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National Day of Prayer Assembly

May 4th

State Capitol

Mother's Day Tea

May 10th

Coffee Connections

May 16th @ 9 a.m.

Award's Night

Spaghetti Dinner

June 1st

Field Day and Last Day      of School

June 2nd

Costa Rica Mission's Trip

​June 11th - 18th

Summer Program

June 19th - August 4th

Plum Creek Golf Fundraiser

​August 22nd


















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Shalelia Dillard, Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher:

Shalelia was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from South High School in 2003 with a full scholarship from Daniels Fund. She attended Hampton University in Virginia, and obtained her Bachelors of Art in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. During her senior year, God called her to teaching. Shalelia completed an alternative teaching program in Austin, Texas and began teaching. Her experiences include one year teaching high school Special Education Math, four years of Preschool, three years of 6th grade Science and one year of 8th grade Science. The Lord directed her steps this year to joyfully teach 5th and 6th grade Inner City School! When Shalelia is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, listening to music and making art.

Jason Thompson, P.E. Teacher and Teacher's Aide:

​Jason is a native of Louisiana, and spent most of his childhood and formative years living in New Orleans. He served honorably in the United States Army before enrolling at Louisiana State University and ultimately transferring after surviving hurricane Katrina to the University of Memphis.  After Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Mr. Thompson completed his Juris Doctorate in 2007.   Jason practiced contracts law at the Law offices of Gail O. Mathes L.L.C. prior to changing to a career in teaching.  Today, Jason is continuing his education in pursuit of his teaching certification and licensure.  Jason and his wife of 7 years Tina attend All Saints Catholic Church in Denver and have been blessed with four beautiful children.  Jason enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor sports.

​Christine Madrid, Third/Fourth Grade Teacher:

Chris is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Inner City School. She has a B.S. in Bible and Christian Education from Houghton College and an M.A. in Elementary Education from The Colorado College. She has taught for twenty-six years in Christian schools in the Denver metro area. She has five children and a host of grandchildren. Besides teaching she enjoys studying the Bible, reading, cooking, playing tennis, and discovering yet unvisited places in Colorado with her husband Thom.

Angel Robinson, Administrative Assistant:

​​Though a native of Denver, CO, Angel spent most of her childhood through young adulthood living in Pasadena, CA. She attended both the University of Colorado-Denver and UCLA.  Angel worked in the banking and finance industries prior to beginning a career first as a stay at home mom in 2005 and then as the head chef at a local child care facility. When her son was in 2nd grade, she was looking for a Christian school that would teach him structure, build character, discipline, have small class sizes, and give him the tools he needed to be successful. ICS provided all of these tools and then some. Little did she know that this was the Lord's way of changing her career yet again.  She enjoys her job, loves the staff, and kids. She is extremely grateful to work for ICS as the administrative assistant. Today she is continuing her education in ECE, and has been dubbed the “chef” for the staff.

The Inner City School staff are dedicated and loving individuals who care about the future of our children.

Carolyn Lowe, First/Second Grade Teacher: 

Carolyn was born in San Bernardino, California. At the age of 13 her family moved to San Francisco, California. She retired from Safeway Stores, Inc., and went back to school. She graduated from Cal State University Hayward in 2003 with a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies, and a minor in Ethnic Studies. In 2005, she moved to Brighton, Colorado and worked at the Academy of Charter Schools before joining the ICS staff in 2008 as the 1st grade teacher. Carolyn has three sons and eight grandchildren. Carolyn truly enjoys being surrounded by such loving staff and a great bunch of eager students. She thanks God often for leading her to such a unique school.

Lisa Daunora, PreK/Kindergarten Teacher:

​​​Lisa Daunora was born and raised in the cornfields of Elkhart, Indiana.  She lived there for the first 14 years of her life enjoying the beautiful rivers and forests.  She moved to Denver and graduated from Green Mountain High School with a focus on music and theater.  Lisa spent much of her young adult life singing, acting, and traveling.   After becoming a Christian at a Petra/Josh McDowell concert, she attended Colorado Christian University.  Lisa graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in Speech Communications.  Soon after graduation, she traveled the world as a flight attendant for United Airlines living in Chicago and New York City.  After 911, and the birth of her son, she decided to keep her feet on the ground and worked in the non-profit sector for several years in Denver.  Lisa loved working with families and their children as a Case Manager and Family Advocate.  Lisa soon felt called into teaching and earned her Colorado State Early Childhood Teaching License while working for Denver Public Schools for 7 years.  She is honored to have been led back to her Christian roots as God directed her to teach Pre K and Kindergarten at Inner City School!  When not teaching, Lisa loves spending time with family and friends.  


Jacquelyn Graham, Principal and Executive Director: 

Jacquie was born and raised in California. She attended City College of San Francisco before moving to Denver. She received her B.A. degree in Communications from Metropolitan State College, Denver in 1981. She began her career in education in 1993 teaching High School English, History and Bible at Cedarwood Christian Academy and Heritage Christian School. In 1998, she switched careers and work in full time ministry at her church as the Administrator for 10 years. In 2007, Ms. Graham received a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Colorado Christian University and joined the Inner City School staff as Principal/Executive Director in January, 2008. Jacquelyn enjoys missionary work and has traveled extensively overseas. Jacquelyn has three grown daughters and five grandchildren. Ms. Graham believes that God directed her to Inner City School and her love for the staff, families, and students grows richer and deeper with every passing year.

Meet the Staff!