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 first grade at Inspire Elementary our inaugural year, my son Christian who will be a senior in high school, and my husband Julio. In addition to my service in education, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, movies, traveling, pilates, yoga, cyling, 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/MATH/SCIENCE/FIRST & SECOND GRADE
I am Colorado Native who grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado. I pursued my Bachelor’s degree at CU Boulder in Integrative Physiology. After which I moved to Barcelona, Spain to learn Spanish and found my love for traveling. I then went back to get my teaching licenses and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in culturally and linguistically diverse education at CU Denver. I have a passion for teaching math and science in a project based environment where kid’s interests are at the core and experiential learning takes precedent. In my spare time, I love to do anything outside; hike, bike, run, swim, backpack, and spend time with friends. I also love to cook, travel, and experience new cultures. I am incredibly excited to join the Inspire team!
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/SPECIAL EDUCATION/MILD MODERATE
I am a Colorado native and graduated from Colorado State University (Go Rams!). I joined Teach for America after college and completed my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After two years teaching in Las Vegas, I returned to Colorado and have been teaching in my home state ever since (Aside from a brief stint in New Zealand!). I have experience in Mild Moderate Special Education, K-5 classroom teaching and Project Based Learning. I am especially passionate about creating a joyful classroom environment that allows for growth in not only academics but also social and emotional learning. My husband and I welcomed a new baby boy in March, and live with our pup Kilo in Stapleton. We love spending time in our family cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park and bike riding around the city.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/READING INTERVENTIONIST
Hi! My name is Ashley Stidham and I will be the Reading Interventionist here at Inspire! I am beyond excited to be involved with this wonderful school and team. I am originally from Tennessee. (Go VOIS!) I have been in Denver for the past 10 years. Since I’ve been here, I’ve had the pleasure of working with and teaching 2nd and 3rd grade, as well as being a Reading and Math Interventionist. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have a 3 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. They definitely keep us busy with basketball, swim, gymnastics, and T-ball. We also enjoy getting up to the mountains. I get to hang out with my kids on the bunny slopes because I’m just learning to snowboard. They get a good laugh because I am doing a lot more falling than actual boarding. Also, we recently purchased an RV and we will be doing a lot of traveling in it during summer breaks! I look forward to meeting all of you and working with your children! I can’t wait to get to know them and hear all about their interesting stories.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/TEAM SPECIALIST/LITERACY/HUMANITIES/KINDERGARTEN
Hi! My name is Sara Astor and I will be teaching Kindergarten Literacy/Humanities at Inspire Elementary. 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 four 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 14 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 sharing the inaugural year at Inspire Elementary with such a wonderful group of kiddos and families!
Hello families! My name is Sarah McCarty. I will be teaching Kindergarten Math and Science! 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!
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/LITERACY/HUMANITIES/FIRST & SECOND GRADE
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ansley Young and I will be teaching 1st and 2nd Grade Literacy. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Inspire Elementary. I grew up in Denver, attending Denver Public School. I am an alum of Carson Elementary, Hill Middle School and Manual High School. I graduated from Denison University, in Ohio, with a BA in Art History. I am pursuing my Master in Elementary Education, which I expect to finish in Dec. 2017. In addition to teaching at the elementary level I have taught in art and museum education for the last 9 years. In my free time I enjoy visiting museums, running, skiing, reading and traveling. I am an avid outdoors person and have a passion for the creative. The things I lost most in life, are teaching, my family and my dog, who is named after a kangaroo.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Hello, my name is Lisa Ordway. I grew up in Colorado and have a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Prior to joining Inspire, I spent 3 years teaching PE at High Tech Elementary, also in Northfield. Previous to that, I spent 1 year working at a charter school and 3 years working for a non-profit called Playworks. I love teaching PE and I believe I have the best job in the world! In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, golfing, spending time with my family and friends, playing with my two goldendoodles, and cheering on my Jayhawks.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER/VISUAL ARTS
I am so excited to be the new art teacher at Inspire! While I am originally from Ohio, I moved to Colorado 10 years ago to get my Masters degree in art. I have taught visual art in Denver Public Schools, Douglas County Schools, and a variety of art organizations and studios. I currently teach occasional art classes at Lalu Art Studio on Tennyson. When I am not teaching art, you can find me painting in my home studio in Berkeley or playing with my 2 year old son. My absolute favorite thing to do is to travel to new places! This inspires a lot of my personal artwork and my art lessons. I am as passionate about making art as I am about teaching it. I am so excited to share my love of visual art with all of my new students at Inspire!
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TEACHER
Born and raised in the Midwest, I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Following my love of the outdoors, I moved to Denver and completed my Masters in Social Work (MSW) and have worked in the Denver Public Schools for ten years as a school social worker. I’m grateful to be a part of the Inspire community and am especially excited about our school’s focus on the whole child. I will be working part-time to support all students to build social emotional skills to help them be successful. One of my passions is helping students recognize their strengths and unique talents. In my free time, I enjoy baking and cooking, skiing and snowshoeing, and, mostly, celebrating life with my family.
Hello, my name is Michelle Fernandez and this upcoming school year I am excited to be working as a paraprofessional at Inspire. I am a married mother to four children ages 13, 12, 6, and 5! We are a busy household, but love to do new things and enjoy making memories together. I have worked in the Early Childhood field for 15+ years as both a Teacher and Director. I have always dreamt of becoming an Elementary Educator since I was in high school. I love to work with and watch children grow through learning. I am excited to pair with the University of Northern Colorado to finish out my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education within this year! I am even more excited for this opportunity to work with the children at Inspire. Here’s to a great school year.
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. I have been at home with my 1st grader and 3rd grader for the last 6 years, and have loved having an opportunity to volunteer in their schools. I am thrilled to be returning from my hiatus from Denver Public Schools to Inspire Elementary! 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. In my free time, I can be found hanging out at the neighborhood pools, enjoying picnics in pretty places, traveling whenever I can get away, and competing against my husband and children in Super Mario Brothers.
My name is Tiffany Rodriguez and I will be a paraprofessional at Inspire Elementary this school year. I am native to Colorado but my roots spread all the way out to Chihuahua, MX. I have tanned and splashed every Summer for the past three years working with the YMCA as a camp counselor. I am a Nursing major that went to Colorado Mesa University for my freshman year of college but being so far made me miss home. So, I will be coming back home to attend the Community College of Denver this upcoming Fall for my sophomore year. I have four very unique and awesome brothers, no sisters. They keep me moving and challenging myself. My goal in life is to travel to all the corners of the Earth, make a difference and offer my services to all who need it and can’t afford it. My biggest loves in life are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, pomegranates, sloths, stripes, glitter and Mother Nature. I am so excited to meet and work with all of you and your little you’s.