Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Language & Education Training Center (1990-2002), Principal of Elementary and Secondary Schools, as well as Director and Board Member for Charter Schools. Vice Chair for the Colorado Association of Latino(a) Administrators and Superintendents, and Educational Leadership Mentor for Principals and Assistant Principals and aspiring teachers that want to become leaders.
Santiago R. Grado is an enthusiastic, motivated and powerful advocate whose entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision have carried multiple projects through rapid and continuous growth.
Santiago started his first business, a school for at-risk, dropout, expelled and migrant students, and has been an unstoppable advocate for children and parents ever since. From being an Executive Director for Hollingsead International, an Aerospace company, Santiago transitioned into the Educational arena starting as a teacher for A+/Network + certification and Economics for the Arizona Alliance of Business. He quickly moved into creating a computer-aided software program teaching English as a Second Language, which led him in establishing, The Language & Education Training Center where he succeeded in providing ESL, CTE and GED instruction for 12 years before moving to Morrison, Colorado.
Santiago is distinguished by his passion for ethical business practices, his focus on collaborative team-building, and his commitment to meeting higher student achievement and student/teacher buy-in. His contagious enthusiasm instills him and his team members with extraordinary energy and dedication in an environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged. Santiago does not just set out ambitious goals, he motivates people to deliver.
Santiago has achieved outstanding personal and team results. He finds his greatest motivation in coaching others to perform above and beyond expectations. His success formula for Excellence in Execution is | 10% Strategy (Improvise - planning it) | 40% Consistency (Adapt - sticking to it) | 50% Execution (Overcome - getting it done)
A Motivational & Dynamic Transformational Leader, Santiago enjoys mentoring students, parents, teachers and administrators. He transmits key concepts in Business Innovation supported by smart adoption of technology (Blended Learning) with emphasis on increasing student achievement, gaining student, parent, teacher buy-in and ownership, and helping those individuals who have dropped out of school regain their opportunity for a second chance.
Health Consultant & Financial Officer
Loriann Grado is the Co-Owner and Health Consultant at Aspen Park Montessori. She has been a woman’s health nurse for close to 30 years, working specifically in Labor and Delivery over the past 26 years. Working in such a dynamic atmosphere, she has learned many important and invaluable lessons. Working in a fast paced and demanding environment, multi-tasking and critical thinking are a few of the vital skills required to safeguard the patients’ health and safety. Loriann would have to, on a daily basis, evaluate various scenarios and act quickly in emergency situations. Ultimately, she is responsible for two lives, the mom and baby.
Loriann has taught and oriented many new-experienced nurses over the years. She is certified to teach fetal monitoring and has taken lead roles as relief charge nurse and unit-based counsel coordinator. Teaching is truly a passion of hers, and one that she wishes to nourish.
Loriann knows that communication is key to any successful endeavor and makes this a core component at Aspen Park Montessori. Forging healthy relationships with fellow team members, parents, and children is vital to establishing trust and confidence. Once these qualities are established, anything is possible, and the sky is the limit.
Over the last 11/2 years, Loriann has had the opportunity to work in the classroom as well as help run the school. She has found a passion in working with the kids in groups and on an individual basis. She finds it so rewarding to see the enthusiasm and joy each child displays as concepts and new materials are understood and learning moves to the next level. She considers it an honor to be a part of your child’s education.
You will see Loriann in the classroom helping the teachers and interacting with the children. She loves spending time on the floor playing with the children and having them read to her. This time gives her the opportunity to connect and find the things that stimulate and excite each child.
Sue McCormack is a teacher at Aspen Park Montessori. She has over 24 years’ experience working with children as well as owning and operating her own daycare in New York. She has an amazing talent in fostering and attending to the individual needs of each child. Because she has worked so many years with children, her experience and knowledge are vast and immeasurable. She understands the importance of seeing children as individuals and uses their strengths and abilities to master basic life skills and key concepts in education. Sue goes above and beyond to make sure the needs of each child are met and is dedicated to engaging them in and out of the classroom.
Sue brings a superior level of classroom management to the school while creating an atmosphere that is comforting and nurturing. She encourages students to learn by asking questions and makes education fun through activities rich in arts and crafts and structured lessons. It is heart-warming to see the children flock to Sue in excitement when she enters a room. We are excited to have Sue as part of our team.
Madison McCormack is a teacher at Aspen Park Montessori. She is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada Reno. She graduated this past December with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She is a student of science and loves to bring this knowledge into the classroom to share with the students. During her time in college, Madison found herself drawn to education and spent most of her free time working to tutor students in local elementary schools in reading or working as a camp counselor. She has worked with a variety of different age ranges and knows the importance of approaching students in order to build a relationship with them. Madison enjoys spending time doing science experiments with the kids and reading with them.