Vera joined the Global Village Academy Collaborative in March 2021. She is passionate about being a public servant and extremely happy to do her best for the GVA community.
Vera has twenty-plus years of accounting experience, in which over seven years were in the public sector/non-profit finance world. She has a Master's in Professional Accountancy from CSU Denver. She is also an active member of AGA (Association of Government Accountants) and ANAFP (Association of Nonprofit Accountants and Finance Professionals).
Vera was born and raised in Russia. She still speaks Russian fluently and knows a bit of German and Spanish. Her dream is to learn French and revisit Paris.
Vera and her family just moved back to Colorado from Texas, where they spent nine years. She is delighted to resume hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains. Vera has two beautiful daughters and four dogs.
Chuck Carillo is the IT Director for Global Village Academy Collaborative and Academies. He leads a small team that supports the Denver area's three Global Village Academy Charter schools. Chuck has been in the information technology field since 1998. He has been providing IT support for Global Village Academy K-8 schools since August 2013. Chuck’s parents were teachers, and his dad was also an elementary school Principal, so working in the education field, runs in the family.
Chuck is a Colorado native, and he and his wife have three adult children and five grandchildren. Chuck is an avid runner and also enjoys mountain and fat biking. Chuck has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Science in Information Systems.
Director of World Languages
Her family is one of the founding families at Global Village Academy Aurora. Her oldest son began Mandarin Chinese in 1st grade. All 4 of her children have been GVA students. She is passionate about language learning and the rich culture at the heart of GVA.
Alicia has worked as an educator for over twenty years in Colorado and Arizona. For the past nine years, Alicia has worked in the Poudre School District as an English Language Development Instructional Coach at Eyestone Elementary, a district MTSS Coordinator, and most recently, the Elementary Literacy Facilitator in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department. Alicia has experience in teaching at the elementary level in Kyrene School District. She has experience as a middle school language arts teacher and ELD teacher in Chandler Unified School District.
Alicia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University, holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University, and is currently finishing up another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration certification at the University of Wyoming. In 2006, Alicia achieved her National Board Certification in Early Adolescence-English Language Arts from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and successfully renewed the certification in 2016. Her expertise includes early childhood and K-12 literacy, curriculum and instruction, English Language Development, systems change efforts, MTSS, READ Act implementation, design and evaluation of professional development, Cognitive Coaching, and building teacher leadership and capacity.
Alicia’s deep passion for education is grounded in the belief that all students have the right to an exceptional education. As a lifelong learner, Alicia strives to keep up with best practices in instruction and supports educators while applying these strategies in their classrooms. Alicia is passionate about fostering teacher efficacy and building capacity among educators.
Alicia and her family moved to Colorado in 2009. She and her husband have two children, ages 12 and 13. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, scuba diving, listening to music, reading, and camping.
Christine has an extensive 30-year career in marketing and advertising. She began her career at a daily newspaper in the San Diego area. After her move to Colorado, she expanded into co-operative and solo direct mail advertising. She successfully helped launched one of the Denver area’s first daily deal platforms in 2010. She continued to develop her digital marketing skills, including email marketing, social media, and web content development. Christine began working with the GVAC office in July 2013. Her career at GVAC allows her to share her love of language immersion education with the community and prospective and current GVA families.
Christine discovered Global Village Academy Aurora in 2009 and quickly enrolled her daughter in Mandarin Chinese. Her daughter was one of the first “legacy” students to graduate from GVA Aurora at the end of 8th grade. During high school, her daughter continued her language learning by taking Spanish and French classes and continued to study Mandarin class. She is now a Freshman in college.
Christine enjoys yoga, hiking, live theater, cooking, and time with her family in her free time.