A former engineer and businessman, Rob Stannard was a specialist in the improvement of logistical and human systems. He had a particular expertise in the use (and misuse) of technology in problem-solving.
In education, Stannard’s passion has been for STEM, English language learners and Gifted & Talented, as well as a holistic approach to student development. Classroom experience as a middle school math teacher ignited an early interest in school improvement and the need for innovation in raising expectations for all students.
Stannard’s previous experience includes Assessment Coordinator for an intercity charter school, the Director of Student Services for the Charter School Institute and Superintendent of the Yuma-1 school district. Stannard was one of the founders of the Colorado Digital BOCES, he also ran (and was one of the founders) of a STEM/Aerospace-based learning center at the Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum.
Although never on active duty with the military, CMA families may be interested to hear that Stannard attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, a family tradition. Seeking a second career, he entered the graduate school leadership program at Denver University to obtain licensure in 2002.
Since serving 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, Amos Velasquez has taken roles of increasing responsibility in local schools, including Emerson Edison Charter School, Galileo School of Math and Science, and as the Dean of Students at Coronado High School.
Most recently Velasquez has been a program lead of New Opportunity Programs for Academy School District 20 and the Academy Director of Omar D. Blair Charter School Junior Academy. Velasquez has his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Secondary Education and his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision. He is also actively involved in coaching sports, including football, basketball, and track.
Assistant Principal & Commandant
Reggie Ash is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force whose final assignment prior to retiring was that of Commander of the 21st Mission Support Group at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
Ash has extensive experience leading large multi-tiered business units in business strategy development and execution and has collaborated alongside start-ups and turn-arounds with a focus in the defense industry. He has expertise in planning, developing, and integrating strategic IT business initiatives into workable solutions and is skilled in successfully uniting diverse groups, including global partners, to achieve strategic goals. Ash is an accomplished mentor to senior leaders and developing executives.
Director of Business
Kin Griffith is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of leadership experience in education. He is a pioneer in innovative education, starting with the opening of a charter school in 1994, continuing with the opening of a virtual charter school in 2001, and then the opening of a blended charter school in 2013. Prior to leading and operating charter schools, Griffith was a CPA and financial executive in business and industry.
In addition to being a leader of charter schools and educational organizations, Griffith also has the experience of being a parent and grand-parent of charter school students. He is proud to point out that his family is a “three-generation charter school family.” His wife is a charter school teacher (in schools unaffiliated with his); his youngest daughter graduated from a charter school and is now a licensed architect designing charter school facilities; and one of his granddaughters currently attends the charter school he helped open in 1994; and another attends a Colorado online charter school. Griffith has an MBA from the University of Denver and a Masters in Economics from the University of Colorado at Denver.