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Leadership

Derec Shuler is the CEO of Ascent Classical Academy Charter Schools.  He is also the founder and on the Board of Directors of Golden View Classical Academy, a K-12 charter public school located in Golden, Colorado. He was previously involved in a charter startup in Denver Public Schools and was on the Advisory Board of KIPP Colorado.  Mr. Shuler is an entrepreneur and previously worked in technology and technical operations with the US government, where he served overseas. He was a special agent and Major in Military Intelligence for the US Army Reserves.  Mr. Shuler is also a commercial pilot.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  He is proud to be a part of the Leadership Network of the American Enterprise Institute, is on the Advisory Board of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, an Education Policy Fellow for the Centennial Institute, and is a graduate of Leadership Denver through the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.  He enjoys travel, road and mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, and long-distance running.  Mr. Shuler is married with two children and lives in the mountains outside Golden, Colorado.

Kim Gilmartin is the Director of New School Development for Ascent Classical Academy Charter Schools.  She is also a founding family and serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Golden View Classical Academy, where her three children attend.  Mrs. Gilmartin is passionate about education reform and education policy and became actively involved in the Colorado charter school movement in 2014. Before starting her career in education reform, Mrs. Gilmartin was the co-founder of an Internet marketing company for several years.  Prior to that, she spent 10 years as an executive with various cable and video providers including Comcast, AT&T Broadband, TCI, and WSNet.  She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communications.  Mrs. Gilmartin is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, currently serves on the LPR Advisory Committee and is a part of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.  Mrs. Gilmartin resides in Littleton, CO with her husband and three children.