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Leadership Team

Jennifer Daugherty- Jennifer is the Head of School of Colorado Springs Early Colleges. She has a passion for education reform and teacher coaching as well as a commitment to student success. She has worked with charter schools for the past 9 years serving most recently as the Lead History Teacher at James Irwin Charter High School where she gained valuable experience in leadership, curriculum development, and effective teaching methods. She has also worked as a Curriculum and Assessment Consultant for Harrison District 2 and as a PRAXIS grader for Social Studies teacher candidates. She has also been committed to fostering an inclusive learning and social environment within the high school to ensure that students feel valued and to encourage genuine relationships between peers. She served as advisor to several student organizations including LINK Crew, cheerleading, Student Council and NHS while also serving on leadership teams such as the School Accountability Committee. She earned her BA in Social Sciences and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida while her husband was serving in the Navy. With the support of her incredible husband and three amazing daughters she feels blessed to be a part of the CSEC family.  Office:  719-559-0909



Brian Humphries – Brian Humphries is the Dean of Student Accountability of Colorado Springs Early Colleges for his second year.  He was a music teacher for 11 years spending most of his teaching career as a band and choir director at the high school level. Brian has served as assistant principal for two years. He has been trained in Teach Like a Champion, Data Driven Leadership, TAP, Love and Logic, and FEMA Emergency Protocols. Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Southwestern A/G University in Texas, his Teaching Certification from Western State College, his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (with Instructional Leadership Focus) from UCCS, and his Doctorate (ABD) in Educational Leadership (Educational Technology Focus) from the University of Phoenix.    Office:  719-955-4709   Cell:  719-491-6374



Laura Carter - Laura Carter is the advisor for students with last names R-Z. She has worked with PreK-12 students & families in a variety of settings & educational support roles since 2000. Prior to CSEC, Laura used her B.A. in Kinesiology to work as a physical therapy tech which led to pursuing her certification as a Neuro-Muscular therapist. She enjoyed a successful clinical practice in Austin, Texas for over 10 years and has continued in private practice. Laura’s involvement in education grew along with her children and when volunteering transitioned to employment in elementary & middle school programs she knew working to help young people grow to their fullest potential would be the main focus of both her personal and professional goals.

 Laura’s educational experience includes, but is not limited to, four years of partnering with teachers to implement varied instruction as a special needs paraprofessional, specifically with students on the autism spectrum. She has taught in K-12 classrooms as a substitute teacher for seven years and initiated and led development of a sustainable K-5 eco-literacy program through a student & parent volunteer school gardening co-op.  Since coming to CSEC Laura has prioritized strong student-centered relationships through in-class tutoring, substitute teaching and partnering with student council to create a school culture that affirms and inspires each student.  She has served for the past two years as the executive assistant to CSEC’s Head of School. The scope of this position allowed Laura to serve in a broad range of both staff & student support roles enabling her strengthen her skills in organizational management and student assessment and event coordination. Laura brings a collaborative, compassionate and dedicated spirit to serve both students and her peers.    Office:  719-955-4705



Keith KingAdministrator of Colorado Early Colleges - Keith is the Administrator of Colorado Early Colleges which oversees all four Colorado Early Colleges schools:  Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Parker and Aurora.  He has served on the Colorado Springs City Council, the School Board of Cheyenne Mountain School District, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, four years of service in the Colorado Senate, and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by Secretary Paige.  He also has served on the Colorado League of Charter Schools Board for over thirteen years.  He has written the application for four successful charter schools in the Colorado Springs area; Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, James Irwin Charter High School, Colorado Springs Early Colleges, Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins, Colorado Early Colleges Parker and Colorado Early Colleges Aurora.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo and his Master’s Degree from Oregon State University.  During his service in the Colorado Legislature he carried over 70 bills that have impacted K-12 and higher education.  He received over 18 awards from various education and business organizations for his work in the General Assembly.  Office:  719-528-6062