Fourth Grade

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Carissa Nelson

970-665-7981
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Why did you decide to become a teacher? My grandmother ran a preschool in her basement and my parents were all teachers, everything from elementary counselor and principal to high school home economics, art, and history. I suppose it's in my blood. 
What do you like most about teaching? The kids are the best part of teaching.
What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time? Hiking, mountain biking, camping, paddle boarding, spending time with my family & friends


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Heidi Beaulieu

970-665-7890
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Why did you decide to become a teacher? I used to teach Sunday school and one of the parents of one of my students told me that I should be a teacher because of how I helped her son.
What do you like most about teaching? I love watching students have pride in their work. When they know their stuff and have confidence.
What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time? In my free time I enjoy being outside biking, hiking, rock climbing, rafting, camping, and paddleboarding with my friends and family.

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Justin Krein
970-665-7856
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Why did you decide to become a teacher? Multiple Reasons: I wanted to help make a difference in students lives. Come from a long line of educators in my family and always felt like home. I have multiple opportunities to work with children before starting my teaching journey and felt like it was always meant to be.
What do you like most about teaching? Watching students grow personally and academically, I love watching them discover something for the first time or finally coming to a realization about a certain topic. My absolute favorite thing about teaching is watching students develop into a citizen of our world.
What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time? Snowboarding, Golfing, Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling and hanging out with my dog Lola

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Mariel Ritacco
970-665-7885
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Why did you decide to become a teacher? I enjoy connecting with the community, and love inspiring individuals to 'Dream Big'. I am also a lifelong learner, and I want to instill that in our children. I have a passion for being a positive role model for our students!
What do you like most about teaching? Teaching is a rewarding job because you get to see students succeed for many years, not just the years you have them. I make a real impact and feel good knowing I have inspired change.
What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time? Hiking, playing with my dog, traveling, and jeeping