Director Biographies

  •  Marie LaVere-Wright
     Marie Lavere-Wright, President
    Marie is originally from Marine City, Mich., which is a small farming town on the Michigan-Canadian border. She graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor's degress in physics, and then attended Harvard University where she earned her masters in genetics. After graduating, Marie continued to reside in the Boston area, teaching science at Fontbonne Academy. She moved to Colorado Springs during the summer of 2005, and continued her teaching career at Falcon High School until 2008 when she and her husband were fortunate enough to adopt their children.  
    Marie has been married for 18 years to Air Force Maj. Michael Wright. It is their intent to remain in the Falcon area of El Paso County. Marie and Mike have four children attending District 49 schools. Marie says she'll have at least one child attending District 49 schools for the next 14 years. She is passionate about public education, and comes to the table with a firm belief that we can do better for our kids and our community. Marie brings the perspective of both a parent and an educator, and a willingness to listen and to learn.
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    Chelsy Harris - Treasurer 
    Chelsy Harris serves as the Dean of High School Programs at Pikes Peak Community College. Formerly a teacher, high school coach and organization adviser, faculty supervisor, program administrator, and director overseeing career-technical education programs, Chelsy’s current role connects secondary and postsecondary education.  Combining specialties in career-technical education and concurrent enrollment, Chelsy partners with more than 80 traditional, alternative, online, and early college high schools in the Pikes Peak region.

    Chelsy earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and Master’s of Education in Human Resource Development from Xavier University.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska, completing an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Nebraska. 

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    Bethany Drosendahl - Secretary  
    Financial Teacher and Author
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    Dan Snowberger - Board Member
    Dan Snowberger is the Superintendent of Schools at Durango School District 9-R.  
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