RMP Staff: southwest

Amy Abdelrahman

Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

English Language Teaching Assistant in Madrid, Spain for 1 year, Teacher Assistant at Girls Inc of Metro Denver for 2 years, and Teacher Assistant at Auraria Early Learning Center for 1 year

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  • Hometown

    Aurora, Colorado

  • Education

    University of Colorado Denver (Psychology BA and Ethnic Studies BA)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, Biking, Drawing, and Cooking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Horton Hears a Who!

  • Email

    aabdelrahaman@org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Yamile Reina

Spanish Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

23 Teaching, Coaching and Leading in schools

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  • Hometown

    Arlington Heights, IL (Chicago Suburb)

  • Education

    University of Illinois, BA & Denver University MA

  • Hobbies

    Coloring, Journaling and Travel

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Guess How Much I Love You

  • Email

    yreina@rmp.org


RMP Staff: southwest

Mariela Rocha Contreras

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Restaurant Experience

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  • Hometown

    Durango, MX

  • Education

    Denver West HS

  • Hobbies

    Baking cookies with my mom

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Cinderella & Peter Pan

  • Email

    mcontrera@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Allyssa Ross

Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Teachers Assistant for 1st Grade, Key Service Mentor & Tutor Counselor for Upward Bound

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  • Hometown

    Colorado Springs

  • Education

    Colorado State University (Bachelors of Science - Human Development and Family Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Dancing/Listening to music, playing with my dog and hanging out with family/friends!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Dr Seuss Books

  • Email

    aross@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Missy Winternitz

1st Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience
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  • Hometown

  • Education

  • Hobbies

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    mwinternitz@rmp.org


RMP Staff: southwest

Gabriella Visani

Upper Elementary Science Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Counselor at camp for children and young adults with disabilities - Undergraduate seminar instructor, tutor for physiology, writing, etc., mentor for youth involved with the juvenile justice system

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  • Hometown

    Lakewood, CO

  • Education

    Colorado State University (Psychology (Mind, Brain and Behavior Concentration))

  • Hobbies

    Reading, playing guitar, rock climbing, playing volleyball, playing cards

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Matilda by Roald Dahl

  • Email

    gvisani@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Wagner Mathews

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Second grade teacher at Ashley Park PreK-School

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  • Hometown

    St. Joseph, MI

  • Education

    Olivet (Bachelor's Risk Management and Insurance), Grad - University of Colorado Denver (M.A.-Education and Human Development)

  • Hobbies

    Road biking, running, hiking, and traveling

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Corduroy

  • Email

    wmathews@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Sandi Cheng

First Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Kindergarten and Third Grade Teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn

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  • Hometown

    Brooklyn, NY

  • Education

    Skidmore College (Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with an Asian Studies Minor) and Relay GSE (Masters in Art of Teaching, Childhood Grades 1-6)

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, exercising, and spending time outdoors

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Rainbow Fish

  • Email

    scheng@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Preston Ganaway

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

3rd Grade John & Edna Mosley (Aurora), 2nd Green Valley Elementary, 5th Grade DCIS @ Fairmont, Gym Teacher at Joe Shoemaker Elementary

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  • Hometown

    Aurora Colorado

  • Education

    Cornell College

  • Hobbies

    Reading, writing, exercising, video games, hiking, movies, traveling, teaching

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Chrysanthemum

  • Email

    pganaway@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Courtney Maher

KIndergarten Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Kindergarten STEM teacher at Rocketship Rising Stars Academy (San Jose, CA)

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  • Hometown

    Marblehead, MA

  • Education

    Santa Clara University (B.S. - Psychology)

  • Hobbies

    Running, reading, binge watching old episodes of The Office

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    cmaher@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Taylor Toll

Fourth Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Started my career as a tutor corps member at City on a Hill Charter School in Roxbury, MA. Then I was an associate teacher at Brooke Charter Schools in East Boston, MA and have been a lead teacher at Brooke for two years

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  • Hometown

    Wilton, CT

  • Education

    Bucknell University (Bachelor of Arts in History with Education Minor)

  • Hobbies

    Horseback riding, running, biking, and skiing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood

  • Email

    ttoll@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Madelyne Aichele

Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Teacher's Assistant at Candalaria Elementary, and Camp Counselor

