My name is Kathy Smith and I am so excited to be working at Mountain Vista this
year as one of the Speech and Language Pathologists!! This is my 15th
year working for Cherry Creek School District, and this year I am sharing my
time between Mountain Vista, Challenge school, and Creekside Elementary. I love my field of work and the satisfaction
I get from improving the communication skills of children. I was born in Buffalo, New York but was raised
here in Colorado graduating from Douglas County High School and receiving my
undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Northern Colorado. My
husband Chris and I spend our time outside of work loving on our dog Boomer,
doing gardening/home improvements, cooking/baking, hiking, running, and
enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
I feel so incredibly lucky to be a Mammoth!!!
Speech and Language Pathologist
My name is Maria Devlin, and I am proudly serving my 4th year in Cherry Creek Schools. I attended undergraduate and Occupational Therapy school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I have always been passionate about working with kids to help them succeed in life, and I count myself lucky to be able to work in our wonderful preschool and elementary programs at Mountain Vista! When my OT hat is off, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, yoga, and watching occasional shows on the Food Network. Both my husband, Rory, and I seem to have a knack for collecting animals. We live with a German Shepherd, a tuxedo cat, and 6 chickens! We love our little menagerie and living in this beautiful state. Looking forward to another year with the mighty Mammoth Community!
This year marks my 11th year as a School Psychologist. I was born and raised in New Jersey, which also is where I started my career. I moved to Colorado 6 years ago with my husband, who is a Colorado native. I have worked at the preschool and elementary levels for the past 6 years in various Cherry Creek Schools. I am a big proponent for taking a preventative approach to social, emotional, and behavioral issues, and enjoy working closely with teachers, students, and families in an effort to provide strategies and supports so that ALL children have a positive school experience. I have two young boys and live in Aurora. When I'm not working, I enjoy practicing yoga, reading, and digital scrapbooking.
My name is Katy Rohrig and I am excited to be part of the Mountain Vista community as a K-2 Academic Interventionist. As a Colorado native, I grew up in the Cherry Creek School system. After graduating from Overland High School, I earned my Bachelor's degree and my Master's degree in Reading from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) After college, I missed the change in seasons that Colorado offers, so I returned and taught at Eastridge Elementary for 14 years. During that time, I taught First Grade, Reading Recovery, and most recently, K-2 reading intervention for developing readers. I truly enjoy sharing my love of reading with my students! I firmly and passionately believe that it is my responsibility, as a teacher, to ensure that each child succeeds as a direct result of my work.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 16 years, Scott, my daughter, Emerson (11 years), and my son, Hayden (8 years). We love anything outdoors—camping, hiking, bike-riding… you name it! I look forward to meeting our new Mountain Vista family!
Greetings! My name is Anna Haynes. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist, and am thrilled to begin my 14th year in the Cherry Creek School District as a part of Mountain Vista!! Originally from Wisconsin, I am a 2-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison... GO BADGERS! After finishing my Master's Degree, I headed out to Denver and found a quick second home and family in the Cherry Creek Schools.
My husband, Jake, and I treasure every second with our daughters Olivia and Kate. As a family we love football, being with friends and family, new adventures, and enjoying the outdoors. My creative outlets are gardening and digital scrapbooking. I believe in the value and power of making connections to support the right interventions, and am so fortunate to be a part of the magic happening every day in education as we work together to create passionate and successful life-long learners. Thank you for starting your kids on this journey with us... it promises to be a FUN and PRODUCTIVE year!
My name is Brittany Bird. I was born and raised in Fairfield, Texas. I attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Speech Science Communications and Disorders. I worked for two years as a speech language pathologist assistant before realizing teaching children with special needs was my true passion. I am so excited to start my twelfth year teaching special education. I taught special education in Texas for the first eight years and this is my fourth in Colorado.
I am honored to be working in Cherry Creek School district and even more honored to be the special education teacher at Mountain Vista Elementary. I believe every child's education is a priority and I am committed to helping each child to successfully access grade level curriculum.
In my free time, my family and I enjoy taking trips to the mountains, skiing, hiking, cheering for the Broncos and the Avalanche and hanging with our three dogs. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child better!
Hello Mountain Vista, my name is Robert Nibecker, and I am excited to be one of the 3rd grade teachers here at Mountain Vista Elementary! I grew up in Southern California and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff for my undergraduate education. I continued my education by earning two master's degrees, with one in Digital Teaching and Learning (Azusa Pacific University in California) and the other in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (University of Denver). I have spent the last five years as a teacher in Aurora Public Schools; four of those years were as a fifth grade teacher and my most recent year was completed by facilitating the school wide application of assessment and technology as a Teacher on Special Assignment. I believe that students learn best by "doing," and seek to engage all students by ensuring our learning in the classroom is differentiated and driven by student interests.
