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Andujar, Jonathan

Theatre Arts and Middle School Spanish Teacher

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Andujar, Jonathan

Theatre Arts and Middle School Spanish Teacher


B.A., Theatre, Adams State University

B.A., English, Adams State University

B.A., Creative Writing, Adams State University

What is your role at CSS? I am a theatre teacher and a Middle School Spanish teacher.

What are you looking forward to at CSS? I am looking forward to utilizing my strengths in Spanish and Theatre to connect with the community at CSS. I am happy for the opportunity to share my first language with eager students. I am also looking forward to building onto the legacy of the CSS theatre program.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? The first language I spoke was Spanish. I was born in Puerto Rico. And I have successfully eaten the 72-ounce steak challenge in Amarillo, Texas.

What is one thing you’ve learned from students? PATIENCE! Students always respond to patience and a deeper need for understanding.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would like to be an Earth Bender. I have always wanted to mold the elements.

What did you want to be growing up? I have always wanted to be a teacher! Also, an actor.

What draws you to teaching? The idea that I can pass on my knowledge to the next generation is intriguing. I feel that I am good at relating complex ideas using simple concepts.

What is your favorite spot in the world? Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico.

Bednar, Aubryn

Fundraising & Alumni Coordinator

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Bednar, Aubryn

Fundraising & Alumni Coordinator


Master of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University

B.A., International Studies and Business Administration, The American University

Bryan, Tim

General Maintenance Technician

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Bryan, Tim

General Maintenance Technician


A.A., HVAC, Technical Trades Institute

Burgess, Lori

Chef

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B.A., Arts and Social Science, Colorado State University

What is your role at CSS? I am the chef who prepares lunch and other goodies for the children and faculty and staff.⁣⁣
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What do you enjoy about your role?⁣⁣
I am the lucky one who gets to provide food and other refreshments to some incredible students and faculty and staff. My career philosophy is, “Always go beyond what your clients wants/needs,” and my customers are the kids. I want their time during lunch to be a place to laugh, relax, eat good food, and just be kids.⁣⁣
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⁣⁣What draws you to working with children?⁣⁣
Well, kids of all ages LOVE to eat. My profession allows me to see the excitement when there are “curly fries” on the menu. I so appreciate their smiles, intriguing questions, practicing manners daily, and so much more. Everyday you have a different cast of characters that makes⁣ your day perfect.⁣⁣
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⁣⁣-If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?⁣⁣
I don’t need to be a superhero, but I would like to FLY.⁣

Cerezo, Erin

Middle School Division Director

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Cerezo, Erin

Middle School Division Director


M.A., Educational Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of South Carolina

A Charleston, South Carolina native, Erin relocated to Colorado Springs in June of 2011 to continue her career with views of the Rocky Mountains. Prior to this relocation, her journey included everything from teaching at both independent and public schools in South Carolina to leading educational, missionary relief efforts in Chambrun, Haiti and inner-city New York. For the past decade, her heart has been connected to the southeast side of Colorado Springs, where she serve as an educational leader in Harrison School District 2.

In addition to school leadership, her work over this past decade has more specifically included bringing experiential learning, STEAM education, and purposeful project-based experiences to the most at-risk youth in our community. Through strong systems, meaningful teacher coaching, and expertise in the K-12 continuum of development, she has made it a personal mission to develop schools that bring high-quality learning experiences to students in order to prepare them for an ever-changing world.

Cooper, Creston

Events Manager

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Cooper, Creston

Events Manager


B.A., Visual & Performing Arts, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I am a classically trained clown.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have and why?
I would have Super Strength because I just think that would be a fun time!

What is one thing you've learned from students?
There is always a new and better way to do things.

What did you want to be growing up?
A Geologist. A Marine Biologist. An Actor. A Comedian. A Transformer. I was all over the place.

What draws you to working with students?
I really strive to show the magic and fun that theater can be to students.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS?
I love how beautiful everything is. Everyone is also so nice here.

What is your favorite spot in the world?
My favorite spot is the beach, especially in a spot where the waves are crashing on the rocks. I think the power of the ocean really recharges my batteries.

