Office & Support

Vanessa Acevedo-Lugo – Principal

Vanessa is a Teach for America alumna who received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication studies and political science from the University of California-Los Angeles. She began her teaching career teaching early childhood education ELA-S/E in the Denver Public Schools at Cole Arts and Science Academy.

During her time at Cole she served as team leader of the ECE, K and First grade team, facilitated professional development for teachers around culturally responsive pedagogy, served as a peer observer for the school’s LEAP roll out and was a member of a DPS pilot program that worked on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

In 2012 Vanessa was one of 10 educators to be honored by the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Champion of Change. She has recently completed her Masters in Educational Leadership at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Room 102C | 47637 |

Jody Cohn – Assistant Principal

Room 102A | 47664 |

Christine Johnson – Nurse

Christine Johnson received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State University in May 2012.  She worked at Lutheran Medical Center on a busy surgical/orthopedic floor for three years.  Her passion is working with children and became a school nurse with DPS in August of 2015.  She loves her new role working with students while promoting health and decreasing health barriers so children can be at school.  In her spare time, she loves mountain biking, sailing and spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter!

Room 101A | 47624 |

Dayana Rebollar – Secretary

Dayana Rebollar is a Colorado native, she graduated from West High School and has worked with Denver Public Schools since 2009.  She started working as a paraprofessional in a ECE classroom, then after 6 years transitioned to working in the office.

Dayana loves carne asada fries, adventures, traveling, her family, and horse back riding.

Room Office | 47637 |

Lizzette Sanchez – Secretary

Lizzette Sanchez is a Colorado native and has worked with Denver Public Schools since 2007. She started working as a paraprofessional in a Kindergarten ELA-S classroom, then transitioned to working in the office.

Lizzette has worked in the office as a secretary since 2008 at the former Fairmont Elementary School and is very excited to be part of the new DCIS at Fairmont team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

Room Office | 47621 |

Sherri Slaymaker – Psychologist

Sherri is a 10-year veteran of the Denver Public Schools system, where she has worked on teams focused on Reading Assessment as well as Development Kindergarten/Early Childhood Special Education and serving charter schools. Before joining DPS, she taught first grade for two years at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia and kindergarten and first grade for five years in the Guam Public School system.

Sherri holds her educational specialist degree from Seattle University and is a nationally certified school psychologist. Additionally, she holds a Master of Arts degree in reading from the University of Guam and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in secondary social student education with certification in elementary education.

Room 105B | 47680 |

Meg Zimmerman –  ISC

Meg grew up right outside of San Francisco, California. She grew up with a love for music, sports, and the outdoors. In middle school Meg started playing water polo. She played water polo and was on the swim team all through high school, and got a scholarship to play Division 1 water polo at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Meg grew up wanting to be a teacher, and graduated with a degree in liberal studies with minors in urban education and sociology. After college Meg went to graduate school to get her teaching certification and masters in teaching at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined Teach For America in Baltimore and taught 1st grade for 1 year and 5th grade for two years. In looking for a job closer to her family, Ms. Zimmerman found DCIS at Fairmont. She was a part of the founding staff as a third grade teacher. After 2 years in the classroom, Ms. Zimmerman took the position of International Studies Coordinator. She loves planning trips for students, attending overnights, and getting to know all of the kids at DCIS at Fairmont. On the weekends Ms. Zimmerman loves to travel, be outdoors, watch sports, read, and listen to music. She is an avid San Francisco Giants fan, Indianapolis Colts fan, and Oklahoma Sooners fan.

