Leadership Team

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.




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.

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.


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.