A Different Kind of School

 Caitlin Konecny

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Caitlin Konecny

Purple Band Collaborator & Lead Collaborator (Kindergarten)

Caitlin teaches kindergarten. 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. 

 Emilie Bush

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Emilie Bush

Forest Green Band Collaborator
(5th & 6th)

Emilie is in her 6th year of teaching, but this is her first year at TSOI. She is passionate about hands-on learning and design thinking and has spent a great deal of time learning about the two before coming to The Fred Tjardes School of Innovation. 

 Sarah Gramm-Behof

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Sarah Gramm-Behof

Orange Band Collaborator
(1st & 2nd Grade)

Sarah holds a master’s degree in teaching and has experience ranging from pre-school age in a Montessori classroom to teaching 3rd and 6th grade in both public and private schools. Sarah is passionate about social justice, reading, and traveling.

 David Edwards

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David Edwards

Black Band Collaborator & Lead Collaborator
(6th - 8th)

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

 Courtney Luce

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Courtney Luce

Co-Founder

Courtney is a TSOI co-founder with a master’s degree in teaching English. She currently teaches in the education department at UNC and is finishing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She is passionate about finding how students become motivated to learn and looks forward to sharing administrative duties with the other co-founders.  

 Coral Mitchel

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Coral Mitchel

Blue Band Collaborator
(2nd & 3rd grades)

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. 

 Micah Jennings

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Micah Jennings

Lime Green Band Collaborator
(3rd & 4th Grades)

Micah is a new graduate from UNC and is excited to be her first year teaching with us! Micah also brings with her an emphasis in visual arts integration and mathematics that she loves to incorporate into her teaching.

 Patrick Kruchten

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Patrick Kruchten

Red Band Collaborator
(4th & 5th Grades)

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 next teaching journey at TSOI.

 Austin Vaclavik

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Austin Vaclavik

Woodshop & Exploratory Collaborator

Austin is in charge of the wood shop at TSOI. He teaches an exploratory in the afternoon showing students how to use the tools but when he is on campus during the day, he helps students plan, budget, and build projects to demonstrate their learning. 

 Danae Rosso

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Danae Rosso

Gifted/Talented Program

My name is Danae Rosso and I am the GT Facilitator for Fred Tjardes School of Innovation. If you feel that your child should be tested for the Gifted/Talented Program, please contact me.  You can reach me at DROSSO@GREELEYSCHOOLS.ORG

Where can I go for more information?

         - You are welcome to contact me directly at drosso@greeleyschools.org. Additionally, you may go to District 6's GT website: www.greeleyschools.org/gt

 Jazmine Rocha

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Jazmine Rocha

Office Manager and Health Clerk

Jazmine is the office manager & health clerk at TSOI. She is in charge of keeping the building running and is the ever-friendly smiling face when you come in our front doors. If you have questions about paperwork or enrollment, or you just need an ice pack, Jazmine will be there to help you.