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todd campbell

​My name is Todd Campbell.  I'm excited to experience my 28th year of teaching, all in CCSD, 11th year at Trails West.  I currently teach a bunch of awesome 5th graders.  My family includes my wife Angela and sons Sam and Chad.  Although I am getting old, I still try to convince myself I still "have it" on the athletic venues, so I participate in basketball and tennis leagues.  The next day in class, my students immediately notice a limp in my step from my sore body.  I'm a huge Nuggets, IU Hoosiers, Phillies and Broncos fan.  I'm also a fan of all FOODS!  Come on by my classroom, introduce yourself and I'll put you to work.  Trails West ROCKS!

nancy carroll

​Nancy Carroll

I am a 2nd grade teacher at Trails West Elementary School and I love teaching 2nd grade! I have been teaching for 21 years and have my Master's degree in School Media. For half of my career I was the Librarian and/or Technology Teacher, so I bring a lot of technology into my classroom. This is my 9th year at Trails West. I have a 3rd grader and a 5th grader who also attend Trails West. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. We like to go to the movies, play board games and ride rollercoasters together. When I have time to myself, I love to read and take my dog for a walk. My favorite season in Colorado is Fall. I love the crisp air combined with warm sunshine. I am so excited for the 2015/16 school year!

tobi dattilo

Tobi Dattilo

​This is my twelfth year of teaching.  For the past six years I have had the privilege working at Trails West in both Kindergarten and second grade.  Prior to being part of the community at Trails I taught third grade in California.  I have a Master's in Education from the University of California at Santa Barbara where I also earned a degree in Psychology.  My husband and I have a sixth grade son, Alex, a fifth grade daughter, Shannon, and a second grade daughter, Sydney who are all avid soccer players.  Outside of teaching, my world revolves around my family.  We stay busy with skiing, music, hiking, yoga, traveling and of course lots of reading.  I am looking forward to working with all the amazing families at Trails West.

tara degelmann

Tara Degelmann

​This is my fifth year at Trails West and my fifteenth year of teaching.  I have been married fifteen years and moved to Colorado in 2010 from Fleming Island, Florida. I'm a Florida native and love the Gator football team!  I enjoy reading mystery novels in my spare time.  The mountains are a peaceful getaway for my family, however, the beach is nice too!  I'm hoping to travel to Europe in the next few years and explore its history.  I'm the pro-presenter for our music program at church which I also enjoy on weekends.

kendell rentfro

Hello TRA families and friends.

My name is Kendall Dippong Rentfro. I have had the privilege of serving the Trails West community for the past 16 years. Currently, I am the English Language Acquisition Specialist and am blessed to be able to work with all students and grade levels. My background includes working with developmentally disabled adults and children, at risk youth, and linguistically diverse students and their families. I enjoy camping, gardening, traveling and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to another great year at Trails West 

 Kendall Dippong Rentfro, LSW, MEd

kasia farnam

Kasia Farnam

​I am so excited to be joining the Trails West community!  I attended Metropolitan State College of Denver and graduated in 2006 with my B.A. in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Sociology and a minor in Elementary Education.  I continued my education at the University of Phoenix to obtain a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction K-6.  Prior to this school year, I taught 8 years at Southmoor Elementary in Denver.  7 of those years I taught 3rd grade.  As a lifelong learner myself, I hope to foster a love of learning in all my students!  In my free time I like to spend time with my son, daughter, husband, family, and friends.  As a Colorado native, I love spending time outdoors and snowboarding in the winter.  I am looking forward to meeting the families of Trails West Elementary!

 

sheryl fromme

Sheryl Fromme

​I have been the Reading Intervention Teacher here at Trails West for 7 years.  This is my 21st year in education where I have taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, and Reading intervention.  My husband is a high school teacher in the district and we have 2 sons at Grandview High School, a senior and a sophomore.  I enjoy going on vacations with my family. 

kimberly gillespie

Kimberly Gillespie

​Trails West has been my home for 17 years. 4th grade has always been my favorite grade to teach. When I'm not teaching, you can find me on the tennis courts, or cuddled up with my puppies and a book or cooking away in the kitchen. My husband and I are in the waiting stages of the adoption process and are anxiously awaiting providing a forever home for a school age child to  make our family complete.

