Principal  Mr. Alex Marquez:
Alex Marquez has been in the education field since 1990 and has worked as Principal at JICHS since the summer of 2008. In addition to administration, Mr. Marquez teaches Character & Ethics, a required course for all JICHS students. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1987, a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University in 1990, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2003. Mr. Marquez holds Colorado professional licenses in education for K-12 music and school administration. Prior to his role as Principal at James Irwin Charter High School, Mr. Marquez’s career included one year as an elementary music teacher, seven years as a middle and high school Director of Bands, and seven and a half years as a school principal. His career also includes stints as a county manager for crisis counselors in Project HOPE, a bank trainer, and editor of a small newspaper.

Mr. Marquez met his wife, Ruthie, in 1985 and they have been happily married since 1990. They have four boys ranging in age from 13 to 19, and stay busy managing a small urban farm in their own city backyard complete with a garden, chickens and goats. Their two oldest sons graduated from JICHS in 2018 and 2019. While in Florida, Mr. Marquez was involved in several community theater productions and a brass quintet. He co-wrote two plays and several television scripts with his long-time writing partner and friend, who is a principal in North Dakota. In 2004, one of their sitcom pilots placed in the semi-finals of a script competition. Their next endeavors include a motion picture script, a self-published novel series and several short video projects for a local production company. Mr. Marquez hopes one day to be able to contribute scripts and books that are family-friendly, yet meaningful and inspiring. During the spring of 2016, Mr. Marquez returned to the stage after a 15-year hiatus to play George Banks in the Forestgate Community Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins. Currently, Mr. Marquez is the Dean and a professor for Outlier University, an education ministry of the church he attends. Mr. Marquez immensely enjoys teaching an Outlier University class he created called Breakthrough to Better Relationships. He is a certified trainer and consultant for Strata Leadership, a company that provides character education and seminars for schools, businesses and civic organizations across the United States and abroad. 

While enjoying his role as Principal of JICHS, Mr. Marquez also loves dating his wife, spending time with his sons, writing, playing piano, singing, traveling, playing board and video games, and serving as a Bible teacher and counselor. After living in Florida his entire life, Mr. Marquez and his family moved to Colorado Springs in the summer of 2006. He states, “We absolutely love Colorado! James Irwin Charter High School is an incredible place where the staff and parents team up to do what’s best for the students. The mission of JICHS, to develop students’ character and academic potential, is lived out each day in a real way with amazing teachers who truly care. I’m so excited to be part of one of the top schools in Colorado and feel incredibly blessed to serve alongside the best and finest faculty and staff anywhere.” 

Ashmore Sam Government and Economics
Baker Sarah English and Photo-Journalism
Bears Joy English
Brueggemann Grace English
Burnett Margie Character & Ethics
Burnside Ron Mathematics
Byrd Anthony Physical Education
Collins Marne Choir
Downing Jim History
duMaine Pam Mathematics
Frisinger Dotti English
Glosup Janna Band
Greene John History
Hillman David History
Johnson Beth Science
Jordan Shannon English
Kern Katie Mathematics
Marquez Alex Character & Ethics
McGuire Joanne Mathematics and Science
Mitchell Suzan Art
Mouzaoir Lilian Foreign Language – French
Murphy Jason Mathematics
Ocasio Omar Foreign Language – Spanish
Prewitt Brandon Foreign Language – Spanish
Reeve-Lobaugh Aaron Science
Riden Linda History
Riley Shauna Science
Tomlinson Mike Computer Science
Tustin Jenna Science and Physical Education
Batteiger Dawn Assistant Principal
Burnett Margie Assistant to the Dean of Students
Fish Anne Assistant Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator
Marquez Alex Principal
Pope Tina Administrative Assistant
Prusinowski Mike Athletic Director
Ramsey Linda Front Office Secretary
Rohde Jan Assistant Athletic Director
Tafoya Nikki Dean of Students
Wagner Nicole Attendance Secretary
Wagner Rob College and Career Counselor
Williams Nancy College and Career Counselor
Winters Leonard Librarian and Textbook Coordinator