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Alexander, Nolan

Paraprofessional

Alexander, Nolan

Paraprofessional

Bendinelli, Natalie

6th Grade Language Arts

Bendinelli, Natalie

6th Grade Language Arts

This will be my 6th year teaching and McAullife is exactly where I'd like to be!  I have spent the past 5 years teaching Elementary School and I am excited to move up into the world of fabulous 6th graders.  I grew up in Denver with my big Italian family and I am the youngest of 5 in my immediate family. I also have 8 beautiful nieces and nephews. You can find me on Sunday nights at my parents’ house for a big Italian family dinner. In my free time you will find my boyfriend and I hiking or camping with our Great Dane puppy, traveling and exploring new places, or spending time with my friends and family. In this photo, I am exploring the wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco where I was able to experience unique cultures, foods and scenery. Two years ago I began to pursue my masters in Administrative Leadership and was excited to graduate with this degree in December and begin using many of the skills that I learned throughout my program.

Bergman, Sarah

7th Grade Science

Bergman, Sarah

7th Grade Science

I am a Minnesota native who loves spending time outdoors with my family and friends. I have always liked science, so much so that I majored in geology at Carleton College, and went on to receive my M.S. in geochemistry at the University of Washington. I have taught middle and high school science for eight years, and have been teaching in Denver since 2012. I teach through a social justice lens and focus on inquiry in the classroom so that students develop a love for science as well as the 21st century skills necessary for high school, college, and career. When I’m not in the classroom I spend time reading, knitting, and hiking.

Betham, Max

8th Grade Science

Betham, Max

8th Grade Science

I am very excited to be joining the team at McAuliffe as an 8th grade science teacher. I have been teaching middle school science and math for the past 5 years in Virginia. Before working in a middle school, I was fortunate enough to experience teaching English in China and working as a Geo-technical Engineer. I am originally from the Philadelphia area, where I went to college and obtained a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and a Master degree in Geoscience from West Chester University. I am passionate about helping students develop ways to analyze and find solutions to complex problems, while teaching them the fundamentals of science. My wife and I are excited to move to Denver to enjoy everything the city has to offer.

 

Blaxton, Chelsie

8th Grade Language & Literacy

Blaxton, Chelsie

8th Grade Language & Literacy

Hello McAuliffe Family! My name is Chelsie Blaxton. I am originally from Michigan where I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree. I also have a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. I have taught Secondary English for the past 13 years in Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. When I’m not teaching I enjoy many outdoor things including: hiking, camping, and kayaking. I also spend a lot of time reading, crafting, gardening, attending concerts, and traveling. I love all things college sports related, and support Detroit professional teams (yes, sadly, including the Detroit Lions).

I am very excited to work with the McAuliffe Community!

Brown, Kasey

7th Grade Math

Brown, Kasey

7th Grade Math

I am originally from New Castle, Indiana but moved near Chicago for my Undergraduate. My teaching career began this year, after completing my degree in Elementary Education, Psychology, and Middle School Math. I moved out to Denver in August with my fiancé. When I am not teaching, you can find me exploring the city, hiking, or reading a good book. I am passionate about providing a welcoming learning environment for all of my students, and have loved incorporating this passion with the McAuliffe Math curriculum. I am excited to be apart of the McAuliffe community!

Burke, Liliana

6th Grade Spanish

Burke, Liliana

6th Grade Spanish

Hola! I was born and raised in Colombia and moved to the United States in 2005.  I obtained my Teaching degree from Brigham Young University. I am passionate about education and teaching Spanish. Being a second language learner myself has helped me develop a love and passion for the process of learning a foreign language. I am looking forward to the special “a-ha!” moments that take place during language development and helping my students create good and lasting memories of their second language development process. When I am not teaching, I can be found spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Chapman, Tony

Physical Education

Chapman, Tony

Physical Education

Hello, Sun Devils! I have over 14 years of middle school PE experience, and I am excited to be a part of the McAuliffe team. I grew up in York, Nebraska, where I enjoyed playing sports throughout my High School career. I went to college at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education. After graduating, I took my first job in Denver Public Schools and I have been here ever since. While teaching in Denver, I continued my education at Lesley University where I got a Masters degree in Technology in Education. I met my beautiful wife Casey while she was working for DPS as a Sign Language Interpreter. We have two awesome children, Jase and Teagan. We enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and visiting family in Nebraska and Arizona.

Clark, Tina

Math & French

Clark, Tina

Math & French

I started my career in corporate Human Resources in France after earning a Masters in Management. Marrying my husband - a Coloradan, born and raised - got us to settle in Denver, where I decided to pursue my interest in education, sparked long ago from seeing my father passionately teach French and Latin for decades. Over the past 10 years, I have taught French, Business and Math to levels ranging from Kindergarten to college credit classes. In my free time, I love taking care of my home, spending time with my husband and my cat, reading or watching shows, eating good food, and traveling. When I’m not catching up with family abroad, I’m always excited to discover new places and cultures.

Clarke, Malgosia

6th Grade Social Studies

Clarke, Malgosia

6th Grade Social Studies

I am originally from Poland. I earned a master’s degree in Education at the University of N. Copernicus in Torun, Poland. I lived in Scotland for 15 months and I moved to USA in 2010. I have been teaching 6th grade for the past 4 years at Noel Community Arts School. I taught Language Arts and Geography. I am married and have two wonderful children. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, knitting, travelling and most of all spending time with my family.

Cofer, Morgan

8th Grade Visual Arts

Cofer, Morgan

8th Grade Visual Arts

As an artist, I have experience in a variety of mediums including photography, illustration, painting, ceramics, glass blowing, and screen printing. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA in Photography and film. I have a passion for illustration and watercolors and uses them to explore the beauty of the nature world during my travels. As an educator, I received a MA in Art Teaching from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I believe that all students deserve to explore and express their ideas through art and should feel confident in their artistic ability. I believe art is not just about technical skills, but about the ability to think creatively, learning from mistakes by persisting, and connecting to personal experience and the world outside the classroom. In my free time, in addition to making my own art, I enjoy hanging out my goldendoodle and spending time outside hiking, backpacking and biking.

Collett, Jesse

7th Grade Drama

Collett, Jesse

7th Grade Drama

I have been involved in theatre for as long as I can remember as an audience member first, then as a performer, technician and now as a director and teacher. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor of arts degree in musical theatre and a bachelor of arts degree in theatre education. Being passionate about lifelong learning I pursued and completed my masters of arts in directing at Roosevelt University in Chicago!  I am a true nerd when it comes to all things technology and love finding ways to better accomplish my day to day. I have an amazing wife named Gina and a sweet little pup named Sulley (after Monsters Inc.’s Sulley). When I am not at the school I am filling my time with volunteering for various things, working around our house, playing video games, reading and the occasional hike!

