In 1998 DSS opened its West Campus in Lakewood. 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 the opportunity to seek dual-enrollment with local community colleges to enrolled students.
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Ms. Denise Gleason
Lakewood, CO 80228
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Our Staff Bio's
Denise Gleason - Principal
Denise has been at the Denver Street School for many years, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arizona.
Adam Dorn - Science
Adam has worked at the Denver Street School for 8 years. Since graduating from North Dakota State University, he has been in schools and programs alongside his wife, Amanda, that work with at-risk youth. He and his wife enjoy serving in ministry together whether it’s with youth or at their church leading worship.
Christina Schmitzler - English
Christina graduated from the College of Wooster in 2005, got a job teaching English at the Denver Street School, packed up her car, and drove to Colorado all the way from her home in New Jersey. She has been here ever since. Christina loves grammar, pugs, and is mildly obsessed with the writing of C.S. Lewis. In addition to English, she is also currently teaching computers, and in the past has taught other creative electives such as theater, cooking, art, and film.
Jonas Doresett - Math - Basketball Coach
Vicki Tanin - PROPEL - Electives
Vicki has worked at the Denver Street School for many years in various roles. She is currently teaching PROPEL, Life Skills, Computers, and Photography.
Patrick Fisher - Social Studies - Rhetoric
Patrick Fisher was born and raised in Southern California where he mastered the art of English at Cal State University, Fullerton. In California, he worked as a Classical Education Teacher and a Spiritual Resource Leader. Now in Colorado, he trains padawans in the ways of World Studies, Bible, and Rhetoric. He loves Denver Street School and enjoys challenging his students to think deeply about God, life, and the world around them. His love languages are food and quality time. He is a spoken word artist and a board game maker. His lifelong partner in crime is his beloved wife, Katie Fisher. In the future, they plan to go overseas to share the good news of Christ to an unreached people group.