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  • Hometown

    Walla Walla, WA

  • Education

    Willamette University (Bachelor of Arts in Civic Communications and Media Studies with a minor in Economics)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, sailing, camping, laughing with friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Wild Things Are

  • Email

    maichele@rmp.org


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Veronica Ochoa

Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

3 semesters of field experience, 2 semesters in a high school PE and Health setting and 1 semester in Elementary, writing and reading tutor for a literacy program for elementary aged students, mentor for Campus Kids, a youth mentoring program where I was matched up with a student between the grades of 4-6

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  • Hometown

    Bonney Lake, WA

  • Education

    Gonzaga University (Physical Education)

  • Hobbies

    Spending time with friends and trying new small food businesses. I'm always up to watch a Disney movie and have Disney sing-a-longs. I enjoy napping but also love being active! If you ever need a gym or hiking buddy let me know! Lastly, I'm really into sports, both watching and playing them. You can catch me watching Sportscenter or checking my notifications for the latest news on my favorite sports teams.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    El Rey Leon (Spanish version of The Lion King -- I enjoy the English version of the book too!)

  • Email

    vochoa@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Adalyn Stretcher

Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

Americorps VISTA - Indianapolis, IN ; TANF Case Manager - Colorado Springs, CO

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  • Hometown

    Briggsdale, CO

  • Education

    Haverford College (B.A. History)

  • Hobbies

    Cooking new dishes (especially in my instant pot), traveling, and going on adventures with my energetic chocolate lab, Willow

  • Favorite Children's Book

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

  • Email

    astretcher@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: southwest

Cassie Dalence Torrez

PreK Teacher


RMP Staff: southwest

Previous experience

2010- 2013 Early Childhood Center Based Director 2015-Current Kindergarten Teacher

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Early Childhood Education) and University of Colorado Denver (M.A. Curriculum and Instruction)

  • Hobbies

    Practicing yoga, reading, watching movies, spending time with my family and traveling

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

  • Email

    ctorrez@rmp.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Megan Reshke

Fifth Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Public land and water conservation at an enviornmental nonprofit in Alaska

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  • Hometown

    St Louis, MO

  • Education

    The University of Kansas (B.A. English)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, camping, running, reading and cooking

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    mreshke@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Ellie Smeton

Fourth Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Reading Fellow at Generation Teacher (6th/7th grade); Intern at Polaris Expeditionary School (2nd/3rd grade); Paraeducator at High Plains Elementary (ILC-special education, 4th grade classroom assistant)

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  • Hometown

    Parker, CO

  • Education

    Colorado State University

  • Hobbies

    Reading, yoga, hiking, camping

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Rainbow Fish

  • Email

    esmeton@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Anna Regan

Fourth Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

10 summers in New Hampshire at YMCA Camp Coniston

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  • Hometown

    DC Metro Area

  • Education

    Colorado College (B.A. Feminist and Gender Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Passionate about all noodle dishes, loves spicy food and loves all animals

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    aregan@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Christopher Jurek

Third Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

5 summers at an overnight action-adventure camp; 2 years teaching outdoor education in California and Colorado, 2 years working with severe needs students as a Paraeducator in Highlands Ranch

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  • Hometown

    Egan, Minnesota

  • Education

    Minneapolis College of Art and Design (B.A. Photography)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, camping, traveling, taking photographs, watching tv and eating

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

  • Email

    cjurek@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Annabel Ames

Second Grade Associate Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience
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  • Hometown

    Detroit, Michigan

  • Education

    University of Missouri (B.A. Journalism and English)

  • Hobbies

    I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, going on walks and spending time with my friends and family!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Velveteen Rabbit & The Giving Tree

  • Email

    aames@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Maria Penas

First Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Literacy Tutor for 1st-5th grade; Civics Coach for an action-civics program called Generation Citizen; EMT; Admissions Ambassador

    More about me
  • Hometown

    Bartlett, Illinois

  • Education

    Boston University (B.A. Comparative Literature)

  • Hobbies

    Dancing and reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The House on Mango Street & Anne of Green Gables

  • Email

    mpenas@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Ayah Attal

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Daycare Assistant Teacher, babysitting, tutoring

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  • Hometown

    Brooklyn, New York

  • Education

    CUNY Brooklyn College (B.A. English)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, writing, drawing, and photography

