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Mrs. Amidon

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Speech/Language Pathologist

 

I have a passion for what I do as a pediatric speech/language pathologist—empowering children! I love incorporating a child’s energy and natural desire for fun into activities that help them grow in their speech and language skills. 

 

I am lucky to be in a profession that has so many different areas of focus, but feel I am particularly specialized in articulation disorders (childhood apraxia of speech, phonological processes, developmental sound errors) and working on functional and pre-academic receptive and expressive language skills.    

 

I graduated with both my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in communicative disorders from California State University Long Beach in southern California.  I have more than 20 years of experience in pediatric speech/language pathology in schools, early intervention, private practice and home health. I moved to Colorado a few years ago with my husband and two young boys.  You’ll frequently find me playing tennis, skiing, hitting the gym, reading or playing in the backyard with my family. I am also slightly addicted to Words with Friends.  

Mrs. Bruns

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Gifted/Talented Teacher

 I am a Colorado native, but I have also lived and taught 4th and 5th grade in Las Vegas, NV and Manassas, VA. I have been teaching since 2004; I’ve taught all grades K-6 since 2007 in the Douglas County School District. My current role is the Gifted and Talented Facilitator; I am working to complete my full endorsement from the University of Northern Colorado. This is my second year at Coyote Creek Elementary and I couldn't be more excited. 

 

I have a beautiful family and am very proud of my twins Natalie and Nicholas; they were born in January 2012. They are beautiful second graders and keep me entertained and busy. In April 2015, we welcomed the beautiful baby Ella, who is a very busy preschooler. I have a loving wonderful husband, a gorgeous black cat named Paris, and a super sweet golden retriever named Fergus-- we have a full house! I will share pictures of my family and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and learning about your families, pets, etc.  In my free time (what little there is...), I like to practice pilates, run, shop, paint, scrapbook, or read a good book. I also enjoy traveling and photography when time allows!

I am a farm girl from North Dakota who moved to Colorado for a change of landscape almost 25 years ago. Since then I earned my MA in Counseling at Denver Seminary, met my husband, had our son and still love the mountains! But I’ve never wandered far from my rural roots. I appreciate the satisfaction that comes with hard work, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, and I find encouragement in watching things grow!

 

As a counselor and educator for the past 15 years I have had the opportunity to watch many people, young and old, grow and change and discover their potential in life. Seeing lives changed inspires me! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for children and families dealing with the many and varied stressors life can throw our way. And as the mother of an elementary age child, I’m discovering more and more what that looks like! Therefore, I am excited to be serving Coyote Creek as your School Counselor, to guide and encourage students, parents, and staff through the ups and downs of life.

 

I have been married to Shawn for 11 years and we have a 9 year old son and a pet fish. Together (minus the fish) we enjoy skiing, hiking, camping and exploring National Parks. I relax and de-stress by reading and spending time outdoors, walking, gardening, or just sitting still for a moment to soak up the sun. 

Mrs. Goodman

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Interventionist

My name is Jennifer Goodman and I am the Response to Intervention teacher at Coyote Creek. I grew up here in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994.  I went back to get my Master's of Education with an emphasis in Instruction and Curriculum in 1998. I was lucky enough to get a first grade position here at CCE, many, many years ago. I quickly moved into a kindergarten position, which I taught for over 20 years. I just recently shifted into this new role.

 

I have three kids, Tommi (25), Reid (22) and Jared (19). When I am not working, I enjoy playing soccer on a few "old lady" teams, hanging out with my kids and husband, playing with my three dogs, reading and running. 

Mrs. Edwards

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School Psychologist

I am the school psychologist at Coyote Creek Elementary School and the current school year is my twelfth year in this school.  I am originally from the Midwest and I attended Loyola University Chicago for my undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Prior to my working in Douglas County, I worked several years in a large district in Illinois as well as several years in a school district in California.  Being a mental provider at Coyote Creek, I have the opportunity to work with students who have a variety of needs.   My role as a school psychologist includes my working to:

  • Provide solution and skill-focused mental health services to allow students to access the general education curriculum

  • Assess cognitive, social/emotional, and behavioral skills of students as a member of the personalized learning team for initial and continued eligibility for special education services

  • Provide support for classroom teachers, administration, and other school staff in problem-solving to improve student learning

  • Assist to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for all students, staff and families

If you would like to discuss a particular issue regarding your child, please feel free to contact me.  I am in the building generally on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  I am easiest to reach by email at Kristine.Hammond@dcsdk12.org.  If you prefer, I also have a confidential voicemail (303 387-6192).

