Meet Our Staff

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MARISOL ENRIQUEZ

PRINCIPAL

With more than 18 years of extensive educational experience, I look forward to preparing our children to positively impact the future in my role as Principal at Inspire Elementary.  I am a Denver, Colorado native who graduated from George Washington High School in Denver Public Schools and completed a degree in Doctor of Philosophy the University of Denver in Education Administration.  It is my honor to serve the Inspire Elementary community and I am driven by a fierce focus on equity for all children, my daughter Lucia Sol who will be in 2nd grade at Inspire Elementary, my son Christian who just graduated from high school, and my husband Julio.  In addition to my service in education, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, movies, traveling, pilates, yoga, cycling, and visiting hot springs.

A community of educators, parents and community members met to design Inspire Elementary School. We challenged ourselves to examine the nuances that made our personal learning experience meaningful and came together to learn, dream, collaborate and create.  We believe students need to positively impact the world we live in and the world we have yet to know.  We tested our ideas against the question:  Is this what I would want for my own child?  In fact, many of us designed Inspire Elementary as a place for our own children.  “Imagine schools as incubators for a new generation of designers that will remake the human presence on Earth in ways that regenerate ecologies and create the foundation for a fair, decent, and prosperous post-carbon economy. Imagine schools that foster the kind of thinking that bridge the chasms of ethnicity, nationality, religion, species, and time. Imagine a world made sustainable because we first taught every child to overcome hatred and fear and educated them to be ecologically competent. Imagine schools that draw forth the very best from each child.” This school is designed for our “own” children using inspiration from research in educational practices and borrowing from models we admire including:  High-Tech-High schools in San Diego, CA, The Stanford Design School in Palo Alto, CA, and EL Education/Expeditionary Learning.

With an innate and genuine passion for students and families I am committed to providing staff the tools they need to ensure inclusive excellence for all students.  I look forward to realizing our dream to Inspire, Innovate and Impact together.

Regards,

Marisol Enriquez, Ph.D.

Principal of Inspire Elementary

 

marisol_enriquez@dpsk12.org

 

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MELISSA PETERSON

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

After working with the Inspire staff on the Instructional Superintendent’s team in 2018-2019, I am thrilled to officially join the Inspire community as Assistant Principal. I am honored to lead with Dr. Enriquez in support of our amazing students, staff and community as we Inspire, Innovate and Impact together.

With more than twenty years’ experience in education, I know how fortunate I am to be joining the Inspire community, where joy is at the center of our learning, passion fuels our engagement and we embrace each other as special parts of the Inspire story as it unfolds.

Like Dr. Enriquez, I am passionately driven in my pursuit of equity for children, school teams and communities and will do everything in my power to ensure academic success for all students.  My teaching and leadership are informed by both my extensive experience and what I would want for my own children – opportunities to think critically, communicate effectively and explore in a joyful learning environment. I believe all children should be supported by effective educators who build positive relationships with each individual child and facilitate cooperation between students.

My two teenage daughters and my Goldendoodle puppy keep me busy and laughing outside of work. In my free time, I like to read,practice yoga, see live music, travel, and spend time outdoors hiking, swimming and paddle-boarding.

I look forward to getting to know all of you as we launch Inspire’s third year. I am sure this will be our best year yet.

MELISSA_PETERSON@dpsk12.org

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MARGARET CRANFILL

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/ SENIOR TEAM LEAD/INTERVENTION/TUTORING

Hi, my name is Margaret Cranfill. I am really looking forward to being here! I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota and grew up in a large family of 7 children!  After graduating from high school, I made the trek out to Colorado 10 years ago to study at the University of Northern Colorado. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in teaching English as a second language. This will be my 8th year teaching and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I taught first grade for two years overseas in the country of Kuwait. The past 5 years, I have spent teaching kindergarten/first grade at Tavelli Elementary up in Fort Collins. I have volunteered to teach English on short term trips all over the world including places like Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, and Trinidad & Tobago. I recently got married this past summer and am adjusting to life with my husband! We live in the Stapleton area.  When I’m not teaching I enjoy reading,  playing the piano, walking, cooking new foods, and drinking tasty coffee!  I am looking forward to teaching your children this coming school year. My goal is to lovingly challenge them as they discover their strengths!

