Angela Keedy, Upper School Principal, (9-12) East Campus

Angela Schendel Keedy, Upper School Principal at Vanguard Classical East, earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Flute Performance from the University of Montana. Additionally she earned a Masters in Music from the University of Northern Colorado.  She recently served as the Interim Executive Director of Vanguard Schools.

Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Keedy has served as assistant principal and principal at Union Colony Preparatory School in Greeley. She is most recently a founder and the principal at the newly opened Union Colony Elementary School in Evans, Colorado.

Ms. Keedy has taught in all areas of music including band, choir, orchestra, jazz, and general music. Her students and ensembles have been featured on NBC Nightly News, been invited to perform at the Beijing Olympics, and collaborated with the Wally Cardona Dance Quartet on a National Endowment for the Arts grant project that was performed in New York City to critical acclaim.

Jay Cerny

Jay Cerny Lower School Principal, (K-8) East Campus

John H. “Jay” Cerny has taken over the position of Interim K-8 Principal for the Vanguard Classical School East Campus.  Mr. Cerny recently retired as the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Creek Academy (CCA), a K-8 Core Knowledge charter school in Englewood, CO, which also focuses on academic achievement, inclusion, and character development.

Mr. Cerny began his professional career as a petroleum geologist, receiving his undergraduate degree (Geology) from Colgate University and his MS (Geology) from Southern Methodist University, where he met his wife Laura. Mr. Cerny began his "first career" working for EXXON in Midland, Texas. For nine years, he prospected and drilled 88 oil wells in Texas, New Mexico, N Dakota, S Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana. During his last few years with EXXON, he prospected and drilled directional and horizontal wells.  As exciting and challenging as that was, it was not enough.  After seeing the impact that his mother and father-in-law made as career teachers, Mr. Cerny decided he wanted to make more of a tangible impact and was ready for a change.  In 1994, he left EXXON, moved to Fort Collins, CO, and enrolled in the Colorado State University Department of Education/ Teacher Licensure.  He spent the 1994-95 school year earning an additional degree in Education with a Secondary Science endorsement.

After student teaching at an alternative public school (CHOICE) in Boulder and interviewing during the 1994 infancy of the Colorado charter school initiative, Mr. Cerny came to realize that the principles of the charter school movement aligned very closely with his own.  He began his career as an educator in 1995 at the newly-formed Eagle County Charter Academy (ECCA) as their initial 7/8 science teacher.  Mr. Cerny taught Science and Character Education for six years and was asked to become the ECCA Principal in 2001. He received his second graduate-level endorsement in Education with an emphasis in Principal Licensure/Leadership from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 2002.  For ten years, Mr. Cerny helped lead ECCA through many stages of development including being co-writer of a B.E.S.T. grant that led to the construction of an $11M state-of-the-art facility upgrade.

In April 2011, Mr. Cerny accepted the Principal/Chief Executive Officer position at Cherry Creek Academy (CCA), where he led that school through numerous academic and operational phases.  During his time there, CCA was consistently ranked as a top 1% school in the state of Colorado, including one year as the #1 Elementary/Middle school in Colorado.  Mr. Cerny also oversaw the development and construction of a $5.5 gymnasium and classroom demolition/reconstruction project, which was finalized in May of 2018. 

In May 2013, Mr. Cerny received his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver.  Mr. Cerny and his wife Laura recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary.  Mrs. Cerny is self-employed as a commercial interior designer, a career she has practiced since 1983.  Mr. Cerny and his wife are the parents of three adult children that are that are all charter school graduates from Eagle County Charter Academy.  Austin received both his BS (Aerospace Engineering) and MS (Computer Science) degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Madison received her BS (Psychology) from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  Garret also graduated from Dickinson College where he received his BS (Biology) just this past May.

Outside of his school leadership responsibilities, Mr. Cerny continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) including four years as the CLCS board chair and one year as the vice-chair.  During his time on the CLCS board, Mr. Cerny has worked with CLCS directors, policy advisors, and Colorado legislators to push for fair and equal funding for all charter school students, culminating with the successful passage of CO Senate Bill 1375 in May of 2017 which assures that Mill Levy funding is shared equally by school districts with all 230 Colorado charter schools.

Although Mr. Cerny formally retired from CCA through the Colorado Department of Education at the end of the past school year, he remains actively licensed as both a Colorado Principal and a Secondary Science Teacher.  As a retired principal he looks forward to helping charter school leadership teams when the need arises.  As such, he considers himself an advocate for all charter school students, teachers, and parents.  His interim role at Vanguard Classical School East is his first since his retirement.

Mr. Cerny’s hobbies include reading, skiing, soccer, hockey, guitar, music and rare book collecting.  As a scientist, he also has a strong passion for anything to do with NASA and the space race.  His immediate and extended families enjoy vacationing in southwest Florida – particularly on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  He is still in search of the ultimate seashell discovery - the rare spotted “Junonia.”

Marvra Winner

Marvra Winner, Lower School Principal, (K-8) East Campus

Ms. Winner is the Assistant Principal for K-8 at Vanguard Schools East.

Prior to working at Vanguard, Ms. Winner was a special education teacher for nine years.  She most recently was a school leader in the Falcon School District for two years.  Additionally, she served in the United States Air Force for seven years.

She received a Masters Degree in Special Education.Additionally, she has obtained a Master's certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Most recently she has completed the requirements of School Leaders of America's Troops to Principals Program.

Ms. Winners is married and has two children.She values the time she has with her family. She looks forward to watching our students soar to new heights.