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Coruroy

  • Email

    aattal@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Elizabeth VanLoan

Special Education Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience
    More about me
  • Hometown

  • Education

  • Hobbies

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    evanloan@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Laura Allen

Special Education Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Business Analytics

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  • Hometown

    Salina, KS

  • Education

    Kansas State University

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, crafting and trivia

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Amelia Bedelia

  • Email

    lallen@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Mia Rodolff

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Behavior Therapist at a behavioral center for children on the autism spectrum for four years

    More about me
  • Hometown

    Santa Rosa, CA

  • Education

    University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Hobbies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Little Prince

  • Email

    mrodolff@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Isabel Nevarez

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Four years of childcare for ages six months to seven years old

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    Community College of Denver

  • Hobbies

    Crafting & cake decorating

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Email

    inevarez@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Coley Knower

Music Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

PreK Elementary Music Teacher in East Baton Rouge for five years

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  • Hometown

    Slidell, Louisiana

  • Education

    Southeastern Louisiana University (B.A. Music Education) and University of Southern Mississippi (M.A. Music Education) Previous Experience: PreK Elementary Music Teacher in East Baton Rouge for five years

  • Hobbies

    Reading, health and fitness, hiking and camping

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter Series

  • Email

    nknower@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Mark Gabriel

PE Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Language and Culture Assistant in Madrid, DSST Apprentice Teacher, Paraprofessional at Joe Shoemaker EL School, Substitute Teacher, Process Consultant and Coach with Coaches Across Continents

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  • Hometown

    Marietta, Georgia

  • Education

    Furman University (B.A. Business Administration)

  • Hobbies

    Biking, reading, conversing, yogaing, traveling, snowboarding, playing soccer and so much more!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

  • Email

    mgabriel@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Tim Marty

Science Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Many hours volunteering with STEM Initiative, 7 summers as a Paraprofessional in District 38

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  • Hometown

    Monument, Colorado

  • Education

    University of Rochester (B.A. Biology, minor in Chemistry)

  • Hobbies

    Basketball, skiing, making music, hiking, playing with my dog

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh the Places You'll Go

  • Email

    tmarty@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Tina Helmick

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Special Education Teacher at Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C. (past two 2 years)

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  • Hometown

    Fort Atkinson, WI

  • Education

    Master of Education (6/2016) and Bachelor of Arts (6/2010) from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, volleyball, and swimming

  • Favorite Children's Book

    James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl

  • Email

    thelmick@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Emily Hanlon

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Two years as a Resource Specialist in San Francisco Unified School District

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  • Hometown

    Grand Rapids, MI

  • Education

    Butler University (B.A. English Creative Writing - Poetry), Loyola Marymount University (M.A. Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Walking my dog, cooking, learning new things, dancing, hiking, and spending quality time with people I love

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Messenger by Lois Lowry

  • Email

    ehanlon@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Tiffany Fulbright

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

PreK - 6th Speacial Education

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  • Hometown

    Durham, NC

  • Education

    Fordham University (MST), Appalachian State University (B.A. Journalism)

  • Hobbies

    Playing with my pup, walking around trails and parks, and painting

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Knuffle Buddy

  • Email

    tfulbright@rockymountainprep.org


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Mara Durkin

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

5 years at Success Academy Charter in New York City teachign 1st grade, 2nd grade and special education for grades K-4

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  • Hometown

    Stamford, Connecticut

  • Education

    Fordham University & Manhattan College (M.A. Childhood and Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Taking my dog to the park and on hikes

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Wonder, Enemy Pie and Roald Dahl books

  • Email

    mdurkin@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Chrystina Crown

Fifth Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

2nd and 3rd grade teacher in CO, 4th grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY

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  • Hometown

    Colorado Springs, CO

  • Education

    CU Boulder (Spanish/Linguistics, Masters of Education from Adam's State)

  • Hobbies

    Running, hiking with my dog, skiing, backpacking and traveling - I love to be outside!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Lorax, A Corner of the Universe

  • Email

    ccrown@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Yune Pak

Third Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Literacy Teacher at University Prep, Para at Steck Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher at Kangam Pride Institute

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  • Hometown

    Fairfax, VA

  • Education

    College of William and Mary (B.A.) and University of Virginia (M.Ed.)

