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Purple Band Collaborator: Jeff Hillis

 

Jeff holds a master’s degree in K-12 literacy and has been teaching for over 20 years in grades K-6.  Jeff fell in love with early education while teaching kindergarten above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. Jeff is currently working on a 2nd master’s in clinical counseling with a focus on play therapy. 

 

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Orange Band Collaborator: Tiffany McCall

 

We are so excited to have Tiffany join our staff at TSOI for the 2021-2022 school year! Tiffany has been in education for 21 years, teaching everything from Kindergarten- middle school, serving as a Gifted and Talented Facilitator, as well as an Instructional Coach. She holds a a master's of arts in educational leadership from University of Northern Colorado. 

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Blue Band Collaborator: Coral Mitchel

 

Coral holds a master's of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and has a wealth of experience teaching in early childhood, first grade, and as an interventionist. She enjoys collaborating with parents and staff to best meet student needs at TSOI. 

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Green Band Collaborator: Tatum Monaghan

 

 

Tatum will be entering her 17th year in elementary education; she taught in the classroom for 10 years and has worked as an instructional coach for 6.  She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and is in the process of finishing her doctorate in education reform and research at UNC.  

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Red Band Collaborator: Patrick Kruchten

 

Patrick has a master’s degree in elementary education and has been teaching since 1986. Patrick also brings experience creating and opening a new school in New York and is excited to begin his fifth year teaching at TSOI.

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Yellow Band Collaborator: Chesley Bond

 

Ches graduated from UNC with a bachelor of arts in english and an emphaiss on elementary education. Ches completed his student teaching expeirence last year at TSOI, and we already know he will be a wonderful addition to our school community this year.

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Black Band & Lead Collaborator: David Edwards

 

David is a co-founder and currently teaches in the middle school. He has a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is passionate about divergent thinking and hands-on learning. He believes students learn by doing.

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Special Education & Lead Collaborator Caitlin Konecny

 

Caitlin is the Special Education teacher and Lead Collaborator. She has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on urban education. She is passionate about social emotional learning, diversity in education, working with second language learners. She is a co-founder who believes all students deserve equal access to education.  

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Floating & Lead Collaborator: Dr. Courtney Luce

 

 

Courtney is one of the three co-founders and is a Floating Collaborator. She has been in education for 16 years and has spent 7 years working in the School of Teacher Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She has a doctorate in Educational Psychology and an undergraduate and master’s degree in English Education.

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Master of Hats: Austin Vaclavik

 

If there is something you need at TSOI, Austin is likely the person with whom to start. Austin is the office manager, the health clerk, the attendance secretary, and the building manager. He also teaches exploratory classes with topics ranging from woodshop, to entrepreneurship, to sewing. 

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Secretary: Maria Dacus

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Social Worker: Suzannah Fuller

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Occupational Therapist: Toshifumi Araki

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Speech Language Pathologist: Teresa Adams

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Therapist: Debbie Beach

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Gifted & Talented Specialist: Danae Rosso

 

Danae works with students in the Gifted Education program at TSOI. She holds a master's degree with an emphasis on Gifted/Talented Education from UNC. If you feel that your child should be tested for the Gifted/Talented Program, contact Danae via email. Check out more information on the District 6's GT website: www.greeleyschools.org/gt