Alumni

The Alumni Ambassadors Program is designed to bridge the Compass community with the Compass alumni community. Alumni Ambassadors are available to answer questions about their educational experiences at Compass High School as well as questions about their post-graduation lives and how Compass has prepared them. All of the alumni ambassadors have provided their emails and will do their best to respond to questions in a timely manner, however, as many of them are college students or budding professionals, their responses may be slightly delayed. If you have any questions about the Alumni Ambassadors Program, please contact Ellie Svoboda at



Alumni Ambassadors

Hannah Freyer graduated from Compass Montessori in Spring 2012 after 7 years there. In high school Hannah Participated in three international trips. In her first year she traveled to London and Paris through the high school’s humanities studies, her second year she went to Costa Rica through the schools science studies, and her final year she spent spring semester completing her senior practicum in Ecuador. She participated in AWOL at Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic, helped in the Compass Montessori Aftercare program, and worked at Boone Mountain Sports retail and ski shop. Hannah played Ultimate Frisbee with the Pink Unicorns and participated in Destination Imagination. Hannah currently attends Colorado College, where she is majoring in Biology with an emphasis on Political science and Russian studies. Hannah can be contacted through her email: hannah.freyer@coloradocollege.edu.


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Audrey Hickenlooper, as the daughter of a founding parent, attended Compass from its inception in 1998 until her graduation in 2009. While in the high school, Audrey participated in international trips to Italy and Greece and St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Prague. For college, Audrey studied at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She graduated from there in 2013 with a B.A. in Religious Studies with a focus on the Middle East and Islam as well as minors in Political Science and English. Following graduation, Audrey worked at an outdoor ed center in Buena Vista, CO as well as Winter Park Ski Resort. In May of 2014 she embarked on a month-long, solo tour of Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, and France. In Fall of 2014, Audrey moved to Washington DC and currently works as a Staff Assistant for the House Committee on Ethics. She hopes to begin a career in Middle Eastern affairs/counter-terrorism. Audrey can be contacted through her email: audreyhickenlooper@gmail.com


::::Desktop:mail.jpegDilyn Myers graduated from Compass in 2011 after attending since the inaugurating kindergarten class of 1998. Both of her parents, as founding parents, principal, and teacher, have had key roles in creating the school as it is today, and as such Dilyn's work during high school primarily involved service for the school. She designed and implemented the creative writing curriculum for the upper elementary over the course of four years, and taught human portraiture to middle and high school students as well as ACT math prep for the high school. In addition she participated in two high school international trips to Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Prague, London, and Paris, played basketball for Lakewood High School, compiled an independent art portfolio for business and college application purposes, and took trigonometry and drawing classes at the University of Colorado Denver during her senior year. After graduation Dilyn moved to New York City to attend New York University where she is currently a senior, majoring in English with minors in Spanish and studio art. She studied abroad in Spain her sophomore year, and has traveled to Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the UK, France, and Morocco with NYU. She is the community service supervisor for the NYU Undergraduate Admissions Ambassadors program, and organizes community service events throughout NYC for her peers in addition to assisting with hiring, training, and supervising student ambassadors and tour guides. This year she is applying for a research grant to assist with the completion of her English honors thesis, which focuses on imagery of the West in 20th Century American literature. Additionally, she is a candidate for a Fulbright grant to teach English in Mexico for the year following graduation, and is also in the process of applying to law schools with the goal of specializing in education policy. Dilyn can be contacted through her email: dkm276@nyu.edu.



::::Desktop:IMG_1129_2.JPGEllie Svoboda graduated from Compass in 2009 after having been a student there for ten years. In the high school Ellie participated in two international trips – one to Greece and Italy and another to Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic - and a Service Intensive Project with the Udall for Colorado campaign. She performed AWOLs at the Compass office, Senator Keller’s office, and the Colorado Senate Majority Press Office. Ellie also played on the Pink Unicorns Ultimate team, lettered in golf at Wheat Ridge High School, and competed on Compass’ Destination Imagination team. She also took a calculus class at Red Rocks. After graduation, Ellie attended the University of Denver where she majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing and minored in Theatre and Leadership. She participated in the theatre ensemble, Pioneer Leadership Program, and the club Ultimate team. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2012. After DU, Ellie taught at Compass for one year as an intern and another as the English advisor. In 2013, she co-founded Great Work Inc, an education non-profit that “promotes and supports the art and science of secondary Montessori education and guides the preparation of educators and learning environments.” In 2014 Ellie graduated from Goddard College with an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in screenwriting. Ellie currently works at Great Work as the Apprenticeship Coordinator and teaches theatre at Compass High School. Ellie can be contacted through her email: ellie.svoboda@gmail.com.


Anastasia Abraham
graduated from Compass in 2012 after having been a student there for six years. In the high school Anastasia participated in all three international trips, the first to London and Paris, the second to Costa Rica, and finally to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. She performed AWOL at the Golden Public Library Children's Section for three years. Anastasia also held an internship at Miner's Alley Playhouse. Anastasia also participated in Theatre and Choir at Golden High School, lettering for four years. Anastasia is currently attending Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. She is double majoring in Theatre and Economics with a minor in Vocal Performance. Anastasia can be contacted through her email at anastasia.abraham@my.simpson.edu.


