“We are Crew, not passengers.”

Centennial’s crew leaders support students’ social, emotional and academic development while fostering their sense of wonder.

What is Crew?


photo Room 102 Chad_Tehan@dpsk12.org

  • Chad Tehan-has a masters degree in special education from the University of Oregon (2005), a bachelors in education from the same school (2002), and an associate degree in community service (social services) (2000). Chad is excited to work in the methodology of Expeditionary Learning as it aligns closely with his philosophy on educating young children. Where children learn by doing, learning occurs in small sequential steps as part of larger stages over time. Additionally, children learn best when learning from each other, (cooperative learning/social learning) with the goal of having children think critically (depth of knowledge questions) about meaningful topics. Chad has been teaching or working in similar capacities with young children since 2000. Chad is licensed in Early Childhood Special Education (0-8) and holds Colorado endorsements in Early Childhood Education (ECE) (0-8), and Elementary Education (K-6th grade). When not working his favorite things to do are listen to and collect music, (his dad was a professional musician). Chad also likes to travel, play trivia games, and collect posters (movies, music, novelty and inspirational). Chad most recently worked as an AmeriCorps member in Denver Public Schools with the goal of improving school-wide attendance at Greenlee Elementary in the Santa Fe Art District.


Kaitlin Coppola 2 Room 103 kaitlin_coppola@dpsk12.org

  • Kaitlin Coppolareceived both a BA in psychology and a Master’s in Teaching in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. In addition to diverse teaching experience in early childhood classrooms, Kaitlin has taught students in 2nd-10th grade in a residential treatment program for children with social and emotional disorders. As a teacher, she is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of her students and seizes the opportunities to celebrate the success of each child. Kaitlin cannot wait to incorporate Expeditionary Learning into the ECE program. Outside of teaching, Kaitlin enjoys being with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and exploring the beautiful city of Denver.
Gayla Dunning Room 101 gayla_dunning@dpsk12.org

  • Gayla Dunning – is proud to say that she is a Colorado native born and raised in Colorado Springs. She has lived in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas but always finds her way back home to Colorado and the mountains she loves. Gayla earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Dallas where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Gayla’s desire to work with children can be seen in both her volunteer and teaching experiences. She has helped African refugee children learn the basics of reading, directed Vacation Bible School, taught students in a Dallas elementary school, assisted in an alternative classroom, and has worked most recently as a guest teacher for DPS in the far northeast area of the district. When not working Gayla can be found doing what she loves – spending time with family and friends, hiking, and gardening. Gayla and her husband Andy live in southeast Denver and are the proud parents of 4 adult children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 “furry children,” a laid back Golden Retriever and a 20 year old cat.


michelle 4 Room 104 Michelle_Prestien@dpsk12.org

  • Michelle Prestien – was born and raised in Colorado, growing up in Boulder. She currently lives in southeast Denver with her daughter and doggie. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Colorado State University in Business Administration. After having such a wonderful experience with her daughter during elementary school, Michelle knew that her calling was to work with young children. She started her teaching career as an ECE Paraprofessional for DPS and completed her student internship last year and received her Teaching License in Early Childhood Education in May of 2014. As a life-long learner, her goal is to complete her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Her expeditionary learning philosophy is believing that children learn by doing and that she is to guide students along this life-long journey with care, compassion and respect for their diverse learning styles. Addressing individual differences increases the potential for learning and creativity in each student. In addition to working with children both during and after school, Michelle loves to hang out with her beautiful daughter and dog and enjoys swimming, reading, meditation and eating chocolate
Room 127 kristine_dyrsten@dpsk12.org

