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Academic Department


  • The Academic Department supports Adams 14 teachers, staff and parents with curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet the needs of each student. We use a researched-based curriculum that aligns with Colorado Academic Standards and focuses teaching and learning on evidence-based student outcomes.  We engage in best, first instructional practices across contents and grade levels while focusing on the following key questions:
  1. What will students know, understand, and be able to do?
  2. What research-based instructional practices will we use to promote learning?
  3. How will we know when each student has learned it?
  4. What will we do when students have already learned it, or have yet to learn it?

District Vision

  • Through engagement, collaboration, and mutual respect, the parents, teachers, administrators, and community partners of Adams 14 will create the academically rigorous and culturally diverse learning experiences needed to prepare students for success in college, career, and adulthood in safe, performance level schools. 


  • Our goal is to align curriculum, instruction, assessment, and data systems with student needs and culturally-relevant curriculum and pedagogy.
Shelagh Burke

Chief Academic Officer

Carrie DeWaters

Director of Academics

Stephanie Redditt

Director of Academics

Maggie Green

PreK-12 Educational Technology Coordinator

Matthew Johnson

Director of PK-12 Mathematics

Science and Social Studies

Laura Leonard

Science and Social Studies Coordinator

Eileen Harder

Director of Pk - 12 English Language Arts

Anna Cole

ELA Elementary Coordinator

Jan Gilmore

READ Act Coordinator

James Ringer

ELA Secondary Coordinator

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Andrea Callejon

CLDE Coach

Carrie DeWaters

Director of Academics

Lea Ann Dunklee

CLDE Coach

Kelli Hardwick

CLDE Coach

Maria Monica Hurtado de Mendoza

CLDE Coach

Rachael Kummer

CLDE Coordinator

Luz Rossi-Jones

CLDE Coordinator

Elizabeth Westcott

CLDE Coach

Danielle Bird

CLDE Support Specialist

Amy Lovell

Director of Assessment

Michelle Salgado

Assessment Coordinator

Executive Directors

Dr. Josh Cochran

Executive Principal

Dr. Erica Garcia

Executive Director of Elementary Education

Sam Schneider

Executive Director of Secondary Education

Executive Assistant


Executive Assistant to Chief Academic Officer