RMP Staff: creekside

Samuel Thomas

MI Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Prior to RMP, I was an Exceptional Children Resource Teacher Assistant at Guy B. Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC. I also served as a member of the Phillips crisis intervention team. During my second year in Chapel Hill, I served as a district wide Teacher Assistant. My role was to travel to the middle schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district to do check-ins and observations of students that are in or potentially a part of the EC program. I have 5 years experience working with and identifying students with Autism and Behavior Disabilities.

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  • Hometown

    Washington, DC

  • Education

    Coastal Carolina University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

  • Hobbies

    Skate boarding, writing, listening to music, exercising and watching scary movies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Goodnight Moon

  • Email

    sthomas@rockymountainprep.org


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Karina Venis

Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Adaptive Physical Educator, Cambabilities Counselor, Student Teacher Northside High School

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  • Hometown

    West Lafayette, IN

  • Education

    Purdue University, Columbus State University (B.S Health and Kinesiology, M.A.T. Health and PE)

  • Hobbies

    Playing sports (mainly soccer), exercising, personal training, painting and drawing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Amelia Bedelia Books

  • Email

    kvenis@rockymountainprep.org


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Alexandra Chavez

Accounting Coordinator


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Previous experience

Loan Servicing Manager at Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation; Staff Accountant
 

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  • Hometown

    Denver, Colorado

  • Education

    Regis University (B.S. Accounting and Economics)

  • Hobbies

    Movies, painting, traveling, and video games

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  • Email

    achavez@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Joanna Aguilar

Operations Coordinator


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Club Access Assistant at Johnson's Boys & Girls Club

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Northwest Technical College Kansas, Medical Assisting Associate’s Degree

  • Hobbies

    Soccer, hiking and spending time with my dog

  • Favorite Children's Book

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

  • Email

    jaguilar@rockymountainprep.org


RMP Staff: creekside

Avi Paisner

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Member of City Year, Miami; Substitute Teacher at Morning Star Preschool

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  • Hometown

    Baltimore, MD

  • Education

    Denver Community College

  • Hobbies

    Sculpting, Reading, Yoga

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Email

    apaisner@rockymountainprep.org


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Rebecca Saffron

Science Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

I have taught for over fifteen years. Starting in Vermont, while working on my degree at Bennington College I taught preschool. My career as a teacher included a work-study in Australia. I have taught grades preschool to 3rd grade in California. Then, taught grades 1st to 4th in Arizona.

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  • Hometown

    California

  • Education

    Bennington College, BA in Childhood Studies from Bennington College MA in Teaching with Specialization in Educational Technology from National University

  • Hobbies

    Tap Dancing, Parkour, Gymnastics, Hiking, Skiing, Biking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Caps for Sale

  • Email

    rsaffron@rockymountainprep.org


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Lelia Benedyk

5th Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Teaching and tutoring in the city of Oberlin at Eastwood Elementary and Prospect Elementary. Most recently, working in Denver co-teaching first grade at Roots Elementary.

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  • Hometown

    San Diego, CA

  • Education

    Oberlin College, BA in Sociology, Education Studies concentration, Rhetoric and Composition minor

  • Hobbies

    Cooking, journaling, reading essays and strolling through parks

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


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Victoria Rodriguez

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


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Previous experience

El Paso Zoo Summer Children's Program

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  • Hometown

    El Paso, TX

  • Education

    University of Texas at El Paso, Environmental Science

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, Reading, Playing Violin

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Stellaluna


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Kendall Calvert

Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Day camp counselor, and taught small groups and ESL while Assistant Director of Campus Ministries at OBU

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  • Hometown

    Mansfield, TX

  • Education

    Ouachita Baptist University, BA in Biblical Studies/Mass Communications, Minor in art

  • Hobbies

    Riding my bike, skiing, hammocking, traveling, spending time with the people I love, dancing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The King's Invitation by Katie Hopman


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Sarah Eck

Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

English teacher in China, City Year Denver

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  • Hometown

    Tulsa, OK

  • Education

    University of Tulsa, BA in Chinese Studies

  • Hobbies

    Cooking and hiking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Hank the Cowdog


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Bailey Perry

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant


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Previous experience

Sunday School teacher, Second Grade Student Teacher

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  • Hometown

    Houston, TX

  • Education

    Covenant College, B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

  • Hobbies

    Hammocking, "running" (2 miles max! smile ), cross-stitching, reading, cooking, being outside!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Little House on the Prairie Series


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Alexandra Ramonas

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Theatre & Drama Student Teacher for young children, Ski Instructor, Tutor, and Childcare Provider

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  • Hometown

    Naperville, IL

  • Education

    University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.S. Theatre & Drama

  • Hobbies

    Alpine skiing, kayaking, and working out at the gym

  • Favorite Children's Book

    D.W.’s Lost Blankie by Marc Brown


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Jess Garay

First Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

I taught for Rahway Public Schools, Rahway, NJ for 8 years, and in Denver, CO (DPS & RMP) for 2 years. I've taught all grades from Grade 1 - Grade 5.

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  • Hometown

    Rahway, NJ

  • Education

    Rutgers University, B.A. English; M.A. Early Childhood Education

  • Hobbies

    Yoga, Hiking, Camping, Exploring in the Rockies, Knitting, Watching documentaries

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Holes by Louis Sachar


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Stephany Parra

Office Coordinator


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Aurora Public Schools Employee for 8 years: custodian, Interpreter, head clerk for the ECE department

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  • Hometown

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Education

  • Hobbies

    Playing soccer with my son, dancing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Goosebumps books

  • Email

    sparra@rockymountainprep.org


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Berenice Quezada

Office Coordinator


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Boulder Manor Nursing Home, Nanny

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  • Hometown

    Juarez, Chihuahua

  • Education

    Emily Griffith Technical College, Certified Nurse Assistant

  • Hobbies

    Dancing, shopping, styling hair, DIY

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss


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RMP Staff: southwest

Jordan Wilson

Special Education


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

SPED Teacher at North Brunswick HS in Leland NC for 2 years: 9-12th grades, SPED Teacher at Island Montessori Charter School in Wilmington, NC for 1 year: 6th-7th grade, SPED Teacher at Charter School in Denver, CO: 7th grade for 1 semester.

