Administration

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Alicia Biggs

Special Education Administrative Assistant

Alicia Biggs

Special Education Administrative Assistant

My interest in education has its roots in my early childhood as the fourth of five children. Learning to interact and socialize was a necessity in our large family and even the larger community. I have an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Eastern Washington University. My major area of study was Reading, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. In 1999, I completed Masters in Literacy from Lesley College in Boston. I have always valued education, and I feel that learning to understand and use social skills and cues in group interactions are the foundation from which we learn appropriate conduct, common courtesy, discipline and some measure of self-control. These foundational elements set the tone for future success in education as well as life, and I enjoy sharing these elements with the students at McAuliffe. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my two young girls and my adult son.

Amy DelPo

Librarian

Amy DelPo

Librarian

I moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area about eight years ago with my husband and three children, and I am very happy to call Park Hill home. I have a master’s degree in library science and have been working as a librarian at the Denver Public Library for about four years. Librarianship is my third career, after journalism and law, and I must say that the third time is the charm, because I love enriching people’s lives by connecting them with books, information, and their communities. When I don’t have my head in a book, you can find me biking around the neighborhood, hiking through our beautiful Colorado wilderness, or baking in my own kitchen. I am thrilled to be bringing my passion for reading and 21st century information literacy to the students, teachers, and families of McAuliffe.

Becky Swenson

6th Grade Counselor

Becky Swenson

6th Grade Counselor

Hello! I am thrilled to be a part of the McAuliffe community. Born and raised a Hoosier, I am now a proud Coloradan. I moved to Denver to attend graduate school at University of Denver and I never left. I’ve taught middle school through college, earning a couple of Master’s degrees along the way, one for Teaching (Curriculum & Instruction) and one in Counseling. When I started counseling students in 2002, I realized my dream of helping students thrive in school and beyond. Personally, my husband, daughter, two crazy dogs, and I live just down the road in Montclair. I love a rainy day when I have an excuse to read all afternoon. Given a sunny Saturday, you’ll find me on the soccer fields around Colorado, cheering on my own middle schooler.

Benjamin Marcial

8th Grade Mental Health/School Psychologist

Benjamin Marcial

8th Grade Mental Health/School Psychologist

Born and raised on the north side of Chicago. I am a proud product of Chicago Public Schools and a graduate of Northern Illinois University where I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I recently graduated from National-Louis University with my Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology. I am excited to be a new member of the Denver community and I am looking forward to working with the students and families of McAuliffe International Middle School. On a personal note, I am looking forward to exploring outdoor activities, sporting events, and the art and music scene of Denver. If you see me around, please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself, and remember, Go Cubs Go!

Brandi Wright

Community Liaison

Brandi Wright

Community Liaison

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I attended Emory University where I studied Psychology and Educational Studies. I later moved to Denver and received a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado.  I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, exploring, and goofing around with my husband and 3 children.  I am thrilled to be a part of the passionate, enriching, and inspiring McAuliffe community, both as a parent and staff member.

Carla Frenzel

7th Grade Assistant Principal

Carla Frenzel

7th Grade Assistant Principal

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Gandhi is one that I try to live up to each day. After growing up on a dairy farm in far northern Minnesota and completing my bachelor’s degree at the College of St. Scholastica, I moved to Denver to join the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, a year-long volunteer program in which I taught with Project PAVE (promoting alternatives to violence through education). Since then I have worked in Denver Public Schools both as a middle school teacher and, after completing the Ritchie Program and earning my master’s degree in School Administration and Education Policy from the University of Denver, most recently as the secondary social studies coordinator. Several years ago I had the privilege of volunteering in Kenya for a year, where I taught and helped build a school. My daughter and I enjoy hiking, camping, gardening, reading and hosting gatherings with friends. It is a blessing to be a part of the McAuliffe community!

