Colby Ricci is an Instructional Coach and Literacy Resource teacher at Frisco Elementary in Summit County School District. She has been teaching since 2004 in various roles including 5th grade classroom teacher, Media/Technology specialist, Special Education and for the past 6 years, Literacy Resource teacher. Colby has received a dual endorsement Masters Degree from University of Colorado, Boulder in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and Special Education as well as a Master of Arts in Education in School Leadership from Adams State University of Alamosa in 2012. Colby was named a finalist for CDE’s Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2016 and named teacher of the year in Summit County in 2015 and 2016. She has presented at CLDE Academy for work related to online PD for CLDE through the eCALLMS Project as well as contributed to federal grant writing for CLDE PD programs.
Sarah Reed is a preschool director at Columbine Elementary School in Woodland Park School District. In her role, she is responsible for leading the preschool team in best practices and compliance as well as directly teaching and providing special education services. She holds a BA in Media Communications, an MAT in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Rob Norville is a teacher at Glenwood Springs High School in the Roaring Fork School District. He currently teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science. He is the Association Representative for his school and also serves on the interest-based bargaining committee for teacher contract negotiations. He earned a BS in Biology from University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and worked for a few years as a wildlife biologist before going back to school to complete the teacher certification program at Western State College. He also has an MA in Education – English for Speakers of Other Languages from Colorado Mesa University.
Erin Nauman is a teacher at Chinook Trail Elementary in Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs. Currently, she teaches 5th Grade, but has taught all levels from K-5th in four different states. She has attended many professional development trainings including the National Education Association (NEA) Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI). In addition, Erin’s leadership roles include a capstone project reviewer for National Board and being the professional development lead teacher training colleagues on various educational topics. Erin holds a dual BS in Elementary and Special Education from Lock Haven University, a MA in Reading and Mathematics from Walden University, and is Nationally Board Certified- Middle Generalist.
Ivan Mayerhofer, PhD is a Theory of Knowledge teacher and Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs Academy School District 20. His current role gives him the opportunity to work in depth with students as they navigate a holistic, inquiry-based, and internationally-minded education. He also works closely with the Diploma staff to create a community of educators both within the building through shared governance of the program and outside the building by connecting educators across Diploma Programs in the Colorado Springs area. In addition to his program leadership, Ivan also co-leads the professional learning for his building as well as co-supervises PRISM, Rampart’s Gay Straight Alliance or GSA. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, a MAT from Colorado College, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Valerie Lovato is a first grade teacher at Eagleton Elementary in Denver Public Schools. A Colorado native, Valerie earned her BA in Liberal Arts, Elementary Education and Bilingual Education and a MA in Reading, both at the University of Northern Colorado. She has served as a mentor teacher for four student teachers and is pursuing National Board for Certified Teachers certification. In 2017, Valerie was selected to be on the Colorado Department of Education commissioner’s teacher cabinet. She is currently on the board of directors for the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and has been elected to Colorado Education Association and National Education Association representative assemblies.
Louella Lenberg is an English teacher at Alamosa High School. Currently she serves as vice president of San Luis Valley Uniserv. She serves on Alamosa School District’s 1338 that addresses assessment for students and evaluation criteria for teachers. She has been involved in curriculum development at every level and currently works with the high school English team. Louella holds a B.A. and M.A. in Education from Adams State University.
April Leitshuh is a Social Studies teacher at Northglenn High School in Adams 12. In her role, she is able to teach students from diverse backgrounds with different learning abilities, while incorporating the STEM model of teaching. Also, April is the environmental club sponsor, encouraging students to take an active role in the preservation of their school and community. April’s credentials include a BA in History Education from Illinois State University, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies Education from Concordia University- Portland.
Kamilee Jorgenson is an instructor at Rangely Jr/Sr High School, with classes from 6th grade Tech Lit through high school literature. Her duties in a small district have given her the opportunity to serve in various teaching opportunities. Her most recent venture has added Middle School Drama Club to her teaching agenda. She currently serves as Rangely Community Education Association president. Kamilee received her B.S. from The College of Idaho (formerly Albertson College of Idaho) and her M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Western Governors University.
Bernie Janelle, M.Ed. has worked in the field of special education (first grade to college) for the past thirty years as a teacher, coordinator, director, and dean of students. She is a champion of equity for her students. Throughout her career, Bernie has served as an advocate for all underrepresented populations. Prior to moving to Colorado, Bernie was a founding special education staff member of a public high school in New York City. She designed and implemented a best-practice inclusion model with more than four hundred students (special education) who went on to college and/or trade school programs. Currently, Bernie works with students who have learning challenges at South High School in the Denver Public School District. She co-teaches both Mathematics and English classes, which includes 9th to 12th grade students. Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Community, Leadership and Development from Springfield College, Special Education Teacher Preparation from Plymouth State College, and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Antioch University.
