Meet our Teachers
Anastasia Armatas, Teacher
Mrs. Anastasia (Stacy) Armatas is a 5th grade teacher who joined Colorado Preparatory Academy in 2015. She brings more than 13 years’ experience to online education having previously taught special education in the virtual setting. She spent 4 years teaching in the brick and mortar setting in 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades in Massachusetts, Washington, and Colorado. Mrs. Armatas earned a MA in Education from the University of Washington. She holds certificates in English and Special Education.
Nicole Baker, Teacher
Mrs. Baker is the K-5th grade English Language Learner teacher who joined the K12 team in 2017. Nicole earned a BA in Education from the University of Northern Colorado with an endorsement in Elementary K-6 Education and an endorsement in Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education.
Naomi Banta, Interventionist
Mrs. Banta is a K-5 interventionist who joined the K12 team in 2018. She brings over 20 years in experience in education including tutoring and private school reading intervention. Naomi earned a dual BS in special education and generalist K-6 from Western Governors University, and an interventionist MA from UNC.
Alisa Bell, Teacher
Ms. Bell is a 3rd grade teacher who joined CPA in 2016. She has over 9 years of experience as a teacher, teaching assistant, and learning coach. She has BAs in French and Liberal Arts and Sciences, and an MA in Elementary Education.
Christine Bishop, Teacher
Mrs. Bishop is a Kindergarten teacher who joined the K12 team in 2016. She brings 10 years of experience in elementary education. Christine earned a MA in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado. Christine is also endorsed in Gifted and Talented education.
Heather Flint, Interventionist
Mrs. Flint is a K-3 Intervention teacher who joined the K12 team in 2018. She brings 24 years’ experience in education. Heather earned a BA in Education from University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Education from Adams State College. She holds a certificate in Elementary Education.
Lexie Gray, Teacher
Mrs. Gray is a 2nd grade teacher who joined K12 in 2018. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. This is her fifth year teaching, four of which have been in second grade, and one year in fourth grade.
Katelyn Leinweber, Teacher
Katelyn Leinweber joined the K12 team this year as a First Grade Teacher. She earned a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Prior to K12, Katelyn taught both Kindergarten and First Grade in the St Vrain Valley School District in Colorado for 6 years.
Lisa Martinez, Teacher
Mrs. Martinez is a 5th grade teacher who joined Colorado Preparatory Academy in 2017. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in elementary education. Lisa holds a M.Ed. in Reading Education from Grand Canyon University, and a MS in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Sara Nelson, Teacher
Sara Nelson joined CPA in 2015 after teaching for 11 years in brick-and-mortar public schools in grades 6-12. Sara is a Colorado native who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Sara holds Colorado teaching certifications in German K-12, social studies 7-12 and English language arts 7-12.
Megan Olson, Teacher
Mrs. Olson is the third-grade teacher. She has taught second through fifth grade at CPA. She has also been a reading interventionist. Mrs. Olson taught in her local area for seven years at both the elementary and secondary levels. She earned her BA in Elementary Education as well as Special Education from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado through their dual-licensure program. She also has her Master’s in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. She has taught online now for four years at various grade levels. She loves to continually take professional development courses and online trainings to continue to enhance her skills and knowledge to better prepare her students for future learning endeavors. She also loves to use her special education expertise with her general education class for she understands not all students learn the same way or need the same type of support.
Joanne Stanton, Teacher
Mrs. Stanton is a 4th grade teacher and elementary school lead teacher who joined Colorado Preparatory Academy in 2017. Prior to CPA, she was a teacher, lead teacher and interim assistant principal with Texas Virtual Academy. She has over nine years’ experience with K12 managed schools. Joanne has a BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Administration. She holds certificates in Elementary Education and 7-12 Social Studies.
Tisha Wright, Teacher
Ms. Wright is a 4th grade teacher who joined K12 and CPA in 2018. Tisha earned a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning from Colorado State University Global. She previously taught in her local school district for over three years as a substitute in both elementary and middle school. She holds a certificate in Elementary Education.
Kimberly Bohl, Teacher
Ms. Bohl is a 6th grade history teacher and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade music teacher who joined CPA in 2016. She has 15 years’ experience in education. She earned a BME in K-12 Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and an MA in Literacy from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds teaching licenses in K-12 Vocal, Piano, and General Music, as well as K-6 Elementary Education.
Heather Coble, Teacher
Ms. Coble is a 6th grade earth science teacher and middle school lead teacher. She began her K12 career as a middle school art teacher in 2016 and has since moved into the science teacher and lead teacher positions. Heather graduated from Western State Colorado University in 2015 with dual Master’s degrees in Teacher Leadership, and K-12 Online Teacher Leadership. Heather is licensed in K-6 General Education, and K-12 Visual Art. During her career, Heather has worked with all age groups ranging from kindergarten to college.
Barbara-Lynn Concienne, Teacher
Ms. Concienne is a middle school science teacher. She has taught earth science, life science, and physical science over the last 4 years with K12. She brings more than 25 years’ experience working with youth in scouting and Life Teen youth group, and over ten years of teaching science. Barbara-Lynn received a BA degree with honors from University of Colorado majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minoring in Geography. She received an MA degree from Colorado University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She holds a certificate in Theology of the Body and Habits of the Mind.
