Eldorado Elementary School | Directory
Kathy Boerth has been an Occupational Therapist at Eldorado Elementary for 6 years and with Douglas County for 9 years. She also works at Trailblazer Elementary and Redstone Elementary.
Lori Bowen has worked for DCSD for 14 years. She has been teaching first grade at Eldorado for all 14 of those years. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Austin Public Schools for 3 years, also teaching 1st grade. Lori has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas with a specialization in Life and Earth Science. Lori sits on the School Accountability Committee (SAC), is a Quality Assessment Leader, and on the CITE 6 Committee. She has also served as a member of the Eldorado Student Assistance Team, and the Eldorado Leadership Team in the past.
Jackie Carland has been teaching moderate needs students at Eldorado Elementary for 13 years. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Rock Springs, Wyoming for 7 years. She works with students and teachers in grades K-6. Jackie is the team lead for the special education team, a member of the Learning & Leadership Team and is one of Eldorado's Personalized Learning Leaders.
Michael (Mike) Carlson is proud to be the new Assistant Principal at Eldorado. He holds master’s degrees in educational leadership and public administration. Mike was previously a classroom teacher for seven years in Englewood Schools, teaching mainly third grade. He then served as an instructional coach in Sheridan before coming to Douglas County. Mike studied abroad in Costa Rica and while teaching, spent a month exploring Japan on a study tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Fulbright-Hays Foundation.
This is Chelsea DeFelice's third year teaching at Eldorado. After getting her bachelor's degree in psychology at CU-Boulder, she obtained her teaching license and master's with the University of Phoenix. She has taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in Colorado Springs and here in Douglas County. She is currently on the Learning and Leadership Team and the Eldorado Leadership Council.
Sue Ferguson has been teaching at Eldorado Elementary for 8 years and in Douglas County for 17 years. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Denver Public Schools for 5 years. She is the State Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Coordinator with the American Heart Association and serves on the Board for her Professional organization COAHPERD, Colorado Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance. At Eldorado she is a teacher representative to the PTO and also helps sponsor the Eldorado Student Council.
Lindsay Givens has been teaching at Eldorado Elementary for 5 years and in Douglas County for 12 years. She has also taught in Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs for three years. She believes in being a life long learner with her degree in Communications from Colorado University and a Masters Degree in Arts of Education and Learning from Regis University. At Eldorado she is the kindergarten representative to the PTO and EAC.
Susie Grant is the social worker on the Child Find team at Eldorado. She has worked in DCSD since 2002 with students and their parents in preschool through elementary school. Susie earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and graduate degree from the George Williams College of Social Work at Aurora University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the School Social Work Association of America.
Kelly Grossnickle is a 2nd grade teacher at Eldorado Elementary. Kelly was Kindergarten E.A. for two years. She then went back to school for a year to earn her teaching license and came back to Eldorado as a long-term sub in 2nd grade for a year. Kelly was then offered a Kindergarten position in 2008. Kelly also earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri.
Julie Holtz has been working at Eldorado since it's opening in 2001. Prior to that, she taught at Pine Grove Elementary in Parker for two years. She started her career in Houston, Texas where she taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for six years. She went to the University of Northern Iowa for her undergrad work in early childhood and elementary education degrees. She got her master's from Walden University with an emphasis in literacy.
Heidi Johnson has been teaching at Eldorado Elementary for the last five years in Kindergarten and third grade and in Douglas County for 14 years in first, second, fourth and fifth grades. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Littleton Public Schools as a Literacy Specialist and then in Arizona as a preschool and third grade teacher. She was a Digital Educator from 2006-2007. Heidi has served on the technology and change agent committee's and is currently involved with the learning and leadership, CITE 6 and PRIDE teams at Eldorado.
Christine Kern has been working in Douglas County School District for fifteen years now. She worked as a Kindergarten Educational Assistant for five years and has been a Kindergarten teacher for the past ten years at Eldorado Elementary. In 2003, she earned a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies/Literacy and Teacher certification from Adams State University.
At Eldorado she is a representative on the EE Technology Committee, the RTI (Response to Intervention) team, the Eldorado Community Garden, and the Social Committee. She is inspired to create a positive, enthusiastic, warm and caring learning environment that establishes lifelong learners.