Room 102D | 47622 |

Amanda Brinton – Community Liaison

Amanda is a proud Denver Public Schools (DPS) graduate from Smiley Middle School and Manual High. Before becoming a Community Liaison at DCIS Fairmont, Amanda completed two years as an early Childhood Mental Health consultant with the Denver Great Kids HEAD Start program. She worked with staff, families, and students to prepare children to enter kindergarten confidently with the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive skills and competencies necessary for continued school success. Amanda brings an in depth knowledge of the family dynamic to DCIS with over 8 years of experience as an in-home family therapist working with adolescents and families involved in the juvenile justice system. She holds a Master of Social Work from Denver University and is a fluent Spanish speaker with 3 years of experience as a Youth Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador. Amanda is eager and enthusiastic to support DCIS families with resource acquisition and to work with Ms. Slaymaker to support Spanish speaking students and families with social and emotional needs.

Room 105B | 47680 |

Mark Davenport – Technology Specialist II – Website

Mr. Mark has a BA and MA in English with focuses on Philosophy, Literature, and Film.  He has worked as a Professional Writing Consultant and Instructor at the university level teaching Composition and Rhetoric and Introduction to Film.  After a short stint in academia, he was compelled to explore the world and he hit the road with an 80L backpack, best friend, and a bunch of preconceived notions.  His computer and camera kept him afloat for the better part of 3 years while he journeyed, journaled, took pictures, designed websites, and learned what the world was really about.  After a few year jaunt of living and traveling in South America and Mexico, Mr. Mark returned to Colorado to continue carrying on with his friends and family, all of whom have been here for many generations.  During his travels, studies, and employment, Mark has nurtured a continual love for technology, gadgets, computers, and cameras.  A DPS grad. himself, he loves DCIS the community, culture, and staff; it has been an easy transition back and a homecoming from his nomad life.

Room 207 | 47676 |


Nellie Barrett – ECE 3-4

Nellie grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended the University of St. Thomas master’s program in early childhood special education. For the past five years, Nellie has lived in Chicago teaching in an early childhood special education classroom. She is excited to become part of the DCIS at Fairmont community.

Room 147 | 47656 |

Liliana Celis – ELA-S

Liliana Celis is a passionate teacher from Colombia in South America who enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the cinema and traveling. Her love for teaching started when she was very young and grew during her studies at the Universidad del Valle.

In 2010, Liliana came to Colorado and realized she wanted to spend time in this beautiful state. A few years later, she moved to the lovely and amazing city of Denver, where she teaches ECE children and enjoys learning every day about new things from the city and its people. Lily currently resides in Denver with her husband, Alexander, their dog Brissa and their new cat Ginger.

Room 149 | 47660 |

Caylee McCormick – ELA-E

This is Ms. Caylee’s second year at DCIS Fairmont. She has been teaching ECE for 5 years and spent time working with even younger children in the daycare setting before that. Ms. Caylee is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She loves being at DCIS because she has developed an appreciation for world studies through her own travels. In high school, she went on two separate mission trips to Nicaragua, where she found a love for the Spanish language. She attended college at Ohio University but spent 3 months traveling and studying abroad in Merida, Mexico. Now she lives in Evergreen and spends her time away from school fishing and floating on the river.

Room 150 | 47661 |

Karine Pitts – ELA-E

Karine Pitts is new to DCIS Fairmont but has been teaching for DPS for over 25 years, mostly in the primary grades where her heart is held captive. She earned a degree in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College and holds an Early Childhood Director credential from the State of Colorado. Teaching is Karine’s passion.

As a native to Colorado, Karine enjoys hiking, gardening and just being outdoors. She lives in Evergreen where she can take advantage of everything this beautiful state has to offer. Karine also enjoys exploring the world and spending time with family. She has been married for 27 years and has two adult children and 3 furry ones! Her daughter is a nurse and her son works in hospitality.

Karine loves animals and people of all kinds! Her home seems to be full of both most of the time. Karine helps stray animals find homes and has hosted many foreign exchange students over the years.

Room 131 | 47641 |


Kori Leaman-Miller – ELA-S

Kori Leaman-Miller, born and raised in rural Ohio, always longed to see more of the world. She has been fortunate to have lived in Haiti, China, France and Greece. In the late 1980s, Kori also lived for four years in war-torn El Salvador, serving, along with her husband, as a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee.

