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Who We Are

student workingCompass Montessori School is a public charter school dedicated to offering an authentic Montessori education to students in Children’s House (Preschool) through 12th grade in Wheat Ridge and Golden, Colorado. Established in 1998, we are committed to guiding students to a love of learning by protecting concentration and nurturing their curiosity.
 
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Inspired by Maria Montessori and her philosophy, over 20 years ago a dedicated group of Montessorians and parents came together with an idea - to create a free charter school open to all children, with a true Montessori experience. Although they were humble beginnings, Compass has grown into a thriving learning environment for over 450 families each year.
 
Compass Montessori is governed by our Compass School Board of Directors. Our Executive Director, Dr. Cameron Gehlen leads a Leadership Team including Megan Witucki, Principal for Elementary, Kymm Garcia, Principal for  Secondary, and Head of Student Support Services, Amy Fleig.
 
Our Children's House Directors include Amy Ball for the Wheat Ridge Campus and Serra Draper-Peckham for our Golden campus. Our Administration team includes our comprehensive staff teams which support our school in many different ways, including teaching teams, IT, communications, enrollment, food service facilities and SpEd and Mental Health Support.
 
 
Cameron Gehlen

Cameron grew up in Steamboat Springs and loves to bike and paddleboard. She is a creative soul with a big vision for Compass Montessori, offering her seasoned perspective at every turn.

Dr. Cameron Gehlen, Executive Director
Golden Campus & Wheat Ridge Campus

 

Dr. Cameron Gehlen is the Executive Director for all grade levels on both campuses at Compass Montessori. She is led by our Compass Board of Directors, and she oversees the principals and administration teams. Prior to her role at ED, Dr. Gehlen was a Lower Elementary teacher for ten years, as well as a principal at the Wheat Ridge campus. She was appointed the Executive Director role in 2018.

 

A true Montessorian, she completed AMS Montessori training from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR) in Boulder, a Master of Science in Education from Regis University, and a Doctorate from CU’s Leadership for Educational Equity Program with a focus on Educational Law and Policy. As Executive Director at Compass Montessori, Cameron is committed to ensuring that our programming is exceptional, pure, and consistent throughout all levels and across both campuses.

 

She has a knack for learning every child’s name, and she is committed to really knowing them and leading a school that meets each student where they are academically, socially, and emotionally. The students know her, look up to her and respect her because she believes they are capable of great things. Cameron makes herself accessible, and she has mastered the art of setting an amazing example by reminding students to be themselves, think for themselves, and leave Compass Montessori with a motivation for life-long learning.

 

Megan Witucki

"I am passionate about guiding and encouraging the whole child in every student and supporting the growth and achievement of the whole person in every teacher." - Megan

Megan Witucki, Principal, Children's House & Elementary
Golden Campus & Wheat Ridge Campus

 

Megan Witucki is the Principal for our Children’s House and Elementary programs (3 year olds - 6th grade) for both the Wheat Ridge & Golden campuses. She has committed her career to education for 15 years, and she joined our Compass Montessori family eight years ago as a Lower Elementary teacher.

 

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and an EdS in Leadership for Educational Organizations from the University of Colorado. She has a Colorado State Teaching License and Principal’s License, and an AMS Montessori credential in both Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary curriculum and instruction from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR) in Boulder, Colorado.

 

The warmth and joy Megan brings to Compass Montessori is priceless. As a teacher with ten years of classroom experience, Megan knows what it takes to build a collaborative team of educators, and her constant willingness to learn about the complexities of leading a public charter Montessori school, shows her commitment to our students. She knows the importance of listening to others and working together for the children we serve. She studied teaching because it is in her bones, and it's clear when you watch her with our students.

 

Kymm Garcia

"Her kind, peaceful energy reminds us all to breathe, and her wit, steadiness and commitment to our school makes her a treasure to our community." - Staff 


Kymm Garcia, Principal, Secondary

Golden Campus

 

Kymm Garcia is the Principal for our Secondary (7th - 12th grade) programs. She has over 20 years of Montessori experience, and she has been at Compass for 15 years.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies and Developmental Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a Master’s in Education from St. Catherine University. Additionally, she holds a Principal’s License through UNC, AMI Infant/Toddler Training, and AMI Primary Training. She spent three glorious summers in Elementary Training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, and she holds a Colorado State Teaching License in Early Childhood Education with an Elementary Endorsement. Kymm was previously a teacher in Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary at our Golden Campus. Currently, in addition to her role as Secondary Principal, she trains new Montessorians at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR) in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Kymm is a Compass veteran and her insight about where Compass Montessori began and vision for where it’s headed is a treasure to us all. As principal to adolescents, she is graceful with this age group and rooted in the belief that meetings students where they are developmentally is the key to a lifelong love of learning for each of them.

 

Amy Fleig
"My wife and I are deeply connected to the community and love attending Compass events. Outside of school, I can be found trying out new vegetarian recipes, exploring farmers’ markets, attending concerts and comedy shows, and enjoying our beautiful Colorado nature!" - Amy

Amy Fleig, Head of Student Support Services

Golden Campus & Wheat Ridge Campus

 

This is my eighth year in the Compass community, and I feel so fortunate to be returning to the Compass Montessori leadership team as the Head of Student Support Services. I’m excited to continue to apply my experiences teaching upper elementary and serving as the school’s Section 504 coordinator to lead our Section 504, intervention, special education, gifted and talented, English language learning, and multi-tiered systems of support programs to meet the needs of all of Compass’s learners. 

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and moved west to attend Colorado College. I earned my B.A. from CC in Psychology of Education and also received my Colorado State Teaching License in Elementary Education. I then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to complete my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science. After moving back to Colorado, and teaching at a neighborhood public school, I knew I envisioned something more student-centered for public education. I learned about Compass at that time and joined an AMI Elementary Montessori training cohort in Atlanta, Georgia. I completed my K-12 principal licensure through Western Colorado University and am currently pursuing my doctorate in leadership for educational equity with a concentration one executive leadership through the University of Colorado, Denver.