Gigi Whalen



I have been in education for 29 years as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and principal.  I am married and have one son, Luke, who is 13 and attends Rocky Heights Middle School.  For the last 9 years I have been the principal at Coyote Creek Elementary and truly love this community!!  I grew up in Michigan, moved to Germany for my senior year of High School,  and worked for the government there for 1.5 years before returning to college.  After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a teaching degree, I moved to Houston, TX where I taught elementary for 5 years.  I moved to Colorado in 1994, received my Masters Degree in Leadership and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and worked in Cherry Creek Schools for 14 years as a middle school teacher, middle school dean of students, elementary assistant principal and principal.  I left Cherry Creek when our family moved to Australia with my husband's job and we spent a year there living in the outback of Alice Springs!  I love to travel, read, exercise, and spend time with my family as much as possible.  I'm excited for a wonderful year and one that will be my last at Coyote Creek as I will retire in 2020!  






Kirsten Sola

Assistant Principal

I have18 years experience in education, with 12 of those years being in Douglas County. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Communication, a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and a professional certification in School Administration. My Colorado Department of Education license endorsements include: Principal, Elementary Education, Gifted & Talented Specialist, and Secondary English/Language Arts.


My teaching experience includes elementary, secondary, and preschool, with 9 years experience in Gifted and Talented. Additionally, I have two years experience as a Professional Development Coordinator with Douglas County School District, and this will be my second year as the Assistant Principal of Coyote Creek Elementary.


In my free time, I love traveling, baking, reading, spending time with my husband and dog, watching Marvel movies, and anything relating to Harry Potter and Disney!

Debbi Dottavio

Principal's Secretary

Julie Lederfine


I have been at Coyote Creek for 19 yrs, I started as a Lunch Room EA , Health Assistant. , Registrar  & Administrative Assistant to the Principal the last 15yrs. I am married and have two daughters and 4 grandchildren. I grew up in Michigan, moved to Colorado in 2000. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband traveling and visiting my grandchildren, gardening, cooking, reading and doing crafts. I'm excited for this school year, that it will be my last at Coyote Creek as I will retire in 2020!

I have been at Coyote Creek since 2001.

I started with my son was in kindergarten!  Since I have been at Coyote Creek, I have been a lunchroom/playground aide, a classroom aide and now I am in the front office as the Registrar and Heath Assistant. 

I have lived in the Coyote Creek neighborhood for 20 years. I have one son. My husband and I like to fish, ride mountain bikes and spend time together. 

Steve Shelanskey

Building Engineer