Ms. Lofaro begins her 28th year in education. 26 of those years have been within the Denver Public Schools. She has taught all grade levels of Physical Education, coached multiple sports, served as an athletic director, assistant principal, and was most recently a principal at a Middle/High School before arriving at CEC. Ms. Lofaro is excitedly assuming the succession principal role, learning the CEC Way before sending Mr. Springer off into retirement.
My favorite thing about CEC is the excitement I see in the teachers who love what they’re teaching and the students who love what they’re learning. Every class presents lifelong opportunities and potential career paths.
In her spare time, Ms. Lofaro reads, watches every play of every Bronco game, travels, and loves to cook.
My favorite quote is “Stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything,” but a close second is, “If it’s free, it’s for me!” If I were high school again, I’d definitely take advantage of the Early College options at CEC!
La Sra. Lofaro empieza su 28o año en educación. 26 de esos años han sido dentro de las Escuelas Públicas de Denver. Ella ha enseñado todos los grados de Educación Física, ha entrenado varios deportes, ha servido como directora de deportes, también ha sido subdirectora y más reciente fue una directora de una primaria/secundaria antes de llegar a CEC. La Sra. Lofaro está emocionada en tomar la posición de Directora de Sucesión, y aprender la manera de CEC antes de que se reitre el Director Springer.
Mi cosa favorita de CEC es la emoción que veo en los maestros que les encanta lo que enseñan y los estudiantes que les gusta aprender. Cada clase se presenta con oportunidades para la vida y posibilidades de una carrera.
En su tiempo libre, la Sra. Lofaro le gusta leer, mira cada partido de los Broncos, le gusta viajar y le encanta cocinar.
Su cita favorita es “Defiende algo, o caerás por lo que sea” una segunda cita es “¡Si es gratis, es para mi!” ¡Si yo fuera ser una alumna de la preparatoria otra vez, yo quisiera tomar aventaja de las opciones en CEC!.
Polly Beck—Assistant Principal
After spending the first 23 years of her life in the flatlands of Indiana, Polly Beck moved to Denver to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and to live in this gigantic playground we call Colorado. As a VISTA, she worked with Summer Scholars, a DPS partner program, and has been committed to the students and families in Denver Public Schools ever since.
As a first generation college graduate, Polly does not take her education for granted. She received her B.A. in English and French from Indiana University and her M.A. in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado Denver. She considers herself a life-long learner and has worked to instill that spirit in the students and teachers she has served at Harrington Elementary, Palmer Elementary, CLA, PREP Academy, and now at CEC. Polly views the CEC early college model as the ticket to success for so many students. With engaging real-world experiences embedded firmly in college and careers, students gain a sense of curiosity about the world and the inspiration to live their dreams.
Polly has eternal wanderlust and when not working, she spends much of her time travelling domestically and abroad and planning her next trip. She is on a life-long quest to improve her Spanish and to learn a few other languages. Her husband and two children bring her gratitude and happiness every day along with outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and snowboarding. In between everything else, Polly is living her dream of playing keyboards and singing in her local indie folk band.
Jaime Caldwell – Pathway Director/Assistant Principal
Ms. Caldwell is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, who moved here in 1997. After playing collegiate soccer for two years, she received her Bachelor’s degree is in Athletic Training from Metropolitan State University of Denver. While working part time in medical clinics, she decided to attend Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia for her Master’s degree in Sports Medicine. Missing the mountains of Colorado, she quickly moved back to Denver in 2007 after working for the University for 4 years. Upon her return, she began working in Denver Public Schools as an Athletic Trainer for North High School. While at North she also was a Special Education Paraprofessional and the School Technology Resource. This is where her passion for education began. With an opportunity to formally teach Sports Medicine in the secondary classroom, she developed and taught Sports Medicine at Vista Academy in DPS. She made the leap to administration and in 2017, she began her journey with CEC Early College as the Pathway Director and Assistant Principal.
Ms. Caldwell is currently attending the University of Colorado Denver, working on her Doctorate in Education, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and hiking these beautiful mountains.
Thomas Velasquez—Assistant Principal
Mr. Velazquez will begin his 15th year in education. This is his first year at Denver Public Schools. He has taught levels 1-6 of Spanish at middle and high school, including IB and MYP and served as an Administrative TOSA in Aurora Public Schools. Mr. Velazquez is excited about his new role as Assistant Principal at CEC. He looks forward to continuing the culture of college and career readiness for all students.
My passion in education is ensuring equitable outcomes and opportunities for all students. I am currently completing my doctoral degree in Leadership for Educational Equity with the first Latino cohort at CU Denver. In my free time, I enjoy mini adventures with my family and traveling to Mexico, Arizona and Disneyland. I am originally from Chicago and love Chicago pizza and hotdogs y me encanta la comida Mexicana.
My favorite quote is “A rising tide raises all ships.” I am very excited about the educational opportunities that CEC affords its families and students. I look forward to working with our community to ensure every student succeeds. ¡Saludos!.