ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Heather and her family hiking in the Colorado mountains.

WELCOME

Welcome to the Compositive Primary website! It is so exciting to be a part of a brand-new school, and I am thrilled that you have decided to learn more about this wonderful place. We have been busy at work since opening our doors in August of 2019 for students ages three through kindergarten. After that, we will add a grade each year to eventually serve students ages three through fifth grade. Our brand-new school building is designed to emulate the feel of a warm home environment and natural outdoor space consistent with the Compositive philosophy.

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Take care,

Heather B. Mock
Head of School

WELCOME

Welcome to the Compositive Primary website! It is so exciting to be a part of a brand-new school, and I am thrilled that you have decided to learn more about this wonderful place. We have been busy at work since opening our doors in August of 2019 for students ages three through kindergarten. After that, we will add a grade each year to eventually serve students ages three through fifth grade. Our brand-new school building is designed to emulate the feel of a warm home environment and natural outdoor space consistent with the Compositive philosophy.

Read More

Take care,

Heather B. Mock
Head of School

Heather and her family hiking in the Colorado mountains.

our
MISSION

Compositive Primary students will live lives of personal excellence.

our
VISION

Compositive Primary students will become:

  • High academic achievers
  • Self directed learners
  • Engaged and contributing members of their communities

our
MISSION

Compositive Primary students will live lives of personal excellence.

our
VISION

Compositive Primary students will become:

  • High academic achievers
  • Self directed learners
  • Engaged and contributing members of their communities

Compositive Primary’s eBook

If you’d like to learn more about how Compositive Primary came to be, you can read this book, co-authored by writer Alan Gottlieb and Compositive Primary Head of School Heather Mock. The book takes the reader on a journey from the idea for the school to opening day in August 2019.

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Compositive Primary’s eBook

If you’d like to learn more about how Compositive Primary came to be, you can read this book, co-authored by writer Alan Gottlieb and Compositive Primary Head of School Heather Mock. The book takes the reader on a journey from the idea for the school to opening day in August 2019.

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FACULTY &
ADMIN TEAM

FACULTY &
ADMIN TEAM

Head of School

Heather B. Mock

An engaging and energetic leader, Heather Bushnell Mock is the founding head of school at Compositive Primary. In her 21 years as an educator, she has come to view herself as a “warm demander” and has grown to embrace the social and emotional development of the student as the most effective means to success in academics and life.

Heather’s experience covers the full primary through secondary journey, having taught and administered grades K-12. She comes to Compositive Primary from Dawson School in Lafayette, Colo. As associate head of school and K-8 director, she oversaw 270 students and 45 faculty members in both the middle and lower school divisions at Dawson. During her seven-year tenure, the school saw record levels of applicants, student retention and parental engagement. Prior to Dawson, Heather was an upper school class dean at Kent Denver School, shepherding the class of 2011 from their freshman year through successful graduation. She was responsible for everything from nurturing students’ academic achievement and character development, to serving as the main administrative point person for families and handling the logistical imperatives of class scheduling and discipline. Heather has also held teaching and/or administrative positions with progressively increasing responsibilities at The Maple Street School (Manchester, Vt.), The Head-Royce School (Oakland) and Sandia Preparatory School (Albuquerque).

She has served on four Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) reaccreditation teams and received multiple awards for excellence in teaching. Additionally, she has served on the boards of The Joshua School Boulder and Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten.

A graduate of The Spence School in New York, Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is also a graduate of the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Aspiring Heads Institute. In addition, she attended the Harvard College Admissions Institute (2009) and spent a semester in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School (1992). Married with two teenage children, Heather is a marathon runner, has performed in community theater productions, and has been a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Director of Outreach

Marcie Prokupek

Marcie joined the Compositive Primary team in 2018 as Director of Outreach, focusing on marketing, admissions, and operations. A fast starter and reflective leader, Marcie quickly gains an understanding of situations, needs, and obstacles, and then develops and implements strategic solutions. She is known for bringing together the right people and resources, including project teams, cross-functional staff, and external community partners, to launch new and manage existing programs and organizations. 