Collings, Kendra

Physical Education/Club Sports and Intramurals

Collings, Kendra

Physical Education/Club Sports and Intramurals

Having lived in Denver for over 22 years, it is the longest I have lived anywhere, and I love calling it home.  Born & raised in upstate New York, attended SUNY Cortland for undergrad and UNC- Chapel Hill for my Masters’ degree.  Basically, the human body amazes me and I am in a constant state of awe as to our potential physically, mentally and emotionally.  Inspiring people to move is deeply rooted in me and is definitely who I am. My career has always included fitness, nutrition and any form of movement that I could find. In recent years I have really dove deep into the practices of yoga and mindfulness training and incorporate it into my daily life as well as share with others. It is, and has been, my utmost pleasure to create and teach a class focused primarily on the benefits of moving our bodies and practicing self care as we learn how to provide for our amazing human bodies.  I am so very grateful for the support of this community, the parents, the students and my

Crissey, Tess

Spanish

Crissey, Tess

Spanish

Saludos! I grew up in Minnesota and then went to Iowa to earn my bachelors in Spanish from Northwestern College. During my studies, I learned a ton while traveling in Guatemala and Ecuador. After graduating, I taught Spanish in Iowa and Wyoming before settling down in Colorado. Currently, I’m working on my masters in Spanish from UNC. When I’m not teaching or studying, I like to explore parks and trails with my husband and two sons. I’m thrilled to be a part of the McAuliffe community. Nos vemos pronto!

 

Dorfman, Abby

7th Grade Language & Literacy

Dorfman, Abby

7th Grade Language & Literacy

I grew up in Denver and left Colorado to attend the University of Vermont, where I studied middle level education. After college, I moved to Jackson Hole for the summer and led backpacking trips for middle and high school students before returning to Denver to teach 7th grade at DSST. After two years of teaching in Southwest Denver,  I received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in the Netherlands at a vocational college. After an incredible year of teaching and traveling, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue a master’s degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of school you can find me enjoying the outdoors or traveling! I am so excited to be a part of the McAuliffe community!

Dwyer, Jordan

Music

Dwyer, Jordan

Music

I am from Pueblo, Colorado and earned a BA in Music Education from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO.  I’ve been teaching band, orchestra, piano, and guitar in Denver since 2005. My primary instrument is the saxophone which I’ve been playing since I was in the 5th grade. I currently perform at the Lone Tree Arts Center with the Denver Concert Band.  My favorite songs include Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana, and Gerald Albright’s rendition of the classic Georgia on My Mind.  I live in Denver with my wife Rochelle, and 2 sons named JP & Miles and enjoy fishing in my spare time.

Erhart, Bobbi

7th Grade Language Arts

Erhart, Bobbi

7th Grade Language Arts

I was born in Denver, grew up in Aurora and Morrison, and have live in Colorado all of my life! I received my Bachelors degree in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I am currently working on my Masters in English Education with an emphasis in both Special Education and Curriculum Studies. This is will be my fourth year teaching middle school (three years in 6th grade), and I can’t wait for my first year at McAuliffe! When I am not teaching you can find me spending time outside, traveling as much as I can, spending time with cat, Dexter Morgan, and cooking in my kitchen.

Eubanks, Jia-Fang

Mandarin

Eubanks, Jia-Fang

Mandarin

Nǐ hǎo, I was born in Taiwan and has been living in US, Japan and China for many years. I truly enjoy the authentic culture of each country including people and languages. I speak Chinese, Japanese, English, and Taiwanese. I’ve published a book “Hanyu Pinyin Workbook” for beginning Chinese learners and a research paper “Integrating 21st Century Writing Workshop into a Chinese Language Immersion School”. I have been teaching Chinese at all levels from heritage schools, elementary school through college level including AP Chinese prep course. Besides teaching, I enjoy walking, jogging, watching foreign drama, and spending time with my family and friends.

Everett, Christina

6th Grade Language Arts

Everett, Christina

6th Grade Language Arts

I received my teaching degree at Western Washington University and most recently a Masters in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Teaching at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I have taught for the last 7 years in Colorado.  When I am not teaching, I love going for walks with my daughter, Ariella, and reading. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter - just ask my dog Luna Lovegood, and cannot be more excited to get to know my new students and their families this year.

Fields, Rachel

Special Education

Fields, Rachel

Special Education

I grew up in Chicago, IL, with my 2 older brothers and 1 older sister. I attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where I studied Elementary Education with a focus in Math and played volleyball all 4 years. I moved to Denver in 2016 after graduating to begin my first teaching position at STRIVE Prep. I enrolled in the ASPIRE program for the first year and a half of teaching in order to get my Special Education endorsement and be a certified Special Education Teacher, and I absolutely love it. Outside of school, my passions include being with family, especially my nieces and nephews, playing volleyball, and exploring all the great restaurants Denver has to offer.

 

Fogleman, Kurt

Physical Education

Fogleman, Kurt

Physical Education

I have been very fortunate to spend much of my life internationally, with ten years of my childhood in Kenya, semesters studying abroad in Thailand and Madagascar, working for a traveling summer camp in Western Europe, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Ukraine. Ever since I was a young boy, I have always had a passion for playing sports and being involved in physical activity. These international experiences in some of the amazing cultures of the world only fueled this passion and gave me another passion to become a teacher. I received my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from Simpson College in Iowa and more recently completed the K-12 Physical Education Licensure Program from Metro State University of Denver. I have called Denver home for the past four years and was very lucky to meet my beautiful wife, Annie, here. We are very excited as we are expecting our first baby in August 2017. We love to go exploring on hikes in the mountains, watching sporting events in the city, walking our dog while admiring Colorado’s

Fox, Jennifer

7th Grade Math

Fox, Jennifer

7th Grade Math

I was born in Colorado but raised in Portland, Oregon. Once I graduated from Portland State University, I hustled to return to my roots, extended family, and blue skies here in Colorado. I love teaching math and am truly thrilled and proud as I see my students’ progression. I enjoy connecting with kids this age, and I am dedicated to helping all kids learn and feel safe and accepted in my classroom. When I’m not at school, I’m enjoying my kids and my husband where we live in Central Park. We love to ski, camp, bike, swim, and play outside. Any time I get to steal for myself is spent exercising, reading a novel, or roasting (and drinking) coffee.

Fuller, Emily

7th Grade Math

Fuller, Emily

7th Grade Math

I am very excited to teach mathematics at McAuliffe and help students think in ways that they are not accustomed. One of my favorite mathematicians, Georg Cantor, said that “in mathematics, the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.” In math this year, we will work to generate questions, reason and think through them, and prove our conclusions. We will learn mathematics not because it will help us with a job or because it will help us do well on a test but because loving learning and loving thinking makes us better human beings. Outside of school, I’m probably somewhere in a forest, on a trail, atop a mountain, on a slope, or in a lake with my two favorite mammals – Mr. Fuller and Professor Enzo, the canine.

Fuller, Tyler

6th / 7th Grade Math

Fuller, Tyler

6th / 7th Grade Math

I am very excited to be a part of the McAuliffe community!  I love mathematics because I believe it to be the most creative and artistic form of thinking. I love teaching mathematics because I love watching students think, create questions, challenge themselves, and prove their thoughts. Before teaching in Denver, I taught in Arkansas, France, and Venezuela. When I’m not at school, Mrs. Fuller, our beautiful canine Enzo, and I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, climbing, and most other “ings” that take place outdoors. We also love to travel.

