Student Support Staff

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Jamie Pittock

School Counselor

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Clayton, Amanda (Verticle)

Amanda Clayton

School Social Worker

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Corrina Blake

Restorative Practice Liaison

Professional Experience:

  • Over 23 years of experience working with children in various settings.
  • Entering the fourth year of working at MPCS.

Educational Philosophy:
Corrina's interest in Waldorf education dates back to 2004. She firmly believes in the holistic development of children, emphasizing the importance of educating the heart and hands, along with the mind. Her philosophy aligns with the core values of Waldorf education, focusing on nurturing every aspect of a child's growth.

Personal Background:
A 6th generation Colorado native, Corrina grew up in the North Denver and Arvada areas. Her deep roots in Colorado have greatly influenced her approach to life and education, instilling a profound sense of community and belonging.

Interests and Hobbies:
Corrina enjoys camping with her loved ones, an activity that not only reflects her love for the outdoors but also her commitment to family and community. These experiences in nature provide her with a source of rejuvenation and inspiration.

Family and Community Engagement:
As a parent of two children who attend MPCS, Corrina's connection to the school community is both professional and personal. She has been a part of the MPCS community for six years and values the deep connections and shared experiences it has offered her family.

Role at School:
In her role focusing on Restorative Practices, Corrina plays a crucial part in fostering a supportive and understanding school environment. Her dedication to the well-being of students and the school community is evident in her commitment to creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere. She cherishes being part of the MPCS community and is proud of the collective achievements and impact of the school.

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Caroline Rose

Occupational Therapist

Caroline loves being a part of the Mountain Phoenix community! She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Dance from Colorado College.  As the Occupational Therapist at MPCS, Caroline provides motor interventions and sensory supports to our students. Additionally, she facilitates handwriting groups and movement groups to different grade levels. Originally from north Texas, she has made Colorado her home. She enjoys participating in all the Colorado summer and winter activities with her husband, Nick, daughter, Olivia, and pup, Lona.

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Anna Leighton

Therapeutic Support Teacher

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado
  • Master's Degree in Therapeutic Education from Sunbridge College, New York

Professional Experience:
Anna's career in Waldorf education began in 2009, and since then, she has continued to learn and draw inspiration from her students. Her extensive educational background and practical experience make her adept at providing specialized support and fostering a nurturing educational environment.

Waldorf Education Connection:
As a Waldorf graduate herself, Anna has experienced firsthand the enriching impact of Waldorf education. This personal connection motivates her to contribute to creating a similar experience for the children at MPCS. Her understanding of Waldorf principles is deeply rooted in both her education and personal experience.

Personal Life:
Anna has two children who attend MPCS. This personal involvement in the school community enhances her professional role, giving her a comprehensive perspective on both the academic and social-emotional development of students.

Role at MPCS:
In her role as a Therapeutic Support Specialist, Anna is integral to the support system for students needing specialized educational interventions. Her approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of each child, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive. Anna's commitment to Waldorf education and her dedication to student well-being are evident in her ongoing efforts to enhance the learning experience at MPCS.

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Carli Varga

Speech Language Pathologist

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Chandler, Sydney (Verticle)

Sydney Chandler

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

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Gardner DesRoberts

SPED Learning Specialist - Upper School

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Mary Taylor

SPED Learning Specialist - KG & Lower School

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Leigh Jardine

Learning Specialist - Primary School

Leigh first discovered and fell in love with Waldorf education when her youngest daughter was three. At the time, she worked as a graphic designer but knew she needed a career change. A series of life events that year led her to enroll in the Waldorf Teacher Training program in Eugene, Oregon. Three years later, Leigh received her Waldorf ECE certificate and she and her daughters moved to a small town in Wisconsin where she worked as an assistant in the Waldorf school’s kindergarten, had a housekeeping business and ran a process art studio, offering classes and workshops for the community.

 

In 2018, Leigh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Individualized Studies with a minor in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing from MSU Denver. She then worked as a Literacy Tutor for Colorado Reading Corps (an AmeriCorps service position). From there, she chose to dedicate the remainder of her work life to supporting students with special needs. In 2022, Leigh graduated from University of Colorado Denver with a Masters degree in Teaching Special Education, Elementary endorsement. 

 

Leigh brings her warmth, enthusiasm, open heart and curiosity with her to school every day. 