Marcie’s multi-faceted career includes diverse business and community experience, including consulting to businesses in the education, finance, and restaurant industries, corporate banking, and not-for-profit development. As founder of Spring Consulting, Marcie provided client relationship, strategic, and operational support to clients including Graland Country Day School, OnePoint Accounting, and Tava Kitchen. She gained valuable experience managing relationships and making financial recommendations while employed with Geronimo Financial, M&I Bank, and First Chicago Bank. Marcie also spent several years working in non-profit development at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she co-managed the annual giving program and generated exhibition sponsorships.

Community board work in recent years involves the Global Livingston Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Kent Denver School, and Graland Country Day School. Other volunteer experience includes Young President’s Organization, Teach for America, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Children’s Campaign, and Webb-Waring Institute. Marcie earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. She has two daughters and enjoys traveling, the arts, and being active (yoga, cycling and running are current favorites) in her free time.

Dir. of Inquiry & Instruction

Dr Clare Hammoor

Dr Clare Hammoor is a playful educator whose practice is animated by inquiry and joy. With a passion for collaboration and arts integration, Clare brings experience working with a diversity of folks to create genuine questions and deep learning.

Clare comes from Blue School in Manhattan where he was the Theatre Specialist and Director. During his time at Blue, Clare collaboratively developed an arts integration curriculum with a team of children, teachers, materials, administrators, and arts specialists. While in New York, Clare worked with Brooklyn Acting Lab as its Director of Education and directed theatre professionally. Clare has taught at New York University and University of Denver and given lectures across the US. He has led classes and workshops internationally and his writing appears in articles, chapters, and journal editorships. Clare’s passion for joy and justice has also led him to teach university courses in prisons for the past nine years. He is currently an instructor for the DU Prison Arts Initiative where he started a series of play-based arts workshops for children and their incarcerated parents. He is particularly animated by directing theatre with ensembles inside the prison system as a way of collectively imagining a more just and joyful world.

Clare earned a doctorate from NYU where his research focused on the agencies of children and things in play. If you’re looking for a particularly niche conversation starter, his diss is titled Theatre of Children: Absurd Agencies in/of the Anthropocene. He also holds a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, and a BA in Theatre and Religious Studies from Indiana University. Clare loves reading, cooking, making new theatre, and antiquing with his partner, Ashley Hamilton.

Administrative Assistant

Laura Levy

Laura Levy is an administrative assistant who joined the Compositive Primary team in 2021. She graduated from Wofford College with a B.A. in Art History and French. She spent a semester abroad in France where she studied the local art and French politics. Back at Wofford, she curated an exhibition at a local gallery titled, Religious Art of the American South: Sacred Spaces and Gathering Places, which served as her thesis. 

Before joining Compositive Primary Laura worked in the museum field. She interned at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Denver. She worked at the Denver Art Museum for over five years developing and implementing art based programs for kids and their families, including summer camps. Working in museums equipped Laura with the skills to manage large projects and implement culturally responsive practices. 

In her free time, you can catch Laura dog watching at Wash Park or trying out new bread recipes at home. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, and reading.

Administrative Assistant

Sabrina Zizo

Sabrina Zizo is serving as an administrative assistant at Compositive Primary, bringing significant non-profit and communication experience, as well as personal warmth and dedication. Sabrina works to build and support the school’s mission by being committed to excellence in service, maximizing efficiency, and exemplifying teamwork.

She previously worked in event and program development for nearly three years at Railroad Park, a nationally award winning urban park in downtown Birmingham. While at Railroad Park, Sabrina executed programs that provided free health and wellness and financial education classes to everyone, promoting a stronger community.

Prior to graduating from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Public Relations, Sabrina interned with Alabama Rivers Alliance, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, and Shelby County Newspapers, Inc., all organizations working to reveal imperative messages.

In her personal time, Sabrina enjoys paddling on a river, traveling, reading or trying out a new dance class.

Facility Manager

Heather Rose Aguilera

Heather Rose Aguilera (“Heather Rose”) joined Compositive Primary’s team in 2021 as its facility manager. She spent four years at Denver Public Schools doing similar work. She loves being active during the day, juggling multiple projects, and interacting with people.

Heather Rose is a Colorado native and comes from a large family. Outside of work, her passion is baking and she hopes to go back to school to focus on baking and open her own bakery one day. Her favorite dessert to make is a tarte tatin! She also keeps busy doing CrossFit workouts six days a week.

Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Amira Ababio

Amira joined the Compositive team in 2019 as the founding ECE Lead Teacher. Amira holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado Denver.

Amira began her career in early childhood here in Denver, teaching at a non-profit preschool for three years. During her time there, she held various leadership roles including assistant director and manager of curriculum and family engagement. Amira holds a State of Colorado Coaching Credential and has coached preschool teachers in one of Denver’s largest Early/Head Start programs, supporting them in their professional growth and creating a quality educational experience for their students.

Amira believes that every child deserves the highest education possible. She is invested in serving the needs of all children and bringing creativity, diversity and most importantly, joy in the preschool
classroom. As a self-proclaimed foodie, you can find Amira exploring Denver’s plethora of fantastic food options with her fiancé and planning her next big adventure in her free time.

Lead Atelierista

Absinthe Algaier

Absinthe brings to Compositive a perspective developed by an international upbringing. She has lived in 5 different countries throughout her life and enjoys exploring and teaching through a lens inspired by a worldview that celebrates the unique strengths brought forth by every individual!

Absinthe’s career in education began nine years ago in Thailand, where she discovered her love of teaching at Singapore International School, a tri-lingual program in the heart of Bangkok. She developed her teaching practice by obtaining an M.Ed in International Teaching through Framingham State University in 2015. After a quick move to Denver, she received her MA in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Early Literacy from a joint program through the University of Colorado and the Boulder Journey School. In Colorado, Absinthe has worked at Open Air Academy, a Reggio-inspired Pre-K program in RiNo, where she taught in a mixed-age classroom, as well as the Denver Jewish Community Center’s Early Learning School, another Reggio-inspired ECE program where she was the head-teacher for a classroom full of curious 3 and 4-year-olds.

When she is not in the classroom, Absinthe enjoys cooking and eating the spiciest foods she can endure, swimming, painting, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her partner.

Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Mickey Alpert

Mickey’s primary classroom experience was as a lead teacher for the early childhood section of an Afterschool Program at St John’s School in Dallas, TX.  He also acted as Assistant to the Head of the Program and worked as co-teacher for several after school classes. These classes focused on theater, working as a team, and creative play.

 Mickey got his BFA in theatre performance from the University of Colorado, giving him a rich background in education, creative problem solving, and team building. He also grew up with seven siblings and is grateful to be actively involved in the lives of his nieces and nephew.

When working with children and adults, his vision for growth centers on kindness, community, and imagination – both for the students and for himself.

Resident Teacher

Nour Beck

Nour Beck is originally from Damascus, Syria. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Northern Colorado and her Directors Certificate in ECE. She has been working with children for over nine years, six years at Aurora Public School. She believes that meeting the needs of students starts with knowing who they are. She chose teaching because working with children is her passion! Working with students and seeing them learn and grow throughout the school year brings her such joy. Nour loves being able to find different ways to connect with each child. She enjoys seeing the children’s smiling faces each day as they are reaching new milestones. Nour’s spirit leads her to help children work with each other and she feels great joy when children develop stronger relationships with their peers. She enjoys watching children learn to regulate their emotions and express their feelings. It is wonderful watching them solve their problems independently.

Outside of the classroom, Nour likes to travel and explore new places, volunteer, and help others. She loves cooking, crafting, camping, and spending time with her husband, their two children, and friends. Nour also loves gardening! Hands in the soil have definite stress-busting benefits. Painting stones is also what she loves most, as it helps to convey information in an artistic way. She is excited to join the Compositive family and looking forward to exploring with the students.

Resident Teacher

Izzy Chern

Izzy is joining Compositive for the 2021-2022 school year as a K/1 resident teacher. Izzy is a recent Graduate of the University of Denver holding a B.A. in theatre and a minor in psychology. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Denver four years ago for undergrad. She has always been pulled to the classroom and is overcome with excitement about joining the Compositive Family as her first formal job in education. 

