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Kent Denver Receives E.E. Ford Foundation Grant
Kent Denver Receives E.E. Ford Foundation Grant


There's great news on Colorado's education front! Kent Denver School has been awarded a prestigious Educational Grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation. The conditional 2:1 matching grant will provide $100,000 for the enhancement and continued rollout of Kent Denver Institutes, dynamic education hubs that allow students to pursue self-directed learning.

Kent Denver currently has Institutes for Technology & Design and Entrepreneurial Education. Additional Institutes will be created to reflect emerging student interests. Students choose whether or not to participate in an Institute, how much to engage and what to pursue—and they are surrounded by a high-quality network of outstanding teachers, mentors and professionals who provide personalized coaching and encouragement.

"It's clear that Kent Denver Institutes are based on a bold, creative and student-centered vision that can profoundly deepen the engagement of students with their studies," says John Gulla, executive director of The Edward E. Ford Foundation. "Of great importance to the E.E. Ford Board was the fact that other schools around the country can adopt, replicate and customize the Institute concept for their unique learning communities."

Kent Denver Institutes are open to students in both middle and high school. Instead of grades, students create portfolios to demonstrate their accomplishments. Students also have the potential to earn Institute certificates at Middle School continuation and Upper School commencement.

"Our community is energized by these new learning opportunities," says Rand Harrington, Ph.D., Kent Denver Head of School. "We've been delighted and honored by the ongoing support and encouragement we've received from students, parents, alumni, teachers and, of course, our generous donors."

Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

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