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Andrea Aragon
Andrea Aragon
719-328-5985
 
Family and Consumer Science/Hospitality and Tourism 

Greetings from the Hospitality Pathway!  My name is Andrea Aragon and I have been a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher for 17 years.  A native New Mexican and graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, I moved to Colorado Springs eight years ago and have been working in D11 at the Wasson Campus ever since.  I serve as a Chapter Adviser and Spanish Peaks District Consultant for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).  As the 2017 Colorado ProStart Teacher of the Year, I continue to build industry partnerships and create student opportunities with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Pikes Peak Lodging Association. 

 

Angela Banfield
719-328-5986
 
English and Journalism Instructor
 
Anthony Beretta
719-328-7695
 
PPCC Math Instructor - 2014 PPCC Adjunct Faculty of the Year 
As a math teacher, I enjoy helping my students learn the fundamental concepts of math.  When coaching  student council, it is a blessing to see our students here at Odyssey develop events for student council .  Also, I enjoy teaching math each day and it is awesome to see our students succeed! Each day is a new adventure, and this is an awesome place to work.
 
Kimberly Blair
719-357-2522
School Nurse
My name is Kim Blair, and I am the school nurse for the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and I actually graduated from Wasson back when it was a traditional high school. I have been a nurse for 12 years, mainly working in outpatient settings at UCHealth and Memorial Hospital. My husband is a Colorado Springs Firefighter and is serving his 18th year in the Air Force Reserves. We have two kids- Sophia (11 years old) who is a 6th grader at Jenkins Middle School and Maddox (9 years old) who is a 4th grader at Martinez Elementary School. My family enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports including soccer, football, and golf. We also love spending time with the many close family members and friends that we have here in the Springs. I am looking forward to working here at RJWAC and this exciting new opportunity as a school nurse!
 
Erica Bourland
719-328-3446
 
English Instructor
Erica Bourland has her master’s in English language and literature, as well as a minor in education. She has taught college freshmen, sixth graders, and now ninth graders. She enjoys fostering students’ growth as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and watch reality and true crime TV. Her life revolves around the whims of her three feline roommates.
 
Keith Clayton
719-328-5989
 
Business Instructor
I am a scholar and practitioner of change management and organizational change. I have been engaged in this discipline for over thirty-five years. I have worked with and in organizations in the Banking, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Insurance and Telecommunications industries to assist in facilitating their desired organizational change. I have served in various organizational positions, including over twenty years in the C-Suite. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resource Development from Regent University. During my Ph.D. matriculation, I was inducted into the Beta Phi Scholar Society at Exeter College on the campus of Oxford University. I am a married man and my wife, and I are proud parents of two grown children. My hobbies and interests are golf, community service, and conducting research concerning autonomous learning, organizational change, learning organization and specifically the leader-follower dyadic relationship.
 
Jennifer Coil
719-328-5990
 
Art Instructor
I have an MAT from Webster University. I've been teaching since 1993. I've taught 1st grade through adults. I spent 14 years teaching at-risk students at Spring Creek Youth Services Center. I joined Odyssey ECCO in 2014.
 
Zach Cooper
719-328-7152
 
Social Studies Instructor
I have a Bachelors in Education from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in American History from the University of Oklahoma. To me, teaching Social Studies is about creating informed citizens and critical thinkers who act to create positive change in their communities. I am thrilled to become a part of the Odyssey ECCO family this year. When not at Odyssey, I enjoy fly fishing, hiking, and spending time with my family.
 
Wendy Crunkelton
719-328-2025
 
Registrar
I grew up in Oklahoma and then moved with my husband and Air Force to Washington State. My family moved to Colorado Springs into District 11 in 2015. I have been with D11 since 2016. I am new to Odyssey in 2022. I know how special Odyssey is and the amazing opportunities it provides not only as an employee of D11 but also as a parent of two kids that have attended Odyssey. I have 3 children who keep me very busy. I love my family, animals, crafts, and baking. I am excited to help Odyssey families in any way I can, especially with enrollment issues, records, and transcripts.
 
Susan Dallam
719-328-5991
 
Spanish Instructor
I am a professor of Spanish and have been teaching since 1999. I am not a native speaker; I started learning the language in high school and fell in love with it. I minored in Spanish at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and received my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Spanish from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. I joined Odyssey ECCO, formerly Early College High School, in 2013.
2015 Rotary Teacher Diamond Award
 
Anna Eaton
719-328-4452
Science Instructor

I am thrilled to be teaching science at Odyssey ECCO!  Getting students excited about science is my number one goal!  Science is an amazing field and it is empowering for our students to understand the world around them.  I teach high school honors biology and college introductory chemistry.  In honors biology, we use the scientific process to understand how organisms interact with the environment and function.  In chemistry, we deep dive into the atomic and molecular interactions that form the basis of life.  Throughout both classes, the scientific process is at the heart of how I teach.

