CareerConnect

Staff

SARAH OZEE
Sarah Ozee has been committed to the education of DPS students for fifteen years and has been a teacher at George Washington High School for the past eight years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Prior to becoming a teacher, she spent over ten years working in a variety of business environments, primarily in human resources and corporate training development. She completed her teacher certification at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her Master’s degree in Counseling/School Counseling at the University of Phoenix. She currently teaches Future Choices, Social Media Marketing & Entrepreneurship and AVID at GW.

GIDEON GEISEL
Gideon Geisel is the Career Connect Director at George Washington High School. He is from Pueblo, Colorado and is a proud graduate of both Jacksonville University and University of Denver where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and a Masters in Educational Leadership. For the past four years, Gideon has been an Assistant Principal at George Washington High School overseeing Student Services, which includes Mental Health, Discipline, Attendance and Behavior Intervention Teams. During this time, he has had the privilege of leading with the foundations that establishes the urgency and importance of relationship building with students, families and community, open communication and creating individual approaches to intervening with our most at-risk and vulnerable populations. Thus far, Gideon has been fortunate that his educational career has been spent in both the elementary and high school environments. He has had the opportunity to teach and realize how important strong rituals and routines, expectations and communication styles are not only in preparing primary grade students for progression, but also in readying high school students for post-secondary opportunities and experiences. His passion and dynamic background in the business and educational environments will allow him to continue to affect and produce successful outcomes for all students in Career Connect Programming. When not preparing students for post-secondary opportunities, Gideon enjoys travel, riding bicycles and sewing new shorts every summer.

SAM BAROTZ
Sam Barotz has been teaching business classes at George Washington High School for the past two years.  He grew up in the Denver area.  He attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate work and attended Regis University for his Masters.  He obtained his Undergraduate Degree in Economics and his Masters Degree in Secondary Education.  Before getting into education Mr. Barotz was involved in real estate, selling homes for Richmond American Homes before joining Keller Williams Realty.  Mr. Barotz still holds an active real estate license.  He also helped a local start-up grow into a successful business by being the director of sales.  Mr. Barotz got into teaching because he has a passion for seeing and helping younger people turn into young adults.  He sees the importance of teaching students the skills necessary for them to be successful outside if his classroom so they are able to succeed in real world.  Mr. Barotz is in charge of the Patriot Pairs Mentoring Program at George Washington High School, is the lead teacher for the new High School of Business curriculum and also teaches business law, accounting and entrepreneurship.

JENNIFER STOFFEL
Jen Stoffel is the Career Connect Coordinator here at George Washington High School. She is a Colorado native who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and Elementary Education Certificate from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her experiences teaching elementary school has helped her transition to working with secondary students in preparing for college and career. Mrs. Stoffel supports George students in Career Connect classrooms with job readiness training such as building resumes, interview preparation, career panels and mock interview experiences. She also worked individually with student to support their personal employment goals. She has provided many students the opportunity to experience life outside of George on college tours, work site visits and other special events and will continue that work through the Career Connect Program moving forward. Outside of school Mrs. Stoffel enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.