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Meet the Panelists for Direction 38!’s Get Educated Summer Series – Forum #2 Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011


Thank you to all our invited panelist! Topics and Bio’s listed below.

To read the report on our first forum in the OCN, follow this link,

Direction 38 school funding forum, June 20: School budget constraints described at forum.


WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30pm, Monday, July 18, 2011

WHERE: Monument Academy



DISCUSSION LEADERS: Representative Amy Stephens and Senator Mark Scheffel

MODERATOR: Dr. Don Griffin, Executive Director, Monument Academy



Home School:

Senator Mark Scheffel

Senator Mark Scheffel represents Colorado State Senate District 4 which includes: Lake, Park, and Teller Counties; Castle Rock, Sedalia, Franktown, and Larkspur in Douglas County; and Monument and Palmer Lake in El Paso County. Senator Scheffel currently serves as Caucus Chair for the Senate Republicans.
Scheffel graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in finance. He then went to the John Marshall School of Law where he obtained his juris doctor. Later, Scheffel earned his LL.M. (master of laws) degree from New York University’s School of Law.
Mark Scheffel and his wife Cheri reside in Parker, Colorado, with their four children. To read more about Senator Scheffel, please visit www.MarkScheffel.us.
A voice for the business community
Senator Scheffel, a businessman, believes in the importance of fostering an economic environment that allows businesses and individuals with the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish in Colorado. He has worked extensively on pro-business legislation including efforts to phase out the business personal property tax.
Serving Colorado
Senator Scheffel was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2008. During his tenure in the General Assembly, Scheffel has been an ally to the business community and taxpayers of Colorado.

Neighborhood/Traditional Schools:

John Borman
Superintendent of Schools, Lewis-Palmer School District #38

Mr. John Borman began serving as Superintendent of the Lewis-Palmer School District in June, 2011.  Prior to being appointed as Superintendent, he was the Principal of Lewis-Palmer High School for four years.  He has worked in education for 25 years, beginning his career as a high school Language Arts teacher.   He served as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal of Greeley Central High School and also served five years as Principal of Northridge High School in Greeley, Colorado.
Mr. Borman received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in December, 1997.  He was awarded the Colorado Thespians Administrator Award in 2005, and received the Teacher of the Year Award twice while teaching at Gateway High School in the Aurora Public Schools system.
His vision for Lewis-Palmer School District #38 includes doing what is best for kids, treating others with dignity and respect, encouraging purposeful creativity and innovation, and promoting educational excellence in all we do.

Charter Schools:

Mark Hyatt

Charter School Institute (CSI)

Mark Hyatt is an educational leader by passion and experience.  In 2002, he became President of The Classical Academy (TCA), the largest brick and mortar charter school in Colorado and grew it from just over 1000 to over 3200 students. In 2010 he became Executive Director of the Colorado Charter School Institute with almost 8000 students in 23 schools statewide.  He received the 2008 “Education Innovator of the Year Award” from the Center for Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado. In 2006, TCA was named top public school among hundreds in Pikes Peak region by the local newspaper. In 2004, TCA was named top K-12 school of distinction in the nation for character education (Character Education Partnership, Wash DC).  His school was second in Colorado out of 446 High Schools for the class of 2009 in lowest remediation rates in college.  He served on the Colorado Governors P-20 Education Counsel and currently serves on the Commissioner’s “School Leadership Academy Board”.  He was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the House Bill 1412 Committee to improve authorization and operational practices for charter schools. Before becoming an educator, he was a senior leader in the military and front line fighter pilot commander.  He served as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, was Vice Commandant at the US Air Force Academy, and finished his military service as Director of the Center for Character Development at the Air Force Academy.  In 2000, he received the Citizenship and Character Award from President Gerald Ford for his visionary leadership of the character development program at the Air Force Academy


Mr. Randy DeHoff

GOAL Academy (formerly of Charter School Institute and State Board)

Randy DeHoff served two terms on the Colorado State Board of Education from 1999 through 2010, representing the Sixth Congressional District. He has served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Board. He has earned a reputation as a passionate, non-partisan defender of quality public schools for all students, who works effectively to unite the efforts of all stakeholders to that end.
After earning a B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia, he served eight years active duty as a Navigator and Mission Commander flying P-3 patrol aircraft throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He moved to Colorado in 1984, working as a Systems Engineer in the aerospace industry. A true “rocket scientist, he served as the program manager on several successful rocket launch programs.
In February, 2005, Mr. DeHoff left the aerospace industry to become the Executive Director of the newly created Colorado Charter School Institute, a statewide chartering authority. In four and a half years under his leadership the Institute grew to oversee 18 schools educating over 6500 students throughout Colorado. He resigned as Executive Director in October 2009 to seek new innovative challenges in public education. He is now the Director of Strategic Growth for GOAL Academy, an online charter school serving at-risk youth.
Since joining the State Board of Education, Mr. DeHoff has served on several National Association of State Boards of Education study groups, and on the NASBE Board of Directors. NASBE awarded him the Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools awarded him their Policymaker Charter Friend Award in 2002 and 2010.
He has authored numerous articles on education for local and national media. In his spare time he enjoys horseback riding, fly fishing, and back-country skiing.

