Laura has been with Colorado Early Colleges since 2009. She was the Executive Assistant to several Academic Deans at Colorado Springs Early Colleges from 2009-2011 before moving to help start Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins where she is currently the Director of Admissions and Infinite Campus (student information) Site Coordinator. Laura earned her Master’s degree in Accounting at Barry University in Miami, Florida and worked as a Certified Public Accountant prior to moving to Colorado Springs in 2002 with her husband and three boys. All three of her sons have graduated from the CEC network and have reaped the benefits of free college! She has a passion for youth and education. She was actively involved for five years in the home school community, teaching and attending workshops on learning challenges and styles. In her off time, Laura loves biking, hiking, kayaking, and just being outdoors.
John “Court”ney Sheffield – Director of Campus Culture
Court has been at CECFC since the fall of 2013. He oversees culture, discipline, and facilities. Court taught visual arts and yearbook in various high schools in Virginia, Denver, Greeley and Fort Collins for a total of 14 years. He worked with A.P. students as well as at risk students from a variety of backgrounds while teaching. Court coached Junior Varsity and Varsity soccer for both boys and girls while teaching in Denver and was awarded the Boys’ Varsity coach of the year in DPS 2005-2006. He earned his undergraduate degree from CSU in Art Education and a Master’s degree from UNC in Educational Leadership. Court has a teaching license and principals’ license. He resides in Fort Collins and is happily married with two, young children.
Collin Turbert – Director of Innovation
Collin started with Colorado Early Colleges as a Math and Science tutor in 2014. He taught math, robotics and engineering from 2015-2017 before heading up the iNNOlab, CECFC's innovation/makerspace, where he is currently the Director of Innovation. He oversees the programs and classes in the iNNOlab. In addition, he also teaches courses in electronics, woodworking and computer modeling as well as coaches our robotics team. Collin earned his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Boise State University. After taking a year off to work as a Civil Engineer he earned his Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from Colorado State University. He has always had a passion for working with young adults, working part time during the summer throughout grad school at an adventure therapy camp in Rocky Mountain National Park. He made the switch to education to pursue a more fulfilling career that would allow him to positively impact more lives. In his off time, Collin loves having adventures in the outdoors and is passionate about rock climbing.
Phoenicia Cordova – Director of Student Services
Phoenicia Cordova is all about student services and is passionate about the opportunity to build student programs in the area of Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education, English Language Development, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, 504’s, Truancy, Mental Health, Family Liaison’s, and McKinney. Phoenicia earned her Master of Education in Special Education at Eastern New Mexico University. Her undergraduate degree was in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education and Teaching English as a Second Language from New Mexico Highlands University. Phoenicia and her husband moved to Fort Collins six years ago with their two children from New Mexico. In her free-time, Phoenicia loves playing with her puppy, boxing, crafting, and exploring other countries with her family.
Brandon Whetstone – Site Technology Coordinator
Brandon joined the CECFC team in September of 2015 to help overhaul all the technology needs in both Fort Collins and across the entire CEC network. His passion for technology started at a young age when he would work on computers with his grandpa. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2013, he packed up everything and moved out west to begin the next chapter of his life. When Brandon isn’t working with computers, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé and their dog, riding bikes, and spending time in downtown Fort Collins.