  • Hobbies

    Biking on Cherry Creek Trail, reading at the Tattered Cover, pottery at 20th St Rec Center, lounging in Cheesman Park

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Any and all books by Oliver Jeffers

  • Email

    ypak@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Betsy Groton

Third Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

4th grade teacher in Shaw, MS; 2nd grade and 4th grade teacher with Achievment First in Brooklyn, NY

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  • Hometown

    Westwood, MA

  • Education

    Miami University of Ohio, John Hopkins University, B.A. Communications, M.S. Elementary Education

  • Hobbies

    Running, boxing, hiking, traveling and playing with my dog

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The BFG by Roald Dahl

  • Email

    bgroton@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Natasha Galbraith

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Social Studies teacher at OLPH Mission Grammar School; 4th grade teacher at Ateneo de Manila Grade School; 1st grade teacher at Pax Christi Elementary School

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  • Hometown

    Quezon City, Phillines

  • Education

    Ateneo de Manila University, B.S. Psychology, minor in Education

  • Hobbies

    Reading, embroidery, listening to podcasts

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter

  • Email

    ngalbraith@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Kasha Calia

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

5th grade teacher in Brighton, CO; 3rd grade teacher in Dallas, Texas; 2nd grade student teacher in Athens, Greece

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  • Hometown

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Education

    Northwest Missouri State University, Major in Elementary Education and Minor in Spanish

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, Purre Barre, distance running, dancing, reading and spending time outside with my husband and two mini Australian shepards

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Harry Potter series

  • Email

    kcalia@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Lyndsay Bowens

Kindergarten Teacher


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Pre-Kindergarten teacher (4 years)

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  • Hometown

    Dallas, Texas

  • Education

    University of Texas, Political Science and History (B.A), Post Graduate Studies in Education

  • Hobbies

    Reading, dancing, trying new restaurants and discovering new things in nature with friends and family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh the Places You'll Go

  • Email

    lbowens@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Fana Alemayeuhu

Operations Coordinator


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Founding Parent at Rocky Mountain Prep; Family Recruiter for Rocky Mountain Prep; Volunteer at Rocky Mountain Prep; Hair Stylist at Salon Orea

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  • Hometown

    Tigray, Ethiopia

  • Education

    TMS High School

  • Hobbies

    Cooking, reading and watching movies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Goodnight Moon

  • Email

    falemayeuhu@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Ivonne Gutierrez

Operations Coordinator


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Family Recruiter for Rocky Mountain Prep

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  • Hometown

    Woodville, CA

  • Education

    Monache High School

  • Hobbies

    Reading, cooking, and building forts

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss

  • Email

    igutierrez@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Laura Harringa

Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher St Louis Public Schools; Teaching/Research Assistant; co-founder/charter school partners fellow; 3rd grade teacher, Equity Workgroup Organizer Hiawatha Academies

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  • Hometown

    Hanlontown, IA

  • Education

    Yale University (B.A.); University of Missouri (M.A. Elementary Education); University of Wisconsin (Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, racial/social justice and comunity development, music, movies/TV

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

  • Email

    lharringa@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Joshua Shald

Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

1st grade teacher in Glendale, AZ; Teacher Leadership Development at Teach for America; 7th grade teacher in Phoenix, AZ; Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Breakthrough in San Francisco, CA

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  • Hometown

    Coffeyville, Kansas

  • Education

    Washburn University (B.A. History), Arizona State University (M.A. Elementary Education and Educational Leadership)

  • Hobbies

    Running, reading, watching movies, traveling to new places

  • Favorite Children's Book

    And Tango Makes Three

  • Email

    jshald@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Ashford Duffy

Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

Founding kindergarten teacher, 2nd grade Academic Interventionist, 3rd grade teacher and Assistant Principal at SPARK Academy in Newark, NJ

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  • Hometown

    Hampton, Virginia

  • Education

    College of William and Mary (B.A. English Literature)

  • Hobbies

    Music and concerts, running, yoga, cooking and crafting

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • Email

    aduffy@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: creekside

Shane Turpen

Assistant Principal of Culture


RMP Staff: creekside

Previous experience

PE Teacher and Teacher Leader at McMeen Elementary School, Dean of Culture at Smith Elementary

    More about me
  • Hometown

    Princeton, Illinois

  • Education

    Illinios State University (B.A. Physical Education; M.S. Physical Education Pedagogy)

  • Hobbies

    Golfing, skiing, live music, spending time with family/friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Hatchet

  • Email

    sturpen@rockymountainprep.org


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Nora McNeil

Pre-K Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Before joining Rocky Mountain Prep, I spent two years teaching in a dual-language(Spanish/English) center in Kansas City, KS through Teach For America.

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  • Hometown

    Old Saybrook, CT

  • Education

    University of Connecticut (BA in Human Development & Family Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, running, reading, biking, going to art museums

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison

  • Email

    nmcneil@rockymountainprep.org


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Grant Wentzel

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Pre-K Teacher, English as a Foreign Language Teacher

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  • Hometown

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Education

    La Roche College (B.A. Professional Writing)

  • Hobbies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Scaredy Squirrel

  • Email

    gwentzel@rockymountainprep.org


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Sarafina Feldman

Second Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

2017-2018 School Year Denver Math Fellow

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  • Hometown

    Cushing, TX

  • Education

    Coe College (BA in Sociology and Philosophy)

  • Hobbies

    Playing music, being outside, reading, cooking, coloring, and creating.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Monster at the End of this Book

  • Email

    sfledman@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: fletcher

Aaron Giffin

Assistant Principal of School Culture


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

9 years Special Education teacher, 4 years Assistant Principal

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  • Hometown

    Manlius, NY

  • Education

    Geneseo (State University of New York) and San Diego State Univeristy (Elementary Education/Special Education and Multicultural Counseling)

  • Hobbies

    Music, drumming, skiing, working out, hiking, camping, hanging with my kids.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Pout-Pout Fish

  • Email

    agiffin@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: fletcher

Jesska Daugherty

Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Dean of Instruction and Director of Curriculum & Assessment at KIPP Charlotte

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  • Hometown

    Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Education

    University of Kansas (BA in English and Journalism, Masters in Higher Education Administration)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, yoga, reading, traveling, visiting national parks

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Email

    jdaugherty@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: fletcher

Elizabeth Beard

Third Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

2014 TFA Oklahoma, 4 years teaching at MacArthur Elementary in Tulsa, OK

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  • Hometown

    Annapolis, MD

  • Education

    University of California, Santa Cruz (BA in History)

  • Hobbies

    Being outside, running, hiking, biking, being with friends, eating

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Lorax

  • Email

    ebeard@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Melissa Saavedra

Operations Coordinator


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Games and Attractions Manager at Elitch Gardens and Artist/Manager with Kaman’s Art Shoppes

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  • Hometown

    El Paso, TX

  • Education

    San Antonio College

  • Hobbies

    Creating art, crocheting, growing veggies, hanging with friends and loving on my family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The day the crayons quit, The pigeon finds a hotdog… just to name a few!

  • Email

    msaavedra@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Aspen Gray

Fellow


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

2 years working as a long-term substitute teacher at Ashley Elementary School within Denver Public Schools

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  • Hometown

    Aurora, CO

  • Education

    Arizona State University (Agribusiness Science)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, Traveling, Working out, Dance, Soca Fitness

  • Favorite Children's Book

    A Bad Case of Stripes

  • Email

    agray@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Jack Howard

Fellow


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Literacy Tutor via Colorado Reading Corps

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  • Hometown

    Manistee, Michigan

  • Education

    Northern Michigan University (BS Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, biking, kayaking, hammocking, camping, basketball, cooking, watching The Office, and playing with dogs.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  • Email

    jhoward@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Kyle Christensen

Fellow


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Taught English in China, South Korea, and Spain.

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  • Hometown

    Canon City, Colorado

  • Education

    University of Northern Colorado (Social Sciences)

  • Hobbies

    Friends & family, ping pong, camping, riding my bicycles, making dinner and breakfast, drinking tea, visiting other countries, reading, listening to and playing music, and being a terrible dancer

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Holes, and The Giver.

