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Head Start / Preschool


Gevena Torr 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. Contact Information: gtorr@sierragrandeschool.net Telephone numbers: 719-379-3257x1064 Preschool 719-379-3257x1014 CTE Classroom Jessica Cepeda 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 Preschool Paraprofessional 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: mmascarenas@sierragrandeschool.net Carolina Zomora




Kindergarten - Tiffany Paine & Michelle Arellano


Tiffany Paine Kindergarten Teacher​ 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. Contact info: (719) 379-3259 ext 1032 Michelle Arellano​​ Kindergarten Teacher




1st Grade - Phyllis Vigil


Phyllis Vigil 1st grade Teacher




2nd Grade - Brenda Jimenez


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


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. Links: ClassDojo.com Playprodigy.com ssegura@sierragrandeschool.net 719-379-3257 Ext. 1028




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 https://sites.google.com/sierragrandeschool.net/k-5mathliteracy/home Sierra Grande Online Book Fair http://www.scholastic.com/bf/sierragrandeschool1 Contact Info: (719) 379-3257 extension 1030 Email: aortiz@sierragrandeschool.net




Paraprofessional - Arellano, Martinez, & Salazar


Michelle Arellano ​​ Silviana Martinez​ ​Dee Ann Salazar​​




Middle School Science - Clara Adams


Clara Adams​​ ​Middle School Science Platforms using: Pearson, Google Classroom, sciencenewsforstudents.org, Zoom Pearson Science has their books and activities available online so everything is right there. Other assignments may include article summaries that will come from sciencenewsforstudents.org. Pearson activities will be accessed through google classroom so there is no need for passwords. Zoom class meeting are Mondays: 1:00 6th Grade 2:00 7th Grade 3:00 8th Grade Google classroom links: 6th Grade Science: https://classroom.google.com/c/NDY1MjIyOTk0OTRa 7A Science: https://classroom.google.com/c/NDQ0MTA1ODgxNDJa 7B Science: https://classroom.google.com/c/NDQ0MTA1ODgxNDJa 8th grade Science: https://classroom.google.com/c/NDQ3NjMzNzA0NTVa I am available for questions through email, google chat, and questions directed through classroom.




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 callaart@sierragrandeschool.net Miss Allaart's At Home Learning Links and Information for Middle School Language Arts Online Learning: 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. Google Classroom https://classroom.google.com/ Khan Academy Grammar https://www.khanacademy.org/ Newsela https://newsela.com/ 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. Offline Learning: 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 callaart@sierragrandeschool.net




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. Email: jjacquart@sierragrandeschool.net 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


Mason Larsen Platforms being used: Google Classroom Links to each Google Classroom 6th - 3ztrmlo 7th - (both classes) - jv6hm3g 8th- c3pjzxu 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


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 Math - Coleen Christensen


Miss Coleen Christensen High School Mathematics​ Click here for Miss Christensen's World of Mathematics Site




High School Business - Kelli Gile


Kelli Gile ​​ ​​Google Classroom (general link): https://classroom.google.com ​Cengage MindTap student login: https://nglsync.cengage.com/portal/Account/LogOn Planbook.com links to lesson plans: Advanced Computer Apps http://planbook.com/planbook.html?t=983257&k=sgms&y=1057756&c=10597189&v=W Business Math http://planbook.com/planbook.html?t=983257&k=sgms&y=1057756&c=10596938&v=W Computer Applications http://planbook.com/planbook.html?t=983257&k=sgms&y=1057756&c=10596939&v=W Intro to Business http://planbook.com/planbook.html?t=983257&k=sgms&y=1057756&c=10597689&v=W Marketing http://planbook.com/planbook.html?t=983257&k=sgms&y=1057756&c=10597554&v=W Personal Finance http://planbook.com/planbook.html?t=983257&k=sgms&y=1057756&c=10597109&v=W




High School History - Chris Parrill


Mr. Chris Parrill High School Social Studies Middle School Baseball Coach Ski Club Sponsor Class 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. cparrill@sierragrandeschool.net 719-379-3259 ext. 1017 Economics-Period 2 Code: 4alaajs World Civilizations-Period 3 Code: kdkypkl American Government-Period 4 Code: bi7fxej American History-Period 5 Code: etooo2t Sociology-Period 7 Code: ui4mgnb




Music & Band - Melanie Shawcroft


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: ijmyeh2 6th grade music code: jwdwkhi High school music code: bw3otqv




Art - Maria Fleming


Mrs. Maria Fleming K-12 Art Educator Art Club Sponsor Yearbook Class Sponsor




Physical Education - Ben Sandy


Mr. Ben Sandy ​​​ Secondary PE Please login to your google classroom for Secondary PE and use the class code of x24iy7k to view the assignments. Elementary PE New Link Please login to google classroom for Elementary PE and use class code khywzgu. Check out these links for fitness activities: https://openphysed.org/activeschools/activehome https://www.activekids.com/fitness/articles/full-body-conditioning-exercises-for-kids https://www.pecentral.org/Kids_Programs/home.shtml https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/fitness-6-12.html https://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/strength-training-exercises-for-kids/ https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/programs/kids-and-family-collection/workouts https://www.shapeamerica.org/covid19-resources.aspx




Librarian/ Elem. Tech - Leslie Corona


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