Colorado Charter School Institute

Colorado Charter School Institute

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is a statewide charter school authorizer committed to fostering a portfolio of high-quality school options that use innovative educational designs to meet the needs of all students.

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Meet Lauren Martinez

Teacher Ambassador

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Teaching at Mountain Song and as part of the Charter School Institute has been a rewarding experience. Charter schools offer a community that includes students, families, educators, support staff members and administrators all working toward similar ideals in education. There is more freedom to approach education differently, depending on the population that you serve and the focus of each individual school, while still being held to the same standards of performance that traditional public schools are held to.

Lauren Martinez



  • Ashland University


    Why I Teach

    I teach because I am passionate about the students I work with. My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe place where all students feel accepted, cared for, supported and challenged to grow in all areas. As a special education teacher, the social/emotional well being of my students is just as important as their academic growth. I do this by focusing on relationships, utilizing multi-sensory approaches to individualized instruction and implementing research-based strategies to support students in their classrooms. I chose the charter school that I currently work in because of its holistic approach to education.

    Mountain Song's mission is to nurture the body, mind and heart of each student. It takes a team to implement that mission statement at Mountain Song, and I am thankful to work with an amazing team of professionals. These colleagues also inspire me to keep going day to day. Teaching requires dedication, organization, flexibility, love, patience and a willingness to continue learning and growing as a professional. I am constantly learning something new from the families and students I work with, and I find it so rewarding to watch these students find success at Mountain Song. I am part of a community that cares about children and wants to see them succeed...that is what teaching is all about!

    Not yet a licensed teacher? Don't worry! You can still apply for a teaching position today. Learn more about Colorado's alternative licensure pathway here.

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