Gallagher, Ruth

8th Grade Language Arts

Gallagher, Ruth

8th Grade Language Arts

I was born and raised in the Denver area and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. I earned my BA in Global/Multicultural Studies and Spanish and studied abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain. After graduating, I headed west to Seattle where I continued my education and dream of teaching at Seattle Pacific University, earning my MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I have been teaching high school Language Arts in Westminster Public Schools for the last four years in addition to coaching JV girls’ basketball. I have a passion for teaching and coaching and enjoy having a job that promotes lifelong learning for both my students and for myself. When I am not teaching, I spend my time reading, traveling, and staying active through CrossFit and various local sports leagues.

Ganz, Mindy

6th Grade Theatre Arts

Ganz, Mindy

6th Grade Theatre Arts

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher! Growing up in Pennsylvania, my bedroom was my stage and my stuffed animals my audience as I "taught" them basic grammar and addition. My family relocated to North Carolina, where I earned a degree in Teaching Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University. After teaching theatre at the high school level for a few years, I followed my parents to colorful Colorado. Fully immersed in the world of dramatic arts, I furthered my education by earning a master’s degree in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. When I'm not in the classroom, I love to travel, cook, take photographs, read, sing show tunes, and explore our beautiful Rockies with my two favorites — Andrew and our crazy mutt Roscoe.

Gelman, Aaron

8th Grade Science

Gelman, Aaron

8th Grade Science

Born in California to a Russian family, I grew up with the public schools of the Bay Area. For my bachelor’s degree, I studied Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior at UC Davis; and in 2018, I moved to Denver to study Curriculum and Classroom Management with an emphasis on Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and Gifted & Talented Education, earning my M.A. from The University of Denver.

I moved to Colorado with a passion for teaching the sciences as well as the amazingly beautiful landscape the state has to offer. I love taking my bike to the mountains and hiking trails; being new to the area, I’m very much open to suggestions.

This will be my first year with McAuliffe International and I’m very excited to get to know all you amazing students and wonderful parents. Thank you for welcoming me into your community.

Gilbert, Brandon

6th Grade Math

Gilbert, Brandon

6th Grade Math

Teaching and learning have always been my greatest interests, and I’ve had the opportunity to learn and teach through vast and varied experiences in my life. I currently hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction, and have been able to apply this learning in multiple capacities. I’ve taught people how to snowboard in Vail, taught English language learners in Poland, Bolivia, and Argentina, and have been teaching middle school mathematics for the past 5 years. When I’m not problem solving with students, you would most likely find me in the Colorado backcountry skiing 14ers, backpacking with my wife, fishing, or just enjoying nature. The Denver area has always been my home, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the community that’s closest to my heart.

Gillcrist, Meagan

Special Education, Language & Literacy Intervention

Gillcrist, Meagan

Special Education, Language & Literacy Intervention

I grew up from Hampton, Virginia where I l obtained my Bachelor (Old Dominion University) and Masters (The College of William and Mary) Degrees in Special Education. After 6 years of teaching in Virginia I traded in my beach towel for snowshoes and moved to Denver. I have a huge family here and spend the majority of my time with one of my many cousins. Outside of spending time with my family I enjoy hiking, traveling, and cooking. My passion for teaching special education has come for the joy I see when students discover their own unique ways of learning and exploring the world. 

Gonzales, Adriana

Spanish

Gonzales, Adriana

Spanish

Hola, my name is Adriana Gonzales, and I am from Artesia, New Mexico. My first language is Spanish since both my parents migrated from Mexico. I studied Secondary Education and Spanish at the University of New Mexico. During college, I studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. After college, I lived in Spain for 2 years and taught students English. While living in Spain, I traveled all over Europe. Then I decided I wanted to conquer Denver. When I’m not teaching, I love to spend time with friends, bike ride, take walks, eat and sleep.

Green, Danielle

6th Grade Math

Green, Danielle

6th Grade Math

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  I went to college at the University of Kansas and I am a HUGE KU basketball fan (Rock Chalk)! March is my favorite time of the year because I love to watch KU March Madness basketball games! After graduating college I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam where I taught English for one year. Living in Vietnam was such an amazing experience and I loved learning about Vietnamese culture and eating the amazing food. After leaving Vietnam, I moved to Prague, Czech Republic and taught 4th grade at an international school. I moved to Denver in July of 2018 and absolutely love being so close to the mountains. In my free time I like to travel, ski, hike, read, and hang-out with friends. I am so excited to be a member of the McAuliffe community!

 

Gunn, Allison

7th Grade Language & Literacy

Gunn, Allison

7th Grade Language & Literacy

My name is Ms. Gunn. I will be teaching 7th grade Language Arts here at McAuliffe International. This will be my first year at McAuliffe, but my tenth year teaching. In addition to teaching Language Arts, I was a Special Education teacher early on in my career. The majority of my teaching was back in South Jersey, where I am from.

I graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2010 (University Park) with a B.A. in English. After graduation, I went on to get my Masters of Science in Teaching at Rowan College of Education in Glassboro, NJ. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, cooking, photography, and exploring all that Denver and the great outdoors has to offer. I am excited to be a part of the McAuliffe community!

Guydo, Steven

6th Grade Engineering

Guydo, Steven

6th Grade Engineering

I grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!). While at Pitt I earned a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering and also received certification to be a secondary educator in Mathematics. I began my professional career as an engineer working on environmental projects, with a focus on waterways, sanitation, and wetland delineation, mitigation, and design. While engineering is a great profession, I’ve always had the desire to teach and have been teaching secondary STEM-related courses for the past 8 years and working with FIRST Robotics. I came to Colorado because of my desire to explore the great outdoors and and love being on the trail, camping in the mountains, or taking in a show at Red Rocks. I enjoy traveling the country and would love to visit every National Park. Being from the Steel City, I bleed black and gold and am an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.

Haberkorn, Shannon

7th Grade Lanugage Arts

Haberkorn, Shannon

7th Grade Lanugage Arts

Originally from Spokane, Washington, I attended Willamette University, a small liberal arts school in Oregon. There, I earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Masters in Teaching. For the last seven years, I taught middle school language arts and coached cross-country and track & field in Portland, Oregon. My husband and I relocated to Denver last summer so that he could attend graduate school. (Goodbye Northwest rain, hello Colorado sun!) I have spent the last year exploring our new home with our young daughter, Clara. It has been so fun reading, cooking, spending time with family, and enjoying the outdoors, but I am excited to teach again this year. Throughout my training and career I have been fortunate to work with diverse student populations in a variety of settings, and I can’t wait get to know the McAuliffe community!

