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Irena Kacala - German Teacher
Deb Kortbawi - Secondary PE Teacher
Justin McNall - SPED Teacher/Psychologist
Dan Metz - Secondary Art/Electives Teacher


I have been teaching for many years. I graduated from the University of Colorado @ Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and my K-12 Art Teaching credential from Colorado State University. One of my passions in life is to create environments that harmoniously blend nature, technology and art. My Favorite hobbies are art (of Course!), cycling, backcountry skiing, gardening, environmental design. My wife and I enjoy cooking healthy meals together, using organic ingredients that we grow in our garden.

Kathy Mortizky - RTI Specialist

I’m Kathy Moritzky, and I love being an educator! I have 28 years of teaching experience, which includes special education (k-12) and 5th grade. I have also worked as an Instructional Coach. I’ve taught in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado (my favorite, of course!) My wonderful husband is Todd. Between the two of us, we have six children who keep us on our toes! We also have an incredible grand daughter named Paisley. As if that is not enough, we have three dogs and two horses. I love the outdoors so in my free time you can usually find me camping, kayaking, working in the yard, or just taking a long walk. Of course, I also love to read! Getting to work with young people is nothing short of amazing to me. I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the students, staff, and community of eDCSD.

Julie Naab - Principal's Secretary and Bookkeeper

I was born in Medford Oregon many years ago, I am a 1983 graduate of Medford Senior High. I moved from Oregon to Washington State a few years after my graduation, where I met my husband Ed. Shortly after our 1994 marriage we moved here to Colorado and then on to North Carolina for a brief stay before coming back to Colorado to settle in the splendor of all that Colorado has to offer. My husband and I have 2 daughters, our oldest is on her own and our youngest is still in school. We love camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting, pretty much anything outdoors. I love it here at eDCSD and the work we do for each of our families and the student's we are honored to serve.

JoAnna Nehring - Secondary Science Teacher

My name is Ms. Nehring. I've been teaching for over 18 years. I graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Biology (marine emphasis). I worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service as a Marine Mammal Observer on tuna boats- After 3 years I decided to get my Master's degree in Science at the Florida Institute of Technology. I have 2 wonderful teenagers: Gracyn (16) and Riley (14).

Alissa O'Brien - IEP Specialist and 504 Coordinator

Hello, my name is Alissa O'Brien. In the past eighteen years I have taught kindergarten and first grade, worked as a special educator, accommodations and 504 coordinator at the middle and high school level as well as a special education coordinator for multiple schools. I sincerely enjoy working with students and families. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My daughter plays soccer and my son plays lacrosse and basketball. My husband and I are typically very busy attending games. I love hiking, decorating and training our golden retriever, Ellie. She will soon be a certified therapy dog and we hope to share her with others. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Sarah O'Dell - Secondary English Teacher
Jenny Payne - Professional Learning Specialist

My name is Jenny Payne.  I am originally from Chicago. I attended Albright College in Reading, PA. At Albright, I studied English and Secondary Education. I also played badminton for Albright and am a 4 time All-American. After graduation, I moved to Bakersfield, CA to begin my career as an English teacher. I spent 6 years teaching and coaching at Liberty High School in Bakersfield. I then moved to Houston, TX where I spent 8 years teaching English as a Second Language at Alief Taylor High School. I went back to school and received a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. I then worked for 2 years as a Campus Technology Specialist at the Alief Learning Center. I moved to Denver in 2015 and was hired by eDCSD as their Professional Learning Specialist.