Special Education Director
BA, Psychology, Muhlenberg College
MA, Special Education, University of Northern Colorado
I am a Colorado native and grew up in the Greenwood Village area. Of all my childhood memories, I will never forget my 5th grade teacher, Mrs Marden, who instilled in me the confidence I needed to excel and see the endless number of possibilities in my future. She always believed in me as a student, even when I had given up on myself.
For college, I headed to the east coast and attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where I majored in psychology. After settling in Denver and working in the non-profit world, I realized my true passion lay in teaching, and I returned to school to get my teaching license. I recently graduated with a masters in special education from the University of Northern Colorado. I love traveling and living in other countries and have been fortunate to teach in South Africa and Thailand and here in Denver. When I am not teaching, I love hiking, traveling, and reading a good book.
Why I Teach
I teach because Mrs Marden and other teachers made a huge impact on my life. They challenged me, encouraged me to be an active participant in my learning, and believed in my potential. Now as a teacher, I believe every child deserves to have an excellent education, one which challenges them to reach their fullest potential. I am passionate about making sure students with disabilities receive the resources they need to be academically and socially/emotionally successful in school. Finally, I teach because one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is watching “light bulbs” turn on as students understand the material and grow as learners.