About Us

  • Woody Longmire, Director

    Following a 13-year career in the U.S. Army, Woody, a Vietnam Era Veteran and native to Atmore, Alabama, eventually found his permanent home in Colorado Springs, CO. Though never officially graduating from high school himself (GED, 1976 – Alabama), he saw the importance of possessing a quality education. After working for the city of Colorado Springs for 12 years, he pursued a career in education, teaching at Sierra High School for five years and teaching at Pikes Peak Community College as an Adjunct Professor for 23 years before serving as the Coordinator for College Career Readiness and Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Harrison School District 2, his role prior to being promoted to Director. Woody believes that a quality education is the “Great Equalizer”. For our youth to reach their maximum potential in any path they choose, they must be College-Career Ready when they graduate from high school. With the support of his wife, Doriena, a former Vice President of Harrison School District Two Board of Education and Harrison High School Alum, and daughters Monica and Tiana – both graduates of Sierra High School (Class of 2004 and 2016, respectively) – Woody has been able to continue fulfilling his personal commitment to the goal of working toward perpetual transformation of our public education system so that it will prepare students for life-long learning in a manner that will ensure their competitiveness in a Global Society. 


     

    Melissa Smith, Secretary

    Melissa came to the CCR department by way of Harrison High School.  A proud panther graduate, she also spent 6 1/2 years as the Principal's Secretary and the Assistant Principal's Secretary.  During that time she earned the Distinguished ESP Award.  She also spent some time in the real estate field, earning her license to practice.  She enjoys time with her teenage daughter, family and friends, and traveling whenever possible.


    Nick Williams, CTE Coordinator

    Nick is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator.  As a graduate of Harrison School District 2, he is impassioned for collaborating with and advocating for learners, parents/guardians, staff, and community partners.  Mr. Williams is a licensed CTE director, K-12 principal, and business education instructor, who also works with state and federal officials to explore, implement, and help provide high-quality, in-demand, and sustainable CTE programs. As a former athletic coach, Nick enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, three adult children, and friends. He genuinely believes there are different paths to success, and one should not let any confusion, doubts, or misunderstandings get in the way of achievement.  Mr. Williams still enjoys seeing current and former students working and contributing to the overall wellbeing of the Pikes Peak region.


    Lilika Belet, Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator

    Lilika is the Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator and is passionate about serving the students of HSD2 in their journey to earn college credits while still in high school. Originally from Montana and living across the US from Hawaii to New York, Lilika has lived in Colorado since 2010 and considers it home. Lilika earned her PhD in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy from UCCS in 2021 and her Master’s of Arts in Sociology from UCCS in 2014. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Theory from Empire State College in NY and an Associates of Arts in Social Science from Jefferson Community College in NY. Lilika teaches at UCCS in the Sociology department and taught Concurrent Enrollment courses in HSD2 for 5 years before transitioning into the role of Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator.


     

    Concurrent Enrollment Liaison


     

    Jennifer (Lee) Empey, Adjunct Professor - Sociology 

    Lee is an adjunct professor in Harrison School District 2. She teaches Sociology and Advanced Academic Achievement (AAA) through Pikes Peak Community College for the concurrent enrollment program. She attended Pikes Peak Community College and then went on to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. Lee completed her graduate work at UCCS, and holds a Master of Arts in Sociology along with a Certificate in Teaching Sociology. In her spare time she loves to mountain bike with her family and explore the mountains.


    Jeff Stuber, Adjunct Professor - Building & Construction Technology

    Jeff started his construction career as an apprentice electrician in the fall of 1982, with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 540 in Canton OH. He completed his apprenticeship and became a Journeyman Inside Wireman. He worked on many projects including power plants, steel mills, and schools. Through his involvement with apprenticeship training, Jeff went on to become the Training Director at the Greater Stark County Electrical Trades Center. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education from the National Labor College in Silver Spring MD. He accepted an instructor position at Southwestern Community College in Creston IA and developed a progressive electrical program. Jeff was invited to start the construction program at the Career Readiness Academy in D2 and recently joined the PPCC construction team as an adjunct professor teaching basic carpentry and safety.<


    Lisa Wolfe, Adjunct Professor - English & Literature

    Lisa is originally from San Diego, CA, but has lived in Colorado Springs since 1999.  After receiving an associate degree from Pikes Peak Community College, she transferred to Colorado College where she focused her studies on creative writing.  After receiving a bachelor's degree in English at CC, she continued to earn a master's degree in teaching.  After teaching in District 11 for ten years, she began teaching concurrent enrollment courses at Sierra High School for PPCC and CSU Pueblo.  She has continued her education at CSU Pueblo with graduate English courses.


     

    Shawn Bower, Adjunct Professor - Automotive Technology 

    Shawn teaches Automotive Technologies. He has been in the automotive industry for over 22 years working in many different shops. He earned an ASE master degree 3 years ago. During his downtime, he builds hot rods, muscle cars, and trucks. He is a father of 6, ranging from ages 3 to 26, and really enjoys teaching.


     

    Christina (Nina) Frischmann, Adjunct Professor - History

    Nina teaches history, humanities, and mythology classes. She earned her Associates of Arts degree from Pikes Peak Community College, which is one of the reasons she enjoys teaching community college students so much. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in History and Philosophy; a master's degree in History; and a master's degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on teaching and learning in higher education - all from UCCS. She began her Ph.D. studies in Leadership, Research, and Policy in Fall 2016. She is working on her dissertation now! Nina currently teaches in the History department at PPCC, as well as in the History and Humanities departments at UCCS. She teaches History through PPCC for concurrent enrollment.


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    Adjunct Professor - English

     


     

    David I. Arrambide, Adjunct Professor - Political Science 

    David is currently an adjunct professor teaching Political Science in Harrison School District Two (HSD2) through the Senior-to-Sophomore Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo. A native Texan, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. Upon moving to Colorado Springs, David completed his graduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and holds a Master of Public Administration. He later went on to earn his State of Colorado Teacher License with an endorsement in Social Studies and has taught middle and high school courses in HSD2 for the past 10 years. Prior to entering the field of public education, David enjoyed a rewarding and successful career in non-profits providing leadership to several national youth-oriented programs. With the support of his wife Norma and son Diego, he continues to strive to encourage all his students to reach their highest potential by assuming active responsibility for their own learning by enthusiastically making strategic choices that impact their academic achievement and personal lives.


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    Adjunct Professor - Math

     


     

    Paloma Betancourt, Adjunct Professor - Multimedia Graphic Design

    Paloma is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Colorado Springs in 2013. She is passionate about arts and design and earned an Associate’s degree in Multimedia Graphic Design in May of 2019. She started teaching Graphic Design courses for PPCC the following semester after graduation and joined the Concurrent Enrollment team for HSD2 in October of 2020. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, painting, crafting, and cooking.


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    PPCC Visiting, Adjunct Professor - Computer Science