Barbara Miller is the Executive Director of the Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD). Since founding CELD in 2002, she and her colleagues have provided materials and opportunities that enhance civic learning for both teachers and students. CELD’s work emphasizes modeling best practice in civic education as reflected in cutting-edge research. Barbara also has hands-on classroom experience teaching ninth-grade civics as well as coordinating social studies for the Aurora Public Schools. Barbara developed and directed numerous law-related curriculum and professional development programs for the Social Science Education Consortium in Colorado, and served as a consultant to Street Law, Inc. and the Open Society Network to structure civic learning opportunities for teachers and students in Eastern Europe. 

She received her B.A. in American History and Secondary Education from Simpson College, where she now serves as a Trustee; she earned an M.A. in American history at Mankato State University.

Barbara’s view of the world was shaped by growing up on a farm in Iowa and attending a one-room school for eight years.  She participates actively in the civic life of Denver and Colorado, having served as a citizen member of several boards and advisory committees, including Colorado's Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee and a Denver City Council election reform advisory committee.  She enjoys Colorado's outdoor lifestyle, particularly downhill skiing. She is known for scaring out-of-towners by taking them on slopes that exceed their skills.




CELD’s Associate Director, Jackie Johnson, is retired from the Cherry Creek School District, having taught middle school social studies for 30 years.  As a teacher of civics and government, Jackie developed the Office of Citizen Resume as a portfolio approach to authentic assessment of civic education outcomes.  She directs the Colorado We the People Program, a CELD program funded by Congress under the Education for Democracy Act.  She has co-developed and directed three U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Group Projects Abroad Programs for Colorado teachers (Kenya, Ghana, Japan).

Jackie has published curriculum and directed professional development initiatives on civic education and global studies for a variety of educational organizations, including the Center for Teaching International Relations at the University of Denver, the


Colorado Department of Education, the Program for Teaching
East Asia at the University of Colorado.  She received her B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.A. in education with a
cognate in International Studies from the University of Colorado.

Jackie manages CELD's webpage and our Facebook and Twitter pages-- she says it keeps her young. A baseball fanatic (currently reading Baseball Haiku) with deep roots connecting her to the Detroit Tigers, Jackie also enjoys international travel, especially visiting her niece and nephews scattered throughout the world.  An aspiring cocktail pianist, her fifteen minutes of fame came when her eighth-grade students gave her the opportunity to play Nordstrom’s Steinway on her 50th birthday.





Laurel Singleton, CELD Program Associate, has worked in the field of social studies education for more than 30 years, developing curriculum materials, helping others develop curriculum, leading professional development programs for teachers, and conducting research. Among her publications are A More Perfect Union: Teaching the Constitution in the Middle Grades, Preparing Citizens: Linking Authentic Assessment and Instruction in Civic/Law-Related Education (with Barbara Miller) and C Is for Citizenship: Children’s Literature and Civic Understanding. Laurel was formerly the Associate Director of the Social Science Education Consortium in Boulder, Colorado; she also worked at a small publishing company and at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Lab.


Laurel holds degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Much to our benefit, Laurel is CELD's curriculum and proposal writer extraordinare. Her extracurricular activities include reading (check out her book review blog), cooking (Top Chef is a bit of an obsession), and hanging out with her very cute and exceptionally gifted grandchildren, Meleah and Zann.  Despite a generally cynical view of the world, she believes the Fighting Illini will win the NCAA basketball championship in her lifetime.




CELD Program Associate Gail Schatz brings a unique perspective to the CELD staff, having served as an assistant principal/learning coordinator at North Middle School in Aurora before her retirement. This experience, as well as her years teaching social studies at the high school level, gives Gail a broad view of the issues that arise when teachers implement innovative curricula or teaching strategies. A skilled facilitator, Gail has worked with civic educators not only in the United States but also Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. In addition to her work at CELD, she coordinates senior volunteers for the Aurora Public Schools.

Gail is a rarity—a third generation native Coloradan. She graduated from Denver East High School, where she honed her editing skills as the yearbook chief, and the University of Colorado.

She can regularly be found visiting her children and grandchildren in Louisville, Kentucky, and Richmond, Virginia; she is somewhat perplexed to realize her four grandchildren are all Southerners.  A dedicated skier, Gail was recently excited to learn how to body surf.




While allegedly retired, Gayna Warren works as an office manager for CELD, the Lupus Foundation of Colorado, and the Colorado Medical Directors Association.  Prior to her “retirement,” she worked for the Aurora Public Schools, providing support to the administration at North Middle School and in the special education department at the district office. Gayna is a past-president of the National Association of Educational Office Professionals. She currently serves on two NAEOP governing boards, one providing professional development opportunities, the other overseeing the association’s certification program; she also serves as the Presidential Advisor to the NAEOP 2010-2011 President and Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Regis University.

Gayna collects jewelry and enjoys crafting, particularly cross-stitch. She also likes to travel; among her favorite destinations is Central City (that fact that she and her sister were recently featured in a casino ad suggests she does not go for the opera). Her dog Alexander, the apple of her eye, keeps a low profile in the CELD menagerie but can be seen on Gayna’s Facebook page.