Hougen, Ashton

6th Grade Math Teacher

Hougen, Ashton

6th Grade Math Teacher

I grew up in Colorado and I have fallen in love with this state. I love to explore the mountains, hike, and be outside as much as possible. Along with that, I have a passion for painting, making art, and playing volleyball. For college, I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. I studied Mathematics as I enjoy solving puzzles and thinking outside of the box. I am beyond excited to teach math at McAuliffe and share my excitement for math with my students.

Hughey, Jennifer

6th Grade Science

Hughey, Jennifer

6th Grade Science

I was born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Marietta College where I received my bachelors in Middle School Education with a concentration in math and science. After I graduated, I moved to Marion, Ohio, where I taught 7th grade math. A year later I moved to Denver where I have been teaching at McAuliffe. When I am not in the classroom you can usually find me outside enjoying Colorado’s beautiful weather. A few of those activities include hiking, reading, and playing with my dog Annie.

Jackson, Andre

General Para

Jackson, Andre

General Para

Jenkins, Sara

Spanish

Jenkins, Sara

Spanish

I am a Colorado native that has had the pleasure of calling Denver home for the past two years. I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and my teaching endorsement. During my four amazing years at CU, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain, where my love for Spanish and the world really solidified. I student taught in the middle school levels at a K-8 school in Boulder Valley Schools before graduating. After graduation, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to teach English and explore for a year. I travelled much of South America, learning from the chaotic cultures and beautiful nature that the continent has to offer. Before joining McAuliffe, I taught 3rd-5th grade Spanish for two years at Isabella Bird Community School in Stapleton. In my free time, I enjoy staying active by doing yoga, hiking, boxing and skiing. I spend lots of time with my parents and boyfriend in Boulder and my friends all across the front range. During

Jillson, Leah

Affective Needs Center Teacher

Jillson, Leah

Affective Needs Center Teacher

I am originally from the Washington D.C. area and came out to the beautiful state of Colorado this summer of 2020. I taught for 2 years outside of D.C. in Virginia in an Elementary school as a 4th grade Math and Science teacher and a 2nd grade teacher. During the 19-20 school year I worked as a Behavior Therapist with students receiving services from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, providing in-home and community based ABA behavior therapies, collaborating with families and clients towards positive social, adaptive, and communication skills. I am very excited to apply my passions at McAuliffe in the Affective Needs Program! In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and volleyball, traveling to new places, playing the piano and clarinet, and listening to all genres of music. I am excited to be part of the McAuliffe community!

Jordan-Llorente, Olga

Spanish

Jordan-Llorente, Olga

Spanish

I am from Valencia, a Mediterranean city in eastern Spain. This is my fourth year living in the United States and my third year as a Spanish teacher for Denver public school. I studied journalism back in Spain while teaching immigrants Spanish in a NGO. I loved teaching my native language so much that I became a teacher. In my free time, I love to cook and see my friends. On vacations, I always take the opportunity to travel to different places! I have been in about 15 countries, I like to walk around the cities and try their typical foods! My family is really important to me. We are always in touch. In the photo, I am in my hometown, eating a Valencian Paella!

Kassay, Kristiann

Physical Education

Kassay, Kristiann

Physical Education

I am from originally from Connecticut and made a two year pit stop in California before moving to Colorado in 2016. I graduated from Springfield College in 2014 with a B.S. in Movement and Sports Studies, a concentration in Physical Education, and a Minor in Health Studies. My love for education came from my parents, who were both teachers. Their desire to teach was passed down to myself and my two brothers who are also teachers.

I am incredibly passionate about working with children of all ages in a variety of capacities.  I love teaching and coaching. My Physical Education philosophy encourages the education and development of the whole child in "spirit, mind, and body”.

Outside of teaching, I spend a lot of time working and volunteering for The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses in Southern California.  In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, camp, visit National Parks, play sports, and travel!

Keeney, Kristie

6th Grade Language Arts

Keeney, Kristie

6th Grade Language Arts

I was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I got my degree in Elementary Education. When I graduated, I moved out to Colorado Springs where I have taught third and fifth grade for the last six years. In my free time, I love to explore all that Colorado has to offer in hiking, skiing, and camping with my friends and dog, Harper. My summers are spent on the lake in Wisconsin where I enjoy boating and water skiing.

Keeney, Logan

Physical Education

Keeney, Logan

Physical Education

I am so excited to be a part of such a distinguished program. I come from a big family in a small town in upstate New York. I earned my degree in physical education at State University of New York at Cortland, where I am also finishing my graduate degree. My enthusiasm for physical education began when I was middle school aged. I took to working at my home elementary school’s after-school and summer programs all while coaching soccer. I loved it so much I never looked back, and I have since spent the past 10 years working with children and young adults in a range of different settings from physical and adapted physical education to coaching and ski instructing. Soccer and skiing are my two biggest passions, but I love to participate in almost any sporting activity.

Kernochan, Jack

7th Grade Language Arts

Kernochan, Jack

7th Grade Language Arts

I grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, and attended public schools my whole life. I am a proud uncle of three nieces and one nephew. I received my B.A. in Literature at American University in Washington, D.C. I have studied in Cape Town, South Africa, taught English in Spain, and traveled throughout Peru and Columbia. I earned my Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education this past year, and this is my first year working at McAuliffe. I love cooking, being outside, and cooking outside. Although I know I won't be able to witness as many championship parades in my new home, I'm thrilled to get started working and living in Denver. Please send your food and activity recommendations!

Kershaw, Jenny

8th Grade Social Studies

Kershaw, Jenny

8th Grade Social Studies

This is my fourth year teaching, and I am very excited to be teaching 8th grade social studies this year at McAuliffe. I grew up in Highlands Ranch, CO and attended Highlands Ranch High School. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with a degree in History. I especially love the Middle Ages time period! I also love dogs and coffee.

King, Kaeli

6th Grade Social Studies

King, Kaeli

6th Grade Social Studies

I attended Colorado State University to receive my Bachelors in History and Secondary Education, and more recently I completed my Masters at Regis University in Literacy Instruction. Before making the jump to middle school, I taught Early Childhood Education for four years. I am a Colorado native that enjoys being outdoors with my pup, traveling, and a good book! I am looking forward to an exciting year of teaching and learning with students!

Kitchen, Madison

SPED Para

Kitchen, Madison

SPED Para

My name is Madison, and I am a DPS graduate (Denver School of the Arts), so I know and love this community well. I recently moved back to Denver from New York City where I graduated from New York University with a BFA in Drama. While in NYC, I fell in love with integrating theatre arts and therapy, and began work with a nonprofit that created theatrical experiences for young people with with autism and other different abilities. I am thrilled to be back in Denver and supporting the McAuliffe community!

I am an avid cross stitcher, baker, coffee drinker, and I love the performing arts. I also am a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with a 25 hour certification in children's yoga. When I'm not in school, you can find me watching Netflix, doing fun crafts, and hanging out with my cat, Ginny (named after the character in Harry Potter!)

