Hello Mountain Vista families! Welcome to fourth grade. I grew up in Aurora, Colorado, so I am among the rare natives. I graduated Rangeview High School and went on to pursue my teaching degree at The University of Northern Colorado. After graduating, I started teaching at Sunrise Elementary where I taught my first 8 years. During my first couple years of teaching, I continued my own education and received my Master's Degree in Literacy from Walden University which helped transform my teaching from the inside out.
I was honored to help open Mountain Vista in 2014 and love teaching fourth grade. I have high expectations for my students and my goal is to create a classroom where kids feel welcome, successful, and inspired to Dream, Believe, and Achieve incredible things every day.
When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my husband and our sweet pup, Peanut. We love spending time outdoors, whether it is in the mountains for skiing, relaxing in the hot springs, or adventuring locally. We enjoy movies and football season - Go Broncos. My husband and I also love to travel as Disney World is our home away from home.
I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and making it a wonderful school year!
Hello Mountain Vista friends and families! I grew up in southeast Michigan with the Great Lakes as my backyard. For as long as I can remember, education has always been a prominent fixture in my life. Right after graduating from Eastern Michigan University with degrees in math and science, my husband and I moved to beautiful Colorado to enjoy everything that the mountains have to offer - backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, and mountain biking. After receiving my teaching license at Metropolitan State College of Denver, I began my teaching career at Rolling Hills Elementary School where I spent eight years. I received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy from Lesley University.
I feel honored being a part of such a wonderful school and community. My main goal in my classroom is to promote a love of learning, a community of respect, and to provide a safe place for children to grow, take risks and feel proud of their efforts and accomplishments. I have high expectations of all of my students and want all of my students to Dream, Believe, and Achieve!
Outside of teaching you can find me spending time with my husband and two children, helping my husband at our bicycle shops in the Highlands and Golden, curled up with a good book, or flying home to Michigan to visit my family.
Hi Mountain Vista families! My name is Emily Mazer and I am honored to be teaching fourth grade for the second year at MVE. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and recently moved to Colorado with my two precious boys, Maddox and Gavin. They are the apple of my eye and we are thoroughly enjoying this beautiful state!
I attended Northern Arizona University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 2005. Once I began teaching, I continued my education and got my Master's Degree, also from Northern Arizona University, in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement. Since education has always been important in my life, I was looking for something else to fulfill my love of learning. In 2011, I went through the National Board Certification process. This was a rigorous undertaking and really helped me realize the importance of WHAT I am doing in my classroom and WHY. When I achieved National Board Certification, it was a huge accomplishment I take a lot of pride in.
When I am not at Mountain Vista, I enjoy reading and spending time with my boyfriend and boys. We love spending time at our cabin, camping, riding bikes, and spending time outdoors. We enjoy attending sporting events and playing ALL sports together, so Colorado has been the perfect fit for us!
I look forward to working with our Mountain Vista families and will continue to create a learning environment where we all DREAM, BELIEVE, and ACHIEVE!
Hello there Mountain Vista families! My name is Alexa Shirey and I am so happy to be the new fourth grade teacher at MVE. I recently moved to Colorado from Phoenix, Arizona. My husband and I love what Colorado has to offer. In our free time we enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and winter sports.
I attended the University of Arizona in 2013. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I began my teaching career in fourth grade and I am happy to be continuing my dream of teaching upper elementary kiddos.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to teach at Mountain Vista! My goal is to create a fun, accepting and nurturing environment that is safe for all students to grow. With collaboration, respect and a growth mindset, I know we will have an amazing school year. I can't wait to DREAM, BELIEVE and ACHIEVE with all of you!