Meet Our Faculty
HighPointe Academy has assembled a very qualified and loving team of instructors and administrators to educate, train, care for and challenge our clients. These supportive team members are extremely dedicated and led to safely serve clients with intellectual disabilities.
The faculty of the Academy program has experience with a variety of learning styles of people with intellectual disability diagnoses. It is the objective of the Academy program to creatively plan successful learning experiences for all clients and to consistently reinforce the clients’ enthusiastic motivation for participation and further growth. There are high expectations for each individual and it is a joy to see successes celebrated each day!
Sandy Polizzotto, Academy Director
Sandy joined HighPointe in 2015. She has always had a heart for teaching and began at a very early age teaching during high school and college. She has a B.S. in Education and MFA in Choreography/Dance. Sandy began her career writing training material while in graduate school. She was the Director of Training for a restaurant company for 13 years and was a Special Education teacher for 10 years.
Sandy is married and has two children, one with intellectual disabilities. After years of learning how to navigate through the disability community, she decided to combine her corporate and educational experience to pursue her passion of working with children/adults with disabilities to help them reach their greatest potential and to be as independent as possible.
Through the years Sandy has participated with many organizations in training and education. She has coached Special Olympics, served as Chair and Mentor for the Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee, and currently serves as the Co-Chair on the Family Support Council at Developmental Pathways.
Tina Baker, Centennial Program Instructor
Tina joined HighPointe in 2012. She has been a teacher for over 25 years working in schools and day programs. She previously worked as a supervisor of a non-profit preschool and elementary day program. Before becoming an instructor at the HighPointe Academy she was the Manager of the Experience and. Tina is a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant.“I am a HighPointe Academy instructor because I love the opportunity to make a difference! I recognize each client’s ability, not disability. I seek to encourage, support and help them pursue their own personal growth. My clients are challenged to be respectful and motivated students so that they will be in position to excel in the lives.”
Tosha Benjamin, Centennial Program Instructor
Tosha joined HighPointe in 2016. She has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities since 2000.
“The reason I work for HighPointe can be found in Proverbs 31:8 ‘Speak out for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and needy!’ This isn’t a job for me! This is a part of my Calling. I expect my students to reach their greatest potential in life through the lessons taught in and out of class. My hopes are that they will prove the naysayers wrong by accomplishing their life goals.”
Cindy Goyette, Centennial Program Instructor
Cindy joined HighPointe in 2016. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and worked 16 years for Douglas County School District (DCSD). She has 12 years of experience working directly with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was a teacher for the DCSD Professional Development Team teaching adults and was a staff mentor for 8 years. Cindy is a mother of two daughters and has been married for 29 years. Last but not least, Cindy is a breast cancer survivor and supports other women in their journey.
“I’ve been with HighPointe for two years now and have enjoyed stepping out of my box and teaching adults with disabilities instead of elementary age with disabilities. I have learned from them as much as they have learned for me. I went into the educational field because I wanted to make a difference in a child’s life. Now working with adults, I still feel that I am making a difference in a child’s life only they are grown-up now. I enjoy working with this population and see them grow and learn. I enjoyed being at HighPointe Academy and passing on my knowledge of life and job skills to my clients. I expect them to be open-minded and to try to step out of their box even though it may feel uncomfortable to them. Our classroom is a safe environment for the clients to be able to talk freely and open up with their teammates.”
Emaleigh Renier, Fort Collins Program Instructor
Emaleigh is a 2016 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a major in Human Development and Family Studies. Upon graduation, she served as an Employment Consultant for Project SEARCH in the Washington, D.C. area.