Gayle Dunlap, Director
Gayle Dunlap has been with Mapleton for three 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.
Lanaye Smith, Assistant Director
Lanaye Smith has been with Mapleton for 11 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 12 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. She is currently pursuing her principal license as part of the Ritchie Program for School Leaders at DU.