ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WELCOME

The name of a school typically tells a story, which is certainly the case at Compositive Primary. So much so that our name conveys the school’s fundamental beliefs about learning and the transformational impact we have on the lives of children and their families.

The word’s root is composition, meaning we are all connected to each other. This characterizes our school community and our belief in whole child education; we educate children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical lives. 

The second half of the word is positive, expressing our recognition that children thrive in a positive and wholesome environment. Our approach to learning is strength-based, meaning we help children discover, develop, and build upon their strengths, interests, talents, and passions. We achieve this by looking for the positive in each other.   

The Compositive Model organizes learning into Domains and Capacities in an inquiry-based model that nurtures children’s natural curiosity, encourages self-directed discovery, and celebrates the joy of learning.

At Compositive, our commitment is to know, understand, care for, and advance the learning and development of each child. Our goal is to change the educational landscape through our research-based model, anchored in the neuroscience of learning, to inspire children and transform education. 

We appreciate your interest in Compositive Primary and hope we have piqued your curiosity about our school. 

Michael Walker Ed.D.
Head of School

WELCOME

The name of a school typically tells a story, which is certainly the case at Compositive Primary. So much so that our name conveys the school’s fundamental beliefs about learning and the transformational impact we have on the lives of children and their families.

The word’s root is composition, meaning we are all connected to each other. This characterizes our school community and our belief in whole child education; we educate children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical lives. 

The second half of the word is positive, expressing our recognition that children thrive in a positive and wholesome environment. Our approach to learning is strength-based, meaning we help children discover, develop, and build upon their strengths, interests, talents, and passions. We achieve this by looking for the positive in each other.   

The Compositive Model organizes learning into Domains and Capacities in an inquiry-based model that nurtures children’s natural curiosity, encourages self-directed discovery, and celebrates the joy of learning.

At Compositive, our commitment is to know, understand, care for, and advance the learning and development of each child. Our goal is to change the educational landscape through our research-based model, anchored in the neuroscience of learning, to inspire children and transform education. 

We appreciate your interest in Compositive Primary and hope we have piqued your curiosity about our school. 

Michael Walker Ed.D.
Head of School

our
MISSION

Compositive Primary students live lives of personal excellence.

our
VISION

Compositive Primary:

  • Inspires students to be purposeful, joyful, self-directed learners
  • Develops student’s skills to achieve their aspirations
  • Motivates students and faculty to be engaged and contributing members of their communities
  • Demonstrates an impactful and replicable model of teaching and learning

our
MISSION

Compositive Primary students live lives of personal excellence.

our
VISION

Compositive Primary:

  • Inspires students to be purposeful, joyful, self-directed learners
  • Develops student’s skills to achieve their aspirations
  • Motivates students and faculty to be engaged and contributing members of their communities
  • Demonstrates an impactful and replicable model of teaching and learning

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

Michael Walker Ed.D.

Mike was born in Australia, grew up in Mexico City, and raised his family in Honolulu, Hawaii.  As a lifelong learner and educator, Mike has taught students and worked with faculty from elementary through graduate programs in schools, professional institutes, camps, and athletic fields. In every case, this journey has been filled with inspiring colleagues, warm relationships, and embracing communities focused on the needs and wellbeing of children.

Trained in interdisciplinary, inquiry-based pedagogy as an undergraduate, Mike began his teaching career at the American School in Mexico City, a school he attended as a student. His educational journey then took him to graduate school in Columbia, South Carolina, where he became Middle School Head at Hammond School, a school defined by its global curriculum. Mike advanced to the University School of Nashville, an extraordinary school founded as Vanderbilt’s Laboratory School. Mike then moved his young family to Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, when he was appointed the K-8 Principal. After seventeen extraordinary years on the islands at a very innovative and established school, Mike and his wife Wendy, an artist and educator, moved to California when Mike became Head of San Francisco Day School. Mike has advanced inquiry-based learning in each of these schools, recognizing children’s innate curiosity is the catalyst for all learning.

Mike earned his doctorate at the University of Hawaii, pursuing his interest in the neuroscience of learning, increasingly described as the next frontier in education. Mike frequently references Warren Berger’s book, “A More Beautiful Question,” because it explores this question: “What if our schools could train students to be better lifelong learners and better adapters to change by enabling them to be better questioners?” This expresses Mike’s belief that curiosity is the prerequisite for all learning, and essential understandings originate with essential questions.

Remaining curious about learning, life, and how to best care for and prepare our children for the extraordinary lives they will live is Mike’s “why.”

