Meet Our Directors

PHYLLIS ROBINETTE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Phyllis is a Nationally Board Certified Second Grade Teacher in Lewis-Palmer. She has taught preschool through 8th grade and worked in many roles including classroom teacher, teacher facilitator, and staff development coach. She was nominated for Colorado Teacher of the Year in the 2009. She is thrilled to be a driving force of creation of the Center bringing quality professional learning for the region by and for educators.

LIZZ LITZELMAN, DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION & CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Lizz has been in education for 15 years, primarily as a secondary English Language Arts teacher. She has also worked as a building-wide instructional coach and professional development leader. She currently works at Manitou Springs High School as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator, along with running the Teacher Cadet program - a course designed for high school students who want to become teachers. She is passionate about growing the education profession and its teacher leaders.

DONNA BROOKS, DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR & LEADERSHIP

Donna is currently a first grade teacher for Academy District 20. She has taught for 21 years in grades K-4 and is National Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist. She was Chinook Trail Elementary’s Teacher of the Year in 2015. Donna supports teachers during their journey in National Board Certification and teachers who are participating in the Teacher Leadership Institute.

AVALON MANLY, DIRECTOR, EARLY CAREER EDUCATOR COUNCIL

Avalon joined Teach For America after graduating from UCCS with degrees in English literature, anthropology, and communications. She taught middle school in New Orleans for three years before returning home to Colorado Springs, where she currently works as an English teacher at Rampart High School. She works in the summers for Teach For America as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness trainer, facilitating the development of new teachers across the country. 

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