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Our mission is to deliver academic achievement, character development and social equity through an active instructional model and a strong school culture.

Rich Crockett, Board President

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Rich and Renee are the proud parents of two daughters that attend AXL. Professionally, Rich was involved in community association management for 16 years. Rich has extensive experience with property management, financial management, vendor management, and executive management of a team of 16 employees. Currently, Rich is working with a Managed Service Provider, providing IT and Technology support to businesses throughout the metro area.

Cyndi Gendreau, Board Vice-President


My family moved to Colorado in 1988 from southern California.  I grew up in Green Mountain and went to Red Rocks Community for computer science.  From there, I landed a great job at Dish Network in 2001.  The past 10 years I have been able to work remotely processing payments for a subcontractor.


I have been married to my wonderful husband for 15 years and we have one 10 year old son, in 5th grade at AXL Academy. We have lived in Aurora since 2007.  We enjoy the outdoors and hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains together.


This is our 3rd year at AXL Academy and it is the community that keeps us here.  I am excited to be a member on the board and for the opportunity to help bring this community together!


Michael Dalvit, Board Treasurer

Michael is a proud father of four and a sports fanatic. His deep interest in the state of education and commitment to ensuring that our youngest citizens get what they need to secure successful futures led him to his service on AXL’s board. He’s excited to be involved and to support his community. 


Laura McGah,  Teacher Representative


I’m originally from Long Island, New York and have lived in Aurora Co. for over 27 years now with my husband of 24 years.  I have been apart of the AXL family and community since it’s inception in 2008 where I enrolled the first our 5 children. I have been part of the AXL family for the past 11 years doing various roles and settling in as the Assistant Pre school teacher. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking my 3 dogs in Cherry Creek State Park, crafting, gardening and listening to live music.


Katrina Zerilli, Board Member


Katrina is mom to two scholars at AXL Academy and a big believer in Expeditionary Learning. She's been a supporter of the AXL community since 2019, and is excited to help scholars and crew members get the most out of their education. She loves when kids get to be creative, musical, artistic, and follow their own interests. She's lived in Colorado since 2014, lived in Oakland, CA before that, and is originally from New York. Her husband, James, is an APS Middle School teacher. 


For work, Katrina is a marketing designer making everything from websites to emails and social media posts. She volunteer's with Rebel Marketplace, a hyper-local Aurora-based urban Farmers Market that meets in Del Mar Park in the summer, and is also on the city of Aurora's Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee.

Fun fact: Katrina has a degree in Textiles and used to teach college freshmen how to spin raw sheep's wool into yarn. 


Monique Shevlin-Davis, Board Member


Coming soon!


Lisa Adams, Board Member

Lisa is a Wisconsinite who moved to Colorado with her husband of almost 20 years 11 years ago to pursue an LL.M. in Environmental Law at Denver University's Sturm College of Law.  Before moving to Colorado Lisa had obtained a Juris Doctorate at Saint Louis University.


Lisa and her husband, Tim, are the parents of a 1st grader at AXL and a 3rd grader at Quest.  Both parents are delighted to see their 1st grader thriving in the Expeditionary model of AXL.


Lisa is also a regional officer for a history non-profit organization, helps with her daughter's Girl Scout troop, keeps their Little Library stocked, and enjoys historical painting and paintmaking methods as well as hiking.

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