Who We Are
The Education Alliance of Colorado is a coalition of charter schools
and parents working together to support and protect educational
freedom in Colorado. We believe that education is a partnership
between schools and families, and that unified engagement between
these groups is the key to long-term success and healthy public
policy that supports parental choice, school autonomy, and
The Alliance is not a philosophical interest group. It is a voluntary,
nonpartisan confederation that seeks to represent and amplify
the voices of parents and their chosen schools for the purpose of
supporting policy that ensures every child has access to the kind of
high-quality education that fits him or her best.
To support and protect educational freedom through public policy that enhances parental choice and preserves the academic, administrative, and philosophical independence of Colorado schools.
That all Colorado parents have the information and ability to access a high-quality education, and that Colorado schools remain free to pursue and provide educational excellence using all tools at their disposal—curriculum, pedagogy, personnel, and administration.
What We Do
The Alliance works to ensure that its engagement is relentlessly focused on the issues that matter most to member schools and the parents they serve. When it comes to determining how and when to act, the Alliance relies on a consistent set of guiding principles:
Guiding Principles of Engagment
Mission Alignment: The Alliance will only engage on policy issues that align with its mission to support high-quality educational options through public policy that preserves and enhances the academic, administrative, and philosophical freedom of Colorado schools.
Realistic and Valuable Contribution: The Alliance will engage on policy issues only to the extent that it has the capacity to do so, and only to the extent its contribution can reasonably be expected to advance or strengthen an effort to achieve goals in alignment with the organization’s mission.
Demonstrable Impact: The Alliance will engage only on policy issues that will demonstrably impact its students, families, or member schools.
Philosophical Consistency: To provide a good example to students and parents alike, the Alliance will seek to ensure that all policy engagement is consistent with member schools’ philosophies, beliefs, and core virtues.
United Front: Prior to engagement on any policy issue, the Alliance will seek agreement among member schools regarding position, substance, and messaging so it can present a united front.
Unapologetic Defense: The Alliance will unapologetically defend member schools and the families they serve and from policies or other efforts that could undermine, disrupt, or damage educational opportunity.
Permanent Interests: The Alliance has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies in the policy space, only permanent interests aligned with preserving and enhancing educational options in Colorado. The organization will work with its partners and allies in every situation possible, but the interests of its member schools and the families they serve must always be primary.
2019 Founding Schools
The Classical Academy
Colorado Military Academy
Golden View Classical Academy
James Irwin Charter Academy
Loveland Classical Schools
Mountain View Academy
New Summit Charter Academy
Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy
Thomas MacLaren School
The Vanguard School
Board of Directors
Cortney is an economist with a Bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a Master's of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. She served 10 years as an active duty Marine prior to beginning my Master's Degree. Since then, she has worked in the oil and gas industry, the utility industry, and finally landed in education. She began her work in education as a volunteer on the Golden View Classical Academy Board of Directors, where she served as both the Secretary and the Treasurer. During her time as Treasurer, GVCA purchased their building and completed a $3.5 million construction project as part of the acquisition. Upon completion of the acquisition, she joined the Golden View team as a full-time staff member, filling the new role of Chief Financial Officer. In that capacity, she became one of the original EAC member school representatives and has enjoyed working with the EAC team for two years.
Eric Davis is a business owner in the Colorado Springs area and focuses on developing children, teenagers, and adults. He has started multiple businesses as well as a non-profit to serve his community. He has been involved in many different types of education including homeschool, private school, and public school and therefore understands the different inner workings of school systems, both good and bad. He has 2 young sons ages 6 and 2 and is passionate about developing people to their fullest potential. Eric’s main focus on the board is building the community, marketing, and helping create a culture of character development and a love for learning.
Tim Hannan has served on the Board of Directors for The Classical Academy since May 2019 . Tim has lived in Colorado since graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in 2000. Tim and his wife, Erin, have two children. Tim and Erin’s daughter Taylor will be entering second grade at Central, and their son Logan will start kindergarten in the Fall of 2020. Tim is a contracted Broker with Coldwell Banker, and he owns Hannan Realty. He is also a fly fishing guide contractor with the Broadmoor and owner of Hannan Fly Fishing.
Cullen McDowell “Mac” has been a resident of Colorado over the last ten years. Starting his teaching career as a preschool para while earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, he has been in educational roles in some form for the last 17 years. He has been a teacher, department chair, instructional leader, program coordinator, Dean, Adjunct Professor, and Principal and Executive Principal in Colorado Springs Districts 2, 11 and now 49 over the last thirteen years. During this time, he has leadership roles in the Elementary, Middle School, Alternative School, High School, and the post-secondary levels. He has master’s degree in history from CSU Pueblo and a master’s degree in educational leadership from UCCS. Mac strives to uphold the values of the Classical Movement and the impact charter schools have on families and communities. Over the last several years as Executive Principal Mac has overseen a building refinance, new construction projects, bond financing, and RMCA has earned Best Workplace and gold and silver medals for best schools in the Best of the Springs 2022. He has a strong support system of his wife Rebecca and three beautiful daughters.
Natalia Miller-Forrest is from Grand Junction on the Western Slope of Colorado. She has enjoyed teaching children for over 20 years in many capacities; private school teacher, home school parent, charter school teacher and was a Dean of Students. Natalia earned a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995 and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado Mesa University in 2014. She earned her principal license after working at a Classical Core Knowledge school for eight years. In her free time, when she is not reading a book, Natalia enjoys hiking and baking. She keeps busy with her husband and four children and their sports and school activities.
Rob served two terms on the Board of Directors of The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs from 2015 to 2021; as Treasurer (2 yrs) and Chairman (4 yrs). He is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies (2018), and an Entrepreneur who runs a Data Integration Services company he started in 2006. Rob enjoys road cycling, golf, working on his Factory Five Roadster, and spending quality time with his family.