Creston handles internal and external event organizing at CSS and ensures the technical side of the theater runs smoothly. In his work, he believes that through creativity and determination, impossible outcomes can be achieved. Nothing is impossible. Creston has previously worked with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the Interim Technical Director and with Theatreworks as both an actor and a designer. Most recently he has worked with Green Box Arts taking care of the Green Mountains Skyspace by world-renowned artist James Turrell. He is extremely fortunate to have been a part of amazing teams working on incredible projects.

Crow, Ellen

Interim Associate Head of School

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Crow, Ellen

Interim Associate Head of School


M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

B.A., Speech Communication; Emphasis: Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado

What would people be surprised to learn about you?⁣ I built my first home with my husband. It was called an Earthship and was made of tires and completely off the grid.⁣

What is a favorite memory at CSS?⁣ Every memory involves the community - first as a parent, now as both a parent and teacher. We have such incredible people here!⁣

What is one thing you’ve learned from students?⁣ You can ALWAYS learn something new!⁣

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?⁣ I would invent a new one: octopus arms that I could deploy when I need to be doing several things at once!⁣

What did you want to be growing up?⁣ A teacher - a nurse was a close second.⁣

What draws you to teaching?⁣ The wonder and joy of children - helping to build on that is an incredible gift!⁣

⁣What is your favorite spot in the world?⁣ Any place with my family!⁣

Diaz, Marco

Cafeteria

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Dougherty, Faith

Middle School History & English Teacher

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Dougherty, Faith

Middle School History & English Teacher


M.A. History, Western Washington University

B.A. History/Social Studies, Western Washington University

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have a black belt in TaeKwonDo with more than 15 years of experience training in and instructing martial arts in styles ranging from Muay Thai to Wing Tsun.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have and why?

To learn anything I wanted to learn, instantly.

What is one thing you've learned from students?

The wonders of K-pop

What did you want to be growing up?

A Secret Service Agent

What draws you to working with students?

I am drawn to the unique nature of each student. I love learning about their interests, learning styles, and backgrounds. I love the challenge of figuring out how to help students progress with their classmates collaboratively, while also honoring their individuality.

What is one thing you enjoy about CSS?

Everyone is unfailingly friendly and helpful.

What is your favorite spot in the world?

My favorite spot in the world is Lopez Island, WA. The ferry ride to the island is a gorgeous display of forested islands jutting out of the Sound. Once on Lopez, I love riding my bike through the silence of rolling pastures. I love the friendly locals who wave as I ride by. I love the salty-sweet ocean air. The hills are gradual and make me work for it but never enough to make my lungs hurt. Lopez is a great place to be alone in nature without feeling isolated. It is a community of people living sustainably within their natural surroundings.


Faith is a professionally endorsed teacher in Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and English Language Learners (ELL). She is currently certified to teach in Washington, Colorado, and California. In 2011, she earned her National Boards Certification in Early Adolescent Social Studies. For seven years, she taught language arts, social studies, and debate to advanced learners and honors students at Odle Middle School in Bellevue, Washington. While teaching she also served as her school department chair, as well as the 8th-grade Social Studies Lead Curriculum Developer for the Bellevue School District. Moving around the world has enabled her to continue working with students in Virginia and California and study Italian in Naples, Italy. She also enjoys coaching soccer, ultimate frisbee, softball, and debate.

Edmonds, Mike

Interim Head of School

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Edmonds, Mike

Interim Head of School


Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Mississippi

M.A., Higher Education, University of Mississippi

B.A., Speech and Theatre, University of Mississippi

Dr. Edmonds joined the CSS community after a remarkable 30+-year career at Colorado College (CC), where he served as CC’s Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Acting Co-President and as the Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Life. In 2023, CC celebrated Dr. Edmonds' legacy through the dedication of the Mike Edmonds Court at Reid Arena, the home of CC basketball and volleyball. In addition, he was conferred an honorary degree for his contributions to the CC community at the 2023 Colorado College graduation.

Eichelberger, Rachel

Middle & Upper School Administrative Assistant

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Fienen, Bradley

Facilities Manager and School Safety Coordinator

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