High School Leadership

Carrie Donovan

Head of School 9-12


Carrie Donovan has been in public education for more than twenty years. She has worked as an English and English as a Second Language teacher, a soccer coach, an assistant principal, and as a principal. Carrie was the founding school leader of KIPP Austin Collegiate in Austin, Texas which is a college-preparatory, coed high school and is part of the KIPP network of public-charter schools. Carrie played Division 1 soccer at Texas Tech University, has spent time facilitating on ropes courses, and worked as a Girl Scout counselor for several summers. She is also a proud parent of two kiddos! Carrie is incredibly excited to be a part of the Movement at GALS and is humbled by the opportunity to support our students be their best selves.

Karen Davidson

Director of Inclusion


Karen is thrilled to be the Director of Inclusion at GALS. She is a native of Denver and loves to read and travel. Karen received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Denver and her Master's degree in Special Education from Metropolitan State University. She has worked for DPS, Adams 14, Children's Hospital Colorado, and as an independent educational consultant. When not at GALS, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son.

Dolores Schaack

Director of Operations


Dolores was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. She moved to the United States for college and studied General and Religious Education at Southern Methodist College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dolores moved to Denver and attended the University of Denver where she majored in Business Administration. Prior to joining the GALS team, she worked as a Business Manager for another Denver Charter School, and a Sr. Administrative Coordinator for a laboratory products distributor, also in Denver. Dolores has a son with whom she enjoys relaxing and hanging out in her free time.

High School Staff

Sarah Covey

GALS SPED / Inclusion Team


Katie Wittenberg

6-12 Front Office & After School Activities Coordinator


Sara Cougill

HS Math


Sara is excited to join the GALS High School team! This year will be her 11th year teaching math. Sara grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas while studying Chemical Engineering for 3 years, then she received her Bachelors of Science in Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University. Sara received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University. She taught high school math in Nashville, TN, for two years before moving to Denver, CO. Her favorite math is Geometry, and she still wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. Sara believes that everyone can do math regardless of how they feel about math!! When she's not teaching math, you can find Sara sewing clothes, knitting at Fancy Tiger Crafts, hanging out with her cats, growing things, hiking, riding her bike, organizing people for Girls Rock Denver, and drinking too much coffee.

Amanda Flageolle

HS Performing Arts/Registrar


Amanda is honored and excited to be back at GALS HS for another awesome year. She graduated from the University of MN--Morris with a BA in Theatre Arts and a double minor in Music and Geology. She loves teaching students how to use their voices, both on stage and off. Amanda also directs after school theatre productions for the high school and the 6-12 musical every other March. To put the rumors to rest, her favorite movie series is "Indiana Jones."

Mariah Garcia

Americorps Corp for a Change Fellow


Daniel Gilden

High School Spanish Teacher


Sebastian Matta

High School ELA Teacher


Meghan Myron-Karels

Director of GALS Futures/GALS 11/Futures 12


Meghan goes by MK at the high school and her main role at GALS is to help students plan and prepare for their post-secondary education and career goals after graduation. She is a Luther College ('05) and American University alum ('08), and received both of her degrees in Sociology with emphases on Race, Class, Gender, Social Justice, and Equity. Prior to coming to GALS, she worked at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota (2008 - 2012), and the University of Colorado - Boulder (2012 - 2016) in Student Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys playing team sports, board & card games, and instruments. Additionally, Meghan enjoys spending time with her daughter Eddy, tending to her urban garden, and biking around Denver with her family.

Adam Stewart

Secondary Math/Science Teacher


Liz Taylor

HS US History


Liz is excited to join GALS high school this year as a history teacher. She was born and raised in Michigan. Her mother is Welsh and she was fortunate enough to travel to Europe often to visit family. This itch to see the world inspired her to attend Kalamazoo College, where she majored in Religion and studied abroad in Athens, Greece. She then moved to Israel to pursue a master’s degree in Middle East Studies. She spent three years working for a nonprofit that promoted democracy in the Middle East and bounced back and forth between Iraq and Washington, D.C. She and her husband moved to Denver in 2013 to be closer to the mountains. Before GALS, Liz taught middle school social studies in DPS and Adams 14. She loves hiking, gardening, and playing with her cat.