During her time at the University of Denver, she assisted in bringing theatre and creativity into many different communities. She was involved in a program in Zanzibar, Tanzania working with teens to devise a play based on social issues they faced in their community. She has also joined DU Prison Arts Initiative in family days where she helped lead child-forward theatre games with the incarcerated folks and their young family members. During her 14 years as a theatre-maker, accessibility within the arts has become a huge priority. Her goal as an educator is to promote play, creativity, and fun among students from all different walks of life. 

In her free time Izzy likes to make art in any medium she can get her hands on including (but not at all limited to) drawing, poetry, photography, and theatre. 

 

K/1 Lead Teacher

Meaghan Fitzgerald

Meaghan joined the Compositive team in 2019 as the founding K/1 lead teacher. She holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University.

Meaghan started her career in Washington D.C. as the founding K-1 teacher at an International Baccalaureate Chinese immersion public charter school. She later moved to the Lowell School, a progressive independent school in D.C., where she taught both Kindergarten and 1st grade.

In 2013, Meaghan founded her own educational company to provide personalized tutoring for students in grades PreK-3 and therapy for children with special needs. In addition, she designed and created the educational iPad app for children Ollie’s Handwriting & Phonics.

When she’s not in the classroom, Meaghan can be found hiking with her husband and three small children, running, bouldering, or learning to play the guitar.

 

Lead Atelierista

Danny Goodman

Danny joined the Compositive team in 2019, after relocating to Denver from New York City. As a performer and theater artist, he combines his passion for theater and music with his love of learning. He previously taught and served as music director with Brooklyn Acting Lab for four years with children of all ages. He is excited to foster opportunities for Compositive students to learn and grow through imaginative play and creative discovery.

After completing his BA in theater from College of the Holy Cross, Danny toured with Hampstead Stage Co. bringing theater to elementary schools and public libraries across the country. He subsequently received his MFA in acting from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, where he had the opportunity to study and perform in Russia. As an actor he has performed all over the U.S. and abroad. He is also a co-founder of CRASH Theater Co. in New York with his wife and schoolmates.

Outside the classroom, Danny enjoys exploring the Colorado outdoors with his wife: hiking, camping, kayaking, and playing tennis. He likes to have a guitar or mandolin nearby whenever possible.

Resident Teacher

Matisse Newton

Matisse is an enthusiastic educator with a strong passion for hands-on, child-centered learning. She is joining the Compositive Primary family as a Resident Teacher, bringing a focus on compassion, empathy and laughter to the classroom. Matisse has a lifelong love for learning and feels empowered to learn alongside children each and every day.

Matisse began her career in education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. There she interned at several public and private schools around the state and found her first true calling at a play-based, Reggio inspired preschool in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She co-taught in a preschool classroom for 3-4 year olds over the course of four amazing years. With a love for travel she was ecstatic to have the opportunity to teach at a preschool in Taichung, Taiwan for three summers in a row. While in Taiwan, she taught, lived and learned through the lens of a different culture, broadening her perspective on education in general. Matisse visited the mountains of Colorado for professional development and fell in love. Shortly thereafter she moved to Boulder to pursue a Masters in Human Learning and Development from the University of Colorado Denver through the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program, where she also taught in a 2-3 year old classroom for a year. 

Outside of the classroom, Matisse can be found in the kitchen, listening to music and cooking up something savory or spicy before heading to a cozy spot to knit or read. She is passionate about hiking and being outside as much as possible and has recently begun a journey in exploring nature through camping whenever the occasion arises. 

2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Olivia O’Neill

Olivia joined the Compositive team for the 2021-2022 school year as the 2nd grade lead teacher. Olivia’s experience in the classroom came from her job as a 1st grade assistant teacher at an independent school in Denver. There, she enjoyed creating relationships with students and curating an inclusive space for all learners in the classroom.

Before moving out to Colorado to start her career in education, Olivia grew up outside of DC and went on to graduate from Colby College with a B.A in Education. In college, she loved to find where her educational studies intersected with her anthropology and visual art minor. During the academic year, Olivia led a pre-K — 1st grade arts education program at the Colby Art Museum and over the summers, she ran an outdoor adventure summer camp that she founded in her hometown. 

Outside of the classroom, Olivia enjoys running, skiing, hiking, cooking, and most recently, printmaking and gravel biking! She is thrilled to be surrounded by such curious minds at Compositive and looks forward to learning and growing alongside her students.

