Courtney Black is a lifelong educator having taught Kindergarten through high school in a variety of different types of schools including rural, charter, traditional, and online. Courtney grew up in Aurora and lived in Virginia and Illinois before coming back to Colorado to start her family. She has been in administration for the past 10 years, working as a dean, assistant principal, and then principal of a large charter school before coming to AAL.
Courtney is married and has a 16-year-old daughter who is a student at Colorado Early Colleges Aurora. As a family, they love to travel, golf, and go to museums. She is excited by the opportunity to become part of the AAL family.
Assistant Principal, K-4
Julianne DeChiara has been in education for 12 years. She has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Fort Lewis College, and a Masters in Educational Leadership. She has been at Academy of Advanced Learning since the school opened. She believes strongly in the vision of the school and is proud to now be an Assistant Principal. She is passionate about student growth and believes AAL and the personalized learning model helps students grow more than any school she has worked at!
Mrs. DeChiara was born and raised in Colorado. She lives with her husband, two daughters, her son, and a giant dog. Together her family enjoys camping and hiking, and just spending time together.
Assistant Principal, 5-6
Kristen King was born and raised in the great state of Texas but has made Colorado her home for the past 21 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English and Secondary Education from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in Administrative Education and Policy from the University of Colorado Denver. She is currently taking a sabbatical from her PhD program in Executive Leadership but hopes to earn Dr. King in the next three years. She has been in the classroom for 14 years and then transitioned to a Instructional Coach, Student Achievement Specialist, and an Administrator for the past 7 years. One of her passions is travel and one of her proudest, and spiritual experiences, has been reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Kristen has excitedly embarked on her first school year, 2020-2021, at Third Future Schools at The Academy of Advanced Learning.
Assistant Principal, 5-6
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!
Assistant Principal, 7-8
Jocelyn Armendariz has been in education for 9 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Eastern New Mexico University. 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.