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.
Marisol Enriquez, Ph.D.
Principal of Inspire Elementary
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/KINDERGARTEN/NEW TEACHER AMBASSADOR
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!
Hi! My name is Libby Phillips and I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten 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 9, 7, and 5) and our princess the caboose (1.5 years old). I can’t wait to be a part of your child’s education journey and look forward to a fantastic year!
Hi! My name is Ashley Hattaway-Wood and I am thrilled to be joining the Inspire team as a kindergarten teacher this year! This will be my 5th 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!
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!
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/ 1ST GRADE
Hi there! My name is Sarah Lambert and I am lucky enough to be teaching 1st grade 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 teacher and never looked back. I feel so incredibly lucky to be doing a job that I absolutely love! This is my 7th year of teaching: one in 2nd grade, five in Kindergarten, and now one in 1st grade. I just recently got married over the summer 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 welcoming me into the incredible Inspire community and I cannot wait for a wonderful year together.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/ 1ST GRADE
Hi, my name is Margaret Cranfill and I will be teaching 1st grade at Inspire. 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!
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/2ND GRADE
Hello Inspire community! My name is Ashley Fitzgerald, and I am excited to teach 2nd grade 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 12 years, I have taught in public and private schools in Parkland, Florida, Bangkok, Thailand, and most recently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. After teaching abroad for five years, I am ready to make Colorado my 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!
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/3RD GRADE
Hi, I’m Alex Shapiro and I’m excited to teach 3rd grade 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 6 year old son Evan, who also attends Inspire.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/TEAM SPECIALIST/ESL AND ELA RESOURCE
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 15 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!
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Hi, I am Colin Spence. I have 2 children ages 13 and 14 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.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/VISUAL ARTS
TEACHER/MUSIC AND LIBRARY
Your new music and library teacher, Glenda Phillips, was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. She received a Bachelors in Music at Syracuse University and a Masters of Music from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. Ms. Phillips has two grown children, Sarah – 33 and Daniel – 29, and a Nobel Prize winning grandson, Carter, who is four. Ms. Phillips has taught music in the schools for 10 years in other states as well as private piano and voice lessons for over 40 years. She is very excited about teaching at Inspire Elementary and hopes that she can inspire all to learn and love music.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/MILD MODERATE SPECIAL EDUCATION
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 six 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.
My name is Kenia Loya, I am a freshman at the University of Northern Colorado-Center for Urban Education. My goal is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Ed. I am fluent in both English and Spanish, I would describe myself as someone who is hardworking, ambitious and fun to be around. Even though I am still young, I know exactly what I want in life, and I will not settle for less. I am so excited to be part of Inspire!
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.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I have been living in Denver, CO for about 10 months, and I am quickly falling in love with this city. I recently completed my internship with Denver Public Schools and received my M.S. Ed. with Advanced Certificate in School Psychology. I have enjoyed seeing how collaborative and supportive people are. I like to focus on children through a strengths-based lens, and creating a positive school culture that children and adults want to be a part of. I am excited to help children build the foundational social emotional skills needed to positively impact their future. In my free time, I like to cook, go on walks, and explore what Colorado has to offer. While there are so many outdoor opportunities here, I try to go back home whenever I can to spend time with my family.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COORDINATOR
It is my honor to serve as your restorative Justice Coordinator at Inspire elementary. As a native I’ve worked with Denver’s youth in varying capacities with DPS, DP&R, Denver Health and other private organizations. I have worked in behavior as a teacher’s assistant, a para and as a behavior technician. I thoroughly enjoy learning with students and helping them progress and grow towards they’re future selves. I look forward to working with Inspire’s faculty and staff in the development of our students and I look forward to meeting you all.
Born in Kansas, moved to Colorado with my family when I was in elementary school. Graduated from Colorado Mountain High School and went on to receive my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Regis University. My experience in nursing includes an operating room internship with Denver Health, (although at the time it was still Denver General), My work experiences include pediatrics, home health and long term care over the years. I joined DPS in 2010. My hobbies include boating, hiking, painting, gardening, and most of all, traveling.