Meet our team
Meet our Teachers
Master Lead Teacher
First Grade Teachers
Second Grade Teachers
Third Grade Teachers
Fourth Grade Teachers
Fifth Grade Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Middle School Administration
Master Lead Teacher
English Language Art (ELA) Teacher’s
Social Studies Teacher’s
Special Education Teacher’s
Gifted & Talented Teacher
Jennifer Lauderdale – Family Compliance Liaison
Andrea Allinger | English Teacher
Mrs. Allinger is a 12th grade English teacher who joined the Stride K12 team in 2016. She brings experience in English education as well as English as a second language education as her roots in teaching began in South Texas. Andrea earned a BA in English from Texas State University and continues to pursue a master's degree in writing in the near future. She loves teaching to her core, from reading a variety of texts with her students to composing essays and getting to know her students throughout the year.
Kimberly Ashby | History Teacher
Mrs. Ashby is a history teacher who joined the Stride K12 team in 2018. She brings almost 10 years of teaching experience with her. Kim has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in secondary social studies from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Amanda Berlute-Shea | Social Studies Teacher
Mrs. Berlute-Shea is a secondary social studies teacher who joined the Stride K12 team as a family academic support liaison in late 2018. Amanda earned a BA in history from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2006. She completed her secondary school endorsement for the state of Colorado and her Master of Art in Educational Psychology degree at the University of Colorado in 2007.
Alexandra Burns | Math Teacher
Mrs. Burns is a high school math teacher who joined CPA in 2015. Alexandra earned her BS in biochemistry from University of Washington and her Master in Teaching from Seattle University with endorsements in mathematics, general science, and chemistry. Her education career started in the Seattle area in 2002 and she's taught all levels of math from pre-algebra to AP® calculus and even a little chemistry. In her free time Mrs. Burns enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, being outdoors, and reading.
Melissa Carpenter | Teacher
Melissa Carpenter is the testing coordinator for the Colorado Stride K12 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 an 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 grades.
Rachel Gonzalez Macea | Science Teacher
Mrs. Gonzalez Macea is a science teacher who joined Stride K12 in 2018. She has been teaching science for over ten years. Mrs. Gonzalez Macea received her BS in molecular biology from University of Denver in 2006, and her MEd from Regis University in 2009. She holds certification in both secondary science and STEM.
Amber Hutchinson | Language Arts Teacher
Mrs. Hutchinson is a high school language arts teacher that has been with Stride K12 schools since 2013. She has been in education for over 10 years and has a BA from the University of Montana in secondary education and an MA in educational leadership with an emphasis in linguistically diverse education from the University of Colorado Denver. She was also a part of the 2009 cohort for Teach for America, during which time she earned her elementary certification. She holds certifications in elementary education, linguistically diverse education, and English language arts. She is working on getting her certification in art education.
Amanda Irey | Math Teacher
Mrs. Irey is a high school math teacher who joined Stride K12 this year, with 20 years of previous teaching experience. She absolutely loves working with students and teaching math. She earned a BS in education from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction. She is currently working on her Dual Enrollment certificate in math.
Tyler Kreitzer | Teacher
Mr. Kreitzer has been with Stride K12-powered schools since 2011. Tyler holds a master’s degree in instructional technology. He brings over 17 years of teaching experience to the table.
Matthew Moore | Teacher
Mr. Moore has six years of international teaching experience, including in England, Thailand, and Bolivia. He has 10 years of experience working with English as a second language students. Matthew is certified in AP® world history seminar, holds an MA in education from the University of New Mexico, an MA in economics from the University of Phoenix, a BA in humanities from Eastern Illinois University and he is currently pursuing a Master of School Counseling at Lamar University.
Jaime Morrison | Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Morrison “Coach Mo” has been a physical education teacher for 13 years and has coached over 8 different sports for the last 20 years. With a master’s degree in physical education and sport exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado, Coach Mo has taught and coached all grade levels from kindergarten to high school. He is also a guest teacher at the Western State University during the summer for future PE professionals. Additionally, he was named as the state's future PE professional of the year and young professional of the year.
Sarah Nicholson | Teacher
Mrs. Nicholson is a high school science teacher who currently teaches biology and vet science with CPA. She joined the Stride K12 team in 2010 and has supported students in the areas of biology, AP biology, vet science, earth science, and forensic science. Sarah has a BS in biology, a BS in speech language pathology, and an MA in teaching and curriculum studies from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds endorsements in both secondary science and CTE/STEM.