MARGARET_CRANFILL@dpsk12.org

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HAILEY NOBLE

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER

Hi everyone! My name is Hailey and I’m so excited to join the Inspire community.  I grew up in Miami, Florida and moved to Chicago to complete my undergrad in Early Childhood Education at a Reggio based program.  In 2016, I completed my Master’s Degree in Education and Human Learning with a concentration in Early Literacy through Boulder Journey Schools partnership with the University of Colorado- Denver. I spent the past four years working with preschool and pre-kindergarten aged children at Boulder Journey School.  I’m so excited to continue to learn alongside pre-kindergarten aged children and experience their growth in all areas.  I feel lucky to share a classroom with capable, loving, creative, and curious children.  I’m looking forward to diving into a supportive community that is Inspire Elementary and educate young children in a public school setting.  Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time in the mountains fishing, camping, and exploring. I love going to restaurants, playing violin, and spending time with my friends and my husband Joe.

HAILEY_NOBLE@dpsk12.org

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CARRIE RUSH

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER

Hello Inspire Family! My name is Carrie Rush. I was born and raised in Littleton Colorado with my parents and older sister (currently a music teacher in Littleton Public Schools). For college I went to University of Nebraska and received a degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and with a Minor in Psychology. After graduating I went straight into my Masters program for Early Childhood Special Education. During this time I worked as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Nebraska’s Lab School which has a strong Reggio approach. I moved back to Colorado and eventually joined DPS where I have been for four years. The last two years I spent as a Senior Team Lead which allowed me to work along side and coach other preschool teachers. I am very excited to jump back into the classroom and develop a strong Reggio preschool environment at Inspire. When I am not in the classroom you can find me on stage doing Improv Comedy or hanging out with my cat (Kenja) and dog (Lemon).

CARRIE_RUSH@dpsk12.org

 

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MEAGAN ARANGO

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER

Greetings! I’m Meagan Arango and I’m thrilled to be joining the Inspire Elementary foxes! I was raised in Fresno, California in a family of dogs and educators. I left the west coast in 2003 to study Theater & Dance at Colby College in Maine, and afterward lived in the DC area for about 8 years. While my path has meandered, it’s always led me close to children, and after stints in regional theaters, aerial dance, and childcare, I finally found my footing in teaching. In 2015 I left the east coast with husband (Ruy) and dog (Bera), and drove out to Colorado to pursue my Masters in Human Learning & Development through the Reggio-inspired teacher education program housed at Boulder Journey School in partnership with CU Denver. My family was so happy to see us westward bound again! This year will mark my 7th year of teaching early childhood, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be joining this vibrant, growing community. When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me reading, gardening, cuddling our dog, table-top gaming, and soaking up the sun with friends.

MEAGAN_ARANGO@dpsk12.org

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SARAH MCCARTY-PETZ

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/KINDERGARTEN/TEAM SPECIALIST

Hello families! My name is Sarah McCarty, and I teach Kindergarten! I am a Colorado Native and I lived in South Florida for ten years. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University in Elementary Education and went on to receive my Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from CU Denver.  I have been teaching in various roles for over 10 years, in both public and private school settings. This year in our classroom, I will encourage all of the students to gain a strong sense of belonging and investment in our community. We will elevate one another and challenge each other to dig deeper, create, and think critically with our minds and our hearts. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, drawing and painting, thrifting, finding new music, binge watching Netflix, going to live theatre shows, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado landscape! Currently, I live in Thornton with my partner and our 3 dogs. I am so delighted to be a part of your child’s school journey and look forward to the wonderful year ahead of us!