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  • Hometown

    Dayton, OH

  • Education

    University of North Carolina Wilmington (Bachelor of Arts – Special Education k-12, General Education k-6, Minor in English as a Second Language)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, camping, yoga, skiing, playing with my dog George, traveling.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Wild Things Are


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RMP Staff: berkeley

AJ Reycer

Assistant Principal of Operations


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

ESL Teacher in China, Non-Profit and Startup Operations Manager, and Kent Denver Athletics Coach

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  • Hometown

    Miami, FL

  • Education

    University of Florida (B.A. Music Performance and Religious Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Mountain biking, ice hockey, rugby, hiking, Olympic weightlifting, snowboarding, and naps

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Lorax

  • Email

    areycer@rockymountainprep.org


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Sara Carlson

Principal


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Founding teacher at Rocky Mountain Prep, 2nd grade ELA-S teacher in Denver Public Schools, Assistant Principal of Instruction, and Assistant Principal of Culture

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  • Hometown

    Franklin, NC

  • Education

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. Geography and Political Science)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, snowboarding, playing with my dog Beans, dancing, and spending time with family & friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting

  • Email

    scarlson@rockymountainprep.org


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Gabriela Villeda

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Parent and Community Resource Liaison for the Salem Family Literacy Program

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  • Hometown

    Pasadena, CA

  • Education

    Willamette University(B.A. in Civic Communications and Media Studies with a minor in American Ethnic Studies

  • Hobbies

    Going on runs, traveling, trying new food/restaurants

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar


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Jastine Villanueva

Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

During my college years, I taught preschool for Head Start for two years. After graduating from college, I worked at a charter school in my hometown called Capitol Collegiate Academy. I co-taught kindergarten, teaching scholars social science, math, and reading.

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  • Hometown

    Sacramento, CA

  • Education

    California State University, Sacramento(Child Development)

  • Hobbies

    Spending quality time with family and traveling with my husband

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss


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Stephanie Stiner

Special Education Teacher


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Previous experience

Serenity Education, Special Education Teacher

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Undergraduate, Iona College; Post Secondary Work, California State San Marcos(Dual Degree in Special Education and General Education)

  • Hobbies

    Skiing, working out, cooking and eating smile, gardening, traveling, reading, camping and going to concerts

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


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Courtney Schoonover

Kindergarten Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Teach for America Miami-Dade, three years teaching 1st grade and Kindergarten in Miami

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  • Hometown

    Columbus, NJ

  • Education

    Pennsylvania State University(Double major in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, watching Netflix, going out to eat, spending time with friends and family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss


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Saba Bhamidipati

Science Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Public Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, entrepreneur, Kindergarten TA at RMP Creekside

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  • Hometown

    Chicago, IL

  • Education

    DePaul University(Finance & Accounting)

  • Hobbies

    Politics, gym

  • Favorite Children's Book

    A Bad Case of Stripes, David Shannon


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Rachel Reid

Assistant Principal of Instruction


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Previous experience

Teach For America Mississippi Delta, 2011; Kindergarten Teacher at UP Academy Dorchester, Boston, MA

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  • Hometown

    Arvada, CO

  • Education

    Azusa Pacific University(Theology)

  • Hobbies

    Music, baking, hiking, Holodial crafting

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Goodnight Moon


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Courtney Ray

First Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

2nd grade teacher in Colorado and South Carolina

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  • Hometown

    Naples, FL

  • Education

    Auburn University (undergraduate) and University of West Florida (graduate) (B.S. Elementary Education and M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction (elementary education)

  • Hobbies

    Teaching and doing yoga/yoga sculpt, running, hiking, and snowboarding.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Chrysanthemum

  • Email

    cray@rockymountainprep.org


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Alec Powell

Music Teacher


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Previous experience

Teacher at Rochester Prep Elementary, Rochester, NY, Rochester Prep West Elementary, Rochester, NY, Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh R. Jones Elementary, Utica City School District, Utica, NY. Teacher with Spectrum Creative Arts, Rochester, NY; The Harley School, Rochester, NY.

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  • Hometown

    Owendale, MI

  • Education

    Eastman School of Music (undergraduate) & Boston University (graduate)(Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Performance & Masters of Music in Music Education

  • Hobbies

    I love composing music. Currently, I'm working on my second musical! I also love acting in and directing theatrical productions.