Virginia Palmeri | Teacher
Ginger Palmeri joined the Stride K12 team five years ago to serve as a middle school special education teacher for CPA, and later moved to CPA’s high school where she teaches electives for all grades. She adores her work and having the opportunity to empower her students as artists, chefs, designers, and with life skills for emerging adults. Ms. Palmeri earned a BS in human development and family studies with a focus in adolescents and families at Colorado State University. Through the Teaching Institute at La Academia, she earned her teaching license with endorsements in K–12 art education, secondary English, and in special education for ages 5–21. Ms. Palmeri has supported our students through service learning opportunities with CPA’s National Honor Society, Chat Club, and LGBTQ Club.
Holly Schopfer | English Teacher
Mrs. Schopfer is the 9th grade English teacher for CPA. She teaches both 9th grade English and the creative writing elective course. This is her second year with Stride K12, and she is thrilled to be a part of the virtual teaching community. Mrs. Schopfer has both a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis on secondary education, and also a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University. Mrs. Schopfer also possesses the Highly Qualified Status to teach secondary social studies, per PLACE testing. Mrs. Schopfer has over ten years of experience teaching English, reading intervention, digital literacy, library information skills, American literature, British literature, and more. She's taught grades K–12, and truly fits well in the high school sector. Mrs. Schopfer is excited to have all of her students in her courses this year and looks forward to continued success in this career path.
Ryan Sullivan | Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Sullivan is a high school social studies teacher with 9 years of teaching experience who joined the Stride K12 team in 2014. He graduated from University of Northern Colorado in 2009 with a BA in education and history. He is currently working on a master's degree in educational leadership at Colorado State University Global Campus.
Special Education and Support Staff
Jessica Aldighieri | Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Aldighieri is a middle school special education teacher who joined the Stride K12 team in 2017. Jessica earned a BS in kinesiology and psychology from Western State Colorado University. She earned her master’s in elementary education with endorsements in special education and reading specialist from Western State Colorado University 2017.
Stacey Alonzi | HS Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Alonzi is the high school special education teacher who also supports middle school students as needed. She has been teaching for CPA since they were in their second year of operation. Stacey earned her Bachelor of Education with endorsements in secondary social studies and a minor in political science from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. She completed her special education endorsement while working at a day treatment facility for two years while working with children 6–21 in Lakewood, CO. She also worked with and is certified to teach elementary students as she started and ran a center-based program for 4th–6th graders with serious emotional disabilities at Bear Creek in Lakewood, CO. Stacey has been certified in CPI and CPR and comes from a range of experiences including being a summer camp director for 4th–6th graders in Steamboat, CO and previously having her CDL and driving children on a school bus. Stacey loves spending her days outside in the Colorado sunshine, traveling, and spending time with family including her husband and three young boys.
Andria De Cino | HS Advisor
Ms. De Cino is a high school advisor who joined the Stride K12 team in 2018. She has over 8 years of experience in education. Andria earned a BA in liberal studies from Arizona State University and holds a certificate to teach early childhood education.
Lisa Cornacchia | HS Advisor
Mrs. Cornacchia (aka, Mrs. C) joined the Stride K12 team in spring of 2019 as a high school advisor. She earned her BA and MA degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a BA in communication and an MA in education, as well as a current Colorado teaching certification. After spending 11 years as a dedicated first grade teacher, she is excited to now be working with high school students at CPA.
Emily Droughns | HS Counselor
Emily Droughns is a counselor for the high school and has been with Colorado Preparatory Academy since it first opened in 2013. This marks eight years as a counselor; all of which have been spent with Stride K12 schools as an online school counselor. Emily earned her undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from Colorado State University. She then continued her education and earned an MA in school counseling from the University of Phoenix.
Colleen Enright | HS Counselor
Ms. Enright is a high school counselor who joined Stride K12 in 2014. She brings over 12 years of experience in education, serving as a school counselor and teacher. Colleen earned her BA in communications-recording arts and MA in school counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She also attended the Alternative Licensing Teaching Program at Metro State University. She holds licensures in K–12 school counseling and K–6 elementary education. Additionally, she has training and/or certification as a SPED staffing coordinator, 504 coordinator, yoga and spinning instructor.
Alanna Everett | School Psychologist
Mrs. Everett is a school psychologist who joined the Stride K12 team in 2018, with over 10 years of experience in this role. Mrs. Everett was born in California, grew up in Colorado, and attended both undergraduate and graduate school in Indiana. Mrs. Everett is currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology.
