Colorado Academy's experienced safety and security team is friendly and vigilant. They ask all members of the community to work together to keep CA safe for everyone.
CA has many measures in place to ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff, and families. Our expert security team is a constant, visible presence on campus, and they continually assess and make enhancements to safeguard our community.
Vehicle decals and parent badges
Parents and guardians will need to display a CA decal on their vehicle windshield.
Parents and guardians must wear an ID badge when on campus.
Driving on campus
All drivers must obey the 10-mph speed limit on campus.
Do not text or talk on the phone while driving on campus.
Please use visitor parking. Numbered parking spots are reserved for faculty and staff.
Miriah Medina joined CA as a campus safety officer in May 2022. She has extensive experience as a law enforcement professional, working most recently as a background investigator and marshal for the Denver County Courts. During her career, Medina has served in varied roles, as a Colorado Department of Corrections Officer, Denver Deputy Sheriff, and a Police Officer in the Boulder Police Department. She has volunteered in shelters for people experiencing homelessness and for literacy projects, served as a community advocate, and was an assistant probation officer in Denver. Medina holds a BA in Social Work from Whittier College in California.
James Watt College, UK Darlington College, UK At CA Since: 2023
Campus Safety and Security Officer, Andy Barnard, joined CA in summer 2023 and originally hails from Scotland. He was most recently a Park Ranger in the City of Aurora, which involved managing, educating, and enforcing all open space trails and reservoirs, responding to emergency situations, and protecting wildlife and the city’s natural resources. Prior to that, Barnard served as a Security Officer at Cherry Creek High School, where he also coached the freshman and sophomore soccer teams. He was also a Police Officer in Littleton, where he received a Medal of Valor for saving the lives of four people in an apartment fire.
Barnard has served in many other capacities, including six years in the British Army, with a tour in Afghanistan, where he earned two medals; working with challenged teens; coaching ice hockey, roller hockey, and soccer; raising money for charity; and inventing fun outdoor activities for vacationers in Scotland. In addition, he enjoys painting and doing voice-over acting.
Leonard Govea is a 20-year U.S. Army veteran with a great deal of experience providing security services in schools. After retiring from the military, he worked for Douglas County School district for 10 years as a Lead Security Specialist. Govea is a certified trainer for the Standard Response Protocol utilized by CA and other schools. He has completed the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) School Safety Specialists Academy which gave instructional training on the topics designated by FEMA, U.S. Department of Education and Colorado State Safety and Security Experts on research and best practices. Govea has taken training courses in nonviolent crisis intervention from the Crisis Prevention Institute, and he is currently enrolled in an Emergency Management & Planning degree program at Red Rocks Community College. Most of his time at CA is spent interacting with students in Middle School.
Texas Christian University - BA Regis University - MA At CA Since: 2021
Andrew Kirshbaum first came to CA as a safety & security officer in fall 2021. He is a retired Police Officer with 13 years of experience, 11 of them at the Boulder Police Department, for the last six years as a Detective. He has been a patrol officer, hostage negotiator, Explorer Post advisor, member of the SWAT Team, and received the Department Medal for Lifesaving. Kirshbaum is a CA alumnus from the Class of 1989. Between CA and the Police Department, he earned a BA in Philosophy from Texas Christian University, an MA in Liberal Studies from Regis University, was a mortgage broker, and taught humanities, ethics, and literature at the University of Denver High School.
Tim Pendarvis joined CA as the Administrative Assistant in the Campus Safety & Security Office. An Air Force veteran and small-business owner, Tim brings an eclectic set of skills to the position. He has been Head Coach of the Cross Country Team at Addenbrooke Classical Academy, a fitness instructor and strength specialist with extensive knowledge of kinesiology and biomechanics, is self-taught in coding and cybersecurity, and makes a perfect cappuccino as a barista at his own coffee shop. He enjoys meeting people, building relationships, and has a strong foundation in customer service. Tim holds a BS in Health and Exercise Science from Regis University.