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    apowell@rockymountainprep.org


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Denise Pena

First Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Regis University(Bachelors in English & Sociology)

  • Hobbies

    Baking, Camping and DIY

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    dpena@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: network

Lela Payne

Manager of Recruitment and Retention


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

Outdoor Program Instructor: Stone Canyon Outdoor; EDventures Program Instructor: Pali Institute; Public Allies Member: Art & Special Projects Coordinator; City Year Corps Member: Academic Interventionist

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  • Hometown

    Jackson, MO

  • Education

    University of Missouri(B.A.in Political Science & Religious Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Film fanatic, traveler, writer, Amy Poehler wannabe

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

  • Email

    lpayne@rockymountainprep.org


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Kimalee Kerr

Kindergarten Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

PK, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher
Metropolitan State University of Denver(B.A. Human Development with a Minor in Early Childhood Education)

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Metropolitan State University of Denver(B.A. Human Development with a Minor in Early Childhood Education)

  • Hobbies

    Singing, painting, playing guitar, hiking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Charlotte's Web

  • Email

    kkerr@rockymountainprep.org


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Christine Keck

Interventionist


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Previous experience

Teach For America in Jackson, Mississippi; Teacher at KIPP, DC

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  • Hometown

    Erie, PA

  • Education

    University of Rochester (Major: Psychology Minor: Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, playing soccer running marathons, yoga

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Stella Luna

  • Email

    ckeck@rockymountainprep.org


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Becca Devlin

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Director of Operations Scholastic Inc. (2 years); 3.5 years with RMP: half year working with before/after school program while coaching high school field hockey for CA, 1 year in fellowship, 2 years lead teaching

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  • Hometown

    Annapolis, MD

  • Education

    Radford University( B.A. Communication, PR specialty)

  • Hobbies

    Field hockey, spending time with my family, traveling, trying new restaurants

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter series, too tough to pick just 1!

  • Email

    bdevlin@rockymountainprep.org


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Ellyn Crane

Second Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

2 yrs - 2nd grade Teacher at Lockard Elementary, Indianola, MS (TFA Delta Corps); 4 yrs KIPP Central City Primary, New Orleans, LA - 2nd grade co-teacher, 4th grade ELA/SS Lead Teacher
 

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  • Hometown

    East Lansing, MI

  • Education

    Tulane University(Sociology; Social Policy & Practice)

  • Hobbies

    Working out *running*, Reading, Listening/finding music (making Spotify playlists), Writing letters, Camping

  • Favorite Children's Book

    One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

  • Email

    ecrane@rockymountainprep.org


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Stephanie McGhee

Pre-K Teacher


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Previous experience

Teach for America-Tulsa: Preschool Teacher

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  • Hometown

  • Education

    Valparaiso University(B.A. English Literature) Johns Hopkins University(M.S. in Education: Early Childhood Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, Cooking, Dancing like no one is watching

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Letters from Felix

  • Email

    smcghee@rockymountainprep.org


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Jessica Clancy

Kindergarten Teacher


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Previous experience

7 years teaching kindergarten in Mississippi, Minnesota, and Colorado

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  • Hometown

    Zumbrota, MN

  • Education

    University of Minnesota(B.A. Global Studies and Economics, M.A. Elementary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, biking, camping, watching baseball games, and knitting

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

  • Email

    jclancy@rockymountainprep.org


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Christina Castro

Assistant Principal of Operations


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Previous experience

Operations, Events, and College Readiness Coordinator at Breakthrough Kent Denver, Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Kent Denver

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Denver University– Daniels College of Business(B.S./B.A. in Management, minor in Mandarin)

  • Hobbies

    Playing the guitar, Zumba, bingo, giving makeovers

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    ccastro@rockymountainprep.org


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Bethany Beals

Pre-K Teacher


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Previous experience

Kindergarten Teacher at Vanguard Classical School. PreK teacher at Primrose School of Saddle Rock.

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  • Hometown

    Aurora, CO

  • Education

    Metropolitan State University of Denver(B.A. Human Development & Elementary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Singing. Going to the mountains. Fitness. Spending time with family and friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Pout Pout Fish

  • Email

    bbeals@rockymountainprep.org


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Kara Barten

First Grade Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Nonprofit professional: marketing, program facilitation

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  • Hometown

    West Liberty, IA

  • Education

    University of Iowa(B.A. in English)

  • Hobbies

    Outdoor adventures, camping, reading, sketching

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Boxcar Chidren

  • Email

    kbarten@rockymountainprep.org


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Kelly Wynveen

Assistant Principal of Operations


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

4th Grade & Science Teacher at RMP, Secondary math teacher and science teacher with Teach for America - Greater New Orleans

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  • Hometown

    Osceola, WI

  • Education

    Clark University (B.A. International Development & Social Change, Masters of Public Administration)

  • Hobbies

    Biking, yoga, cooking and making lists

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Little Prince

  • Email

    kwynveen@rockymountainprep.org


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Keri Whitehurst

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

High School SpEd Teacher - North Brunswick HS (NC), Summer Instructor - Cape Fear Academy (NC), Teaching Internship - Brook of Faith Academy (Kenya, Africa)

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  • Hometown

    Greenville, NC

  • Education

    UNC-Wilmington(B.A. in Special Education (Dual Licensure in Elementary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, yoga, any outdoor activity (especially with my dog, Willow)

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Letters from Felix

  • Email

    kwhitehurst@rockymountainprep.org


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Laura Harney

Senior Manager of Enrollment


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

Fulbright ETA – Ecuador; Founding 9th grade Biology teacher at GALS-Denver; Urban Leaders Fellow-Indianapolis; Advisor/Strategic Planner DREAM Technical Academy – Willmar, MN; Urban Leaders Fellowship Program Director – Denver

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  • Hometown

    Rochester, MN

  • Education

    Luther College, Majors: Biology/Spanish; Minor: Secondary Education

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, camping, cooking, woodcarving, and traveling (ask her about her five month solo backpacking trip).

