Elizabeth has taught 8-12 grade social studies for ten years, and has also served on the CCSS Board since 2009. She currently teaches high school social studies at Northeast Early College in Denver Public Schools, where she is also a concurrent enrollment history professor through the Community College of Aurora. She holds a Masters of Arts in teaching social studies from the Teachers' College at Columbia University, where she also completed her work as a James Madison fellow for the state of Colorado, and a Bachelor's Degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois. Elizabeth most recently co-authored a chapter with Dr. Christopher Busey, who continues to teach her a great deal, in the upcoming Engaging the African Diaspora in K-12 Education (2019). Yoga, music, cooking, friends, and family are important staples in her life. You'll likely see her at CUFA, NCSS, and, in the meantime, at most coffee shops throughout Denver.
Vice President: Kristin Ayala
Kristin is middle school social studies teacher in Cherry Creek. She loves to travel, but with two middle schoolers of her own and 4 dogs that has not happened as much lately -- though she does run annual student trips to New York and Washington, DC. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and would love to chat about that if you are interested in certification!
Treasurer: Charlee Passig Archuleta
Secretary: Peggy Altoff
Peggy has served as CCSS secretary for over fifteen years. She is an independent curriculum and textbook consultant, after retiring as the D11 Colorado Springs social studies coordinator in 2010. She is a past president of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and currently serves on their nominations/elections committee. Additionally, Peggy is a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Council for Economic Education and secretary for the Council for State Social Studies Specialists. Hiking, reading, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends fill her "spare" time.
CDE Liaison: Stephanie Hartman, Ph.D.
Stephanie is the Social Studies Content Specialist at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and has served on the CCSS board as CDE representative for the past eight years. She is a member of the Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) Team whose duties include, among other things, providing support for the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Stephanie is also an adjunct professor of elementary social studies methods at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Stephanie has worked at the state level as a social studies content specialist for over eleven years. Her first state level job was with the Nevada Department of Education. Prior to that, Stephanie taught high school social studies for thirteen years in both Everett, WA and Reno, NV. She has also taught elementary and secondary education courses at the University of Nevada Reno and Sierra Nevada College. Stephanie holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada Reno, as well as a master’s degree in Integrated Curriculum from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. For fun, Stephanie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and hanging out with family and friends.
Higher Ed Representative: Kent Willmann
Kent serves the board as the Higher Education Liaison, and has worked on the board for ten years. He taught social studies in St. Vrain for more than thirty years. For the last nine years, Kent has been in the School of Education at CU - Boulder preparing the next generation of social studies teachers. Too, he works as a trainer/curriculum writer for Lessons on Local Government and as co-director of the Boulder County Latino History Project, and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Education Association. Kent enjoys photography, travel and poker in his spare time.
A social studies teacher since 1983, Anton has been teaching in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) program at William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs since 1992. While a majority of his career at Palmer has been teaching in the IB program, he is the Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator for Palmer. Anton helps to sponsor the Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance at school and enjoys the diversity and history of the school. He has been a member of the CCSS board for the past 20 years and have served in a variety of capacities including president. Additionally, Anton serves as the National Council for the Social Studies vice-president, and will serve as president in 2021. When not teaching and leading, he loves white-water rafting, reading, cooking and bicycling. He is also a men's lacrosse official and officiates college, high school and youth lacrosse games.
Craig is a professional development facilitator, and has also served as a former middle and high school social studies teacher Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado, as well as an administrator in Denver Public Schools.
Kara Casini hails originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in history and social science secondary education. While living in Illinois, Kara worked at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park as a Public Program Coordinator/Museum Education then later left to teach AP US History, Advanced US History, and Sociology in the Chicago suburbs. In 2014, Kara and her husband left the hustle and bustle of Chicago and traded it in for the Rocky Mountains! Kara currently works within Cherry Creek School District at Eaglecrest High School teaching AP Human Geography and World History/World Geography. Professionally, Kara has presented her research at the Illinois State Historical Society Annual Symposium, the Council for American Studies Education Annual Conference, the Colorado Council for Social Studies Conference, and the National Council for Social Studies Conference! This past year, Kara wrote an AP Human Geography test bank for Colorado Geographic Alliance and it will later be offered for purchase through National Council for Geographic Education. Kara has her master’s degree in integrated curriculum with an emphasis in instructional leadership. She has been a board member of CCSS since September of 2017. She has served on the conference committee and represented CCSS as a House of Delegates member at the annual NCSS conference. In her spare time, Kara enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband and their two year old Australian Shepherd named Kaia.
Jack has been a member of the Colorado Council for Social Studies board since 2015. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2000 and taught social studies in various rural schools in Colorado for fifteen years. Since 2015, he has served as the principal, athletic director, and guidance counselor of North Park High School in Walden, CO. History/Social Studies is the foundation that his educational experience has been built on. Jack's hobbies are reading, traveling, stopping at all the points of interest signs along side the road, and watching his daughters compete in sports and academics.
Cassie was named Social Studies Coordinator for Adams 12 Schools in 2019. She has taught since 2011, most recently teaching AP United States History and Government at Lakewood High School. She studied History and Psychology at the University of Rochester, where she went on to earn her Master’s in Social Studies and Inclusive Education. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2017, she worked in a rural district near Syracuse, NY, served on her local council, and worked on the test development committee for New York State during the Regents re-design. Cassie recently served as a member of the JeffCo Social Studies Advisory team and the lead teacher for the district honors cohort for Social Studies, and has served on the CCSS board since the fall of 2018. Cassie and her husband recently welcomed their first child into the world and have been really enjoying the adventures of parenthood. In their spare time, they enjoy mountain biking, hiking, backcountry skiing with their border collie, Scooch, and traveling - the best trips have been the Salkantay Trek in Peru and their honeymoon in the Azores.
Maria Novilla is currently in her 10th year of teaching; before coming to Colorado in June 2016, Maria taught college for 2 years, and then 7th and 8th grade for five years in New York City, where she was born and raised. She also spent time living abroad in London, England, and Kyoto, Japan. Maria received her undergraduate degree in History from Fordham University, a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Education from CUNY-Hunter College.
Dr. Jennifer Goldberg
Dr. Jennifer Goldberg has been in education for over eighteen years wearing a plethora of hats ranging from a middle and high school social studies teacher, Dean of Academics and Curriculum, District Instructional Coach, Adjunct Professor for Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University online, Department Chair, and Team Leader. Dr. Goldberg has served on the Arizona Council of Social Studies and served as the Membership Committee Co- Chair for the National Council of Social Studies. Too, she has written several articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and two books. Currently, Jennifer Goldberg works as a Social Studies teacher at Smoky Hill High School in Cherry Creek School District. Last year was Dr. Goldberg's first year serving on the Colorado Council of Social Studies Board.