Head Start / Preschool
Sierra Grande Preschool / Head Start Director
CTE Instructor - Early Childhood Education
I have worked in the field of early childhood education since 1998 serving as an infant/toddler teacher, teacher assistant, preschool teacher, assistant director, director, coach and mentor. I also teach Early Childhood Education classes through Trinidad State Junior College and I am a certified instructor for the Pyramid Plus Approach through the University of Denver. Teaching young children is my passion because they are our future. Children deserve a quality education to help build a solid foundation for success in life. Sharing this vision with high school students is rewarding because they will have an integral part in educating our upcoming leaders. I want to help ignite the spark that changes the world. Students in the CTE – Early Childhood Education have the opportunity to receive college credits in addition to a high school credit for the course work they successfully complete. This is an exciting time for this new program at Sierra Grande School.
Telephone numbers: 719-379-3257x1064 Preschool
719-379-3257x1014 CTE Classroom
Sierra Grande Preschool / Head Start Teacher
My name is Jessica Cepeda, I am the Preschool Teacher in the Mount Blanca Classroom here at the Sierra Grande School District.
I have worked with young children for more than 20 years. I have my bachelor’s in early childhood, Director Qualified and hold Level 6 Credential.
Mrs. Martha Mascarenas
I have been in the early childhood field through San Luis Valley BOCES in 2014 and in 2016 I was one of the Early Childhood Coordinators through Save the Children until December 2017. Then in June of 2018 was hired as a part time pre-school paraprofessional.
If you have a question, please send me an email to:
Kindergarten - Tiffany Paine & Michelle Arellano
This is my 11th year teaching and my 3rd at Sierra Grande. I have taught almost every grade from preschool-5th grade during my career. Kindergarten is one of my favorite grades to teach.
(719) 379-3259 ext 1032
1st Grade - Phyllis Vigil
1st grade Teacher
2nd Grade - Brenda Jimenez
2nd grade Teacher
I graduated from Adams State College in 1998 earning my BA in Elementary Education and in 2012 I earned my MA in Linguistically Diverse Education. I have been an educator for 25 years with 21 of those years here at Sierra Grande School. I was born and raised in Alamosa, CO. I have been married for 35 years. I have two children and five amazing grandchildren.
3rd Grade - Eilleen Gonzalez
3rd Grade Teacher
4th Grade - Savannah Segura
Mrs. Savannah Segura
4th Grade Teacher
I graduated from Adams State with a BA in elementary education. I have been in the district for four years as the fourth grade teacher.
5th Grade - Antonia Ortiz
Ms. Antonia Ortiz
5th Grade teacher
K-5 Math and Literacy Specialist/Instructional Coach
Lindamood Bell Instructional Leader
Scholastic Book Fair Coordinator
Hello! I am a graduate of Adams State University where I earned a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Linguistically Diverse Education. I have had the pleasure of working at Sierra Grande School since 2008. I was lucky to spend 10 of those years teaching 3rd grade. This year I changed roles and I am currently serving as the Elementary Math and Literacy Specialist, Instructional Coach, and On-site Lindamood Bell Instructional Leader.
Website: K-5 Math and Literacy Program
Sierra Grande Online Book Fair
Contact Info: (719) 379-3257 extension 1030
Paraprofessional - Arellano, Martinez, & Salazar
Dee Ann Salazar
Middle School Language Arts - Chelsea Allaart
Ms. Chelsea Allaart
Middle School Launguage Arts
Middle School Volleyball
Middle School Knowledge Bowl & Spelling Bee
7th Grade Sponsor
I am a longtime resident of the San Luis Valley and an alumni of Sierra Grande (2005) and Adams State University (2012). I have a Bachelor's of Arts in English with minors in Creative Writing and Anthropology. This is my fourth year as the middle school language arts teacher at Sierra Grande and my seventh year in education itself. Prior to Sierra Grande, I taught Technology at Alamosa Elementary School, 3-5. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, cross-stitch, and anything nerdy, such as Comic Con.
I use the Remind app on
www.remind.com to distribute notices and reminders (6th grade code:
97kf4b, 7th grade code:
hh2b8k, 8th grade code:
d3hgk8) and will be utilizing Google Classrooms later in the year.
My contact information is as follows: 719-379-3257 ext 1044 or email me at
At Home Learning Links and Information for Middle School Language Arts
Each student has already been logged in and signed up for the three websites I am using for the duration of the school closure. Emails will be sent out each week outlining the expectations for that week and will also be posted daily on the individual google classrooms.
