Gayle Dunlap, Co-Director
Gayle Dunlap has been with Mapleton for two years and has more than 18 years of administrative experience in schools with diverse learning populations. Ms. Dunlap has proven success in driving measurable academic growth by creating a unified culture of shared goals, high expectations, and accountability. Ms. Dunlap believes students, staff, and families find success in an open, collaborative environment based on strong and trusting relationships. As the director of Mapleton Online, Ms. Dunlap will develop a vision, strategic goals and shared values to guide all decision making. She will drive continuous improvement through systematic development and implementation of research-based instructional plans.
Connie Io, Co-Director
Connie Io has been with Mapleton for seven years and has more than 28 years of experience as an educator and administrator in Colorado. Ms. Io is passionate about providing opportunities for students to grow and develop as they pursue their dreams. As co-director of Mapleton Online, Ms. Io is committed to walking along-side the students, staff, and families to build open, trusting relationships while remaining focused on the vision, strategic goals, and shared values of the school.
Lanaye Smith, Assistant Director
Lanaye Smith has been with Mapleton for 10 years as a K-3 teacher, instructional guide, and Assistant Director. Ms. Smith is passionate about working as a team with families, students, staff and community to provide the best educational experience for our students. She is committed to working diligently to ensure our students achieve their full potential while supporting and encouraging them along the way. Her belief is that the foundation of a successful school is based on a clear vision, collaboration, and student-centered learning. Ms. Smith is honored to be part of the Mapleton Online community.
Janna Scarpella-Straub, K-5 Instructional Guide
Janna Scarpella-Straub has worked in Mapleton for 11 years. For 9 of those years, she taught in the primary classroom at Welby Community School. During that time, she served on the school leadership team for 6 years and helped oversee a successful turnaround initiative that saw Welby go from a Priority Improvement school to a Performance school in just two years. As a classroom teacher, Mrs. Straub’s students consistently showed growth on state and local assessments. She has professional endorsements in K-6 Elementary Education, K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education, and K-12 Visual Arts. Outside of school, Mrs. Straub lives with her wife, 7 kids, and 4 dogs. She loves to sing, paint, and read.
Jim Stephens, 6-12 Instructional Guide
Jim’s career in education started as a student intern at the Lab School in Washington, DC while he was completing his graduate work in history at Howard University. The Lab School experience added a love for teaching with his insatiable appetite for learning. After his time at Howard Jim had a post-doctoral fellowship at the Claremont Graduate University where he was responsible for lecturing on African American history, mentoring students through the dissertation process and for creating the universities Preparing Future Program. When his fellowship was finished he accepted a position at the Carlisle School, an IB World School, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It was at Carlisle that Jim experimented with the integration of Montessori, Reggio and Waldorf models of learning at the secondary level. After teaching at Carlisle, Jim became a founding faculty member at the Denver School of Science & Technology, where he designed the history curriculum, conducted a variety of action research projects on innovation and learning, taught the interdisciplinary project-based Big History course and directed the capstone projects for seniors. After leaving DSST, he served as a Senior Consultant and the Director of Design at the education design lab 2Revolutions. It was at 2Rev that Jim practiced transformative coaching and organizational design and also worked with the Instructional Guides here at Mapleton. Jim also took a short sabbatical from 2Rev from 2017-2018 to co-design the CUBE School here in Denver.