• BOARD CANDIDATES


    FOR THE 2022-2023 CCA ELECTION

     

Scott Cierpial
  • Name: Scott Cierpial
     
    Are you eligible to run for the board?
     
    In what grade(s) do you have students at CCA? 
    6 and 8
     
    How many years have you been in the CCA community? 
    9
     
    How does CCA support your philosophy regarding education? 
    CCA has had a rich history of focused education with high, purposeful measurables. Learning one grade level ahead of public, non-chartered educational institutions draw students and parents to this philosophy. Parental participation, involvement and influence has always been a staple of this educational foundation.
     
    Cherry Creek Academy Parent Board provides oversight to the governance, management and operations of CCA. As a Board member, there are a myriad of responsibilities with which you will be tasked. What qualifications do you believe you possess that will make you a successful Board member? Please include personal and professional experience. 
    Professionally, my role is to coordinate amongst working group members of financial transactions which result in various SEC filings of initial public offerings, draft registration statements, SPACs, mergers & acquisitions, special proxies and compliance documents such as quarterly and annual reports. The players in a working group include national law firms, accounting firms, finance teams, underwriters, CFO's and occasionally CEO's. These are often complex operations with a multitude of moving parts that must come together in a concise and timely manner. Personally, I am a parent who has children and cares about their future, and the future of the institution in which they learn. Many of these experiences can translate directly to a school's operations and compliance.
     
    How do your personal and cultural values reflect CCA’s character traits: respect, humility, leadership, compassion, responsibility, diligence, loyalty, and integrity. Please choose the trait(s) that you identify with most. 
    Our culture is Polish, and my parent's instilled and preached all these values since childhood. While I consider all these strong personal characteristic traits, leadership and loyalty tend to lean stronger in my direction.
     
    CCA Board Members are also members of the following committees: Communications, Finance, Governance, HR, School Accountability, Technology, Equity, and Strategic Planning. Which committee do you see yourself being a part of and why? 
    Working daily with financial reporting teams, auditors and attorneys, the Finance and Governance committees draw the most interest. I have a general interest in the other committees too.
     
    What are your motivating factors in running for the CCA Board? 
    My motivating factor is to serve on the board and offer a healthy balance in the oversight of the school.
     
    Board members are asked to make decisions that are the best for the school (admin, staff, teachers, families, and students), but may be something with which you do not agree. How will you support a decision like that? Why or why not? 
    My position and vote will be based on what is best for the children and family while following the Bylaws of CCA. One can only hope rules and a common-sense approach can prevail to a reasonable outcome that has the child's and family's best interest in mind.
     
    Board members are asked to complete training, both online and in person, in addition to monthly Board and committee meetings. As seen this year, the time commitment can vary from year to year. Can you commit to the time required to fulfill your obligations to the Board?
    I commit to the time requirements a Board position demands and do so with honor and pride.
Jasper Peters
  • Name: Jasper Peters
     
    Are you eligible to run for the board?
    In what grade(s) do you have students at CCA? 
    K, 7
     
    How many years have you been in the CCA community? 
    8 (2014-15)
     
    How does CCA support your philosophy regarding education? 
    CCA aims for excellence for both staff and students—that drive to be our best is key. CCA also strives to meet the needs of each person—supporting individual students and developing staff so that becoming our best is always the goal. This matching of rigor and drive for achievement, matched with respect and compassion create the environment I think is key. Because of this, our hope is that each CCA student leaves our school with the tools to find success in the world and bring kindness and integrity to their community.
     
    Cherry Creek Academy Parent Board provides oversight to the governance, management and operations of CCA. As a Board member, there are a myriad of responsibilities with which you will be tasked. What qualifications do you believe you possess that will make you a successful Board member? Please include personal and professional experience. 
    I am a graduate of Overland HS, here in the Cherry Creek School district, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying Philosophy and Religious Studies. I had an early career in technology with Apple and Microsoft, engaging in business and community developments. This has given me insight into the building and developing of great teams and many technical aspects of small organizations and non-profits. After this, I earned a Master of Divinity degree and now serve as a United Methodist pastor of a small church in Denver. This work has brought me into close work with people from every walk of life. I’ve been successful in building solutions that work with diverse and sometimes contentious groups while maintaining respect and compassion for all. So far in my time at CCA, I helped to start a Cub Scout Pack and had the pleasure of leading many of your sons and daughters in scouting activities. I have also served on SAC, and I’m currently a member of the Leadership Cherry Creek class of '21–'22, which has helped me to learn about and better utilize District resources for CCA.
     