After the war, the Leaman-Millers moved in Denver to raise their two boys. When her youngest started second grade, Kori began teaching in DPS. Years later, Kori still delights in working with and learning from inquisitive kindergarten children and their families. Kori also enjoys traveling with her family, playing volleyball, falling asleep while reading, and trying to keep up with her husband of thirty years on her bike. (She can’t.)

Room 134 | 47640 |

Kaitlin Morris – ELA-E

Kaitlin has lived in Australia, California, Spain, and Texas but calls Colorado home now. Before teaching, Kaitlin worked at a number of local non-profits in the Denver area including Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation and Girls Inc. Last year, she graduated with her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Denver. This is her first year at DCIS Fairmont and she is so excited to be here!

Room 135 | 47683 |

Maureen Sherlock – ELA-E

I am a Colorado native and grew up in the Denver Metro area.  I have lived in downtown Denver for many years and I enjoy city life but I also have a great appreciation for the mountains. I graduated with a B.A in Business Management and Economics from Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison, CO.  I held a corporate job for many years and decided I was ready for a change.  I took a job as a kindergarten paraprofessional and discovered a true passion, teaching! I went back to school and I earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Denver. Outside of teaching I enjoy traveling, cooking, dancing and spending quality time with family and friends.

Room 133 | 47642 |

1st Grade

DCIS at Fairmont

Leticia Arroyo – ELA-S

Leticia Arroyo was born and raised in Denver, CO.  She is a product of DPS and attended Valverde Elementary, Rishel Middle school and graduated from South High School in 2003.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008.  In 2012 she received a Masters Degree in Educational, Equity, and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She has worked for over 10 years with DPS as a paraprofessional, ECE/Kindergarten teacher, and a reading interventionist. She enjoys spending time with her husband Vicente and their two boys Arturo and Hector.  They enjoy going to the zoo, museums, and anything to get out of the house.  She is also part of a Mexican Folkloric Group Semblanzas de Mexico. She loves to travel with her family and spend time with friends. Leticia is excited to be a part of the DCIS at Fairmont team this year!

Room 141 | 47662 |

Anai Cervantes – ELA-S

Anai was born in Denver, Colorado raised in El PasoTX, and Juaréz , Chihuahua. She moved back to Denver with her family and followed her mother’s footsteps in becoming a teacher. She studied at the University of Northern Colorado with an endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language. Anai is delighted to be a part of the DCIS at Fairmont team. She enjoys traveling and visiting her family in Mexico. When she is not teaching she loves spending time with her husband and three kids going to the theaters watching the latest super hero movies and having fun outside wasting energy.

Room 141 | 47662 |

Mollie Horch – ELA-E

Mollie is from Marysville, Ohio. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in both International Studies and Spanish from Miami University. She fell in love with investigating the world when she had the privilege to study abroad her junior year in Madrid, Spain. She moved out to the great state of Colorado to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, where she realized her passion for working with little ones. She earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver through the Denver Teacher Residency program. Mollie loves traveling, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Room 139 | 47654 |

Lauren Seyfarth – ELA-E

Lauren Seyfarth grew up in Denver and Littleton, Colorado. She is always eager to learn more about the larger Denver community and feels that teaching in DPS is the best way to do that! Lauren’s interest in teaching developed through tutoring and volunteering for afterschool programs and a child advocacy center while in college at the University of Missouri. Other than just across the borders of Canada and Mexico, Lauren has only traveled to Haiti, but the relationships she has formed there influence her vision for living and teaching. As a teacher, Lauren hopes to make learning fun and meaningful, to help students understand the world by first understanding where they come from, and to develop relationships with all parts of the DCIS at Fairmont family. Some of the things that bring Lauren joy include kids, running along the Platte, sunsets, clouds, family, reading, dancing, Denver Broncos, Mizzou Tigers, sharing laughter, coffee, and being a part of DCIS at Fairmont!

