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SUSAN CALKIN – FOUNDING TEACHER, LEAD K-1 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 – LEAD 2nd, 3rd & 4th GRADE TEACHER

Sara 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 in 2010 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 daughter doing art projects or making messes in the kitchen.

 

 

 

HANNAH TURNER – OPPORTUNITY WRANGLER, RIGHT HAND 2-4th, LIFE SKILLS BLOCK TEACHER

Hannah is a Jill-of-all-trades around here. She has a wide variety of roles around Micro, and a variety of interests outside of the school. Hannah enjoys baking, hiking through the Rockies, watching all of the children (she nannied for years!), swing dancing, and going to Broncos games. This is her third year at Micro, and we are so happy to have her full-time. Find her in the office, working with students, or going on trips after school.

 

 

 

 

KATE GIACOMINI — RIGHT HAND K-1

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.

 

 

 

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.

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@highlandsmicroschool.com