    How do your personal and cultural values reflect CCA’s character traits: respect, humility, leadership, compassion, responsibility, diligence, loyalty, and integrity. Please choose the trait(s) that you identify with most. 
    While I value and affirm all of these traits, the most important in my view is compassion. Without compassion, the other traits are less full. Compassion allows us to seek the best for the community as a whole—it also allows us to find creative solutions when the general solutions don’t work for an individual in our community. My compassion informs my leadership, humility, diligence, and integrity.
     
    CCA Board Members are also members of the following committees: Communications, Finance, Governance, HR, School Accountability, Technology, Equity, and Strategic Planning. Which committee do you see yourself being a part of and why? 
    I could comfortably serve and contribute in a number of areas. My preference would be: Equity, Strategic Planning, Governance, & Technology.
     
    What are your motivating factors in running for the CCA Board? 
    I want to serve on the board so that we can create the best learning environment for our students and teachers. I aim to model good listening and collaboration with parents, staff, and administration. The past few years have been marked by separation, us not being our best, and often forgetting the character traits we encourage in our students. Moving forward it is essential that we create the best wholistic learning environment for our kids. We must also create the best environment to attract, retain, and train teachers and staff. The best way to do that is to offer mutual respect and support, forming a cohesive community.
     
    Board members are asked to make decisions that are the best for the school (admin, staff, teachers, families, and students), but may be something with which you do not agree. How will you support a decision like that? Why or why not? 
    The point of representative governance is to create a space to thoughtfully discern the best way forward. This means sometimes we might be on the losing side of the vote, but hopefully the community wins in the long run. As long as we have space for thoughtful debate, and even objection, I am happy to move forward and represent the will of the majority.
     
    Board members are asked to complete training, both online and in person, in addition to monthly Board and committee meetings. As seen this year, the time commitment can vary from year to year. Can you commit to the time required to fulfill your obligations to the Board?
    Yes.
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  • Vision: 

    Building our future of academic excellence in a value rich community. 

    Mission: 

    Cherry Creek Academy is a Core Knowledge charter school with motivated students and responsible parents working together with exemplary teachers to provide excellent education in an environment that upholds the high expectations and values of leadership, responsibility, respect, loyalty, integrity, humility, diligence and compassion. 

Jeff Holwell
  • Name: Jeff Holwell
     
    Are you eligible to run for the board?
    Yes
     
    In what grade(s) do you have students at CCA? 
    Fifth Grade and Third Grade
     
    How many years have you been in the CCA community? 
    Four Years
     
    How does CCA support your philosophy regarding education? 
    CCA’s Core Knowledge curriculum, Non-Negotiables, and dedicated staff align with our family’s philosophy regarding education because they create a culture of excellence within the school and help it achieve significant educational results. Our family has been very pleased with our experience at CCA, which is due to its values and its commitment of staff, and we believe it creates a great environment for personal, social, and educational growth.
     
    Cherry Creek Academy Parent Board provides oversight to the governance, management and operations of CCA. As a Board member, there are a myriad of responsibilities with which you will be tasked. What qualifications do you believe you possess that will make you a successful Board member? Please include personal and professional experience. 
    I bring qualifications to the Board member role from my personal and professional experiences, including my recent service on the CCA Parent Board. Currently, I serve as Board Vice President, Chair of the Finance and Governance committees, and have significant knowledge and practice with the policy oversight of CCA. I also have 20+ years of experience serving on and for Boards of Directors and bring practical leadership skills for the Board’s policy and oversight responsibilities.
     
    How do your personal and cultural values reflect CCA’s character traits: respect, humility, leadership, compassion, responsibility, diligence, loyalty, and integrity. Please choose the trait(s) that you identify with most. 
    CCA’s character traits of respect, humility, leadership, compassion, responsibility, diligence, loyalty, and integrity lead to our culture of excellence which has elevated CCA to one of the best charter schools in Colorado. All of CCA’s values are important to me. If I had identify a few, I personally lead with respect, compassion, and integrity in everything that I do. It is important to me that everybody in this community feels that they are treated with an equal level of respect, appreciating and understanding different backgrounds and perspectives, and that honest and moral principles are at the center of what we do. With that foundation, I am extremely responsible and loyal, which allows me to lead by example.
     