Room 140 | 47655 |

2nd Grade

Charley Ryder – ELA-E

Charley is a Colorado native (born and raised in Colorado Springs) and graduate of the University of Colorado — Boulder. Upon completing his undergraduate in English and Anthropology, he joined Teach For America’s 2009 corps in Phoenix, AZ. He taught for five years, as a 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade teacher. Through his time as an TFA corps member, Charley solidified his love of teaching and commitment to educational equity for all students. In 2011, he earned his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. During his summers, he has worked as a curriculum specialist for Teach For America, training incoming corps members to be effective teachers. Charley has worked in dozens of schools in many capacities for the past six years, and DCIS at Fairmont stands out to him as having the most positive school culture he has seen thus far!

Room 146 | 47659 |

Amber Starr – ELA-E

Amber Starr has been teaching 2nd grade for three years here at DCIS Fairmont. The 2016/2017 school year will be her thirteenth year of teaching! Amber has taught in DPS for six years and prior to that taught for seven years in Michigan. She graduated with her bachelors in Elementary Education and masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Wayne State University in Detroit. Her goals as an educator are to enrich the learner and teach the whole child. “Working with the families, students, and staff at each school have been the best part of my teaching experience!” In her spare time, she enjoys cleaning her desk, putting things up on her walls and taking them off, and walking her pet lizard on a leash.

Room 145 | 47658 |

Kirsten Taylor – ELA-S

Kirsten Taylor is a Colorado native. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in bilingual education and her masters degree from Lesley University in literacy. She learned Spanish starting in high school, continued through college, and spent a semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is entering her 8th year of teaching and has spent all years in Denver Public Schools. This is her first year at DCIS and she couldn’t be happier!

When Kirsten is not at school, she loves many things! She teaches dance fitness classes called REFIT that are fun for the whole family! She loves to hike, ride her bike, rock climb, bake, sing, listen to music, read and travel. This summer, she got to hike Mt. Elbert, which is the tallest point in Colorado with her husband, Greg. She used to be a baker at a summer camp and made even the hot dog and hamburger buns from scratch. Her favorite children’s books include: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, SkippyJon Jones, and the Book with No Pictures.

Room 143 | 47657 |

Tiffany Vail – ELA-E

Tiffany Vail is a Colorado native and recently moved back to this wonderful state after a 10 year hiatus in Southern California. She attended Colorado State University and spent a semester abroad in Costa Rica. It was then that she discovered a love for traveling and experiencing new cultures. She has since spent time teaching English in Peru, traveling extensively throughout Central America, soaking up the unique culture of Cuba, and visiting countries in Europe.
Tiffany’s professional path started in Southern California where she taught various grades and then decided to make the move back to Denver and has been teaching in DPS ever since. She believes that the key to success for every student is a strong relationship between school and home. Every year she looks forward to getting to know every student and their family.
In her free time, you can find Tiffany skiing, running through the parks of Denver, attending any sporting event, traveling, or spending time with family and friends.

Room 146 | 47659 |

3rd Grade

Sarah Al-Haj – ELA-E

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
My path to teaching has been anything, but normal and I wouldn’t have it any other way! After studying nursing at James Madison University, I joined the Peace Corps and served two years in Fiji as a Community Health Empowerment Volunteer. During my time in Fiji, I found my passion for teaching and decided to change my career path when I returned home. After coming home, I moved to Colorado and joined Denver Teacher Residency. I was lucky enough to do my residency year in first grade at DCIS at Fairmont with an incredible mentor. Upon completion of the program last June, I received my Masters in Education. Along with core academics, I am specifically interested in teaching my students about the world around them with a specific focus on social justice.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, gardening, yoga and learning new things. I love poetry, traveling to new places, and trying new foods.

Room 204 | 47673 |

Amanda Mitchell – ELA-E

Amanda is a Colorado native and a graduate of Denver Public Schools. She studied political science and philosophy at the University of Colorado in Boulder. As an undergraduate, she worked as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice assisting attorneys who fought to maintain Native American’s water and fishing rights.