SARAH_MCCARTY@dpsk12.org

 

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KAITLIN CLOSE
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/KINDERGARTEN
Hi all! My name is Kaitlin Close and I will be joining the Inspire Elementary family this year. I am relocating from Chicago where I taught Kindergarten for 3 years. I received my degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Michigan State University (Go green! Go white!). I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Education Technology from Michigan State University, as well.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy running, backpacking, and skiing. When I’m not spending time with wonderful students during the school year, I get to spend my days at a summer camp in Northern Wisconsin – sailing, waterskiing, and camping galore!
I can’t wait to start my journey with such an inspired community.
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SARA KATERSKY

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/KINDERGARTEN

Hello! My name is Sara Katersky, and I am so excited to be joining the Inspire family as a Kindergarten teacher. I am originally from Boston, MA… GO SOX! But have since made Colorado my permanent home. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University in Human Services/Sociology and moved on to complete my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from CU Denver, as well as the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program. I have spent many years teaching and or working with children of all ages in various roles, from formal classroom settings to the great outdoors. My previous experience with Expeditionary Learning and the Reggio Emilia Approach to education has given me a strong foundation in teaching ‘the whole child.’ It is my goal to provide a loving, safe, creative, and fun learning environment for all students, where every child can develop into their strongest, unique selves. When I am not in the classroom, you can find me out and about with my 2 pugs, Louie and Bear. I love to travel, see live music, get crafty, spend time with friends, and get outdoors! 

SARA_KATERSKY@dpsk12.org

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SARAH LAMBERT

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/ KINDERGARTEN/NEW TEACHER AMBASSADOR

 Hi there! My name is Sarah Lambert and I am lucky enough to be teaching Kindergarten at Inspire Elementary! I grew up in Colorado Springs and then went on to get my Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at CU Boulder, so you could definitely say I am a Coloradan through and through. My Undergraduate degree is in Psychology with an additional teaching license attached and my Graduate degree is in K-12 Literacy with an additional Reading Teacher Endorsement. To say that I have always wanted to be a teacher would be an understatement. As my mom describes it, I made up my mind when I was in Kindergarten that I wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher and never looked back. I feel so incredibly lucky to be doing a job that I absolutely love! This is my 8th year of teaching: one in 2nd grade, five in Kindergarten, one in 1st grade, and now back to Kindergarten! I just recently got married and when I am not at school you can find me with my husband and two pups.  We have a very large Great Dane and a very small Miniature Schnauzer mix, so they are quite the pair! My husband and I love traveling abroad, hiking 14ers, and just exploring our gorgeous state when we have breaks. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such an inspiring community. I cannot wait for a wonderful year together.

SARAH_LAMBERT@dpsk12.org

 

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LIBBY PHILLIPS

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/1ST GRADE/TEAM SPECIALIST

Hi! My name is Libby Phillips and I am so excited to be teaching first grade this year at Inspire. I was born and have lived in Tennessee until my family moved to Denver in 2017. I received my Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education at the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). My previous teaching experience has been in both 1st grade and in Kindergarten. In our classroom, it is my goal to create a loving and safe environment where I can guide ALL children to develop a life-long love of learning. I am an energetic enthusiast of teaching that enjoys watching each and every child learn to their highest potential. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy time with my family, being involved at our church and in our community, being outdoors, skiing, watching sports, eating at local or new restaurants, and traveling. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and have 4 children. We have three boys (ages 10, 8, and 6) and our princess the caboose (2.5 years old).  I can’t wait to be a part of your child’s education journey and look forward to a fantastic year!

LIBBY_PHILLIPS@dpsk12.org

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RACHEL LAMB

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/1ST GRADE

Hello! My name is Rachel Lamb and I am very fortunate and excited to be a part of the Inspire team teaching first grade! I was born in San Diego, California and I grew up in Singapore in Southeast Asia. I lived there for six years with my family before returning to Colorado. This will be my fourth year of teaching with previous experience in kindergarten, as well as second grade. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with my bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in reading. In addition to this, I am certified and experienced as a reading specialist in the Orton Gillingham Approach to Reading, as well as Colorado Department of Education’s Structured Literacy. In my classroom, I create a safe, positive, and fun learning environment guiding my students to become lifelong learners. I am a passionate and energetic teacher that loves to watch children learn and grow. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, hiking, fitness, reading, and traveling. I am looking forward to being a part of your child’s educational journey and am ready for the wonderful year ahead of us!