    CCA Board Members are also members of the following committees: Communications, Finance, Governance, HR, School Accountability, Technology, Equity, and Strategic Planning. Which committee do you see yourself being a part of and why? 
    I currently serve as Chair of the Finance and Governance committees, and I see myself continuing in one of these leadership roles. My education and experience in public administration, my background in public policy, my oversight experience with large budgets and organizations, and my 20+ years of practice serving on and for Boards of Directors provides me with the experience to serve on the CCA Board and its committees. Finance committee is my preference because it oversees all of the fiscal matters related to CCA and is foundational to our school, and my knowledge and experience with this task will continue to serve CCA well.
     
    What are your motivating factors in running for the CCA Board? 
    CCA has a reputation for excellence and employs a talented and dedicated staff, and I am running for the CCA Board to continue these traditions and to support the hard work of our administrators and teachers. There are many places where CCA can continue to advance, including our long-term financial growth and our dedication to attracting and retaining a high-quality staff, which is an important oversight task of the Board and it will be a priority for me if I am elected to the role.
     
    Board members are asked to make decisions that are the best for the school (admin, staff, teachers, families, and students), but may be something with which you do not agree. How will you support a decision like that? Why or why not? 
    The CCA Board of Directors works as a team, and the decisions of the collective Board may or may not reflect my individual thoughts or values. Working as a team means that we have to collaborate and to respect each-other’s thoughts and opinions, and ultimately respect the final decision of the CCA Board. If elected I will work to support the decisions of the Board, even if I disagree, because it supports the governance and collective needs of the school community.
     
    Board members are asked to complete training, both online and in person, in addition to monthly Board and committee meetings. As seen this year, the time commitment can vary from year to year. Can you commit to the time required to fulfill your obligations to the Board?
    Yes
Jihee Kwon
  • Name: Jihee Kwon
     
    Are you eligible to run for the board? 
     
    In what grade(s) do you have students at CCA? 
    2nd and 3rd
     
    How many years have you been in the CCA community? 
    9 years
     
    How does CCA support your philosophy regarding education? 
    My philosophy of education is supported by CCA because of character development of students with community and parental involvement
     
    Cherry Creek Academy Parent Board provides oversight to the governance, management and operations of CCA. As a Board member, there are a myriad of responsibilities with which you will be tasked. What qualifications do you believe you possess that will make you a successful Board member? Please include personal and professional experience. 
    I have been with CCA for 9 years while in retail for 10 years. My management and sales experience will support school operation with my sense of agility and compassion. Since I have been working in retail, my ability to communicate with different opinionated people have grown and am excellent in interpersonal communication.
     
    How do your personal and cultural values reflect CCA’s character traits: respect, humility, leadership, compassion, responsibility, diligence, loyalty, and integrity. Please choose the trait(s) that you identify with most. 
    Leadership, Compassion, all of the above. This is difficult to choose because we chose to send our children to CCA because of the character traits here at CCA. In my personal life, I would identify with compassion the most.
     
    CCA Board Members are also members of the following committees: Communications, Finance, Governance, HR, School Accountability, Technology, Equity, and Strategic Planning. Which committee do you see yourself being a part of and why? 
    Strategic planning or communications because of my experience in interpersonal communication and ability to problem solve.
     
    What are your motivating factors in running for the CCA Board? 
    My children and future students who will join CCA, being able to make the positive difference that everyone can agree with.
     
    Board members are asked to make decisions that are the best for the school (admin, staff, teachers, families, and students), but may be something with which you do not agree. How will you support a decision like that? Why or why not? 
    I understand what is best for the school will not always be what I agree on, however, the key word is “best for the school” although I may have an opinion, at the end of the day, we are all here to make that positive difference to support what is best for the school. Our board members are gathered together just for that reason, what is best for our school? All opinions aside, I will support what’s best for our school, our children.
     
    Board members are asked to complete training, both online and in person, in addition to monthly Board and committee meetings. As seen this year, the time commitment can vary from year to year. Can you commit to the time required to fulfill your obligations to the Board?
    Yes
Adam Wehrle
  • Name: Adam Wehrle
     
    Are you eligible to run for the board?
    Yes
     
    In what grade(s) do you have students at CCA? 
    5th, 3rd
     
    How many years have you been in the CCA community? 
    1995-1998, 2016-current (10 total)
     
    How does CCA support your philosophy regarding education? 
    I believe in the Core Knowledge curriculum and an environment that challenges students to reach their full potential. Like a “back to basics” approach, CCA teaches students educational facts and importantly why they are facts. I appreciate that students do not use calculators initially in math and that they are pushed a grade level ahead of their attended grade. I believe uniforms enhance the educational environment and promote social relationships. Students are routinely pushed to excel in reading in a variety of subjects. Teachers are deeply involved with the educational and social growth of each student and are greatly supported by the administrative structure of CCA. The school offers a wide variety of sports and after school programs that allow the children to explore themselves and learn new talents. CCA encourages parental involvement in education and school support, creating a foundation for a strong community and transparent processes. In summary, CCA challenges every aspect of growth while offering complete support to achieve success.
     