  • Kristine Dyrsten

First Grade

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  • Susan (Hart) Calkin – comes to Centennial fueled by a diverse background in education and a long-term commitment to experiential learning and education reform. Most recently, Susan worked with the Jefferson County Open School, instructing in a multi-aged 1st-3rd classroom and providing reading intervention. She is committed to providing access to content in multiple, differentiated, and authentic ways. Her approach includes seizing opportunities that build on prior knowledge, and providing students the chance to engage, explore, explain, and elaborate. Susan affords her students situations in which to personally invest in their work and she strives to provide positive learning experiences which feed the passion for discovery, inquiry, and learning while supporting the social, emotional and intellectual skills needed to move forward confidently. Susan earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts and the honor of Deans Fellowship from the University of Colorado at Denver. She received her Masters in Education, elementary teaching certification (K-6), and endorsement in art education (K-12) through Regis University where she was awarded the Regis Excellence in Graduate Education Award for her graduate research and commitment to community service. For Susan, Expeditionary Learning at Centennial is the realization of a dream afforded to Centennial and the surrounding community. Outside of school, Susan cherishes time spent with her husband and three kids, embarking on adventures near home, at their off-grid yurt, or wherever the path leads. She can be found cycling, hiking, canoeing, painting, welding, running, gardening, tending bees, and on occasion, savoring a still-warm cup of coffee.
DSC_0353 Room 110 caitlin_partyka@dpsk12.org

  • Caitlin Partyka- grew up in Connecticut and went to the University of Connecticut for her Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Exercise Science. After working in community nutrition, Cait got her Masters in Social Work from Boston College, where she was able to combine her passion for both health and education. Cait is a lifelong learner and loves to read. Her favorite children’s author is Peter Brown and she enjoys sharing his books with her students. Cait has worked in kindergarten and preschool classrooms in Boston and Colorado. She is a proud Colorado transplant and loves spending time exploring the beautiful mountains here with her dog.
Julianne_BioPic Room 112 julianne_herhold@dpsk12.org

  • Julianne Herhold – was born and raised in beautiful Colorado, growing up just south of Denver. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated with high honors. Julianne is currently pursuing her Masters in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Her love of teaching blossomed when she volunteered at an orphanage in Egypt and a children’s village in Morocco, working with the children on their English reading and writing skills. She has been a kindergarten assistant teacher and after-school program coordinator in Boulder for the past year. Julianne is excited to join the Centennial team where she will foster a classroom community that cultivates critical thinking, promotes curiosity, and inspires a love of learning in her students. She is also very passionate about the expeditionary learning model, believing that students learn best by actively participating in their education and developing their own passions through real-world, engaging, and exploratory learning experiences. In her free time, Julianne loves to travel, sing, hike, bake, and read!


Robyn Thompson Room 107 robyn_thompson@dpsk12.org

  • Robyn Thompson’s belief in Expeditionary Learning is reflected by the quote: “Students do work that is good for the mind, good for the soul, and good for the world.” Over the past eight years, Robyn has fallen in love with her role as an educator, teaching age groups ranging from first through fifth grade, with a most recent role as a first grade teacher at Centennial. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Manchester College in her home state of Indiana, Robyn felt a pull towards Denver, where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was inspired by the students she met and received her teaching license from the University of Northern Colorado and is earning a Master’s in Linguistically Diverse Education at University of Colorado at Denver. She believes the Expeditionary Learning model is how she would have wanted to learn as a child, and it nurtures a sense of wonder and exploration and enables children to contribute to their community in meaningful ways. Outside of school, Robyn loves cooking, swimming, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs, Raleigh and Chico. Students hear many stories about her four-legged babies!
Room 105 lisa_vanderaa@dpsk12.org

  • Lisa VanDerAa – earned her undergraduate for education at Regis University and her Masters Degree in Linguistically Diverse Education at the University of Colorado Denver. Lisa has taught first grade for four years and is thrilled to be teaching first grade again at Centennial A School For Expeditionary Learning. She is excited to make learning engaging and meaningful for her students. She loves how enthused the children get when they learn something new. When Lisa is not teaching, she loves being around her friends, family, and animals!
Laura Sullivan Room 108 laura_sullivan@dpsk12.org

  • Laura Sullivan (ELA-S) – was born and raised in Colorado, and has spent a few short stints in California, Spain, and Colombia. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Business Administration from CU Boulder while working at a local costume shop. She fell in love with teaching as a swim coach for her neighborhood swim team and later as a volunteer working at a preschool and teaching English to adults in Boulder. Currently, working on her M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Denver, she is excited to begin her first year of teaching at Centennial, inspired by her mother (a teacher) and the idea that all children can learn. Laura enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, traveling,and spending time with friends and family.

