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The Star Teacher Council consists of a group of exceptional Colorado charter school educators who have been selected based on their remarkable instructional skills. Star Teacher Council members are nominated by their school leader, and selected by the Colorado League of Charter Schools' nominating committee. 

 

Throughout the school year, Star Teachers serve the charter school community in several ways. Star Teacher Council members are empowered to expand their expertise and leadership skills and put those skills into action by coaching and mentoring their fellow charter school teachers. In addition, Star Teacher Council members lend their teacher voice as policy advisors in connection with the League’s advocacy efforts.

 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is excited to provide opportunities for teachers to share their talents and skills, collaborate with other educators, and develop their leadership skills within their schools. Together, these outstanding educators will have a profound impact on the Colorado charter school community.

 

The following are the 2015-16 Star Teacher Council members. Each of these amazing educators were recognized during the 2016 Colorado Charter Schools Conference in February.

 

  Tina Barath
Compass Montessori School, Wheat Ridge

Tina Barath is an Upper Elementary Teacher at Compass Montessori School in Wheat Ridge. She began her teaching career in the fall of 2001, and has worked with Compass since the 2007/08 school year. Tina received her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from CU Denver. Tina believes the most important reason for teaching in a charter public school is having the freedom and the opportunity to teach the Montessori curriculum which she is passionate about. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, working around her house and being with family and friends.  

   

    

Juliana Cenname
Cherry Creek Academy, Englewood

Juliana Cenname is a middle school social studies teacher at Cherry Creek Academy in Englewood, Colorado. She has spent all four years of her teaching at Cherry Creek Academy. Juliana graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Social Science with an Emphasis in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is her ability to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of all of her students. In her free time she enjoys camping, reading, and walking her dog. 



   

Heather Chol
Lotus School for Excellence, Aurora

Heather Chol is an ELD teacher and teacher leader at Lotus School for Excellence in Aurora. This is her third year teaching middle and high school students at Lotus and tenth year teaching overall. She has taught English to students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master’s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. She has an endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education. Heather’s favorite things about teaching in a charter public school are the diversity of students and having the flexibility to teach each of them in the ways that they learn best. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Together they shop, cook, travel and watch movies.



 
Bethany Dieterle
Georgetown Community School, Georgetown

Bethany Dieterle is a fifth grade teacher at Georgetown Community School. This is her seventh year teaching. In the past she has taught first and second grade. Bethany's favorite part about teaching is the growth she gets to see in her students each year. "The best part of teaching in a charter school is that I get to work closely with students, parents, and other teachers." In her free time Bethany enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family. 

   

  

Ashley Eisel
High Point Academy, Aurora

Ashley Eisel is a 5th Grade Math Teacher and Intermediate Team Lead at High Point Academy in Aurora. This is her 4th year teaching at High Point Academy and 10th year teaching overall. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 1st Grade, and 5th Grade. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Elementary Education. Ashely’s favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is that she feels she is able to make a difference in the lives of future leaders. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, running, and chasing her two energetic children.

 



  

Jacque Forchette
Knowledge Quest Academy, Milliken

Jacque Forchette is an Algebra teacher and lead middle school teacher at Knowledge Quest Academy in Milliken, Colorado. This is her 5th year teaching at Knowledge Quest Academy and 19th year teaching overall. She graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Chemistry and a MA from DU, Denver in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics. Jacque’s favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is the many “hats” we wear. In her free time Jacque enjoys reading and cooking. Jacque taught two years in the Peace Corp. The country she was assigned was The Gambia, West Africa.



  
 



Sarah Gramarossa
The Academy of Charter Schools, Westminster

Sarah Gramarossa is a special education teacher and induction supervisor at The Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster. This is her 7th year teaching at The Academy of Charter Schools and 10th year teaching overall. Sarah began her teaching career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania teaching 3rd grade. Since moving to Colorado in 2006, she has taught grades 3 through 6 both as a general education and special education teacher. She  graduated from Chatham University  with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Sarah has taught in charter schools for most of her career.  She loves the strong sense of community and the innovative nature of charter public schools. In her free time, Sarah  enjoys hiking, running, playing with her two dogs and traveling  with her husband.



  

Jael James
AXL Academy, Aurora

Jael James currently teaches 1st grade and serves as the Primary Teacher Leader at AXL Academy in Aurora where she has worked for two years. She graduated from Empire State University- Manhattan, New York in 2004 with a degree in Economics. Her favorite part about going to work is seeing her scholars and their families. She’s been fortunate to be part of such a great community! When she’s not teaching, she enjoys baking with her daughter. Her family enjoys going to Disney World when they have time to get away.

 

 

  

Kareem Kalil
Compass Academy, Denver

Kareem Kalil is the founding 6th grade math teacher at Compass Academy, City Year’s flagship school in Denver. This is his 1st year teaching at Compass and 4th year teaching overall. Kareem worked for two years as a 6th Grade Math Teacher at Young Scholars Charter School in Philadelphia as part of Teach for America. He also was an instructional Coach for Breakthrough Collaborative in Philadelphia before moving to Denver. Before that, he was a City Year corps member in Boston. Kareem graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a Master’s in Urban Education. His favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is having the autonomy to develop a model that serves all children. In his free time, Kareem enjoys basketball, which he played in college, and is learning to play the piano.

 

 

  

Stefanie Lamont
The Pinnacle Charter School, Federal Heights

Stefanie Lamont is a 5th grade department chair at The Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights. This is her 2nd year teaching at PCS and 4th year teaching overall. She has also worked as a special education paraprofessional beforehand. She graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelor degree in elementary education and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Special Education. Stefanie’s favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is working with students and families who chose and truly value our school. In her free time, Stefanie enjoys hiking, reading, and volunteering.

 

 

  

Azucena Martinez
Ricardo Flores Magón Academy, Denver

Azucena Martinez is a Kindergarten Teacher at Ricardo Flores Magon Academy in Denver. This is her 6th year teaching at this RFMA. Previously, she worked for 3 years as a substitute teacher within the St. Vrain Valley School District. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She also received her Master's Degree/Initial Teacher's License from the University of Phoenix in 2010. A few years after that, she completed an Induction program with TILA in Denver where she also completed a Special Education program and later received a SPED endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education. Her favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is the size; she says her school feels like a family. In her free time she enjoys cross-country skiing, listening to History Podcasts and spending time with her two beautiful daughters and family.

 

 

  

Jamie Nims
Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs

Jamie Nims is a middle school Humanities and Spanish teacher at Two Rivers Community School in Glenwood Springs. He began working at Two Rivers last year when they first opened, and taught in Guadalajara, Mexico for three years before that. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana and a Master of Education degree from Framingham State University. His favorite thing about working in a charter public school is the family like atmosphere that allows him to better connect with students and staff.  In his free time, Jamie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, listening to music, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

 

 

  

Heather Pedrin
Ricardo Flores Magón Academy, Denver

Heather Pedrin is a fourth grade teacher at Ricardo Flores Magón Academy in Denver. This is her fifth year teaching and she has taught at RFMA the entire time. She is a 2011 Teach for America corps member. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Psychology. Heather’s favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is the freedom to follow a unique mission and school culture. In her free time, Heather enjoys taking photography classes and hiking with her family.

 

 

  

Jessica Schmidt
High Point Academy, Aurora

Jessica Schmidt is a middle school Science teacher at High Point Academy in Aurora. This is her 5th year teaching at High Point Academy and in teaching overall. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Jessica’s favorite thing about teaching in a charter public school is the diversity among students, their families, and staff. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, playing competitive volleyball, enjoying the Colorado outdoors, and traveling as much as possible.

 

 

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