Board Of Directors


Zoom Invite for Meetings

Next board meeting: July 25, 2023 6:00pm (Hybrid)

School year is July 1-June 30

2023-24 School Year

July 25th, 2023 Board Meeting

August 31st, 2023 Board Meeting

08.31.2023 Board Packet

08.31.2023 Board Minutes

September 28, 2023 Board Meeting

09.28.2023 Board Packet

09.28.2023 Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2023 Board Meeting

10.26.2023 Board Packet

10.26.2023 Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2023 Board Meeting

December - No Meeting

January 3, 2024 Board Meeting

01.03.2024 Board Packet

01.03.2024 Board Minutes

February 22, 2024 Board Meeting

02.22.2024 Board Packet

02.22.2024 Board Minutes

March 14, 2024 Board Meeting

03.14.2024 Board Packet



768A0007 (1).jpg

Samuel Kornfeld (Chair)

To contact Sam: or 970-481-7705

Samuel joined the AAK Board in 2012 and was appointed as Board Chair in 2015. He is a former AAK parent but his student has since moved up to Colorado Early College and he stayed on as a Board Member following his child’s graduation because he believes in AAK’s mission. Sam is a Colorado native and grew up along the Front Range. He graduated from Fort Collins High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. He is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming. His practice focus is wills, trusts, and estate planning for young families with minor children as well as firearms rights restoration, criminal record sealing, and expungements. He helps individuals protect themselves and their families.

In addition to his work with AAK, Samuel is a member of Kiwanis International and serves as treasurer for the Byron White Inn of Court.

To contact Sam: or 970-481-7705


Merrily Bowers (Board Member)

To contact Merrily:

Merrily Bowers is currently a case manager for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities after spending a decade in Colorado charter schools as an ADA 504 and MTSS Coordinator. She has four children middle-school age and up. Merrily is a Colorado native and grew up north of Fort Collins, attending schools in Poudre School District. Merrily earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Liberty University as well as a graduate certificate in Autism Education. Prior to working with adults who have disabilities and in education, Merrily worked in forensic toxicology as well as being a general manager for many years. Her volunteer experience includes various roles in schools, working with individuals with disabilities, non-profit support, and has had a fun time coaching soccer through Loveland Parks and Recreation. In her free time, she loves enjoying the beauty of Colorado with her children and relatives as well as traveling and experiencing different cultures and food. Merrily is grateful to be part of the talented board of directors at AAK.

headshot - me! (1).jpeg

Dorothy Shapland Rodriguez, EdD (Board Member)

To contact Dorothy:

Dorothy Shapland Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Special Education, Early Childhood, and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s School of Education. Dorothy has over 35 years of experience teaching preschool and elementary in public, private, and charter schools in Colorado and New Jersey. She has been a teacher leader and professional development provider and instructional coach for schools, centers, directors, and teachers throughout Colorado for the past 20 years. Dorothy is delighted to be able to share her experience as a member of the Board of AAK.

38280157-CABE-473C-8534-8011082DBDD7_1_105_c (1).jpeg

Scott Simmons (Board Member)

To contact Scott:

Scott Simmons is a retired Software Architect with nearly 40 years of job experience in software design. Scott lives with his amazing wife in Windsor. Scott has a wonderful daughter and granddaughter who live in the Parker area. Scott has spent the last 25+ years in Colorado primarily in the Denver area. Scott received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and Masters degrees from the University of Nevada and Southern Illinois University. In addition to his board duties, Scott is active in climate advocacy as a leader in multiple climate change organizations. Scott likes to play tennis, golf, and continues to try to master the guitar. Scott joined the Board in 2018.



AAK Board Code of Conduct

AAK Board Job Description

AAK Grievance Policy

AAK Board Bylaws 2020

AAK Articles of Incorporation Updated 10.22.2020

Electronic Participation in Board Meetings 8.13.2020

For a copy of the AAK Board Application, please contact our front office

AAK Charter Contract and Waivers

The AAK Board of Directors is the governing body for the Academy. Their regular public meeting is on the second Tuesday of every month at 4pm. The link for meetings can be found on the uploaded agenda for the meeting. Additional meetings are occasionally scheduled and all meeting agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting in the board meeting. Click here to see the resolution concerning the posting of board meetings.

To contact the Board please email us at

2022-2023 School Year

July 20th, 2022 Board Meeting

August 24, 2022 Board Meeting

September 21, 2022 Board Meeting

October 25, 2022 Board Meeting

November 30, 2022 Board Meeting

January 24, 2023 Board Meeting

February 21, 2023 Board Meeting

March 21, 2023 Board Meeting

April 18, 2023 Board Meeting

May 23, 2023 Board Meeting


2021-2022 School Year

2020-2021 School Year

Expect More From Your Elementary School