Kevin is the founding principal of The STEAD School. Prior to this role, Kevin was the principal and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director at Buena Vista High School in Buena Vista Colorado. Before that Kevin was a math and science teacher-leader and department chair at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins, Colorado for seven years. In addition to these roles, Kevin has served with National Geographic Education, Expeditionary Learning Education, Fund for Teachers, Colorado State University’s School Leadership Institute, and as the Chair of Education for a Rwandan NGO, Arise Rwanda. Kevin is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a B.S. in natural science education and a M.S. in instructional design & technology from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kevin lives with his wife Lynelle and three kids and they enjoy spending time in the wilderness, road trips, dance parties and all the adventures that are still to come.
We are looking for talented individuals to join our team!
School Design and Acting Instructional Lead
Candace Cheung's Bio
Candace has over 15 years of experience in alternative education. She has served as an elementary teacher, a secondary math and humanities teacher, an elementary and secondary Program Director, and an elementary Principal. Candace’s experiences have been in private and public innovation, charter, and traditional models in rural, urban, and suburban schools. Candace has developed and led a successful public secondary agriculture hands-on program and she specializes in program redevelopment, total school design, and creating cultures of work. Candace holds an MEd, a BA in English, Colorado state certifications in Elementary and Secondary education, credentials in Elementary and Secondary Montessori education, and she is a veteran of the US Air Force.
Jamie Prijatel is a national education consultant with two decades of experience in education reform, including various management roles held within the New York City Department of Education, including the role of charter school authorizer. Jamie specializes in charter and small district school design, start-up, implementation, replication, oversight, renewal, and closure. Jamie’s passion is project management, school operations, and partnership development. Her clients include(d) BuildStrong Education, Colorado League of Charter Schools, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), The Riordan Foundation, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the New York City Charter School Center, the Walton Family Foundation, Green Dot Public Schools, Central Michigan University Center for Charter Schools, Catalyst Inc., Cat Alexander Consulting, and Ford Research & Solutions.
Sofia Romero-Campbell School Design & Launch Team Member
Sofia Romero-Campbell's Bio
Sofia Romero Campbell, a native of Denver, is a senior at Smith College majoring in government with a minor in Latin American studies and a concentration in sustainable food. As the granddaughter of farmworkers and ranchers with deep roots in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, Sofia is committed to creating a more just food system by focusing on equity and resource concerns. Sofia’s previous experiences include work at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farm, the New Mexico Acequia Association, and the National Western Stock Show. As a member of the STEAD design team, Sofia is proud to be collaborating on school planning and student recruitment in order to ensure continued diversity and sustainable design features within the STEAD community.
Lynelle is the base command (aka administrative assistant) and farm link of The STEAD School. Lynelle has a BA in education and has a career background as youth director, teacher, and early childhood director. She is passionate about supporting staff, children, and families as they journey through life educationally and otherwise. Lynelle is married to Kevin and together they have 3 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, paddle boarding, gardening, adventuring, and does not enjoy lightning while in the backcountry.