Michael Atkins, Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Michael Atkins and I am DPS! The halls our current students walk are the same halls that carved the path which allows me to lead in Denver Public Schools today. As a student, I was bussed (Keys vs. District 1) from my home in Park Hill to Bromwell Elementary School, then to Hamilton Middle School, and concluded my academic career with the district at East High School. Along my journey I have worn many different hats, including student, custodian, paraprofessional, teacher and now a leader. Each hat offers a unique lens within our district. I am my experiences and all of these experiences have given me the expertise and assurance that I am ready to trade my current hat for a new one.
Emily Madison, Dean of Instruction – Emily_Madison@dpsk12.org
My name is Emily Madison and I am a Dean of Instruction at Stedman. I hold a master’s degree in Linguistically Diverse Education, and I have been at Stedman since 2013. Before coming to Stedman I taught 1st, 4th, and 5th grades and worked as a math interventionist. I love supporting the amazing teachers at Stedman. They are passionate, caring, and constantly striving to provide the best education possible for our students.
In my free time I love to spend time outdoors running, hiking, and gardening. In the winter you can find me snowshoeing or curled up with a good book. I live with my husband Chris, my son Eli, and our dog Bashful.
I’m looking forward to a joyful year of learning!
Adrienne Lopez, Dean of Instruction – Adrienne_Lopez@dpsk12.org
My name is Adrienne Lopez and I am so excited to join the team at Stedman Elementary as an instructional dean. I have worked in education for over 11 years in both New York City and Denver with experience as a classroom teacher, collaborative team teacher, reading intervention teacher, literacy coach and assistant principal. I hold graduate degrees in both Literacy and School Leadership. I love being with children and supporting teachers in their craft. I’m eager to get to know the Stedman community so please say hello when you see me!
I live with my husband and our two children. We love experiencing our beautiful state together through skiing, hiking, camping and biking.
Crystal Griego, Senior Team Lead Crystal_griego@dpsk12.org
Crystal Griego is the Reading Intervention Teacher and Senior Team Lead at Stedman Elementary. She is responsible for providing additional support for students reading significantly below grade level. She is also responsible for coaching and supporting educators to be effective instructors while simultaneously increasing her own professional growth. She has served in Denver Public Schools for 20 years. A couple years ago, Crystal received the award Teacher Leader of the Year in DPS as well as Exemplary Teacher Leader
Crystal received a master’s degree from University of Colorado at Denver in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, she enrolled in graduate work at Adams State College for certification in Guided Reading Plus. She will build capacity with this framework during the current school year in her Early Literacy role at Stedman Elementary.
Although her work is high demand in educational support systems, Crystal has her own personal support system at home. It includes her husband and soul mate who works in a national financial institute, a son who graduated from Metropolitan State University last May pursuing his passion in adult fitness, a daughter who graduated two years ago from University of Colorado as an architectural engineer currently working in Washington D.C., and the unconditional love of her dog Bailey.
Sam Sims, Senior Team Lead Samantha_sims@dpsk12.org
Rhonda Lee, Secretary – Rhonda_Lee@dpsk12.org
My name is Rhonda D. Lee and I’m the new secretary at Stedman Elementary. I started at Stedman in 2013 as a part of the cafeteria team but I always knew that I had more to offer. I’ve worked with children as a cheerleading coach, managed a beauty school and I have two beautiful daughters of my own. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, walks, and drawing. I’m glad I have the opportunity be a part of the Stedman front office team. GO STEDMAN KNIGHTS!!!!!
past twenty years in a teaching capacity. I attended University of Northern Colorado’s Center for Urban Education. I love spending time with my family, working on crafts, going to the movies and traveling.
My name is Isabel Stephenson and I am the teacher for the new ECE-4 Spanish Immersion program. I have been a teacher for more than 20 years and 17 of those have been with DPS. I started as a Kindergarten teacher and then moved to ECE for the past 4 years while at Stedman.
I am from Venezuela, South America, but I have been in the USA for more than 30 years and became a US citizen. I am a mom and a proud grandma of 3 wonderful kids, one of them I raised since she was almost four and now she is almost 21.
In my “free time ” I like to go to the gym to keep myself healthy, and I look forward to going to the beach during our breaks. I love teaching the little ones because you can always make a difference in their lives. I also know how hard it is to learn in another language, so it has been my passion to help ELL students go through this process. I enjoy teaching at Stedman and being part of the ECE team and the Park Hill community.
