Lori Hull has been at Denver Academy since 1984 and has served as the Lower School Head since 2004. During her tenure, she has taught high school and elementary school, worked as Director of Admissions, and coordinated the Elementary Division. Lori works closely with her assistant, Angela Guzdar.
Ms. Hull received her degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She thinks the best part of her job is getting to know our awesome students.
Beyond teaching our 4th and 5th grade students, Jennifer Perry serves as DA's Elementary Dean, helping ensure quality teaching in the classroom and mentoring other teachers. In 2011, Jennifer received DA's Teacher of the Year Award, recognizing her outstanding performance in the classroom and her commitment to her students and our school.
Ms. Perry received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska and her J.D. from the University of Denver.
Although new to Denver Academy, Gay Carlson is in her 26th year of teaching. She will be guiding the 4th/5th-grade class this year. She is passionate about sports, animals (especially her beagles), people and the environment. She is an avid theater and concert goer as well. Her undergraduate degrees are in Nursing and Environmental Science. She has a master's degree in gifted education with an emphasis in working with twice exceptional students.
Ms. Crawford is starting her first year as a teacher at Denver Academy. She has been a Teacher's Assistant for the past three years and is also an alumna of Denver Academy. Ms. Crawford likes walking around her neighborhood and investigating some of the hidden gems Denver has to offer. She is excited for the return of football season but really can't wait for college basketball to start! Hannah got her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona and is in the process of finishing a Master of Teaching in Special Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ms. Crawford is excited to start her teaching career at DA and couldn't imagine a better place to work!
Ms. Jennings is thrilled to be guiding the 4th-grade classroom at Denver Academy this year! She hopes to create a safe space where learners can fully be themselves and dive into their curiosities. She is an avid hiker and yoga teacher who loves spending her free time outside in Colorado sunshine and with friends. New-ish to Denver from Boston, Ms. Jennings has a B.A. in Holistic Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University and is working on completing her M.Ed
Ms. Pellouchoud (rhymes with “sell a shoe”) steers DA’s 1-3 grade classroom where she finds joy watching the rapid growth and development of her young students. She brings a wealth of experience from a variety of positions including instructing preschool children, teaching at a Waldorf school, and teaching English in Taiwan. Kyla is also a gifted arts instructor and has led adult classes in free poetry and glass fusing. In her free time, Ms. Pellouchoud is an avid backpacker and hiker who someday hopes to complete the final 100 miles of the Colorado Trail.
Ms. Pellouchoud earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in Teaching from Colorado College.
To DA students who have known her for a few years, her name is Ms. Barracuda. To everyone else, she's Ms. Prezkuta or the lady you talk to when you want the elementary prize store to open. Ms. Prezkuta has been at Denver Academy for almost five years. She started as a teacher's assistant in elementary and 6th grade. She has also assisted in the Art Department and the Summer Program, and she has helped teachers from all grades. During her third year at DA, she led the after school Homework Club for elementary and 6th grade. This year, Ms. Prezkuta is an Elementary School Teacher.
Ms. Prezkuta says Denver Academy is her absolute favorite place to work. "There is so much respect among all the staff and students. This is the only job I've had that I love coming to every day. I have never experienced a school that is so passionate about its students, staff and faculty. You can feel the family-like atmosphere whenever you step foot on campus, and that is what I love the most about DA!"
Denver Academy is a private school for diverse learners in grades 1-12, located in Denver, CO. DAinspires and empowers diverse learners through student-centered, differentiated, and transformative education.