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Little Engine That Could

  • Email

    lharney@rockymountainprep.org


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Alison Taylor

Executive Assistant


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Previous experience

Research & Administrative Assistant at the DU Sturm College of Law Career Center, Social Media Marketing Intern with Shareable Social, Public Relations Intern with Blakely + Company

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  • Hometown

    Portland, OR

  • Education

    Colorado College

  • Hobbies

    Biking, hiking camping, skiing, spending time with friends & family, music, roller coasters

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne

  • Email

    ataylor@rockymountainprep.org


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Emily Dorn

Senior Manager of Development & External Relations


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Previous experience

Emily taught second grade at Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside for two years, serving as grade level chair and also teaching yoga after school to RMP staff. Prior to her work at RMP, Emily was a member of Teach for America and taught sixth grade Special Education in Los Angeles where she was selected as a national semi-finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. Emily has worked on staff with Teach For America, served as an Ambassadorial Scholar with Rotary International in Bogotá, Colombia and has been an assistant principal with STRIVE Preparatory Schools in Denver. Emily graduated from Azusa Pacific University and received her master’s in special education from Loyola Marymount University.

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  • Hometown

    Lafayette, IN and Denver, CO

  • Education

    Azusa Pacific University (B.A. Psychology) and Loyola Marymount University (M.A. Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, biking, running, snowboarding, practicing yoga, spending time with friends and family, continually working on her Spanish and traveling (especially to Spanish-speaking countries!)

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree

  • Email

    edorn@rockymountainprep.org


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Karolina Villagrana

Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Served as an Assistant Principal at STRIVE Prep, Knapp Elementary and in San Jose, California with Rocketship Education-Alma Academy, founding 2nd and 3rd grade math teacher.

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    University of Colorado, Denver

  • Hobbies

    Learning how to cook traditional Mexican dishes. Not an expert at all!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

  • Email

    kvillagrana@rockymountainprep.org


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Marissa Molina

Manager of Community Engagement


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Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Marissa taught Spanish for Native Speakers at DSST: GVR High School to 9th and 10th graders as a Teach for America corps member. In 2015 she was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House for being a strong role model for her students and their families as well as being an agent of change within her community. Originally from Mexico, Marissa grew up in the Western Slope of Colorado and attended Fort Lewis College for her undergraduate education.

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  • Hometown

    Glenwood Springs, CO

  • Education

    Fort Lewis College (B.A. – Political Science & Economics)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, Reading, and spending time with family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Berenstain Bears

  • Email

    mmolina@rockymountainprep.org


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Dorothy Higgs

Business Manager


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Previous experience

Business Manager at St. Elizabeth’s School; VP PrinTelogy, Inc.

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  • Hometown

    Born in Dallas, TX, but claims Denver as her true home

  • Education

    University of Denver (B.S. B.A. in International Business)

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, reading, spending time with my family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Gruffalo

  • Email

    dhiggs@rockymountainprep.org


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Olivia Vigilanese

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

2 years teaching fourth/SPED and 1 year teaching 5th/SPED

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  • Hometown

    Flagstaff, AZ

  • Education

    Northern Arizona University(Elementary Education and SPED K-12)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, hiking, coloring, spending time with friends and family, and adding to my R2-D2 collection

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Blueberries For Sal

  • Email

    ovigilanese@rockymountainprep.org


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Mimi Newton

Director of Data


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Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Mimi received her BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA and her MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. During her time at UChicago, she was a finalist in the Social New Venture Challenge and a TA for the Deputy Dean. Since completing her MBA, she’s lived and worked in São Paulo, Brazil and Jakarta, Indonesia supporting the growth of a number of tech startups.

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  • Hometown

    Alameda, CA

  • Education

    UCLA (B.S. Applied Mathematics) and University of Chicago (M.B.A. Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management)

  • Hobbies

    Cycling, Pilates, Hiking, Stand-up Paddleboard/Paddle-surf and Travel

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Miss Rumphius

  • Email

    mnewton@rockymountainprep.org


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Abby Worland

Director of Fellow Development


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Previous experience

Kindergarten and 1st grade Teacher with Teach for America – Mississippi

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  • Hometown

    Los Alamos, NM

  • Education

    Baylor University (B.A. History) and Delta State University (M.A. Elementary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Basketball, traveling and reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

  • Email

    aworland@rockymountainprep.org


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Natalie Klem

Director of Academics


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Previous experience

Cane Ridge High School – Algebra 1 and 2 (2009-11), LEAD Middle School – 5th Grade Math Teacher (2011-14), LEAD Southeast – 5th Grade Math Teacher (2014-16), LEAD Southeast – Instructional Coach (2015-16)

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  • Hometown

    Indianapolis, IN

  • Education

    Miami University B.A., Lipscomb University, M.Ed.

  • Hobbies

    Traveling to new places, cooking, reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Matilda by Roald Dahl

  • Email

    nklem@rockymountainprep.org


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Megan Downing

Director of Academics


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Previous experience

4th Grade teacher at McMeen Elementary, Kindergarten, 2nd grade and Special Ed teacher at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, NY and 1st-grade teacher at Sabin Elementary

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  • Hometown

    Boulder, CO

  • Education

    Scripps College (B.A. Politics and French) and University of Colorado – Denver (M.A. Curriculum and Instruction)

  • Hobbies

    Running, yoga, cooking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Thank you, Mr. Falker

  • Email

    mdowning@rockymountainprep.org


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Kevin Flynn

Senior Director of Operations


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Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Kevin was the Director of Regional Operations at KIPP NYC and supported the growth and expansion of their network of schools in NYC. Kevin has also worked as an Education Pioneers Fellow at Roxbury Prep Charter School in Boston and as Accountability Analyst at the SUNY Charter Schools Institute in New York. He began his career in education teaching middle school science as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, and then later taught the same subject at KIPP 3D Academy. Kevin graduated from Cornell University and went on to obtain a Masters degree from Stanford University.

