William Paterson University Communications Program Nottingham Trent University, UK Photography Program University of Montana B.A. Elementary Education University of Colorado at Boulder M.A. Special Education
I taught 6th grade in Missoula, Montana for a year, moved home to New Jersey and taught for one year before moving to Sumatra, Indonesia to teach English to High School aged children. Later I moved back to the east coast and taught children who were on Broadway Musicals and on the Disney Channel as well as several movies. In my spare time I love to mountain bike, ski, fly fish, travel and go birding with Robin Hoover and Kathy Steinbaugh! I volunteer at the Birds of Prey Foundation in the ICU working with sick or injured raptors. I also volunteer and travel with People to People Student Ambassadors. I have lived and taught in New Jersey, New York, Montana, California, Sumatra, and England before settling down in Colorado in 2001.
I’m a MD/DC native but I knew my future was in the mountains, so I moved out to Colorado in February 2015. I’ve been an art teacher at summer camps, a nanny for many years, and a substitute teacher. The arts have always been a huge part of my life. Whether I am performing, directing, or drawing, I love making art with people. I am thrilled that my path brought me to BCD! When not at school I like to play floor hockey, hike in RMNP, read, and watch The Office.
I have been teaching for 15 years at various grade levels, most recently in Hawaii. I truly enjoy spending time with my family and attending my children's sporting events. I love reading, cooking, and traveling. Traveling has given us opportunities to experience different cultures, foods, and a true appreciation for the world around us!
Coordinator of Learning Center
Appalachian State University B.S. Psychology University of Colorado Elementary Teaching Degree M.A. Elementary Ed Curriculum/Instruction Literacy
Before coming to BCD in 2014, I worked in the Boulder Valley School District for ten years as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and as an educator of gifted students. During my free time, I love to travel, bike ride, hike, ski, and spend time with family and friends.
St. Joseph’s College BS Elementary Education
Purdue University MS Education, Learning Disabilities Endorsement
I grew up in the Midwest but moved to Colorado as an adult. My husband and I have 4 children and the all went to elementary school here at BCD. We all love to travel and hike together as often as possible. I have always loved being a teacher! When not at school I am out walking my dogs.
Kindergarten - Eighth Grade Art Teacher
University of Arkansas B.A. in Art History and Art Education K-12, Emphasis on Sculpture and Drawing
Prior to working at BCD, I taught Art in North Carolina for five years where I was selected Teacher of the Year at Piney Grove Elementary K-5. I’ve taught Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, and Art History to gifted artists at Northwest Arkansas Academy of Fine Arts High School. At the University of Arkansas, I was a standout athlete in Cross Country and Track earning seven All American honors helping my team win multiple SEC titles, and in my final year I competed at the Olympic Track and Field Trials! I grew up in Dallas, Texas and was a high school All-American and state champion in the mile run. When I am not teaching I love to paint, create illustrations, and visit Art Museums. My favorite thing to do besides teaching and making art is being outside! I love running, walking, hiking, biking, and spending time with my family, friends, and my two dogs.
Preschool / Elementary Science Lab Teacher
University of Mobile B.S. Business Administration University of Mobile M.A. Elementary Education University of Southern Maine Graduate coursework University of Nevada Las Vegas Graduate coursework
For the past 15 years I have enjoyed teaching grades 3-5 in the states of Alabama, Texas, Illinois, and Nevada. I really love cooking! I also enjoy reading novels and books about teaching science and exploring new places with my family. I have fun taking my miniature Schnauzer, Topper, to dog parks and trails in Boulder. On the weekends I enjoy spending time walking around Pearl Street and having brunch with family and friends.
Elementary Spanish Teacher
Universidad Catolica Argentina Psychology studies
Instituto Superior Perito Moreno Tourism Specialist
I was born and raised in Argentina. I love working with kids, and have been in the education field on and off for thirty years. I ran a home-based preschool in Spanish and worked at Community Montessori Elementary School for three years as a para-educator. Most recently I have been teaching Spanish to children and adults at the Spanish Institute for the last two years.
I met my husband, a German national, in 1990 when I visited friends in Colorado. A year and a half later we were married in Argentina and returned to Colorado to stay. I love spending time with family and friends and traveling (especially visiting my family in Buenos Aires). I also enjoy reading and playing tennis.
