Mr. Springer has worked for Denver Public Schools for the past 28 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Executive Director for Post Secondary Pathways, CTE and Arts and currently as principal of CEC Early College. Mr. Springer helped develop the CEC Early College when he was first appointed principal in 2005, which is now one on the most successful high schools in the Denver Public Schools, serving over 90% first generation college-bound students. This past year CEC had one of the highest student academic growth of any high school in Denver.
My favorite thing about CEC is our students! We have some of the most motivated students in all of Denver Public Schools, who truly understand the importance of planning their education out to meet their career goals. If I had a chance to be in high school again the career class I would take is construction! It’s amazing how many home projects I start and end up messing up! I then have to call in a professional to fix all the things I did wrong! It’s amazing how much money that can cost.
It is so important to get a quality education in today’s room. We know that over 80% of the high paying, high skilled jobs will require some form of post secondary education. This education may in the form of a 4 year or 2 year degree, or a credential in a technical field. CEC students have some many opportunities to get a jump start in college classes, both in core academics and CTE. My favorite quote is, “failure is not an option.” At CEC no one fails! With our students’ motivation and our teachers’ persistence, we are providing one of the highest quality education experiences in all of Denver.
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.
Mark Bell—Assistant Principal
I found my passion as a high school student at the Warren Occupational Technical Center in Jefferson County when I realized that I could take a class that was interesting and challenging, as well as fun! That course was carpentry and once I started to learn the trade, I knew it was something I would enjoy as a career.
When I graduated in 1978 a series of doors opened for me as a result of the skill set I had developed. These opportunities included business ownerships, professional licenses and educational certificates and degrees. Along the way I spent a decade as a contractor and two decades as a teacher of carpentry. In 2007, I changed my focus to Career and Technical leadership, and was fortunate to be able to stay at CEC in an assistant principal role and hope to spend a decade leading Career and Technical and Middle College teachers through the journey that is educational reform.
My favorite thing about CEC is that students have the chance to put their academics into action in the career classes. It’s the perfect relationship for success.
If I were a student at CEC I would take construction, perhaps this time as an electrician. No, on second thought, a contractor/builder. It’s what I love.
My favorite quote is “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others” Pericles.
Education done right should result in igniting a passion for being the best at what you do, it should make you want to continue to learn.
Marcee Medina is a Colorado native and graduated from Arvada High School in 1990. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Metro State College of Denver in 1995 and earned a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in June of 2001. She has taught many grade levels from remedial sixth grade through pre-calculus. She also has worked at a detention facility in the summer as a math teacher.
“I came to CEC because I have always heard it is a wonderful place to be and that the students here are wonderful. I am excited to be working here.”
When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her neices and nephew and her two Boston Terriers, Lily and Daisy.