 

When she is not teaching, Leigh enjoys spending time with her beautiful grown daughters and their partners, cooking, music, reading and spending time in Nature. She is a lifelong learner, ever curious about the incredible universe that surrounds us.

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Hope Abens

Literacy Interventionist

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Culturally Linguistic Diverse Education
  • Alma Mater: University of Wyoming & University of Colorado Denver

Teaching Philosophy:
Hope is deeply committed to the whole child approach to education, a philosophy that aligns with the values of MPCS and Waldorf education. This approach not only influenced her professional choices but also her personal life, as it played a pivotal role in her decision to be a part of the MPCS community along with her family.

Personal Background:
Originally from Sheridan, Wyoming, Hope's connection to the natural world is evident in her love for outdoor activities like hiking and scuba diving. She also enjoys meditating, dancing, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Professional Journey:
Hope's passion for inclusive and diverse education has led her to specialize in literacy and math intervention, focusing on tailoring educational experiences to meet the unique needs of each child. Her journey reflects a commitment to making education accessible and enriching for all students.

Interests and Hobbies:
Apart from her professional life, Hope is an avid hiker, scuba diver, and dancer. She also dedicates time to meditation and practices a healthy lifestyle, believing in the importance of balance between physical and mental well-being.

Family:
Hope lives in Arvada with her husband and their two children, both of whom attend MPCS. Her family plays a significant role in her life, mirroring her dedication to education and community values.

Connection to MPCS:
The mission and community of MPCS resonate deeply with Hope. She is excited and proud to be part of such a vibrant and dynamic educational environment, contributing to its growth and success

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Erinn Oliver

Math & Literacy Interventionist

Erinn has spent 2/3 of her life working with children. She started as a volunteer at the YMCA in the nursery and teaching swimming lessons. At 14, she was put on payroll, and worked there for over 10 years. After high school, she pursued her teaching degree, while continuing as the Nursery Supervisor at the Y. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Elementary Education, and spent the next 7 years working in various educational roles including ECE, SPED, and K-5classroom teacher throughout Jeffco.

In doing some additional Early Childhood coursework, Erinn learned about Waldorf, and fell in love, primarily due to the arts integration, and the whole-child approach to education. From there, she dove into learning about as much as she could about Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. She then went on to become a mama, and was blessed with 10 glorious years at home with her babes. As they neared school age, she felt even more enamored with the Waldorf approach, especially as she considered education from a mama’s point of view! She found Mountain Phoenix, and enrolled her children in the homeschool program, where her young twin daughters loved it so much they said “they wanted to go every day… not just Fridays!” She continues to feel so grateful to be integrated in the Mountain Phoenix learning community, as both a staff member, and proud parent of 3 daughters, who attend the lower grades.

Erinn loves teaching because of the connection and rapport she is able to build with children. She feels that kids offer such a different perspective, and see everything through such a magical lens of wonder and simplicity. The opportunity to connect with and support children in their growth and learning is an investment that she feels is paid in spades daily. When Erinn isn’t at work, you can find her soaking up time and sunshine with her “girlsquad”- daughters who are 10,10, and 6. As a Colorado native, she also enjoys good food, craft beer, reading, live music, hiking, and adventuring.

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Jena Roach

Literacy Interventionist

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Wendy Ray

Math Interventionist

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Sam Perez

Student Support Teacher - Upper School

Sam joins the Mountain Phoenix community from San Antonio, Texas. His undergraduate degree is in multidisciplinary studies, concentrating on business, communication, and psychology. He is currently obtaining a master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Colorado in Denver.

Sam primarily works with grades 5-8 to provide support wherever it is needed. This includes Mathematics for 7th and 8th grade, Language Arts for 6th grade, movement and exercise in Games class, and musical support in World Drumming. 

In his free time, Sam enjoys playing basketball, softball, golf, and white-water rafting. He also enjoys playing video games online with his friends out-of-state.

 

For major inspiration, Sam looks to the Rocky Mountains. For daily inspiration, he looks to his colleagues. The Mountain Phoenix community has taught Sam so much about Waldorf education, and he appreciates that. Since starting at MPCS, Sam has learned finger knitting, remembered the joy of singing, and begun his own vegetable garden at home. He is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful team.

Student Support Teacher, Karley Cox

Karley Cox

Student Support Teacher - Upper School

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MPCS Student Support Teacher, Cara Olivenza

Cara Olivenza

Student Support Teacher - Upper School

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Nicole Rohnke

504 Coordinator

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