Kochinka, Sherri

7th Grade Language Arts

Kochinka, Sherri

7th Grade Language Arts

Originally from Upstate New York, I found my way to Denver after a two-year tour as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. I’ve lived in Denver for over 10 years, and we’ve recently moved to the Stapleton area. Even in high school I knew that I wanted to teach, so I pursued both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English Education at SUNY Oneonta. I taught Language Arts for 14 years with Jefferson County Public Schools before joining the McAuliffe team. Outside of school, I love to read, watch movies, walk around town, and spend time with my family.

Kopp, Katherine

8th Grade Math

Kopp, Katherine

8th Grade Math

I attended the University of Missouri and received a Bachelors of Journalism as well as a Juris Doctor.  During college and law school I had the opportunity to live and study in London, Great Britain where I interned at USA Today International and in Cape Town, South Africa.  I knew that I wanted to work with children, and after graduating I practiced family law for several years in Chicago and St. Louis.  I came to the realization that my calling was to work with children in an education setting, and before I knew it I was making a final geographic and career transition – to become a math teacher in Denver!  Outside of teaching, I spend my time traveling with my husband, reading, doing yoga, and playing with my dogs Izzy and Pokey.

Krah, MaryEllen

Intervention Math

Krah, MaryEllen

Intervention Math

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston and graduated from Boston College, where I studied education and math. I love watching my students grow in all different ways and am eager to start teaching special education at McAuliffe. While in college, I studied abroad for a semester in Quito, Ecuador and traveled to Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galapagos. I enjoy spending time outdoors – running, hiking, swimming, skiing, and just relaxing. I am excited to head west to Denver and to explore the mountains of Colorado!

Kurowski, Hanna

7th Grade Engineering

Kurowski, Hanna

7th Grade Engineering

My name is Hanna Kurowski, feel free to call me Hanna, Ms. Kurowski, or Ms. K. I will be teaching 7th grade STEM at McAuliffe International Middle School this year. This will be my 5th year of teaching. Before coming to McAuliffe International Middle School, I taught high school Biology, Anatomy, and STEM in addition to 7th-grade science in California. I also spent a year teaching English in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

I graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Social Justice and Biology. After that, I got my master’s in education through the University of the Pacific. Outside of school, I keep myself busy skiing, camping, hiking, doing yoga, cooking, and traveling. When I’m relaxing at home, you’re likely to find me watching Orange Is the New Black, Broad City, New Girl, or Parks and Rec.

Lee, Mui

8th Grade Science

Lee, Mui

8th Grade Science

I am excited to be a part of the McAuliffe community. I received my B.S. in Biology and my M.A. in Secondary Teaching from Wayne State University. I have taught two years at the high school level and six years at the middle school level. Outside of school, I love to read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Lemmon, Sara

6th Grade Science

Lemmon, Sara

6th Grade Science

Hailing from New Jersey, I grew up getting muddy and asking the timeless question, “I wonder what would happen…”.  I bring this sense of wonderment and inquiry into the classroom with my goal being that every student sees themselves as a scientist. I love teaching middle school and have since 2008. I am a graduate of CU-Boulder and hold a hold a Masters in Secondary Reading and Writing from the University of Colorado-Denver.  I have a passion for science, and I can’t wait to help students explore their full potential in this field.  During my free time I love to camp, travel, play volleyball, and spend time with family and friends. When not in the classroom, I can be found in the Park Hill neighborhood chasing after my three children, attempting to tame my wild garden, running with my husband or making a mess in my kitchen.

Leonard, Laura

Physical Education

Leonard, Laura

Physical Education

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and had great teachers and coaches who motivated me to get into education. At Tufts University, I studied Child Development and Community Health and played on the Tufts tennis team. After graduation, I stayed at Tufts for my Masters degree and was part of the coaching staff for the Tufts Women’s Tennis team. I started my teaching career as a social studies teacher in Boston. After three years of teaching in Boston, I moved to Denver with my husband and continued my teaching and coaching career.  When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my family, training coaches with Positive Coaching Alliance, coaching tennis, playing sports, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

Madsen, Carlene

6th Grade Science

Madsen, Carlene

6th Grade Science

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City but wanted to move to Colorado ever since 7th grade when I decided to be a veterinarian and go to college at CSU. I joined the Army in high school to help pay for my college, and along the way I met my husband (a Colorado native) while we were both deployed to Kuwait. I attended University of Colorado Denver for my biology degree, and I loved being in the science classroom so much I decided to become a science teacher! I think it is so fun to work with middle school students all day. I love being able to complete fun labs and show students all the awesome things science can teach us. When I’m not at school, I love spending time at home with my husband Joe and our bulldog Dozer, cooking and trying out new recipes, and traveling back to Utah whenever I can to see my family and hang out with my adorable nieces! I love working here with the amazing McAuliffe community every day!

Martinez, Amy

7th Grade Social Studies

Martinez, Amy

7th Grade Social Studies

This will be my 6th year of teaching and I am so excited to be teaching 7th grade Social Studies! I have spent the past five years teaching 5th grade and am looking forward to working with students during such an important transitional age. A bit about me, I grew up in Utah and moved to Denver in 2012 after completing my B.S. in History to pursue a Masters in Education. I obtained my teaching license from the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program in 2014 and graduated from Regis University with a master’s in Urban Education. I have a 15 year old son who went to McAuliffe and is now beginning his Sophmore year at East. My husband grew up in Park Hill, so we absolutely love living in the neighborhood with our family! When I’m not working you will find me spending as much time as I can outside. I’ll be either climbing mountains or riding my little red bike around the neighborhood!! Favorite book: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Favorite Quote: “In every walk with nature, one receives

McCann, Jessica

6th Grade Engineering

McCann, Jessica

6th Grade Engineering

I grew up in rural Arkansas, and many of my earliest memories involved exploring the world around me through a lens of inquiry and exploration, learning a lifelong love of Science. I earned a B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Hendrix College, and then a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Research. My time working as a scientist researching frog development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN made my dreams of being a scientists come true, but ultimately lead me to fall in love with teaching. After 3 years of teaching 7th grade Science, I am excited to step into the 6th grade Engineering position, and teach all students the critical thinking skills they need to solve problems of the future. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two pugs (Doug & Scout) exploring our new town and the beautiful expanses of nature that surround Denver.

McCarter, Matt

7th Grade Social Studies

McCarter, Matt

7th Grade Social Studies

I am very happy to join the McAuliffe community! Originally from the Midwest, I received my undergrad from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in History and Secondary Education while also wrestling for the Fighting Illini at 184/197 lbs. After finishing college, I moved to Tennessee to continue teaching while also touring with a band. For the last three years, I have taught Individuals and Societies at an IB World School in Chengdu, China. I can't wait to get know my new students and navigate the wonders of history with them. Outside of class, I enjoy hunting, fishing, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. My wife and I are excited to make Denver our new home!

 

McGarry, Marjie

7th Grade Science

McGarry, Marjie

7th Grade Science

I’m so excited to be a part of McAuliffe and the Engineering and Science teams. My family recently relocated to Denver from Baltimore, Maryland. Having grown up in Taos, New Mexico, I’m so happy being back in the Rocky Mountains! I enjoy anything outdoors, especially with my daughters. My experiences include being a middle school Science Teacher, Department Chair, and STEM Coordinator. I’m looking forward to the opportunity for students to apply science, math, and technology in the engineering setting and teach them how to come up with solutions to relevant engineering problems.

