Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.

Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.

Dr. Suzanne Arnold, Director of ASPIREIMG_2292 Before entering higher education I taught science at the Milton Hershey School, a school for children in financial need. As the Director of ASPIRE I am responsible for the over-site of all licensing activities including developing instructional programming, scheduling, implementing, delivering & evaluating our program. I am also a member of the Continuing Professional Education team.

Jennifer Fox, Assistant DirectorIMG_2304and Special Education Lead  I have an M.Ed in Special Education & a graduate certificate in K-12 Learning Disabilities & Emotional Disabilities from George Mason University. I have been involved in special education teacher development for over 10 years and have been with ASPIRE since it was founded. Prior to ASPIRE I served as the Special Education Director for Teach for America, Colorado. I also worked as a Special Education Manager for Teach for America, Rio Grande Valley in Texas. My teaching experience includes working as a teacher’s aide at a center for students 0-3 with developmental needs, and as a 7th-grade inclusive special education teacher in Washington, D.C..

Erin IMG_2301Bache, Alternative Licensure Instructor I have a B.A. and M.A. in Special Education with endorsements in Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. I also taught in Eagle County at a center-based elementary program for students with severe needs.

IMG_2307Dr. Julia Kantor, Alternative Licensure Instructor I started my career in elementary education, teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders in a New York City public school. I then earned my Ph.D. in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction at CU. I am deeply interested student voice, equity, and diversity in education.

IMG_2300Sam McNitt, Alternative Licensure Instructor I am a graduate of UC-Denver’s Initial Professional Teacher Education program and spent eights years as a secondary English and ELD teacher in Aurora Public Schools. I  have been with ASPIRE for 4 years.

Evan McClintock, Senior Alternative Licensure   IMG_2298                                         Instructor I have been with ASPIRE for 4 years. I have worked in education for 20 years including teaching fifth grade  & working with practicing & prospective teachers. I went on to graduate school to study mathematics education.

Leslie Prock, Alternative Licensure Instructor IMG_2297I have worked with ASPIRE for 3 years. I taught Spanish, History & Leadership in Los Angeles before becoming a History coach at UCLA. I joined the Teacher Education program at UCD & have worked in teacher development for 7 years.

Dane Stickney, Alternative Licensure IMG_3187Instructor Dane transitioned into the classroom after 10 years as a newspaper reporter. He helped found STRIVE Sunnyside Middle School where he taught writing & social studies, & served as the Curriculum Curator and English-Language Acquisition Trainer.

What our Candidates have to say…

I love that I am able to apply everything I learn throughout the modules right to my classroom. I am gaining effective teaching strategies and everyone is tremendously supportive.

Jennifer, ASPIRE Candidate