6-12 leadership team

Leah Bock

Head of Middle School


Leah Bock will be returning to GALS in 2020 as the Head of the Middle School.  From 2018-2020, she served as the High School Principal at New Legacy Charter School in Aurora.  Prior to that, she helped found the GALS High School in 2014, where she worked as a math teacher and assistant principal.  Leah holds a Master’s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado-Boulder and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Luther College in proof-oriented mathematics and gender studies. In 2011, she won the Mile High Teacher of the Year award. Before she began her career in teaching, Leah spent time in East Africa working at an HIV/AIDS organization, lived in northern California as an economic justice activist and yoga instructor, and owned a bakery. When she’s not working, she loves running and spending time with her family at home.

Carol Bowar

Executive Director


Carol is thrilled to be the Executive Director of GALS 6-12 after serving as a member of the founding board of GALS and a previous board member. Most recently Carol served as the COO of KIPP Colorado Schools, was the Director of Curriculum and Career Services at GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, and a consultant for the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Prior to living overseas with her family (Australia, 2012) she was President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Additional past positions include Vice President, Program Services at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Director of Training, Education and Community Service Programs at Up with People, Policy Assistant for the Governor’s Office (Roy Romer, CO), Field Director at KaBoom!, and Program Officer for the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Carol received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She loves the quote, “What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” She is an avid hiker and runner, and spends her free time adventuring in CO and with family - Ted, Ellie, Tate, and Joey.

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.

Adam Betancourt

Middle School Assistant Principal


Adam Betancourt was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, which explains why his spirit animal is a lizard.  He spent four years in Durango, CO before moving to the Denver metro area. He is joining GALS middle school as the Assistant Principal of Instruction. He comes from teaching 4 years at a charter school in North Denver. His passions include trail running, eating, skiing, traveling, rock climbing, spending time in the sun, and cooking. One of his favorite foods are huevos con nopales. Yummy!

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.”

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.