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Mrs. Grantham

The Principal of Jefferson Academy Secondary School is Ms. Heather Grantham. Ms. Grantham received her B.A. in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her Master's degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Phoenix. She completed the Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Colorado at Denver to earn her Principal License. Ms. Grantham has been at JA since January 2006.

The Assistant Principal is Mrs. Marti Porreco. She is also the Activities Director for the Junior High and High Schools. Mrs. Porreco received her B.A. in Journalism and Telecommunication from the University of Wyoming. She earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix and earned her principal licensure through the Principal Institute LLC. Mrs. Porreco has been at JA since August 2005. 

The Dean of School Culture is Mr. Maurice Williams. Mr. Williams received his B.A in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Williams is a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Mr. Williams comes to JA with 26 years of counseling, supervision, and discipline experience in the Division of Youth Services/Corrections. He is also a long-time parent and coach at JA who is committed to the vision and mission of the school. His role is to work with students and families to ensure that behavioral expectations of the school are being met and to work with faculty/staff by directing their efforts in creating a positive school culture

The Athletic Director is Mr. Craig Melville. He is excited to make the move into the JA Administration Team. Mr. Melville has been with Jefferson Academy since 2008 and has been teaching since 2005. He started teaching at a charter school in Pueblo, CO at which point he also earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. Even from those early days, he has been developing curricula for high school math and science. Since moving to JA, he taught Geometry, year-long Algebra 1, Algebra 2, AP Physics, college level Statistics and Physics, and started up the Engineering Design class. In addition to teaching, he coached baseball and has been a part of the Athletic Department helping to run our home games and helping with the behind-the-scenes work. He also served as the Instructional Coach for the school and developed the induction program for new to JA teachers. He couldn’t be more excited for this new role, and looks forward to the upcoming school year

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