I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park from the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics.  My research focused on the chemotaxis signal transduction pathway of E. coli.  Chemotaxis is the process of how bacteria swim and its fitting that I researched that area as I am a swim coach and swimmer myself.  I also received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in biological science with minors in mathematics and biochemistry from Duquesne University.  I enjoy playing piano, leading outdoor trips with the Colorado Mountain Club and travelling in our RV motorhome with my husband, four children and 2 dogs!

 
Katrina Everette
719-328-2058
Counselor
Hello! I am the School Counselor for last names L-Z and I serve as the Lead Counselor for the Counseling Department. I have been a School Counselor since 2002 and I have been with Odyssey since 2016. My goal is to make sure that all of our students are successful and that they are on a path to earn an Associate’s Degree that is aligned to the student’s desired interests, strengths, and career choices. I do this by closely working with students to advise the student academically and, also, by working closely with PPCC to monitor student progress, determine appropriate coursework, and finding any necessary additional resources for students. I am always happy to talk with students and their families, so feel free to call or make an appointment with me to discuss any questions or needs that you or your student may have.
 
Lisa Fowler
719-328-2007
 
Counselor
I have been a counselor at Odyssey since 2019 and support students with last names A-K. I have a Bachelors in Music from Ithaca College and a Masters in School Counseling from Adams State University. I love working at Odyssey ECCO with the small high school atmosphere where I have a chance to get to know each student and help focus in on college and career opportunities and build relationships.
 
Taura Gandy
719-328-2053
 
Counselor
I have been a school counselor at Odyssey ECCO since 2021 and I support Odyssey students whose last names begin with L-M and with students throughout D11 who attend our Career Pathways program. I earned both my Bachelors in Sociology and my Masters in School Counseling from Adams State University. I help students by providing guidance on academic planning, personal development, and career exploration tailored to their individual needs. I am committed to creating a supportive space that empowers students to overcome challenges, achieve their goals, and reach their full potential.
Brittany Hardy
719-328-2053
 
Family and Consumer Science/Education Pathway Instructor

I am so excited to start my adventure at Odyssey Early College and Career Options and Coronado High School as an instructor in the Future Educator Pathway. I have been a teacher in School District 11 for almost 18 years and a CTE teacher for two years. I grew up in California and moved to Colorado for a college internship. Little did I know, I would also find my best friend and future husband. I returned to California to finish my business degree from California State University, Chico. We married in 1994, and I followed him to Georgia for military duty in the United States Army.  

After returning to Colorado, we both attended Regis University to receive our master's degrees in education. We have three amazing kids and an awesome son-in-law. In July of last year, I earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. In my "free" time, I volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol and enjoy hiking and adventuring with my family. I have been married to Gary, who teaches at Jenkins Middle School, for almost 30 years.

 

Tamara Kokes
719-328-2092
Accounting Assistant
As the School Accounting Assistant at Odyssey ECCO, I assist our Principal in the management of the school’s budgets, audit purchases to assure respect for fiduciary principals, and manage the accounting requirements of all student fundraising activities. Students come to me to buy dance tickets, yearbooks, t-shirts, etc., and parents or guardians come to me to make payments or get clarification on student obligations for school property or fees. I have over 30 years of business office and accounting experience, including business management, office management, large-scale product ordering and tracking, accounts payable, and payroll, as well as 7 years of experience in High School Teacher Substituting at LISD in Leander, Texas. I enjoy reading, nature hikes, animals, and most especially, the opportunity to serve and interact with the amazing and exceptional students of Odyssey Early College & Career Options High School.
 
Renee Lacey
719-328-2031
 
Administrative Assistant to the Principal
As the assistant to Principal Stacy Miller, I work with staff and families on a daily basis. I joined Odyssey ECCO in 2013 and am amazed at the growth of our students and programs. My favorite part of working here is graduation day, watching the students bask in the fruits of their labor is both inspiring and rewarding.
 
Michael Lamphere
719-328-2049
Dean of Students
I'm Dr. Mike Lamphere, the Dean of Students at Odyssey ECCO.  I handle attendance, discipline and a myriad of students and staff concerns every day. I grew up in Chicago and moved out here in 2000 after completing my BA in English at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  I completed my PhD, MA, and Admin License at UCCS.  I believe in the Wasson Academic Campus and even reside in the Wasson Neighborhood!  I consider Odyssey my home and it's the best place I have ever worked. The staff and students here are amazing.  It's humbling to work with such a talented and dedicated group of people.  In my free time I am a single dad to 4 boys, a basset hound, a cat, and a rabbit.  I enjoy playing music and recording songs, trips to the gym, and watching and playing rugby. Cheers!
 
Robert Lessig
donald.lessig@d11.org
719-328-4253
 
English Instructor
Suzanne Lord
719-328-5996
Social Studies Instructor, Link Crew Leader

The 2023-2024 school year marks my seventh year here at Odyssey ECCO and my 9th year of teaching. I have a Bachelors of Arts in History, a Masters in Education and am currently working on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. I love being able to share my passion of history with my students and explore US History from multiple perspectives.

