Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.
Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.
Office Hours: By appointment.
My very first foray into special education was as a high school student. My after-school and summer job was as a teacher's aide at a center for children with developmental disabilities. After graduating undergraduate school, I taught 7th grade special education in Washington D.C. on an alternative license. I attended George Mason University in the evenings to earn my license and M.Ed in Special Education. Following D.C., I headed to the Rio Grande Valley, TX to serve as a Special Education Program Director with Teach for America (TFA). TFA brought me up to Colorado where I served as the Director of Special Education for several years before transitioning to CU Denver where I created the ASPIRE Special Education alternative licensure program. I now serve as the Assistant Director at ASPIRE, and continue to oversee our Special Education programming.
Faculty Excellence Awards for non-tenure track teaching, School of Education & Human Development, CU Denver, 2019
Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Colorado Chapter
ASPIRE has been so supportive through my whole first year of teaching. I have had so many questions and issues come up and I know I can count on my ASPIRE Instructors to be there. They are supportive and always make sure that they are there to answer all of my questions. - Kiwi , ASPIRE Candidate