Participants

Lead Teachers

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Jeff Reinkensmeyer
Middle School: Dunstan Middle School
Discipline: Science
Originally from Ohio, Jeff earned his BS in Geology and Mineralogy from The Ohio State University, his Secondary Science Education Certificate from Colorado State University, and his M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from National-Louis University. After a short stint as a geologist during a weak geology job market, he became a science teacher; but still does geology contract work on the side. Of the 23 years he has taught middle school science, 9 years were in the Chicagoland area and the last 14 have been in Colorado. In addition to teaching middle school full time, he has taught part time earth science classes for the Chicago Field Museum, graduate classes for National-Louis University, earth science courses for a junior college, earth science classes for a gifted and talented science and math program for high school juniors and seniors. He has also done earth science related workshops on local, regional, and national levels. Additionally, Jeff coached Science Olympiad teams for 17 years - taking 7 teams to Nationals. His education interests include brain-based learning and integration of science and art. He participated in the GK-12 trip to the National Conference in Washington, D.C. in Spring 2011 to learn about other GK-12 programs. Jeff lives in the south metro area with his wife and two kids, and loves to be outdoors hiking, backpacking, camping, fly fishing, swimming, skiing and enjoying Colorado.
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.
Ericka Legnard
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Mathematics
Ericka has been teaching middle school math and science in Englewood for 14 years . She co-created and launched 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. She participated in the GK-12 trip to China in Spring 2011 to study Chinese education and culture. Ericka lives in the foothills with her husband and two kids, and loves to be outdoors hiking, running, skiing and enjoying Colorado.
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. Suzanne prefers having students work in cooperative groups and use lots of hands on materials. Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and an occasional camp out.
Jaye Shomaker
Middle School: Ken Caryl Middle School
Discipline: Science
Jaye Shomaker is in her 8th year of teaching at Ken Caryl Middle School in Jefferson County, where she has been teaching science to 7th grade students. She is interested in creating opportunities for experiential learning experiences for students. She has accompanied students on trips to Washington D.C., as well as Tall Ships expeditions. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Biology from Metro State College, with a minor in Secondary education. Jaye has also been involved in numerous Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science classes and research experience for teachers, and has traveled to Washington D.C. for a workshop about the science behind food-borne illness. She completed her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado in Denver. Jaye and her husband and three daughters are all natives of Colorado. Spare time is spent hiking, traveling, running, yoga, and kickboxing.
Brian Lee
Middle School: Ken Caryl Middle School
Discipline: Science
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