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Abbey Banta

English & Student Advocate

“I’m a basketball playing, poetry writing, nature loving, world traveling, long boarding, college going, bibliophilic conversationalist and philosopher. Nice to meet you ???? . I have been at CPS for 6 years and absolutely love my work. My experience here has not only gained me beautiful relationships, but broadened my perspective and made me a better person.”

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Ron Banta

Social Studies & Life Coach

“I came to CPS after years of working with high school students in faith-based and outdoor educational environments. Substitute teaching and tutoring led me to pursue work in a high school. Working at Community Prep is an opportunity to encourage students to find their own educational path, and to help them prepare for the future they envision for themselves.”

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Marc Benning

Music Faculty

“I have been a musician and songwriter for over twenty years. I absolutely love CPS. The relationships that are built between staff and students is outstanding and a pleasure to be a part of.”

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Amy Blackshear

Art & Art Therapy

Amy is a professional illustrator and certified art therapist with over 10 years experience teaching art to K-12 students. “Everyday I look forward to helping students discover the blessings of creativity, healing, and joy through the visual arts.”

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Clarence Bumpas

Student Advocate

“I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and I know what it means to be an ‘at-risk’ youth personally. I went on to be a D-1 college and professional athlete. Working at CPS means an opportunity to give support where it is needed most to those thos need it most. Most importantly, I get to EMPOWER INDIVIDUALISM!”

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Tara Bush

Student Advocate & DJ Workshop

Tara, AKA DJ T-BeatZ, is a professional DJ and has worked with students for many years.  “Working here at CPS is such an exciting and humbling experience. I Love coming to work and knowing I am making a difference in young adult lives, and sharing and teaching my skills to this young generation. I am also blessed to be surrounded by such talented Teachers and Advocates.”