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SUSAN CALKIN – 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.

 

SARA ROVE – UPPER ELEMENTARY TEACHER

Sara Rove grew up in New Jersey, but knew she’d never stay there forever. She studied Anthropology and Spanish Literature at Rutgers University and fell in love with travel while studying abroad in Mexico. Since then she’s traveled to Ireland, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and all around the US. She packed her car and drove out to Denver 8 years ago to try her hand at teaching in DPS and found out that teaching little people about the world around them is what she loves to do. When not teaching, Sara is usually spending time with her husband and 2 year old daughter doing art projects or making messes in the kitchen. She is so excited to join the Highlands MicroSchool family this year and can’t wait to meet all of you!

 

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!

Are you interested in teaching at Highlands Micro School?  Let us know!

We keep resumes of awesome teachers and teacher’s assistants on file.  Please email your resume to Anne at highlandsmicroschool@gmail.com