Concurrent Enrollment:

Senator Keith King

Keith King is a State Senator from Senate District 12 in Colorado Springs.  He has carried many educational bills in both the State House where he served for 8 years, before being term limited, and in the State Senate.   He has led planning groups to start three charter schools in Colorado Springs:  Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, James Irwin Charter High School, and Colorado Springs Early Colleges.  He currently serves as the Administrator of Colorado Springs Early Colleges.  This past graduation, the 123 seniors earned 5,265 college credits, 82 graduated with more than 30 college credits, 34 with more than 60, and 22 received Associate’s Degrees.  One student also graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado Technical University.  Colorado Springs Early Colleges also offers students a Postsecondary Ready Guarantee.  It states that every student will be able to go on to a college after leaving CSEC without having to take remedial courses.  Senator King also sponsored SB11-111, Education Success Task Force, which will look at designing a comprehensive K-12 system that will eliminate the need for remediation in the state of Colorado.

School Reform/Building Community Relations:

Ms. Kayla McGannon

Colorado Advocacy Director, Stand for Children

Kayla grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and Russian studies. Kayla worked on Ken Salazar’s Senate campaign in Colorado Springs, then later as a field organizer during the 2008 Iowa caucuses. Kayla joined the Stand for Children team in Oregon in 2008, where she built two successful chapters. She returned to Colorado in November 2009 to build a strong Stand affiliate in her home state. As Colorado advocacy director, Kayla is responsible for: advocating for our policy priorities at the state capitol, developing and executing political strategy, leading the campaign strategy and endorsements for legislative and school board races, and organizing the Adams 50 school district.

Mr. Ben DeGrow

Independence Institute

As senior policy analyst for the Education Policy Center, Ben DeGrow focuses on labor-related issues. Since joining the Independence Institute in 2003, Ben has advanced its research in the areas of collective bargaining, teacher unionism, teacher employment, and school finance. He oversees the Education Policy Center’s informational website for teachers (IndependentTeachers.org) and coordinates the Institute’s teacher outreach. He blogs on a wide range of education policy issues in the voice of fictional 5-year-old “Eddie” at EdIsWatching.org.
Ben has authored eight Issue Papers, 18 Issue Backgrounders, and numerous opinion editorials for the Independence Institute. His writings have appeared in such Colorado publications as the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Colorado Springs Gazette, Greeley Tribune, Longmont Times-Call, Colorado Statesman, Colorado Daily, HeadFirst Colorado, Grand County Daily Tribune, and Denver Daily News. He is a contributing editor for the national monthly School Reform News, and serves as the free market blogger voice on Education News Colorado (EdNewsColorado.org).
Ben has made many guest appearances on radio and television programs to discuss policy issues. He has testified before legislative committees and has given presentations to community groups, legislators, candidates, and national conferences.
Ben was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1977, and grew up in the greater Detroit metropolitan area. He graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College in 1999 with a B.A. in History (Political Science minor) and received an M.A. in History in 2001 from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a 2006 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. In 2008-09 he served on the committee to redraft Colorado’s model content standards for social studies.
Ben’s experiences in the classroom include leading recitations and discussions as a university graduate assistant and a term as a substitute teacher in public elementary and middle schools in Michigan. He also spent nearly a year on the editorial staff of the Hillsdale Daily News, where he earned Associated Press honors for local sports writing.
Ben is married to Marya DeGrow, who also is his co-worker in the Education Policy Center. They are parents of three daughters: Kyria, Elizabeth and Naomi.


House District 20 – Northern El Paso County

State Representative Amy Stephens is the House Majority Leader and is in her fifth year of service in the legislature.  Stephens has also served as the House Minority Caucus Chairman and served on the House Business and Labor Committee, Judiciary and Legislative Council.  Stephens’ legislation has focused on conservative common-sense issues such as wellness and healthcare, government transparency in school finance and gifts, grants and donations, military family issues and school safety.
Representative Stephens was quickly identified by the Denver Post as one of the “five rising stars” of the Republican Party.  She was honored by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry as being a “rising star” of the House – particularly in defending Colorado business issues.  In 2010 Fox News Denver gave her an award for “feistiest” legislator on the floor defending business against the “Dirty Dozen” tax hikes.  Colorado Military Veteran’s honored Representative Stephens for her work on military spouse issues – passing legislation to help spouses when re-locating to Colorado for assignment.  She has also been awarded “Common Sense in the Courtroom” on judicial issues – standing against legislation that will hike insurance costs as well as cost of litigation in Colorado.  In 2011 Stephens was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber and Advocate of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association for successfully reversing one of the “dirty dozen” software taxes.
Representative Stephens is Director of Fresh Ideas Communication & Consulting – which helps small and medium business and non-profit organizations with program planning, grant writing and program organization.  Her background is in health and human service issues including welfare reform – for which she is a noted policy expert by Heritage Foundation.  Representative Stephens has been quoted on policy issues in USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Denver Post, LA Times, and has been interviewed on radio stations throughout the United States.  Representative Stephens managed Focus on the Family’s youth culture department and public policy department for ten years. She has written a curriculum on high school teen relationship education titled “No Apologies” which has been used world-wide being translated in 26 languages.
Representative Stephens has been married 27 years and has one teenage son who will start college Fall, 2011 at LeHigh University.  She and her family live in Monument, CO – representing the US Air Force Academy and Northern El Paso County.


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