  • Email

    kchristensen@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Carol Peats

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Paraprofessional with Cesar Chavez Academy

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  • Hometown

    Pueblo, Colorado

  • Education

    Colorado Tech College (Healthcare and Business Management)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, scrapbooking, karaoke, trivia

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    cpeats@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Jamison Williams

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Instructional Special Education Paraprofessional at University Prep, Preschool Assistant at Jacob Academy and the Goddard School

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  • Hometown

    Lakewood, CO

  • Education

    Western Governors University (B.A Special Education (in progress))

  • Hobbies

    Hiking with my dogs (Max, Bugs, and Lola), cooking, arts and crafts, wedding planning/coordination, karaoke, playing Dungeons and Dragons, Netflix Marathons

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Harry Potter (still my favorite), A Wrinkle in Time

  • Email

    jwilliams@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Daniel Lifshen

PE Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

JumpBunch Suburban Denver

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  • Hometown

    Dallas, TX

  • Education

    University of Kansas

  • Hobbies

    Traveling with my wife, snowboarding, concerts, wine tasting, entertaining my 2 dogs Breck and Quinn

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Where the Wild Things Are

  • Email

    dlifshen@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Alexis Moore

Science Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Current Teach for America Corps Member; ACT Preparatory Teacher and Curriculum Developer for almost 3 years; Non-profit Director for 2 years with a specific focus on equity in low-income communities experiencing hunger or homelessness. 

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  • Hometown

    Memphis, TN

  • Education

    Rhodes College (BA in Philosophy)

  • Hobbies

    Running, Reading, Cooking, Traveling, Writing, Yoga and Meditation, and Spending time with people I love!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Email

    amoore@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: network

Chloe Knowling

Special Education Teacher


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

SpED Lead at Strive Prep & Founding Special Education Teacher at Assumption School (Marshall Islands)

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  • Hometown

    Dallas, TX

  • Education

    University of Tampa, Colorado Christian University (BA Communications, (in progress) M.ED Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Theatre, Dance, Sculpting, and Reading

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Ms. Nelson is Missing, and Rumpelstiltskin

  • Email

    cknowling@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: network

Laura Weber

4/5 Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

I have been teaching 8th grade Literacy in Franklin, WI for the past 4 years - This year at Rocky Mountain Prep marks the beginning of my 7th year smile

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  • Hometown

    Batavia, IL

  • Education

    Marquette University (Elementary/Middle Education and Spanish)

  • Hobbies

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch or Love by Matt de la Pena

  • Email

    lweber@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: network

Hannah Peshkin

4/5 Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

5 years teaching 4th grade

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  • Hometown

    Ann Arbor, MI

  • Education

    Santa Clara University, University of Denver (BS-Economics, MA - Curriculum & Instruction)

  • Hobbies

    Knitting, kayaking (lazy river style), Netflixing

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Wonder

  • Email

    hpeshkin@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Kat Pittman

Third Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

5 years teaching 1st-2nd grade in Houston, 2 years teaching preschool in Seattle; 2 years as a program coordinator for Americorps*Vista in Montana; 3 years as a literacy tutor and program coordinator in Seattle.

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  • Hometown

    Bozeman, MT

  • Education

    Seattle University (Humanities for Teaching); Relay Graduate School (Master’s in Teaching)

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, camping, hiking, and cooking with my husband, 3 boys, and our dog.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The Sneetches, The Lorax., and Love you Forever

  • Email

    kpittman@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Ellie Roberts

Third Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

2nd grade teacher ELA-E Denver Public Schools

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  • Hometown

    Littleton, CO

  • Education

    University of Colorado, Boulder (BS - Communication, minor - Elementary Ed)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking, watching movies, playing with puppies, playing board games, eating

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Beekle or Where the Wild Things Are

  • Email

    eroberts@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Melissa Pettit

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Kindergarten for two years, 2nd and 3rd as long-term substitute

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  • Hometown

    Eagle River, AK

  • Education

    Metropolitan State University of Denver (BA - Human Development and Elementary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, viola, photography, board games, and playing with our various pets

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Dealing with Dragons, Harry Potter, and Roxaboxen.