 

Stacy Miller
719-328-2031
Principal
My name is Stacy Miller and I have been in the education profession for over 26 years. In that time, I served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, Middle School Assistant Principal, Middle and High School Principal, Senior Director, Early Childhood Education Director and most recently the very proud principal of Odyssey ECCO. My studies have included a bachelor's in business education, Master of Educational Administration, additional graduate work in Switzerland at the school of Economics, Relay graduate school of education and deep learning of project-based learning and effective instruction. I am a Colorado native and married with two remarkable boys. Our sons play football and study at Stanford (just graduated), Cal Berkeley and Michigan State.
 
Dr. James Owino
719-328-5997
 
Science Instructor
I am experienced soil and water conservationist, Agriculturalist and Educator. My work experience totals over 35years, having started as an agricultural extension office in 1984. I then joined the teaching profession in 1986 and taught courses to Undergraduate and Graduate students in various colleges in Kenya. I have done research studies on vegetative soil erosion control, published and presented papers in various international conferences. I also served as Director of Board of Undergraduate Studies at Egerton University, Kenya. I immigrated to the USA in the year 2010, and became a naturalized citizen in 2016. I joined the Colorado Springs School District 11 in the year 2013 as a Science and Agriculture instructor. I am also an adjunct instruct for Pikes Peak Community College and Adams State University. I hold a PhD degree from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, MEd degree, from McGill University Canada and a BS degree in Agriculture from University of Nairobi Kenya. I have a professional teacher (Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources Education and Science Education) and Career and Technical Education (CTE- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) licenses issued by Colorado State Department of Education.
2016 Alpha Lillian Mallory Award
 
Anthony Paez
719-328-4679
 
Automotive Instructor
Hello, my name is Mr. Paez, the automotive teacher. I have been working on cars  from bumper to bumper and custom car & truck builds in high end European car and hot rod shops. I am 100% an automotive enthusiast!
 
Craig Seay
Staff Photo Craig Seay
719-328-6158
Telecom/IT Fundamentals Teacher
My name is Craig Seay and I have enjoyed teaching in the USAF and now Odyssey for a combined eight years. I currently instruct Introduction to Telecom, Network Copper, Network Fiber Optic, Wireless Communication, Grounding and Bonding and Green Energy courses that carry certifications from BISCI and CEDIA. I also instruct IT Fundamentals, Computer Apps for Computer Science, and Intro Cyber Security courses. I sponsor a fantastic group of students that is the Robotics teams at Odyssey.  I have a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Safety from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as well as Associates of Science; Instructor of Aircraft Maintenance Science and Technology along with an Aviation Maintenance Technology degrees from Community College of the Air Force. I grew up in SC, joined the USAF right after graduating high school, was a crew chief on the F-15 along with associated supervisory positions in the F-15 and F-16 communities. I spent 13 of 20 years stationed in Iceland, Netherlands, Germany, and Okinawa, traveled to 33 countries on vacation, and still have more to see.  I enjoy introducing students to observable and participative sciences like astronomy, archeology, photography and Ham radio concepts. If I’m not camping with my wife and pooches then I’m chasing wildlife with my camera or I’m in an aviation, science, or art museum in the area. I enjoy music, art, cooking, history, triathlon, and traveling.
 
Kristine Stenger
719-328-2088
Data Processor
My name is Kristine Stenger, and I am the Data Processor here at Odyssey ECCO. As part of the counseling department, I can help parents and students with counseling appointments, schedule changes, ACCUPLACER testing, SAT registrations, and with a variety of information you may need for college or scholarship applications. I have worked in alternative education programs with District 11 for eleven years; three at Odyssey ECCO, and eight at a district Charter School before coming to Odyssey ECCO. I am passionate about alternative education and believe that what they have built here at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus, and especially at Odyssey ECCO, is the future of public education.
 
Caren Vest
719-328-2030
 
School Staff Assistant
As the Attendance Secretary for Odyssey ECCO, I work with our dean Dr. Lamphere and all substitutes. I help parents and students with attendance, student check in/out and pre-arranged absences. I joined Odyssey ECCO in 2022 and have worked in District 11 for six years. I am passionate about alternative education and believe that what they have built here at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus, and especially at Odyssey ECCO, is the future of public education.
Walter Wilson
719-328-4494
 
Math Instructor
Mr. Wilson graduated from Stanford with a master's degree in engineering. After working for many years as an engineer on various projects in high-level sports, he decided to work in education as a math teacher. Now in his second decade of teaching, he loves helping students with math and building their confidence as problem solvers.
 
Julene Zizza
719-328-7679
 
Special Education Teacher
Julene Zizza is the accommodations facilitator and special services provider. She teaches the students how to submit their accommodations to the college/universities and provides encouragement to students to find their "voice" for their accommodations. Ms. Zizza is an interventionist who provides systems and supports tor students to find success.