Third Grade

Ali Bernstein Room 115 alison_bernstein@dpsk12.org

  • Ali Bernstein- began teaching in a small village in the western province of Kenya. She originally hails from the beaches of Long Island, New York. She came to Colorado to study environmental science at Colorado College, and came to DPS through the Denver Teacher Residency. She earned her masters degree in education from the University of Denver, with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity in an urban setting. From a young age, Ali travelled the globe and realized that the best learning experiences are ones in which the learner directly participates in real life. She believes that education is meant to inspire. She is very excited about the Expeditionary Learning model and can’t wait to see our students become active co-creators of their education, community, and world. Outside of school, Ali enjoys being outside with her husband, baby Ana, and two Border Collies.
Kelsie Christian Room 113 kelsie_christian@dpsk12.org

  • Kelsie Christian – is from Sterling, Illinois. She received her BA in Communications and Leadership with a minor in Spanish from the University of Iowa. She has previously taught Kindergarten and is very excited to start teaching 4/5th grade at Centennial. Kelsie brings her passion to shape her students into enduring lifelong learners who care about the world we live in and can’t wait to implement that through Expeditionary Learning. In her free time, Kelsie enjoys running, reading, crafting, spending time with friends and family and last but not least, hiking of course!

Second Grade

bio photo Room 114 Erica_Silva@dpsk12.org

  • Erica Silva – earned her BA in behavioral science, with a minor and licensure in elementary education, and an emphasis on linguistically diverse education from Metropolitan State University in 2013. She has experience teaching first, second, and third grade, and has been involved in Montessori and traditional education for over 18 years. As a mother of five children and one grandchild, Erica has an understanding of many perspectives. She is ecstatic about teaching second grade at Centennial since children are her greatest joy. During her free time, Erica enjoys hiking in the mountains with her family, and reading great books. She and her husband also get great pleasure from being a part of what their children love to do -dance, theater and sports.
claire leavitt Room 118 claire_leavitt@dpsk12.org

  • Claire Leavitt (ELA-S)-started teaching ESL in the recovery school district of New Orleans. From there, her love for teaching flourished and she continued her career in India working with Tibetan refugees. Claire moved to Denver where she worked at a refugee resettlement agency and developed an employment training program for adult refugees. Her love for working in education continued and she was accepted into the Denver Teaching Fellows where she was trained in elementary education. Last year Claire taught 3rd grade at a turnaround school in Montbello and now she is very excited to be a part of the Centennial community and to adopt expeditionary learning in the classroom. Outside of working, Claire likes to hike, read, travel, and spend time with friends.
Fran Taffer Pic Room 116 frances_taffer@dpsk12.org

  • Fran Taffer-arrived as a classroom educator after diverse experiences as a teacher and trainer outside of the school setting. She worked as a wilderness field instructor in Utah and Wyoming, taught English in Nepal, and managed a women’s health care clinic in the Denver area. Fran received her Elementary Teaching License from the University of Colorado, Denver and has been working the last three years at Westerly Creek Elementary. There, she has taught First and Fourth Grades as well as headed the Character Education Committee and lead the inaugural Student Council. Fran’s favorite part of teaching is guiding students in collaborative and cooperative learning and creating hands-on projects with real-world connections. Outside of education, Fran’s passions include traveling and camping as much as possible, cooking and running. Fran lives in Golden with her husband and their 1 year old son.

