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 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. 


Kimberly is our teacher in residence from the Stanley Teachers Prep program this year. She has previous experience working with children as an elementary school teacher and health educator. Several years ago, she taught kindergarten as a long term substitute and was the first grade teacher at a private school. The past six years she has worked as a health educator for Kaiser Permanente serving children and families. Her specialty was teaching healthy eating/active living classes and as part of this work she was invited to speak at last year’s Childhood Obesity conference in San Diego. 

Kimberly loves getting outdoors and going backpacking, hiking, downhill and cross country skiing. Kimberly also enjoys cooking, playing with her two dogs and is having fun learning to play the guitar. 


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!