Amanda earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Denver and worked as a Denver Teacher Resident at Ellis Elementary School in a kindergarten classroom during the 2012-2013 school year. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys climbing mountains, practicing yoga, listening to music, and spending time with her fiancé, Mike, and her border collie, Caleb. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for global exploration with her students at DCIS at Fairmont.

Room 205 | 47674 |

Daniell Williams – ELA-S

Daniell was born and raised in Pawnee, Oklahoma and is a member of the Pawnee and Absentee Shawnee Tribes of Oklahoma. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Spanish and Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Urban Education from the University of Denver. She also spent two summers studying Spanish at the University of Costa Rica in San José. After teaching 3 years at the University of Central Oklahoma she relocated to Denver and joined the Denver Teacher Residency Program. She completed her residency at Cole Arts and Science Academy and taught 4th grade at DCIS at Ford. She is excited to be a member of the DCIS at Fairmont team.

In her free time Daniell enjoys cooking, reading, watching sports, hanging out with friends and riding her bike. She has spent time in Venezuela, Colombia and Costa Rica and plans to add more stamps to her passport soon.

Room 203 | 47631 |

4th Grade

Jody Hunt – ELA-E

I am from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I attended the University of Colorado (go buffs!) where I received dual degrees in Finance and Elementary Education. I spent the last year teaching Kindergarten in Thailand. I loved getting to experience new cultures, people, and delicious food in a foreign country and I’m excited to be part of an International School which values global perspective. I firmly believe that everybody is a student and everybody is a teacher. This is a vision I strive to uphold in my classroom each day. I am so happy to be a part of the DCIS team and can’t wait to spend the year in 4th grade!

In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, running, and spending time with friends and family. I love to travel whenever I have the opportunity, and hope to visit as many countries as possible in my lifetime!

Room 202 | 47632 |

Darrick Hyland – ELA-E

Darrick is a Stanely British Primary alum who received hi bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has taught 3rd – 5th grade for six years and also taught ESL for six years in Guatemala, Spain, and Japan. Darrick earned his master’s in Educational Psychology form the University of Denver.

Room 212 | 47672 |

Leeann Sain – ELA-S

My name is Leeann Sain and I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to Colorado in 2012. Before I moved to Colorado I lived in the Dominican Republic for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver in 2013.

I love the outdoors, and I really enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures. My favorite things to do outdoors are rock climbing and trail running. I have traveled to many different states in the U.S and many different countries in the world. My favorite states to travel to are Wyoming and Montana, and my favorite countries I have traveled to are Ghana and the Dominican Republic. I also love animals and spending time with my family.

Room 201 | 47639 |

5th Grade

Leticia Raymond – ELA-E  – Website

I’m originally from San Diego, California. I attended UCLA for my undergraduate degree and I completed both of my master’s degrees from UNT in 2008 and 2015.   I moved to Texas in 2005 where I taught in the Dallas and Austin areas. Then in 2014 we made the big move to Denver, where I have absolutely fallen in love with the weather, the people, and the outdoor lifestyle.  I figured if I couldn’t have the ocean in our backyard I’d love to have adventures in the Rockies.  I have two boys, Ryker 6, and Palmer 3. I also have a big “cow dog” named Zaphod; he’s a 110 pound snuggle monster.

I have had the privilege of teaching grades K-6 for the last 11 years and at campuses with IB and international programming.  I am so excited to be joining the amazing community at DCIS Fairmont this year.  I love teaching and I love learning. I hope to pass on the passion for learning to my students.  My all-time goal for my students is to learn to love reading. I want them to realize that reading is not just something we do because we’re at school or work…but we love to read because of the feelings that are ignited, the images we create and the laughter we attain because of the characters we read about. I hope you see how infectious reading becomes! As a learner, you will soar to great distances and I hope you are amazed with the growth in all other areas as a result.

Room 111 | 47646 |



Caitlin Lente – ELA-S

Caitlin Lente grew up in Denver, Colorado and is thrilled to be teaching 5th grade at DCIS at Fairmont! She attended University of Colorado Denver and earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and Spanish, and then University of Denver where she was a member of the Denver Teaching Residency. Caitlin has also lived in San Diego, California and in her free time loves traveling to the ocean, spending time with her family and friends, running and doing yoga.

Room 112 | 47670 |


Kim Tarte – ELA-E

Kim Pappas teaches multi-intensive special needs special education DCIS at Fairmont. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada she moved to Colorado with her husband from North Carolina, where she lived for almost six years. She earned her degree in special education from Appalachian State University. Teaching is her passion, but she also enjoys running, volleyball, baking and snowboarding.

Room 110 | 47647 |


Maureen Farkash – Music

An eight-year veteran of Denver Public Schools and a member of the first cohort of Denver Teacher Residents, Maureen is thrilled to be part of the DCIS Fairmont team. Her greatest passions are teaching, music, and travel, which has taken her to Mexico, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, France, England, Canada, Australia and around the United States.

Maureen was a classical musician before joining the Denver Teacher Residency Program. She has held positions with the Orquesta de Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacán, Mexico, as well as the New York Repertory Orchestra, Harlem Symphony Orchestra, the Greenwich Village Orchestra and the Astoria Symphony in New York City. She has worked as a private music instructor and performed with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she has worked for Sphinx, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in classical music. Her work with Sphinx took her to Berlin and Munich in Germany, Paris, and Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.

Room 202 | 47632|


Shia Neuman – World Language

Room 208 | 47677 |

Brooke Reeves – PE

Brooke Reves is a DPS graduate with a degree in education from the University of Kansas. After college, she played professional basketball in Europe for nine years. Brooke helped start a nonprofit girls basketball and leadership camp in northern Uganda called Gulu GO.

Brooke is passionate about connecting young people to their physical potentials, and incorporating fitness and health into fun activities. She loves to travel and teach others about the world we live in. She is excited about teaching physical education and being connected to the DCIS at Fairmont community.

Room 107 | 47666 |

Jessica Stellish – Art

I am practically a Colorado Native, as I was born in Minnesota but spent my teenage years and beyond here in the beautiful mountain air! I received my Bachelors of the Fine Arts from Colorado State University with my Certification to teach from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have been an art educator in Denver Public Schools since 2010 and I love bringing joy, building confidence and spreading the creative spirit through the process of art-making.  In my own time, I enjoy dancing, crafting, painting, playing games and spending time with my husband, my son and our three dogs: Naes, Electra and Sassy.

Room 206 | 47675 |


Gina Livingston – Reading

Gina Livingston has been teaching early elementary school for nine years.  Gina has her Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and her Masters of Education from the University of Colorado. She joined Teach for America in 2008.  After her two year commitment, she decided to make a life long career out of teaching.  Gina currently is a reading interventionist here at DCIS at Fairmont. Gina loves inspiring young minds to be life-long readers and learners.  When not at school, Gina enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling!  She spends lots of time with her eight year old nephew and her dog, Wisco.  On Sundays you can definitely find Gina cheering on her Green Bay Packers!

Basement | 47638 |

Stephanie Thielen – GT

Stephanie Thielen is a Colorado native and has been in working education for over 10 years.  She played volleyball for Regis University where she earned her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology with minors in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She earned her masters degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Math and Science Curriculum and Instruction. Her experience includes a variety of different teaching positions ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.  She has a passion for finding enriching ways to bring learning to life for her students.  She loves building strong lasting relationships with students and their families.

In her free time she can be found outside exploring with her husband, daughter, and dog.  Her favorite activities include hiking, camping, skiing, volleyball, riding her bike, gardening, organizing and baking.

Basement | 47643 |

Stephanie Walker – Reading

This is my 8th year at DCIS at Fairmont and my third year teaching reading intervention. I previously taught ECE and kindergarten. I have two kids, Joanie (age 3) and Frank (age 2). I am originally from Maryland. My husband Leon and I have lived in Denver for 8 years and previously we lived in London, New Zealand and Japan. I love being outdoors, traveling and of course, reading. I love being a part of this school community and having the opportunity to work with our amazing students at all grade levels.

Basement | 47629 |

William Watkins – Math

Wil Watkins grew up with a large family in the small town of Lewiston, New York which is right near the Niagara Falls. While in college Wil worked for a non-profit conducting research on political corruption. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo State he moved to Denver where he started working at DCIS at Fairmont as a Math Fellow. After his first year as a Math Fellow, Wil returned to DCIS as the Math Enrichment Coordinator. He is happy to be enjoying a third year with DCIS. Other than teaching math, Wil has led the PeaceJam program and after school soccer programs. He also volunteers at Emily Griffith teaching English to immigrants and refugees.

In his free time, Wil enjoys riding his bike, going to concerts, reading, and working out. When he has time Wil loves traveling around the world and hiking in new places.

Room 136 | 47653 |


Betsy Chappell

“Ms. Betsy” is from the small southeast Kansas town of Coffeyville. She attended the University of Kansas (KU-the home of the Jayhawks!!) where she received her Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) with a minor degree in Audiology. She graduated in 1987. Ms. Betsy and her husband Jim and their family of six children (plus one adopted daughter) lived in Lawrence, Kansas until 2002 when they moved to Colorado. Ms. Betsy spent sixteen years as an at-home mom before returning to her practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the fall of 2009 when she joined DPS and was assigned as the SLP at Fairmont Dual Immersion Academy. As Fairmont has transitioned to become DCIS at Fairmont, Ms. Betsy is honored to be continuing in her seventh year there as an SLP working with students of all ages who need extra support with speech, language and communication skills.
Being part of an international community has always been important to Ms. Betsy. She was a college exchange student in Japan and she has hosted exchanged students from Germany and Korea throughout the years. She has also chaperoned high school students travelling throughout Italy. Ms. Betsy’s son Joe is a US Navy sailor currently stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.
Little known facts about Ms. Betsy:
*She is a grandmother (Nana) and has one grandson (Jonah) and two granddaughters (Lucy and Ellie) in Ft. Collins and another grandson (Lucas) in Chicago!
*She loves baseball and basketball and is a serious University of Kansas Jayhawk college basketball fan!
*She lives in downtown Denver and works part-time during weekends for the Denver Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in the Tourist Information Center, advising visitors about things to see and do in Denver and the surrounding areas.
*Her favorite hobbies are cooking and exploring new recipes, reading good books, crafting and bargain hunting at garage sales and thrift stores.

Room 108B | 47665 |

Terri Hagerty – Mild Moderate

Terri has lived, worked and traveled throughout the United States and abroad. She settled in Denver in 2011 with her husband and daughter, and joined the DPS team as a special education teacher. She has been teaching since 2005 and taught in New Mexico prior to joining DPS. She has taught special education to ECE, elementary and middle school students. In addition, she taught GED and Life Skills classes for Western New Mexico University’s adult education program.

Prior to becoming an educator, Terri owned and operated a clothing boutique in North Carolina. Terri received a BA in sociology and an MA in education, specializing in special education from New Mexico State University.

Room 138 | 47684 |

Katherine Hoeweler – Mild Moderate

Katherine has more than 10 years of experience working with students from preschool through 8th grade, two of which have been here in Denver at the former Fairmont Elementary School. Prior to living in Denver, Katherine spent five years teaching in Brooklyn, N.Y., one year teaching in Massachusetts and several years in New Jersey as a teaching assistant in a special education preschool class and at a private school for students on the Autism spectrum.

As an outdoors enthusiast, she loves living close to the mountains, where she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and learning rock climbing. She has traveled to Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Greece and Guatemala. Katherine enjoys cooking—and eating!—and likes to learn how to cook food from different places she has traveled.

