Board of Directors

Calling Aurora Academy Parents/Guardians!

Q. Are you looking for a way to get involved at Aurora Academy?

Q.  Have you ever attended a Board meeting?

A. Board Meetings are held each month and the Board is made up of parents just like you!  In fact, we are holding elections for the vacant seats this Fall of the 22/23 School Year!

What exactly does the Board do? It has many roles, including implementing Aurora Academy’s mission statement, establishing policies and ensuring existing policies are followed, overseeing the budget, supporting school administration and teachers, helping to adopt new curriculum, developing and maintaining a communication link to the community, just to name a few.  The Board is made up sub-committees. Why not attend a sub committee meeting to learn more?

Who can join the Board? Any parent/guardian who has a student enrolled at Aurora Academy!  No experience is necessary to attend committee and board meetings.

Where do I go to find out more? Information about the Board can be found on the school website under About Us Board of Directors

Who can I contact if I have questions? You can email [email protected] or any individual Board member

I’m interested? What now? You can find an application on the school website under the Board of Directors Board Documents

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


The Board of Directors

James Kamb

James Kamb: Executive Board of Directors - President
Term: January 2019- January 2025
Committees: GFC
[email protected]

It's exciting to have the opportunity to serve each teacher, parent and child at Aurora Academy as the President of the Board of Directors! My passion for helping teams create repeatable, effective processes that maximize decision making abilities drives me to serve in this capacity. My two children are receiving their education here, and I want their experience-and the experience of your children- to be positively impacted by great teachers and an excellent education. 

As the director of facilities maintenance at Denver Rescue Mission, I've learned that individuals who form a strong team can tackle large challenges, creating good for those in need. It's no different at Aurora Academy where our mission is to provide a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum with high academic standards for kindergarten through 8th grade students. 

Thank you for this opportunity to serve you.

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Courtnay Hazim: Executive Board of Directors - Vice President
Term: January 2020-January 2023
Committees: SAC

Courtnay Hazim has been employed as a public school teacher since 1998. She has taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade in Southern California, Missouri, and Colorado. She and her family moved to Aurora from California in 2005. During her teaching career, Courtnay has served on various school leadership teams, and has trained and mentored many new teachers. A life-long passion for reading has led Courtnay to develop and implement comprehensive Language Arts curriculum for grades K-3. She spends her free time volunteering at Aurora Academy. Currently, she serves as the chairperson of the School Accountability Committee and she is the Vice President of the Board of Directors.

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Bernadette Fleming: Executive Board of Directors - Treasurer 
Term: Expires January 2024
Committees: Finance Committee

I’m excited to return to the Board of Directors for Aurora Academy. I am a big believer in the charter school experience, and specifically in the Aurora Academy experience.  I have four sons, and all have attended Aurora Academy with my youngest currently enrolled.  I’ve learned that Aurora Academy does a phenomenal job of establishing a foundation that helps children succeed both here and as they go into their high school environment.  I think that having a K-8 school really helps kids with the adjustment into middle school. I have a BS in Accounting, and work in a leadership position at Computershare managing REO properties.   I am also the treasurer on an HOA board for a community in Aurora.   

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Laura Kirkbride: Executive Board of Directors - Secretary
Term January 2022 - January 2025 
Committees: TBD

I’m so proud to be serving on the Board of Directors at Aurora Academy. I have been volunteering in various roles at the school since my son started Kindergarten in 2016 who is now a 6th grader. I also have a daughter who is in the 2nd grade.

I work for Arapahoe County Human Services where I determine and maintain eligibility for several public assistance programs. I really enjoy helping my clients find the help that they need and I will bring the same passion to help others to Aurora Academy. This school has always felt like a second family and I want everyone at the school to feel like they have that level of support.

I was born and raised in Colorado, and specifically in Aurora. I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Health from The University of Northern Colorado.

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Kimberly Ezell: Executive Board of Directors 
Term: March 2020 - January 2023
Committees: TBD

Bio to be posted

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Tonoa L. Manuel: Executive Board of Directors 
Term: February 2021- January 2024
Committees: PTO

Wife, Mother, Community Advocate, Group Facilitator, and Lead Strategist.  

Hello, I'm Tonoa Manuel, Founder, Curator, and Lead Strategist at SIYG Consulting Firm... I'm a native of  Denver, Colorado, currently residing in Aurora, Colorado with my family, but infused with a little Midwest  swing. I lived in Colorado the first 15 years of my life and now the past six. 13 years of my life I spent in  St. Louis, Missouri, and I were definitely molded by hustle, determination, and will! The impact of what I  saw as a child, and the environment in which I was associated with, allowed me to quickly see disparity  and lack of equality. I understood that I was not the only one who dealt with the struggles of self-esteem  

and self-love, I saw that something needed to be done and opportunity could be provided for all those  that wanted and needed. I began working on myself in order to pour back into the communities that  made me who I am and what I wanted to become. With over 10 years of experience in Project  Management & Risk Mitigation, in both the private and non-profit sector, I've taken the things that I've  learned over time and built the foundation of SIYG. I hold a Masters in Criminal Justice, combined with a  B.S. in Project Management Administration. I've designed workshops for organizations geared towards  professional development, sharpening of social & emotional skills, and assisted organizations in  understanding their strategic framework and operations. 


The foundation to a lack of diversity, inequity and non-inclusive work environments is the presence of  unconscious or implicit bias. Unconscious bias brings irrelevant factors into the decision-making  process. While these influences may be unintentional, it does not change the fact that they are  fundamentally unjust. During our time together we will co-create values, priorities, objectives,  infrastructures and foundational principles and/or current foundational principles, and structure them in a  cohesive way that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, more than the normal "check box" method.  Having the privilege to work with organizations like the Colorado Department of Public Health and  Environment, Denver After-school Alliance, MBSK Colorado, Mentor Colorado, Prep Academy, Black  Business Initiative, Crowley Foundation, Steps for Success, The Latino Coalition and CU Boulder, and  many more geared towards professional development, sharpening social & emotional skills, and assisted  organizations in understanding their strategic framework and operations for a DE&I lens. I was  nominated for the 2021 Denver Urban Spectrum's African Americans Who Makes A Difference &  featured twice for community acknowledgment in Voyage Denver Magazine. SIYG Consulting Firm had  the opportunity to showcase how society can bridge the gap with our differences to elevate and grow to  the next level, with a Community Mapping Experience at TEDXMileHigh: Humankind in June 2019. Her  proudest moment was being selected to facilitate a workshop called, "Merging Intersections: How  Understanding Identity Strengthens Match Relationships," at the 2020 National Mentoring Summit in  Washington, DC. She will be attending the Summit again this January 2022, and has submitted an RFP  as a Co-Presenter with William Harris, Corporate Relations Director, with the Crowley Foundation.  Currently a candidate for the 2022 Cohort with ULFC. She is also a staunch community advocate and  supporter of small businesses and community! I enjoy traveling, bowling, and spending time with family. 

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