Marianne Thomason

HS Science


Marianne is thrilled to be joining the GALS community this year. Marianne recieved her BA in chemistry with a minor in dance from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She has taught in public education for 13 years and moved to Denver in 2007 with her daughter, to teach at Rocky Mountain School for Expeditionary Learning. Political science and history were Marianne's primary interests and her involvement with grassroots organizing around pollution, led her to study chemistry. She enjoys camping, dancing, photography, meditation and listening to peoples' stories. After an injury while competing in olympic lifting and CrossFit, Marianne has discovered yoga and embarked on an exploration of strength and fierceness through gentleness. Inquiry is at the heart of her teaching, learning and relating.

Ivan Tso

High School Math & Science Teacher


John Stanley

Data Manager


John is originally from New York, but has travelled and lived around the world. After earning his BS - Engineering (Clarkson University) and MBA (University of Michigan), he enjoyed a 20+ year career in managing manufacturing operations in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, John decided to leave the manufacturing industry and become a teacher. He earned his Master of Education degree with specialization in Urban Education from Regis University. John joined the GALS team as a math teacher in 2013. When he isn't number crunching, John loves being in the mountains of Colorado skiing, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, or camping.

Sarah Boxer

HS English/HS Humanities/Literacy


Sarah is so excited to be joining the GALS HS staff this year as the 9th grade Humanities and 11th grade AP Language and Composition teacher.  Sarah is a Denver native and absolutely loves teaching in the best city in the world!!  She graduated from Pitzer College in 2012 with two BA degrees in English/World Literature and Spanish Literature.  Sarah then went on to teach in Newark, New Jersey through Teach for America where she also got her MS in Teaching and Learning from CSU: Global.  Following TFA, Sarah taught at another charter school in Denver for three years.  When not in the classroom, Sarah loves to read, ski, hike, cook, and hang out with her 9 year old dog, Zhivago. One of her life goals is to see all of the Audrey Hepburn movies.

Jasmine Wynter

Visual Arts Teacher


Student Support Team

Carmen Ramos



Cendy Guerrero



Christina Campbell

School Psychologist


Claire Palius

Social Worker/Couselor


Ella Jackson



Hannah Sallmann

Counseling Intern


Jax Faggan



Mercedes Chacon



Noah Jackson



Sarah Covey

GALS SPED / Inclusion Team


Shanice Stewart

Inclusion Team


Amber Brydon

School Psychologist


Amber is the school psychologist at Girls Athletic Leadership School. She is thrilled to be part of the Inclusion Team, working together to support our students’ growth. Prior to coming to GALS, Amber worked as a school psychologist and MTSS Coordinator near Chicago. Amber graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Coaching from Miami University. She earned her Ed.S. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Amber enjoys running, hiking, biking, and spending time with her family, Spencer, Finley and Owen.

Yolanda Dandridge MA, LPC, R-DMT

Director of Counseling & Wellness


Yolanda Dandridge is committed to her career towards integrating Psychology and the Arts as an approach to emotional health stability. Yolanda has a master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology, specializing in body and movement therapy. She has facilitated therapeutic and empowerment groups for over 10 years, addressing areas related to body paralyzation and phobias associated with: attachment styles, life transformations, women’s health, traumas, illness and community health. In, particular Yolanda’s master paper “Unveiling the Embodied Riddle - The Role of Dance/ Movement Therapy in the Black Body’s Developmental Experience” has started the conversation addressing the black body, and intergenerational trauma and how dance/movement therapy application can support the awakening, healing and re-educating the black body from the state of paralyzation to mobilization through the lens of developmental psychology. She also was a professional dancer for over 15 years, trained extensively in West African Dance, under the direction of Melvin Deal, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. Yolanda’s philosophy “movement and body awareness are major components to healthy psychosocial development which support unity between the body, mind and spirit, as one.”

