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Compass Community Collaborative School was designed by a diverse team of experienced, licensed educators, students, business owners, nonprofit leaders, and parents in coworking spaces in Fort Collins. These hubs of entrepreneurship and creativity helped forge us into the innovative school we are today. We are passionate about embedding design thinking and creative, research-based learning pedagogy, and real-world problem solving into secondary education to secure a thriving future for our community.

  • Jan Harrison M.Ed., M.Sc.

    School Leader

    jan@compassfortcollins.org

    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 fifteen 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 am privileged to now be the School Leader of Compass Community Collaborative School.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 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.
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    Jan Harrison M.Ed., M.Sc.
  • Jason Malone, M.Ed.

    Assistant School Lead

    jason@compassfortcollins.org

    As a public educator in Fort Collins for the past two decades, 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. Prior to opening Compass, I worked as an International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator for 10 years 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.
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    Jason Malone, M.Ed.
  • Pamela Barker, M.A.

    Culture Architect: Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices Specialist

    pamela@compassfortcollins.org

    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.
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    Pamela Barker, MA, PT
  • Debbie Bush

    Director of Operations/Office Manager

    debbie@compassfortcollins.org

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  • Bonnie Cowen, M.Ed.

    Teacher-Advisor: Humanities; Compass Historian and Yearbook

    bonnie@compassfortcollins.org

    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 Boardand 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.
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    Bonnie Cowen
  • Kayla Crowe-Stover, B.A.

    Teacher-Advisor: English Language Arts

    kayla@compassfortcollins.org

    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.
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    Kayla Crowe-Stover, B.A.
  • Dawn DuPriest, M.Ed.

    Teacher-Advisor: Mathematics/Computer Science/Engineering

    dawn@compassfortcollins.org

    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!
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    Dawn DuPriest, M.Ed
  • Adam Fallik, M. Ed.

    Teacher-Advisor: Special Education

    adam@compassfortcollins.org

    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!”
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    Adam Fallik, M. Ed.
  • Jenny Findlay, M.A.

    College English instructor and Coordinator for Gifted and Talented Program

    jenny@compassfortcollins.org

    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.
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    Jenny Findlay, M.A.
  • Sam Gleeson, B.Sc.

    Teacher-Advisor: Math/Science

    sam@compassfortcollins.org

    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.
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    Sam Gleeson, B.Sc.
  • Camilo Jimenez-Alfonso

    Teacher-Advisor: Spanish

    camilo@compassfortcollins.org

    I moved to Fort Collins from Colombia in 2009. After 10 years of living here, I can say that I love this community and I found a home here. I have a Masters in Spanish Languages and Cultures from Colorado State University where I learned to teach Spanish as a Second Language and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I also taught Spanish at Front Range Community College, and 5 years at a High School in Weld District. I believe that my role as a language teacher is to challenge my students to open their curiosity about other languages, countries, and cultures, and ultimately about other people. I want to help them become lifelong learners and better communicators so they can make a positive impact in the world as they grow as individuals. I love culture in all of its different forms: I like to listen to different kinds of music, read Spanish and English language literature, watch movies and TV series from different countries, and learn about different traditions.I really enjoy getting to know all kinds of people and I love to travel too.
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    Camilo Jimenez-Alfonso
  • Karen Karppinen, M. Ed.

    Teacher-Advisor: Mathematics/Science/Computer Science

    karen@compassfortcollins.org

    A Michigan native, I have been teaching since 1999 in private schools, charter schools, large public schools, and online. Since I have taught math, science, computer science, and Latin, I have enjoyed a wide variety of educational adventures! Some of my favorites include running math competitions, taking students to national underwater robotics competitions and national Classics conventions, watching elk with students in Estes Park between rounds of annual quiz bowl tournaments, building egg-safe rockets and setting up mock crime scenes for Science Olympiad. I enjoy building competitive academic teams (such as MathCounts), as the process encourages students to invest time in a subject and see that their stronger effort leads to much stronger skills, new friendships, and a greater sense of personal accomplishment. My goal in teaching is to understand my students and lead them to connect intellectually and emotionally to the subject matter, enjoying the discussions and thought processes as well as the destination.I strive to help all students access high-level material in a project-based way so that they can see how human needs led to the historical development of the mathematical concepts, and how they are applicable and important in today's world.
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    Karen Karppinen
  • Katie Malone, M. Ed.

    Teacher-Advisor: Science; Project Coordinator

    katie@compassfortcollins.org

    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 CollaborativeSchool.
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    Katie Malone, M. Ed.
  • Darian Ortiz

    Teacher-Advisor: Student Support Specialist

    darian@compassfortcollins.org

    I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a first-generation Latino male, I learned first hand the struggles of succeeding in the current educational system. Although I excelled academically, I found that the coursework and structure of the classroom prevented me from reaching my full potential, in addition I did not feel an investment in my future from my teachers. Rather than dropping out, I decided to enroll into a local “alternative” high school called Centennial. This school and teachers created an environment where I truly felt valued, revitalizing my desire to learn and grow. Due to the influence of Centennial High School, I can say that I am a college graduate. In May 2018 I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Although my education has a focus on children, many of the lessons I have learned can serve any learner. For example, I believe in “not stealing a student’s struggle.” Although I will wholeheartedly support each student individually,I plan to do so in a way that guides them towards success and growth which often includes overcoming obstacles. I also have a great amount of experience working in the community, specifically with underserved students. As a child, I was a participant in after-school and summer school programming through the local Northside Aztlan Community Center. In my teenage years, I was hired on as a support staff in the same programs I was raised in. 15+ years later, my passion for creating opportunities for all students has only grown and I am excited to continue to teach and learn at Compass Community Collaborative School.
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    Darian Ortiz
  • Wendy Rose

