Aspen Academy names new Associate Head of School

Aspen Academy, a leading Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade educational institution, announced the appointment of Dana Kohls as the new Associate Head of School, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. This appointment comes as part of Aspen Academy’s strategic efforts to enhance its leadership structure, respond to the increasing need for durable skills in elementary and middle school education, and ensure continued excellence in education and community experience.

Mrs. Kohls brings with her a wealth of experience in education, having served as Aspen Academy’s Director of Lower School for the past seven years, where she has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation within the early and elementary programs. With over 27 years of experience as an educator and administrator, Mrs. Kohls has consistently fostered a culture of excellence, collaboration, and community among students, faculty, and families.

In her new role as Associate Head of School, Mrs. Kohls will serve as the Chief Academic Officer, responsible for leading and managing the academic program and team. This appointment follows a rigorous international and national search, in which nearly a hundred candidates were considered and interviewed over a three-month period involving teachers, staff, directors, students, and founders.

“We are thrilled to have Mrs. Dana Kohls assume this new position of Associate Head of School at Aspen Academy,” said Kristina Scala, Founder and President. “Her extensive experience, passion for education, and commitment to cultivating a positive and supportive learning environment make her an ideal candidate for this role. We believe that her leadership will further enhance our vision and commitment to academic excellence while benefiting our students, families, and team members as we equip students with durable skills for a lifetime of success.”

Mrs. Kohls holds a Bachelor of Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology. She is highly regarded nationally for her expertise in mathematics and literacy development and has received numerous grants and awards for her leadership and professional development in these areas.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Kohls has demonstrated a proven track record in designing and implementing engaging and effective curriculum, assessments, and instruction that empower students to realize their full potential and foster a love for learning, growth, and leadership.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed as the Associate Head of School at Aspen Academy,” said Mrs. Kohls. “I look forward to continuing to work with the talented students, faculty, and staff, to build upon the school’s exceptional academic foundation and continue our commitment to creating a holistic learning experience that prepares students for a successful future with life skills from fortitude and leadership to communication and critical thinking. Every child possesses a unique combination of strengths and interests. Education should provide opportunities to capitalize on those strengths and differentiate for the needs of all learners by providing a multi-layered, rigorous, and engaging curricular experience.”

About Aspen Academy

Aspen Academy in Greenwood Village, Colorado, is a renowned educational institution committed to providing an extraordinary educational and community experience for its students, families, team members, and alumni. With a focus on innovation and academic excellence, Aspen Academy cultivates a positive and supportive learning environment that prepares students with the durable skills and attitudes necessary for academic and life success. To date, students have launched more than 400 student-run businesses. Learn more at