Robert Newman, Gilpin Principal
Start Date: 0216
I came to a career in education later in life. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent many years as an independent music promoter, and in non-profit marketing and communications, including time at the Art Students League of Denver and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For the past eight years, I taught English language development at New America High School in Denver. In 2016/2017, I was voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and for five years straight I was voted Funniest Teacher of the Year, my proudest professional accomplishment! My emphasis on creating respectful relationships with students built on fairness and equity was a hallmark of my time as a teacher. I hold a BA in English Literature from Texas Tech University, and I am currently pursuing a MA in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Kathy Benzel, Executive Director
Start Date: 2014
Kathy has been a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools since 1992. She began her career as an English immersion teacher in Bogotá, Columbia, then became a Spanish immersion teacher back here in the United States, as well as a World Language Curriculum specialist. Her former administration positions include Assistant Principal at Lone Tree and Pine Lane Elementary Schools, and Principal at Global Village Academy in Aurora.
Kathy has traveled the globe for cultural studies and professional development-Spain, England, Scotland, China, Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala and Costa Rica-and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Literature and Bilingual/Dual Language Education at University of California-Santa Cruz and University of New Mexico, respectively. Kathy and her husband have two teenage sons who are also bilingual.
Doug Seligman, Whiteman Principal
Start Date: 2015
Doug has been in either an English teacher or administrator since 1994, first in New Mexico and since 1996, Colorado. His family moved a bit during his formative years so he considers Miami his childhood home. He has a BA from the University of New Mexico and a MA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Doug was actually in the Czech immersion program while in the Army and graduated with native fluency. He and his wife live in North Park Hill, and enjoy travel, movies, food, and their two dogs and two cats.
Board Development / Board Orientation
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction