Julia Shepherd email@example.com
Originally from Glencoe, IL outside of Chicago, I have lived in Denver for the last 25 years. This is my 16th year with Denver Public Schools, the last 6 as the principal of Cory Elementary. Before becoming a principal I was the assistant principal with Grant Middle School, an arts specialist for the SE region of the city and a visual arts and gifted teacher at Bromwell Elementary School. Prior to working with DPS I ran a business World Art Explorers, worked at the Denver Art Museum, and at the Smithsonian and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. My degrees include a B.A. from Dartmouth College, M.A. from the University of Denver, and an Ed Spec. from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Creativity Challenge Community has been part of my life for the last 3 years as we researched, wrote and planned for this opening year. I am thrilled to be a part of an innovation school for DPS which brings together all of my work with education, children and the arts. I have two grown daughters who are graduates of DPS.
Brent Applebaum firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Partner
Brent Applebaum is a Native of Denver. Although he enjoys the opportunity to travel and see the world, he can’t imagine living anywhere else. Brent has taught Kindergarten, first and second grade for seven years at Stanley British Primary School prior to joining C3. C3 has a great reputation around Denver and Brent is excited to be a small part of its future. Outside of education, Brent enjoys spending time with his wife Jodie, daughter Ellie and Dog Charlie in the mountains.
Mallie Buffum MALLIE_BUFFUM@dpsk12.org
Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher
I am so thrilled to be joining the staff at C3 this year. I have always admired C3, and I can’t believe I’ve been given the opportunity to work here. A little bit about me: I grew up in a small coastal town in Connecticut and ended up going to a small liberal arts college in upstate New York called Skidmore College where I majored in Education and minored in American Studies. After I graduated, I came out to Denver to nanny for my cousin’s children and loved it so much I just never left. I started my educational career as a paraprofessional in a kindergarten classroom at Stephen Knight and then spent last year as a 4th grade teacher at Traylor Academy. 4th grade is definitely one of my favorite grades, so I am so fortunate to be able to teach it again. I love spending my free time on hikes in the Rockies, hanging out at my family’s house in Grand Lake, and exploring everything Denver has to offer. I can’t wait to meet everyone at C3 this fall.See you in August!
Ashley Bromstrup email@example.com
Third Grade Math and Science Teacher
I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. I earned a Bachelors’s Degree in Studio Arts from Seattle Pacific University and a Master’s of Educational Psychology from University of Colorado at Denver. I am thrilled to find a school home that combines my love of the arts and creativity with my love of teaching second graders. Before C3, I was a 2nd and 3rd Grade co-teacher at The Odyssey School and before that I was an intern at the Stanley British Primary program. Personally, I have some itchy travel feet and I love to explore Colorado in any way I can. I divide my free time between painting, hiking, biking, camping, and calligraphy.
Francie Dale firstname.lastname@example.org
Francie, most recently from the Stephen Knight Center for Early Education, began teaching in Denver in 1999. She taught at Whittier and Rosedale Elementary Schools, and then began the Advanced Kindergarten (ADK) program at Bradley in 2005. Francie received a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Florida.
Laura Datz email@example.com
Originally from St. Louis, I have lived in Colorado for 16 years. I attended college at Sewanee and received my Master’s from the University of Colorado Denver. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, I taught ESL and learned to speak fluent Pohnpeian. I have 7+ years of teaching experience in both private and public education. My wonderful husband and I have a five year old son, and we enjoy hiking, camping, and travel. I am very excited to be a part of C3!
Fifth Grade Literacy Teacher
Linda Durgin firstname.lastname@example.org
First Grade Math, Science and Social Studies Teacher
I’m honored to be joining the C3 team, teaching first-grade math, science, and social studies. My family and I hail from a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. My husband, Frank, and I, along with two of our sons live in Denver and our oldest son moved back to Boston this spring. I’ll definitely share my love of the ocean and my seashell collection with your children! I visit every summer to reunite with our family and friends while enjoying the New England coastline. After teaching kindergarten and 1st graders in Massachusetts, I taught gifted learners at DU’s Ricks Center when we moved to Colorado. Then I found a home at Cory Elementary for years teaching first graders. I’m excited to be a part of C3’s mission and vision, which aligns with my passion for building a trusting community of children, their families, and myself as we grow and learn together.
Mariel Galgas email@example.com
Second Grade Literacy Teacher
Hello! My name is Mariel Galgas and I will be teaching second grade at C3 for the upcoming school year. This year will be my sixth year teaching. I have taught both second grade and kindergarten. I moved to Denver from New Jersey four years ago to teach, pursue my master’s degree, and to take in all of the wonderful things that Colorado has to offer. I have a B.A. in Psychology with an Elementary Education Certificate + Middle School Mathematics Endorsement and I also have an M.A. from the University of Colorado in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Elementary Reading and Writing. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, yoga, crafting, cooking, camping, and learning. I am excited for the new adventures that working at C3 will bring!
Susan Halstead SUSAN_HALSTEAD@dpsk12.org
Music/Admin Assistant culture and community
Susan Halstead is joining C3 as our music and PE/Dance teacher. Ms. Halstead received her Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University where she studied vocal music with her voice professor and Grammy Award winner, Molly Fillmore. She was born and raised in the Chicago area and now loves living in colorful Colorado spending most of her time skiing, hiking and running. She is so excited to be a member of the C3 community and is looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Lisa Iverson firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth Grade Math and Science Teacher
I have lived in Colorado for 12 years. I grew up in Alaska, with mosquitoes, rabbits and mussels (the shellfish) as pets. After a summer arts camp in middle school, I fell in love with Shakespeare, and went on to earn an M.A. degree in Theatre Arts. I have attended universities in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, most recently earning my teaching credentials at CU Boulder. Through theatre, I discovered a new love: helping people learn. I have taught students of all ages and from many backgrounds. For the past 6 years, I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Cory Elementary. During that time, I was also a member of the C3 design team, and helped shape the education plan. I spend my free time with my husband, family and friends. For fun, I enjoy cooking or getting outside to hike, travel and play. I also enjoy visiting art galleries, seeing theatre and live music, and reading voraciously under the covers with a flashlight.
BJ Kittleson email@example.com
I am a Denver native and I grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood. I am a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Masters in Elementary Education. I have taught first and second grade for 15 years. The last eight years I have been a first grade teacher at Polaris at Ebert Elementary. Educating at the primary level is a passion. I believe it is the most important part of our lives. My time outside of school is spent with my family. I have a daughter, Elise who is 5 and a son, Bennett who is 8. We spent a great many of nights in a tent during the summer enjoying our beautiful state. It is my favorite to share beautiful natural places with my wife and children. Outside of teaching I enjoy painting and drawing the amazing memories from being outside.
Jean Lim firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Logan email@example.com
Reading Interventionist and Literacy Coach
I moved to Colorado in 1990 to learn to ski. After hearing my father tell his friends he paid for college only to see me tend bar I decided to get serious about using my degree and in 1992 I began teaching first grade in the Cherry Creek School district (making much less than when I tended bar!) I taught first, second, and third grade in Cherry Creek for ten years and learned beside brilliant students and colleagues. During this time I pursued my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at UCD and began working with a staff development organization called the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC). In 2002 I transitioned from working with children to working with adults and became a National Literacy Consultant for the PEBC. In this role, I worked with teachers across the country to develop and implement the best instructional practices in literacy. Although I loved the work, the travel became challenging for my family and I found the most rewarding part of my job was when I was in classrooms with children. The opening of C3 has provided me with the opportunity to return to a teaching position and what I missed most, developing a community with young learners. As I walk to school each morning I feel a balance between three parts of me: the mother, the teacher and the learner. I look forward to a tremendous year of learning beside your children.