We welcome your interest in Colorado Academy, and we invite you to explore our web site, read our admission magazine, and visit our campus to learn more. If you are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 school year, please check back in late September 2014 for updated application materials. We are already taking reservations for our fall open house event: Admission Parent Preview. Register now for October 29 or 30.
During the Admission season, we get to know each applicant and family through the application process. Our high level of professionalism and personal interaction reflects the kind of relationship you will have with our faculty and staff if you decide to enroll at Colorado Academy. Each of us looks forward to informing you about the programs CA has to offer and helping you make the best educational choice for your family.
Catherine Laskey has been at CA since 1995 and has served as Director of Admission & Financial Aid since 1997. Catherine oversees student recruitment and marketing initiatives for the school. During her first two years at CA, Catherine also taught French and history in the Upper and Lower Schools. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Catherine graduated from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar, with majors in French and Political Science. Prior to CA, Catherine worked in admission at The Madeira School in McLean, VA. When she is not leading admission tours, Catherine enjoys camping and other activities with her family.
Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid
University of Colorado - Boulder - B.S. Trinity College - M.A. Harvard Law School - J.D.
Heidi Chesley is the Director of Upper School Admission and Financial Aid at Colorado Academy. Before joining the CA community, she served as a Partner in the Boston office of the international law firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, and as a Partner in Gordon & Rees LLP in Denver. She has also worked as the Director of Admissions at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, and as a Director and Teacher for Citizen Schools Program, an after-school apprenticeship and mock-trial program for inner-city students in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her Master of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. Chesley is also a Boettcher Scholar.
Director of Lower School Admission & Financial Aid
Caren Salzer brings 24 years of experience working in an independent school setting to Colorado Academy, where she serves as the Director of Lower School Admission and Financial Aid. Salzer, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, previously worked for CA as a Middle School math and Core teacher, as well as an advisor. She has also worked as the Development Director and the Director of Admission for the Montessori School of Evergreen. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking, photography, knitting, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Admission Office Coordinator
University of Colorado - Boulder - B.A. Regis University - Master of Non-Profit Management
Lisa Dean, Admission Office Coordinator, began in 2005 in the admission office. She manages the office and supports prospective families through the application process. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder and graduated with a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Prior to CA, Lisa worked as a volunteer and special events coordinator for several area nonprofit organizations.
Paige Siemers joined CA in the fall of 2014 as the Administrative Assistant in the office of Admission and Financial Aid. Siemers has worked in a similar capacity at Mullen High School and also has worked as the Assistant to the Director of Summer Programs at CA. She was a professional marathoner for nearly five years and worked as a cross-country track and field coach and also in retail and sales in fitness and running. Siemers holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Kansas and is a graduate of Mullen High School.
Catherine Laskey, Director of Admission & Financial Aid
The central ingredient to success at CA is a child’s insatiable desire to learn. With support from their home environment and the expertise of our faculty, CA students take advantage of the abundant opportunities for personal growth on our campus. Students also learn from each other, which is why we carefully craft the make-up of each class to provide an eclectic mix of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives.
Join us to learn more about Colorado Academy on October 29 or 30, 2014 as we open our campus to prospective families. The events include campus tours, classroom visits, and student panels. We're excited to show you our school!
With more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults, JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has been heralded for her ability to demystify complex issues of child development, learning, identity formation and brain research. Join us October 28 for Be a Better Brain Sculptor.