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Joni Sheffer

Special Education Coordinator & Academic Interventionist

Joni has worked within alternative high school settings since 1985. She ran an on-grounds school at an emancipation program for 14 years, and has been in District #11 since 2006.
She also tutors in the district. Other than SPED, Joni has a license in Secondary Social Studies, and highly qualified status in English and science.

“It has been my first choice always to work with students that were struggling in some way, to help them recover their strengths, and to help enable them to graduate and move toward what they want for their lives.…

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Michaela Simonds

Student Advocate

“I have always had a love for kids and have had many opportunities to work along side them in different settings. I have been priviledged to work at an Intern at Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, Arizona. I also was able to speak in many different schools for a non profit in Denver called Rachel’s Challenge. In many ways, Community Prep School is a dream come true for me.…

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Cee Smith

Culinary Arts

Mrs. Cee loves cooking and CPS students.  “Cooking is my love My heart is here everyday.  I’m blessed and thankful.”


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Bari Snyder

English, Language Arts

“Originally from New York, I started my career as a first grade teacher, then became a reading/literacy intervention, then the Education Director at Cotttonwood Center for the Arts before coming to CPS.
CPS is a unique environment where students and staff work together to bring out the best in each other.”