Hope Academy


The Denver Street School opened the doors of its Hope Academy Campus in June 2015 to specifically serve teen female survivors of complex trauma.  To learn more, click HERE for additional details regarding this initiative.

Hope Academy Model – Educating & Empowering

• Year-round, private, Christian High School
• Accredited by the National Association of Private Schools
• Undisclosed, secure location
• Trauma-informed campus
• Female staff, students, and volunteers
• Maximum student/teacher ratio of 1:8
• Faculty advocacy
• Academic assessment
• Personalized graduation plan
• Credit recovery
• Enrichment and Life Skills classes
• Counseling
• Equine therapy
• College/career counseling


For more information, referrals, or media contact:    
Christina Schmitzler


For more information about volunteering contact:
Shannon McGhee

Or, contact our Administrative Office at 303.860.1702.

To contact Ms. S., please fill out and submit this form:


Miss S., 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.   

Miss M., Vice Principal / English & History 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. 

Dr. E., Math & Science Teacher

Hello I am Katy Eggeman, known to the students as Dr. E. My training is in Chemistry and Biochemistry and I was the high school science teacher for a home school enrichment program before coming to Hope. I love learning and teaching about how science helps us understand the world we live in. This will be my first year teaching math and I look forward to the challenge trusting that “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” It is an honor to be called to teach the girls at Hope who have been on a rocky life path. Please pray that God will work through me to ignite the students’ desire to understand their world and believe their worth in Jesus’ eyes.

Mrs. McGhee - Operations Coordinator
  • 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.

Miss D., Counselor & Student Advisor

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!

Miss Jenelle, Counselor

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. 

Resource List


Fallen by: Annie Lobert

The White Umbrella by: Mary Frances Bowley

Girls Like Us by: Rachel Lloyd

In Our Own Backyard by: Nita Belles

Sold by: Patricia McCormack

The Johns by: Victor Malarek

The Natashas by: Victor Malarek

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by: Siddharth Kara

God in a Brothel by: Daniel Walker

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children by: Linda Smith



Red Light, Green Light



Trade of Innocence

Born into Brothels

Sex and Money

Human Trafficking

Not My Life

In Plain Sight

Rape for Profit


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