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  • Hometown

    Buffalo, NY

  • Education

    Cornell University (B.S. Biological Sciences) and Stanford University (M.A. Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies.)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking/Camping, cooking and playing soccer

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Charlie Malarky and the Belly-Button Machine

  • Email

    kflynn@rockymountainprep.org


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Fulton Breen

Senior Director of Finance


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Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Fulton worked in investment banking and non-profit micro-finance, and has spent the last three years in education. Fulton has also worked as an Education Pioneers Fellow at Starr Detroit Academy, and is a member of the 2016-2018 Broad Residency cohort. Fulton holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Williams College and an MBA and M.Ed from the University of Michigan.

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  • Hometown

    Chicago, IL

  • Education

    Williams College (B.A. Economics) and University of Michigan (MBA and M.A. Education Policy)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, running, spending time with wife, dog, and 1-year old son

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Goodnight Moon

  • Email

    fbreen@rockymountainprep.org


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Greg Rawson

Managing Director of Strategy & Growth


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Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Greg was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, working with clients across industries including education, healthcare, consumer goods, and utilities.  Greg has also worked at Education Resource Strategies, helping urban school districts reallocate resources strategically, and with Teach For America supporting first and second-year teachers in Brooklyn and the Bronx.  Greg began his career in education teaching 3rd grade as a Teach For America corps member in New York City.  Greg graduated from Colgate University, and also has a Masters in Teaching from Pace University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. 

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  • Hometown

    Cleveland, OH

  • Education

    Colgate University (B.A. History and Philosophy), Pace University (M.A. Teaching), Yale School of Management (M.B.A.)

  • Hobbies

    Chasing my two daughters around playgrounds, running, and reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

  • Email

    grawson@rockymountainprep.org


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Camilla Lopez

Chief Academic Officer


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Previous experience

Camilla oversees Rocky Mountain Prep’s principal cohort and the central academic team. She began her educational career 16 years ago teaching elementary school in the Bronx when she was a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. She joined Achievement First as a founding teacher at Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary. She served as the first academic dean for third and fourth grade. Camilla then served as principal for seven years. Camilla graduated from Vassar College with a double major in Film and Sociology. She received her master’s in education from Fordham University.

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  • Hometown

    Taos, NM

  • Education

    Vassar College (B.A. Sociology and Film), Fordham University (M.A. Early Childhood)

  • Hobbies

    Spending time with my husband and dog and finding great places to eat delicious food

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh, The Places You’ll Go

  • Email

    clopez@rockymountainprep.org


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Sara Taylor

Chief Talent Officer


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Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Sara served as the founder and Executive Director of Laurus Collegiate Charter School after having completed the Building Excellent Schools fellowship. Beginning her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member in the Bronx, Sara has spent a decade teaching Pre-K through 6th grade special and general education and working as an instructional coach and administrator in a variety of school settings.

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  • Hometown

    Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Education

    Arizona State University (B.A. Sociology and Women’s Studies), CUNY – Lehman (Dual MSEd. Childhood and Special Education), and University of Arkansas – Clinton School of Public Service (M.P.S. Public Service)

  • Hobbies

    Watching movies, spending time outdoors with my husband, daughter, and dogs, Loki and Calamity Jane

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Westing Game

  • Email

    staylor@rockymountainprep.org


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Alicia Ventura

Special Education Teaching Assistant


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Previous experience

2 years Paraprofessional at Traylor, DPS. 8 years at Goodwill Industries of Denver

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  • Hometown

    Aurora, CO

  • Education

    University of Phoenix(B.S. Business/Management)

  • Hobbies

    Spending time with my family, learning new things, and anything crafty

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Sidewalk Ends & The Secret Garden

  • Email

    aventura@rockymountainprep.org


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James Cryan

Founder & CEO


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Previous experience

James is passionate about improving the public education system in Colorado and serves as an elected member of the DPS Collaborative Council and board member for Reach out and Read Colorado. He ​has been named one of Denver’s “Public Education Game-Changers” and was selected as a member of the 2015 Leadership Denver program. Prior to his work at RMP, James received his MBA from the University of Denver, ​was a member of Teach for America ​and graduated magna cum laude from Colby College.

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  • Hometown

    Houston, TX and Pittsburgh, PA

  • Education

    Colby College (B.A. Government and International Studies) and University of Denver (M.B.A. School Leadership)

  • Hobbies

    Backcountry skiing, climbing and hiking with his wife Liz and his dog Boots

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Calvin and Hobbes

  • Email

    james@rockymountainprep.org


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Kaila Twomey

Pre-K Teacher


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Previous experience

Rocky Mountain Prep Pre-K Teaching Fellow and Americorps member of City Year, Miami

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  • Hometown

    Nashua, NH

  • Education

    University of New Hampshire(B.A. Communication)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, hanging out with family/friends, cooking, eating good food

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Strega Nona

  • Email

    ktwomey@rockymountainprep.org


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Tara Suprunowicz

First Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

JET program- taught high school English for 2 years at Amami Senior High School on the island of Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

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  • Hometown

    Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Education

    Bucknell University(B.A. double major in Psychology and Anthropology)

  • Hobbies

    Violin (playing & teaching), soccer, traveling, listening to music

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

  • Email

    tsuprunowicz@rockymountainprep.org


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Daniel Simmons

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Taught ESL at the high school and college level, and various roles with Reading Partners in Dallas, TX

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  • Hometown

    Fort Collins, CO

  • Education

    Wheaton College, Princeton Theological Seminary(B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, MDiv and ThM)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, writing, hiking, watching TV and movies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Email

    dsimmons@rockymountainprep.org


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Erin Radigan

Fourth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

I did my student teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have been teaching in Far Northeast Denver for 4 years. I have taught 4th grade for three years and 3rd grade for one year.