Jose Saucedo (Full Day ECE4, Spanish) – Email: Jose_saucedo@dpsk12.org
Erika Grimes (Half Day ECE 3 English, Half Day ECE 4 English ) – Email: Erika_grimes@dpsk12.org
I am lucky to be a native of this beautiful state of Colorado. I grew up on the West side of town, graduated from D’Evelyn High School before continuing on to Colorado State University. I received my BS in Human Development and Family Studies with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. While at CSU, I was heavily involved in Student Leadership and Civic Engagement where I had many life changing experiences that furthered my passions for leadership, social justice, and community. I also spent every summer of my colligate years running a youth camp in Durham, North Carolina called Urban Hope. My love for children, families, and community is what drew me to education. I was able to do my student teaching at Columbine Elementary and took my first job at Stedman in 2008. In 2015, I took on my first leadership role at Stedman as a Team Lead. I was able to stay in the classroom and teach, while serving on the leadership team. This year I am honored to be the ECE Team Specialist. I’m very grateful that I landed at such a rooted and beautiful neighborhood school that I’ve grown to deeply love.
I live in Park Hill with my 2 inspiring children Micah (5), Aniyah (3) and our lovely dog Daisey Mae. I love being a mom, and I believe motherhood has made me a much better teacher. I’m very happy to have my son Micah in my afternoon class this year! Being from Colorado, I love all things “Colorado” like hiking, skiing, camping and the Denver Broncos. I have coached basketball at Stedman ever since I’ve taught. When I’m not at work and not occupied with being “mom”, you could find me in the outdoors, gardening, doing house projects, at community events, playing basketball (yes, there are grown-women’s leagues!), or sitting at a quiet coffee shop reading or people watching…usually turns into the latter. I deeply value the families at Stedman and am proud to be a part of this community!
Pablo Benitez (Full Day ECE 3, Language Immersion), Email: PABLO_BENITEZ@dpsk12.org
My name is Pablo Benitez. I am new to Stedman but I have been teaching for 15 years. I will be teaching ECE this year at Stedman. When I have free time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. I love camping, hiking, and traveling to national parks with my family. I love living in Colorado! I am looking forward to having a great year here at Stedman!
Patricia Landy (Kindergarten) – email: Patricia_landy@dpsk12.org
My name is Patricia Landy and I am the Kindergarten teacher. I am married to my wonderful husband of 20 plus years, I have 2 children, 1 granddaughter and my dog Dutch. I love to travel and spend time with family.
I have 22 years’ experience working with children. I grew up in this neighborhood and I graduated from George Washington High School. I have a degree from the Community College of Denver in Early Childhood Education. I also have a degree from the University of Northern Colorado specializing in Elementary Education.
I like teaching kindergarten because every year brings something new and different. There is so much growth and excitement within the students. My joy comes when they learn to read and explore. They learn about themselves, others and the world around them.
Maria Ortiz (Immersion Kindergarten) – email: email@example.com
Hola… My name is Maria Ortiz. My students will be able to call me Ms. Ortiz or Ms. MO! I look forward to working in the Stedman community; I will have the pleasure of working with the dual language kindergarten class this year.
I am from Dallas, Texas; I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bilingual Education Certification. I grew up in a bilingual home, and I believe that being bilingual is an incredible part of my identity. I love the idea of working in a dual language classroom and teaching the beauty of a second language to my students. I am dedicated to serving my students and community. I enjoy working with others, volunteering, and learning about new things. I love spending my free time traveling, learning about new cultures, hiking and connecting with nature, which is one of the reasons why I chose Colorado to start my teaching career.
Lily Albujar (Immersion Kinder)
Rachel Zammuto (1st)
Elena Galvez-Iglesias (Immersion 1st) – ELENA_GALVEZIGLESIAS@dpsk12.org
I am from Barcelona, Spain. I arrived to Denver on July, 2014 to teach in an immersion School in Northglenn as a Spanish Immersion Teacher in 3rd grade. My teaching experience came from 2008 when I got my degree as an Elementary teacher with a mention in Music at the University of Barcelona. In Spain I was working from 2008 until 2014 in Barcelona Public Schools.
Currently and from 2016 I have been teaching at Stedman, I am very proud to be part of the Dual language Program Stedman has. I love what I do and I believe that the children can transform the future for the better. What I enjoy the most in life is to spend time with my family, friends, in nature and traveling.
Belen Cal de Lara (1st Grade Spanish) Email: MARIABELEN_CALDELARA@dpsk12.org
Hi! My name is Belén, I´m from Spain. I have been teaching in bilingual programs for 13 years. Four years ago I made the most exciting decision of my life: coming to the US to teach Spanish!! I think that traveling and living abroad opens your mind and your heart to new experiences and different points of view that make you grow as a person and a professional too. That is something that I love to share with my students.