Gus Johnson

8th Grade Assistant Principal

Gus Johnson

8th Grade Assistant Principal

Hello! I am excited to be joining the McAuliffe community. I was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL, by my mother and alongside two brothers and one sister. I attended North Park University and received my bachelor's in History along with a 6-12 teaching license. I received my Masters in Educational Leadership from DePaul University. My road to traditional education has been winding and extremely influential in my belief that all children, no matter their circumstances, need access to quality education. I have been fortunate enough to work with youth from all over the world. Although my work has exposed me to some horrific situations, these experiences have ignited a deep passion that the circumstances of a child’s life does not predestine them for failure. I am a firm believer in the power of relationship to transform a struggling student into a successful one. I also believe that the most effective learning begins when there is a relationship with home. My wife and I are both educators in Denver, and we are proud to know that

Katherine Howes

8th Grade Counselor

Katherine Howes

8th Grade Counselor

Hello! I'm Katherine Howes, a rare Colorado Native. I grew up in Colorado Springs and then spent 8 fun-filled years in Durango before heading back up to the Front Range to get my graduate degree and become a school counselor. Working in middle schools has been the best choice I've ever made as every day brings a new and exciting challenge. I'm fluent in Spanish and love an excuse to practice with students and families. I love spending time reading, cooking and spending time with those I love.

Kathy Lehman

School Nurse

Kathy Lehman

School Nurse

I grew up in northeast  Iowa, later living in Johnston, Iowa,  where my husband and I raised our 3 children. I have worked in a critical care hospital setting and, most recently, as a school nurse with Des Moines Public Schools. In 2015, my husband and I moved to Denver to be closer to our two daughters and grandchildren. A graduate of the University of Iowa, I enjoy college sports, golf, hiking, camping, reading and quilting. My first year at McAuliffe has been both challenging and very rewarding. I am proud to be a part of the McAuliffe community!

Kendall Knoll

Receptionist

Kendall Knoll

Receptionist

Kendra Collings

Physical Education/Club Sports and Intramurals

Kendra Collings

Physical Education/Club Sports and Intramurals

Hi! I am so excited to be a part of the McAuliffe community as a Physical Education and Health Teacher.  For as long as I can remember, physical activity, playing sports and fitness activities have always been a part of my life and teaching PE and Health happened organically.  It did not take me long to realize how movement and nutrition are integral to my success in anything that I want to do, this is what I hope to share with the students and the community.  I grew up in the Finger Lakes region in New York State where we still spend time in the summer.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland and a Masters from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the past 18 years I have called Denver my home. This is where I met my husband, and we have 2 children who attend McAuliffe. As my children have grown, I went back to teaching PE and Health after owning my own personal training and nutrition business for 12 years and teaching at the post- secondary level.

Kim Ezrine

Critical Needs

Kim Ezrine

Critical Needs

I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina where I learned to love skiing, camping, running and all things outdoors. Attending college at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, I studied English and Philosophy. After college, I was able to follow my dream of teaching High School English and coaching in Baltimore, MD before pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Michigan. This degree led to work in educational consulting for several Chicago Public Schools before I began having my own 3 kids and decided to stay home to raise them. Education is still my passion, and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing McAuliffe community as both a parent and a staff member. I am driven by my belief that every child deserves the opportunity to be in a nurturing environment that inspires a love of learning, and I love how McAuliffe accomplishes that!

Kurt Dennis

Principal

Kurt Dennis

Principal

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, I attended the University of Kansas in the early 1990s. After college, I moved to Colorado to pursue a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado. I started my career in education teaching English as a second language to immigrant students at Ranum High School in Westminster, Colorado. I was a middle school and high school administrator in Westminster for four years until I moved to Denver Public Schools in July of 2011. My wife Shelby and I have two daughters, Kelsey and Delaney. We have lived in Northeast Denver since 2003 and are very excited about the opportunities presented by opening a new middle school in the community where we live. We love to travel and spend time outdoors.

Laura Rogers

Service Learning Coordinator

Laura Rogers

Service Learning Coordinator

Laura Thompson

Communications, Registrar

Laura Thompson

Communications, Registrar

A ‘mostly’ Colorado native, I have spent the majority of my life in Colorado. I grew up in Littleton, CO, and then attended Whittier College in California. After college, I spent a number of years working in the private sector and in non-profit management, most recently as the Executive Director for the Denver VOICE. In 2015, I decided to make another career change and am so happy to have joined the staff of this great school. My husband Randy and I have two children, both who have attended McAuliffe. During my free time, I enjoy running, reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family at our cabin in the mountains.

