Leadership Team

Alex Tuel
 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.



Scott Smith

 Dean of Student Accountability - Scott Smith

Scott spent most of his life and career in Tennessee where he served two decades 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 had two children graduate from CECP in 2018 with their Associate's Degrees.

Lily Harris
Academic Dean - Lily Harris

Since 2002, Lily Harris has worked in a variety of positions within the field of education. In 2006, she began her career as a professor at Front Range Community College teaching English Core Composition. Seeking to make a difference for at-risk students, she began teaching these same composition courses at an alternative charter school in Boulder, CO. In 2011, she earned her English licensure in Secondary Education and has been teaching concurrent enrollment students ever since. Lily is excited to step into the role of Academic Dean at CECP. She is passionate about student access to earning college credits while in high school. One of her primary goals is to support high school and college instructors through providing all students an engaging and student-centered learning environment in every classroom on the CECP campus.

Ms. Harris has undergraduate B.A. in Sociology and Asian Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Lily completed her teaching certificate through Metropolitan State University.

Cameron MarkwayDirector of Academic & Career Advising - Cameron Markway

Cameron has worked in education since 2013, when he first took a position as a teaching assistant and English tutor at the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked as an academic and career advisor at CECP since 2017. By working closely with students and families from various backgrounds, Cameron has learned how to help students meet their individual needs regardless of their future goals. He is excited to continue helping his students grow as scholars and as people. Cameron has a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado.


Shannon Miles
Director of Admissions/IC Site Coordinator – Shannon Miles

Shannon Miles is the Director of Admissions and the Infinite Campus Site Coordinator for the Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County schools. She worked in Higher Education for several years in Georgia as an academic advisor serving military students before moving to Colorado in 2011. Once in Colorado, Ms. Miles worked as a student finance specialist in Higher Education before joining the CECP admissions department in 2016.  She holds two undergraduate B.A. degrees in Organizational Management and Business Leadership.


Dr. BaschDirector of Health and Exceptional Student Services– Dr. Betsy Basch
Dr. Basch is a licensed clinical psychologist, an independently licensed counselor, a Nationally Credentialed Counselor, and a credentialed school psychologist. She's been working in a variety of areas of mental health & education for 20 years. She has overall interests in delivering and developing culturally competent, culturally aware and inclusive social-emotional environments, training, therapeutic interventions and assessment and has presented on topics such as neuroflexibility, culture and mental illness, disability and sexuality, disability and identity, cultural components of community health and inclusive culturally competent programming and measurement. She works to facilitate conversations on intersectional topics that are inclusive of disability, and finds engagement to be a fascinating and terrifying process!

Dr. Basch has a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in sport coaching and a concentration in philosophy. Her master's & doctorate's are in Clinical Counseling, and Clinical & School Psychologist from Argosy University-Phoenix. She is also a professional athlete, and plays for the Arizona Sidewinders.