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  • Hometown

    Westerville, OH

  • Education

    Stanford University(B.A. in Human Biology and MA in Education)

  • Hobbies

    I'm a big sports fan and love watching (and going to!) football, hockey, and baseball games. I enjoy camping and hiking in the summer, and have just started to learn how to ski. I love reading, especially non-fiction books about underdog success stories... but really all books!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    eradigan@rockymountainprep.org


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Mahala Smith

Kindergarten Teacher


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Previous experience

Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellow, TEFL Teacher in Thailand

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  • Hometown

    Evergreen, CO

  • Education

    University of Colorado(B.A. Spanish Literature, B.S. Journalism

  • Hobbies

    Skiing, hiking, running, yoga, dancing, reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Ferdinand the Bull

  • Email

    msmith@rockymountainprep.org


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Mari Peterson

Fifth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

6th grade teacher with Teach For America - Mississippi

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  • Hometown

    Minnetonka, MN

  • Education

    University of Minnesota (B.A. Arts – Global Studies with a focus on Human Rights and Justice, and a French Studies Minor)

  • Hobbies

    Camping, running, singing, snowboarding, art, hiking and volleyball

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Anything by Shel Silverstein or Roald Dahl

  • Email

    mpeterson@rockymountainprep.org


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Alex Perricone

Pre-K Teacher


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Previous experience

Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellow and Pre-K Teacher at the Early Childhood Center at the Robert E-Loup Jewish Community Center

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  • Hometown

    Aurora/Parker, CO

  • Education

    Metropolitan State College of Denver(B.A. Human Development and Early Childhood Education)

  • Hobbies

    Yoga, cooking, gardening, reading, going to concerts

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Peter's Chair

  • Email

    aperricone@rockymountainprep.org


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Ricky Mucelli

PE Teacher


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Previous experience

Teaching two years at Success Academy in Harlem, NY. Sports Coach and Soccer coach for grades K- 4. Introduced world-class soccer training while players learned essential life skills through sports.

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  • Hometown

    Kutztown, PA

  • Education

    California University of Pennsylvania(Bachelor in Sports Management)

  • Hobbies

    Running and exercising daily - biking, being adventurous outdoors, sports (soccer is my favorite)

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • Email

    rmucelli@rockymountainprep.org


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Cary Meyers

Third Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellow and Americorps member of City Year – Miami

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  • Hometown

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Education

    University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.S. Community and Nonprofit Leadership)

  • Hobbies

    Being outdoors, reading, listening to music and spending time with family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Rainbow Fish

  • Email

    cmeyers@rockymountainprep.org


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Kerry McLaren

Kindergarten Teacher


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Previous experience

Kindergarten Teacher at American Horse School in Allen, South Dakota and Kindergarten Teacher at Edward Brooke Charter School in Boston, MA

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  • Hometown

    Franklin, KY

  • Education

    University of Kentucky(B.A. in Music; Minor in Psychology)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, camping, rock climbing, and looking for new adventures

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

  • Email

    kmclaren@rockymountainprep.org


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Darbi McGee

First Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellow, Athletic Trainer at the University of Arizona, & Special Education Para at Eaglecrest High School

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  • Hometown

    Basalt, CO

  • Education

    University of the Pacific(B.S. Athletic Training) University of Arizona(M.A. Teaching and Teacher Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, going to the mountains, cheering for the Broncos & Rockies, watching hockey & spending as much time as possible with her family.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The BFG

  • Email

    dmcgee@rockymountainprep.org


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Tim McFarland

Science Teacher


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Previous experience

I taught 3rd grade and 7th grade math in NYC, in addition to middle grades English in Bhutan.

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  • Hometown

    Casar, NC

  • Education

    Appalachian State University(B.S. in Anthropology, MAT in Childhood Education)

  • Hobbies

    Climbing, reading, hiking and playing guitar

  • Favorite Children's Book

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

  • Email

    tmcfarland@rockymountainprep.org


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Paige Matteson

First Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Teacher's helper in a preschool in Cincinnati; Substitute teacher in toddler and preschool classrooms in Dayton, OH; Professional internships at a preschool for a semester, in a kindergarten room for a semester, and a final internship for a full year in a first-grade classroom (in addition to volunteer experience leading classes and in other classrooms).

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  • Hometown

    Dayton, OH

  • Education

    University of Cincinnati(Early Childhood Education)

  • Hobbies

    I love to cook (try cooking new things), hike/walk (be outside in any fashion), watch Netflix, hang out with animals (my own pets or other peoples' pets), get my nails done, and practice new makeup techniques.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Anything by Dr. Seuss or The Giving Tree/anything by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    pmatteson@rockymountainprep.org


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Caitlin Maher

Fifth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Corps Member with Teach for America - Denver and Vice President of the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University

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  • Hometown

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Education

    Loyola Marymount University(B.S. Psychology)

  • Hobbies

    Concerts/live music, camping, skiing, hiking, and running

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Love You Forever

  • Email

    cmaher@rockymountainprep.org


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Nina Machado

First Grade Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Teacher's Assistant at Fort Logan Elementary

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  • Hometown

    Golden, CO

  • Education

    CU Boulder(Studio Art & Technology, Arts & Media)

  • Hobbies

    Singing, Guitar, Photography, Running & Yoga

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    nmachado@rockymountainprep.org


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Danielle Lucas-Adam

Assistant Principal of Instruction


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Previous experience

4th Grade & Science Teacher at RMP, Secondary math teacher and science teacher with Teach for America - Greater New Orleans

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  • Hometown

    Osceola, WI

  • Education

    Clark University(B.A. International Development & Social Change, Masters of Public Administration)

