Participants

Lead Teachers

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Kathy Brown
Middle School: Everitt Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Kathy is a Colorado native, graduating from North High in Denver. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Math from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Master's degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Colorado Denver. In her free time, Kathy enjoys reading, taking classes, maintaining her sanity, and monitoring the behavior of her teenage boys as they make the rocky transition from childhood to manhood. Kathy has been teaching middle school math (thus the need to maintain sanity) long enough to have seen the transition from abacus to slide rule to Smart Board (over 25 years in Adams District 50 and Jefferson County). She competently navigates the internet superhighway with the speed of a 1969 VW Beetle. Her sense of humor and the joy she gets from teaching keeps her forever young and energetic.
Resident:
Miranda Kroehl
Michele Harris
Middle School: Everitt Middle School
Discipline: Science
Michele grew up in New Mexico. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Adams State College. She was the head volleyball and softball coach at New Mexico Highlands University for three years. She married and moved to Colorado where she taught Physical Science at Thornton Middle School until accepting a position at the Colorado School of Mines as the head volleyball and softball coach where she stayed for 10 years. She left the School of Mines to focus full time on her family. Her family includes her husband Lloyd, her daughter Aubre and her son Austyn. Michele enjoys spending time with her family, movies, reading, home improvement projects, playing volleyball and softball and the Colorado Rockies. This fall Michele will begin her 6th year teaching 8th grade Physical Science at Everitt Middle School.
Resident:
Brad McClelland
Mark Hovis
Middle School: Dunstan Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Mark grew up in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Colorado. He spent 20 years as a computer programmer in business and the mining industry. Mark has been a sports official for 30 years, including baseball, softball, basketball, football and volleyball. He has taught middle school Math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra at Ken Caryl and Dunstan middle schools in the Jefferson County School District since 1995. The 2010/2011 school year will be his 16th year of teaching. Having spent his entire life in the Rocky Mountains, Mark loves to play golf, bicycle, fish and follows baseball at all levels.
Resident:
Sam Graffeo
Ericka Legnard
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Mathematics
Ericka has been teaching in Englewood for 12 years, mainly in middle school math and science. She helped create and launch Englewood Leadership Academy in 2000, and remains committed to this unique program. Her educational interests include brain based learning and the integration of math with the arts, and currently works with an art teacher to find innovative ways to engage students. Ericka lives in the foothills with her husband and two kids, and loves to be outdoors hiking, running, skiing and enjoying Colorado.
Resident:
Breeann Flesch
Miranda Price
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Miranda currently teaches 8th grade Math and Algebra and Englewood Middle School. Miranda received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and her Masters of Art in Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in science) from the University of Colorado Denver. Along with having a Resident in her classroom, Miranda is involved with a grant that teaches math through visual art. She also coaches Volleyball and Track. She was a Lead Teacher for the GK-12 project the last two years and is excited for year 3!
Resident:
Morgan Rodgers
Jeff Reinkensmeyer
Middle School: Dunstan Middle School
Discipline: Science
A native of Ohio, Jeff grew up in Wichita, KS then moved back to Ohio to attend and receive his BS in Geology and Mineralogy from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!).
Upon graduation, he moved to Ft. Collins to be near his family who had relocated his senior year of college. While in Ft. Collins, he worked for an educational earth science supply company breaking rocks, as a landscaper, and as a geo-tech surveying rivers in Utah and Montana and living in a tent for 8 weeks. One of the many amazing experiences Jeff had during his time in Montana was having his tent run over by a confused grizzly bear in the middle of the night! As finding consistent geology work during this time in the late '80s was challenging, Jeff decided to use his degree and his experience as a camp and park counselor to become a science teacher and received his teaching certificate from Colorado State University. He then moved to Chicagoland to be with his wife-to-be, a Colorado native. In the nine years that they were there, he taught middle school physical and earth science, earned a MEd degree, and additionally taught earth science part-time for a junior college, a university, and the Field Museum of Natural History. One of the cool ongoing things that Jeff did with his students was simulate a dinosaur dig with near museum quality full-size replica dinosaur bones. Also during this time, Jeff became involved with Science Olympiad - taking several teams to nationals, running regionals, and being an event supervisor on the regional, state, and national level - which included being a national workshop presenter. In 1999, Jeff and his family returned to Colorado and have been here since. He continues to teach physical science at Dunstan MS exploring ways to bring more and more integrated real-life/earth science experiences into the classroom, is the department manager and instructional leader, and has helped to influence Jeffco district policy regarding science instruction. After 7 more years of Science Olympiad, including more trips to Nationals, Jeff retired from this awesome program to spend more time with his own family and volunteers as a Boy Scout leader and a coach. His hobbies include hiking, piano playing, and cross training workouts - running, swimming, and weights.
Resident:
Tim Morris
Suzanne Stark
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Science
Suzanne has been teaching for 25 or so years, most of which has been 6-8th grade science. For the last several years she has been teaching at a small public middle school (Englewood Leadership Academy) in Englewood, Colorado. They are working toward an International Baccalaureate certification as a Middle Years Program (MYP) school and next year will add a 9th grade class, which is both exciting and terrifying. Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and an occasional camp out.
Resident:
Robin Lockwood
Scott Wallace
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Science
Scott has been a Middle School Science teacher for 19 years. He currently teaches 8th grade Science at Englewood Middle School. Having been a scientist and microbiologist before becoming a teacher, he enjoys engaging students in meaningful science experiences. Scott has a Masters of Education in Science Curriculum and Pedagogy form the University of Colorado at Denver. He is an avid mountain biker and spends his summers designing and installing Japanese gardens, water features, and flower gardens.
Resident:
Nathan Frank