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KDS #1 Colorado STEM School... Again!
KDS #1 Colorado STEM School... Again!


This week, the Denver Business Journal ran a list of the "Best Colorado High Schools for STEM in 2019." For the second consecutive year, Kent Denver was named the #1 STEM school in the state. This designation was based on a combination of factors including U.S. Department of Education data, AP math and science course enrollment, standardized test scores, student interest in STEM college majors and more.

Outstanding faculty, innovative curriculum and ample opportunities for independent learning are key to Kent Denver's continued success as a STEM leader in Colorado.

"Schools need to be proficient in teaching STEM concepts in a variety of formats to a variety of learners," explains Chief Innovation Officer Michael Ehrenfried. "In addition to expert-led courses, our students have the ability to be in the driver's seat and explore, create and discover concepts through self-directed learning in our Institutes for Experimental Research and Technology and Design. Additionally, clubs such as robotics draw out the competitive and collaborative nature of students, allowing them to apply their learning."

Science department chair Jeff Caulfield and his colleagues in science and math departments are also honored by the #1 ranking. "We work every day to meet the intellectual and emotional needs of our students. Some students take advantage of opportunities through the Institutes, while others connect in the classroom with our amazing faculty and their incredible peers. Regardless, we hope all will develop a true appreciation for and understanding of the world around us."






Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
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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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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Biography:
B.S. - Biology

"I love to capture the amazing things happening at Kent Denver—this community is endlessly inspiring!"

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.