In 2005 DSS opened its East Campus in Aurora. DSS is a fully accredited 9th-12th-grade high school. Because we seek to remove as many hurdles from our students’ paths as possible, we offer in-school childcare for teen parents, tuition assistance, transportation assistance, and to the opportunity to seek dual-enrollment with local community colleges to enrolled students.
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To contact our East Campus Principal: Ms. Kacy Leyba email at
1585 Kingston St
Aurora, CO 80010
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Our Staff Bio's
Kacy Leyba - Principal
Kacy has been at the Denver Street School since 2007, first as a student, then as a teacher, and now as the principal of the East Campus. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in secondary English education at
Courtney Bell - Math - Vice Principal
Courtney is from West Virginia where she attended Marshall University and received degrees in Applied Mathematics and Secondary Education. After spending two years teaching English in China, she packed up and moved to Denver where she has worked at Denver Street School for the last three years. She is the current math teacher and vice principal of East Campus.
Melissa Fink - English - Computers
Melissa is in her second year teaching English and Computer at the Denver Street School’s East campus. She graduated from Baylor University with a B.B.A. in Marketing/Management and worked in management consulting before she and her husband Michael decided to start their family. They have three boys, Will, Grant, and Matthew. While they are native Texans, they moved to Colorado 11 years ago and love it here! They love the outdoors and all the fun that comes with it.
Melissa returned to school to become a teacher; she received her Master of Education from Regis University and previously taught in both the Douglas County and Cherry Creek school districts. When she first learned of the Denver Street School, Melissa volunteered, bringing lunches and birthday boxes. It turned out “The blessing was all mine”, as she says, and now she has the privilege of teaching at DSS.
Julie MacCready - Bible - Social Studies
Julie is originally from Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University. After college, she did a year-long outdoor leadership discipleship school in upstate New York before moving out to Colorado. She is in her 2nd year at the East Campus and teaches History and Bible classes.
Amy Parry - English
Amy Parry teaches English part-time at the East Campus in Aurora. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her degree in English Education. Although teaching at DSS is a completely different world than her small Iowa hometown surrounded by corn fields and cows, she loves getting to be a part of each student’s journey.
Tom Dechert - Science
Tom was weaned and raised in the great plains of the Midwest. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University, he spent two years serving in the Peace Corps as an English teacher in central Asia. He spent the next eight years back in western Chicago area working with at-risk youth at Mooseheart Child City and School as a live-in family teacher, support staff, and an administrator. After all that time at Mooseheart, he couldn’t shake the vision of actual moose in his head, so he moved to southwest bush Alaska to serve as a missionary and a mentor for young adult native Alaskans. Now, after dusting off the twigs of tundra and exchanging Carharts for polos, he moved to Denver excited to join the DSS team as the east campus science teacher. His passions include music, writing and helping others understand the truth and beauty of Christ. He looks forward to serving the students of DSS and making an impact for the Kingdom.