In 2015, we opened our third campus in the Denver metro area. After two years of research on working with teen girls who have experienced complex trauma, we put together a comprehensive academic and therapeutic model to fit their diverse needs. We help fill in the emotional and educational gaps unique to each student, focusing on individualized academic education, spiritual and emotional development, health and wellness, creative expression, and equine therapy. To learn more click HERE for additional details regarding this new initiative.
For more information, referrals, media, or questions contact Principal: Christina
For more information about volunteering at Hope Academy contact volunteer coordinator/admin support: Shannon McGhee
Or you can contact our main offices at
P.O. Box 140069, Denver, CO 80214
To contact Ms. Schmitzler please fill out and submit this form:
Christian Schmitzler - Principal
Christina attended the College of Wooster, with a double major in English and Spanish. She has worked at the Denver Street School for 14 years in various roles, primarily as an English teacher, but also as a student advisor, vice-principal, and, most recently, as the principal of Hope Academy.
Shannon McGhee - Volunteer Coordinator/Admin Support
- Colorado Native
- Public Relations degree from the University of Colorado at Denver
- Over 25 years combined experience: Volunteer Coordination, Marketing, Writing, Community Relations, and Communications
- Through a series of God-directed events, joined the Hope Academy initiative as a volunteer in October 2014 and became a staff member in April 2016
- Thrives on being a ‘behind the scene’ worker bee
- Learning to follow where God leads me and to embrace His blessing.
Mandee Mramor - Teacher
Mandee is a Colorado native who has been involved in anti-sex trafficking work for the last decade both in North America and Southeast Asia. She has a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Trinity Western University. Mandee has a passion for learning, especially when it comes to History and English, and hopes to have a postive impact when it comes to educating the girls at Hope Academy.
Darcy Burge - Services
Darcy graduated from MSU Denver with a B.S. in Human Services and Counseling and High-Risk Youth Studies concentration. Darcy has interned for abuse prevention organizations, the Denver Rescue Mission’s mentoring program, as well as worked for residential treatment facilities in the Denver area. Through these experiences, she has grown a passion for serving others in their most desperate times of need using trauma-informed care. In her spare time, she loves seeing movies, baking, and serving alongside her husband as he is a Student Pastor for a local church.
Danielle Martinelli graduated from Denver Seminary with her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in trauma work. She has been involved in anti-trafficking advocacy groups in Boston, London, and Denver. After two years of working with an immigrant and refugee population in the UK, she has grown in being trauma-informed with a diversity model. Through her counseling internship with an organization fighting against human trafficking and at a university, Hope Academy draws on her passions to connect and walk with the students through life transitions and past hurts. She loves baking bread from scratch, any type of dance fitness, and DC comics!
Jenelle graduated from CCU summa cum lade with a Masters in Theology and minored in Counseling; Jenelle is also a certified Biblical counselor as well as a Trauma Counselor. Currently and for the past 5 years, Jenelle has solely focused on victims and survivors of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, and other related violent sex crimes. Jenelle has also been a keynote speaker numerous times on various theological and apologetic topics at conferences and retreats state-wide.