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AEI Program Manager
Laura joined the Adult Education Initiatives team in February 2018. In 2019, Laura transitioned from program coordinator to program manager. As program manager, she oversees the program coordinator team, ensuring grantees receive leadership, accountability and resources to successfully provide adult education services to learners in Colorado
Before joining AEI, Laura was a curriculum developer for higher education. As a curriculum development lead, she worked with content experts, instructional designers, and multimedia designers to develop online courses for universities that met learning outcomes and engaged students in the learning space. Teaching college-preparatory ESL grammar and writing, Laura assisted non-native speakers in gaining the necessary skills for reading and writing at the college level.
AEI Program Coordinator
Amanda joined the Adult Education Initiatives team in September 2016. Prior to that she worked for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Adult Education team for 5 years and taught High School Social Studies for 3 years. She currently works directly with numerous grantees to provide support. Amanda is also the primary contact for the LACES data system providing LACES support to all grantees, as well as completing the federal data reporting in the National Reporting System.
Office and Program Support
Michelle began her journey in January 2016 in Adult Education Initiatives as Office and Program Support. She has an extensive background as an Administrative Assistant and loves the work! She is an active member in the Order of the Eastern Star and for over 20 years was a cheerleading coach for young girls ranging in age from 6 to 14.
In January 2018, Fumnanya joined the Adult Education Initiatives team. In an effort to learn from best practices across the Colorado Department of Education, Fumnanya also works with the Online and Blended Learning Department and two other departments within the Pathways Division (Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement and the Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness). In her role, she coaches school districts and adult education programs in best practices around student re-engagement.
Before joining CDE, Fumnanya was an academic advisor for TRiO Student Support Services ESL, a federal grant, where she advised students in successfully completing their Associate's Degree at the Community College of Aurora. Within 2 program years, she supported over 30 students in applying for and receiving their first scholarships that totaled over $87,000.
Fumnanya also worked as a college and career facilitator for Goodwill Denver and served as a Co-Chair of Goodwill’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, she worked with adult refugees and immigrants to help them find dignified employment while acting as a facilitator for eighth-grade students at Place Bridge Academy, which is a magnet elementary-middle school in Denver Public Schools for immigrants and refugees. As a first-generation immigrant from Nigeria, Fumnanya intentionally focuses her attention in giving back to and strengthening communities. Fumnanya enjoys traveling, reading, building relationships, and touring beautiful homes.
AEI Instructional Support and Professional Learning Coordinator
Gaye has worked in the AEI Office since September 2015, first as a Program Coordinator and now as the Instructional Support and Professional Learning Coordinator. Her primary duties consist of providing professional learning opportunities, technical assistance, and support to grantees receiving adult education program funding through the AEI Office, and working with colleagues and state agency partners to implement the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Gaye provides technical assistance on professional learning and training, Adult Basic Education Authorization, implementation of the College and Career Readiness standards, English Language Proficiency Standards and the Accessible Design policy for federally-funded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grantees.
Before joining CDE, Gaye was an adult education program director for the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. As a director, Gaye led many successful initiatives that included providing libraries, schools and businesses access to adult education. She partnered with other programs within the Denver area to increase capacity for adult learners. Prior to coming to Colorado, Gaye enjoyed a time as the Kentucky State Refugee and Migration Education Coordinator where she developed and worked on statewide initiatives. Previously, Gaye taught, coordinated and managed adult and family literacy programs in Texas and New Mexico.
Adult Education Consultant
Julie Nichols has been an educator for 36 years, beginning in Elementary Education and most recently spent 21 years as director of an adult education program affiliated with CDE's Office of Adult Education Initiatives (AEI) grant programs. Julie has a BA in Elementary Education, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Ethics, Equity and Justice, and a Post-MEd in Special Education. Having had the opportunity to teach all ages from pre-school to adults, Julie enjoys watching as students of all ages react to the realization that they have learned something new. Julie joined the AEI team in December 2018 as a part-time Adult Education Consultant. She is excited to work with the AEI team and adult education programs across the state to facilitate opportunities for adult learners as they traverse the pathway to post-secondary education and/or careers.
Danielle joined the Adult Education Initiatives team in June 2017. In her work with the AEI team, she focuses on interpreting and implementing relevant laws, regulations, and guidance to best support adult education programs. In her role as director, Danielle participates in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) cross-agency workgroups that are working to best support the growing Colorado economy.
Danielle has worked in education for over 15 years at many different levels, including at a non-profit; as classroom teacher; implementing state law in the Denver Public Schools central office; developing regulations and guidance at the U.S. Department of Education. Danielle is a first generation college student and is inspired by the sacrifices her family made to ensure her education. All of her work is in an effort to align systems of support to improve others’ long-term outcomes.
AEI Program Coordinator
Katelyn joined AEI in November 2019. She provides direct support to numerous grantees, and assists all grantees with assessment questions and issues. Katelyn has worked in the education field in a variety of capacities, including as a teacher, for a state superintendent’s office, at a professional education association, and as a researcher. Before joining AEI, Katelyn worked as an education researcher for a consulting firm in the Washington, DC area. In this role, she worked with grant-makers and grant recipients, federal and state agencies, and nonprofits to conduct evaluations of educational programs. Prior to this work, Katelyn was an adult education/ESL instructor at a non-profit in Chicago. She has volunteered with various nonprofits to tutor immigrants and refugees in English and currently is a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run in Denver.
AEI Program Coordinator
Danny joined AEI in November of 2019. As a program coordinator, he provides support and assistance to grantees who receive adult education program funding and works with partners to implement Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements. Before joining AEI, Danny was a WIOA program manager for local workforce development programs. In this role, he oversaw the multifaceted requirements of legislation including all titles and Local Workforce Development Board needs. Danny brings extensive experience of WIOA and other learning and employment programs to CDE.