Melosi, Jenna

Multi-Intensive Center Teacher

Melosi, Jenna

Multi-Intensive Center Teacher

I am from a small town in southern Illinois just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. I grew up there with my parents, three brothers, and lots of cousins and close family. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Cross Categorical Special Education degree. My heart is in the midwest but I am extremely excited to be out here in Colorado and take in all it has to offer! Outside of teaching I enjoy traveling with friends and family, walking my dog, and trying out new restaurants! I have met so many amazing individuals who have touched my life while pursuing my degree and I look forward to the many more I will get to know at MIS. I can’t wait to get this year started and officially be apart of the McAuliffe community!

Middleton, Becky

GT & IB Coordinator

Middleton, Becky

GT & IB Coordinator

Bonjour! I'm excited to be a part of McAuliffe as your French teacher. I was born and raised in Iowa on my parents’ farm and moved to Colorado in 1986 where I met my husband. We have been married for 22 years and have raised 2 wonderful children. My love of French runs deep and started when I read Le Petit Prince and then traveled to France for the first time with my junior class. My teaching career began with French and 8th grade English at a middle school in Boulder. From 2005-2013 I taught IB French, both Diploma Program and MYP, in Adams School District 50. I received my BA in French from Metropolitan State College of Denver and my teaching licensure from Regis University. I have studied at the University of Illinois taking courses in translation, and I have studied French in Hyères France to complete my BA. I am currently working on my Master’s degree from CSU Global Campus. In my spare time I love to read, quilt, do yoga, travel and spend time with my family.

Moore, Lauren

Spanish

Moore, Lauren

Spanish

I am a Colorado native that has been in love with the Spanish language since I can remember. I received my B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver where I double majored in Spanish Language and Literature and International Studies. After working as a Teacher’s Assistant at a language immersion school for three years I received my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver with an endorsement in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education. As a Spanish teacher I am very passionate about language, culture, and education. When I’m not teaching I enjoy traveling internationally, reading, snowboarding, being outdoors, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.

Mowery, Mallory

8th Grade Language Arts

Mowery, Mallory

8th Grade Language Arts

This is my first-year teaching at McAuliffe International School, and I am thrilled to be a part of what makes MIS a great place to learn and teach! I received my bachelor's degree in English from Texas State University in 2011 and have had experience teaching middle school and high school Language Arts courses for the past seven years. I’m an avid reader, a voracious adventurer, and an expert beach and fireside lounger. My favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Outside of the classroom, I’m either reading on my front porch, exploring the outdoors with my husband and dog, or enjoying a nice meal with family and friends.

Nardy, Jordan

8th Grade Math

Nardy, Jordan

8th Grade Math

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and moved to Colorado to study Psychology and Elementary education at the University of Colorado. I have spent the past six years teaching 5th, 6th, and 7th grade math. I recently completed my master's degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. I'm excited to continue my journey teaching middle school math at McAuliffe! When I'm not at school I love traveling, hiking, skiing, biking, and cooking.

Neelis, Maire

6th Grade Social Studies

Neelis, Maire

6th Grade Social Studies

I am originally from Tacoma, WA and completed my undergraduate studies in social sciences at the University of Washington. After spending 10 years in accounting and administration, I decided it was time to switch things up and pursue my love of history, political science, and teaching at the University of Colorado, Denver.  I recently completed my MA in Education and Human Development, as well as a one year internship at Denver Center for International Studies. I have lived in Denver for the last eight years, and have called Park Hill home for the last four. I spend my free time skiing, travelling, reading, and chasing around after my rambunctious three year-old.

Newman, Olivia

8th Grade Drama

Newman, Olivia

8th Grade Drama

Plot twist: My first passport was Canadian, even though I am from South Africa! I have since acquired a U.S. passport, and have logged many adventures across three continents. I developed a passion for theatre early in life when my mom placed me in a theatre camp on a whim, and I never looked back. Theatre has been my outlet for self-expression and the safe space I needed to become the person I am today; I know theatre has the power to change people, which is why I use it to guide young people into becoming their best selves. Otherwise, I love to travel, watch theatre productions, bike, and play on aerial apparatuses. I look forward to meeting the next group of movers, shakers, and world-changers!

O’Brien, Megan

7th Grade Math megan_o'brien@dpsk12.org

O’Brien, Megan

7th Grade Math megan_o'brien@dpsk12.org

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and recently moved to Denver over the summer! I went to school at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I have taught for the past three years as a first grade teacher and am so excited to make the transition to middle school! Math and teaching are two of my many passions and I cannot wait to be a part of the McAuliffe team. Outside of school I love to hike, camp, read, cook, and run half marathons. 

 

O’Grady, Amanda

6th Grade Language and Literacy - amanda_o'grady@dpsk12.org

O’Grady, Amanda

6th Grade Language and Literacy - amanda_o'grady@dpsk12.org

I have been a teacher in DPS for 12 years. My undergraduate years were spent at Penn State University followed by a masters program in Education at CU-Boulder. I just recently moved back to Denver after 4 years in New York. My husband Kevin and our children Nora and Cole are thrilled to be back in Colorado. We are a big skiing family and you will find us at Copper Mountain in the winter. I am very excited to be back in Colorado and teaching at McAuliffe International.

Pablo, Cecilia

ELD Paraprofessional

Pablo, Cecilia

ELD Paraprofessional

Passerella, Michele

8th Grade Language & Literacy

Passerella, Michele

8th Grade Language & Literacy

Poole, Miriam

7th Grade Math

Poole, Miriam

7th Grade Math

I attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where I earned a bachelor’s in Journalism. After graduating I moved to Kansas City, Missouri and taught middle school math and coached basketball for three years. While in Kansas City I earned a master’s in Secondary Education. I love learning and am passionate about seeing my students succeed. I am excited to be moving to Denver – I love the adventurous spirit of the city and can’t wait to be closer to family and closer to the mountains. I spend most of my time outside – running, hiking, camping, playing soccer and kayaking.

Pulgarin Bermudez, Diego Andres

Spanish

Pulgarin Bermudez, Diego Andres

Spanish

I was born in Bogota, Colombia, graduated from La Salle University in Bogota, and earned a TESOL Diploma from Edenz College in New Zealand. I am passionate about teaching and learning languages, which opens windows to explore different cultures and can show us many different ways to understand our world. I have been teaching Spanish, French and English for almost 9 years in different parts of the world, including England, New Zealand and Colombia. I am an animal lover and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, meeting new people, and traveling to different places as much as possible. I am thrilled to be part of McAuliffe and I know this journey is going to be a challenging and rewarding experience for all of us.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life, two languages open every door along the way” -Frank Smith

Rapp, Jess

8th Grade Science

Rapp, Jess

8th Grade Science

This is my 18th year of teaching in the Denver Metro area and I am thrilled to be joining the McAuliffe community! Prior to teaching, I was a Pharmaceutical Chemist. My undergraduate degrees are in Biology and Chemistry, with a minor in Mathematics. I hold two Masters degrees in Science Curriculum and Instruction and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. My passions are teaching kids to be critical consumers of information and learning about other cultures. I am married, with two daughters, two dogs, and two cats. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, hiking, watching documentaries, and family game nights.

