Compass Community Collaborative School has been designed by a diverse team of experienced, licensed educators, students, business owners, nonprofit leaders, and parents in the co-working space at the Music District, a hub of entrepreneurship and creativity. We are passionate about embedding design thinking and creative, research-based learning pedagogy and real world problem solving into secondary education to secure a safe and healthy future for our community.
Jan Harrison M.Ed., M.Sc.
While I have had many job titles over the course of my career, the thread that binds them together is my passion for learning. I have three master’s degrees, two in science and one in Educational Leadership, as well as a principal’s license. I have been a dedicated public educator for fourteen years in Fort Collins, serving as a high school classroom teacher, a department leader, a Dean of Students, and as a district-wide high school interventions facilitator. I became a teacher to change the world. What better way to create a more just and humane planet for all of us than to help orchestrate a rich learning ecosystem that inspires creativity, develops intellect, and fosters compassionate action around the globe? My commitment to social justice and to public education as a critical foundation for our democracy are matched by my responsiveness to data, research, and the educational demands of our rapidly changing world. As a clear, open, and trustworthy communicator, I will effectively lead Compass Community Collaborative School through its startup years with the partnership of an experienced, highly qualified, and committed team that will ensure that Compass stays student-centered and mission-driven. I am honored to be facilitating the work of a team of creative, thoughtful, and energetic change agents who are committed to writing the next chapter in public education. Compass Community Collaborative School is revolutionizing education for students, for their families, for the city of Fort Collins, and for the world.
Jason Malone, M.Ed.
Assistant School Leader
As a public educator in Fort Collins for the past eighteen years, I’ve always been focused on not just my students’ learning, but my own. I believe that the best teachers are also lifelong students, which is one of the reasons I’m drawn to the work we are doing at Compass Community Collaborative School. I’ve worked as an International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator for the past decade as well as an IB Workshop Leader, Consultant and Program Evaluator working with schools all over North America. My collaborative spirit and desire for learning has also led to my work with the Colorado State University Writing Project, a professional organization of teachers working to improve writing and communication skills in K-12 students on the Front Range. This has reinforced my desire to break down walls of traditional discrete subject courses (science, math, history, etc.) and help kids see that education is greater and more powerful than what they often learn in the traditional classroom. Yet no experience has had a greater impact on my view of education than my work as a teacher of high school epistemology – the study of knowledge – for the past decade. Leading students through this course helped solidify my understanding of the power of self in the learning process. To understand the world around you, it is first important to understand yourself; how your personal experiences and beliefs impact the way you see and interpret your world. This honoring of identity and the power of each individual student is at the center of my teaching philosophy and our work at Compass.
Will Allen, M.Ed.
Director of Operations
I am a veteran educator and building administrator with nineteen years in the classroom and ten years as a building principal. Over the course of my career, I have taught students from all grade levels from kindergarten through graduate students at the university. I taught Spanish, Technology and Video Production and was recognized as the runner-up for Oklahoma’s State Teacher of the Year. In my role as an administrator, I have served as an elementary school principal in Poudre at two elementary schools and a high school principal at one of the largest comprehensive 9-12 schools in the district. I helped to lead teams of committed educators ranging in size from 45 to 145 staff members. Together, we worked to encourage our students to become self-motivated, community-focused, lifelong learners pursuing their passions and focusing on impacting the world in meaningful and lasting ways. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Spanish and Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations and I have a Principal's License from the Colorado Department of Education.
Pamela Barker, MA, PT
Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices Specialist, Community Engagement Coordinator
I am an educational psychologist and trainer in Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), a parenting coach, and conflict mediator. I work with individuals, couples, families, schools, and organizations to foster the skills necessary to create and sustain mutually beneficial relationships and make optimal decisions in an ever changing world. I believe that we teach who we are and that learning happens best when intentional efforts are made to foster the social and emotional lives of children and their teachers. I know I am joined with my Compass colleagues in the commitment to helping our students and each other continue to develop these skills. I am certified with Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network to deliver the Self-Science and EQ Matters curricula and SEI Emotional Intelligence Assessments and with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to deliver the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence curriculum. I hold an alternative dispute resolution/mediation certificate with Mediators without Borders, am trained in Restorative Dialogue, and am an advanced facilitator of Restorative Justice practices. My research explores the intersection of SEL, Restorative Justice, and Transformational Learning.
Sam Gleeson, B.Sc.
I have been a teacher in Fort Collins for four years. Over the last three years I have worked to bring more opportunities to my students by creating projects such as bringing in CSU ecology students to mentor students on an authentic ecology research project, launching weather balloons, engineering devices to clean unsafe water, and building electrical power generators. I have searched out a variety of roles outside of the classroom to continue building positive relationships with students. I have been a soccer coach, a club sponsor, and last year I coordinated a trip with students to the Galapagos and Ecuador. I look forward to continuing my learning and my travels with students at Compass by organizing international trips, outdoor excursions and other exciting, immersive experiences for our students. Last summer I was able to teach the prototype for Compass with a terrific group of kids. The process of teaching students about climate change, writing and the art of filmmaking was great fun and very affirming of our educational model. I believe that students need a place where they not only are having authentic, personally engaging experiences, but where their voices matter and they feel like they belong; I look forward to creating that culture at Compass Community Collaborative School.
Kayla Crowe-Stover, B.A.
