Ms. LaPar is one of two licensed School Counselors at CSEC. She is also the 504 Coordinator and the Academic Advisor for students with last names starting with A-B.
Ms. LaPar approaches counseling/advising with the belief that all students can learn and achieve given the proper support. She believes that every student is unique and deserves equal access to academic, career, and personal/social supports designed to ensure student success. Ms. LaPar believes that it is important to assist students in overcoming barriers so that they can live productive, happy lives.
Ms. LaPar’s main goal as CSEC is to promote self-knowledge and empower students to become active, life-long learners who desire to reach their own individual excellence. This includes helping students to prepare for life challenges by developing programs that challenge them to push personal boundaries so that they can meet their fullest potential emotionally, intellectually, academically, physically and socially. She believes in fostering a safe, caring and mutually respectful environment that supports positive risk-taking behavior.
As a Colorado native, Ms. LaPar grew up in Monument where she attended Lewis Palmer High School. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to grow up in such a beautiful state, and she is grateful of the many opportunities that she has had. Straight out of high school, Ms. LaPar attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and majored in Film Studies and Elementary Education. After graduation, she took some time off to enjoy life, travel, and relocate to Colorado Springs. She then went back to school at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and obtained a second BA in Sociology, as well as a Certificate of Specialization in Criminology and Justice studies before entering into graduate school. Ms. LaPar now has a MA degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado and is a National Certified Counselor.
In her free time, Ms. LaPar enjoys film, photography, interior design, history, music, roller skating, travel, and spending time with friends and family (which includes her four dogs: Bela Louie, Vampira, Boris, and Count Alucard). She is also an avid animal lover and enjoys volunteering (when time permits) at the National Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton, Colorado.
Ms. LaPar is happy to be a part of the CSEC team. Her door is always open to both parents and students, and she looks forward to getting to know both.
Paige Rutkowski - Last Names C-G
Ms. Rutkowski is a School Counselor/Academic Advisor who believes that every student has the capability to learn, grow and thrive when treated with compassion and respect. Ms. Rutkoswski is passionate about ensuring that every student is on an academic pathway that meets their individual needs and propels them to success. She works through a humanistic and solution focused lens with an emphasis on self-development, growth, and responsibility. She seeks to aid students in recognizing their strength, creativity and choice in the here and now. Ms. Rutkoswski is very excited to embark as a School Counselor and Academic Advisor for Colorado Springs Early Colleges and looks forward to working with you.
Ms. Rutkoswski is from a suburb outside of Detroit Michigan and has lived in Colorado for the last few years. She loves the mountains and enjoys hiking and camping as well as painting in her free time. She is a graduate from Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado where she received her Master's Degree in School Counseling. Please feel free to contact Ms. Rutkowski with any questions you may have. She looks forward to serving you on your pathway to pursuing your goals!
Prior to joining the CSEC team Mr. Davis worked for the Resource Exchange, where he served as a Case Manager for disabled adults and children. Marcus also worked with youth for The Boys and Girls Club and Griffith Centers for Children. As a Colorado native, he obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, majoring in Sociology. Mr. Davis has recently become engaged to his fiancé Kasie in Jamaica. Together, they have their first born child Natalia.
I have been working with middle school, high school, and college students in a variety of capacities for over 30 years. The process of walking the journey with students is one of my biggest passions. I’ve served as an academic advisor at CSEC since July, 2014, and taught here as a college adjunct for the two years prior to that. In that time, I’ve learned a great deal about higher education and how our students can plug into degree plans and career paths in this season of their lives. The longer I work in our program, the more I believe in it. I love seeing students experience success in some tough coursework at a young age and celebrating their amazing accomplishments with them along the way and at the end of their CSEC careers. What can I say? I love these kids.
Laura Carter is a member of the CSEC leadership team and is the lead academic advisor. CSEC has been her work home for over five years. The broad range of roles in which Mrs. Carter has served, from academic assistant to Assistant to the Head of School and finally academic advising, have all enriched her perspective of how integral each area of a school support system is to student success. Mrs. Carter believes valued teachers, staff and students build the basis of a thriving learning environment. It is from this foundation she embraces a collaborative team approach to serving the unique needs of the students and families attending CSEC. Mrs. Carter prioritizes strong student-centered relationships, consistent advisor accessibility and detailed communication to maximize the opportunity for all students to explore, set and reach their desired goals.