Khan Academy Grammar
In addition to the three online websites, students are expected to read a class book, which was sent home with their chromebooks. They are expected to give their thoughts and ideas on each chapter on google classroom, responding to their classmates thoughts and ideas as needed. Every 3-6 chapters they will have study guide questions to answer (this will be done in a google document).
All work is due online no later than Friday at 5pm the week it was assigned.
Students who picked up their chromebooks were also given a manila envelope containing the schedule and paper copies of everything needed for off-line work.
- In place of Khan Academy, grammar worksheets have been provided to cover a range of topics.
- Copies of the Newsela articles that are assigned online have also been provided in paper format.
- Students working offline are still expected to read their book and answer the study guide questions (on paper), though they are exempt from the online classroom discussions.
All work should be turned in weekly to the school, to be picked up by myself Thursday afternoon.
Any questions or assistance, please contact me via email at
Middle School Math - Jane Jacquart
Mrs. Jane Jacquart
Middle School (6th, 7th, 8th)
Mathematics & Math Intervention
7th Grade Class Sponsor
Middle School Student Council Sponsor
Gifted & Talented District Coordinator
I have been a school teacher since graduating from Kansas State University. I have taught 3rd through 8th grades and also received a Master's Degree from KSU. I have taught in Geary county in Kansas and Otero, Huerfano and Costilla counties in Colorado. I currently live up on La Veta Pass and have always commuted to my job location as a teacher.
Phone Extension #1046
I will do my part in providing the best possible education for your child. With a positive attitude and growth mindset, we can accomplish a lot! Effort and hard work are essential!
Middle School math lesson plans and assignments can be found on Instructure/Canvas, but most math assignments will be completed through the use of Khan Academy online. Scheduled Middle School math classes can be accessed through the Zoom links on the Canvas Math homepage.
7:50 AM - 7th Math
9:40 AM - 8A Math
11:15 AM - 8B Math
1:25 PM - 6th Math
Students should check their school email daily for reminders and updates.
Middle School math students will have until Saturday 4:00PM to complete any missing math assignments for the week or to use the extra days to retry math assignments for an improved score. Math scores/grades will be updated daily or weekly on Canvas and will be transferred into Infinite Campus as well. I encourage communication from my students as well as with parents/guardians.
"You will succeed with the right mindset of determination, a commitment to practice good habits, to learn as much as you can and refuse to give up no matter how difficult the circumstances may be." - Ben Carson
Middle School History - Mason Larsen
Platforms being used: Google Classroom
Links to each Google Classroom
6th - 3ztrmlo
7th - (both classes) - jv6hm3g
Zoom Classes will be on Thursdays
6th- 1:00 p.m.
7th- 2:00 p.m.
8th- 3:00 p.m.
For the most part, we have hit the brakes a little bit. Students should have no more than 60-90 minutes (max) of work for my class each week. Assignments are due at the end of each week (Saturdays) at 11:59 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached through my school e-mail or Google Classroom.
High School Science - Gilbert Apodaca
HS Science Homepage
College Board SAT Math
Science Controlled Experiment Module
Degree: Masters in Institutional Technology, Boise State
Licenses: Teacher: Secondary Math/English, K-12 Principal
Years in District: 1st year
years in education: 12, beginning 13
Sport Coaching: MS Football (Assistant), MS Wrestling (Assistant)
Sports Coached: Football, Wrestling, Baseball
High School English - Travis Paine
Mr. Travis Paine
High School Spanish - Dave Forrester
Mr. Dave Forrester
High School History - Chris Parrill
Mr. Chris Parrill
High School Social Studies
Middle School Baseball Coach
Ski Club Sponsor
I was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, moved to the Valley when I was young, graduated for high school in Pueblo, Colorado. I attended Adams State College (University) where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Education with emphasis in history and Government, Masters in Arts in Education, and Masters in Arts in History.
719-379-3259 ext. 1017
World Civilizations-Period 3
American Government-Period 4
American History-Period 5
K-12 Music - Melanie Shawcroft
Degree: BS Physical education & Coaching, Music minor, & MS Sports Psychology
Licenses: K-12 Physical Education
Years in District: 1
Years in Education: 3
Google Classroom Codes
Elementary Music code:
6th grade music code:
High school music code:
K-12 Art - Maria Fleming
Mrs. Maria Fleming
K-12 Art Educator
Art Club Sponsor
Yearbook Class Sponsor