Dixie Holmes | Family Academic Support Liaison
In 2014 Mrs. Holmes joined the Stride K12 team as the military base site coordinator and later became the lead FASL at CPA. After she earned her BA in ecology from the University of Denver, Dixie was a 4-H instructor at the Coosa River Science School in Alabama. She went on to teach the Michael Phelps IM Program on Peterson Air Force Base 2013.
Jennifer Lauderdale | Truancy Officer
Mrs. Lauderdale is the truancy officer at Colorado Preparatory Academy and Pikes Pike Online School. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in sociology from California State University, Bakersfield. After moving to Colorado in 2008, she worked for six years for the 18th Judicial District Juvenile Assessment Center where she had the privilege of working with children and their families throughout Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties here in Colorado. As a Learning Coach for the past five years, Jennifer has come to love online education and all its benefits and wishes to share her experience and knowledge with the CPA and PPOS communities.
Rachel Meyer Ph.D. | School Psychologist
Dr. Rachel H. Meyer is a school psychologist with CPA and PPOS who joined Stride K12 in the fall 2017. She received her PhD in educational psychology and special education from Temple University, a MA in community counseling from John Carroll University and a BA in psychology from the University of Denver. Prior to joining Stride K12 she was a school psychologist and founding member of DSST-Cole High School in Denver. She also has years of experience working and teaching in higher education and running disability offices.
Lindsey Miller | Family Support Liaison
Mrs. Miller is a family support liaison who joined the CPA team in 2013. She has been working in education for the last 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in child and family development and also a master’s degree in school counseling (K–12) from California State University Fresno.
Jennifer Samora | HS Counselor
Ms. Jen Samora is the high school college advisor who joined Stride K12 in 2014. She has over 10 years of experience working in the pre-collegiate arena of education and has specialized in concurrent enrollment. Prior to earning her school counseling degree, she taught Spanish for two years at both the high school and middle school level. Jen earned a BA in international business from Oral Roberts University, and an MA in school counseling from Adams State University.
Lindsey Silver | Family Academic Support Liaison
Mrs. Silver is a Family Academic Support Liaison (FASL) who joined the Stride K12 team in 2015. She brings more love and excitement to the team than anything else. Her education is from Metropolitan State University where she got her online degree in behavioral sciences.
Sarah Sisneros | ELL Coordinator
Ms. Sisneros is the ELL coordinator who joined the Stride K12 team in 2016. She has spent her 12 years in education in a collection of diverse schools. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in English as a second language from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. In 2010, she earned a master's degree in educational leadership with a principal's license from Regis University.
Rilla Snyder | Family Academic Support Liaison
Mrs. Snyder joined the Family Academic Support Team at CPA in 2014 and has worked for Stride K12 schools for 10 years. She also had two sons in Stride K12-powered schools and was a Learning Coach for 8 years. Mrs. Snyder began working in education as a preschool substitute teacher in 1999 and returned to school to take early childhood education classes to become a certified preschool teacher.
Debra Wadsworth | Family Academic Support Liaison
Mrs. Debbie Wadsworth is a family academic support liaison. She brings more than 12 years of experience working with families in all different areas of education. Debbie earned a BA in psychology with a minor in education and sociology. She loves working with all kids but especially kids that need extra support and different learning options.
Alison Worker | Family Academic Support Liaison
Mrs. Worker is a member of the Family Academic Support Team program. She enjoys helping coach families to success in school and loves seeing students engage and get excited about growing their brains! Alison has 8 years of experience with Stride K12 working with middle school and high school students. After graduating with two BA degrees in English literature and psychology, Mrs. Worker enjoyed working in behavioral health, then as a corporate trainer supervisor for America West Airlines and Mayo Clinic.
Kathy Wortley | Family Resource Coordinator
Mrs. Wortley is CPA's family resource coordinator and is in her 10th year of working with Stride K12. Her background is in social work and she has an AA and BSW in social work from Olivet University and Ohio State University. Kathy brings more than 35 years of experience in social work, education, and working with at-risk families and students. She is the former executive director of a non-profit in Colorado Springs working in partnership with the juvenile justice system mentoring incarcerated youth.
Lana Turnbull | Special Programs Administrator
Lana Turnbull started working with the Stride K12 team in 2006 in the special education department. She is the “go to” person for special education related services for students. Ms. Turnbull also completes administrative work for special education, assisting with special ed enrollment and acts as the liaison for providers or therapists for our students. Lana loves the satisfaction of helping our students obtain the tools they need to be successful!