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The League has partnered with highly qualified consultants to offer a variety of professional development opportunities to our member schools. In the future, the League will be partnering with more highly effective school leaders and teachers across regions of Colorado as well as across school models to consult with our member schools. Please learn more about the consultants below.


 

 Sabrina Hodges, Consultant

 

Specializing in Instructional Coaching, MTSS, SPED, Diagnostic Review and Improvement Planning, and Data Driven Instruction/Data Teams

 

Sabrina is a Colorado native with over 17 years of experience working in Colorado schools as a special education teacher, school social worker, administrator, instructional coach and consultant.

 

As the Director of Student Services, Sabrina developed and implemented special education and MTSS programming for a high-performing charter school network, managed six schools, and coached and evaluated over 20 special education teachers and 6 mental health providers. These practices resulted in some of the best academic growth in Colorado and highest special education MGPs in Denver Public Schools.

 

Since leaving this 5-year tenure for her independent consultancy, Sabrina has engaged in a myriad of support services including providing regular MTSS, special education and instructional coaching professional learning opportunities at the Colorado League of School Schools, assisting turnaround school design for Denver Public Schools, developing intake educational assessment practices and teacher training modules for the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections, and developing and coaching the implementation of academic and social emotional learning MTSS practices.

 

On a personal side, Sabrina is an avid writer, cyclist and outdoorsman. She loves to immerse herself in the beautiful landscapes of Colorado and Utah.

 


 

Racheal Gurian, Consultant

 

Specializing in MTSS, SPED, Data Driven tier 1 and Tier 2 Academic and Social emotional Instruction, Comprehensive School Counseling, School Culture, and Community Mental Health and Advocacy

 

Rachael Gurian is passionate about supporting school communities that have two sticks and a stone to create a sustainable work environment. She is equally passionate about ensuring all Colorado students have access to learning and staff is  equipped with efficient and quality tools versus jargon and complex inputs.

 

Rachael’s background is braided with a long run of work in social emotional and instructional support in the field and as a school and central office special education leader, principal, counselor, and national consultant for over 20 years in Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Diego, and currently Denver. Rachael was formerly the lead partner for over 25 charter schools in Denver Public School for over six years.

 

Currently, Rachael guides teams on the development and sustainability on the ground models of MTSS in many schools across the country, serves as a school Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI) site review team member for the Colorado Department of Education, consults for SchoolWorks LLC in the areas of turn around, school counseling, and special education, and conducts MTSS and special education trainings for leaders for the Colorado League of Charter Schools.

 

Rachael is a mother of a preschooler who brings her joy, wisdom, and daily humble pie.



 

Amos Velasquez, Consultant

 

Specializing in mentor leadership, technology integration, differentiated instruction, and data.


Amos Velasquez is Colorado Native born in Pueblo, Colorado. After graduating from William J. Palmer in Colorado Springs, Amos joined the United States Marine Corps and served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since leaving the Marines, Amos has taken roles of increasing responsibility in local school districts, including Colorado Springs District 11, Academy School District 20, and Denver Public Schools, and was recently the Commandant of the recently opened Colorado Military Academy.

 

Amos is also the owner of a successful small business that operates on the Front Range and Arkansas Valley of Colorado. Amos' passion has been professional development for teachers at all levels. Amos has his bachelor of arts in social sciences and secondary education and a master's of education in administration and supervision.

 

Amos has been married for 15 years to his wife, Jennifer, and has four children (Jace, Myles, Judah, and Gabriella). Amos enjoys coaching football (his team won a state championship at Coronado High School in 2013), fly fishing, and working with veterans suffering from PTSD.   



 

Keith Ouweneel, Consultant

 

Specializing in Governance and Leadership

 

Keith is currently the Director of Crown Pointe Academy of Westminster, a role he has held since 2012.  He is responsible for the academic program, facility needs, budget, and day to day operations of the school which include the challenging issues of 50 employees, 300 parents, and 500 students.  

 

While at Crown Pointe, Keith has developed and implemented many changes to the curriculum, schedules, and programming that have positively affected student engagement and performance. Prior to coming to CPA, Keith worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and school administrator for 15 years in Weld County, Colorado. He began his career in education as a third grade teacher, a job his wife described as working with his “peers”.

 

In addition to his work in schools, Keith has presented at numerous state and national conferences on education best practices, leadership, technology, and board governance. He has also consulted with governmental agencies on the topics of leadership, conflict resolution, and personal motivation.

 

Mr. Ouweneel holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University.  He has also graduated twice from the University of Northern Colorado with a master’s and education specialist degree in educational leadership and policy study.  He believes learning is a lifelong pursuit that requires constant growth and development which happen best in environments of mutual trust and support.


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