  • Email

    mpettit@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Brooke Webb

Second Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

7 years teaching (Title 1 in New Orleans and Denver), 2 years Discipline Dean, 2 years Assistant Principal

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  • Hometown

    Larkspur, CO

  • Education

    University of Northern Colorado and University of Phoenix (BA - Elementary Ed:K-6, MA - Curriculum and Instruction)

  • Hobbies

    Hiking and camping with my husband and 2 kids

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Anything Dr. Seuss or Mo Willems

  • Email

    bwebb@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Monica Figueroa

Kindergarten Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

K-5 Special Education Teacher, Creative Arts Educator for Iowa State Extension, Learning Council Member for the Iowa Department of Education

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  • Hometown

    Storm Lake, Iowa

  • Education

    Buena Vista University (BA Educational Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Photography, Painting, Reading, Soccer, Snowboarding

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    mfigueroa@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Tom Letourneau

Kindergarten Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

5 years as a general education kindergarten teacher. 

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  • Hometown

    Dayton, ME

  • Education

    Colby College (BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English)

  • Hobbies

    Running, reading, games, and naps when I can!

  • Favorite Children's Book

    This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

  • Email

    tletourneau@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Mary Ann Mahoney

Pre-K Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

I have taught every grade Pre-K through 8th grade, except for 4th grade. I have taught in a variety of schools in the Metro Denver area: one Catholic school, one neighborhood school in Jeffco and two charter schools. I have been a principal in two charter schools and taught ESL in China for 6 years to college students.

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  • Hometown

    Arvada, CO

  • Education

    Metropolitan State College and University of Denver (BA in Early Childhood Education and MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in International Studies)

  • Hobbies

    Playing guitar, creative lettering and card making, playing games, hanging out with my nieces and nephews, traveling and going to the zoo and various museums.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Mountain that Loved a Bird

  • Email

    mmahoney@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Kaitlyn Hyland

Pre-K Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

8 years Montessori and Early Childhood teaching, 7 years in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade

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  • Hometown

    Omaha, NE

  • Education

    Rockhurst University, Loyola University at Marymount, Montessori Institute of Minnesota (B. A. in Elementary Education, M. A. in Early Childhood Education, Montessori Certificate)

  • Hobbies

    Painting, reading, writing, nature hikes, yoga and giving my children rides on my feet.

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

  • Email

    khyland@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Mary Howard

Pre-K Teacher


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

3 years in ECE, 2 years in 1st grade, 3 years in kindergarten

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  • Hometown

    Littleton, CO

  • Education

    University of Northern Colorado (B.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English and Liberal Arts)

  • Hobbies

    Yoga, hiking, camping, traveling, dancing, watching the Broncos, spending time with friends and family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Charlotte’s Web

  • Email

    mhoward@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Misty Manzanares

Facility Manager


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Food & Beverage/Operations Management with Denver Public Schools

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    North High School

  • Hobbies

    Fishing, camping, reading, spending time with family and friends

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Mo Willems, The Pigeon Takes a Bath

  • Email

    mmanzanares@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Rosy Rodriguez

Operations Manager


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Funding Manager at Universal Finance and Office Manager at Cesar Chavez Academy

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  • Hometown

    Cd. Juarez, MX

  • Education

    Community College of Denver

  • Hobbies

    Reading and spending time with my family

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Giving Tree

  • Email

    rrodriguez@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: berkeley

Bettina Garcia-Brown

Associate Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: berkeley

Previous experience

Student teacher in DPS and Mapleton; Preschool assistant at a Montessori school in downtown Denver; Instructional Tutor at a Jeffco middle school; 6/7 History and ELA teacher at charter school in Aurora; Founding 5th Grade ELA teacher, Educational Specialist, and Managing Grade Level Chair at KIPP in San Jose, CA. for 3 years; and 7/ 8 ELA teacher in 27J Brighton.

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  • Hometown

    Denver, CO

  • Education

    University of Colorado (BA English Literature, MA Educational Psychology & Human Development, REACH CA. teaching License)

  • Hobbies

    Yoga, hiking, cooking, traveling, reading, binge-watching TV shows

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Harry Potter Series and most YA fiction

  • Email

    bgarcia@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: network

Lauren Robinson

Assistant Principal of Instruction


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

K-2 Math Coordinator at Growing Up Green Charter Elementary (Queens, NYC), Math/Science Instructional Coach Oakshire Elementary (Orlando, FL), Elementary Science Lab Teacher (Orlando, FL), and 5th-grade teacher (Orlando, FL)