Melany Dunivan, Math Teacher
Mrs. Dunivan is a 7th grade math teacher who started teaching online using the K12 curriculum in 2010. She has been teaching math for 15 years and she earned her degree in Mathematics from Metro State College of Denver.
Daniel Gryboski, Math Teacher
Mr. Dan Gryboski has taught 6th grade math at Colorado Preparatory Academy since 2016. Before he landed at K12, he taught high school and college math for 14 years. His early career began as an engineer, helping airports install their automated trains. Dan earned his BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Colorado College, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Angie Johnson, Teacher
Mrs. Johnson is an English teacher who joined the K12 team in 2018. She brings 15 years of experience in education, having taught a variety of courses including speech, debate, acting, literature, science fiction, and composition. Mrs. Johnson spent most of her teaching career in traditional schools and spent three years teaching at the university level. Mrs. Johnson holds a BA in English from Georgetown College, a MEd from Lesley University in Educational Technology, and a MAT in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds a Colorado Professional License in English for grades 7-12 and is highly qualified to teach English at the community college level.
Ashley Matsen, Math Teacher
Mrs. Matsen is an 8th grade math teacher for CPA. She has 4 years teaching experience, and has taught in 6th and 7th grades as well as high school and as an adjunct professor for Illinois Valley Community College. At Aurora University she earned her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics, for which she holds a certificate.
Jill Montoya, Teacher
Mrs. Montoya joined the K12 team in 2017 as a part time English Language Development teacher. She works with students in grades 6, 7, and 8 who have spoken another language other than English. She has taught kindergarten through 8th grade in brick and mortar schools for over 24 years. In addition, she has been teaching online for the past twelve years in teacher prep programs at local colleges and universities. She has a passion for teaching and earned her Master's degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture with endorsements in Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language. She has also taught in Jefferson and Douglas County school districts in Colorado.
Nicole Ramirez, English Teacher
Mrs. Ramirez is an 8th grade English teacher who joined CPA in 2017. She brings 11 years of teaching experience, with six of those years being online. Mrs. Ramirez earned her BA in English Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Janie Turner, Teacher
Mrs. Turner is a middle school English teach who joined the K12 team last year. She earned her B.A.E. in Elementary Education in 1998 from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, with endorsements in Social Studies and English. She completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with an endorsement in gifted education, in 2001. She is the mother of three children and one golden doodle. She loves teaching middle school at Colorado Preparatory Academy!
Melissa Valenzuela, Teacher
Mrs. Valenzuela is a 6th grade ELA teacher at Colorado Preparatory Academy. She joined K12 in 2016. Melissa received her BS in Elementary Education in 2010 from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ. She has taught 5th grade and 6th grade ELA, Science, and History.
Michael Wax, Teacher
Mr. Wax is a Middle School science teacher who has been teaching online since 2017. A Boulder native, Mr. Wax received his bachelor’s in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology along with a license in secondary education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to teaching science, Mr. Wax holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo, and a blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Additionally, he is a 6-time world sport karate champion and the master instructor at Alpha Martial Arts, which was opened with his wife Shelby in 2010.
Andrea Allinger, English Teacher
Mrs. Allinger is a 12th grade English teacher who joined the 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 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
Mrs. Berlute-Shea is a Secondary Social Studies teacher who joined the K12 team as a Family Academic Support Liaison in late 2018. Amanda earned a B.A. 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’s 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 K12 schools. She joined the 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.
Rachel Gonzalez Macea, Science Teacher
Mrs. Gonzalez Macea is a science teacher who joined 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 M.Ed. from Regis University in 2009. She hold 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 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 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 K12 powered schools since 2011. Tyler holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. He brings over 17 years 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’ experience working with English as a Second Language students. Matthew is certified in AP World History Seminar, holds a MA in Education from the University of New Mexico, a MA in Economics from the University of Phoenix, a BA in Humanities from Eastern Illinois University and Matthew 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 states 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 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 a 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 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 & Family Studies with a focus in Adolescents & 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 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’ experience of 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 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 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 student when and if needed. She has been teaching for CPA since they were in their second year of operation. Stacey earned her bachelors in Education with endorsements in Secondary Social Studies and minored 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 with 4th–6th graders at Bear Creek in Lakewood, CO with serious emotional disabilities. Stacey has previously been certified in CPI and CPR and comes from a range of experiences including being a summer camp director for 4-6th 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, 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 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 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 is her 8th year as counselor; all of which have been spent with 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 K12 in 2014. She brings over 12 years’ 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-21 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 joining the K12 team in 2018, with over 10 years’ 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 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 my experience and knowledge with the CPA and PPOS communities.
Jennifer Manning, Family Academic Support Liaison
Rachel Meyer Ph.D., School Psychologist
Dr. Rachel H. Meyer is a school psychologist with CPA and PPOS who joined K12 in the fall 2017. She received her Ph.D. 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 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 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 2 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 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 K12 team in 2016. She has a 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 K12 schools for 10 years. She also had two sons in K12 schools and was a Learning Coach for 8 years. Mrs. Snyder began working is 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 K12 working with middle school and high school students. After graduating with 2 BA degrees in English Lit 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 K12. Her background is in social work and she has an AA and BSW in Social Work from Olivet University and the Ohio State University. Kathy brings more than 35 years’ 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 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!