Welcome to Canon Exploratory School (CES)! This is an exceptional school with exceptional staff and students. My name is Kelly Albrecht and I’m thrilled to be the principal of this school. If you are a current member of the CES family, I hope you will stop in and see me the next time you are in the building. If you a potential new member of our community, welcome! Take the time to explore our excellent website and get to know who we are. Please contact us for more information or any questions you may have.
Allow me to introduce myself: I have been in the business of educating children for over 29 years. I am married to a lifetime educator who teaches choir at our local high school and have two grown children. I began my career as an elementary music teacher, and then moved into the classroom after 13 years teaching primarily 5th grade--first in Pueblo Schools and then at McKinley. I came to CES as a 5th/6th grade teacher the year we opened and then was instrumental in the creation of our Middle School before leaving to be the Dean of Students at Washington. I returned to CES as the principal last year. Coming back to CES is like coming home. I love the people, the families, and the work we get to do here.
As I stated earlier, CES is a special place! We are a ‘school of choice’ so all of our students and families have chosen to be a part of the Exploratory School. Exploratory Learning is a concept that began in 1992 when Molly Merry wrote a grant for funding through the Colorado Department of Education to provide an alternative form of education for students who needed something different than the traditional models. From the beginning, this school’s mission has been to create an environment where each child can meet his/her greatest potential in their education. We believe in learning through real world experiences, integration of content/standards, feeling safe enough to take a risk and possibly fail, and learning through choices and the resulting consequences—positive or negative. We have one-to-one technology with each of Kindergarten through 8th grade student having their own laptop or netbook. Our students each work on projects that we now call Explorations where they use their passion to learn more about a topic through research and questioning, develop a product, and then teach others. Additionally, our school is multi-age and broken up into smaller communities replicating small schools within the larger school to provide a family-like environment where our students and teachers know each other very well and grow up together through their years in school here.