K/1 Lead Teacher

Natalie Roth

Natalie Roth joined the Compositive team for the 2019-2020 school year. Natalie’s past experiences are rooted in elementary and early childhood education. She began her career as a teacher at the Birch Wathen Lennox School, an independent K-12 school in New York City, where she taught in the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms and coached the lower and upper school squash teams. Since moving to Denver, Natalie has worked at the Primrose School at Stapleton, where she most recently served as the School Director. Natalie is passionate about working with teachers to create welcoming and engaging learning environments for students. 

Natalie graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and received her Master’s degree in Childhood Education from Fordham University.   When Natalie is not working to support teachers and students, she can be found skiing with her husband, hiking with her dog, relaxing with a good book, or playing games with her three kids.

Resident Atelierista

Ivory Williams

Ivory Monique Williams has been teaching for 24 years as a preschool teacher and it is truly her passion. Ivory’s love for teaching young children started with watching her mom teach and being her assistant at age 19. She has loved it ever since. 

Ivory strongly believes that encouraging children to love learning starts early to ensure that they remain lifelong learners. She’s learned that following the children’s lead in what they are curious about is the best strategy to give them the skills for success. Inquiry-based and student-driven teaching keeps their attention and motivation to learn. 

Ivory had the opportunity to teach at some remarkable schools: Vista Peak Exploratory P-8, Clayton Early Learning Educare, and the Jewish Community Center. She also taught as a private teacher during Covid. She’s been in countless workshops and trainings, and a few where she was instilled as an Educator. Ivory had the opportunity to be trained by Lilian Katz, writer of ”Young Investigators; The Project Approach.” That’s when she fell in love with inquiry-based learning. She has also been trained in Touch Points and learned so much about the importance of family involvement. Working with Sesame Street was one of the funniest opportunities that she has had thus far. Sesame Street taught her how to use technology in the classroom and get the children involved with learning in the new millennium. 

In her spare time, Ivory enjoys being with her family, especially her two girls, Eboni Rose and Daisy Mae (fur babies). She loves cooking and trying new recipes from Pinterest. Art is her true passion and she’s learning to work with oil pastels.  

“We believe in preparing our students not for a life of tests but for the test of life.”

“We believe in preparing our students not for a life of tests but for the test of life.”

FOUNDING TEAM

FOUNDING TEAM

Founder

Betsy Callaway Considine

Betsy Callaway Considine is a leader in education reform. She is committed to serving the Colorado community and has served on a variety of boards, including the Catholic Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Botanic Gardens, Regis Jesuit High School, Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver, Seeds of Hope Foundation, and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s in business administration from Harvard.

Betsy is the founder of Compositive, a national movement focused on “whole child” education for grades K-12. This new education model is based on peer reviewed research, as well as the principle of increasing children’s capacities to reflect and learn, recognize and act, care and connect, and engage and serve. This integrated approach empowers children to lead lives of personal excellence. In conjunction with her work on Compositive, Betsy is launching a unique Pre-K – 5th grade school in 2019. It features a student-driven, inquiry-based educational program. The Compositive school focuses on helping children develop critical thinking skills, flexibility, resilience, internal motivation and a commitment to service.

In addition to education innovation, Betsy’s experience covers the worlds of politics, religion, community service, women’s issues, ranching and family. She worked on multiple presidential campaigns, did a stint in the White House and ran her own construction company.

Betsy was born and raised in rural Georgia, and her family’s roots go back seven generations in Harris County. She is married to entrepreneur and former Colorado State Senator Terry Considine. The Considines, who have lived in Colorado for 38 years, enjoy spending time at their ranch in Western Colorado with their three adult children and their families.

Consultant

Norma Hafenstein, Ph.D.

Norma Hafenstein, PhD is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences Department, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Dr. Hafenstein is lead faculty for gifted education, Full Clinical Professor in the Teaching and Learning Sciences department. She advises masters and doctoral degree students in education of the gifted and teaches graduate courses including Creativity: Theory and Practice, Psychological Aspects of the Gifted, Curriculum for the Gifted, Program Development, Leadership and Communication in Gifted Education, Instructional Strategies for the Gifted, Twice Exceptional Learners, and Research as Problem Identification, Intervention, and Application.

