Meet Our Team

  • School psychologist introduction: 

    Dr. Mindy Hartley


    My name is Mindy Hartley. I am the school psychologist at the Challenge School. This is my 18th fall at Challenge! I received my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. I moved to Colorado Springs in 1995 for my pre-doctoral internship in District 20 in Colorado Springs before starting my career in the Aurora Public Schools. I moved to the Cherry Creek School District in 1999 and worked at various schools from grades K-12. My experience at Challenge has made me an expert in working with gifted and advanced students. I love their curiosity, creativity, and passion for learning. I believe developing empathy, social problem solving skills, and executive skills are as important academic skills. I truly believe we are educating the future leaders and innovators of our country at Challenge.

    In addition to being a school psychologist, I am the mom of two teens identified as GT. I can empathize with the ups-and-downs of parenting a GT student. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and teens, spending time with friends, reading, power walking, seeing live music, and going to the gym.


    School counselor introduction:

    Emily Thomas


    Hello Challenge Families, 

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself if we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet! My name is Emily Thomas and I am the K-8 School Counselor at Challenge. This is my second year at Challenge, and I am so grateful to be a part of this inspiring and inclusive community. 

    My passion for school counseling began during my time as a student at Colorado State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education, and then at Adams State University where I earned my Master of Arts in School Counseling. I have always enjoyed building positive relationships with students and discovering ways that I can help them be their best selves. What I love most about the elementary and middle school levels is the genuine curiosity students have in their learning and the world around them, as well as the opportunity for early intervention support that can have a lifetime positive impact on a child. 

    As a school counselor, my primary responsibilities are to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. I look forward to offering support to the Challenge students, staff, families, and community. 


    Both Dr. Hartley and Ms. Thomas are available to:

    • Meet with students individually for brief counseling support
    • Meet with students in small groups for social/emotional learning and building executive functioning skills
    • Help with classroom social/emotional learning lessons
    • Collaborate and support families and staff with the 504 process
    • Collaborate with teachers and staff regarding interventions, social/emotional learning, mental health, and executive functioning 
    • Provide resources
    • Advocate for student needs
    • Analyze data to identify student issues, needs, and challenges
    • Consult with the district and community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of students 

    Please contact Dr. Hartley specifically for support, questions, and concerns regarding:

    • The special education/IEP process
    Dr. Hartley: (720) 747-2119 and/or

    Please contact Ms. Thomas specifically for support, questions, and concerns regarding:

    • High school registration 
    • High school transition process
    • Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP)
    Ms. Thomas:  (720)747-2157 and/or  

    We are so excited to work with your children and get to know you throughout the school year!

    To join Dr. Hartley and Ms. Thomas' Schoology page with resources for students, staff, and parents/guardians, use the access code: 572X-F3HN-6QPST


Last Modified on August 26, 2020