Marianne Kokes is a 2nd grade teacher at Eldorado. She has been involved in education for over 20 years. In addition to 1st grade, Marianne has taught sixth grade in middle school, 5th and 6th grade and kindergarten. She resigned her teaching position for eight years to stay home with her children. Marianne taught kindergarten at Eldorado for seven years, and then in the 2013-2014 school year, she lead a kindergarten/1st grade combination class.
Katy Kollasch been the proud Principal of Eldorado Elementary since 2013. Her career in education began in 1998 following an undergraduate degree in Consumer Science and a post-graduate certificate in secondary education from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Katy spent 10 years as a teacher in Wales, England, North Carolina, and Colorado. Following a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, Colorado Springs, she became an administrator in Douglas County School District in 2008. Following four years as the Assistant Principal at ThunderRidge High School (TRHS), Katy was honored to be selected as the Principal at Eldorado and is thrilled that she is still a member of the TRHS Feeder! She is passionate about providing opportunities for students to be curious and is committed to developing the 'whole child' (physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially) through a series of real-world experiences that inspire and encourage empathy.
Karla Maynard began teaching fifth grade in 1992 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Since that time, she has taught second through sixth grade and loved them all! She has been at Eldorado since it opened in 2001. She took a break in 2004 to stay home to raise her two children, Grace and Joseph. She returned to Eldorado in 2009 and has loved being back in the classroom. In addition to teaching, she is part of the Student Council team and also serves on the Eldorado Leadership Committee.
Inga McAllen has been an elementary school teacher for 23 years. She started teaching 1st and 2nd grade students in the Chicago area shortly after she graduated from college in 1990. In 1995, she moved to the Denver area and took her first job in Douglas County. She has been an educator in Douglas County for 17 years, having taught Read to Achieve (a grant-funded reading program), 4th and 5th grades, 2nd grade, and now 3rd grade. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Elementary Education. In 1996, she became part of a Douglas County Cohort group and received her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. In addition to her regular teaching responsibilities, she works with a team of Douglas County teachers building awareness around healthy schools and healthy living and she is a part of the of the PRIDE planning team. She is also an advisor to Student Council here at Eldorado.
Sharon Mcmillan is an Occupational Therapist who has been working in DCSD for seven years, first as a Preschool OT, and currently as Child Find OT. Prior to moving to Colorado, she has worked for school districts in the Chicago area for thirty years, working with all ages of students.
Emily Montgomery is the school social worker at Eldorado Elementary. This is her first full year at Eldorado after starting her position in March 2014. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver and her Bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University. She spent a year interning as a school social worker at a middle school in Jeffco Public Schools and previously worked at an adolescent mental health treatment facility, a respite facility for children with special needs and a nursing home. Emily is a member of the PRIDE team, one of the two Personalized Learning Leaders for Eldorado and is a member of the Learning and Leadership Team.
While in college Debra Newby studied Early Childhood Development. In 1999, I was working in the Severe Special Education Department at Coyote Creek Elementary with children from Kindergarten through sixth grade. Debra changed jobs in 2005, to the preschool and worked at Rock Canyon High School for three years, Arrowwood Elementary for 5 years, which she loved. Debra is now here at Eldorado Elementary which she is very excited about and looking forward to working with your children.
Keith Nomis has been teaching in Douglas County at Eldorado Elementary for 8 years. Prior to Douglas County Keith taught 6 years in Arizona and 2 years in Colorado Springs. He has a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in curriculum instruction. At Eldorado he is a 6th grade teacher (science and social studies) and also a teacher representative for student council.
Lisa Sandy currently teaches sixth Grade at Eldorado Elementary. This is her seventh year at Eldorado, four years teaching Sixth Grade and three years teaching Fourth Grade. Prior to Eldorado, Lisa taught Fifth and Sixth Grades in Parker, and Fifth Grade in Irving, Texas. While at Eldorado, she has served on the Eldorado Leadership Team and this year is a member of the PRIDE Committee as well as a Mentor to our Anti - Bullying Club.
Andi Turner joined the Eldorado Elementary team in August 2014. Prior to joining Eldorado, Andi received her Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education at Metropolitan State University. She spent her last semester completing her student teaching with the SSN and Special Education team at Roxborough Elementary. At Eldorado Elementary she overlooks the Significant Support Needs program and is a member of her school's Response to Intervention Committee. In 2011, Andi graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in anthropology and minor in religious studies.