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Jackie Coppola
Principal

Jackie Coppola is a passionate educator who believes there are many roads to success.  Her experiences working with Emily Griffith High School taught her about the importance of career readiness, CTE training, and the power of post-secondary options.  She knows that schools serve a valuable role in the community in supporting students in academic and social/ emotional growth and believes that we have a duty to prepare students to have access to anything they should choose in their future.  She believes that authentic learning happens through building relationships and having new experiences.  As a leader, she is a learner who values the challenges that each day brings.  Jackie grew up in New Jersey but has made Colorado home for the past 16 years.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Metro State College and her Masters in Education at University of Colorado Denver.  In her free time, Jackie enjoys spending time with her son, Charlie and German Shepherd, Sarge.  She also loves music, cooking, traveling, and everything about the mountains.  

 

Micah Rose
Assistant Principal

 

Mr. Rose is an Arsenal supporter (that's an English soccer team). Prior to CHSC he helped start a nonprofit that brought young American Jews to the West Bank to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also spent a year as a college soccer coach before becoming a teacher. Mr. Rose received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology, and minored in History from Swarthmore College (near Philadelphia, PA).  Mr. Rose was inspired by his grandfather who taught history in a rural VT public schools for his entire life. Mr. Rose enjoys playing soccer, hiking, skiing, reading, and cooking. He has a younger sister who's his best friend. Fun fact, Mr. Rose can name almost every MLB player's stats from the 1999 season. It's weird, he knows. He loves Indian, Vietnamese, and Thai food (Pad Thai is bomb)!  His life goals are to be happy, learn every day, and live a life full of exploration and wonder.

 

Tracy Ferguson
School Counselor
 

Tracy Ferguson was born and raised in Colorful Colorado.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Rehabilitative Services with a minor in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduation. Tracy worked in community mental health, where she wrote a federal grant to support individuals with vocational and academic learning.  Ms. Ferguson later attended the University of Phoenix, where she obtained her Master of Education degree, with an emphasis in Counseling.  Additionally, she earned her Principal License from the University of Denver.  Tracy Ferguson comes to CHSC with extensive experience via working as a counselor and administrator, at all grade levels.  Her passion is to support others in their learning and growing to be become the best that they can be.  When not working, Tracy is spending time with her daughter, family and friends, attending festivals, live music performances, trying new local eateries, or hosting events at her home.  Tracy is excited to be part of the CHSC community!

Yasmine Hill
Office Manager
 

Yasmine Hill was born here in Colorado and is a proud graduate of Denver Public Schools. She is passionate about education and giving back to the community. In her time away from Colorado High School Charter you may see her tending her "edible food forest", doing nail art, or crafting. All well loved  hobbies she enjoys sharing with young members of the community!

Philip Beck
Math Teacher

 

Philip Beck joins Colorado High School Charter after having worked for twenty years in the field of architecture.  Mr. Beck’s love of learning led him to pursue a new career in teaching.  His work in education over the last several years includes lecturing in classes at Xi’an Liverpool University in China and writing online curriculum for Shmoop University, an educational technology startup.  Mr. Beck’s experience as an architect gives him insight into the importance of math skills in our increasingly specialized world. He believes that every graduating student should have access to the powerful tools that a solid foundation in math can provide them—and will work hard to help them achieve it.

 

Mr. Beck returned to the U.S. in 2016 after having lived in Shanghai, China for five years.  He has also worked in Indonesia and Nepal.  He and his wife love living in Denver and head up to the mountains for hiking or skiing every chance they get.

Justin Brown
Construction and Alternative Education Teacher
 

I was born in Dallas Texas, but moved to Colorado as a child.  I graduated from Hinkley High School in Aurora, which is where I met my wife during psychology class.  Around 2006 I left the business world to forge a career as a carpenter.  One of my favorite projects was remodeling a home for one of my childhood teachers.  Last summer I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix.  I worked with CCI YouthBuild as an Instructor and Career Coach, where my role was to help students with achieving their career goals of graduation and employment.  I have really enjoyed my career in carpentry, and look forward to sharing that knowledge with others.