brigette gonzales

​My name is Brigette Gonzales and I am absolutely thrilled to become a part of the Trails West school community.  I recently moved here from Southern California with my husband and 17 month old son. I love to travel the world, read books, play and watch sports, be outdoors, and learn!  I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Cal Poly Pomona, my Master's Degree from Azusa Pacific, and taught in San Bernardino, California for the last nine years.  I am eagerly anticipating the New Year, and I greatly look forward to meeting you all!

maria hatch

Maria Hatch

I am a small town Native Coloradan. I am the 5th in a family of six children. My dad was the Principal of every school I ever attended. This is my 20th year of teaching at Trails West Elementary. Yes, I have basically grown up here. I have taught Music, Curriculum Extension, 3rd Grade, and now 5th Grade. My daughter, Ashleigh went through Trails West, and is now attending Smoky Hill High School. My son, Daniel, is a first grader in Mrs. Smith's class. In my free time, I enjoy working in my yard and Do It Yourself projects. I was a voice major in college and continue to sing in my church choir. Music is definitely my passion!​

ashley huscroft

​Hello! My name is Ashley Huscroft.  I got my start in teaching at Trails West as a student teacher, and really found a home here!  This is my 10th year at Trails West where I have taught 3rd grade all 10 years.  I received my undergraduate degree at UNC in Greeley, and I have a Master's degree in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts.  I love watching my students learn, grow and discover new things each day.  My husband and I recently expanded our family by one last September when we welcomed our baby boy! I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and attending sporting events.    

hollis jacob

Hollis Jacob

​I am a Teacher Librarian and am currently integrating technology within our classrooms. I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Kansas Newman College in Wichita, KS and later received a M.A. in Teaching Linguistically Different Students from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.  In 2002, I attained an endorsement for Teacher Librarian Certification from the same university.

melissa kelly

​Melissa Kelly

I have been teaching at Trails West for 14 years in the primary grades and am currently teaching 1st Grade.  I graduated from UNC and then earned my Masters Degree in Creative Arts and Learning and Multiple Intelligence. 

When I am not at school, my greatest joy is spending time with my two boys.  I also enjoy watching sports, playing golf, shopping and cooking. 

I love the Trails West community and am thrilled to be able to spend another year with our wonderful first graders! 

jennifer langlotz

Jennifer Langlotz

​Jennifer has been teaching mainly elementary general music, band and choir for nineteen years. She taught in Ohio for eight years before moving to Colorado to teach at Trails West. She received a B.M. in Music Education with an instrumental emphasis from Westminster College (PA), and an M.M. in Music Education with a choral emphasis from Kent State University. She is National Board Certified in Early/Middle Child Music (2012). She enjoys singing and playing her favorite instruments which are the oboe and saxophone. Her two daughters attend Trails West.

ann lierle

​Hi my name is Ann Lierle.  I've been teaching for over 31 years.  I opened Trails West way back in 1980!  I am currently teaching First Grade. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. I earned my Master's Degree in Arts and Creative Learning through Multiple Intelligences from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I have three daughters who all currently live here in Colorado. I have two little grandchildren: Amira and Madison that I love spending time with.  In October I will be a "nana" again!  Colorado is a wonderful place to live!

pamela leonard

Pamela Leonard

​I have been a Speech Language Pathologist since 1980. I worked in the hospital setting for 10 years, and have worked in the public schools since 1990. My passion is working with young children. I have lived in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Maryland.  I have worked at Trails West since 2005 in both the preschool and elementary settings. I enjoy reading, gardening, travel, spending time with my family, and playing with my one year old grandson! I enjoy working with the students and families here at Trails West and look forward to spending many more years here!

corby mcgrath

​Corby McGrath, MSW, LCSW

My name is Corby McGrath and I am the School Social Worker here at Trails West Elementary.  I have worked with children and families for over 15 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have had the pleasure of working at Trails West since 2012.  Prior to working in the Cherry Creek Schools District, I worked as a medical social worker at Denver Health Medical Center where I provided psychosocial assessments, treatment plans and ongoing intervention services to children, youth and their families.  I have also had the opportunity to work in several short-term and long-term residential treatment facilities with children whom had been abused and neglected.  In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and our kids (age 13 & 17) who are growing up way too fast!  I also enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, running and playing tennis.  I am looking forward to a fantastic year and thank you all for the gift of time with your children.  Watching your children grow, learn and mature is a privilege I truly value.

laurie norris

​Laurie Norris

Hometown: Williamsburg, Massachusetts

Teaching: 26 years

At Trails West: 20 years

B.A. Degree: University of Massachusetts

MEd. Degree:  Lesley University

Family: husband (Phil), 3 grown children (Meagan, Ryan and Evan) - all living locally

1 son-in-law (Jose), 1 daughter-in-law to be (Lindsey), 1 granddaughter (Liliana) and one grandbaby (?) on the way!

