We welcome your interest in our school and community. The admission process is carefully designed to engage you in the kind of interaction you would have with our faculty and staff if you enroll at Colorado Academy. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.
Catherine Laskey has worked at CA since 1995 and has served as Director of Admission & Financial Aid since 1997. Catherine oversees enrollment management 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, Ga., 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 traveling and other activities with her family.
Ms. Heidi Chesley
Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid
University of Colorado - Boulder - BS Trinity College - MA Harvard Law School - JD
At CA since 2013, 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 Admission at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., and as a Director and Teacher for Citizen Schools Program, an after-school apprenticeship and mock-trial program for inner-city students in Boston, Mass. Chesley received her BS in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and her JD from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. Chesley is also a Boettcher Scholar.
Director of Lower School Admission & Financial Aid
Returning to CA in 2011, Caren Salzer brought years of experience working in an independent school setting to her position as Director of Lower School Admission and Financial Aid. Salzer, who holds a BS from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., previously worked for CA as a Middle School math and Core teacher, as well as an advisor. Salzer 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.
Before joining the CA community in 2018, Karen Chavez was a college counselor at KIPP Colorado Schools, where she guided low-income, minority, and first-generation college-bound students through the college application process. Continuing her passion to give back to her Southwest Denver community, she has served as a lead teacher for Horizons at CA during its summer enrichment program. Chavez has also worked as a Selective Mutism Program assistant at the Child Mind Institute in New York and as a team leader at NYU Jumpstart, a program that serves young children in low-income communities. She received her BS in Applied Psychology from New York University and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ms. Lisa Dean
Admission Office Coordinator; US Service Learning Coordinator
University of Colorado - Boulder - BA Regis University - Master of Non-Profit Management
Lisa Dean began working in the CA Admission Office in 2005. As the Admission Office Coordinator, she manages the office and supports prospective families through the application process. In 2017, Dean added service learning responsibilities in her role as the Upper School Service Learning Coordinator. Dean earned her BA in Communications from the University of Colorado-Boulder and graduated with a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Prior to CA, Dean 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 BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas.
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 family 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 composition of each class to provide an eclectic mix of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives.
CA Grandparents, we are excited to welcome you to campus to spend time with your grandchildren and to enjoy musical performances, remarks by Head of School Dr. Mike Davis, classroom visits, and a holiday lunch. Join us December 20 from 8:30 a.m.-1:25 p.m.
World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin visits CA on January 16, where she will share personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar. Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows us that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem—but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.