Fourth Grade

Amanda Easton Room 119 amanda_easton@dpsk12.org

  • Amanda Easton – I grew up in Colorado, but have also lived in Texas and Nevada. I have spent my life in service to children and families. My work has included being a mentor for youth at risk, foster care, youth group leader, outreach coordinator, and advocating for adoptive families. Prior to getting involved in education I worked with Legal Aid Society and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. I received my Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from UCD in 2012. In 2011 I received my teaching license in Elementary Education K-6 and have since added endorsements in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Linguistically Diverse Education. Over the last five years I have been teaching in Boulder Valley Schools and at a private school teaching 3-5 year olds. When I’m not in the classroom I can be found hiking, biking, dancing, travelling, at the library, or at the park. You will usually see some or all of my six children walking alongside me. Being a mom and a teacher are the two most rewarding and inspiring experiences I’ve ever had. I became a teacher to be a part of nurturing children’s curiosity, imagination and discovery, and to make a positive difference in the lives of families. I am excited to be part of the Centennial team!
Monica Picture Room 121 monica_kutil@dpsk12.org

  • Monica Kutil – My values as a teacher align with the EL mission of creating an inquiry-based community that strengthens students’ critical thinking skills and helps them discover their identity and place in the world. I am passionate about providing students a well-rounded educational experience where they are supported academically, socially and culturally. I grew up in a Czech-speaking home in New York City where I developed my cultural and social identity while experiencing the journey of language acquisition. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology at the University of Buffalo. My passion for teaching flourished from a year of teaching English in Thailand. After working with elementary students in a rural village in Thailand I knew I wanted to continue on such a path. I am currently working on my Masters degree in Urban Elementary and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, through the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency. Outside of school I enjoy spending time in the mountains, snowboarding, traveling, biking, and seeing live music. I am excited to work and grow alongside Centennial Elementary’s community of students, families, teachers, and administrators!

Fifth Grade

for Centennial Room 124 Kelly_Fulks@dpsk12.org

  • Kelly Fulks-graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching for four years. She taught at an elementary school in Michigan for two years and has been teaching in Denver for the past two years. It was her love of the outdoors that brought her Out West. This will be Kelly’s fifth year teaching fifth grade. Her teaching practice promotes kindness and respect for all people. She believes in helping students meet their fullest potential by providing a learning environment that is safe, supports risk taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Outside of teaching, Kelly enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends/family.


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  • Robin Peterson

Multi-Intensive Severe (MI-S)

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  • Anamarie Nall – graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Special Education and working on her MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Pedagogy from CU-Denver. She has been teaching in Denver for two years working with students with a wide range of disabilities. Her dedication and love for teaching helps foster a very welcoming classroom community. She believes in inclusion and is a huge advocate for her students. Anamarie’s commitment to meet each student’s individual needs helps each student become successful and grow exponentially throughout the school year. Outside of teaching, Anamarie enjoys snowboarding, hiking, exercising, traveling, hanging out with friends and shopping.


Mary Keohane Room 132 mary_keohane@dpsk12.org

  • Mary Keohane (Science)– graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Architecture and minor in Environmental Science. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program at University of Colorado – Denver. Mary moved to Colorado from Massachusetts in 2012 and plans to never leave her new home state which she loves very much. After college Mary worked in architecture firms, as a full time advocate for refugees with subsidized housing and then for 2 years as a Nature Educator for Massachusetts Audubon Society where her love of teaching grew from an interest to a passion. As a science teacher Mary is thrilled to be teaching with the Expeditionary Learning model and knows that a strong supportive classroom community filled with wonder, exploration and critical thinking is key to excellent learning. In her free time Mary is a Volunteer Park Ranger for Boulder County Parks and Open Spaces. She is also an avid gardener who enjoys hiking, camping, travel, bluegrass music, cooking vegetarian and learning Spanish. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her long time boyfriend who is attending law school at CU-Boulder and her beloved cat Lucy.
Jorge Restrepo Room 133 jorge_restrepo@dpsk12.org

