Hope Academy of the Denver Street School was established in 2015 in response to a specific need for a high school that serves teen female survivors of complex trauma. To learn more click HERE for additional details regarding this initiative.
Hope Academy Model – Educating & Empowering
For more information, referrals, or media contact: Christina Schmitzler
For more information about volunteering contact: Shannon McGhee
Or, you can contact our Administrative Office at 303.860.1702
To contact Ms. Schmitzler, please fill out and submit this form:
Staff & Faculty Bio’s
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.
Mandee Mramor - 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.
Katy Eggeman, 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.
Shannon 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.
Danielle Martinelli, 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!
Jenelle Goodrich, 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.
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
Not My Life
In Plain Sight
Rape for Profit
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