I was fortunate to be hired for an English teacher position in Poudre School District immediately after completing my bachelors degree at Colorado State University. Being a young teacher was both challenging and rewarding, but what I discovered early on in my career was that I had something to learn from every student I taught. Each student’s unique story became a part of my own story as we built relationships together. Now, twelve years later I have interacted with students in a variety of different settings: as an International Baccalaureate and general education teacher, as a coach and dance teacher, as a theater choreographer, as a sponsor for poetry and service clubs, as a Compass summer prototype teacher. In that time, I also become a parent to two remarkable children. In each of these diverse settings, I realized that kids want to tell their stories in one form or another. As teachers, we have the privilege to be co-creators in these narratives, and our responsibility is to learn to listen carefully and compassionately to our youth. With this idea in mind, I am passionate about fostering opportunities for ALL people to find their voice, and what better vehicle than through teaching the craft of writing? As a CCC teacher, I am dedicated to researching and implementing the best methods to help students find their voices. My current Masters in English thesis digs deeper into how we can best support students to voice their ideas and help shape these ideas into realities. I look forward to listening, working, collaborating, and ultimately building relationships with the future students of Compass Community Collaborative.
Dawn DuPriest, M.Ed
Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher
After working as a software engineer for almost a decade, I followed my heart and became a math, science, and technology teacher in Poudre School District. I’ve been a middle school teacher for my entire teaching career and I enjoy working with students as they grow into who they are as people and learners. During my time attending conferences, interacting with other educators online, experimenting with my own teaching and getting to visit other schools and classrooms, I became passionate about learner-centered education. I always enjoy working on rich and authentic projects with my students, and I can’t wait to make this kind of learning my full-time job. I am a lifelong learner myself. I’m a fellow in the National Education Association’s Teacher Leadership Initiative, and I was the Fort Collins Rotary Clubs’ PSD Teacher of the Year in 2012. I became an Allen Distinguished Educator in 2016, an opportunity awarded to teachers with innovative programs in Engineering, Computer Science, and Entrepreneurship. I make light-up, musical Ugly Christmas Sweaters every year in addition to other geeky crafts. I’m looking forward to being creative along with our incredible Compass students!
Bonnie Cowen, M.Ed.
Social Studies Teacher
After graduating from Kent State University, I moved to Colorado to fulfill a year-long volunteer service commitment. Ultimately, I was hired to develop an adolescent program for a homeless shelter, and it was in that role of teen advocate and school liaison that I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I saw first-hand that having an adult who believed in them was essential to positively changing the trajectory of children’s lives. Equally important, I wanted to inspire in children a desire to learn. As a result, I earned a Post-Bachelor’s Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education and a Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership from Colorado State University. I spent the next 15 years teaching social studies, and while I taught core courses (American History, World History, Civics, Sociology), I spent the majority of my career teaching both Advanced Psychology and International Baccalaureate Psychology. I served as Exam Reader/Grader for the The College Board and Examiner/Moderator for the International Baccalaureate World School and was the recipient of Poudre School District’s Excellence in Education Award. My entrepreneurial spirit led me to start my own business and most recently be a project coordinator in Larimer County connecting systems for young children’s social-emotional development. Now, I am quite excited to return to where my main passion lies, teaching. I am dedicated to Compass Community Collaborative School’s mission and trust that our student-centered, meta-learning approach to education is the most powerful way we can support students in becoming their most authentic selves.
Adam Fallik, M. Ed.
Special Education Teacher
In 2002 I got a job working with adults with developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on community accessibility and recreation. For more than ten years I worked with these incredible individuals and it changed my life. I learned how to be patient and practice gratitude in every endeavor in my life. Working with adults with disabilities taught me how to make a contribution in people’s lives. In 2011 I graduated from The University of Northern Colorado with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. I began working as a special education teacher at Reflections for Youth in Loveland while attending graduate school full time. I also worked in middle schools focusing on significant emotional disabilities and Autism. For the last two years I worked as a Social Worker for a Guardian Ad Litem and did one to one mental health therapy. I learned how the system affects disenfranchised youth and families and want to work hard to make sure that our students and families don’t fall through the cracks. I am excited to see how our team teaching and venture project model can benefit from my experience in special education and my love for learning. I look forward to sharing ideas with students and teachers, and to make this school an incredible opportunity for growth. I have been an active member in the community and can help build bridges with professional organizations and creative individuals. I believe that students deserve to be heard and the ability to study what interests them. Students should enjoy going to school everyday instead of dreading it. As Buzz Lightyear emphatically states, “To Infinity and Beyond!”
Jenny Findlay, M.A.
Director of Development
I received my Master’s Degree in Teaching and English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and taught at multiple levels of both middle and high school, in New York and New Jersey, before our family made the move to Colorado. Holistically, my time at Columbia as student, teacher, curriculum-geek, and all-round education enthusiast, refined my educational philosophy and shaped my vision of education in the 21st century. I believe scholarship must be accessible to students of every background, ability, learning style, and modality. I believe excellence in education is based on maintaining a balance among academic rigor, creativity, and plain old fun- through which the urge to inquire about our world and delve into self-discovery is nurtured and valued. I believe in dynamic, experiential, and interdependent learning that fosters solid relationships among students and their peers as well as with teachers, the local community, and the greater society at large. The educational culture and approaches to curriculum that we are crafting at Compass will enact these beliefs. Sir Ken Robinson put it best when he wrote, “We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” Compass Community Collaborative school is a ripe and fertile landscape to nurture the growth of the students of Fort Collins, and will undoubtedly become the benchmark model for educational innovation nationwide.