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Staff Members

  • Eric Brucz

    Principal

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    Prior to joining the Academy 360 team, Eric worked at Denver Public Schools in several capacities – as a Special Education teacher, a School Psychologist, and in the Office of Social Emotional learning as a network support partner for charter schools. He has a Bachelor degree in Special and Elementary Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology, and over a decade of experience in education. Eric is excited to implement a true 360-education at Academy 360 that allows students to maximize potential through social-emotional skills, high expectations, and rigorous academics. When he’s not working, Eric enjoys research, cooking, and taking road trips.

     

  • Becky McLean

    Director of Wellness & Operations

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    Becky plans and implements health and wellness programming and strategies using the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) model, an evidence-based strategy originated by the CDC. Before joining A360 in 2013, she spent three years working on issues related to nutrition policy and healthy food access. She has also been involved in childhood obesity prevention programming, including a semester with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), working in partnership with the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign.  She is a proud former youth triathlon coach with Achieve Kids Tri in Washington, DC where she taught 9-12 year olds how to swim, bike, run, and the importance of a healthy diet.  Becky received her B.A in Law & Society and Philosophy from American University in Washington, DC and her Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, CO.  She is a group exercise instructor at the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center.  She loves running, cycling, hiking, and camping throughout Colorado, is an accomplished Ironman, and enjoys walking her dog Fyfe alongside her husband Andy.  Becky is proud to have been recently accepted into the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL).

  • Sally Sorte

    Founder & Executive Consultant

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    Sally Sorte founded Academy 360 through a partnership with the Catapult (formerly Get Smart Schools) Fellowship and the Colorado Health Foundation because she fervently believes that every child deserves an excellent education, so that every child may pursue his or her dreams.  She has teaching and business experience through her tenure with Teach for America and Google, respectively. Sally earned her Bachelors degree from Whitman College, Masters in Education and Teaching from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. Sally is part of the Leadership Denver class of 2017 and looks forward to learning about Denver to identify more opportunities to contribute to the community. She enjoys running, skiing, yoga, exploring the Colorado wilderness with her dog Moxie, and learning new things everyday from students and team members.

  • Aubreigh Ford

    Front Desk Manager

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    Aubreigh has been in Colorado for most of her life after coming from Dallas, TX. At age 4 she began school in a Private district until her 8th grade year when she transitioned to East High School, where she graduated with 4 years of Honors and a certificate in Nursing. Aubreigh has been working in education for 4 years as an instructor & an assistant. She is furthering her education at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Practical Nursing Program. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family & friends. DPS education runs in her family — Aubreigh’s grandmother worked for DPS, her mother has worked for DPS for 20 years, and her sisters have both been with DPS for over 6 years. Aubreigh enjoys every bit of what she does in life; she enjoys the feeling she gets when she knows she has done something that will help a student to prepare for life choices in the future. This is Aubreigh’s third year at Academy 360.

  • Emily Stelling

    Whole Child Supports Manager

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    Emily is originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She just moved to Colorado from Indianapolis where she taught for the past 2 years. Her favorite subject to teach is Reading but loves to see her students succeed in anything they are passionate about! Emily received her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma and her Masters Degree from Marian University. She also just finished her commitment to Teach for America and strives to always continue learning about how better to teach her students. When she is not studying, grading, or at school, she is hiking in the mountains with her parents and dog, Gavin, or reading a really good book!

  • Cait Partyka

    Whole Child Supports Consultant

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    Bio coming soon!

  • Valerie Ireland

    ECE Lead Teacher

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    Valerie Ireland is excited to return for a second year on the Academy 360 team. She brings over 15 years of early childhood teaching experience as well as 10 years of work with English Language development. She and her husband Dave are avid campers and hikers as well as students of permaculture and sustainability. Valerie is the founder and past board chair of Mountain Friends Camp. She has two college-aged children, two dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and a turtle. She is happy to bring her passion for teaching and learning to Academy 360.

  • Deborha Haywood

    ECE Lead Teacher

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    Deborha Haywood is part of the Academy 360 Early Childhood Education (ECE) team. Deborha has taught preschoolers for seven years and is Director qualified in ECE. She is a strong believer in the power of knowledge and critical thinking that can empower young minds to grow and blossom to their full potential. She graduated from Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, Colorado with a Bachelor of Science and is in the process of completing her Masters in Counseling.  Deborha is very active in her church; she enjoys reading and just relaxing in the park.