  • Jorge Restrepo (Spanish) – was born and raised in the city on Cartagena, Colombia. He received his undergraduate degree for Education in Modern Languages [Spanish – French] from University of Caldas. He earned his Education Professional License through T.R.I program from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has been working for Denver Public Schools for the last 12 years, and he has previously taught 3rd and 4th grade. He is really excited to be part of Centennial school and community. Outside of teaching, he enjoys sharing time with his family, playing soccer, and hanging out with his friends.
Shari Marcely Room GYM shari_marcely@dpsk12.org

  • Shari Marcely (PE) – I have been fortunate to live my dream and my passion for 14 years in the Denver Public School District as a Physical Education teacher. The athletic gifts that I have been given led to a full athletic scholarship in softball and allowed me to earn a teaching degree in K-12 Physical Education. A softball tournament led me to the love of my life and my husband of 17 years, Marty. Our mutual love for sports were passed on to our two sons (Shayne- 14 and Riley- 10) who couldn’t be loved more and continue to keep us busy with their own athletic pursuits including hockey, baseball, golf, basketball and lacrosse. When I am not spending time with the family on or off the field, you can find me at the rink enthusiastically pursuing my passion and trying to keep my balance on the slippery surface of the ice playing hockey.
Kate McGowan Room 129 katie_mcgowan@dpsk12.org

  • Katie McGowan (Art) – moved to Colorado in 2011 after teaching ECE- 12th grade art for five years in New York State. She earned her BFA from Alfred University and her Masters in Education from Walden University. This will be Katie’s third year teaching in DPS. Katie enjoys working with her students outside of her art room coaching the Girls on the Run Program, working with Centennials running club and facilitating multiple after school Art Clubs. When she is not at school, Katie enjoys coaching CrossFit and gymnastics, running, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, sewing, drawing and adventuring in the sunshine.
Breanne Lawver bio pic Music Room Breanne_Lawver@dpsk12.org

  • Breanne Lawver (Music) – moved to Denver last summer after teaching general music and middle school and high school vocal music in Columbus, Ohio. This is Breanne’s 5th year of teaching music, and she is glad to be teaching her favorite subject – elementary music! She received her B.M.E. from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio and plans to start her master’s in Music Education with Kodaly certification at Colorado State University this summer. She enjoys singing, playing piano, and guitar. She loves spending time with her husband, Jordan, and adorable long-haired dachshund, Coco. Besides music, she spends her free time running and exercising in sunny Colorado, has a passion for traveling, and is a big Ohio State Buckeye fan. Go Bucks!

Teacher Librarian

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  • Cindy SpruceAfter graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Cindy followed her sense of adventure and moved west. She taught Kindergarten in Cherry Creek for ten years 10 years and then went on to earned her Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver. Cindy has been the librarian at Brown Elementary School in DPS for the past seven years. In addition to working at Brown, she has been working with Expeditionary Learning as a research librarian creating book lists and curriculum text to support the Common Core ELA curriculum. She is looking forward to working at Centennial and supporting Expeditionary Learning’s dynamic curriculum that fosters the growth of all students. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, knitting and spending time with her husband, daughters and crazy dog.

Special Education (M/M)

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  • Amie Ha-earned her Masters in Instruction and Curriculum and Special Education at the University of Colorado at Denver while working as a Teach For America Corps Member. She is passionate about serving students in underrepresented communities and advocating for students with disabilities. She believes that students learn best when they are in community with each other, participating in experiences, and engaging in critical dialogue. When she is not at school, Amie enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and being out in the Colorado sunshine.
Room 107a hannah_stevenson@dpsk12.org

  • Hannah Stevenson- was born and raised in North Carolina. In high school, she spent 6 months as an exchange student in Costa Rica, living with a host family and attending school. Hannah attended Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, and received her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish. While at Denison, she studied abroad in Salvador, Brazil and learned to speak Portuguese. After graduation, Hannah moved to Denver as a Teach For America Corps Member to teach Special Education in DPS. She earned her Master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum in Urban Education and Linguistically Diverse Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. Hannah is proud to return for a second year as part of Centennial’s Crew! In her time away from the classroom, Hannah enjoys reading, sewing, cross-stitching, cooking, hiking, skiing, traveling, and Crossfit.
Room 121a erin_gehlsen@dpsk12.org