  • Hobbies

    Biking, yoga, cooking and making lists

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Little Prince

  • Email

    dlucasadam@rockymountainprep.org


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Harper Lodge-Rigal

Third Grade Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Teacher’s Assistant at St. John’s Hill School in New Zealand, 8 Years Early Childhood experience

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  • Hometown

    Bloomington, IN

  • Education

    Earlham College(Psychology)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, Traveling, Yoga, Cooking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

  • Email

    hlodge@rockymountainprep.org


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Katie Lewis

Second Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Teaching Assistant for Integrative Physiology at University of Colorado

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  • Hometown

  • Education

    University of Colorado, Boulder(Business Administration)

  • Hobbies

    Kickboxing, photography, dance, rowing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

  • Email

    klewis@rockymountainprep.org


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Denise Laney

Pre-K Teacher


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Previous experience

Toddler teacher at Genesis Preschool in San Jose, California. Pre-k teaching internship at the University of Utah. Pre-k teacher at the YWCA of Utah

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  • Hometown

    San Jose, CA

  • Education

    University of Utah(B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Consumer and Community Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking with my dog, yoga, Netflix marathons, camping and traveling

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

  • Email

    dlaney@rockymountainprep.org


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Isabel Hoyt

Fourth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Founding 3rd grade teacher at Brilla College Prep, NYC

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Santa Clara University(B.A Philosophy with a Minor in Urban Education)

  • Hobbies

    Running, Watching Shonda Rhimes TV shows, Playing the piano

  • Favorite Children's Book

    To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Email

    ihoyt@rockymountainprep.org


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Kathy Hayes

Dance Teacher


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Previous experience

Teacher: Head Start, Teacher/Denver Public Schools: East HS/Phys. Ed and Dance, Teacher: Ricks Center for Gifted Children/Phys. Ed and Dance, Teacher: Denver School of the Arts/Dance Coordinator, Teacher: Dodge City Middle School: Physical Education, Curriculum Coordinator: State of Kansas/ Health and Chronic Disease, Tobacco Cessation

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  • Hometown

    El Dorado, KS

  • Education

    Southwestern College(B.A. Physical Education/Early Childhood) Univiversity of Northern Colorado(M.A. Physical Ed. Admin) Kansas State University(M.A. Education Leadership

  • Hobbies

    Horseback riding, The Teacher's Pet/Petcare and house sitting, Yoga, Pilates

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Giraffes Can't Dance

  • Email

    khayes@rockymountainprep.org


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Daniella Gutierrez

Manager of Operations


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Previous experience

Founding Parent at Rocky Mountain Prep

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  • Hometown

    Porterville, CA

  • Education

  • Hobbies

    Cooking, Spending time with family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Mother Goose Nursery, The Outsiders

  • Email

    dgutierrez@rockymountainprep.org


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Katelyn Guignard

Art Teacher


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Previous experience

6 years at Blackstone Valley Prep, 3 years at Portsmouth elementary schools (both in RI)

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  • Hometown

    Byram, NJ

  • Education

    Rhode Island College(B.A. Art Education)

  • Hobbies

    Snowboarding, hiking, yoga, sewing, painting, collecting vinyl records

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

  • Email

    kguignard@rockymountainprep.org


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Ryan Grove

Kindergarten Teacher


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Previous experience

I've been working in education for over a decade, doing everything from math tutoring to teaching middle school English in Japan. I've taught 3rd and 4th grade for 3 years in DPS

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  • Hometown

    Rockford, IL

  • Education

    Northern Illinois University, Rockford University(B.S. Family and Individual Development, Minor in Political Science, K-6 teaching)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, writing, video and podcast creation

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • Email

    rgrove@rockymountainprep.org


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Anna Gregory

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


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Previous experience

Preschool teacher for 13 years

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  • Hometown

    Baytown, TX

  • Education

    University of Texas-San Antonio(B.A. Early Childhood Education)

  • Hobbies

    Taekwondo, running, reading, going to the movies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • Email

    agregory@rockymountainprep.org


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Sasha Green

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow


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Previous experience

Tutor at Kumon Learning Center

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  • Hometown

    Houston, TX

  • Education

    Sewanee: The University of the South(B.S. Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience)

  • Hobbies

    Drawing/painting/sketching portraits, music (I sing, compose vocal arrangements, play the violin and enjoy listening to music of all kinds)

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

  • Email

    sgreen@rockymountainprep.org


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Ginny Gibson

Third Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

1st and 3rd grade teacher with Teach for America – Washington D.C.

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  • Hometown

    Andover, MA

  • Education

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst(B.A Marketing)

  • Hobbies

    Practicing and teaching yoga, running, swimming, hiking, finding farmer’s markets and coffee shops, adventuring and exploring new places

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree

  • Email

    ggibson@rockymountainprep.org


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Tanaya Ghosh

Fifth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Private tutoring in Iowa, 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher in Arizona

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  • Hometown

    Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Education

    Macalester College(B.A. in Biology)(M.A Secondary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, playing with puppies, checking out new restaurants and yoga

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Cry Heart, But Never Break

  • Email

    tghosh@rockymountainprep.org


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Eric Foxworth

Restorative Justice Coordinator


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Previous experience

Jersey City Medical Center

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  • Hometown

    Trenton, NJ

  • Education

    Wagner College(B.S. Sociology)

  • Hobbies

    Working out and anything sports related

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Cat In The Hat

  • Email

    efoxworth@rockymountainprep.org


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Robbie Elliott

Special Education Teacher


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Previous experience

SPED Teacher and Dean of Culture at Stedman Elementary 2015-2017, SPED Teacher at Dartmouth Elementary 2013-2015, SPED Teacher at Martin Luther King Jr Early College 2012-2013, SPED Teacher at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy 2009-2012, SPED and Theatre Teacher at Kunsmiller Middle School 2008-2009, SPED Teacher at Jefferson Hills 2006-2008

