School Leadership

Jocelyn Armendariz, Assistant Principal

Jocelyn Armendariz has been in education for 9 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, and is expecting a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Eastern New Mexico University in July. Her experience in education began in The Gambia, West Africa. There, she worked with a team of educators from all over the world to develop a literacy program for local schools. Following her time in West Africa, Jocelyn continued seeking opportunities within the field of education. She taught in Moscow, Russia for two years before returning to Colorado in 2018. Settling near her home state has allowed her to enjoy the perks of living close to family and friends. 

Leigh Fishman, Assistant Principal

Leigh Fishman is from Maryland, but has been living in Colorado for a little over 2 years now. She is going into her third year of being a part of the team at the Academy of Advanced Learning and has experienced many roles including the 7th and 8th grade Art of Thinking Teacher. She is currently working towards her masters in Educational Leadership with the University of Denver and will be certified to be a principal next summer! Her passion outside of education include puzzles, spending time with her loved ones including Weimaraner Ryder, fashion, and crime television shows. She is looking forward to being one of your assistant principals for Quarter 5!

Brenda Balderas, Office Manager

Brenda Balderas has been with the Academy of Advanced Learning since the beginning. She is the 'face' of AAL! She welcomes everyone who enters the doors. Brenda believes in strong parent-school relationships, and works diligently to ensure communication is effective and efficient. Brenda lives in the community and is thrilled to be working at a school that is having such a powerful impact on students, families, and the community. She is a mom of two beautiful boys who keep her very busy. 

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