Executive Director

Cindy Zimmermann has joined our administrative team as Executive Director. From her introductory letter to families and staff,

“My background ranges from being an experienced administrator, a gifted English teacher, the wife of an immigrant, and the proud mother of 5 grown kids.

Professionally, though, I am a teacher first. I moved into administration at the request of my teaching colleagues, who said, “Who else will propel and defend our mission to educate ALL kids?” Since then, I have been the teacher-leader of a group of teachers and parents who planned and implemented a small Paideia high school in Chicago under a Gates grant. We broke records for student achievement in a severely at-risk urban environment that had been immune to improvement. I have also been the lead district-level administrator for curriculum and instruction in a large charter school system that solely re-enrolled dropouts (4,000+ students).

By creating teacher and principal teams that worked on commonly agreed-upon goals, we moved the charter from struggling to the top alternative school system in the City of Chicago. I have also been the principal of a Colorado detention center school for committed youth and an assistant principal at a large comprehensive high school in Colorado. My work with teams of teachers, parents, students, and community members has been an amazing journey and one to which I am committed. I simply love and believe in kids and the teachers that serve them.”

Assistant Principal

Andi Gutteridge has been a middle school teacher at KORE since 2013 and a member of the administrative team since 2018. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education – English and Social Studies from the University of Kentucky and her Master’s degree in Special Education – Learning/Behavior Disorders from Asbury University.

In addition to her teaching and administrative duties, Andi sponsors the Girls Who Code club. She and her husband, Tony, have three sons, one daughter-in-law, two cats, and lots of LEGOs.