Compass Community Collaborative School is being designed by a diverse team of experienced, licensed educators, and 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 creative, research-based learning pedagogy and real world problem solving into secondary education to secure a safe and healthy future for our community.
Founding Board of Directors
Jan Harrison M.Ed., M.Sc.
Founding Board President and Founding Leader
With a professional history that includes working with adjudicated youth, county government inter-agency project management, two business startups, and fourteen years as a teacher and educational leader, I am honored to be facilitating the work of a team of creative, thoughtful, and energetic change agents who are committed to helping to write the next chapter in public education. My public education experience includes differentiating and making physical science accessible to all of the diverse students who shared my classroom for seven years, leading a science department as a professional learning community of eleven teachers, creating and implementing the role of Dean of Students for 1000 students (primarily 9th grade and at-risk 10th-12th graders), and facilitating student interventions as a founding leader of the Wellness Center at Rocky Mountain High School. Additionally I have served as an MTSS facilitator for the high schools in PSD, have taught pre-service student teachers at CSU, and engaged in leadership training as a Fellow in Catapult Leadership. I have a long history of bringing diverse interests together to collaboratively create new programs and initiatives that serve communities, families, and students. Leading the development and implementation of Compass Community Collaborative School is allowing me to draw on a rich and varied professional history, my experience parenting my own two children, my love for Fort Collins, and my passion for public education to create a leading edge and collaborative partner in secondary education for PSD, CSU, and the City of Fort Collins.
Russ Brown, M.Ed.
Board Vice President
I am a veteran educator in the Poudre School having taught for over two decades. During that time I have worked with a wide array of students including students seeking their GED, returning to high school after dropping out, taking Advanced Placement courses, and pursuing their International Baccalaureate diploma. I have been recognized for my teaching with awards including the Colorado DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History, Poudre School District Excellence in Education Award, and Fort Collins Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year. I am the co-author of Student-as-Client (Phi Delta Kappan, March 2014) as well as articles that have been published in American Diplomacy, The American Historian, and Principal Leadership.
Terry Burton, M.A.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Education Experience Designer
I am a lifelong learner and explorer with 30 years’ experience as an innovator in diverse corporate, small business, educational, and nonprofit settings. I believe that education that inspires and empowers all of us to engage with the world passionately, productively, and joyfully is essential for solving the challenges we face, both in our communities and across the world. My past experience includes both producing and teaching documentary filmmaking for social and environmental justice issues; in my current work as an educator at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, I create inquiry-based and project-based informal education experiences for students and adults.
As a Fort Collins native, I have grown up surrounded by the beauty of Colorado, the kindness of its people, and the displays of creativity that line our streets and fill our air. Throughout my time in school here, I have crossed paths with many kind, creative people. They have inspired me to join the Compass team. Friends both young and old, student and educator, native and newcomer, have taught me the importance of diverse perspectives. And it will take every perspective we can get to make Compass the beautiful place I know it can be. As a current student at Colorado State University, I hope to use the insight of my friends and peers, as well as my own experiences, to inform and motivate my contribution to Compass. It is with the interests of the students and their futures that I dedicate my work to creating something that is meant for them.
Pamela Barker, MA, PT
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 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. Compass Community Collaborative School’s commitment to these principles and to creating joy in learning is refreshing.
Katie Malone, M.Ed
High School Science Teacher
Having been in education for 12 years, I take my teaching philosophy from my ecology background: >- All of our destinies are intertwined and, as such, we all play a role in creating our best possible future. I have extensive experience in a variety of educational programs, from outdoor education, special education, AVID and Discovery to the International Baccalaureate Program, both Middle Years and Diploma. This work has pushed me to believe that all students are brilliant- they just need an atmosphere and community that recognizes that. Over the past few years, in designing and teaching Project-based Learning science courses, I’ve come to realize that it’s time for educators to change their perspective and begin to help kids find their voice and passions. We are all stronger when our students are empowered to be active citizens in their community and pushed to realize their potential, both as students and teachers. That is our purpose at Compass Community Collaborative School.
Sam Houghteling, M.A.
Colorado State University, Center for Public Service Leadership Program Manager
Sam is a creative and enterprising leader, passionate about collaborative projects, community resiliency, and outcome orientated public policy solutions. He currently serves as the Program Manager for the Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership at Colorado State University. From 2013-2017, Sam worked with the City of Fort Collins in economic health & sustainability, and was active with a number of community organizations and initiatives including the Northern Colorado Food Cluster, SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins, the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, and Fort Collins Startup Week. Prior to moving to Colorado, Sam received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and served as a Director at a Massachusetts-based non-profit.
Mark Schreiber, M. Ed.,M.Sc.
Maker Consultant and Entrepreneur
Stanford Fellow and founder of Design Case Consulting, Mark Schreiber knows hands-on education. With over 15 years in technology, engineering, digital fabrication, and design, Mark is well versed in the integration of STEAM into schools. Mark consults for Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and the American School in Japan to help bring more design and innovation into classrooms worldwide. With Bachelor degrees in Technology Education and Industrial Technology, and a Masters of Science in Construction, Technology, and Engineering Education, Mark is already an active member of the “maker generation.” He is the owner and creative editor of the open-source “Design Case Curriculum”, and a member of MIT’S international FABlab network. Mark is recognized as an outstanding educator and a leader in makerspace implementation. Most notably, Mark was named National Teacher of the Year by the Milken Family Foundation – the “Grammy of teaching awards.” Mark has sat on the NSF Creative IT panel, school boards, and currently curates for Google’s Startup Digest for all things Maker. He is also the inventor of the DesignCase, a maker lab in a box that teaches children and adults alike how to innovate blending low-fidelity materials and high tech know-how to create value and promote entrepreneurship.
Jim Hutchinson, Ph.D.
Aims Community College Curriculum Director
I have worked as an educator in wide variety of roles including an English teacher in Japan, an elementary teacher on the Zuni reservation, a secondary media and technology integration specialist and a university instructor. Over the years, I have developed a passion for project-based learning and work to provide new teachers with new models of teaching and learning that focus on engagement and shift the focus to students and asks them to be responsible for their own learning. While I’m excited to see a number of changes going on in education toward these goals, I also feel new schools are best able to implement wholly innovative approaches, and that is why I am so excited to be part of the development of Compass Community Collaborative School.
Jose Valdes, Ph.D.
Colorado State University, Computer Information Systems Instructor, ACT Colorado Advisory Council
My professional career spanned over thirty-five years in technical and managerial positions for major telecommunications, information technology organizations and in higher education. In addition, I have been fortunate to have taught part-time computer information and telecommunications management, business management, and career courses to adult learners for over twenty-seven years at various institutions. Therefore, truly blessed with a rewarding professional and academic career and experiences. I am now retired and focusing on teaching, my passion. I consider the opportunity to teach a privilege and gift. I was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and immigrated to the United States as political refugee with my parents and sister. Raised in Denver, Colorado, I hold degrees from Colorado State University, Almeda University, and the University of Denver. Further, I had the privilege of completing academic courses and training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/AT&T Center, Bell Laboratories, Mountain Bell, and North Dakota State University. My wife of over forty years and I have two grown children and an ever more curious and enjoyable granddaughter. We have lived in Windsor, Colorado for nearly twenty years. I also have a passion of over thirty years for the sport of triathlon. Currently, I am a USATriathlon certified official and member of the National Age Group Committee. The sport of triathlon suits my independent spirit and competitive inclination. I am also a member of the Town of Windsor Board of Adjustments.