Director of Admissions & Community

Averi Lohss

Averi joined Compositive Primary in July 2022 as the new Director of Admissions & Community. Averi grew up in Chicago and attended the Chicago Waldorf School for 13 years, which inspired Averi’s passion for education and impacting positive change in the world. With 10 years of experience in the field of private education at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, Averi’s background includes admissions, philanthropy, event production, as well as a performance art, called eurythmy, where sound and tone are made visible through movement. Averi earned her B.A. in German Studies and Studio Art from Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, OR, followed by the 4-year training in eurythmy in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Averi is new to the Denver area and looks forward to working with the Compositive Primary community, and helping new families discover the school.

As an adventure enthusiast with a passion for sustainability, Averi enjoys exploring the amazing natural settings in Colorado and finding ways to incorporate sustainability into her everyday life. When not exploring the mountains with her partner, Jordan, you can find Averi trying new recipes in her kitchen, rocking out to classic rock, working on a jigsaw puzzle, crafting, day dreaming about pet ownership, or enjoying time with her family (especially her two young nieces).

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Innovation

Amira Ababio-Tolle

Amira joined the Compositive team in 2019 as the founding ECE Lead Teacher and is now returning in 2022 as our new Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Innovation. 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.

Email:aababio@compositiveprimary.org

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.

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.

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.

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

Constandina Brown

Resident Teacher

Izzy Chern

Izzy is continuing their second year at Compositive as a resident atelierista as well as providing regular classroom and teacher support. Last year Izzy was a part of the Iris K/1 classroom as a 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, they moved to Denver five years ago for undergrad. They have always been pulled to the classroom and are overcome with excitement about being a part of the Compositive Family as their first formal job in education. 
 
During their time at the University of Denver, they assisted in bringing theatre and creativity into many different communities. They were involved in a program in Zanzibar, Tanzania working with teens to devise theatre that commented on social issues they faced in their community. They have also joined DU Prison Arts Initiative in family days where they helped lead child-forward theatre games with the incarcerated folks and their young family members. During their 15 years as a theatre-maker, accessibility within the arts has become a huge priority. They recently co-founded a theatre education program focusing on inclusivity, accessibility, and affordability. Their goal as an educator is to promote play, creativity, and fun among students from all different walks of life. 
 
In their free time Izzy likes to make art in any medium they can get their hands on including (but not at all limited to) drawing, poetry, photography, and theatre.
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.

K/1 Lead Teacher

Lindsey Grayson

Lindsey joined the Compositive Team during the 2021-2022 school year as a K/1 Lead Teacher. Lindsey brings with them their experience as a 2nd Grade Lead Teacher at a charter school in Denver. They hold a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Southern New Hampshire University and an M.A. in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Lindsey was born and raised in Massachusetts. After completing their undergraduate degree, they relocated to Denver to complete a teaching fellowship and residency program while obtaining their masters degree. Through this fellowship Lindsey had the opportunity to teach both Kindergarten and 2nd grade students. They provided a rigorous education in math, literacy, and English Language Development. Lindsey believes that students deserve high expectations, agency, and trauma informed teaching to reach their fullest potential both academically and socially.

Their career in teaching has taken place in a variety of settings from traditional public schools, innovation schools, charters, private/independent schools and multiple abroad experiences. With this knowledge and experience they bring diverse perspectives on teaching into the classroom offering both a structured and innovative approach for students to thrive.

In their free time you can find Lindsey engaging in art, hiking, movie going, and game nights. They are energized by the Compositive inquiry model and are excited to grow and develop alongside their curious learners!

Director of Afternoon Arc & Resident Teacher

Carly Koch

Carly joined Compositive Primary in December 2021 and was originally working in the Columbine classroom as their Resident Teacher. This year she will also be taking on the role of Director of Afternoon Arc. Driven and inspired by hands-on creativity, she brings compassion and joy to as many student interactions as possible. She knows that every student deserves abundant opportunities to shine alongside their strengths, weaknesses and curiosity. Carly is very excited to work with the Compositive team to create a vibrant learning experience for each and every student.

Over the years Carly has worked as an Afterschool Preschool Program Coordinator, a committed nanny, a Special Education Paraprofessional as well as managing businesses outside of a school setting. The desire to work closely with children began at a young age as her mother ran a preschool program out of her childhood home. Her journey through the world of education has only just begun but extensive experience with intentional, enriching and thoughtful childcare has provided her with a valuable set of tools. Carly’s interactions with students are based on the notion that compassion is not only important but essential. She is excited to continue in the pursuit of making the most positive impact possible as an educator.

Outside of the classroom, Carly can be found reading in the park, cooking food for her community of wonderful friends, making oddly specific playlists or basking in the joy that comes from creating in any sense of the word. She believes in the power of curiosity, warmth, and community care. Connection is truly at the heart of everything and she is committed to fostering that wherever she possibly can.

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.

Early Childhood Lead Teacher

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.

Former 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).

Former 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.

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!