    Cherry Creek Academy Parent Board provides oversight to the governance, management and operations of CCA. As a Board member, there are a myriad of responsibilities with which you will be tasked. What qualifications do you believe you possess that will make you a successful Board member? Please include personal and professional experience. 
    I believe in and strive toward servant leadership. I wish to work for the community I am a part of and feel a sense of obligation to do so. As a board member I feel I work for the community of CCA. My professional career has always been a form of service. I worked in Aurora as a Paramedic from 2006-2011, then in Denver from 2012-2017. As paramedic, I learned how to interact and work with a wide variety of community members and fellow responders. I worked closely with fire departments and police departments in a cumulative effort to give the best care to each individual. I learned how to take volumes of information, find the critical components and make decisions. I also learned what situations needed immediate decisions and which ones deserved more time for consideration. I currently serve full time in the Colorado National Guard. In my time as an officer, I have learned how to lead and how to be lead. I have developed SOPs, SOG, orders, memos and more, all in support of leading Soldiers administratively and operationally. I work closely with fellow Commanders and staff members to ensure everyone is well cared for and developed. I feel I have much more to learn but that I can offer leadership, organization and critical thinking to the board and members of CCA.
     
    How do your personal and cultural values reflect CCA’s character traits: respect, humility, leadership, compassion, responsibility, diligence, loyalty, and integrity. Please choose the trait(s) that you identify with most. 
    All of the CCA Character traits are critical and are a part of my life. Respect, leadership and integrity are the traits I most closely identify with. Every person I interact with receives respect and is treated as a human. I believe respect is a two way street and paves a path of growth. I know I can respect someone I disagree with. Leadership has been a driving force in my life since Boy Scouts. The rank of Eagle Scout came with a great deal of leadership development that I have refined and used in my daily life. It has propelled me to the jobs and opportunities I have today. There will always be a leader and it is a trait that has many forms and applications. Leadership is possibly one of the most difficult traits to teach but is invaluable. I always ask myself if I am doing the right thing to ensure my integrity is intact. If I have made an error I will admit it and I seek to do the right thing even when no one is looking. These traits allows others to trust me and approach me.
     
    CCA Board Members are also members of the following committees: Communications, Finance, Governance, HR, School Accountability, Technology, Equity, and Strategic Planning. Which committee do you see yourself being a part of and why? 
    I feel I am most strongly suited for Governance and Equity committees. I have developed several polices and procedures that have impacted large organizations and ensure that they are clearly communicated and coordinated so they can be properly facilitated. My current job has had significant training in Equal Opportunity(EO) as well as creating and enforcing of EO programs. As a leader in the organization I have worked to ensure training and practices are fair to everyone involved. I enjoy learning about cultures and how they influence our community.
     
    What are your motivating factors in running for the CCA Board? 
    CCA gave a lot to me as a student and continues to give so much to me and my family as parents of students. I want to give back to CCA and I feel being a board member would be an opportunity to serve the community. I feel my personal and professional background present an opportunity to give quality service to CCA.
     
    Board members are asked to make decisions that are the best for the school (admin, staff, teachers, families, and students), but may be something with which you do not agree. How will you support a decision like that? Why or why not? 
    My assessment of any decision is based on four questions: Is it legal? Is it moral? Is it ethical? What is the impact? Everyone is entitled to an opinion and as a community we find the best path forward. I have had to make unpopular decisions for the welfare of a group of people but did so knowing the impact had a better outcome than the current situation. I am not perfect nor will I always know the best answer, but I will work with fellow board members and CCA leadership to determine the best course of action and promote the best decision possible. I can support a decision I do not agree so long as I understand that it is for the greatest good of everyone it affects and is legal, moral and ethical.
     
    Board members are asked to complete training, both online and in person, in addition to monthly Board and committee meetings. As seen this year, the time commitment can vary from year to year. Can you commit to the time required to fulfill your obligations to the Board?
    Yes.
  • Click here for the Election Policies and Procedures document

    More details for Meet the Candidates Night to come: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6 - 7 pm at Cherry Creek Academy

    Here is how to vote for your candidate(s) of choice: The Election will be held by electronic ballot. A unique and confidential electronic ballot will be sent to the email address listed in PowerSchool for each parent/guardian. 

    If you do not receive your electronic ballot, please email communications@cherrycreekacademy.org.