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School Leaders

Michael Atkins, Principal –

Michael Atkins-1My 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 –

Stedman Staff Emily Madison-1My 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 –

Stedman Staff Adrienne Lopez-1My 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

Stedman Staff Crystal Griego-1 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

Stedman Staff Sams Sims-1I’m Samantha Sims, you know me around campus as “Maestra Sims.” I am new to Stedman this year, am in the role of .05 Digital Literacy Teacher, and .05 Senior Team Lead, where one of my areas of focus is coaching the emerging dual language program. I love it! 
I moved here from Mexico City, where I worked for a social for-profit focused on visual literacy and tranformational dialogue. I trained the facilitators of the team, wrote new curriculum, and gave courses to teachers, government officials, bankers, parents, and kids.
Prior to that, I lived and taught in Tucson, Arizona, where I met Dr. Peterson, our amazing principal. In Tucson, I taught intermediate grades with a focus in special education, systems thinking, and student-generated learning culture. 
I am so grateful to be part of the Stedman team, and to be here in Colorado. I love reading (mostly non-fiction related to education or leadership), hiking (lots to do here!) and making art. 
Please introduce yourself if I haven’t yet met you. I look forward to learning and helping others learn–Go Knights! 

Office Staff

Rhonda Lee, Secretary –

Stedman Staff Rhonda Lee-1My 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!!!!!


Lisa Mavroudis, Secretary –
Stedman Staff Lisa-1My name is Lisa Mavroudis and I am proud to join the Stedman team as the new secretary. I am a Denver native and grew up in the Globeville neighborhood. I have worked for DPS off and on over the
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.


Isabel Stephenson (Full Day ECE 4, Spanish) -Email:

Stedman Staff Isabel Stephenson-1My 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. 

Jennifer Moran (Full Day ECE 4, English) – Email:
I am a passionate person who tends to wear my heart on my sleeve.  I love animals and have two Boston Terrors (terriers). Stedman has been a part of my heart for over a decade.  I love this school and the families with all of my heart.  I became a National Board Certified Teacher with an endorsement in Early Childhood a few years ago and am looking to go back to get my Master’s. 


Jose Saucedo (Full Day ECE4, Spanish) – Email:

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Erika Grimes (Half Day ECE 3 English, Half Day ECE 4 English ) – Email:

Stedman Staff Erika Grimes-1I 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:

Stedman Staff Pablo Benitez-1My 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!



Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Patricia Landy (Kindergarten) – email:

FullSizeRender (2)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:

Stedman Staff Maria Ortiz-1Hola… 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) –

Stedman Staff Elena Galvez-1I 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:

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:

Stedman Staff Deb Sims Fard-1Hi 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:

Stedman Staff Olga Martinez-1My 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)

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 2.25.04 PMStedman 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:

Fifth Grade

Peter Kuhn (5th Grade)


Launch microSchools

Justin Darnell – Email:

Stedman Staff Justin Darnell-1Justin Darnell was named the 2010 Colorado Teacher of the Year by Gov. Bill Ritter! Read more here:




Sarah Rauenhorst – Email:

Stedman Staff Sarah Rauenhorst-1I 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:

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Sade Cooper – Email:

downloadSade is a native to Denver Colorado, although raised in Moreno Valley CA. her roots are deeply embedded in the Mile-High City. Returning to Colorado in 2000 to finish high school, and pursue a degree in Health Care Management, as a child, Sade’ unceasingly had interest in becoming a doctor or financial advisor. Her passion lead her to pursue a career with U.S Bank in 2004. There, Sade’ found her purpose and that was to serve and focus on her community.
Sade’ commitment to her community has led her to several volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles.  For Sade’ Cooper, that meant giving back to Project Voyce, as a board member and Second Chance Home Ministries. Sade’ also participated as a mentor for Goodwill’s Summer Bridge Mentor Program and acted as an American Heart Ambassador.
Sade’ continues to give back to her community, as the founder and Executive Director of C.H.I.C. (Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities) C.H.I.C was created to help tackle the disparities and economic shortcomings that directly affect families, communities and members of local gangs, particularity that of the female population. C.H.I.C.  work directly with females between the ages of 10-25 who are from low to middle-income communities imbued with violence, substandard living conditions, and inequitable educational systems. Sade’ is a real steward for her community, changing lives one day at a time.

Specials Teachers
Clint Moore (Music) – Email:

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!!!

Peter Rossi, PE – Email:
Stedman Staff 2018-1My name is Peter Rossi, and I am the physical education teacher at Stedman Elementary School. As a Denver native, I am thrilled to join the Stedman team and serve the community I grew up in. I am entering my fourth year as a P.E. teacher, and I love educating our children on the benefits of living an active lifestyle. My goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be physically active for a lifetime.
Prior to Stedman I worked at a DPS charter school and for Jefferson County Public Schools. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in physical education. I am a lifelong learner and am always looking to implement a new strategy in my practice.
While I’m not teaching, I love to stay active by playing basketball or lifting weights. I love to travel and support our local sports teams. The Rockies, Nuggets and Broncos are my favorites! My favorite thing to do outside of school is to spend time with my wife, Melinda, our baby girl, Liliana, and our sweet dog, Jackson.

Crystal Griego, Reading Intervention

Samantha Sims, Digital Literacy

Support Staff

Molly Eldredge (Reading Intervention) – Email:

Stedman Staff Molly Eldredge-1My 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:

Stedman Staff 2018-1-2Hello 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:

Stedman Staff Megan Walsh-1My 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

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My name is Ms. Dominique, this is going on my fourth year as Restorative Practices Coordinator at Stedman. I initially started as a Secretary for three months. During this short period, I recognized a strong need to build relationships; administration/teachers, students/teachers, parents/staff & parents/teachers. I chose Stedman because I felt that I could be instrumental in bridging the gaps in relationship building.  I have worked with youth in the Park Hill community for many years. Our students are challenged with many struggles and heartbreaks in their daily lives. Stedman is one place that truly believes in the Whole Child Team, and feels like home away from home.
This has been an amazing start of a new year at Stedman. My focus is to continue helping students and teachers address problematic behavior, by restoring relationships and repairing harm.  With the additional supports in place, this year has provided an opportunity to do more preventative work, by pushing into the classrooms. I know that Stedman will continue to move forward academically, and will continue to provide a safe learning environment for all. We are a strong community growing together!


Nick Chiolo, Mild-Moderate Special Education

Stedman Staff Nick Chiolo-1I was born and raised on the east coast in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia called Blue Bell. I am new to Stedman this year and in the role of the Mild-Moderate Special Education teacher. Before Stedman, I attended the University of Pittsburgh and received my Master of Education degree in the Spring of 2017.
My free time is mostly spent outside, hiking, and exploring. I enjoy music, photography and graphic design as well. I also love to travel – over this past summer I spent time in Hong Kong, Eastern Europe, and driving from PA to CO.
I am thrilled to be teaching and living in Denver, and am looking forward to the school year ahead!

Heather Showman, Social Worker

Stedman Staff Heather Showman-1I 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:

Picture1I 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

Custodial Staff

Facilities Manager: Brandon Mercadel

Facilities Crew Lead: Markus Villa

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Food Services

Manager: Annalisa Simmons

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Yoana Zavala Cesar (Kinder Spanish)

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Tiffany Daniels (ECE)

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Yvonne Dollison (Kinder Spanish) – Email:

Staff 2018-1-2I have:
 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.
I believe…

Toniann Martinez (ECE 4)

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Alicia Vasquez (ECE 3,4) Email:

Stedman Staff Alicia Vasquez-1Students 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!