Kristofer Work grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where he received his BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He Co-Founded the non-profit Adonai Center located in the North Side of Pittsburgh. The Adonai Center works to provide educational supports to high school students in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Kristofer acquired his Masters in Arts and Teaching at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. In Utah, he coordinated on-site education programs at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah as well as teaching middle school art in the Granite School District. Currently, Kristofer Work is a secondary art teacher in Denver Public Schools at Vista Academy in Aurora, CO.
Andrew Virdin is a high school English, Acting, and Creative Writing teacher in Estes Park, Co. He currently spends his time working on enhancing Culturally Responsive Teaching in the district. He is also an independent scholar in Ethnic Studies, with an emphasis on 20th-century African-American literature. In 2016 he co-directed the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute “From Harlem to Hip-hop.” He was the Society for American Music’s Paul Charosh Fellow for 2018.
Carlee Taga is a high school science and health teacher at the Academy of Urban Learning in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with her B.S. in Biology in 2012 and with her Masters of Education in 2016. Carlee has used her prior experience working with the Colorado Department of Health to inform and engage her science and health classrooms with relevant information about safe sex. She also owns two dance studios and teaches 3-year-olds through high schoolers tap, ballet, jazz, poms, hip hop and technique.
Emma Simpleman is currently a 3rd year teacher at Iowa Elementary in Aurora, Colorado. She has her BA in Anthropology and a Minor in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado- Boulder. As a teacher, Emma provides standards based and culturally relevant teaching to her 4th and 5th graders, while also incorporating technology and a social emotional approach. She has recently become more active in the association by becoming a member of her local’s small donor committee. She has attended the CEA’s leadership conference as well as lobbying days at the capitol last March. Emma hopes to eventually get her Masters in Educational Policy and continue to work within her local and state associations.
Dr. Gina Rinder teaches Criminal Justice and Law courses in Cherry Creek School District. Prior to coming to Cherry Creek, Gina worked as a non-sworn officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Gina focused her doctoral research on studying the active shooter preparation and training of our high schools in Colorado. She is currently conducting follow-up research for her first book, which will be an examination of school safety issues in high schools throughout the country. Gina is using this fellowship to bring attention to the need for realistic active shooter training in our high schools, which is a concern that was discussed by the participants in her doctoral research study.
Alex Kravitz is a Digital Audio and Science Teacher at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice, an Alternative Education Campus in Englewood. He is certified to teach Science, Math, STEM, Audio/Visual, and Music. He received his BS in Music with an Emphasis in Recording Technology and an MEd in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University. Through his work with the Digital Audio Program he became the sponsor of the first chapter of the Audio Engineering Society in the world. Alex is currently serving as President of the Englewood Educators.
Troy Hubbell is a mild/ moderate special education teacher at Kunsmiller Elementary. He applied for this fellowship because there are a lot of needs in education, and he believes that if we are ever going to make education what it should be for our students, teachers are going to have to be at the forefront that change. He wants to learn how to add his own voice to the state and national conversation about education, and to empower other teachers to do the same. Dyslexia and literacy are his passions, and he wants to use his time in the fellowship to advocate for effective literacy instruction for all students.
Rebekah Holmes is an English Language Development teacher at McElwain Elementary School in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District. She is a member and presenter with Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (COTESOL). She is also involved in the Adams 12 Ambassador Leadership program as well as extracurricular programs including Girls on the Run and Plant and Garden Club. She offers free yoga classes for teachers as a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-200) and Breathe for Change Wellness Champion. Rebekah holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Macalester College, TESOL Certification from Hamline University, and a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Saint Cloud State University.
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Anne-Marie Gary is an SSN Para-Educator at Air Academy High School. She applied for this fellowship to improve education for students with disabilities. Specifically, surrounding the need for how to retain qualified para-educators; who are often referred to as the backbone of special education. Historically, schools have dozens of unfilled special education para positions. She believes that there needs to be more collaboration between the certified teachers and the para-educators, along with higher pay. AnneMarie wants to learn how to add her own voice to the state education association representing para’s and to empower other paras to do the same.
Ernest Garibay is currently in his 9th year as a public educator, specializing in secondary math instruction and intervention. As a Denver native, he earned his Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Colorado and his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. Ernest began his public education career as a math fellow in Denver Public Schools and earned his licensure and Master’s through the rigorous Denver Teacher Residency program. While in DPS, Ernest supported underserved populations at several DPS middle and high schools. Ernest now teaches in Jefferson County at Standley Lake High School, where he is also a member of the SLHS academic intervention team and Collaborative Decision Making committee. Through his local, JCEA, Ernest holds the roles of building representative, articulation area coordinator, and sits on the JCEA Bargaining Support Team.
Judith Fodor currently teaches at Pueblo County High in Pueblo School District 70. She teaches English, journalism, and is the yearbook advisor. She taught at an alternative, secondary school for three years prior to teaching at the high school. Judith graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and a minor in professional writing. Judith received her teaching certification through Western State University’s TeachNow Program, and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in English at CSU-Pueblo. Judith sponsored many student-led organizations; Literacy Club, Speech and Debate Coach, LGBT Group, and the Environmental Club. She has served numerous years on the Gifted and Talented, Site Based, and Insurance Committees. Most recently she was inducted into the National Honor Society of Leadership.
Ashley Feuk is a 6th grade English/Language Arts and Math teacher at Deer Creek Middle School in JeffCo Public Schools. She is committed to making learning relevant for students, challenging them to be problem solvers, and teaching them social/emotional skills in order to become productive members of society. She has been teaching since 2013 and has taught all grade levels from first through sixth grade during that time. Ashley is the Association Representative for her school. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.
David Bruder is a middle school English Teacher working in Jefferson Country, Colorado. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in writing, Dave left for Peace Corps and spent two years in Ukraine as a Youth-Development Volunteer working with Ukraine’s impacted student populations. Upon returning to the states, Dave moved to Brooklyn, NY, attended Columbia University in New York, and began his formal teaching career. Now in Denver, Co, Dave is passionate about his time in the classroom and believes teaching ELA is a form of social and political justice. At his school, he runs and supports the Colorado Young Activists club, as well as the school’s inclusivity-club. He is an instructional leader for his school’s ELA department and co-AR for Carmody Middle. Above all else, Dave believes that students who gain empathy, integrity, and literacy skills to navigate their community will create a more just, fair, and equitable world.
Ellen Angeles has been an ELD Specialist with Montrose County School District for 12 years helping English Languages learners from kindergarten to adult learners focusing on the families as a whole. She has been a member of Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (COTESOL) since 2003. She has taught at Colorado Mountain College and online for CEA CoPilot. Recently, she has return to teaching fifth grade. She has collaborated in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and English so that teachers have strategies to reach all struggling students. As an advocate for children, she was recently nominated for the El Pomar Foundation Award for Leadership and Service. She believes that all teachers deserve the tools to best serve a diverse group of students. She has taken a number of COpilot classes and looks forwards to helping other teachers improve their game. Ellen holds a B.A. in Mediation and Criminal Justice from Kent State University, received her teaching certificate from Western State Colorado University, and a M.A. in ESOL from Mesa State University.
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.
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