Welcome to the 4th grade.  I am looking forward to the new year and grade level. 

 

I came to Coyote Creek 3 years ago via San Diego.  My husband and I took our family apple cart, and flipped it on its side; we traded surfboards for snowboards, and beach cruisers for mountain bikes.  We are continuing to enjoy this beautiful state as much as possible, well, between the hectic schedules of our kids. I am certain that you can identify. 

 

I have been teaching since 1996! My experience has been primary grades, so the 4th grade will be a welcome and appropriate challenge.  Last year I also completed a masters in Educational Leadership with Regis. I love learning, but grad school at 45…Let’s just say that I was happy to put that behind me. 

 

I love teaching.  I cannot say that I have a favorite content area, it’s always changing.  I enjoy creating a little classroom community, or family, if you will. I am a believer in the need for strong foundational  skills, but I also embrace project based learning. I believe that students thrive in environments that have routine and structure.  I hold high expectations for my students, but I meet these expectations with lots of support. My classroom, I believe, is a fun place to learn and grow. 

 

One of my goals this year is to increase the amount of time and opportunities for students to reflect on their learning.  Research is clear that these opportunities allow students to “untangle” information in order to create deeper meaning. This isn’t new or revolutionary at all. I think that many of us get caught up in “starting the next” without bringing soft closure to what we just did.

Another goal of mine is to help all of my students love learning, embrace challenges and frustration, and be happy to be at school. 

 

Please be in touch this year.  We are partners in this!

Mrs. Behrens 

Welcome to fourth grade, Coyote Creek families! I am so honored to continue in my second year at our wonderful campus.

 

I grew up in Chicago, illinois, and spent much of my time with my family watching the Cubs, Bears, Black Hawks,and Bulls. (I consider myself a die-hard!) I attended school at Illinois State University, and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. While in school, I met my future husband, Mike. Not long after graduating, I accepted a position teaching first grade in Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas. It was a challenge, since my then-husband was finishing school, and I knew not a soul in my new surroundings. I quickly adapted to “H-Town” and spent the next 30 years teaching grades first through fifth, while learning the meaning of heat, humidity and hurricanes! 

During our time in Texas my husband and I welcomed our three children, Jacob, Joseph, and Hannah. I still can’t believe we are officially “empty-nesters”! Our son, Jacob, now resides in Oklahoma City with our new daughter-in-law, Joy. Our middle son lives here in Denver, because how could he resist this amazing place?? Our daughter, Hannah, attends school at Texas A&M University in College Station, majoring in Human Resource Development.

Since my husband was transferred here last year, I have been marveling in the beauty that is Colorado. Without question, it is one of the most amazing places in our country! I still never tire of waking to the gorgeous mountain views!

I am passionate about teaching, and fourth grade is undoubtedly one of my favorite ages to mentor. It is so important that my children are challenged in an environment that is welcoming and supportive. In this age of technological advancement, learning is no longer about knowledge itself, but it is about problem-solving, communication, higher application of knowledge, and interpersonal skills. 

My goal is to foster your child’s love of learning, motivation to know no limits to what they can accomplish, and to support him/her in reaching their maximum potential. 

Mrs. Morphey

4th Grade Team