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SHELBY FINNEY

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/1ST GRADE

Hello! My name is Shelby Finney and I am so excited to be joining the Inspire community as a first grade teacher. I have taught kindergarten for 2 years in DPS and 1st grade for 4 years in Colorado Springs. I graduated from Hope College with my Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. I am originally from Michigan, but moved to Colorado in 2013 for the mountains, sunshine and adventure! I still enjoy going back to visit family and friends and spend time on the lake. I recently got married and my husband and I love spending our free time camping and hiking. I also enjoy playing tennis and volleyball, cheering on the MSU Spartans, Hope College Dutchmen, and A&M Aggies and going on road trips.  I am passionate about fostering a caring, safe and fun learning environment that pushes all students to be the best they can be. I love light bulb moments, celebrating small achievements, helping students persevere and getting students fired up about learning new things! I look forward to being a part of your child’s educational journey. It is going to be a great year!

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EMILY CURTIN

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/1ST GRADE

Hi! My name is Emily Curtin. I just moved to Denver from Asheville, North Carolina, where I taught first grade for two years. I graduated from East Carolina University in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and am currently working on my Master’s in the same field. I love working with kids and have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid, when I used to “play school” with my younger sister, Meghan. In my free time, I love cooking, hanging out with my cat Cosmo, drawing, reading, and hiking! :)

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ASHLEY FITZGERALD

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/2ND GRADE/TEAM SPECIALIST

Hello Inspire community! My name is Ashley Fitzgerald, and I am excited to teach 2nd grade at Inspire again this year. I am originally from Michigan, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University. I later went on to receive my Master’s Degree in International Education from Framingham State University. For the past 13 years, I have taught in public and private schools in Parkland, Florida, Bangkok, Thailand, Guatemala City, Guatemala, and now Denver. I love living in Colorado and am so grateful to call this place home. In our classroom, I strive to create a community of thoughtful learners who work to be the best they can be, both together and individually. When not teaching, I am usually reading, painting, exploring new places, practicing yoga, or traveling. I look forward to being part of your child’s educational journey this year!

ASHLEY_FITZGERALD@dpsk12.org

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MARY ENGELKEN

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/2ND GRADE

Hello! My name is Mary Engelken. I am so excited to join the Inspire community! I was born and raised in Denver and attended Denver Public Schools. My family relocated to Colorado this spring and I am very excited to return to my roots. I have spent the last 7 years teaching in both public and private schools in Connecticut and San Francisco, primarily in a 1st/2nd grade split level classroom. It is my goal as an educator to help encourage the development of the whole child. I take pride in creating a safe classroom environment that promotes critical thinking, risk-taking, and positive relationships. My biggest priority is making sure the children love learning! Prior to joining the team at Inspire, I taught at AltSchool (a software company developing a learner-centered platform) and in a public Montessori setting. Both of these experiences helped me to realize the importance and value of personalized learning. In addition to a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, I hold a B.S. in human development and family studies from Colorado State University and a master’s in elementary education from Regis University. When I am not at school, I enjoy yoga, reading, and going on adventures with my husband and our two boys, Everett (3 years) and Jude (5 months), who will eventually attend Inspire!
MARY_ENGELKEN@dpsk12.org

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ASHLEY HATTAWAY-WOOD

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/3RD GRADE/TEAM SPECIALIST

Hi! My name is Ashley Hattaway-Wood and I am thrilled to be teaching with the Inspire team as a 3rd grade teacher this year! This will be my 6th year of teaching with experience in Kindergarten and 2nd grade. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University with my Bachelors/Masters in Early Childhood Education. I am originally from Florida and have also lived in both North/South Carolina. My partner and I decided to make to the move out west and I am excited to begin my adventure here in beautiful Colorado. In our classroom, my goal is to create a sense of community in a safe and supportive environment. When not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors, playing with my dogs, and traveling. I am excited to be a part of your child’s educational journey and look forward to a fantastic year!

ASHLEY_HATTAWAY@dpsk12.org

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DR. SARA LEWIS

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/4TH GRADE/INTERMEDIATE MATH LEAD

Sara Lewis was born and raised in the great state of Georgia. She, her husband David moved to colorful Colorado in 2014.

