College-Career Readiness Staff
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 for the past seven years, his role prior to being promoted to Director.
Woody believes that 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 of 33 years, Doriena, a former Vice President of Harrison School District Two Board of Education, 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 grew up in Colorado Springs and is a proud Harrison High School graduate. She has previously worked in the real estate industry and has spent over 6 years at Harrison High School as the Principal’s Secretary and the Assistant Principal’s Secretary, where she earned the Distinguished ESP designation. In her spare time, she likes to travel, do fun things with her teenage daughter and spend time with family and friends. She also supports several animal advocacy organizations, traveling to visit them as she can.
Ali Duran, Coordinator of Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Adjunct Professor - Early Childhood Education
I am a proud Michigan State University graduate with a B.S. in Merchandising Management and an M.A. in Education. I came to Colorado to pursue my dreams of being a buyer for the Broadmoor Golf Club. I have spent years in the business industry and landed into the position of teaching young students the ins and outs of the business world. I truly can’t envision myself anywhere else than the classroom! Along with teaching Marketing, I also teach my other passion for Early Childhood Education. I firmly believe that every student has a path, and we as educators need to help them discover it.
Lilika Belet, Concurrent Enrollment Site Coordinator
Adjunct Professor - Sociology
Lilika Belet is the Concurrent Enrollment Site Coordinator and an adjunct professor in Harrison School District #2. She teaches Sociology through the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and Advanced Academic Achievement through Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) for the concurrent enrollment program.
Professor Belet graduated with her Associates of Arts in Social Science from Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York and with her Bachelor of Science in Social Theory, Social Structure and Change from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She went on to graduate from UCCS with her Master of Arts in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Sociology and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy also at UCCS.
Professor Belet has taught at UCCS in the Sociology department since 2014 and at PPCC in the Sociology department since 2015. She has taught concurrent enrollment in District #2 since 2015 as well as at several other school districts in the Pikes Peak region.
DJ Barela - Concurrent Enrollment Counselor
DJ is the Concurrent Enrollment Counselor for Harrison School District 2. In this role, DJ is hoping to ensure that any qualifying student from Harrison High School or Sierra High School has access to Concurrent Enrollment courses to obtain college credit while earning high school credits. DJ is also a licensed cosmetologist and does hair part-time from her home.
DJ graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining with a minor in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. She worked for several years in south Colorado Springs as a Product and Process Engineer for Eagle Picher Technologies following college graduation. Shortly after working as an engineer, DJ became an Account Manager for 5 national accounts for a local fulfillment center. DJ decided she wanted to work with kids. DJ has been a 7th/8th-grade science teacher in south Colorado Springs. DJ has done multiple other jobs since, but her favorite job has been being a mom. Once she was married and had children, DJ worked evenings in her in-home salon for 10 years. When her youngest child started school, DJ began tutoring for AVID in south Colorado Springs. She enrolled in the MA program for Counseling with a Specialty in School Counseling at Adams State University in 2012. Upon completing that program, she began working in Harrison School District 2 at High School Prep Academy. She has also been a School Counselor in District 49. Most recently, she was the Counselor at Career Readiness Academy in District 2.
DJ is so excited to begin this new journey as the Concurrent Enrollment counselor in the district.
Molly Cotner, Adjunct Professor - Sociology
Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Colorado State University-Pueblo. After working as a television news producer and later as a morning show radio DJ, she went on to graduate with her Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Molly is currently an instructor in the Sociology and Women and Ethnic Studies departments at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She teaches Advanced Academic Achievement and Sociology through Pikes Peak Community College for concurrent enrollment.
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
I attended Pikes Peak Community College where I earned an Associate's Degree in 2000. After graduating from PPCC, I attended Colorado College where I earned a Bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. I continued on at Colorado College and earned a Master's Degree in Secondary Teaching. I taught middle school for eight years for Colorado Springs School District 11. In 2013, I began teaching at Pikes Peak Community College in the concurrent enrollment program for Harrison School District 2. I am now teaching composition and literature at CSU Pueblo for Harrison School District 2.
Stacy Wallace, Adjunct Professor - Criminal Justice
Shawn Bower, Adjunct Professor - Automotive Technology
PPCC Visiting, Adjunct Professor - Communications
PPCC Visiting, Adjunct Professor - Computer Science