Michael Green
Science Teacher

 

Coming from the north east coast of the country, Mr. Green is excited to be part of the CHSC staff and the Denver community! Prior to his role as the science teacher at CHSC he had spent two years as a youth serving non-profit executive with the Boy Scouts in Philadelphia supporting volunteers, recruiting youth members and adult volunteers, and fundraising. He most recently finished his second term of service as a Team Leader with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps where he led teams of young adults on 2-month service projects across the western region of the country. When he is not leading his students to engage in experimentation, exploration and inquiry, he is enjoying gardening, listening to live music, snowboarding, reading, or playing any type of pick-up game.

Patrick Green
Special Education Coordinator

 

I was born and raised in South Jersey where I attended school and cheered on the Philadelphia sports teams (specifically the eagles and flyers). I graduated from Widener University with a bachelors degree in early education/special education. I moved to Denver in August of 2015 and began working as a Special Education Teacher immediately. I have a passion of advocating for students and supporting them in whatever way possible. In my free time I enjoy going to concerts, snowboarding, hiking, camping and hanging out with my friends and family. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing team and to have the opportunity to work the students at Colorado High School Charter.

Alex Richtman
Language Arts Teacher

I was born in Chicago, grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, went to college at Arizona State, got my first high school teaching job in Spain, taught in Minnesota, and am now starting my second year as a teacher in sunny Colorado.  Moving to Denver was a double-positive, not only am I now living in a beautiful city, I also have the wonderful opportunity to inspire youth at Colorado High School Charter. 

 

When I’m not teaching, I camp, bike, play sports I’m not terrible at (I never play basketball), and read books that interest me.  I also am highly fond of traveling; I have been fortunate enough to travel to 17 countries, and I’m planning on seeing more.  

 

I’m looking forward to a year packed with fun, project-based, hand-on learning; I’m looking forward to collaborating with my fantastic team, and I’m looking forward to preparing all of my students for the road ahead.  

Mike Rivera
Construction Teacher
 

Miguel “Mike” Rivera  is the CTE Instructor for Colorado High School Charter. Born and raised in Colorado he is a Bronco fanatic and enjoys the outdoors. Prior to teaching at CHSC he was the instructor for Denver YouthBuild. He has enjoyed working with kids and young people since his first position at the YMCA - where he worked there for eight years. He looks forward to having a  positive impact in the lives of young people.

Liz Romero
Student Advocate

Born and raised in Denver, and LOVE my city. Everything from the Broncos to Lechugas and Chubby's!!. This love is also what pushed me to want to help develop and serve in our inner city communities.  There is a song by Too Short called "Gettin It", and a lyric that really resonated with me as a youth, it was "I earned my respect in the streets, the ghettos been good to me..I'm never gonna turn my back..." It's been a twisty road but I have never turned my back or forgotten where I come from.  All while committing to college for my Bachelors degree, volunteering and working my way up to Program Manager of a youth construction program and making impact after impact both in my professional and personal life! I believe if you follow your passion, not the money, you will find true happiness.

Shawn St. Sauveur
Wellness Coordinator

Shawn St. Sauveur is the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Colorado High School Charter.  Shawn has been a health educator for over 15 years.  Shawn’s educational studies include Psychology and Health Science at the University of Colorado Denver, teaching credential in Health Education and his Masters in Health Science from Cal State Northridge.

Shawn has supported health initiatives to make the Denver community healthier through his work with principals, parents, staff, and students.  Shawn is very passionate about Health and Wellness and loves being a health educator.  He believes that healthy kids learn better and is always finding new and creative ways to engage all kids to live a healthy lifestyle.  His favorite mantra is to “Practice what you preach”.  Shawn is very grateful to work for a school that sees Health and Wellness as a priority.  He is living his dreams and loving life.

When he is not working, you can find him playing with his three kids, going to the movies with his wife, running the trails in Boulder, riding his bike, swimming, or reading about the latest health craze. He loves the outdoors and is always looking for new adventures.