I love teaching at Stedman because there is a sense of community and purpose that I didn’t see before. Families and all the Staff have made me feel as I belonged to the Stedman family since a long time ago!
I hold a bachelor´s degree in Elementary Education and in English as a second language, and a Master´s degree in Educational Psychology. Currently I am finishing my Master´s degree in Leadership and Management of Schools. When I am not working or studying… I love seeing new places, being with friends and cooking!
Deborah Sims-Fard (2nd) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Friends, my name is Deborah Sims Fard, and I’m a Stedman Alum! I grew up in the Park Hill Neighborhood and remember walking home from Stedman, around the corner, to go home for lunch – they actually let us do that back then? My Stedman journey has been student, Para, Summer Scholars Literacy Coach, Teacher, Bullying Prevention Coach, and now back to the classroom. In addition, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Parent Advocacy are additional strengths I bring to our Stedman sandbox. My first priority is the safest learning environment possible as a tool to academic success, join me on our journey to the best learning experience Denver has to offer – Stedman Strong.
Olga Martinez (Immersion 2nd) – Email: olga_martinez
My name is Olga Martínez. I’m from Puerto Rico. It’s a pleasure for me to join to the team at Stedman Elementary as a second grade teacher in the dual language program. I have worked as a spanish teacher for over 15 years. I hold a Bachelor degree in Education and a Master degree in Early Childhood. I’m a dedicated teacher and it is a wonderful opportunity for me to teach my native language. I’m so excited to share with my kids the wonderful world of reading, and my favorite story books for children are from the author Georgina Lázaro. I’m anticipating a great and fun school year!
Dawn Romero (3rd) Dawn_romero@dpsk12.org
Stedman has been my home for 30 plus years. I have been with DPS for 34 years. I teach because education is my passion. Teaching is more than just a job. It’s my passion. It’s an ever-surprising mix of very hard work and ecstatic successes, both big and small. As a teacher I have the power to open wide the doors of future achievement. I aim to assume this role and in doing so, provide my kids with choices for their futures through a high-quality education. I teach because I know that my students have dreams and goals for their futures and I can move students toward dramatic academic growth. Their potential is inspiring and I am confident in their ability to succeed. When I’m not teaching I enjoy my family, hiking, gardening, and SDP.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” –Leonardo da Vinci
“It is not what we do for our children, but what we have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” –Ann Landers
*Winner of Distinguished Teacher Award!
Jimmy Wright (4th)
Kendra Bush (Immersion 4th) – Email: Kendra_Bush@dpsk12.org
Justin Darnell – Email: email@example.com
Justin Darnell was named the 2010 Colorado Teacher of the Year by Gov. Bill Ritter! Read more here: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/teacheroftheyear_2010
Sarah Rauenhorst – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am so excited to be joining the Stedman community this year with the Launch team. Through Launch’s classroom redesign, we hope to seriously engage students in new ways that allow them to see themselves as leaders in their communities. I deeply believe we do this not only in the classroom, but also with strong family and community relationships and support.
Throughout my eight years in DPS classrooms, I have guided students in community organizing, taught literacy at all K-5 levels, coached educators, and helped guide a school to creating a rigorous, supportive school culture. I hope to bring everything I have learned from these experiences to support the Launch and Stedman community. In my free time, I love flying (I’m a pilot!), hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling.
Kirk Stevenson – Email: KIRK_STEVENSON@dpsk12.org
Sade Cooper – Email: email@example.com
My name is Mr. Clint Moore, students call me Mr. Moore or Sensei “if I am running the Recorder Karate Dojo.” My job at Stedman is music teacher and playground duty Master. I teach instruments, voice, general music, appreciation for the arts, culture, and of course how to have fun. In my free time I enjoy fishing, ice fishing is my favorite. I also really love spending time with the love of my life Mrs. Moore and our two kids, David and Cora. I love tinkering on my classic Bronco, spending time with friends, playing music when I can, and flying helicopters. I love lots of books, some are Chickenhawk, The Jungle, and Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. My family includes my mom who will come to all of the school’s concerts, my wife Rachel, my son David who is in ECE across town, Cora my 2 year old daughter, and my cat Pinky. My dad lives in Texas and I try and talk to him as much as I can. He is my mentor and my friend.
Some of my career highlights are when my student scored 1s at CHSAA Large Group Contest when I taught at Fort Morgan High School. I spent the majority of my teaching career at Henry World Middle School. I am Level 1 IB trained, and have Level 1 World Music Drumming training as well. While at Henry my students participated in Denver Citywide Marching Band, Citywide Honor Band, and CHSAA Large Group Festival. While at Henry I took a year and a half break and became a helicopter pilot for the Colorado Army National Guard, I came back to Henry and taught AVID, Technology, World Music Drumming, Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra. I left Henry due to budgeting and moved to Place Bridge Academy where I taught Choir and General Music. After PBA I taught At McGlone Elementary School and had to leave due to family constraints. I worked for a while in corporate America and deployed with the Army after which I got the best opportunity of my life, long term sub at Stedman. I have never felt so connected to a community. I felt at home the first day I walked in. Thank you!!!
