School Leadership

Kate Bergles, Principal

Kate Bergles is a veteran educator with over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in schools. She has a Masters degree in German Language and Literature from Colorado State University, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and a certificate for Director of Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She enjoys the work of schools - teaching and learning, developing children into young leaders and working side by side with parents and members of the community. 

Carrie DeWaters, PhD Assistant Principal

Carrie DeWaters has been in education for over 25 years. She has classroom and administrative experience in New York, Texas, and Colorado. She has lead English Language Development programs, Gifted Programming, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Initiatives. She has Masters Degrees in Reading Instruction, and Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education from Roberts Wesleyan University in Upstate New York.  Her PhD is in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment from Ashford University. She is passionate about education, and is committed to developing the potential within each child. She believes that education is a partnership between family, school, and community, and works tirelessly to build positive relationships among all stakeholders. Carrie is thrilled to be part of the Academy of Advanced Learning, and its commitment to academic excellence. 

Mary Higgins, PhD Assistant Principal

Mary Higgins has been in education for 8 years. She started her teaching career as a third-grade teacher in South Carolina.  She holds a Master's degree in Instructional Accommodations from Francis Marion University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, she supervised student teachers, co-taught elementary education methods courses, and led professional development seminars in the nationally recognized Professional Development School partnership between State College Area School District and The Pennsylvania State University. She moved to Colorado in 2017 and worked in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs as an inclusion coach, researcher, and adjunct faculty member. Her teaching experiences at both the K-12 and higher education levels demonstrates her commitment to student learning and teacher growth. Mary is excited to join the Academy of Advanced Learning community! 

Alex Walter, Dean of Students

Alex Walter has been in education for 8 years. He started his teaching career as a Middle School History Teacher in Newark, NJ. He holds a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He has spent most of this career in the classroom as a Social Studies Teacher. During that time, he has focused on providing his students with a strong understanding of historical knowledge and challenging students with new understandings of the world. Transitioning out of the classroom and into the role of Dean, he wants to focus on holding students to high expectations both academically and behaviorally. He also wants to provide students, teachers and staff with the necessary tools to help student growth on all levels. 

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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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