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Behind the Scenes During Our Amazing Summer of Change
Behind the Scenes During Our Amazing Summer of Change


When students left in June, work on the new Upper School Classroom Building and Welcome Center had just begun. Since then, crews have made fantastic progress—pouring foundations, erecting structural steel, and beginning the early stages of framing the 28,000 square foot building's new learning and community spaces. Before classes begin next week, a new walkway will be added in front of the existing Upper School and the construction fence will be moved to allow easier access to the Dining Hall.

"I am happy to report that work is proceeding on schedule and we are on track for opening this building in the Spring of 2019," says Associate Head of School Jerry Walker.

Summer also saw the completion of Kent Denver's new tennis courts, which are located just west of the Middle School. Constructed using post-tension concrete, these courts offer a fantastic, highly durable playing surface that will benefit students for years to come. In the new Middle School building, crews used the summer down time to add solar panels and complete punch-list items.

"These building projects are part of a three-year process to modernize our campus and transform teaching and learning at Kent Denver," Mr. Walker explains. "Once we complete this effort—which also includes a major overhaul of the existing Upper School classroom wing—our students will benefit from larger, more flexible learning spaces and the creative teaching they will enable."


Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x324
Biography:
B.A. - English

"I love telling Kent Denver's stories. The amazing work of my colleagues and the accomplishments of our students provide endless inspiration!"

Since joining Kent Denver in 1998, Ms. Mortell has worked in various roles in the school's communications and development offices. She currently focuses on a wide range of communications, including social media, online newsletters, website content, print and digital publications and Summer at KDS marketing.

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas
Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x295
Biography:

B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications 

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.

Amy Vucci

Amy Vucci
Titles: Communications Specialist
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School: 303-770-7660 ext. 207
Biography:

B.S. - Biology

A videographer, graphic designer and past member of the communications department at Johnson & Wales University, Ms. Vucci provides her creative expertise to Kent Denver in video, photography, graphic design, writing and editing.