Kathy Krashoc - Kindergarten Half Day
Katherine Krashoc grew up in Cary, IL, a small suburb in Northern Illinois and moved to Erie in the fall of 2010. She knew from a young age that teaching was her calling and continues to have that same passion to this day. She is a 1998 graduate of Illinois State University, where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She also has a M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Chicago. Ms. Krashoc has taught a variety of grades including first, second, multi-age 1 & 2, fourth and sixth, and has always had a special place in her heart for primary-aged children. She believes all children can be successful and recognizes the importance of providing a warm, positive and nurturing environment. She enjoys the responsibility of building a strong academic and social foundation in each and every one of her students and helping all children develop a love of learning. Ms. Krashoc lives in Erie with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys crafting, running and spending time outdoors in our beautiful state. Ms. Krashoc is thrilled to be a part of the learning community at Aspen Ridge and looks forward to learning and growing with her students, staff members and families that call Aspen Ridge “home”!
Karyn Hogan - Full Day Kindergarten
Karyn Hogan was born and raised in St. John's , Newfoundland. She attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she obtained a 4 year Bachelor of Education Degree in Elementary and a concentration in French. While studying, she worked with the university teaching teens/young adults English as a second language. Ms. Hogan and her husband moved to Colorado in 1997, and have been residents of Erie since 1999. She started teaching first Preschool, then Music, and finally settled into teaching a full day Kindergarten program . After a number of years teaching, she took time off to raise her children. During this time, she continued to be involved in numerous educational work and volunteering activities in her children's school,including PTCO President. Ms. Hogan currently teaches all day Kindergarten and loves teaching at a charter school. She finds the curriculum challenging, all encompassing and child friendly. She loves children, and teaches them in ways that allow them to learn, grow,experience and accomplish , all the while fostering that ever important "love of learning".
Kristin McKenzie - Full Day Kindergarten
Kristin McKenzie graduated from West Chester University in PA with a Bachelors' Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. McKenzie taught Kindergarten for 2 years immediately following graduation. She then moved to Colorado and worked at a private school in Colorado Springs as a Kindergarten teacher and Pre-School Director. Ms. McKenzie was a stay at home mom from 2004-2010 and enjoyed every moment of it! In 2010/2011, she worked as a part time teacher at Wee School Preschool in Erie where she decided that she was more than ready to teach full time again. As a 9 year resident of Erie, she has really enjoyed being a part of this community. Ms. McKenzie and her husband were very excited to learn about the opening of a charter school in Erie. They immediately enrolled their two girls, ages 6 and 7, and have been more than happy with their progress! Ms. McKenzie's ultimate goal as a teacher is to educate, motivate and inspire students to value lifelong learning. She believes all students are capable of learning and reaching their full academic potential. She feels that differentiated instruction is essential to accommodate all learning styles, abilities, and interests. She strongly believes in encouraging students to take responsibility for learning and to develop a pride for their own work. Ms. McKenzie feels that a teacher must establish exceptional classroom management skills, an effective education curriculum and constant motivation.
Lindsey Fedick - 1st grade teacher
Lindsey Fedick has been an active resident of Colorado since May of 2010. She moved to Colorado with her husband and now resides in Frederick, Colorado. Ms. Fedick graduated from Northeastern State University in 2008 with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she accepted a First Grade teaching position with Rosa Parks Elementary School and has been teaching ever since. Ms. Fedick believes that ALL children can learn and that each child learns differently, therefore they need to be given as many different learning opportunities as possible. Young children need to be given hands-on learning experiences where they have the ability to explore, ask questions, work together with their peers, and practice their problem solving skills. As an educator, I view my role in the classroom as the teacher who provides her students with the tools and learning opportunities they need in order to become successful and independent individuals.
Josie Hamlin - 1st grade teacher
Josie Hamlin is a native of Colorado. She was born in Boulder and grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Kersey. After spending many years working with children she stared the Elementary Education program at the University of Northern Colorado. Through the UNC program she taught 3rd grade at Monroe Elementary, 2nd grade at Platte Valley Elementary, and tutored at the 5th grade level. She graduated from UNC with her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She then spent 3 years teaching 1st grade at Wiggins Elementary before coming to Aspen Ridge Preparatory School. Her love for learning is evident in her teaching style and the connections she makes with her students. She prides herself in making learning fun and introducing new subjects in an engaging manner that sparks the students interests. She has a warm welcoming classroom and an excitement for watching her students learn and grow.
Danielle DeBord grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Elementary Education, a B.A. in Psychology, and an English Emphasis. Ms. DeBord has experience in kindergarten and is thrilled to be teaching second grade this year. Ms. DeBord is a strong proponent of positive reinforcement in the classroom. She enjoys celebrating and recognizing good behavior and performances in the classroom. She strives to keep her students feeling excited, interested, and loving school. Ms. DeBord currently resides in Broomfield, Colorado. In her free time, she loves to read and watch movies.
