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About Instructors 

Brett Ashton Boyles

I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After high school I served in the US Army as a Russian linguist. After my service, I got my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. I taught for 5 years in Farmington, NM both at a middle school and as adjunct faculty for San Juan Community College. After moving to Colorado, I earned a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from Regis University. In Colorado,  I have taught at the middle school level as well as my current position at an Alternative High School program in Littleton. I have taught middle school curriculum (math, science, language arts, social studies), high school math (pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, algebra 2), high school science (physics, geology, chemistry, environmental science, astronomy) and college level pre-algebra. I have been a presenter at the Colorado TIE conference for classes on Wikispaces and on Google Sketchup, and the Colorado Art Education Association conference as co-presenter for a Math-Art blended class.



- BS University of New Mexico, Elementary Education

- MEd Regis University, Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in Instruction Technology
Teaching License

- University of New Mexico

Anna Maria Spillen


I grew up in Virginia and received my Bachelor’s of Art from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech). I moved to Colorado and earned my Master’s of Art in Education K-12 and teaching license from Regis University.  I have been teaching art at Options Alternative High School in Littleton since 2004.  In addition to my teaching I am also the Facilitator for the Redirection Evening Program the LPS Expulsion Program, the Options HS assessment coordinator, computer coach, the website coordinator. I have also been the head of district art council; helping to coordinate the district and other art shows. During the summer, I help coordinate summer camps through a non-profit in Virginia called S.E.E.D.S. (Seek, Education, Explore, DiScover). I have been a presenter at the Colorado Art Education Association conference as co-presenter for a Math-Art blended class.



- BA Virginia Tech, Bachalor of Arts

- MEd Regis University, Visual Arts K-12
Teaching License

- Regis University

Kerry Nixon


Growing up in Colorado gave me an appreciation for the outdoors which led me to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University.  After working for Colorado State Parks and The Marine Science Consortium (Virginia and Maine), I realized that I really liked the teaching aspect of my job.  This led me back to Colorado State University to earn my Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Leadership.  Since 2001, I have been teaching at alternative high schools, this usually means I have taught a variety of subject: science, math, business, health, personal living, and even PE.  I helped develop the Colorado State curriculum for ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education-At Risk students). I am currently teaching science at the Alternative High School in Littleton.



- BS Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology

- MEd Colorado State University, Curriculum & Leadership
Teaching License

- Colorado State University


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