Sara earned her Bachelor’s (’06) and Master’s (’08) Degrees in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College in Athens, Georgia. She most recently earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2014. From 2008-2014 she loved every minute of teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. Sara taught sixth grade grade reading in Green Valley Ranch in Denver, Colorado in 2014.  Most recently she taught a mixed age 4th and 5th grade crew at Joe Shoemaker elementary school from 2015-2019.  Sara can’t decide which subject she likes teaching the most, but she LOVES teaching fourth and fifth graders!

When Sara is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband David, her dog Ivy, and her friends. She loves to dance, read, sing, knit, scrapbook, and play outside as much as possible! In the summer, Sara makes memories climbing Colorado 14ers, traveling to visit friends and family down south, camping, hiking, and relaxing in a rocking chair on her front porch.

 

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ALEXANDER SHAPIRO

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/STEAM TEACHER/TEAM SPECIALIST

Hi, I’m Alex Shapiro and I’m excited to teach STEAM classes at Inspire Elementary.  I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and attended Northern Arizona University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  I have taught for 10 years, in Alexandria, VA and Denver, CO, covering 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.  I absolutely love learning new things each day and I look forward to sharing my desire of learning with all the students of Inspire Elementary.  I love to be funny with students, staff, and parents, making our classroom a good place to be.

When I’m not teaching I can be found relaxing on a golf course, at a local music venue where I can boogie down, reading a book, or just spending some quality time with my wife and 7  year old son Evan, who also attends Inspire.

ALEXANDER_SHAPIRO@dpsk12.org

 

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COLIN SPENCE

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Hi, I am Colin Spence. I have 2 children ages 14 and 15 and have been a PE teacher and soccer coach for nearly 30 years beginning in northern CA while living the past 18 years here in CO. I love CO and all this beautiful state has to offer with recreation and being outdoors. The past 8 years and I have been teaching at the elementary school level and I am excited to begin inspiring the students at Inspire Elementary School to lead happy and healthy lives. 

COLIN_SPENCE@dpsk12.org

 

ANDREA MONDRAGON

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/VISUAL ARTS

ANDREA_MONDRAGON@dpsk12.org

 

 

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JUSTIN BARNEY

SPANISH TEACHER

Hola!  I am eager and excited to work with the niños at Inspire Elementary this year.  I am entering my 14th year of teaching and have taught in Missouri, Arizona, Mexico, and Costa Rica.  My wife and I have three daughters, ages 8, 6, and 3.  When I am not teaching, I am usually hiking, playing soccer, watching a documentary, or planning my next trip to Latin America!

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TRACE MARTIN

EXCURSION COORDINATOR

Hi there. My name is Trace Martin and I am the PE Teacher and Excursion Coordinator for DGS Northfield. I am excited about our partnership with Inspire Elementary! I was born and raised in Texas, and just moved to Denver in the summer of 2019. I graduated from Sam Houston State University and have been teaching physical education and coaching for 3 years. My wife and I enjoy travelling and everything outdoors so our love for Denver and Colorado in general came easy. We have 2 dogs and 1 cat – our only babies for right now. I am excited to be joining this innovative team and ready for this year’s adventures to begin.

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MIKE QUINTANA

MUSIC TEACHER

Hello! My name is Mike Quintana. I received my Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from the University of Northern Colorado in 1999. I am beginning my 20th year of teaching and my 18th year in Denver Public Schools. My wife and I have 2 amazing kids, ages 13 and 10. Along with a passion for music and family, I also love to disc golf, hike, run, bike, tent camp and travel. I am a Denver native. I am also excited to teach music to students at Inspire and DGS Northfield!

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MAUREEN HINES

DRAMA TEACHER

Maureen is passionate about teaching drama, which she has been doing for 15 years! She was honored to receive the “Elementary Drama Teacher of the Year” from the Alliance of Colorado Theatre in 2008. Maureen recently worked at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky as their outreach coordinator where she brought theatre programs to rural communities. She enjoys bringing imagination and creativity to children and can’t wait to bring the word of theatre to the students at Inspire. Maureen and her husband just adopted a baby girl. She is thrilled to be a new mom.

