Joe Mehsling – Director  

This is Mr. Mehsling’s fourth year as TPCA’s Director.  Joe taught, coached and served as Assistant Principal at Sunset Middle School and Silver Creek High School. He spent ten years as Principal of Altona Middle School where he and his team received the John Irwin Award and the Governor’s Distinction Award, in addition to being designated a School to Watch by the Colorado Association of Middle Level Educators. He was named the Colorado Middle School Principal of the Year in 2012.

Second only to good parenting, Mr. Mehsling believes public education plays a critical role in developing good citizens with outstanding character. He also fundamentally agrees with TPCA’s mission and core philosophies.

After high school, Joe spent six years as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder majoring in political science and history, graduating magna cum laude. He later obtained his M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

When not at work Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary Katherine, who is also an educator. He is happiest in the great outdoors; hunting, fishing, gardening, and beekeeping. As a Colorado native, he’s a huge Broncos fan!

Joe is excited to be a part of the TPCA family and looks forward to leading the school in its next phase of excellence. 


Amber Coniff – Elementary Principal  

This is Amber’s third year at TPCA.  As the K-5 Principal, Amber loves being a member of the TPCA community, where the staff, students and families work together to support a productive learning environment. She feels strongly that charter schools founded in strong character and academics open the doors of opportunity for its students.

Amber graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver and began her elementary teaching career in 1994. She had the opportunity to teach core knowledge in kindergarten through sixth grade. As she pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver, she worked as the Dean of Students and eventually the Assistant Principal of The Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster.

Amber is a Colorado native and grew up in the Arvada area. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Thornton with their teenage son, Caden, and their three dogs. Their daughter, Jacey, attends college in California. Amber enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.


David Yu – Secondary Principal  

As 6-12 Principal, Mr. Yu is excited to be a part of TPCA. Ten years ago, he began working with schools across the nation to build  a coherent and viable mathematics program. He has worked with schools in Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota,,and Washington DC. ,

David grew up in Denver and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in mathematics. He has a concentration in actuarial science and education. David has been teaching mathematics for 16 years. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of Education at Loveland Classical Schools for three years.

David and his wife, Tabitha, have two children; Zoe is ten and Ethan is eight. David is excited to be a part of TPCA as the Secondary Principal.


Doug Bean – Operations Manager  

Mr. Bean is entering his twelfth year at TPCA and his first as the Operations Manager. He is very enthused to work with a dedicated staff, hard-working students, supportive parents, and a caring community. 

He oversees  safety and security, the facility to ensure it is at its best for learning, and coordinates our technology plan with the SVVSD and Viatek.

He believes in The Six Pillars of Character (Respect, Citizenship, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Caring, and Responsibility) and partnering with families to get students headed in the right direction while they are at school – and for the rest of their lives. His top priority: to make certain each of our students receive a high quality education in a positive environment.

Doug lives in Longmont with his wife, Tami, and their three kids, Keegan, Karson, and Jewel. When he’s not at TPCA, he can be found at his kids’ sporting events, fishing, or working at summer camp. He was born and raised in the great state of Kansas where he attended college in Manhattan, Kansas, The Little Apple. 

He feels honored to be part of the team at TPCA and is always excited about the successes we achieve together. Go Timberwolves!


Alycia Burns – Assistant Principal, 6-12  

This is Alycia’s eighth year at TPCA, and her second as the Dean of Character. Alycia is excited to begin this new role and continue to be a part of the TPCA community. 

After starting her teaching career at Brush Middle School, she began her career at TPCA as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher.  In 2014, she moved into the secondary interventionist role. 

Alycia graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in education and will forever be a Ram at heart.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado Denver.

Alycia is a Colorado native. She currently resides in Berthoud with her husband, Colin, and their two young daughters, Brailyn and Rylee.  She loves to ride her four horses and spend time with her family.

She is passionate about the mission of the school and grateful to be a part of the TPCA  team.


Cameron Wright – Athletics & Activities Coordinator  

This is Mr. Wright’s  third year at TPCA . He came to us after two coaching stints at Skyline High School as the head basketball coach for the 2015/16 season. He immediately felt right at home. Cameron is now the Athletics and Activities Coordinator as well as a middle school PE teacher.

Coach Cameron is looking forward to building the athletic program and creating an atmosphere of school pride around that program. He wants the whole district to know that we have great kids at TPCA . Go Timberwolves!

Cameron’s two sons, now 24 and 22, spent their early school years at TPCA


Amy Anderson – Human Resources  

Amy has over 25 years experience in human resources and benefits administration.  A self-described “benefits geek,”she enjoys reading trending topics and attending seminars to keep current in the ever-changing world of benefits and employment law. 

She started in Human Resources during the 2006 – 2007 school year and she’s just as passionate about all things HR as she was at the beginning of her career.  Her favorite thing about her job?  Never repeating the same day twice.

Amy studied psychology while attending the University of Colorado on a track scholarship.  She can still be found on the track volunteering during the season at her daughter’s high school. 

Amy spent her childhood in Niwot, and aside from ten years in Orlando, has spent her adulthood in Longmont where she lives with her daughter, Rylee.

Amy’s favorite activity is watching her daughter compete in volleyball and track. She can’t wait to continue supporting her as she takes her competition to the next level in college next year.  She’s proud to call herself a Timberwolf and is excited about the direction of TPCA.


Lisa Mansfield – Director/BOD Secretary  

This is Lisa’s third year at TPCA.  Prior to that, Lisa worked in the St. Vrain Valley School District for over 20 years in administrative support.  She enjoys working with staff, administrators, and students to build a culture that values respect, acceptance, accountability, and fun!   

 Originally from Kansas, she considers Colorado home after living here for 30 years.  When not at work, you’ll find her in the great outdoors, running ultra marathons, fly-fishing, cycling, or rock climbing.  Lisa lives in Niwot with her husband Bill, and her son Collin who is currently attending college at NAU Northern Arizona University


Theresa Boen – Special Education Facilitator/Assistant Principal, K-5  

As the School Special Education Facilitator, Theresa is an active member of the TPCA community, where the staff, students and families work together to foster a positive learning environment. She feels strongly that charter schools founded in strong character and academics through core knowledge open doors of opportunity for our students.

Theresa graduated from Anderson University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  In 2008 she completed a graduate program at the University of Northern Colorado with an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology.  She worked as a school psychologist and Dean of Special Education for nine years, prior to coming to TPCA.  (Could we say where she worked as a school psychologist and Dean of Special Education?)

Theresa is a Colorado native, and grew up in Northern Colorado..  She and her husband, Braidy, currently live in Frederick. Theresa has two adult children, and two grandchildren.  Theresa and Braidy enjoy spending time with their family, traveling, camping, and riding their motorcycle on the weekends.