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    University of Colorado at Denver(B.A. Theatre, Film, and Television) University of Denver(Principal Licensure, M.A. Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Avid pirate reenactor and fantasy actor. Singing, dancing, and sewing. Reading historical fiction and biographies.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    relliott@rockymountainprep.org


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Jacob Dunn

Special Education Teaching Assistant


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Previous experience

Aurora Public Schools as a paraprofessional and Library Instructor

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  • Hometown

    Aurora, CO

  • Education

    University of Northern Colorado(B.S. Philosophy)

  • Hobbies

    I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  • Email

    jdunn@rockymountainprep.org


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Dena Cocetti

Pre-K Teacher


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Previous experience

Preschool teacher (12 years), Director of Child Care (16 years)

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  • Hometown

    Centennial, CO

  • Education

    University of Northern Colorado(B.A. Elementary Education) University of Phoenix(M.S. Education in Diverse Learner) Candidate for Master's in Early Childhood Special Education

  • Hobbies

    Reading, cooking, baking, watching sports (baseball and football)

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Love you forever

  • Email

    dcocetti@rockymountainprep.org


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Sarah Childers

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

6 years Special Education teacher in Montgomery County Maryland

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  • Hometown

    Cincinnati, OH

  • Education

    Ohio University(B.A. Secondary Social Studies Education) University of Maryland(M.S. Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Rugby, hiking, reading, cooking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Email

    schilders@rockymountainprep.org


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Johnny Checton

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

2013 to 2014 RMP Fellow! 2014 to 2015 Denver Math Fellow, Campaign Manager for Lisa Flores School Board District 5

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  • Hometown

    Rumson, NJ

  • Education

    Colorado College(B.A. Religion)

  • Hobbies

    Cooking, Biking, Settling Catan

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie DePaola

  • Email

    jchecton@rockymountainprep.org


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Katie Carmody

Third Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellow

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  • Hometown

    Champaign, IL

  • Education

    Yale University(B.A. Ethics, Politics and Economics)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, cooking, piano, scuba diving and baseball

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Winnie the Pooh

  • Email

    kcarmody@rockymountainprep.org


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Brett Butler

Fourth Grade Teacher Fellow


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Previous experience

Director of education and youth with the Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, NJ, Behavioral Health and Special Education

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  • Hometown

    Princeton, NJ

  • Education

    Colgate University (B.A. English and Religion)Princeton Theological Degree: English and Religion, Master of Divinity

  • Hobbies

    Reading, sports, tennis, soccer, spending time in the mountains

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  • Email

    bbutler@rockymountainprep.org


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Elizabeth Bullington

Special Education Teaching Assistant


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Previous experience

Preschool TA at Annie’s Children Center

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  • Hometown

    Northville, MI

  • Education

    School Craft College

  • Hobbies

    Reading, swimming, and hiking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Polar Bear Express

  • Email

    ebullington@rockymountainprep.org


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Molly Bryers

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

K-8th grade Special Education teacher with Teach for America at Howe School of Excellence in Chicago (2015-2017), Corps Member and Team Leader with City Year Chicago (2013-2015), Children's Advocate with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (2010-2013)

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  • Hometown

    Chicago, IL

  • Education

    University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. Human Development and Family Studies)Dominican University (M.S. Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, cooking, hiking, yoga, and spending time with my two big dogs, Gryffindor and Timber

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Letters from Felix

  • Email

    mbryers@rockymountainprep.org


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Claudia Berrada

Kindergarten Teching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Five years as an English language teacher in Morocco at institutions like the British Council and Casablanca American School; one year as Early Childhood Education Program Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, SD

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  • Hometown

    Two countries (US, Brazil) and five states (Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, New Jersey)

  • Education

    University of Notre Dame (B.A. in History)

  • Hobbies

    Photography, reading, painting, exploring, visiting museums

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Madeline or Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

  • Email

    cberrada@rockymountainprep.org


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Sam Becker

Fifth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Associate Teacher at RMP; Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at RMP; ESL Community Resource Teacher

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  • Hometown

    Gig Harbor, WA

  • Education

    Yale University (B.A. East Asian Languages & Literatures and Global Affairs)

  • Hobbies

    Trees, languages, kayaking, mountains, water, and reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

  • Email

    sbecker@rockymountainprep.org


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Maggie Anderson

Fourth Grade Teacher


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Previous experience

Kindergarten Teacher, 4th Grade Teacher, and Math Instructional Specialist in Houston, TX

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  • Hometown

    Seattle, WA

  • Education

    Rice University (B.A. History)

  • Hobbies

    Cooking, traveling, being outside, and playing with my dog

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Phantom Tollbooth

  • Email

    mandersen@rockymountainprep.org


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Caleb Kobilansky

Third Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Stone Canyon Edventures (Program Instructor), Ground Up Adventures (Climbing coach)

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  • Hometown

    Grand Forks

  • Education

    University of North Dakota, Double Major - Psychology & Spanish

  • Hobbies

    Running, reading, and rock climbing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Wild Things Are

  • Email

    ckobilansky@rockymountainprep.org


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Leon Hayes

Third Grade Associate Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Exhibitions Assistant at Museo De Las Americas, Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellow, Math Fellows

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting Emphasis

  • Hobbies

    Riding my bike, hanging out with Family/Friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Love Bugs by David A. Carter

  • Email

    lhayes@rockymountainprep.org


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