Ilana Fishman

GALS Special Education


Ilana comes to Colorado from the best city in the world, Philadelphia! She received her Bachelors in Psychology at Temple University and her Masters in Special Education at Arcadia University. She lives in Denver with her husband (a local) and their 2 daughters. Ilana has taught for over 20 years, and has taught every age from pre-school through Adult Education, and has enjoyed each age group immensely. When not teaching, or dragging her children to the mountains or bike trails Ilana loves to relax with a good book and espresso.

Tim Lloyd

GALS Special Education


A native Coloradan, Tim has also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Tim became inspired by adventurous social experiences when he was a teenager. Inspired by friends, novels, and music, he found insight in addressing and, at times, embracing life’s unforeseen challenges. This resolve stuck with him through college, leading him to get his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tim quickly saw a need and developed a deep passion for working with adolescents of divergent backgrounds. He eventually went on to earn his MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. In his spare time, Tim works out, makes music, and explores uncommon, often illogical, creative ideas. He also loves/hates exploring Colorado and the West with his family in their 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon, responding to its frequent breakdowns, as a paradigm of life itself.

Ashleigh Davis, MA

School Counselor


Ashleigh Davis is in her second year as a school counselor and first year at GALS, after working as a guest teacher for GALS, she fell in love with the philosophy and made it her mission to be a part of the organization. Originally from sunny San Diego, CA, Ashleigh received her BA in Communication from Cal State University San Marcos, while there she ran the 100H, 400H & 4x100 relay. After spending a short time in the Town of Newburgh, New York raising her daughter, she was bit by the education bug and went back to school to receive her MA in School Counseling from Capella University. Denver, CO is no foreign place for Ashleigh, she and her family spent countless summers and holidays here visiting extended family. Ashleigh is thrilled to be living here and to call Denver, CO home! In her free time Ashleigh enjoys tending to her urban garden, roller skating and spending time with her daughter Olivia enjoying the beautiful outdoors and visiting museums.

Sollita Lucero, MA, LSCW Candidate

Mental Health Counselor


Hello, my name is Sollita Lucero, and I am very excited to become a part of the GALS Family. I graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 with my Masters of Social Worker Degree. I have several years of experience working in community mental health, specifically with adolescents. I have experience in residential treatment and psychiatric hospitals. I also have a private practice focusing on athletes and their mental health. I operate from a trauma informed perspective. I believe it is important to acknowledge and process through challenging life experiences to create a space of healing. I believe in the holistic approach to include important people in one’s life such as family, school officials, peers and others to help explore the feelings, emotions and behaviors that one wants to work on. I am a person who loves to be active and move a lot. I am very goofy and sassy. I am a former collegiate athlete who enjoys playing sports in my free time as my coping skill. I play flag football, softball, basketball, and I definitely love to snowboard. Currently, I am learning how to box, and hopefully, once this pandemic passes, I will begin to compete. If you want to find me outside of work, I am probably at the boxing gym. When the chance to work at GALS presented itself to me, I was ecstatic. I can't wait to really begin working with students, staff and families via zoom and hopefully in person someday soon!

Lori Riley

SPED Liaison / Lead Paraprofessional


Originally from Los Angeles, Lori found her way to Colorado via Texas and Florida. She attended Florida Southern College where she received a BS in Business Management. Lori has worked for Denver Public Schools since 2010 and has been with GALS since 2016. What started out to be a personal mission to learn about our education system, has since turned into a true passion for working with kids. She has served in various roles throughout her time in education and is currently part of the Inclusion Support Team and is also a GALS parent. In Lori’s spare time, she enjoys hot yoga, walking, paddleboarding and cooking, and is especially passionate about traveling, and spending time with her two daughters.