  • Erin Gehlsen –


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  • Erin Bidikov-has been working in education throughout Denver Metro for the past four years. She began as a mild/moderate Special Education teacher in DPS and transitioned into a Special Education instructional coaching role with Teach For America for the past two years. Erin earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Psychology with a minor in Education, and earned an MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Pedagogy from CU-Denver. She is passionate about early intervention, Special Education, and supporting teachers in creating inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive. Erin lives in Northwest Denver with her husband (Luke) and dog (Moose), and is ecstatic about working at a school in her community. Outside of the school day, you can find Erin running during the early hours, working in her garden, cooking, and spending time in the mountains on the weekends with Luke and Moose.
Speech Room 124a Hanna_Lambers@dpsk12.org

  • Hanna Lambers
Behavior Interventionist Room 119a anne_gullickson@dpsk12.org
Math Fellow Coordinator Room 130 frances_lang@dpsk12.org

  • Francy Lang


Julie Banuelos Room 110a julie_banuelos@dpsk12.org

  • Julie Ba˝uelos – has taught 1st-3rd grade for seven years at Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Dual-Language Montessori School. Prior to Sandoval, Julie was the ESOL teacher at Ebert Elementary. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Latin American Studies from Grinnell College. She earned her Elementary Education Professional License through the Teacher-in-Residence Program and, later completed her American Montessori Society Certification from Montessori Educational Center of the Rockies in Boulder. She is excited about joining the Centennial Team and, all that Expeditionary Learning has to offer.


Aimee Justice-Lundt Room 105a aimee_justice-lundt@dpsk12.org

  • Aimee Justice-LundtI hold a BA in Psychology and Art from Pacific University in Oregon where I spent hours in the lush green, fern and tree covered hills, learning to do everything in the rain and loving it. My MA is in Early Childhood Education. I participated in a joint program between the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education and Stanley British Primary School, where I had a year-long internship. I believe in the Expeditionary Learning philosophy and it aligns with my training and education. People learn best through exploration, investigation, and hands-on experiences. I am thrilled to be in a place that values this type of learning. Outside of school, I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter, and friend. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling, shopping, reading, mountain biking, and sitting by a pool.

General Assignment Paraprofessionals

  • Ramona Hernandez – has been an ECE and Kindergarten para at Centennial for 29 years. Her warm and caring personality, along with her great organizing skills, make her classrooms an enjoyable success. Outside of school she enjoys walking and jogging.
  • Judy Anaya

Instructional Coach

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  • Erin Miller –has spent the last twelve years dedicated to urban education as a kindergarten and 4-6th grade teacher at Expeditionary Learning and similarly modeled schools, as well as, a DPS school administrator. She most recently completed the University of Denver’s Ritchie Program for School Leaders and a year-long REDDI Principal Residency at the Odyssey School of Denver. Outside her classroom walls, Erin spent seven years leading Outward Bound Wilderness Courses for students of all ages in FL, WA, and NC and developing teachers and graduate students through Outward Bound’s Educator’s Initiative. Before moving to Denver, Erin earned a Me.d in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington with a graduate certificate in Education, Environment, and Community. When she’s not at school, Erin loves exploring Colorado and spending time outdoors in the mountains with her husband Jesse, and dog Gus.


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  • Laura Munro – has called Colorado home for over 20 years, but was born and raised in New Orleans. After attending high school and college on the East coast she packed her bags and headed for the mountains of Colorado thinking she’d only stay for the summer. Once she decided that working as an educator was her true passion she went back to school to get her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Endorsement in Bilingual Education. Laura began her teaching career at the preschool and elementary levels. Through out her career she has served in a variety of capacities across some of the state’s leading school districts. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she’s been an Instructional Coach, ESL Director, and a Director of Student Achievement for Diverse Learners. Laura has an entrepreneurial spirit, drive, and focus to ensure the academic success for the children attending Centennial, A School for Expeditionary Learning. When she’s not at Centennial Laura loves mountain bike, cook, read and have adventures in the Colorado mountains with her husband and two young daughters.