Lauren Graham

6th Grade Counselor

Lauren Graham

6th Grade Counselor

I was born and raised in Kansas City and fell in love with Colorado during family ski trips growing up. Knowing I had to be in Colorado, I came out here for college and attended the University of Denver. I then went to the University of Colorado Denver for my Masters degree in Counseling.  For the past four years I have been a school counselor in DPS. My passion is helping kids, and I have wanted to be a counselor since I was in high school! When I’m not working, you can find me outdoors and enjoying the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer, including hiking, skiing, and camping (all of which are made better if my beloved dog Emma is there). I also love to read, paint, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

Maricris Doolan

Receptionist, Events

Maricris Doolan

Receptionist, Events

I was born in the Philippines and moved to Detroit, MI, when I was 9 years old. I have called Denver home for the past 15 years. Before moving to Denver, I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and then worked for Ford Motor Company for 8 years before deciding to stay home with my first child. My husband Rob and I have two kids, Connor and Christina. Outside of work, I am busy driving the kids to their activities and playing tennis. We have been residents of Stapleton since 2002. I am so excited to be a part of the McAuliffe family!

Matthew Koscove

Special Education/Athletic Director

Matthew Koscove

Special Education/Athletic Director

I was born in Colorado Springs and also spent time living in Indiana, one time during my senior year of high school and the second time to coach college basketball at St. Joseph’s College in northern Indiana. I moved back to Colorado in 2004 and began work as a para-professional at Mountain Ridge Middle School in a special education classroom. From 2005-2012, I taught special education at Rampart High School and was recognized as Teacher of the Year by my school district in 2010-2011. My special education team was awarded Team of the Year in 2011-2012. I graduated in 2012 from Western State College of Colorado with my Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education Law. I have been married for 6 years and have one son named Easton, age 5. I love to golf, camp, fish, garden and spend time with my family.

Micah Klaver

6th Grade Assistant Principal

Micah Klaver

6th Grade Assistant Principal

I have been part of this incredible community since 2013. I was born in Loveland but have lived in S. California, New York and Michigan. I came to serve at McAuliffe after a variety of great experiences with Americorps, City and Non-Profit Outdoor Recreation Programs and as an Expeditionary Learning Teacher. I passionate about kids and communities. Whether facilitating and creating learning experiences that challenge and empower students to dig deeper, teaching them to ask questions and become positive leaders in their communities or simply standing with them when they need an advocate or encouragement. I have a degree in education from the University of Colorado and am currently gaining a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Ritchie Program at the University of Denver. My wife Kate is also a teacher and we have lived in the City Park neighborhood for ten years. We have two young daughters and spend as much time as possible backpacking, skiing, hiking and camping. I love teaching, leading, living and learning in the community that I live in. Together we continue to do great

Natalie Barrios Marquez

Site Assessment Leader

Natalie Barrios Marquez

Site Assessment Leader

I was born in Denver, but since my dad was in the Army, I lived in several places, including Germany. We traveled throughout Germany, as well France, Switzerland, and Italy. It was an amazing time, and I will never forget it. I’m a DPS alum and graduate of Montbello High School. I am married and have two wonderful children. I spent nine years in Westminster working as an ELA Instructional Assistant as the ELA Department Assistant. I love playing soccer and volleyball and helped coach the McAuliffe girls’ soccer team. I am also currently working on my BA in Elementary Education.

Patrick Ortega

Security

Patrick Ortega

Security

Sherry Beardshear

Activities Coordinator

Sherry Beardshear

Activities Coordinator

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, I attended Trinity University in San Antonio where I obtained my B.S. in Mathematics as well as a Master of Arts in Education. After completing my degrees, I moved to Colorado to enjoy the great outdoors and furthered my education by obtaining my Principal’s Licensure. I taught 7th grade math for eight years prior to taking time off to raise my two sons. I have spent most of my time volunteering and continuing my own educational career by coordinating events in my sons’ schools. As the Activities Director at McAuliffe, I coordinate our after-school enrichments, outdoor camps, student trips, Penny Harvest campaign and service learning. These extra activities outside the regular classroom are the ones that many students will remember from their middle school years, and I’m excited to enrich the school experience at McAuliffe!

Tammy Pittman

Secretary, Office Manager

Tammy Pittman

Secretary, Office Manager

I was born and raised in Colorado. I love to visit other states for vacation, but cannot see myself living anywhere else. I started working in an office my senior year of high school, while taking clerical/secretarial classes. After high school, I was given a great opportunity to become a Corporate Travel Coordinator. I jumped at that opportunity and then transitioned to being a Corporate Travel Agent. I enjoyed working in the travel industry through 2003, when a job change let me enjoy the summer with my daughter. I was reminded that time was going by too fast so I focused on working within the school system to be able to spend more time with my family. My husband and I enjoy spending time camping and riding our ATV’s in the mountains, enjoying the great Colorado scenery and wildlife.

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