Ali Vanek - 2nd grade teacher
Ali Vanek is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in 2005. She moved to Boston, MA in 2006 to pursue a master's in gender/ cultural studies from Simmons College. While studying for her first MA, Ms. Vanek worked full-time as a teacher at an educational center for preschool and elementary-aged students. She quickly realized her passion for teaching at the elementary level, and after graduating in May of 2008, Ms. Vanek decided to pursue a second master's at Simmons in teaching that following September. She graduated with her MAT in elementary education in January of 2010. Prior to teaching at Aspen Ridge, Ms. Vanek has taught in pre-kindergarten, first, and third grade classrooms. In her free time, Ms. Vanek enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
Stacey Gray - 3rd grade teacher
Stacey Gray, a Pennsylvania native, obtained her B.A. degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from the University of Wyoming in 2006. During this time, she served as a pre-school teaching assistant, a mentor for at-risk high school students, and a liaison for undergraduate students as Resident Assistant. Upon graduation, she accepted a first grade teaching position at a Core Knowledge charter school in Northern Colorado where she taught for 5 years. In addition, she is also familiar with the Step Up to Writing, the FOSS science curriculum, and grant writing. With a passion for learning, Miss Gray has attended conferences on Brain Gym, Love and Logic Discipline, Core Knowledge, early literacy, and meeting the needs of the 21st learner with technology integration. Currently, Miss Gray is pursuing her Master's Degree as a K-12 Reading Specialist through the University of Northern Colorado. She is eager to learn how to enhance her understanding of how to lead and evaluate effective literacy practices both within the classroom and school-wide. What excites her most about joining ARPS is the opportunity to teach an exceptional curriculum in a new facility, with a new staff, and with all new students and parents.
Kimberly Roth - 3rd grade teacher
Kimberly Roth is a native of California. She graduated in 2003 from California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies Multiple Subject. She obtained her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Ms. Roth has experience teaching second and third grades and has substituted for a variety of grade levels in the St. Vrain Valley School District. It is Ms. Roth's goal as an educator to provide a positive learning environment that will allow all students to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Ms. Roth believes that it is essential to provide children with positive reinforcement. Setting individual and group goals for the students and celebrating their successes will motivate them to achieve their goals. Ms. Roth would like to instill a passion for learning that will continue to motivate children throughout their education. Ms. Roth is a resident of Erie and enjoys reading and family hikes.
Paul Bunge - 4th grade teacher
Paul Bunge, a native of Colorado, received his BA from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He received a BA in History with a Teacher's license in Elementary Education. Mr. Bunge has had experience teaching in 2nd, 4th and 5th grade. This is his first year teaching in his own classroom. He has a strong passion to mold the minds of every young child not only through core content but in life lessons as well. Mr. Bunge has also had experience in coaching a High School swim team, where he maintained a team of 40 young athletes to the best of their abilities, striving to perform as elite athletes. Mr. Bunge is currently working to achieve his MA in Teacher Leadership from the University of Phoenix. He believes the greatest thing about being a teacher is teaching students his knowledge for their success. Hard Work + Dedication = Success!
Mary Beth Warren - 5th grade teacher
Mary Beth Warren, a native of Illinois, moved to Colorado in 1996 to attend Colorado State University and then graduated in 1999 with a BA in Liberal Arts, a minor in English, and a concentration in Art History. She spent 7 years substitute teaching levels K-12 while raising her two children before taking a full-time teaching assignment. Ms. Warren taught 4th grade for three years and then 5th grade for three years. During that time she served on the school's Academic Committee for six years, and was the Intermediate Interventionist for the school's RTI team. Ms. Warren currently resides in Erie, Colorado with her two children, fiance, and Border Collie. They enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling together. In the summers they spend much of their time enjoying the mountains, grilling out with friends, and visiting family.
Bridget Shahinian - Special Education Teacher
Bridget Shahinian grew up in Vermont and attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA before moving to Colorado in 1999 to finish her B.A. in English Literature at CU Boulder. She taught preschool for several years in private schools before marrying and moving to Erie in 2003. She earned her M.A. in Education with an endorsement in Secondary Language Arts at the University of Phoenix, while being a full-time mother to her three children, now aged 7, 5 and 3. She completed her student teaching at Erie High School in 2010 and since then has been a substitute in St. Vrain schools. Bridget spent time in a long-term substitute position in Special Education Literacy, and worked as a Special Education Para-educator. She worked as a tutor at Huntington Learning Center and with Right On Learning. This summer she is teaching Literacy to first graders in the St. Vrain summer school program. After spending several years researching and learning about her own son's special needs, Bridget decided to pursue a Master's in K-12 Special Education through the University of Northern Colorado. She is thrilled to be a part of the Aspen Ridge team and to work with staff and parents alike to help students strive for success.