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Gabii Burton-Rodriguez
graduated in 2011 and was a student in both the farm school as well as the high school. Upon entering the high school, Gabii joined the Destination Imagination team and continued to participate through out her sophomore year. The following year she participated on the Ultimate Frisbee team. In addition, she started a photography club her senior year and taught a dance master class creative expression in the middle school. Within her time at compass she was fortunate enough to travel to London and Paris with the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' international trip her junior year. Gabii performed varying community service projects including teaching a hip-hop class to children of Mt. St. Vincent's children's shelter and teaching art classes at Global Village academy.
In December of her senior year Gabii traveled to LA to perform with her dance company The Silhouettes on America's Got Talent Season six and continued to travel on and off. Professional company work carried her into December of the following year. After the season finale of America's Got Talent, Gabii graciously parted ways with her company and took the following three months to apply for scholarships to attend her dream school. In March of 2012, Gabii began at Savannah College of Art and Design where she is majoring in Industrial Design with a minor in Design for Sustainability. There she is a member of the dance club and an active member of the Industrial Design Community. She has also had the opportunity to intern with home decor designer Heather Myers of Briar Rose Inc. She plans to travel to Hong Kong in the summer on a study abroad program. Gabii can be contacted at gabii.burton@hotmail.com to answer any questions!


McKayla Dafoe
graduated from Compass Montessori in 2010, finishing a pre-K through grade 12 Montessori education - 1st through 12th at Compass. In high school, McKayla participated in a variety of service opportunities including trail repairs in Grand Junction and volunteering in pre-K through grade 9 classrooms as a part of AWOL and SIP. McKayla also did an internship in a fourth grade classroom at Mitchell Elementary and took classes at Red Rocks Community College as a senior. McKayla is currently a junior at the University of Northern Colorado in the Professional Teacher Education Program with a history emphasis and looks forward to graduating in the spring of 2014. McKayla can be contacted by e-mail at dafo8574@bears.unco.edu.


Leah Fishbaugh
graduated from Compass 2009 after having attended the school since 5th grade. In addition to participating in after-school drama programs provided by Compass, Leah also took part in many plays and musicals at the Wolff Theatre Academy, part of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Jewish Community Center in the Cherry Creek area. She also served as an intern and daycare leader for Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids for two summers, working with children ages 9-16. Along with her passion for theatre, Leah discovered zeal for pursuing social justice for youth through community service, and worked with organizations such as Rainbow Alley (AWOL) and Denver Children's Advocacy Center (SIP.) Leah currently attends Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA and will graduate in May 2013 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy, so that she may continue working with adolescents in a theatrical and therapeutic context. Leah can be contacted through her email, at leah.fishbaugh@gmail.com.


Hannah Freyer
Graduated from Compass Montessori in Spring 2012 after 7 years there. In high school Hannah Participated in three international trips. In her first year she traveled to London and Paris through the high school’s humanities studies, her second year she went to Costa Rica through the schools science studies, and her final year she spent spring semester completing her senior practicum in Ecuador. She participated in AWOL at Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic, helped in the Compass Montessori Aftercare program, and worked at Boone Mountain Sports retail and ski shop. Hannah played Ultimate Frisbee with the Pink Unicorns and participated in Destination Imagination. Since graduating, Hannah has become a student at Colorado College. She plays Ultimate Frisbee for the Colorado College woman's team and is working on getting settled in for her first year. She is currently undecided with an interest in majoring in International Political Science and minoring in Russian. Later this year Hannah will be studying at a University in Russia for two months. Hannah can be contacted through her email at hannah.freyer@coloradocollege.edu.


Kendall Lane
attended Compass for 6 years and graduated in 2008. During her sophomore, junior and senior year at Compass she volunteered at Lutheran Hospital for her AWOL project. She also participated in the internship program her junior year and interned for Eric Bakken Photography. During her senior year she took a sociology class at Red Rocks community college and also traveled abroad with the school to Costa Rica. She currently attends Metro State University of Denver where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She hopes to graduate within the next year. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school to obtain a masters degree in school counseling or clinical counseling. Kendall can be reached at kendall.m.lane@gmail.com.