Room 138 | 47684 |

Jenny Leon – Mild Moderate

Ms. Jenny is super excited to begin her second year teaching at DCIS at Fairmont.  Jenny was born and raised in Southern California but loves the Rocky Mountains as much as she loves the Pacific Ocean! Jenny obtained her undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge and her MA in Education from Loyola Marymount University.  Prior to joining DPS, she taught multiple grades in Los Angeles, California.  When not teaching, Jenny enjoys reading, traveling, biking, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Room 142 | 47685 |

Math Fellows

Francy Lang – Math Fellow Coordinator

Room 104 | 47671 |

Chelsea Barnett – Math Fellow

Ms. Barnett moved to Colorado from California when she was 11 years old. She grew up in castle rock until she graduated from Douglas County High School and went to Metropolitan State University to complete her bachelor’s degree. This is her first year as a Math Fellow and she looks forward to making math fun and accessible to all students.

Room 104 | 47671 |

Renee Nabors – Math Fellow

I am so happy to be back for a second year as a math fellow at DCIS at Fairmont. I am a Denver native who attended Lakewood High School. I graduated from CU-Boulder with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs with a minor in Education and I’m currently pursuing elementary certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching with Relay Graduate School of Education. On the weekends, I love disc golfing, cooking, adrenaline-seeking, and reading. I’m learning so much from DCIS at Fairmont and look forward to seeing my students every day!

Room 104 | 47671 |

Alysha Policicchio -Math Fellow

My name is Alysha Policicchio and I am a Math Fellow at DCIS at Fairmont. I recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I am originally from Chicago, but I moved to Denver this summer to pursue a career in teaching. I love teaching math and I am excited to be a part of DPS!

Room 104 | 47671 |

Sylvana Strong – Math Fellow

I am a Denver Math Fellow, teaching small groups of 3rd, 4th, and  5th graders. I am a Colorado native, and I have a masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. In my free time I love to read, go hiking or share a cup of coffee with great friends.

Room 104 | 47671 |


Sheri Armijo – ECE

Room 150 | 47661 |

Brendan Burress – MI-S

Room 110 | 47647 |

Kathy Givan – Library

Kathy is the librarian at Fairmont. She was previously a 5th grade teacher and a media specialist at Phillips Elementary in the Park Hill area. She was lucky enough to have Mark Davenport as one of her 5th grade students.
She was also a technology teacher at Slavens Elementary in the Southern Hills area.

Room 105 | 47667 |

Megan Honeywell – ECE 3-4

Room 147 | 47656 |

Johanna Honma – ECE 4

I’m Johanna Honma. I was born in Lima, Peru. My grandparents inmigrated from Japan to Peru during the WWII. I moved to Denver in 2007.  I love Colorado even though I miss the my friend and food.
I’ve been an ECE para since 2007.
In my free time i like to watch movies, I enjoy hiking and grilling with my family.
We are 5 in my family, my husband, my 2 sons and my dog.

Room 149 | 47660 |

Tina Mendoza – ECE 4

I’m Tina L. Mendoza. I was born in Pueblo, CO.  I moved to Denver when I was 2. I have 2 brother and a sister. I came to Fairmont for Kinder and 3rd grade. I graduated from West high school and did my general studies at Metro state. I worked with at risk youth at Youth Passages  and then worked with pregnant teens at Florence Crittenton and then decided try 3-4 year olds. I love working with this age group.  I have 3 kids, Carlos my oldest is 19. Jacqueline is my middle child is 14 and my youngest is 11 and he’s Jorge.

Room 131 | 47641 |

Rosa Sanchez – ECE 3-4

Room 147 | 47657 |

Darlene Sandoval – MI-S

Room 110 | 47647 |


Guadalupe DeHernandezCastillo – Facilities

Basement | 47628 |

Jefferey Leija – Facilities Manager

Basement | 47628 |

Rebecca Narvaiz – Facilities

Basement | 47628 |


Lilian Romero – Lunchroom Manager

Lunchroom | 47627 |

Fit Fun

Lupie Nunez – Coordinator

Room 121B | 47627 |