Aimee Charlton, Executive Director Aimee came to KidsTek after spending many years at the Colorado Technology Association and the Better Business Bureau Foundation of Denver/Boulder. Through these two connections, she became familiar with KidsTek and our mission. During Aimee’s active life, she has traveled to 16 different countries, studied music in Italy, and even sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Even though Aimee is new to the organization, she has big plans for the future. She is planning on growth throughout the organization. She’d like us to expand our reach to more schools and school districts, and would like individual staff to grow through additional professional development opportunities. Technology has always been a passion for Aimee. She knows the importance that it plays in the lives of the young students we serve! Contact Aimee at: email@example.com
Andrew Bissland, Program Director Andrew has been managing daily operations at KidsTek for the past twelve years. He leads a team of instructors teaching computer classes in the Denver, Aurora, Adams 12, and Jefferson County school districts. He has 25 years of experience in human services, working to improve the lives of children and families in underprivileged communities. He has managed several programs for children and teens in Colorado Springs and Denver. He has served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA; one in Michigan with an adult literacy program in 1994, and more recently in 2005 as a Team Leader with a group of VISTAs implementing service-learning programs in schools throughout Colorado. Andrew has a B.A. in Mass Communications and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Contact Andrew at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan Lang, Program Manager Meghan joined KidsTek after working for two years as a 3rd Grade teacher. She taught in two different schools in the Denver Metro area, where she created long- and short-term lesson plans, worked to develop relationships with students, collaborated with parents and families, and managed many students at a time daily. Meghan graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. Since working with KidsTek, Meghan has provided program support to instructors at host schools in the Aurora Public School district. Meghan is thrilled to take on the new endeavor of being Program Manager and continuing to support students and instructors while she grows within the organization. Contact Meghan at: email@example.com
Casey McCoy-Simmons, Program Specialist Casey joined KidsTek after working for almost four years in public libraries in Illinois, California and Colorado. As a librarian she managed public events, coordinated teen volunteers, led early education story times and taught STEM classes for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens. Casey earned her B.S. in Media and Cinema Studies, with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is excited to bring her passion for technology and community engagement to the KidsTek team while supporting programs at our schools in the Denver, Jefferson County and Adams 12 school districts. Contact Casey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Tow, Senior Instructor Emily Tow graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English Literature and Secondary Education. She previously taught middle and high school in the Des Moines Public Schools district. Emily currently teaches for KidsTek at multiple schools, working with kids in elementary through high school. She has also taught for KidsTek with programs like Career Connect and Aurora Youth 4 Success. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being a cat lady.
Michelle Lim, Instructor Michelle is a freelance web developer and educator. Over the past few years, she has had the pleasure of working with artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and community organizers to build websites, apps and online tools carefully designed for their needs. Michelle has been teaching technology at Title 1 Denver public schools since 2014, and creative summer camps at the Denver Art Museum since 2015. She loves to design and facilitate learning experiences that uplift and empower the next generation of creators and thinkers. With KidsTek, she will teach the spring semester Intro to Programming (Python) class at Aurora's Hinkley High School.
Kiki Andriani, Instructor Kiki previously taught for KidsTek eight years ago and is very pleased to be back on board! After helping in her children's classrooms when they were in elementary school, she decided to go back to school for teaching. She graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Human and Mass Communications, and Gender Studies. She has also completed her graduate coursework in Linguistically Diverse education at Regis University. Kiki enjoys spending her time with loved ones, singing, dancing, yoga, meditation, teaching, tutoring, volunteering, learning, investing, traveling, cooking gourmet meals, nature, and staging homes.
Ellen Drotar, Instructor Ellen is excited to begin working her first year at KidsTek this year. She comes to us with over 18 years experience, teaching every grade in schools across the Denver Metro area. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, exercising, traveling and adventure, and enjoying special moments with with her family and friends.
Jeremy Zornow, Instructor Jeremy graduated from Hunter College in 2012 with a degree in Emerging Media Studies. Since then, he's worked as an educator and as a software engineer. When he's not working, he loves to play the banjo, travel, cook, ride his bike, and go hiking in the hills.
Quinn Pack, Instructor Quinn comes to KidsTek with previous experience working with after school programs in Aurora. He currently teaches for us at Aurora Hills and North Middle Schools. Quinn has been working in education for over 15 years. He has done experiential education, been a media specialist, and currently works from an Aurora Schools district office supporting schools districtwide as a special educator. When he's not coaching or otherwise working with kids, you can find him competing in competitive masters track and field, bird watching, swing dancing or off on an adventure in the mountains like telemark skiing, climbing or hiking a fourteener.