Nick Maydew
graduated Compass in the class of 2008 after starting when the Farm School first opened back in 2003. During high school, Nick worked at the Springwood Retirement Community for AWOL for two years, until he started an internship. He was the first high school intern to work for Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Nick also participated in three of the international trips, including San Francisco in 2006, Rome and Greece in 2007, and finally Costa Rica in 2008. After graduation, Nick moved to Fort Collins and attended Colorado State University. In 2012, Nick graduated with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. During his undergrad experience, he interned at the Fort Collins Police Services and worked for the Crime Analysis Unit. This is a service that basically assesses the criminal patterns within the community with the purpose of better allocating the department’s scarce resources more effectively. After college graduation, Nick was accepted to the CSU’s Political Science Graduate Program where he is studying Public Administration and Environmental Policy. Nick will, hopefully, graduate with a Masters of Arts in 2014. The general topic that he is studying is the organizational aspects involved with police departments, in addition to aspects concerning drug policies and how these policies affect law enforcement agencies. When not studying, Nick works for the CSU Housing and Dining Services Operations Management. This is the maintenance division for dorm life. His occupational duties include inventorying the vast amount of equipment used for the dorms daily operations as well as creating better systems to create more effective preventative maintenance procedures. Compass was beneficial for Nick because of the fact that it granted him the tools to be able to work and organize himself in a college environment. In addition, it gave him the ability to be intrinsically motivated because of values instilled during high school. The easiest way to reach Nick is through his email: nick.maydew@gmail.com.


Tyler Maydew
graduated from Compass in 2011 after attending the school from 5th grade. During his time at the Compass High School, Tyler participated in two of the international trips: one to Russia, the Czech Republic and Berlin and another to London and Paris. Additionally Tyler was involved in leading a group at Habitat for Humanity for a Service Intensive Project. For his AWOL, Tyler taught P.E. to Upper El at the Compass Elementary Wheat Ridge Campus and for his last two years worked at Habitat for Humanity, which he continues to do throughout his summers. Tyler also was a part of the Ultimate team, and during his senior year elected to take several courses downtown at the University of Colorado – Denver. Currently, Tyler is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Denver with a minor in Mathematics. At DU Tyler works with the Office of Admissions, is involved with several clubs, and has begun working in the DU Unmanned Systems Lab working on unmanned vehicles. During his summers Tyler has interned at MKS Instruments in Boulder, CO with the Mechanical Engineering Staff. Tyler can be contacted anytime through his email: tyler.maydew@gmail.com.


Kristina Palmer
graduated from Compass in 2010 after having attended Montessori schools for 15 years. During her time in the high school, she performed a service intensive trip with the Bureau of Land Management and went on a trip to St. Petersburg, Prague and Berlin. During her 11th year Kristina participated in a cadaver lab with the Anatomy and Physiology class, which sparked her interest in science. Kristina also participated in Ultimate Frisbee and the Destination Imagination teams during her time at Compass. After graduation, Kristina went to Cornell College where she is now finishing her Junior year as a Biochemistry and Classical studies double major. She works at the on campus library and teaches classes at the local knitting shop. Kristina has served as treasurer and then vice-president for Slick Shoes - a swing dance club on campus - and now teaches for them. In her free time Kristina volunteers as an attendant at the Mount Vernon Lisbon Ambulance Service. Kristina can be contacted through e-mail at kristinacpalmer@gmail.com


Caroline Schureman
graduated from Compass in 2012 after starting at Compass as a 10th year. Compass was Caroline’s first foray into Montessori education. Caroline participated in two years of SIP at a theatre group called Colorado ACT where she helped stage a variety of plays, musicals, and dinner theater productions. Caroline currently attends Red Rocks with the intention of pursuing a degree in Psychology. Caroline can be contacted at cschureman93@gmail.com



Kymbre Scibelli
graduated from Compass in 2010 after starting at Compass as a 10th year in 2007. Coming from a traditional schooling background, the adjustment to Compass was a unique experience. She quickly became involved in social justice programs at the school (specifically through the class Language Arts for Social Justice) and became active in theatre in the community. Kymbre went on the international trip as an 11th year to Russia, the Czech Republic, and Germany and she also completed an intensive camping SIP her 10th grade year by building trails in Grand Junction. Kymbre is currently attending the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in Sport & Exercise Science and minoring in Music and Outdoor Education. She is active in politics, is secretary for UNC Environmental Club, heads up Colorado Animal Rights Activists UNC Chapter, and takes part in the UNC opera program. Kymbre credits Compass’ culture of critical thinking and community building as a component of her successes both academically and personally. Kymbre can be contacted through her email at kymbre.scibelli@gmail.com.



And then there’s Tessa Williams who graduated from Compass in 2009 after having been a student there for ten years. In high school, Tessa participated in an international trip to Greece and Italy as well as an independent trip to Germany and completed a Service Intensive Project with Project Angel Heart. Tessa performed AWOLs in Monica’s Lower El classroom, was an assistant coach for the middle school girls’ basketball team for two years and interned at the Counseling Center of Golden. Tessa coached the Unicorns Ultimate team for two years and played for three. She also competed on the Destination Imagination team. After graduation Tessa attended Colorado State University where she played for the CSU club Ultimate team, the Hells Bells and then transferred to the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU she majored in Women and Gender Studies and did a concentration in German. This past spring she studied abroad in Regensburg, Germany. She is currently in her senior year and is busy serving as the president of Triota, the Women and Gender Studies honor society, participating in the Gender Justice League leadership practicum and is a member of two other student groups who work to foster and encourage community on the Boulder campus. Tessa is available to answer questions through her email: twillis365@gmail.com.

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