When not at Mountain Vista, I enjoy spending time cycling, hiking, or just doing yard work with my wife and two little girls (my older daughter is four, and my younger daughter is one).
I look forward to partnering with our new Mountain Vista Community in building a school where all involved parties dream, believe, and achieve! Opening a new school has been a dream of mine since I became a teacher, and I look forward to working together with all of our students and parents in making Mountain Vista a wonderful place to call home!
PLC Coach/ Intervention
my name is Jill Robinson and I am so excited to be joining the Mountain Vista
Team and providing you with a safe and confident learning place for your
children. I am 33 years old, and I grew
up in Aurora Co attending school in the Aurora Public School District. I graduated from the University of Colorado
in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in
Sociology. I have spent the last 14
years as the Before and After School Director at Rolling Hills Elementary in
the Cherry Creek School District.
Outside of the Before and After School program my favorite thing to do
is spend time with my Husband of 8 years and our children. I have a 6 year old daughter and 3 step
children ages 21, 16 and 15 and they sure now how to keep me busy! I am eager
to meet all my new families, build relationships with you, and enrich your
child’s day at Mountain Vista!
Before and After Director
My name is Brian Felker. My father was a chaplain in the United States Air Force so I was born in Nebraska but I lived everywhere else. I went to Kindergarten in Okinawa and graduated high school in Germany. I moved to Colorado and became a child and family therapist. After helping the students, parents and staff of Columbine High School return to finish out that fateful school year, I realized that I wanted to work in the public school system and have worked in Cherry Creek elementary schools since 2000. If I'm not at Mountain Vista, you can find me at another Cherry Creek elementary school nearby. When I'm not working, you can find me enjoying friends, family and traveling.
Have a great year!
Yolanda Shields ILC Teacher
Info Coming Soon...
My name is Julie Millunzi, I am a para educator and I am thrilled to be starting my 2nd year here at Mountain Vista Elementary. I was born and raised in Chicago. Moved to Colorado in 2010 with my husband Franco and our two daughters Olivia & Sophia. Our daughters both attend Cherry Creeks School District and are both having a great experience in learning, thriving, having fun and excelling in there learning. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community and being able to guide and be around your amazing children and to watch them grow.
I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family. We have fun, hiking, biking, laughing, meeting new people and feel very blessed to call Colorado home. We enjoy playing corn hole with our neighbors and roasting s'mores. We enjoy watching most sports, but we are true to our love of hockey especially the Chicago Blackhawks and of course waited a long time for a World Series Win with our Chicago Cubs!!
I look forward to continuing my journey with all of the community and staff of Mountain Vista. I will always put my best efforts in guiding the children of Mountain Vista to always be Safe, show they can be Trusted, take Ownership, show Motivation and always be Positive!
My name is Charlene Andrusyszyn. I am excited
for my first year at Mountain Vista! I was born in San Antonio, Texas and
grew up in the Air Force moving around every few years. We settled in
Colorado Springs where I attended High school and then went on to CU Bouder.
I got married and moved to Wichita, Kansas, then to Ft. Worth, Texas
where we had 2 daughters. We moved back to Colorado in 2011 and I was a
stay-at-home mom until this year. I have two daughters Elizabeth, 8 and Violet,
6 who keep me busy. When I have any free time I love to read and cook.
Hi my name is Andrea Helzer and this is my first year at Mountain Vista. My husband and I moved to Aurora last year from Colorado Springs where I worked with special needs students for seven years. We have two boys in college and a Golden Retriever puppy. When I am not at mountain Vista I enjoy hiking, reading, travelling, exploring historic homes and trying out new recipes.
My name is Megan Sparks and I have been married for 12 years to my wonderful husband Andre, together we have 6 kids. I have four step daughters and 2 kids of my own who also attend elementary in CCSD. I was a stay at home mom for 9 years before I started working here at Mountain Vista.
I am a Colorado native and LOVE the Broncos!! I love to go hiking and swimming with my family. We are also a big basketball family. My husband coaches girls basketball and all of my kids play competitively. My oldest daughter plays college basketball in Montana on a full ride scholarship. I absolutely love the game!
I love working with children and just watching them learn and view the world through their eyes gives you a fresh perspective on life!