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The Briefings: A National School Safety Symposium 

April 13, 2015 | Manassas, VA | Registration

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Frank DeAngelis

Principal, Columbine High School

Frank DeAngelis has been a staff member at Columbine High since 1979, starting as a Social Studies teacher and filling the roles of Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Assistant Football Coach before becoming the Principal in 1996. Frank is a Colorado native, completing his K-12 education in Denver-area schools, proceeding to graduate from Metropolitan State College and subsequently from the University of Colorado with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies.

Frank has been involved in numerous professional activities and associations, and has received multiple awards for his coaching and leadership skills. He has also been called upon to speak about recovery after a school tragedy at a variety of conferences, and has assisted as a consultant after a number of other violent school events.

John-Michael Keyes

Executive Director, I Love U Guys Foundation

John-Michael represents The “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. His professional career has included graphic design, software development, and workflow analysis. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety. The Keyes family’s response to the events at Platte Canyon High School was immediate support for first responders and compassionate outreach to law enforcement.

John-Michael’s presentation includes powerful reminders of the importance of school safety, the recognition that no school is immune, and offers free resources available to districts, departments and agencies. 

A.J. DeAndrea

Sergeant – Arvada Police Department Jeffco Regional SWAT (Retired)

A.J. is an 20-year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department. He was Entry Team Leader at Columbine High (1999) and Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO (2004). He helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School (2006). Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired. DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission shootings (2007). This was an active shooting at a youth mission training center where four young adults were shot, two of whom died.

Sergeant DeAndrea is a certified Explosive Breacher, Master Less Lethal Instructor and a Colorado POST certified instructor for the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Training Academy and the Red Rocks Community College Law Enforcement Academy. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), SWAT, Defensive Tactics and Firearms as well as many other disciplines.