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Physical Education Teacher Assistant Athletic Director
University of Northern Colorado B.S. Sport & Exercise Science (emphasis K-12 Physical Education)
After graduating from The University of Northern Colorado, I began my teaching career in Loveland, Colorado. I taught Elementary Physical Education for two years prior to joining the BCD community and I am extremely lucky to be able to teach students a variety of ways to have fun while leading healthy and active lives. Being a Colorado native, I enjoy spending time in the mountains and appreciating all of the natural beauty this state has to offer. When I am not teaching you can find me snowboarding at Winter Park, learning some new tricks on my wakeboard, biking, hiking, watching the Green Bay Packers, or spending time with my family, friends and spunky dog, Jane.
My husband Ted and I moved to Boulder from Iowa. We enjoy spending time together as a family, especially walking our dog, Lily Wu. When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, listening to country music and occasionally singing to Karaoke, playing with my dog, and acting in local community theater.
Dr. Mary Matthews
Instrumental Music Teacher
The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre D.M.A. in Flute Performance
The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University M.M. in Flute Performance
Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music B.M. in Flute Performance (Magna Cum Laude)
I began studying the flute at the age of five and developed my love of music at The Eastman School of Music where I earned a pre-collegiate Certificate of Music while completing Middle School and High School. Music shaped my life from a very young age, and I began sharing this love of music as a teacher in 2008. Before moving to Boulder, I was on faculty at The Hartt School of Music in CT, the International School of Music in MD, and I worked with several community organizations bringing music and arts education to students in Hartford, CT, Baltimore, MD, and Cleveland, OH. I am also a registered Suzuki Flute and Recorder Instructor. I spends summers performing and teaching as a guest artist with youth orchestra programs in South America.
When not performing or teaching, my fiancé Brandon, a professional trumpet player and teacher, and I enjoy traveling, camping, and spending time with our pets.
Preschool-8th Grade Vocal & General Music Teacher Fine Arts Coordinator Athletics Coach
University of Northern Colorado B.M.E. K-12 Vocal, Piano & Music (Summa Cum Laude) University of Northern Colorado M.M. Vocal Performance
Music is a big part of my life, including teaching, performing, studying, listening, going to concerts, and more. My musical pursuits are varied, ranging from playing trumpet, bass, and guitar to singing in operas and choral ensembles. I joined Boulder Country Day School in 2011 and currently serve as the Vocal Music Director and Fine Arts Coordinator. During my career I have taught a variety of musical and theatrical subjects to students at the Pre-K, K-12, and collegiate levels. I hold certifications in both Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly methodologies and continue to pursue opportunities to grow my artistic and educational knowledge. As a performer, I currently sing opera and concert works across the Front Range and abroad. When I am not teaching or performing, I enjoy running, climbing, hiking, yoga, cooking, reading, coffee, and being with my wife and dog.
Preschool – Fourth Grade French Teacher
University of Central Florida B.A. French Literature (Minor in Business Administration) Centre D’Études Franco-Américain Summer Study Abroad Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services Teacher Licensure Program
Prior to working at BCD I worked in the business office of Lafuma America, a French outdoor gear company with an office here in Boulder that services all of North America. My experience at Lafuma America verified my philosophy that speaking a second language fluently can give you an advantage in the business world and help you find a very interesting niche. I enjoy writing poetry. I took guitar lessons in 2008 and now try my hand at composing songs. I have a wonderful family with two daughters—Amber and Makena—and we try to camp, hike, and bike or just be outdoors whenever possible. My favorite quiet time is a morning jog with my yellow lab, Sunny.
Prior to teaching at BCD, I taught in the Chicago suburbs and Chicago Public Schools for 3 years. I was also a head varsity swimming and water polo coach for both boys and girls. I love playing sports and being outdoors. I am from Chicago so I am a huge Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks fan. My favorite sports include: baseball, football, golf, swimming, Frisbee and 16" softball.
Learning Center Substitute Teacher
University of Vermont BA in Sociology
George Washington University Masters of Education Special Education for Adolescents with Learning Differences
Adams State University Graduate Credits for Dyslexia Specialist
In addition to being a long-term substitute at BCD, I am a Learning Specialist at Hillside School, where I teach four dyslexic students in Hillside's morning program. I have worked as a Learning Specialist for over 20 years in independent school Learning Centers, with grades 2 through 12. In my free time, I love to travel; I have been to every state except Alaska!
I began my love for teaching in Minnesota and bring 10 years of teaching Computer Technology experience to BCD. I have traveled the world more than once over and love to integrate culture and diversity into student lessons.
I found a wonderful place to call home here in Boulder. When I am not in the classroom teaching you will more than likely find me in my gardens or at Dog Beach swimming with my 3 dogs.