Principal in Residence

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  • JH Sava – I have lived in Colorado for the last 22 years. I was born in Boston and spent the first twenty years of my life living in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. I attended Saint Lawrence University in up-state New York and finished my undergrad at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I earned a degree in Environmental Conservation, with a focus on Snow Hydrology, and Physical Geography. I also earned a minor in Studio Art. While working in Breckenridge as a ski instructor on peak 8 during the winters, I met my wife, Sue, who convinced me to attend the Stanley British Primary School alternative teacher license program where I earned my Masters in Educational Psychology through the University of Colorado, Denver. I taught K-8 Fitness and middle school science during my time at Stanley. After six years of teaching at Stanley, I was offered a position to teach at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. For the next eleven years, I served as RMSEL’s Kindergarten through twelfth grade Fitness and Health Teacher. During my time at RMSEL, I also wrote and managed a Colorado Health Foundation Grant, started the after school enrichment program and initiated the after school sports program as the athletic director. Growing up in New Hampshire allowed me the opportunity to develop a deep passion for the outdoors, and by extension, an appreciation of the learning that can be done through these experiences. During my time away from school, my wife, my two children and I spend quite a bit of time in the mountains where we love to run, hike and ski. During the summers, we head back to the east coast to spend time with family at the ocean. I am so excited to be here at Centennial and to participate in the growth of a new EL school. I am looking forward to continuing to learn with and from the Centennial community.

Fit Fun/ 21st Century

IMG_5410 Room 126 anne_heerdt@dpsk12.org

Teacher Effectiveness Coaches (TEC)

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  • Leslie Maniotes

Family Liaison

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  • Roselle Muniz- was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Northwest Denver. Herself and 3 siblings attended Skinner and graduated from North High School. Roselle is a single mother of two boys, one of which has been a student at Centennial since 2009. Roselle became Family Liaison in January of 2014.


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  • Jamie Castillo – was born and raised in Colorado. She has 2 girls and has been married for 24 years. When she’s done organizing Centennial’s staff and finances, and making sure the school is stocked up with supplies, she enjoys cooking and reading.
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  • Stacy Garcia – was raised in NW Denver and was a student at Centennial when it opened in 1976. She went on to Skinner, North, and received a degree in Architectural Drafting. Stacy has been married to her husband for 28 years, after meeting him when they were both students at Skinner Middle School. When Stacy isn’t assisting our families at Centennial, she is very active swimming, biking, running, and hiking.

Mental Health Team:

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  • Lucinda Bowers (Social Worker)

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  • Lauren Forsythe (Psychologist) – originally hails from Iowa, and has recently happily settled in Denver after living in different corners of the country, most recently DC. After teaching at a private school in NYC for two years, Lauren moved to the San Francisco area, where she taught in a high school class for students with emotional and behavioral challenges. She earned a Masters in School Psychology at San Francisco State University and then a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology at George Mason University in Virginia. Lauren worked as a psychologist in Fairfax County Public Schools for three years. She and her husband moved to Denver two years ago, and she spent last year working at Math and Science Leadership Academy, another public elementary school in DPS. Lauren enjoys working with diverse learners and helping families support their children’s social-emotional development. Lauren loves to travel to visit friends and family, as well as spend time exploring Denver and the surrounding area with her husband and energetic two year old son.

School Health Clinic:


  • Jan Aumiller (Health Paraprofessional)

Facility Staff

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  • Kevin Lowe – Facility Manager
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  • Gina O’Shea – Asst Facilities Manager

Cafeteria Staff

  • Elsa Porras – Food Services Manager – For 12 years Elsa has been running the Centennial cafeteria. Her favorite dish to cook for our kids- TACOS!!! Even a home Elsa continues to enjoy cooking.
  • Maria Madera
  • Eva Ramirez
  • Paola Sierra
  • Maria Fernandez