Dr. Hafenstein serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee. She consults with schools across the country providing teacher training, curriculum design, and program development. Dr. Hafenstein established the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education in 1998 through support from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. In 1984, Dr. Hafenstein founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver and was director for 29 years. Dr. Hafenstein was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Emporia State University in 2012. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented in 2006 and in 2005, was presented with the Founder’s Day Distinguished Service to the University of Denver Award.

Currently, Dr. Hafenstein is co-principal investigator for the Right4Rural Project, a Javits federally-funded initiative to identify and serve giftedness in rural Colorado communities. Her research interests include identification of giftedness in underrepresented populations, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, program effectiveness, and adult and generational giftedness.

Head of School

Heather B. Mock

An engaging and energetic leader, Heather Bushnell Mock is the founding head of school at Compositive Primary. In her 21 years as an educator, she has come to view herself as a “warm demander” and has grown to embrace the social and emotional development of the student as the most effective means to success in academics and life.

Heather’s experience covers the full primary through secondary journey, having taught and administered grades K-12. She comes to Compositive Primary from Dawson School in Lafayette, Colo. As associate head of school and K-8 director, she oversaw 270 students and 45 faculty members in both the middle and lower school divisions at Dawson. During her seven-year tenure, the school saw record levels of applicants, student retention and parental engagement. Prior to Dawson, Heather was an upper school class dean at Kent Denver School, shepherding the class of 2011 from their freshman year through successful graduation. She was responsible for everything from nurturing students’ academic achievement and character development, to serving as the main administrative point person for families and handling the logistical imperatives of class scheduling and discipline. Heather has also held teaching and/or administrative positions with progressively increasing responsibilities at The Maple Street School (Manchester, Vt.), The Head-Royce School (Oakland) and Sandia Preparatory School (Albuquerque).

She has served on four Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) reaccreditation teams and received multiple awards for excellence in teaching. Additionally, she has served on the boards of The Joshua School Boulder and Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten.

A graduate of The Spence School in New York, Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is also a graduate of the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Aspiring Heads Institute. In addition, she attended the Harvard College Admissions Institute (2009) and spent a semester in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School (1992). Married with two teenage children, Heather is a marathon runner, has performed in community theater productions, and has been a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Executive Director

Amy Slothower

Amy Slothower is serving as the Executive Director of Compositive and oversees all planning and operations for the development of Compositive Primary as well as efforts to extend the Compositive reach.  She is a management consultant whose focus is on nonprofit strategic planning. Her past clients include Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, the Colorado Charter School Institute and numerous charter and independent schools.  She was previously the founding executive director of Get Smart Schools, a charter school incubator and leadership development organization. Slothower was also the founder and board president of Denver Venture School, a Denver Public Schools charter high school with an entrepreneurship focus that opened in August 2008.  In addition, she co-founded the Denver School of Science and Technology where she spent three years as chief financial officer prior to its 2004 opening. She also served as the vice president of finance and operations for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, an advocacy organization working to improve the lives of all of Colorado’s 1.1 million kids.  

Slothower received bachelor’s degrees in history and literature from Harvard University. She earned an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  She is a member of the Garden Club of Denver and is an active volunteer with the Denver Botanic Gardens. Past Board of Directors memberships include History Colorado, where she served as vice chair, the Humanities Institute at the University of Denver, and the Webb-Waring Institute.  She is the mother of two young children and her personal interests include traveling, hiking, and skiing.

Consultant

Dr. Terese J. Lund

Dr. Terese J. Lund is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. She is also Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Wingate University. Her research interests center on child and adolescent development in diverse socioeconomic contexts, with a specific focus on parent-adolescent relationships, social-emotional problems, and positive youth development among adolescent girls. She teaches undergraduate courses such as Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and the Psychology of Women.

Dr. Lund received the Dissertation Fellowship from the Lynch School of Education from Boston College in 2011-2012. At Wingate University, she has received numerous awards, including Registered Student Organization Advisor of the Year (2015), Summer Research Grant (2015, 2016), Student Government Association Unsung Hero Award (2016), Outstanding Academic Advisor Award (2016), Board of Visitors Grant: Experiential Learning Pilot Program (2017), Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2017), and the Spivey Instructorship Award (2018-2019).  