Rase, Allison

6th / 7th Grade Social Studies

Rase, Allison

6th / 7th Grade Social Studies

I was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study history and politics. I then moved back to my hometown and earned my teaching degree and Master's Degree at the University of Central Missouri. I am a former track, volleyball, and basketball coach and love to play or watch any kind of sport. I am constantly fascinated by history and love spending time at museums and reading about new discoveries. I am an avid skier, hiker, and yogi who loves watching Dateline and spoiling my 2 dogs Max and Lucy. ​

Reynolds, Demari

Paraprofessional

Reynolds, Demari

Paraprofessional

Robinson, Chris

Prep Athletic Director, Special Education

Robinson, Chris

Prep Athletic Director, Special Education

I've been a special education teacher for students from elementary through 8th grade for over 8 years. I also have two years experience as an assistant principal. I grew up in Denver, I live in Park Hill, and  I'm a father of two young DPS kids. I am passionate about equity in education and take pride in helping students of all backgrounds discover their pathway to success. I love sports and believe that athletics can play a key role in building students' confidence, resilience, and self-esteem, so I'm excited to support our student athletes as McAuliffe's Athletics Director.

Roholt, Taylor

French

Roholt, Taylor

French

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, I studied at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in French Studies. After my undergraduate studies, I spent a year teaching English and speaking French in Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean, where my passion for teaching was born. My graduate studies then took me to Grenoble, France, the heart of the French Alps, where I spent three years working and earning a Master’s degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. After 2 years teaching IB French at a boarding school in Arizona, I am thrilled to be a member of the team at McAuliffe International! While teaching and the French language are huge passions of mine, I couldn’t live without the outdoors or the mountains: I’m a cyclist, runner, skier, and general outdoorsman. I love travel, music, and literature. My love of the French language and culture stems from my high school French teacher who inspired me and showed me the beauty of being a francophone.

Sand, Cristina

Visual Arts

Sand, Cristina

Visual Arts

A native of Virginia, I graduated from the University of Virginia with my Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and my Master’s Degree in Education. Art has always been a passion of mine, though what serves as inspiration in working with middle schoolers is my middle/high school experience of exploring the arts in depth, discovering my voice and passions, & learning to be more analytical and open to different perspectives. While I create my own art outside of class, I also love exploring the music/art scene of Denver, reading/sketching in local coffee shops, playing in parks, rock climbing, and adventuring into the great outdoors!

Sandfort, Katie

8th Grade Language & Literacy

Sandfort, Katie

8th Grade Language & Literacy

Greetings! I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, where the heat and humidity were so miserable that I knew I had to move to Colorado as soon as I could. After graduating high school, I decided to attend Colorado College, where I earned my BA in English and Education, and my MAT in Secondary English Education. At Colorado College, I ran cross country and track, eventually becoming a school record holder in the 10k and a two-time All-American. Despite my illustrious DIII running career, I decided to turn away my many offers to run professionally (kidding) and teach language arts to the most important people in the world - eighth graders. I have loved being a language arts teacher because I believe the literature we read, discuss, and write about can show us perspectives that we might not otherwise see. When I'm not teaching, I like to run in the mountains, eat french fries, drink lots of coffee, and listen to audiobooks.

Santambrogio, Joe

6th / 8th Grade Engineering

Santambrogio, Joe

6th / 8th Grade Engineering

I am a Colorado native, I was born and raised in Denver and grew up on mountains and fresh air. I left Colorado for college at Ohio Wesleyan University which allowed me to pursue playing lacrosse, and science. However, four years in the mid -west was more than enough for me and I moved back after getting my degree in Zoology. I made the most of being back in Colorado by moving to Boulder and then Estes Park living in my truck and working as a ski tech in the winter and a climbing guide in the summer. Eventually I got a job teaching science and spent nine years at Morey Middle School before moving to Hill and starting the STEM Program there. In the last four years I have taught many of the PLTW courses including Design & Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Medical Detectives, Flight and Space and Intro to Computer Science. I am excited to join McAuliffe and the Engineering team. Outside of school, I spend time with my wife and two kids, travelling, cooking, swimming and playing. My interests include all

Schiffer, Lewis

8th Grade Language and Literacy

Schiffer, Lewis

8th Grade Language and Literacy

I am originally from Houston, Texas, went to Colorado College for my undergraduate, where I studied Psychology and Education, and Claremont Graduate University for my Master’s degree, where I studied motivation and well-being. This is my third year teaching ELA, and my first year teaching at McAuliffe International School. I love to volunteer. Since moving back to Colorado, I have been volunteering with Paradox Sports, which is an organization that takes differently abled people rock climbing. I also volunteer with Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program, a summer camp for people who have survived burn injuries. In my free time I like to go rock climb, play soccer, run, read, drink coffee, and eat pizza.

Shea, Katherine

8th Grade Math

Shea, Katherine

8th Grade Math

I am originally from Western Massachusetts and came out to the beautiful state of Colorado in 2001 to earn my undergraduate degree from the University of Denver. I received a degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting, but realized that was not a career path I was interested in pursuing. In 2007, I returned to DU to get my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Mathematics. I have not turned back! Since then, I have been teaching 7th grade math, and I am excited to make the transition to 8th grade math this coming year. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling with my husband, hosting dinner parties and listening to smooth rock. I am excited to be part of the McAuliffe community!

Shiffrin, Carrie

7th / 8th Grade Visual Arts

Shiffrin, Carrie

7th / 8th Grade Visual Arts

Born in DC, I moved to New York in 2005 to study Studio Art at New York University and then Art Education at the School of Visual Arts. In April of 2019 my husband and I decided it was high time we give mountains and cleaner air a try, so we moved to Denver and are loving it here! Teaching art and making art are equal passions of mine. My own arts education taught me to think like an artist: someone who is constantly observing the world around them and making connections. I’m so grateful for the invaluable skills I’ve acquired through the creative process, which is why I encourage my students to think like artists as well. When I’m not teaching or making art, I like to do fun things outside, travel and play the ukulele.

