Administration Bios

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Suzanne Morris-Sherer – Principal

Jean Harvey – Assistant Principal

Tyler Jensen – Dean of Culture

Benjamin Marcial – Dean of Culture

Chelsea Thiesse – 



Valerie headshotValerie Almodovar Cortez – Office Support

Valerie is one of the office support staff at McAuliffe Manual Middle School. She is very happy and excited to be a part of the founding McAuliffe Manual team . She is a Manual High School graduate and feels blessed to be able to come back to the Manual community and work to make it a better place for our children.




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Kurt Dennis – Director, McAuliffe International Schools 

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Kurt attended the University of Kansas in the early 1990s. After college, he moved to Colorado to pursue a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado. Kurt started his career in education teaching English as a second language to immigrant students at Ranum High School in Westminster, Colorado. He was a middle school and high school administrator in Westminster for four years until he moved to Denver Public Schools in July of 2011. Kurt, his wife Shelby, and their two daughters have lived in Northeast Denver since 2003. They are very excited about the opportunities presented by opening a new middle school in the community where they live. Kurt and his family love to travel and spend time outdoors.

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