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Lund is the co-primary investigator of the empoWer program at Wingate University, which is funded through the Campus Action Project Grant by the American Association of University Women (2018, 2019).

Director of Outreach

Marcie Prokupek

Marcie joined the Compositive Primary team in 2018 as Director of Outreach, focusing on marketing, admissions, and operations. A fast starter and reflective leader, Marcie quickly gains an understanding of situations, needs, and obstacles, and then develops and implements strategic solutions. She is known for bringing together the right people and resources, including project teams, cross-functional staff, and external community partners, to launch new and manage existing programs and organizations. 

Marcie’s multi-faceted career includes diverse business and community experience, including consulting to businesses in the education, finance, and restaurant industries, corporate banking, and not-for-profit development. As founder of Spring Consulting, Marcie provided client relationship, strategic, and operational support to clients including Graland Country Day School, OnePoint Accounting, and Tava Kitchen. She gained valuable experience managing relationships and making financial recommendations while employed with Geronimo Financial, M&I Bank, and First Chicago Bank. Marcie also spent several years working in non-profit development at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she co-managed the annual giving program and generated exhibition sponsorships.

Community board work in recent years involves the Global Livingston Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Kent Denver School, and Graland Country Day School. Other volunteer experience includes Young President’s Organization, Teach for America, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Children’s Campaign, and Webb-Waring Institute. Marcie earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. She has two daughters and enjoys traveling, the arts, and being active (yoga, cycling and running are current favorites) in her free time.

Consultant

Linnea Krizsan

Linnea Krizsan began her career over twenty years ago as a museum educator at The Brooklyn Museum in New York. Since then she has taught elementary school, coached teachers and leaders, designed curriculum and worked in a wide variety of educational contexts.  Linnea has served in many roles with Denver Public Schools as a founding teacher at The Odyssey School–an Expeditionary Learning charter school, a Teacher Effectiveness Coach, a Gifted and Talented teacher, and an International Baccalaureate Coordinator.  She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and received her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado Denver. When she’s not working to make schools more creative and innovative, she can be found kayaking with her two boys, biking with her husband, or laughing with her book club.

To learn more, please email us at
careers@compositiveprimary.org

Teacher Hiring Process

Join Our Team

Compositive Primary’s founding faculty is comprised of educators who bring our school’s mission to life. They believe wholeheartedly in kids, are excited to create something new, and love to collaborate.

Compositive Primary is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace, free of discrimination and harassment.  Compositive Primary complies with applicable local, state, and federal laws in all aspects of employment.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Join Our Team

Compositive Primary’s founding faculty is comprised of educators who bring our school’s mission to life. They believe wholeheartedly in kids, are excited to create something new, and love to collaborate.

Compositive Primary is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace, free of discrimination and harassment. Compositive Primary complies with applicable local, state, and federal laws in all aspects of employment.

To learn more, please email us at careers@compositiveprimary.org

We are currently hiring for the following positions.

Substitute Teacher

Teacher Hiring Process

Our Building & Tours

Compositive Primary’s 20,000 square-foot building was completed in late 2019 and occupies 3.6 acres on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The building features light-filled and purposefully flexible classrooms, positive outdoor learning spaces, and multi-functional experiential learning features. Compositive Primary integrates into the life of the innovation community on the Anschutz Campus. An iconic and highly visible campus bell tower—a symbol of community—is designed to nurture exploration and discovery for generations of children.

Schedule a Visit!

We’d love to meet you and show you Compositive Primary! Call (720) 452-2522 or email  info@compositiveprimary.org.

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Our Building & Tours

Compositive Primary’s 20,000 square-foot building was completed in late 2019 and occupies 3.6 acres on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The building features light-filled and purposefully flexible classrooms, positive outdoor learning spaces, and multi-functional experiential learning features. Compositive Primary integrates into the life of the innovation community on the Anschutz Campus. An iconic and highly visible campus bell tower—a symbol of community—is designed to nurture exploration and discovery for generations of children.

Schedule a Visit!

Call (720) 452-2522 or email
info@compositiveprimary.org to schedule a time to visit Compositive Primary. We’d love to meet you and show you Compositive Primary!