Mr. Jones

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SSN Teacher

Hello, my name is Bruce Jones and I am the Significant Support Needs Teacher here at Coyote Creek Elementary. This is my second year at Coyote Creek and my eleventh working full time with Severe Needs Special Education students. I have eight years of experience working at the high school level and am entering my third year at the elementary school level. This past spring I earned my Master's Degree in Special Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. I truly love bringing learning opportunities to all students and am so excited to start another year assisting students in achieving their goals. 

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. We love going to the park, the zoo, the pool, or anything outdoors. 

Please feel free to contact me if you need anything or have any questions. Let's have a great year!

bsjones1@dcsdk12.org

Speech/Language Pathologist

Mrs. Sealock

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Hi there!

 

My name is Amy Sealock.  I am one of the Speech Language Pathologists at Coyote Creek. I have been an SLP for 25 years and I LOVE MY JOB!!!  I have worked at CCE for 12 years and in DCSD for 15 years! Prior to working in DCSD, I worked for DPS for 10 years. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and moved to Denver (on a whim!) over 20 years ago.  As much as I love living in Colorado, I am a loyal Cubs fan!!! Everybody In!! I have been married for 18 years and have two adventurous teenagers and two spunky dogs at home. We are a very active family and enjoy hiking, boating, skiing/snowboarding, motor cross, camping, and exploring Colorado. 

 

Throughout my career, I have worked with students in all populations: elementary, middle, and high schools.  However, being in the elementary school is by far my favorite as I am a strong advocate for early intervention!  For the past several years, I have had the amazing opportunity to allow me to work solely with the Significant Support Needs population.  It is a privilege to empower these students to communicate through a variety of creative and alternative methods. I love to collaborate with families and support staff to best assist the needs of the students. My therapy style is just like me...quirky, silly, and fun!!  

 

This year, I am excited to be back at work full time. I will be at CCE and at Meadow View Elementary. I am looking forward to a great year!!  You can reach me at Amy.Sealock@dcsdk12.org

RTI Interventionist

Mrs. Short

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Hello!  I am so excited to be starting my second year at Coyote Creek Elementary.  This year, I will be in a new role as a Learning Interventionist for grades 3rd through 6th.  This will be my 16th year of teaching. I have taught in grades first through fifth and I have been a reading specialist at in independent school in Massachusetts.  My last position prior to joining Coyote Creek was as a 4th grade science and social studies teacher at Aspen Academy.  

 

Although I love having a classroom of my own, I am really looking forward to working with small groups of students for reading and math support.  I believe that all students learn in different ways and at varying rates. One of the most important aspects of teaching is to develop a child’s self confidence and passion for learning.  I hope that I can help students believe in their abilities and spark a love for learning.

 

When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends.  My husband and I have twin daughters who are starting their second year of college and a son who is starting 6th grade.  I love running, traveling, cooking, and reading. I have loved living in beautiful Colorado for the past six years, and I am grateful for the amazing community I have found at CCE!

Dr. Hammond

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Team Lead Learning Specialist

Hello! I am the full-time Learning Specialist and Special Education Team Lead at Coyote Creek.I have been working in DCSD for over 20 years and have been at CCE since 1999.Prior to working in Douglas County, I worked for the Fargo, ND Public School District.

 

My position at Coyote Creek involves evaluating, determining eligibility and delivering academic services to students who qualify for special education as having a specific learning disability. If you have questions or concerns about the Special Education process, feel free to contact me. You may contact me at barbara.voelker@dcsdk12.org.

Occupational Therapist

Learning Specialist

Hello! My name is Pamela Shapiro and I’m so excited to join the Coyote Creek family! I’m thrilled to start my teaching career in the same district that taught me. I recently graduated from CU Denver with my Masters in Elementary Education and Special Education. I started my career in Journalism, receiving my Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University. Go Rams! After briefly writing for a magazine, I decided to pursue a career in education.  I’m excited to share my passion of writing and reading with students and help them to reach their goals. 

 

Aside from teaching, I enjoy traveling, going to concerts, hiking, and spending time with my two golden retriever fur babies. I’m looking forward to getting to know the Coyote Creek community, and having a fantastic school year! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Mrs. Wentworth

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Ms. Shapiro

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