Welcome to Student Support Services!
Like all charter schools, SkyView Academy is a public school. SkyView Academy serves students with disabilities and English Learners and provides services to students as required by state and federal law. Charter schools are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, and certain other grounds. Laws applicable to students with disabilities include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In most cases, the services required by a student with disabilities can be provided at SkyView Academy. In some cases, a student's individual needs require that they be places in a different program or location as determined by an IEP or Section 504 team. Under IDEA, students with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The services a student requires under IDEA are described in an Individualized Education plan (IEP). Under Colorado law, the provision of FAPE and specific services required by a student's IEP are a joint responsibility of the charter school and their authorizer, which is the Douglas County School District in SkyView Academy's case.
Students who apply to SkyView Academy are not required to identify whether they have an IEP and SkyView Academy admits students without considering a student's disability. Once a student is admitted/enrolled in our school, an IEP team meeting may be required to determine whether SkyView Academy is an appropriate placement for the student based on their needs. In most cases, the services required by a student's IEP can be provided at SkyView Academy. In some circumstances, a student's individual needs require that they be placed in a different program or location. For more information on our programs and services please contact the Director of Student Support Services.
Our team members are listed below. For a full list of resources in Douglas County (financial, mental health, medical, legal and many more) please check the Youth and Family Resource Guide or check resources available from the DC Sheriff through the Youth Education and Safety in Schools (YESS)program. The DCSD Health, Wellness, and Prevention page can be found HERE.
I am so honored to be a member of SkyView Academy’s Leadership Team. It means the world to me to work alongside a team that values student success and well being as much as I do. I earned both my bachelor’s and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University. After working in the Boston area in both the school setting and private practice for 10 years, the birth of our daughter brought us to the Denver area to be near family. SkyView welcomed me in 2011 as the K-12 speech and language pathologist. It has been an amazing experience to be a part of the growth and development of the Student Support Services team over the past 10 years. All students present with a unique combination of gifts and challenges. I am passionate about making learning accessible to all students and am grateful to have the opportunity to facilitate student development and confidence. Building and maintaining relationships with students, staff and families is super important to me. I will continue to work with students, schoolwide, as a speech language pathologist in addition to serving as the Student Support Services Director.
When I'm not working, I'm doing my best to keep up with my ten year old daughter. She has a big, spunky personality and rarely stops moving : ) You can usually find me at a sporting event or driving to and from practices with our dog as my co-pilot. I also enjoy cooking, baking, traveling, hiking and reading.
I am committed to this school, our students and our incredible staff. I'm so excited for a new school year!
Year Started at SVA: 2010
College/University: Northern Illinois University
My name is Stacey Gardner and I am excited to start working with K-5 students at SkyView Academy. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved with my family to London, UK as a teenager. After working as a Speech Therapist in London and for a political think tank in Brussels, Belgium, I moved to the US. As a result of these amazing experiences, I decided to pursue my passion to support all students as a School Counselor. Denver is the 7th city I have lived in around the world! I have a wonderful 9-year-old son who loves to ski and play soccer.
Year Started at SVA: 2022
College/University: BA(Hons) Manchester Metropolitan University, PG(Dip) Speech, and Language Therapy, MA School Counseling University of Denver
I joined the SkyView Academy team in the Summer of 2020 as the College & Career Counselor. I was eager to jump in and start advising students as Counseling and Guidance is my passion. I came to SkyView Academy after retiring from the University of New Mexico after 26 years of service. I earned my BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of New Mexico and earned my Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. My family and I then relocated to CO where I hold a Special Services Provider License.
Working as the College & Career Counselor at SkyView Academy has allowed me to help ALL SkyView students with their College exploration, career exploration, and helping them prepare for what is to come once they graduate and move on into the real world.
I am also the SkyView Academy Middle School Girls Volleyball A Team Coach so feel that I have a strong connection to SkyView and the students who attend SkyView Academy. I will continue to uphold the Vision and the Mission of SkyView Academy and the HS Leadership Team. I am honored and proud to be a part of the wonderful SkyView Academy community.
Year Started at SVA: 2020-21
College/University: BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of New Mexico and Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University
My name is Tom Lenderink and I am the Director of Student Engagement and Mental Health. I am also the 6-12 Athletic Director. I have been born and raised in Colorado my entire life. I started at SVA on in 2018. In my spare time I am also SkyView Academy's Varsity Head Basketball Coach. I enjoy watching Colorado Sports (especially the Denver Broncos) and hanging out with my wife. SkyView Academy is a wonderful place for students to grow as honorable leaders and life- long learners.I have and continue to enjoy building a rapport with our SVA student population!
Year Started at SVA: 2018
College/University: Dordt University Bachelors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Adams State Masters in Counselor Education
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, college in LA, then NY, PR, IL and now in Colorado, where I hope to not move from ever!!!!! Proud mom of 2 girls and in love with my grandson.
Year started at SVA: 2018
College/University: LSU, Carlos Albizu University
Hello! I have been at SkyView Academy for five years. This is my 15th year working as a School Social Worker. As a member of an amazing Student Support Team, our goal is to empower students to meet their full potential. I moved to Colorado four years ago from Arizona. I am enjoying the beautiful mountains and all that Colorado has to offer.
Year Started at SVA: 2015
College/University: Arizona State University
This is my second year at SkyView Academy and I'm excited for what the new school year brings! I have a third grader that attends SkyView and absolutely loves it here. I'm a Colorado native and am always in awe of our beautiful mountains. I look forward to working with your family and know we will have an amazing year together.
Year Started at SVA: 2021
College/University: Regis University
This is my 8th year as the K-5 School Counselor and I can't wait to continue to support all of the students! I am originally from San Diego, California, but I attended Kansas State University (Go Cats!) for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I received my Master of Science in School Counseling in December 2014 and received my two Bachelor of Science degrees in Secondary Education and Dance in December 2012. Besides my job as a School Counselor, I teach dance at Miller’s Dance Studio and choreograph for their competition team. I have danced since I was 2 years old and it has been a huge part of my life. My absolute favorite job though is being a Mom to my 2-year-old son! Overall, I love spending time with my family and friends, playing with my dog, reading, going to Disney, shopping, and watching tv/movies!
Year started at SVA: 2015
College/University: Kansas State University (Bachelors and Masters)
I have been a part of the SVA family for 2 years. I assist high school and junior high students providing academic support. I have worked in schools for over 10 years and I love helping kids learn and understand in and out of the classroom. For fun I enjoy family time with my kids.
Year started at SVA: 2018
College/University: Metropolitan State University
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