Meet our team
Meet our Administrators
Nicole Tiley | Head of School
Mrs. Tiley, the Head of School for Colorado Preparatory Academy and Pikes Peak Online School, joined the Stride K12 team eleven years ago. Nicole has worked as a special education teacher, a K–12 academic director, and a Head of School. Nicole earned a BA in special education from Pennsylvania State University. She completed her Master of Education (EdM) from Northern Arizona in Special Education. Nicole also completed an additional Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in K–12 administration.
Nicole has received awards for being the 2006 Westside Impact Teacher of the Year and a 2006 Rodel Exemplary Teacher Finalist. Nicole enjoys coaching youth basketball and soccer.
Sheila Stevens | High School Principal
Sheila Stevens has been in education for over 21 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Pre-Therapy from California State University, Sacramento. She earned her teaching credential training from National University. Later she earned her master's degree in reading from University of Northern Colorado. She pursued her administration studies at CU Denver and earned her Educational Specialist Degree. She is honored to serve as the high school principal at Colorado Preparatory Academy.
Renae Roth | Middle School Principal
Mrs. Renae Roth is the principal at CPA middle school. Renae has been working with Stride K12 for the past five years and has also taught high school English. Renae earned her BA in English, with an emphasis on secondary education, and her MA in educational media at the University of Northern Colorado. She most recently earned her Educational Leadership License through Colorado State University–Global Campus.
Sarah Schuchard | Elementary Principal
Mrs. Schuchard is the elementary principal at CPA and is proud to have been at the elementary school since the very first day in 2013. She has been in education for over 15 years and holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.
Kimber Podsedek | Operations Manager
Ms. Podsedek is the manager of school operations for all three Stride K12-powered Colorado schools. Kimber has been with Stride K12 since 2007. Before her role as manager of operations, she worked as a high school advisor. She loves working with all our wonderful staff and families to support all the different learning options our schools have.
Lisa Balagat | Assistant Manager of Operations
Lisa Balagat is the assistant manager of school operations for all three Stride K12-powered Colorado schools. She has been with Stride K12 since 2013. She has worked in education for nearly 30 years in many support staff positions from classroom assistant to attendance clerk, counseling secretary, and registrar.
Stacy Altman | Director of Special Services
Stacy Altman is the director of special services for CPA and PPOS. She joined Stride K12 as a special education teacher in 2005 and has been working in her current position for 10 years. She brings more than 22 years of experience in education. Stacy earned a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in special education. She holds multiple certifications in special education.
Julie Casten | Family Engagement Administrator
Mrs. Casten is the family engagement administrator for CPA and PPOS and joined the Stride K12 family in 2014. She brings more than 8 years’ experience in education, community service, school start-up, family engagement, and support. Julie earned a BS from Colorado State University.
Sharon Seymour | K-8 Registrar
Mrs. Seymour is a K–8 registrar who joined the Stride K12 team in 2015. She previously temped with Stride K12 before being hired on permanently.
Katherine Proano | High School Registrar
Mrs. Proano is a high school registrar. Before working at Stride K12, she was an instructor teaching literature, computer tech, and was an award-winning yearbook advisor for numerous years. Katherine’s prior work experience includes 15 years in banking and finance. She worked in Denver as a securities trader, working with NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stock markets and she holds a Series 7 license.
Amy Baranco | Truancy Officer
Mrs. Baranco is the truancy officer at Colorado Preparatory Academy; she joined Stride K12 in 2014. Amy brings 8 years in childcare and education experience. She started at Stride K12 as a part-time family support liaison and worked her way to family engagement coordinator at Idaho Virtual Academy before transferring to Colorado as a truancy officer. She has served on several committees including: Safety Committee, Professional Development Committee and part of the Habitually Truant Committee.
Mary Lou McNatt | Enrollment Coordinator
Ms. McNatt serves as the school-based enrollment coordinator with our Stride K12-powered schools in Colorado. She has worked for Stride K12 for the past thirteen years. As a graduate from Regis University with a master’s degree in nonprofit management, she enjoys working to support online schooling.
Melissa Carpenter | Testing Coordinator
Melissa Carpenter is the testing coordinator for the Colorado Stride K12-powered schools. She joined the Stride K12 team in 2014. She was most recently the electives high school teacher for Colorado Preparatory Academy. Melissa earned a BS in physical education from Clearwater Christian College and a MS in sports management from Missouri Baptist University. She is currently working on completing her principal license from Colorado State University. She has 14 years of teaching experience as a PE/Health teacher in the private and public school settings for K–12 grade.
Teree “Susan” Wall | Office Administrator / Special Services Registrar
Ms. Wall supports the three Stride K12-powered schools in Colorado (CPOA, PPOS, CODCA) as the office administrator and special services registrar, a position she's held since 2008. She has more than 40 years’ experience in office administration and education fields. Susan holds certificates in business management, early childhood education, and holds a CNA associates certification. She has embraced multiple positions while employed at Stride K12 operations and currently supports the special services staff obtaining special services records as the special service registrar.