     

  • Cary Hines

    ECE Lead Teacher

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  • Miriam Cervantes

    ECE Assistant

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    Miriam Cervantes is a twenty-three year old mother of two girls (Destiny and Annabella). She was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Denver Colorado at the age of seven. She is the first child in a family of seven to attend and graduate college. She attended Pima Medical Institute where she proudly received her Medical Assistant Degree. she has experience in a variety of fields, working with  Dermatologists, Physiatrist, and the Elderly. As a mother, she had to take a break from her career and attend her daughter Annabella, who was diagnosed with bronchitis and had to be put on oxygen support for a period of six months. From that point on she was offered a position as a Preschool Teacher Assistant, at University Children’s Center. The experience brought her a significant amount of knowledge in getting to know different personalities and how to treat each one individually. Not only as a care provider but as a mother, I know that is crucial to treat children with an open mind and a kind heart. It always brings me joy to be able to help and assist the children’s growth and development. This upcoming school year will be her first year at Academy 360 and she is very excited to be part of the team. She plans to continue her education and attend college to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys spending free time with her daughters, husband, and family. She love to cook, dance, and sing, bringing out her Hispanic culture.

  • Temira Lofton

    ECE Assistant

    I am a native of Colorado, lived here my whole life. I am the youngest of four siblings, and a mother of the “Magnificient 7”. I started working in ECE as a teacher assistant at the age of 16 and moved up to a group leader after three years and worked in this area for a total of ten years. After graduating from Aurora Central High School in 2001 with a certificate in nursing from T.H Pickens Technical School. I started  working as a Paraprofessional with Life skills/ severe needs special education in 2003 with Aurora Public Schools. APS trained me to become highly qualified paraprofessional. I have now been with the school system 13 years. I will be continuing my education in Nursing with Colorado Christian University. In my free time I love spending time with my children, and singing in church.  My purpose in life is to help those who cannot help themselves in areas of health and education it calms my heart knowing I made a change.

  • Cinthya Salas

    ECE Assistant

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  • Hollie Brooks

    Kindergarten Teacher

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    Passionate about empowering students, Hollie began teaching in 2011. She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado. Hollie has been enjoying teaching for the past four years. As a fourth and fifth grade teacher she has impacted the lives of her students by utilizing positive reinforcement strategies, and creative engaging lessons that increase learning in and out of the classroom. Hollie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, roller blading with her dog Ezra, and cozying up with her kitten Cleo.

  • Erin Bove

    1st Grade Teacher

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  • Ginny Adams

    2nd Grade Teacher

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    Ginny was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned a BA in Psychology and completed the Elementary Education Licensure Program. Ginny has always loved working with children and is so excited to be a part of the Academy 360 community and watch each student grow in mind, body, and character. When she is not in the classroom, she loves spending time in the outdoors, especially hiking in the summer with her golden retriever Buddy and snowboarding in the winter.

  • Cassie Aten

    3rd grade Crew Leader

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    Cassie is so excited about being a part of the A360 team this year! She is originally from NE Iowa and attended school at the University of Northern Iowa where she earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. During this time, she taught at a local preschool for 3 years. She hopes to begin working towards her masters in Elementary Education in the near future. Cassie moved to Colorado Springs with her husband Michael in June of 2014 where they adopted their amazing puppy Scout and she taught a 1st grade class. She moved to the Denver area over the summer and can’t think of a better place to be teaching! Cassie loves hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, biking, and reading. She has a passion for helping others and showing kids that they have a purpose.

  • Nicole Sawick

    4th Grade Teacher

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  • Dina Foss

    5th Grade Teacher

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  • Danielle Alley

    Kindergarten Interventionist

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    Danielle is new to Colorado and happy to join the A360 team. She has three years experience as a Special Education teaching assistant in the public school system in Nashville, Tennessee. Danielle studied performing arts at The New School in New York City and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is in the process of completing prerequisite coursework for a degree in occupational therapy. Danielle is dedicated to helping students realize individual potential and meaningfully engage with the world. Originally from Florida, she is excited to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains!

  • Alex Valencia

    Upper Elementary Interventionist

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    Alex was born and raised in the Maryland/Washington DC area. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In the fall, she will further her education as she begins a Masters of Counseling program (specializing in children and adolescents) through Northwestern University. Alex is new to Colorado, and is looking forward to being a part of the Academy 360 team for a second year. When she is not at school, she loves traveling to the beach, spending time with family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams – the Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals!

  • Arizona Alli

    Lower Elementary Interventionist

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  • Josh Coraci

    Special Education Teacher

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  • Marc Venisse

    PE & Health Teacher

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  • Ronnie Kenfield

    Social Emotional Learning Coordinator

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    Ronnie was born and raised in Colorado. He attended Chatfield Senior High School where he was an athlete in the sports of football, baseball, and rugby. Ronnie holds a Bachelors degree in Human Development with a minor in Elementary Education from Metro State University of Denver. Before joining A360, Ronnie combined his love for athletics and health with his passion for working with young people while working for youth programs at Denver’s local park and recreation districts. Ronnie is excited to now partner up with students, families, and teachers in refining and executing a positive school culture at Academy 360. He believes that every child has the potential of achieving even more than they think possible through the support and guidance of positive role models. On his days off you will find Ronnie, and his wife, with their two dogs, Elly and Cooper, fishing and hiking up at their mountain property. While in the city, Ronnie enjoys golf, trying new restaurants, and finding ways to further his education through conferences and courses.