Sisk, Maggie

6th Grade English

Sisk, Maggie

6th Grade English

My name is Maggie Sisk, but many of you may know me from teaching your older children under my maiden name Maggie Leshin. I am thrilled to be back for my 5th year here at McAuliffe. In the past 4 years, I have had the chance to be a part of McAuliffe’s amazing growth here at MIS as a teacher and then at the Manual campus as a dean. After a short hiatus at the beginning of this school year, I am thrilled to be rejoining the staff teaching 6th grade English and supporting our 7th grade as Interim Dean during Stephanie Eiland’s Maternity Leave.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and my K-6 teaching certification from the University of Colorado. I taught Language Art, Social Studies, and Science in Adams12 and Language Arts at an International School in Costa Rica and before joining the MIS team.  I then went on to earn my Master’s Degree in School Administration and Leadership from Regis University. During my free time, I love to travel, spend time outdoors, read, and spend time with my family. I

Smogor, Sarah

7th Grade Math

Smogor, Sarah

7th Grade Math

I grew up southeast Michigan and got my first two degrees from Michigan State University. I am truly a Spartan through and through and bleed green! After graduating with my undergrad, I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia where I taught for a few weeks in their year-round school system. After that experience I wanted to branch out and moved to Denver. I have been teaching 6th and 7th grade Math for the last 6 years and have since gotten a Masters in Teaching and Curriculum and will start the school year at McAuliffe with a Masters in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education as well. Outside of teaching, I love exploring all the wonders that Colorado has to offer by hiking, skiing, heading to one of the various parks, spending as much time at the zoo as I can, and playing tennis. I also love to read; I can’t stay away from a great series. Harry Potter is my favorite!

Starr, Dusty

6th Grade Math

Starr, Dusty

6th Grade Math

There are endless opportunities in life to learn something new, which is why I love teaching so much and being a part of the McAuliffe math team! My teaching career began in 2001 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2004 I graduated from CU Denver with my MA in Curriculum and Instruction. When I’m not teaching you’ll find me skiing, hiking or outdoors enjoying some Colorado sunshine. My summers are often spent traveling near and far. I’ve had some amazing experiences in Peru, Costa Rica, Europe and Africa.

Steffen, Nikki

6th Grade Math

Steffen, Nikki

6th Grade Math

I was born and raised in Iowa and after graduating with a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and teaching for a few years, I made the move with my husband to Colorado. I live in Stapleton with my husband and daughter, Lily. I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and 16 years of experience teaching middle school students in mathematics.  Teaching mathematics is my passion and creating a positive, engaging and challenging learning environment is my goal each day. When I am not teaching you will find me running, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful community.

Stone, Ryan

8th Grade Math

Stone, Ryan

8th Grade Math

Having grown up with some amazing teachers I have enjoyed trying to be that same amazing teacher for my students. I have taught middle school in Indiana, Colorado and California and am really excited to start teaching at McAuliffe. I have a degree in Mathematics from Indiana University and I am currently enrolled at Indiana for my masters in Educational Leadership. When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, biking, golfing, watching sports and photography.

Sullivan, Caroline

8th Grade Social Studies

Sullivan, Caroline

8th Grade Social Studies

I found a new home and place to explore when I moved to Colorado four years ago. Originally from Georgia, I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science and Social Studies education.  I am an avid runner, hiker, and reader. I have spent the past four year in Colorado Springs teaching high school social studies. I’m drawn to social studies because of the connection between past and present and the opportunity to solve problems from a global perspective. I am thrilled to join the McAuliffe community and excited for the new year.

Tanamly, Omar

6th Grade Language & Literacy

Tanamly, Omar

6th Grade Language & Literacy

I have been teaching middle school Language Arts for eight years, beginning in Washington, DC and here in Denver for the past three years. I grew up primarily overseas - in Belize, Egypt, and Jordan - before attending the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where I studied English Literature. After college, I served as an AmeriCorps literacy tutor at an elementary school in Bellingham, WA before returning to DC to teach 6th grade Humanities. I received my Master’s in Education from Lesley University in 2013. In my free time, I love to read, ride my bike, play music, and go backpacking. I am excited to be teaching 6th grade Language Arts at McAuliffe this year!

Vandenbossche, Lauren

6th Grade Math

Vandenbossche, Lauren

6th Grade Math

I am a Michigan native and was raised as a Detroit Tigers and Red Wings fan . I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Mathematics from Michigan State University. After my student teaching year, I made the move to Denver and haven't looked back. I've known of my passion for education since I was young and plan to continue growing within this profession as a life-long-learner. I am dedicated to creating an equitable environment for my students, where they feel respected, safe, and confident in their strengths. In my free time I like to read, listen to live music, and enjoy the Colorado sun!

Verner, Collin

Construction

Verner, Collin

Construction

I received my BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2000, my Middle School Teaching Certification from Appalachian State University in 2007, and my Masters Degree in Science Education at CU Denver in 2010. I love the outdoors, my lovely wife, and our baby daughter.

Villalpando, Esmerelda

Physical Education

Villalpando, Esmerelda

Physical Education

I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. I have traveled to a handful of states, but I love Colorado too much and cannot see myself living elsewhere. I recently graduated from Metro State University of Denver with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. I am a DPS alum who graduated from West High School. I have spent six years working with elementary school’s after-school and summer programs as well as coach girls’ basketball. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I love playing volleyball and being outdoors!

Wade, Jessica

6th Grade Engineering

Wade, Jessica

6th Grade Engineering

I grew up in San Diego, CA, and received my Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences from UCLA. After college, I traveled around North America for two years as a leadership consultant for college women, then moved to Tennessee to earn my Master’s degree in Teaching and begin my teaching career. I spent two years teaching science in TN, then moved to Washington State, where I was a founding teacher of an accelerated middle school STEM magnet program. I also taught robotics and coached my school’s FIRST Lego League competitive robotics team. After five years in the Pacific Northwest, I missed the sunshine, so Colorado was my next (and hopefully final) stop. I taught at a charter high school in Denver for two years, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach robotics again through PLTW at McAuliffe! In my free time, I love to ski, travel, play with my dog, and spend time outside.

Walker, Veena

7th Grade Engineering

Walker, Veena

7th Grade Engineering

I am excited to become a part of the McAuliffe team! I earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and my undergraduate degree is Technology Design with a minor in CAD. I have my private pilot’s license that I completed at Willow Run Airport back in Michigan. I received my CTE STEM certification in 2011! More recently I completed a six month full stack web developer coding bootcamp at University of Denver in 2018 which focused on the MERN stack. I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan though love living in Denver and enjoy snowboarding and mountain biking. I am currently learning how to skateboard with my husband and our dog at City Park.

This school year I am really looking forward to teaching 7th grade and will be teaching Green Architecture and Science of Technology. I started my career teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade STEM at the middle school level and so happy to be moving back. I have a passion for all things STEM and really enjoy coding!

Walsh, Molly

Journalism

Walsh, Molly

Journalism

I  teach Journalism at McAuliffe and help our students create our yearbook each year! I taught for several years in fifth grade at Park Hill Elementary and another 4 years at Blessed Sacrament and then Journalism and Language Arts at McAuliffe. I have my degree in Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Secondary Language Arts. I have always had a passion for writing and photography, due to the encouragement of my grandmother, who was a photographer in Baltimore. I grew up in York, Pennsylvania, and went to college at Mount Saint Mary’s in Maryland. My free time consists of watching my two children, Zoe and Jake, in their various sports and spending time with my kids and husband traveling, skiing, biking, shooting hoops in the backyard, and just hanging out!

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