Bright Minds


November Parent Information Night

Please click the the icon below and enter the passcode: Zp8E^N?p to view a recording of the parent information meeting held on 11-18-20

Accepting Applications Beginning December 8th

This Pilot Program will begin accepting applications December 8th in Enroll Jeffco for incoming 7th and 8th grade students for this coming 2021-2022 school year.

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General Information


Alameda International’s Enhanced Dyslexia Support Program empowers bright, talented students who are challenged by dyslexia and related language-based learning differences. Explicit, systematic, and intensive reading instruction, along with building-wide systems of support, are used to help students overcome obstacles to learning and thus more fully achieve their potential, resulting in enhanced feelings of academic and personal success. Direct, individualized instruction and support in the areas of writing and executive functioning (e.g., study skills, planning and organization, task initiation/monitoring/completion) are also provided to students, serving to complement and reinforce the benefits of specialized reading instruction.

Support Systems

Students In the Bright MINDS program will receive daily instruction support in reading and writing as well as targeted interventions in executive functioning skills. Alameda International aims to recognize the unique gifts of your student and will embrace their differences while utilizing research-based instructional strategies to help them reach their full potential. The student will fully participate with their peers in AI’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework taught by highly qualified content area specialists.

Academic interventions and support are provided to ensure that language skill challenges do not prevent students from reaching their full potential. These include:

  • Direct instruction in reading and writing

  • Explicit instruction in executive functioning skills

  • Social-emotional supports/self-advocacy skills

  • Individualized accommodations to meet students’ unique needs

  • Organizational strategies (e.g., a color-coded notebook, folder system)

  • Students meet every day at Homebase with their literacy teacher for homework help and advisory support(e.g., grade checks)

Program Staff

Todd C. Ognibene, Ph.D., NCSP

Program Coordinator and Primary ContactEmail: 303-982-6440

Dr. Ognibene (Dr. O) is excited to serve as coordinator for the Bright MINDS program. He received his Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2002 and has been employed as a licensed school psychologist with Jeffco Public Schools since then, the first 10 years at the elementary level and the past nine years at Alameda International. He is passionate about helping students overcome challenges related to their academic and social/emotional functioning. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. O maintains a small private practice specializing in the assessment of dyslexia and related learning disabilities, as well as attentional disorders and executive function skill deficits, among non-Jeffco School students. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Dr. O enjoys keeping abreast of new advances in the field and discussing with others practical ways to implement evidence-based practice for the benefit of all students. When not working, Dr. O enjoys spending time with his wife, their children, and pets.

Sarah Richards

ESL TeacherEmail: 303-982-8160

Sarah grew up in Michigan, spent several years in Germany and has been in beautiful Colorado for the last 13 years. She has a varied international and domestic teaching background ranging in ages from 4th grade all the way to adult education. She started out teaching Spanish and English, then earned her Master’s specializing in English as a Second Language while living in Germany. In her 6th year at Alameda now, she’s particularly skilled at creating meaningful connections with her students so that her classroom environment allows for students to comfortably take learning risks. Sarah will be one of the trained Wilson instructors in the program and is thrilled to be part of the team opening Bright Minds at Alameda. She’s excited to welcome students with reading difficulties to help them experience success in an otherwise traditional school setting. In her free time, Sarah loves to ski or swim- depending on the season- and spend time with her two daughters (one of whom is dyslexic) and husband, in addition to their aging dog.

Andrea Arguello

Instructional CoachEmail: 303-982-7952

Andrea Arguello is a Learning Specialist and the Special Education Department Chair in her 7th year teaching at Alameda International. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education with an endorsement in Secondary Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver. Additionally, Andrea is highly qualified in English Language Arts (7-12), Social Studies (7-12), Elementary Education (K-6), Special Ed Generalist (5-21), and Reading. She is excited to serve as the Bright MINDs Instructional Coach and has helped develop the Bright MINDS program from its inception. Andrea has a passion for teaching students how to read and realize their potential academically. Andrea grew up attending Jeffco schools and has made her home in the community. Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading, golf and spending time with her family.

Jessica Thurby

Learning SpecialistEmail: 303-982-8046

Jessica Thurby will be one of the trained Willson Reading System Instructors and is Excited to be a part of the Bright MINDS program. She is a Special Education Learning Specialist at Alameda. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2017 majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education concentrating in Childhood Communication. After graduating, she continued her education, doing additional coursework to get her license as a Special education teacher as well as an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education. She is passionate about helping students learn and find success. She wants all students to be accepted by their peers and because of that, she strives for opportunities of inclusion. When she is not working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, reading books and going camping.