Colleen Washburn (Primary Teacher)
I am so excited to be starting my third year of teaching at Denver Green School. I graduated with my Masters and Certification in Special Education from Metropolitan State University. Prior to teaching I received my J.D. from Rutgers School of Law - Camden and practiced law in the area. I knew I always wanted to work with children with special needs and through my volunteer teaching experiences in both law school and through my legal practice I realized my passion was being in the classroom. I could not be happier with my career change and I look forward to making a positive educational impact on all students here at DGS.
Emily Cousins (Intermediate Teacher)
I am thrilled to be entering my fourth year as a lead teacher at the Denver Green School and continuing to develop in such an inclusive and impassioned community. I grew up in Colorado and completed my B.A. at Lewis & Clark College. I have worked with students with disabilities for over five years in both educational and community-based settings. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Special Education through Metropolitan State University. Through my close relationships with students I have learned an immeasurable amount about the power of empathy, self-acceptance, and determination.
Dahlia Mills (Student Mentor)
I was born and raised in Colorado. I love the outdoors, swimming, and spending time with friends and family! I have worked in education for 13 years. Growing up I was a very challenging student, if it weren't for my amazing teachers I never would have graduated. I love being with the more challenging students because they remind me so much of myself when I was young!
Nan Wigington (Student Mentor)
I've worked at many different trades. After seeing the need for support at a local school, I decided to apply to DPS. I began working as a special ed para in 2009. The kids I work with keep me in the job. I enjoy theater, playing tag, and making kids laugh.
Sandy Stewart (Student Mentor)
I have worked for the district for 13 years in special education as a para- professional. I have worked in one of our Autism Center based programs for the last 7 years. I LOVE MY JOB! Our students are all terrific. On a personal level I have 7 children, six of whom are adopted. Many of my children have special needs, so I understand our students and their families on a professional as well as a personal level.