Passionate about knitting, reading and spending time with my family.

Love teaching, children's books, sewing, chai tea, and visiting my Mom in Massachusetts at my childhood home.

Looking forward to watching my family grow and expand, watching my students blossom, and spending quiet time with my husband.

kimberly palmer

Kimberly Palmer

​I've been teaching for 25 years, and I absolutely love spending my day with students. I enjoy family time, attending my children's athletic events, country music, camping and sports.  My husband and kids are my joy!

 

robin ruygrok

​I am Robin Ruygrok, and I have been an educator for 26 years. Most of that time has been spent teaching Kindergarten. I have three boys and enjoy doing things in the mountains: skiing, hiking, and cycling.  In my spare time, I love to read!  I have been married for 40 years and have been in Colorado for 32 years.

elaine smedly

Elaine Smedly

​I teach 2nd grade and love it! This is my fifth year teaching, and I have taught 2nd and  1st grade. I have a master’s degree in Education from Regis University, and a B.A. in English literature and French from Colorado State University. I was born and raised in Denver. I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors with my dog Malachy. Teaching is my passion, and I love being part of the Trails West community!

annie smith

​Hello!  My name is Anne Smith, and I am excited to be teaching my 31st year in the district!   I started out on the north side of the district teaching 5th grade at Ponderosa Elementary School.  While there for 14 years, I taught 5th grade, and a 4th and 5th grade combination class.  During my 17 years at Trails West I have taught a 3rd and 4th grade combination class, kindergarten and now 1st grade.  I moved to the neighborhood when I started teaching at Trails West, and both my children  attended this school.  I now have a senior in high school and a junior in college.  My husband also teaches in the district.  I love living in the neighborhood because I am close to school and I get to see students out and about in the community.  During my time off, I love spending time with my family, shopping, decorating, and going to the mountains. 

I am very excited to be starting a new year and working with everyone!

ashley smith

​I am Ashley Smith, I have taught third grade here at Trails West for 12 years.  Although I live in Parker, I have brought all three of my children to Trails West because it is such a wonderful place to be!  I received my undergrad from UNC in Greeley, Colorado.  I earned my master's degree through Lesley University in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts.  In my personal life, I spend a lot of time driving my children to their different activities.  I enjoy watching each of them participate in sports and extra curricular activities.  My husband and I have fun working on our home and property.  I also like to decorate, craft, and cook.

glenda thomas

Glenda Thomas

​I am originally from New Zealand and I have been a nurse for over 30 years, and have now worked at Trails West for ten years.  I have worked in many different arenas which included running a pediatric medical surgical unit and an adult surgical unit for 8 years in a hospital in Texas.  I have also worked as a director of disease management for a private health company, the emergency room and cardiology. 

I have two daughters who have just graduated from college.  My partner and I love to read.  We like to travel and immerse ourselves in different cultures. 

I am grateful to be able to spend time with your children at Trails West, helping them to feel better when they are sick and to foster growth in the area of the understanding of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Please don't hesitate to call me if you have questions or concerns.

ted veltrie

​Hi, I am Ted Veltrie, I have been an educator for over 26 years.  I enjoy teaching Physical Education and always enjoy watching my students excel.  I enjoy photography, music, art, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, Nordic and Alpine skiing.  I look forward to a great school year!

michele wetherbie

Michele Wetherbie

​I have been teaching kindergarten at Trails West for 9 years.  I actually followed my children (both boys) here.  They are now a sophomore at Tulane University (New Orleans) and a senior at Grandview.  My husband and I both grew up in California, but actually met in Florida and lived in Virginia/Washington D.C. before moving to Colorado 22 years ago.  I love baking, reading, gardening, and playing at the beach. 

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