Administrator – Keith King
Keith is the Administrator of Colorado Early Colleges. He has served on the School Board of Cheyenne Mountain School District, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, has finished four years of service in the Colorado Senate, was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by Secretary Paige, and is currently President of Colorado Springs City Council. He has served on the Colorado League of Charter Schools Board for over thirteen years and has written applications for four successful charter schools: Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, James Irwin Charter High School, Colorado Springs Early Colleges, and Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins. Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County will be his fifth school. Keith King received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo and his Master’s Degree from Oregon State University. During his service in the Colorado Legislature, he carried over 70 bills that impact K-12 and higher education. He has received over 18 awards from various education and business organizations for his work in the General Assembly.
Head of School – Dr. Alex Tuel
Dr. Tuel has worked in education in a variety of capacities for the past 12 years. He has been both a high school and community college instructor and prior to joining CECP he was an Associate Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at the college level.
With such a diverse background, Dr. Tuel is a strong believer in a rigorous academic curriculum to prepare students not only for the demands of higher education but also to be productive, well informed citizens. Additionally, Dr. Tuel believes in a strong campus community, which includes a pride in where you go to school and a comprehensive parental support structure.
Dr. Tuel earned all 3 of his degrees from West Virginia University, with his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction being the most recent. He has been married for 10 years and has 2 wonderful, energetic boys.
Academic Dean – Dan Ajamian
Dan Ajamian has been an administrator with CECP since its humble beginnings in the summer of 2013, where he and Kevin Moore co-managed the Early College Education Center. CECP has since grown fivefold from a single classroom in downtown Castle Rock to a full-fledged high school in Parker.
As Academic Dean, Dan works hard to provide CECP students with a first-class education as they work toward their college goals. He champions high standards, rigorous curriculum, accountability, individualized college opportunities, and a holistic approach to learning, ensuring that students receive a quality education uniquely tailored for them.
Dan Ajamian himself is a product of one of the first and most successful charter schools in Colorado and currently serves on the board of a K-8 charter school in Colorado Springs. Previous to his work at Colorado Early Colleges, he was a fellow at the John Jay Institute and also worked at an inner-city elementary school in Philadelphia during his time at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dean of Admission – John White
John White is the Dean of Admissions of Colorado Early Colleges Parker. He is responsible for Admissions and Registrar duties for the school. He does not come from a traditional educator or school administrative background. John comes from the corporation environment working in international project and implementation management where his primary role was in customer service, working to resolve high profile customer’s projects. His experience in project management and customer service resolution has given him the skills and experience to provide a customer service oriented admissions program and detail to student record maintenance. He has been married for 28 years and has three grown children.
Dean of Student Accountability Scott Smith
Scott is the Campus Culture and Assessments Coordinator. He spent most of his life and career in Tennessee where he served 17 years in law enforcement. After moving to the Parker area in 2012, he started his own firearms training and risk management business. Throughout his career, he has served in many different law enforcement capacities, including Incident Command, Regional SWAT Team Leader, Crisis/ Hostage Negotiator, Instructor, Investigator, and Community Liaison. He developed many departmental policies and procedures, working with area leaders to implement new laws and regulations. He is excited to bring his skills and experience to CECP.
Scott earned his B.S. Degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College (TN) and his M.A. Degree in Sports & Facility Event Management from East Tennessee State University. He has two children currently enrolled at CECP.
Director of Advising - Jen Rolls
Jen Rolls is the Director of Advising at CECP. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. In addition to working with adolescents in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, Jen ran a successful academic coaching business teaching math, reading, writing and memorization skills to middle and high school students diagnosed with executive function deficit. Jen earned her BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MA in Education and Human Development from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a certified Academic Life Coach through the Academic Life Coaching Program. Her particular area of interest is how development of the adolescent brain has a direct effect on social, emotional and executive function skills. Jen uses her research to develop GRIT and passion in students as they pursue their academic and career goals.