Crystal Griego, Reading Intervention
Samantha Sims, Digital Literacy
Molly Eldredge (Reading Intervention) – Email: Molly_eldredge@dpsk12.org
My name is Molly Eldredge. The students call me Señora Molly. I am so excited to be a reading interventionist and do English Language Development this year at Stedman. In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends, be in mountains, garden, and read. One of my favorite books is “Peace Like a River”, by Leif Enger. I live with my son, Francis, who is a student at East High School and our energetic dog, Daisy. My highlights of teaching have been working with students and their families and having the great joy of watching them learn and grow.
Brooke Trexler (Math Interventionist) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Stedman families! I’m Brooke Trexler ! This is my ninth year of teaching, and in that time I’ve taught students from 1st through 8th grade.
I grew up in the Denver area and graduated from Englewood High School and CU-Boulder. I live in Denver with my husband, Andrew, and two children, Soren and Amelia. My kids grew up going to DPS schools and are now in middle school and high school. On weekends you might find us skiing or hiking in the beautiful Rockies, exploring Denver’s amazing parks and museums, or continuing our quest to find the absolute best pizza in Denver (suggestions welcome!).
My goal for my students is to help them develop the skills to do anything they can dream of, as well as things we can’t even begin to imagine will be possible someday. I want them to ask big questions, think flexibly and creatively as problem-solvers, and have the confidence and communication skills to advocate for themselves in middle school, high school and beyond. I am excited to work with all of you this year and welcome any communication and feedback as we work towards our goals!
Megan Walsh (Reading Intervention & 4th Grade) – Email: email@example.com
My name is Megan Walsh and I’ve been at Stedman for several years now! I am a Denver native and DPS alumna. I attended Colorado State University for my undergrad and am currently working on my Master’s of Education at the University of Colorado-Denver.
My husband is also in education; he is an assistant principal at Kepner Beacon Middle School in DPS. Our son Lincoln is our first child, and we have two big dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and READING!
Dominique Edmonds, Restorative Approaches Coordinator
Nick Chiolo, Mild-Moderate Special Education
Heather Showman, Social Worker
I am Heather Showman and am your School Social Worker! I started working at Stedman late in the 2016-2017 school year, and have loved getting to know our students and community! I was born in Indiana, but spent most of my childhood in South Carolina. Shortly after moving to Denver four years ago, I was surprised to learn that my Great Great Grandfather was a Denver native and I have had so much fun learning about my Denver roots!
Prior to coming to Stedman, I spent four years as a school social worker and school-based therapist on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona, then moved to Denver to work as a school-based therapist working with the refugee communities in the metro area. I love Indiana Basketball, Carolina Football, hiking, reading, and my two cats. I am excited to be a part of Team DPS and return to Stedman as your school social worker!
Christine Webb, Speech-Language Pathologist – Email: Christine_webb@dpsk12.org
I am the Speech-Language Pathologist at Stedman! My role is to support students with speech and language needs (ex. difficulty pronouncing sounds and words, using and understanding grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary, and working on social skills). I work closely with teachers, staff, and students to support in this area. This year I will be in the building on Mondays and Tuesdays. My family moved to Denver from the Midwest in 2014. My husband and I have two young daughters.
Amy Barrett, Gifted/Talented
Lisa Strassburger, Psychologist
Susan Chenoweth, OT/PT
Facilities Manager: Brandon Mercadel
Facilities Crew Lead: Markus Villa
Manager: Annalisa Simmons
Yoana Zavala Cesar (Kinder Spanish)
Tiffany Daniels (ECE)
Yvonne Dollison (Kinder Spanish) – Email: Yvonne_dollison@dpsk12.org
worked with children since I was 13 years old (7 yrs old if you want to be official),
lived in Park Hill for 55 years,
graduated from DPS,
worked with DPS for over 20 years,
been a part of Stedman’s family for 6 years,
completed many artistic presentations over the years.
Toniann Martinez (ECE 4)
Alicia Vasquez (ECE 3,4) Email: Alicia_Vaszquez@dpsk12.org
Students call me Ms. Alicia or Ms. V and I am the ECE 3s & 4s Paraprofessional and Stedman Garden Coordinator. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, fishing with my children, watching movies as well as spending time with my family laughing!