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Alexander, Nolan

Paraprofessional

Alexander, Nolan

Paraprofessional

Artemas, Eleni

8th Grade Language Arts

Artemas, Eleni

8th Grade Language Arts

I grew up in Chicago, IL in a family similar to the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Growing up with over 150 loud family members taught me the necessary skills for teaching- compassion, patience, and controlling chaos. I completed an education degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Upon graduation, I taught my first year in Denver at Hamilton Middle School as an English Language Development teacher. On the week-ends you can find me reading, hiking, playing volleyball, and eating Nutella by the spoonful. I am looking forward to an exciting year teaching and learning with students!

Baumert, Allison

6th / 7th Grade Social Studies

Baumert, 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. ​

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.

 

Blakey, Kara

6th Grade Language Arts

Blakey, Kara

6th Grade Language Arts

I recently moved to Denver after teaching English in Fort Collins for 6 years. Along with being a teacher, I am also a licensed counselor and recently received my masters from CSU. In my spare time, I love to see live music, read, cook, paint and spend time with my bearded dragon, Khaleesi. My favorite part of being an educator is, of course, the students. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love for the written word, reading my students work, and collaborating with my colleagues.

Blumberg, Faye

8th Grade Science

Blumberg, Faye

8th Grade Science

I am originally from Metro Detroit but consider Denver and the surrounding mountains my home. This will be my tenth year in education. With a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and a M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum, I have taught all levels of secondary science. I spent 2016-2018 living, working, and teaching in a small village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. In my spare time you can find me teaching in a yoga studio, running through the mountains, fly fishing, with my head in a book, or moving around some knitting needles.

Braun, Jennifer

6th Grade Science

Braun, 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.

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.

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.

Cocos, Lindsay

6th Grade Social Studies

Cocos, Lindsay

6th Grade Social Studies

I have taught middle school Social Studies in the Denver area for the past 10 years. I grew up in the small town of Elizabeth, Colorado, and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I studied History. I later attended the University of Denver for graduate school where I studied Curriculum and Instruction. My two favorite parts of teaching are the curiosity middle school students bring to Social Studies and the connections students see between current events and our topics of study in our classroom. When I am not teaching, I love to travel and explore new places with my husband and two children.

Collings, Kendra

Physical Education/Club Sports and Intramurals

Collings, Kendra

Physical Education/Club Sports and Intramurals

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. In

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!

 

Donaldson, Kaeli

6th Grade Social Studies

Donaldson, Kaeli

6th Grade Social Studies

I am so excited to join the McAuliffe Community! This is my sixth year teaching Social Studies for Denver Public Schools. 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!

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.

 

Flynn, Maggie

7th / 8th Grade Language Arts

Flynn, Maggie

7th / 8th Grade Language Arts

I am a proud native to the windy city Chicago. I moved to Denver in the spring of 2014 with a passion for teaching and outdoor adventure. I attended the University of Kansas­ – go Jayhawks! – and completed a year-long Masters Program in Curriculum and Instruction while teaching 7th grade Language Arts in Kansas City, Kansas. In January of 2013, I decided to return to South America, where I studied Spanish in 2009, to teach English. I lived independently in Cuenca, Ecuador, and taught English Language Learners of all ages at the Center for Interamerican Studies. I immersed myself in Latin American culture, traveled the continent, expanded my understanding of local culture, and formed relationships with people from around the world. Ever since I was a little girl visiting my mom’s classroom, I have wanted to be a teacher. It is with great enthusiasm that I join the supportive and innovative learning community at McAuliffe International School. I am an outdoor enthusiast, bookworm, huge music/art fan and have a definite case of the travel bug.

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 Stapleton. We love to ski, camp, 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.

Galltin, Marcus

Paraprofessional

Galltin, Marcus

Paraprofessional

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.

Gilbert, Brandon

8th Grade Math

Gilbert, Brandon

8th 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.

Goodwin, Bridget

8th Grade Language Arts

Goodwin, Bridget

8th Grade Language Arts

I was born and raised just north of Atlanta, Georgia. I attended college in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education. In 2016, I moved to Denver and taught language arts for three years at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences and am thrilled to now be part of the McAuliffe team! I enjoy reading, paddle boarding, playing with my cat (she knows several tricks!), and spending time with family and friends.

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!

 

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!

Handley, Vanessa

8th Grade Language Arts

Handley, Vanessa

8th Grade Language Arts

Hey, ya’ll! I’m a small town gal who moved from Michigan to Denver looking for a city full of action and adventure. I have always wanted to be a teacher, even back to when I was 5 years old when I would play ‘Parent-Teacher Conferences’ with my Grandmother. This will be my third year teaching English Language Arts in Colorado. My passion for being in the classroom is giving this generation an opportunity to be heard and a voice for what they believe matters through writing, discussion, and reading novels with powerful themes. If you were to find me somewhere that should not include a book, it would definitely be exploring or hiking our beautiful city with my husband and my little pup’ Cooper.

Holthus-Pera, Amber

6th Grade Language Arts

Holthus-Pera, Amber

6th Grade Language Arts

Cheyenne, Wyoming, is where I was born and raised, and it’s also where I started my teaching career. Needing a change, I moved to Denver and haven’t looked back! I love to spend time outdoors enjoying activities like hiking, camping, walking our dogs, or working in the garden. Reading, cooking, and spending time with loved ones (including the furry, four legged kind) are also things I enjoy. I live in Park Hill with my wife Amy and our two-year-old twin sons. I am passionate about education and feel so lucky to call McAuliffe home!

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.