 

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STEPHANIE IWANSKI

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/MILD MODERATE SPECIAL EDUCATION/TEAM SPECIALIST

Hi!  My name is Stephanie Iwanski and I am excited to join the Inspire Elementary Team and Community.  I will be working as a special education teacher at Inspire.  I have been a special education teacher for seven years.  I love watching my students grow as individuals and seeing their “aha” moments.  I am originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  We traveled a lot growing up and I always wanted to move west.  After graduating with my Master of Public Administration, I moved to Denver and worked in the City of Denver’s budget office.  In 2008, my husband and I moved to Rabat, Morocco for 3 years.  I worked as a special education paraprofessional at the Rabat American School.  This was my first experience teaching kids and I fell in love with teaching.  I went back to school and earned my Master of Teaching in Special Education.  In addition to teaching, I love to travel, read, cook, ski, bike and spend time with my husband and daughter.

STEPHANIE_IWANSKI@dpsk12.org

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SARA ASTOR

ELEMENTARY TEACHER/TEAM SPECIALIST/ESL AND ELA RESOURCE/INTERVENTION

Hi!  My name is Sara Astor and I will be ESL/ELA Resource Teacher.  I was born in Colorado Springs, but consider Tampa, FL to be my hometown.  I have traveled and lived in numerous places growing up in a military family.  My husband and I have been Stapleton resident for five years with our two pups. I graduated with my Bachelors in Elementary Education from University of Central Florida in Orlando and received my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  I have been teaching for 16 years and have a passion for early childhood education.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and being active outdoors with my family and friends.  I am beyond thrilled to be returning to Inspire Elementary with such a wonderful group of kiddos and families!

SARA_ASTOR@dpsk12.org

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KELLY JOHNSON

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Hi, my name is Kelly Johnson.  I grew up in DeSoto, TX and moved to Colorado 5 years ago.  I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and M.A. and Ed.S degree at Middle Tennessee State University. This will be my 6th year as a School Psychologist, and I’m all about helping create a positive environment conducive to learning and working collaboratively with parents and teachers to support children’s success.  I enjoy running, hiking, longboarding and traveling in my downtime.

KELLY_JOHNSON2@DPSK12.ORG

 

 

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BECKI HERMAN

PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hi! I am so excited to be joining the Inspire Foxes as a Paraprofessional! I am a Colorado native and love it here! 

I taught preschool for 6 years in an inclusive setting and have a passion for early childhood education. In my spare time, I love working in my garden, being outdoors, camping, training and racing for triathlons, and being spontaneous. My husband of 8 years and I have a first grader and an ECE4er at Inspire. I am looking forward to working with teachers, kids and parents to make this year amazing! 

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SARA GITOMER

PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hi, my name is Sara Gitomer, and I am so excited to be joining the Inspire family as a Paraprofessional. My family and I moved to Denver a little over a year ago from Atlanta, GA and couldn’t be happier here! We have two sons, Zachary (7), who will be in 1st grade at Inspire and Bradley, who is 3.  I’ve been a stay at home mom these past 7 years! Prior to that I earned a bachelors degree from the University of Delaware in hospitality and worked in the event planning industry.  In my free time, I love working with crafts, exploring Colorado and being with my family and friends!

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KATRINA POBLETE

PARAPROFESSIONAL

I was born in Manila but moved and grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My background is in commercial interior design and I’ve worked in Canada, London, England & have done freelance design work in the US as a hobby. I consider myself a citizen of the world having lived in four countries. I have been married to my husband Craig for 15 years and our two boys Camden and Nate attend Inspire Elementary. I am so happy to be part of the school community. Because of my creative background, I like to draw, and sometimes like to create digital drawings. I enjoy staying active by doing yoga, skiing & various gym classes. My family loves traveling and creating memories through experiences. You can find us attending soccer practices and games on evenings and weekends. I love cheering my boys on! When we do have free moments, we enjoy spending time as a family by going to movies, heading to the mountains or cooking. We love to eat! I’m looking forward to supporting our teachers and students at Inspire.

