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SUSAN CALKIN – LEAD TEACHER

We are thrilled to announce that Susan Calkin has joined Highlands Micro School as our lead teacher! Susan is a highly accomplished teacher, artist, athlete, musician and outdoorswoman with an unparalleled passion for whole child education.

Susan is a 4th generation teacher and the daughter of an education psychologist and music composer. Her breadth of professional experience, passion for 21st century education, and tireless problem-solving attitude make her the ideal teacher to bring Highlands Micro School to life.

Susan’s accomplishments include numerous honors and awards during her graduate studies and teaching career, cycling for national teams, and awards for her sculptures and paintings. She has developed art, music and general education programs for schools and museums from New York to Denver.

 

ANNE WINTEMUTE – DIRECTOR

Anne Wintemute is the Founder and Director of Highlands Micro School. Anne believes that a great education demands small class sizes, individualized support and expert teachers. By combining her passion for research-supported, evidence-based practices and her background in business development, Anne has created an outstanding school choice in Northwest Denver.

 

KATE GIACOMINI — TEACHER’S ASSISTANT

Kate received her K-6 teaching license through University of Northern Colorado and taught Kindergarten for 8 years, mostly with Denver Public Schools. Since her son was born she has taken a hiatus from teaching, but in past years has enjoyed volunteering her time her son’s classroom and school, from teaching small reading groups to heading up the teacher appreciation committee in the PTA. Kate also runs several small online businesses selling baby and kid products along with making and selling crochet blankets. In her spare time, she loves to garden, read, watch baseball, spend time on her family’s ranch, and travel with her husband and son.

 

HANNAH TURNER – LIFE SKILLS BLOCK TEACHER

Hannah is our Life Skills Block teacher and she completes our staff! In addition to leading her group of students through the development of skills like conflict resolution, financial literacy, and personal agency (with a lot of play!) Hannah enjoys baking and her season tickets to the Broncos games. Hannah is a native Coloradan and we are so happy she is here with us!

Highlands Micro School currently seeking an intern interested in receiving their teacher’s license through our partnership with the Stanley Teacher Prep Program.

Become a Teacher with Micro and Stanley!

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? The Stanley Teacher Prep program is seeking intern candidates for placement at Highlands Micro School, as well as other public school and private schools. Intern teachers gain an understanding of experience-based, developmentally appropriate education over the course of 1 school year. They take on steadily increasing responsibilities as their skills and confidence grow, while working with a skilled mentor teacher. With ongoing feedback and support from both their mentor teachers and educational advisors, interns participate in all aspects of the teaching process. They learn to help children with a wide range of abilities and share in celebrating diversity within the classroom. Intern teachers take 225 hours of course work on Thursday afternoons in order to obtain licensure through the state of Colorado. Contact Director Anne Wintemute if you are interested in placement at Highlands Micro School, and for more information on the Stanley Teacher Prep program please visit www.stanleyteacherprep.org or email Jessamyn Lockhart at jlockhart@pebc.org.

See the Stanley Teacher Prep Flyer here.