    Futures Counselor (College and Career)

    wendy@compassfortcollins.org

    I had been wondering for years how I can help people find a creative and life-affirming path in an increasingly complex world where the stakes high and we need more innovators. After earning a degree in school counseling, I worked for 16 years in career and pathway planning in higher education at Colorado State University and University of Wyoming. Working at universities, I worked hard to help students stay flexible and confident in who they are, but I always wished students had been given opportunities earlier in their educations to really explore their aptitudes, interests, and career options so that they had what they needed to make informed choices in their courses of study and efforts to find internships. Compass showed me that secondary school education could be different and really prepare students to be both autonomous and compassionate with others and with themselves. I believe students need to learn a lot more than how to take a test or regurgitate information.The focus of teaching needs to lead students to be transformative change makers, entrepreneurs, informed citizens, and successful relationship builders. This summer (2020), I completed my Holistic Narrative Career Professional Certification with Rich Feller and Mark Franklin, two amazing career gurus who have changed the profession with their genius. They have been instrumental in helping me develop a complete curriculum to guide students in crafting and refining their career futures with hope and creativity. In 2009, my husband started Topo Designs, an outdoor clothing and gear brand. Standing alongside an entrepreneur while simultaneously working with interns and curriculum at CSU has helped me see how critical it is that education focuses on community, compassion, and emotional intelligence. Compass is the education of the future. I hope to help Compass students see themselves more clearly, find purpose, express who they are, and be able to work collaboratively with this amazing teaching team to become courageous human beings and life-long learners.
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    Wendy Rose
  • Emmanuelle Roussel

    Teacher-Advisor: English

    emmanuelle@compassfortcollins.org

    Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. At first, I completed a business degree in Management, mostly to appease my family. However, I went back to school shortly thereafter to get my teaching certification as I knew that was where my true passion lied. Since then, I have never left the classroom. I began by teaching fifth grade Language Arts and Social Studies in the Houston public school system. I then taught middle school English, English as a Second Language, and was an advisor at an International Baccalaureate school for fourteen years. My experience in an international school with nearly 60 nationalities and cultures has significantly reshaped my vision of education. It became clear to me that teaching also meant listening to others and sharing our knowledge in a harmonious balance. We reach our objectives as teachers when others feel good about learning. In an ideal world, teaching would be sharing our passion with others. Nevertheless,seeing students more and more disengaged by the learning year after year triggered in me the determination to find alternative solutions to traditional methodologies. As one gains experience and confidence, it becomes possible to explore varied techniques and strive to reach students more individually, in the hopes of making a greater impact. This has been my quest in education ever since. I began attending many inspiring conferences to find new ways to motivate students. However, within the confines of a traditional school day, I found limitations to fully implementing those promising ideas. Therefore, I feel very fortunate to have become part of the community at Compass. I want to be a guide and collaborate with my students and peers to continue my quest and discover the power of language and education in all its forms.
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    Emmanuelle Roussel
  • Shamayim Watson, M.Ed.

    Humanities Teacher-Advisor

    shamayim@compassfortcollins.org

    I am a Third Culture Kid with incredibly itchy feet, who has lived all over the world – both as a teacher and a learner. My passion for education in international contexts has derived not just from this, but also from my experience of going to school in Jerusalem in a time of conflict. As well as moving around between countries and cultures, I have also popped in and out of university along the way; my undergraduate degree in Archaeology from UC London was followed by my Master’s in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford in an attempt to pursue Education policy to make significant and long-lasting change in the lives of students. It was a challenging and thrilling experience, but I missed being around students, and so after working for educational consultancy ‘Plommer Watson Associates’ for a year I moved to Maharashtra, India where I completed by first teaching qualification in secondary education (specializing in Theory of Knowledge (TOK)).I then spent some time as Assistant International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator as well as teaching geography, history and TOK in Accra, Ghana before returning to the UK to study for my Primary teaching qualification. My interests lie in exploring and understanding the way we construct and understand the world and knowledge around us, and my academic research thus far has focused on global citizenship, lifelong learning, and cultural and philosophical contexts.
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    Shamayim Watson
  • Katherine Zaunbrecher, Ph.D.

    Teacher-Advisor: Mathematics and Science

    Katherine@compassfortcollins.org

    I fell in love with the prospect of being a lifelong learner while studying physics at the University of Louisiana. Studying how the universe works led me to realize that there is an innate sense of wonder that humans can experience and further cultivate even though it is often neglected in many traditional learning environments. More often than not, this can begin with simple questions such as, "why?". I strive to foster that curiosity in my work as an educator and human, teaching others that wanting to know why is often more important than knowing. From working on solar cells and advocating for renewable energy to teaching, coaching mountain biking, or cooking for a roomful of friends, I enjoy sharing my passions and learning from others.
    Katherine Zaunbrecher
  • Flynn

    School Dog

    ruffruff@compassfortcollins.org

    My name is Flynn and I love being part of the Compass family! Please pet me and play with me! When I'm not playing with you, you can probably find me napping in Jan's office.
    Flynn