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AMBER JOHNSON

 ECE PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hi! I am Amber Brown, yes just like Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger, which was my favorite book as a kid! I was born overseas and raised in Colorado and Georgia. I am excited to start the school year as one of the paraprofessionals here! I am a bubbly, kindred spirit with a passion for the fine arts. I started my college journey with becoming a thespian in mind but decided to major in early childhood education, minoring in Deaf Studies. My younger brother was the reason for my change of study. My goal is to become a teacher by this time next year! In my spare time, I enjoy singing, dancing, baking, DIY crafts, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and enjoying peaceful moments sitting in nature. Come join us for a fun and enriching year!

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OSHARRON AWATT

PARAPROFESSIONAL

I am excited to be fully involved in the Inspire family. My husband and I have 3 children, our 2 youngest attended Inspire last year and will be attending this year as well. To be apart of such a loving and wonderful community is thrilling. I’m a Colorado Native and love all activites that Colorado has to offer.

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BRIANNA RUSSELL

PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hello I am ecstatic to be joining the Inspire team this year. I am currently studying Elementary Education at UNC Lowry. I have passionately been working with children for several years and just knew I would be a teacher one day. I was born and raised in Colorado. During my free time I enjoy spending time with family, exploring all that Colorado has to offer, as well as physical activities like yoga! I have two fur babies and a wonderfully supportive boyfriend. I look forward to seeing what this year has in store!

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XIMENA GONZALEZ RAMIREZ

SPED PARAPROFESSIONAL

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I am very excited to start working at Inspire Elementary. My name is Ximena, I come from a warm and friendly country VENEZUELA.  I have almost 20 years of experience in Regular and Special Education, I love working with children, being able to help them integrate into the community.
 My strength God, my column, my children, together fulfilling dreams in this beautiful country USA, to whom we owe so much. I love Nature, animals and the environment and Colorado is all that.
I share the pranks of the children and I never forget the child that I have inside. Arriving at my job is a reason for Happy and every day I overcome myself more, learning from everyone a little.
This year will be wonderful.

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SARA PACHECO

ECE PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hi! I am Sara Pacheco.
I am ecstatic to be joining the team at Inspire.  I am a mother of four, Ian 11, Sergio 10, Isabel 9 and Rosalie 3. My husband and I have been together for 14 years, which 7 of those yeas we have been married.  I am the oldest from my fathers side and the second youngest from my mothers side, if you put us all together that makes me one of the middle children. I have previously worked in sales and my most recent job was working as an Infant Department Teacher. I was born in California, at the age of 4 my family and I moved to Colorado. I am a little shy but that goes away once I get to know you. On my spare time you will find me reading,painting or spending time with my family. I love to learn about different cultures and backgrounds.  I would love to travel the world, I can not wait to enter this school year and learn from the team and the students.

NATHALIA MERCADO (Bio and Picture Coming Soon)

ECE PARAPROFESSIONAL

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KARINA GARCIA-GONZALES

PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hi All! My name is Karina Garcia-Gonzalez, and I am very fortunate and excited to be joining the Inspire family this year. I am a Colorado native, and I would not have it any other way, this states’ scenery is breathtaking! I graduated from Regis University with a bachelors in Elementary Education and a Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement. I am back at Regis University, and I am pursuing a masters degree in Reading- Reading Specialist. I am excited to go back to school and use what I learn, to help our students grow! This will be my fourth year in education. I taught second grade my first year, and kindergarten for the past two years. I love working with children, and I live to watch them flourish each and every day! I have an open door policy, everyone is welcome in my classroom. I strive to have a classroom where students feel safe, comfortable, valued, and where they can learn while having fun! On my spare time you can find me watching my brother play soccer, my boyfriend play baseball, watching the Rockies (GO ROCKIES!), or simply spending time with my family! I look forward to a wonderful school year!

 

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BRITTANY DILFER

PARAPROFESSIONAL

Hello! My name is Brittany Dilfer. Having my degree in Elementary Ed and 8 years of experience in the classroom I can definitely say that I love teaching! I have taught 1st Grade, Kindergarten, and 5th Grade in both Florida and Louisiana. This year, I am looking forward to supporting Inspire teachers and students as a paraprofessional! My young family and I moved here in March and couldn’t be more excited to be living in beautiful Colorado, where we can enjoy our favorite things–hiking and skiing. I am thrilled to have found such an amazing school and can’t wait to help in fostering the love of learning in all students.

