Career Connect Team

High Tech Early College Audio Production

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Jennifer Hochmiller High Tech Early College CareerConnect Director

Jennifer Hochmiller

Assistant Principal & CareerConnect Director

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
University of Northern Colorado – BS Secondary Math Education
University of Colorado Denver – Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies Licensure

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
Teacher at Montbello High School and High Tech Early College since 2010 (math, English language development, & special education), & Financial Coach for my own business called The Money Bug.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
In all of my educational experience, I’ve never seen such a high level of engagement and life ignited in our students, than through the programming that CareerConnect has brought. The level of high-quality work product and pride that pours out of these classrooms is something I feel so privileged to have a greater intimacy with this next year, and I’m excited to see the momentum that’s been built continue to grow.

CONTACT:
Phone: 720-424-2507
Email: jennifer_hochmiller@dpsk12.org@dpsk12.org

 

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Emily Takimoto

Work-Based Learning Coordinator

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
University of British Columbia – BA in Social Geography

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
This is Emily’s third year with working with the CareerConnect program. She manages the work-based learning programs, including: CareerX, CareerCoach and CareerLaunch, as well as the new CareerResidency Youth Apprenticeship program.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Emily is motivated by her passion to ensure our students are equipped with the skills and experience to be college and career ready!

CONTACT:
Phone: 720-424-2529
Email: emily_takimoto@dpsk12.org

 

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Ben Thompson

Audio Production CreativeConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Colorado State University – BS Physics Education

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
I used to run a not for profit recording studio called Alphabet Recording Studio, still engineer people’s records for money, and make music for enjoyment.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
I get to be around kids and make music all day, which is utterly fascinating. I’m never ever bored, and it combines all my favorite things.

WEBSITES:
Audio Production Class Website 
HTEC Audio Production SoundCloud
Denver Youth Music Awards

CONTACT:
Email: benjamin_thompson@dpsk12.org

 

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Steve Wiant

Graphic Design CreativeConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Ohio University – BS Visual Communications in Informational Graphics & Publication Design, Art Minor, Advertising Specialization
Ohio University – MA Visual Communication in Interactive Multimedia Design

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
I have worked for a variety of national and local companies and businesses through my own design company called Antelope Creative Designs for the past 15 years.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Sharing my interest in design with the students, and also making them understand they’re capable of a career with an interest in the arts. Some of my students are already realizing at a young age that they can make money selling their work and working for clients, which is exiting.

WEBSITES:
Graphic Design Class Website
Personal Website

CONTACT:
Email: steve_wiant@dpsk12.org

 

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John Maurer

BusinessConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Western State Colorado University – BA Business Administration
Colorado State University – MBA
University of Wisconsin Madison – Graduate School of Banking
CU Denver – IPTE Urban Education

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
I was Senior Vice President for First Bank.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Helping people connect growth, passion, and learning with opportunity in a future of excitement, challenge, and fulfillment.

CONTACT:
Email: john_maurer@dpsk12.org

 

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Maria Gordon

Computer Science TechConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Indiana State University – BS Elementary Education
Nova Southeastern University – MS Computing Technology in Education
CU Denver – MA Information and Learning Technologies School Library and Instructional Leadership

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
Computer Doctor, Inc.: office manager, customer relations, on-site software applications trainer; Denver Public Schools: school technology rep; Western State Colorado University: Adjunct Faculty – computer programming

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
I am passionate, engaged, and eager to make a difference in the lives and careers of my students.  I’m always on the lookout for students who want to start careers in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, as well as opportunities to enhance their learning  — i.e. the recent accomplishment of winning $4,000 worth of robotics for my classes!

CONTACT:
Email: maria_gordon@dpsk12.org

 

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Matt Lapaire

EngineeringConnect & Robotics Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
North Carolina State University – BS Chemical Engineering, BS Paper Science

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
 I was a process engineer with Georgia Pacific Paper in Cedar Springs, GA.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Creation is the highest aspiration of mankind, so seeing students wrestle with the challenges of turning their ideas into reality is highly rewarding to facilitate.  I enjoy using my own experiences to inform their learning, and with that mindset I’m always looking to learn too.

CONTACT:
Email: matthew_lapaire@dpsk12.org