Adrienne Hause is a teacher at William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs School District 11. Her current role as English teacher allows her to coach and teach students reading and writing. She has recently obtained a class set of electronic devices and is piloting an electronic-based classroom. In addition, Adrienne serves as both a Student Council and Key Club Sponsor, which is critical in developing student life, culture, and climate within the building and the community. Adrienne also plays an active role with the Palmer Culture and Climate team, whose focus is rebranding the school. Her leadership roles include Colorado Springs Education Association Palmer Regional Director and the Labor Council Liaison. Because of movement and travel, Adrienne has attending multiple universities. Her credentials include a BS in Education with a focus on English from Lock Haven University, MA in Education Policy and Research, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.
Barbara Haggerty is a 5th grade teacher at Pennock Elementary in Brighton. She loves inspiring her elementary students to be critical thinkers, active learners, and life-long lovers of knowledge. In her current role as Political Action Chair of her local association, she is active in social media campaigns and has taken the lead in digital communication. Other leadership roles have included Technology Committee leader, President Elect of her previous local, Technology Instructional Coach, Instructional Leadership Team, PTA liaison, and Den leader for Cub Scouts. Her education has included her BA degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Central Florida , a MA in Special Education and an added endorsement in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Paula Dickerson, E.Ds. is a Kindergarten teacher at Hulstrom K-8 in the Adams Twelve Five Star School District. She is responsible for the social-emotional, physical, cognitive and academic needs of her students. She provides a safe, inclusive, caring and challenging educational environment for Gifted and Talented children. In addition, Paula serves as a teacher leader on the APEX Teacher Evaluation team, is on the District Policy Council Committee, and is an Association Executive Board member. Her credentials include a BA in Behavioral Science with a minor in reading from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in Literacy Instruction from Lesley University and an Education Specialist degree from Grand Canyon University.
Tiffany Choi is a French teacher at East High School in Denver Public Schools. In addition to her classroom duties, she is also the sponsor for the Model United Nations club. She is a Northeast director on the Denver Classroom Teacher’s Association (DCTA) board, and also a founding member of the Caucus of Today’s Teachers, which is a group of teachers in Denver dedicated to upholding the values of social justice, professionalism and accountability within the local union. She has organized several community forums including the People’s Meeting and the Illusion of School Choice. She is also leading the Organizing Committee in the current DCTA Procomp negotiations. Tiffany holds a B.A. in French from Luther College, is a graduate of the Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver, and holds an M.A. in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from CU Denver.
Charles “Cody” Childers is a teacher at Montezuma-Cortez Middle School in Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 in southwest Colorado. Cody graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in English Literature, a double-minor in French and Anthropology, and graduated from his honors college magna cum laude. He teaches eighth grade Language Arts as well as an introductory Python Computer Science class at his school. In addition, Cody serves as a representative for the CEA’s Early Career Educators group for the southwest region. He is currently enrolled in the Boettcher Residency Program to receive his alternative license and intends to pursue a MA in either Educational Leadership or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners following his successful completion of the program.
Kathryn Brown is a School Counselor at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice, an Alternative Education Campus in the Englewood School District. In her role, she supports students with social emotional needs; and career, college, and academic planning. She spends her days doing individual counseling, facilitating groups and classroom guidance lessons, consulting with other educators and mental health professionals, and spearheading the school’s Career and Technical Education and Concurrent Enrollment programs. Kathryn serves on her school’s Leadership Team and is an Association Representative for her local association. She holds a BS in Special Education from SUNY Plattsburgh in New York, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.
Emily Bochenek is a Special Education Teacher at Estes Park High School. In her role, she is responsible for working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. Her work involves direct case management to ensure individual student needs are successfully met within the classroom and beyond. Specifically, she initiates and maintains evaluations and progress monitoring for students that qualify for special education services, provides interventions and programing based on the inclusion and co-teaching model, facilitates post-secondary exploration and opportunities for students, and provides direct coaching, consultation, and professional development for educators. In addition to her teaching role, Emily serves as the advisor for Student Council, Gay Straight Alliance, and coaches middle school Track and Field. Her leadership roles include Estes Park Education Association President, Leadership Team Representative, as well as mentoring new teachers within the district. Emily’s credentials include a B.S. in Education from The Ohio State University in addition to a minor in music.
Deborah Blake is a Special Education teacher at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School in the Adams 12 5-Star School District. She teaches academics to students with mild to moderate learning differences with an emphasis on Reading and Dyslexia. In addition to her teaching duties, Deborah is active in her local Association. She is an Association Representative in her building, on the Association’s Executive Board, and is a member of the Interest Based Strategies Bargaining Team for the Association for the 3rd year.