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  • Hometown

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Education

    University of Central Florida (M.Ed. Educational Leadership and B.A Elementary Education)

  • Hobbies

    Reading, Art and Theater, and going on walks with my cats, Montezuma, Beowulf, and Ripley

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Love That Dog/Hate That Cat series by Sharon Creech

  • Email

    lrobinson@rockymountainprep.org


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Mary Kelly

Enrollment Coordinator


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience
    More about me
  • Hometown

  • Education

  • Hobbies

  • Favorite Children's Book

  • Email

    mkelly@rockymountainprep.org


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Charis Whitnah

Senior Manager of Student Services


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

Special Education Teacher at SOAR Charter School, Special Education Teacher at the Tennyson Center, and Special Education Administrator at the Tennyson Center

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  • Hometown

    Washington, DC

  • Education

    Colorado College (B.A. Philosophy) and University of Northern Colorado (M.A. Special Education)

  • Hobbies

    Running, skiing, yoga, camping, and playing with my dog

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

  • Email

    cwhitnah@rockymountainprep.org


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RMP Staff: network

Trong Le

Assessment and Technology Support Associate


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

Peer Advocate/Teaching Assistant at Pre-Collegiate Academic Outreach at the University of Colorado Denver

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  • Hometown

    Aurora, CO

  • Education

    Pursuing BSBA in Information Systems at the University of Colorado Denver

  • Hobbies

    Playing video games, listening to music, building computers, building and collecting keyboards, and late night driving

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

  • Email

    tle@rockymountainprep.org


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Indrina Kanth

Chief of Staff


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

Prior to joining RMP, Indrina spent seven years at New Schools for New Orleans serving on the leadership team, overseeing the organization's school investment processes, and working closely alongside charter school and district partners to deliver an excellent public school for every child in New Orleans. Indrina also served on Teach For America's national recruitment team for five years, ultimately leading recruitment directors and recruitment associates working with universities around the country. 

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  • Hometown

    Queens, NY

  • Education

    B.A. in International Affairs, with a concentration in International Development Studies and a minor in Creative Writing from The George Washington University

  • Hobbies

    Writing short stories, cooking, knitting and Development, playing guitar, reading, trying to be good at yoga

  • Favorite Children's Book

    The Velveteen Rabbit

  • Email

    ikanth@rockymountainprep.org


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Jessica Valsechi

Director of Academics


RMP Staff: network

Previous experience

Jess started her career in education as a Teach for America teacher in Charlotte, NC teaching fourth and second grade. After moving to Denver, she taught kindergarten at local elementary charter school. From there, she became a Dean of Math coaching teachers on instruction. She then served as a founding turn-around Principal where her school earned the hightest growth in the state in mathematics. 

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  • Hometown

    Richmond, VA

  • Education

    B.S. in Psychology from James Madison Univeristy

  • Hobbies

    Orange Theory Fitness, cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends, taking care of my furchild Phoenix and imagining house renovations like I have my own HGTV show and unlimited funds

  • Favorite Children's Book

    Pickle Things by Marc Brown, I loved pickles as a kid and thought it was hilarious (both are still true now!)

  • Email

    jvalsechi@rockymountainprep.org


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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


RMP Staff: network

Alexandra Chavez

Accounting Coordinator


RMP Staff: network

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


RMP Staff: creekside

Leila 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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RMP Staff: fletcher

Victoria Rodriguez

First Grade Teaching Fellow


RMP Staff: fletcher

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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RMP Staff: fletcher

Kendall Calvert

Science Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

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


RMP Staff: fletcher

Sarah Eck

Second Grade Associate Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

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


RMP Staff: fletcher

Bailey Perry

Pre-K Teaching Assistant


RMP Staff: fletcher

Previous experience

Sunday School teacher, Second Grade Student Teacher

    More about me
  • 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


RMP Staff: fletcher

Alexandra Ramonas

Third Grade Teaching Fellow


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


RMP Staff: fletcher

Jess Garay

First Grade Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

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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RMP Staff: fletcher

Stephany Parra

Operations 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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RMP Staff: fletcher

Berenice Quezada

Operations 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

Mild Moderate Teacher


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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RMP Staff: berkeley

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 Associate Teacher


RMP Staff: fletcher

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

Pre-K 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