Houser, Caroline

8th Grade Drama

Houser, Caroline

8th Grade Drama

I graduated from the University of Montana in 2012 with degrees in Secondary English Education, Theatre Education, and Reading. During college, I spent time studying abroad in Argentina and worked making magic as a character performer at Walt Disney World. I've spent the past three years teaching Reading in DPS, and I'm excited to make the transition into teaching theatre. I truly believe that theatre empowers students to examine their own lives and explore the world around them while creating connections and building empathy, imagination, and critical thinking skills. I can't wait to share my passion for theatre with the 8th Grade students here at MIS!

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

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.

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

6th Grade Math

Kopp, Katherine

6th 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.

Koscove, Matthew

Special Education/Athletic Director

Koscove, Matthew

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 am married and have a son named Easton.  I love to golf, camp, fish, garden and spend time with my family.

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!

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!

 

McCausland, Annie

7th Grade Language Arts

McCausland, Annie

7th Grade Language Arts

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, but by the time I reached high school, I realized Texas was calling my name. After receiving my degree in English Literature from Baylor University, I moved to Houston to begin my teaching career. I taught both freshmen and juniors in high school before deciding to make my way back west to Denver. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, spending time with family, and cooking. I am so very excited to be teaching at McAuliffe!

McDonald, Justin

7th Grade Math Teacher

McDonald, Justin

7th Grade Math Teacher

I grew up in New Hampshire and am the youngest of 3 brothers. I received my BA from the University of New Hampshire and my MA from the University of Denver – Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Before joining Denver Public Schools, I worked for State Street Financial Services, John Hancock Financial Services, and the United States Institute for Peace. In 2011, I returned to Denver and spent two years as a Math Fellow at the Denver Center for International Studies – Montbello and then taught 8th grade Algebra at Hamilton Middle School for 5 years. Outside of school, I enjoy skiing, cycling, hiking, golfing, basketball, reading, visiting my 4 nieces, and following the Boston sports teams. I’m excited to join the McAuliffe team and share my passion for mathematics.

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.

Middleton, Becky

French, GT Coordinator

Middleton, Becky

French, GT 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.

Miller, Jim

7th Grade Drama

Miller, Jim

7th Grade Drama

I am thrilled to be joining the McAuliffe team! This is my 20th year teaching theatre to the students of the Denver Metro area. I started acting, singing, and dancing at the age of 10 and haven’t stopped. I hold a BA in Speech/Theatre from Metro University and a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. When I am not in the theatre classroom, I frequently perform, direct, and design costumes at many the wonderful local theatres in Denver. Most days end on the couch with two adorable Shiba Inus.

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.

O’Brien, Megan

O’Brien, Megan

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

O’Grady, Amanda

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.

Phillips, Madelyn

7th Grade Green Architecture and Sustainability

Phillips, Madelyn

7th Grade Green Architecture and Sustainability

This is my first year with McAuliffe, and I'm so excited to be teaching 7th grade Green Architecture and Sustainability!  I have a degree in Conservation Biology from Clemson University and have spent the much of my career in environmental outreach and education.  I love to learn and teach about the Earth and the ways that humans can implement STEM to live sustainably.  I'm passionate about all things outdoors from ecology to recreation to arts, and most of my extra time is spent adventuring around Colorado and beyond.

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

Reynolds, Demari

Paraprofessional

Reynolds, Demari

Paraprofessional

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!

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

Seybold, Patience

6th Grade Language Arts

Seybold, Patience

6th Grade Language Arts

A Denver native, I recently graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education: Magna Cum Laude. My joy has always been children, and I believe every student can succeed if they are met and nurtured where they are individually. I enjoy spending time with my husband Scott and loving our new baby. Watching Fixer Upper, learning how to cook, sipping tea and volunteering at our church.

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.

Smith, Alyssa

Paraprofessional

Smith, Alyssa

Paraprofessional

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.

Toro, Alexis

Visual Arts

Toro, Alexis

Visual Arts

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, I grew up with two dogs and four cows as pets. My first  teaching job was in Bronx, New York in 2016 after graduating with a Masters in Art Education from Florida State University. I moved to Colorado on Independence Day in 2017 with my dog, Iggy. I love climbing rocks, painting, and writing poetry. I aspire to use art as a vehicle for social change. I hope to guide my students to explore their sense of self identity among many other critical topics through visual art.

Turkle, Adriana

Spanish

Turkle, 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.

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’m looking forward to starting my first year at McAuliffe International School and my sixth year teaching science in Colorado. 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.

Vining, Abby

7th / 8th Grade Language Arts

Vining, Abby

7th / 8th Grade Language Arts

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but decided to get away from the sun and attend Lewis and Clark College in rainy Portland, Oregon. When I graduated, I moved to Helena, Arkansas, a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River, and taught elementary music. After teaching music for a few years, I was lucky enough to receive a Fulbright grant to teach and research in Bergen, Norway. There, I taught high school English and American studies and backpacked or skied nearly every weekend! After my year in Norway, I earned a master’s degree in Learning and Teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am excited to be living in Denver because I have missed being close to the mountains and my family in New Mexico. My hobbies include hiking, skiing, knitting, and exploring bookstores! I can’t wait to be a member of the McAuliffe community!

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!

Willmarth, Lainee

Multi-Intensive Special Ed

Willmarth, Lainee

Multi-Intensive Special Ed

I’m extremely excited to join the McAuliffe team this year as the teacher of the multi-intensive classroom! I began my journey with the mental health industry and teaching while pursuing my degree at the University of Northern Colorado. After graduating I began my career as a Crisis Stabilization Counselor, here I facilitated therapy for children with a spectrum of needs. I wanted to become a more stable resource for students and this lead me into the career of education! I was born and raised here in Colorado and love being outside! I enjoy hiking, fishing and exploring!  I can’t wait to create a fun, safe and vibrant classroom!

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