BRITTANY_DILFER@dpsk12.org

 

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CAMILLE OSBOURNE-ROBERTS

OFFICE MANAGER

I am so excited to meet everyone!  I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but I fell in love with Denver in 2003 and cannot imagine living anywhere else.  I received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Williams College, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado. I was previously a Project Manager with Denver Public Schools supporting Innovation and Charter schools.  As a member of the design team, it is wonderful to see the school that we imagined become a reality, and to be a part of the team.  I live in Stapleton with my husband, son, and daughter. In my free time, I can be found hanging out at the pools, enjoying picnics in pretty places, and traveling whenever I can get away.

CAMILLE_OSBOURNE-ROBERTS@dpsk12.org

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ASHLEE WORKMAN
OFFICE SUPPORT II/HEALTH TECH
Hi Inspire Families! My name is Ashlee Workman.
My family and I moved to Stapleton from Memphis,TN where I was born and raised. ​I have been married to my best friend for nearly 14 years. We have two sons, Levi, who will be in 3rd grade at Inspire, and Jett, who will be in 1st grade. I love spending time with my family outdoors, hiking, biking, swimming, meeting new people, being involved with our church, and community. I am looking forward to working alongside Inspire teachers and staff to make this year and years to come an amazing and impactful one for the students.
 ASHLEE_WORKMAN@dpsk12.org
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DANIELLE VIALPANDO (Picture Coming Soon)
OFFICE SUPPORT II

Hello, I am Danielle Vialpando and am excited to join The Inspire Team this year!  I am 40 years old, engaged and have 4 children.  My oldest is in college, two in middle school and one in elementary.  We love to go camping, fishing, and hang out at the pool.  I was born and raised here in Commerce City, Colorado and was able to see the wonderful additions here on the Arsenal.  I’ve been raised as school secretary’s daughter, so I understand the importance to make everyone feel welcomed and equal.  I have a soft spot for ECE.  I started DPS as an ECE para and fell in love with licensing and the quality of creating “how to be a student” that will carry on through their educational path.   Please let me know if I can help in any way.

DANIELLE_VIALPANDO@dpsk12.org

 

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ENMA RUANO NOLASCO

CAFETERIA MANAGER

Hello staff and family Foxes my name is Enma Ruano Nolasco, I’m the Kitchen Manager at Inspire Elementary. And for me it is a great honor to work with you one more year and continue doing what I love working with yours and my beautiful children, taking care of them and serving  with much love.  I am from El Salvador Central America and there you are located on the map is the smallest country but we are people of Great Heart and willing to help without expecting anything in return, I work for DPS since 2011 and manager since March 2018 and I try to  Do as much as possible.

I am 28 years married to my right hand Ervin and 2 beautiful daughters that I love with all my heart Maryori and Ana. They are my life We live In Denver,Colorado since 1999.

I hope this year is better with God on are side, remember that every day you learn something new.

God Bless you and thank you so much.

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MARIA (CONSUELO) JIMENEZ

CAFETERIA

My name is Consuelo Jimenez. I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I appreciate a good cup of coffee while reading a book. This is my fourth year working for DPS and I enjoy working with children. I have a feeling this will be a great school year. I look forward to working with your kids again and getting to know the new students.

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MATT SANCHEZ

FACILITY MANAGER

MATEO_SANCHEZ@dpsk12.org

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JOE MEDLOCK

ASSISTANT FACILITIES

 I’m a Denver native who enjoys all the places this state has to go explore & enjoy; from hot springs, mountains, Red Rocks, to state & local parks. There is always something to do in Colorado no matter what the season. I’m a Denver sports fan of all our teams & like going to almost any sporting event of all levels. Both of my parents worked for DPS in the past, I also have a sister & brother in law who work for DPS which led me to joining DPS as well.

JOSEPH_MEDLOCK@dpsk12.org