project management, traveling, and learning new skills. Ms. Diallo is very excited to join the Hornets!

Rae Temple, Computer Science Teacher:  Rae Temple is joining us and is super excited to begin as the Hornet's Computer Science Teacher!  He earned his degree in Computer Science at the University of Vermont and is moving from Vermont where he worked at a Ski Resort. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, video games, sports and adventuring with my dog Ranger.  

Jake Leuders, Special Education Coordinator:  Mr. Lueders will join the CGHS team as the Special Education Coordinator this fall. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a B.S. in Special Education. Prior to moving to Colorado, he taught high school in Wisconsin for four years, while also coaching cross country, track and field, and Special Olympics. Most recently, he has spent the last three years teaching at DSST: Montview Middle School. Mr. Lueders is thrilled to return to working with students at the high school level where he can teach students to better understand their disabilities and empower them to be strong, independent self-advocates as they prepare to embark on their future endeavors. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, taking his dog on outdoor adventures, going to concerts, and trying new things!