Colleen McManamon – Principal
Little did I know when my parents trundled me off to kindergarten at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School in Cleveland, Ohio, that I would spend most of the rest of my life on one side of the desk or another in Catholic schools. I am fortunate in that I was formed in the rich, symbolic, structured era of our Church, and yet I work in the 21st century in a Catholic school challenged to make the expanded, new story of our faith and the Good News come alive in a completely different era. After graduating from Mercyhurst College (Erie PA), I went on to teach at my alma mater, St. Joseph Academy. For 13 years I taught English and was the Dean of Students. Not only did I acquire a masters degree in school administration from Baldwin Wallace College but also a masters in counseling from Cleveland State was begun and then finished at Regis University. Here in Denver, I’ve grown as an administrator at Machebeuf, St. Thomas More, Assumption and finally here at MPB. What I’ve found at MPB is an exciting community surrounded by a parish committed to social justice, outreach to the poor and inclusion of a very wide number of people listening intently to the Word of God through the noise of our lives. Working with young people whose parents want many of the same things for them that my parents wanted for me is such a privilege. If there is one message I hope MPB students take from their time at this Catholic school, it would be that they are each cherished and loved beyond their wildest imaginings. Love takes many forms; it can be hidden behind the pages of a Dick and Jane reader or be streamed from an interactive white board. Times change; truths don’t.
Roxie Mountain-Weed – Assistant Principal
After being in public education for 21 years (8 years in Limon, CO; and 13 years in Adams 14 in Commerce City, CO), I was honored to be the “right fit” to be Most Precious Blood’s Assistant Principal and came in August of 2002. Yes, that makes 30 years worth of experience! What I love most – is that teaching in a Catholic, private school allows me to teach the whole child, mind, body and spirit! Years earlier, my husband and I placed our own three children in the caring hands of Most Precious Blood’s Early Learning Center and School. What we found at MPB was COMMUNITY – the kind of small town community that I grew up being a part of in Burlington,CO, and Rick (who attended Catholic school K-12) found the kind of “close-knit” Catholic school community in which he grew up in Illinois.
When I came to MPB, our kids were in the second, third and fifth grade. With our oldest in fifth grade, I realized even more how important our earlier decision had been to have our kids in a Catholic, K-8 school. As many kids are “dumped” into their neighborhood junior highs, along with two or three other elementary schools, we had provided stability in our children’s lives during crucial years! They had stable friendships. MPB gave them an opportunity for further individual and academic growth as they were not being passed through a multitude of teachers in their junior years, but went through a junior high with teachers who were with them for all three years and really cared and understood them, and they always knew where they were academically. As their hormones were raging and their brains were going through developmental “goofy-brain” (around 7th grade), our kids were stable, thriving and cared-for!
As I would classify myself as a very faithful person, it was equally important that our children and our friends be of faith and have similar values. I am forever grateful to the community and staff at MPB for all they have done to help my three kids accomplish so much! We have all found forever friends in this community!
As an Elementary Education major with an emphasis in Early Childhood (from the University of Northern Colorado), I mainly deal with students and parents in grades K-5. Besides working with a great staff, I also love working with numbers and data, academic testing, working with staff development and working with our incredible parents on different ventures. If you ask the students what I do and love, they will tell you it is being with them! I teach the pro-social skills, friendship skills, and anti-bullying techniques and skills at MPB. I am heavy on teaching the students appropriate SKILLS for dealing with the people they encounter in their daily lives, to be able to stand-up for themselves so as to never be another’s target and how to be “something more!” I see each class weekly in kinder through fifth-grade. I teach a life-lessons class to 6th graders and leadership and buddies/mentoring in eighth grade. We have grown so much together. Today what I get in the office as far as conflicts are due to: 1. – the student ran out of skills; or, 2. – they want my advice as to how to handle a situation appropriately.
Chances are, if you are thinking of enrolling a student(s) at MPB, you will tour with me! Stop by… I’m always good for a smile, a laugh and/or a hug!
Theresa Burke – Learning Services
My name is Theresa Burke, and I am the Learning Services Coordinator for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. I have been at Most Precious Blood Catholic School for more than years. Prior to coming to MPB, I taught third grade at Holy Family Grade School in north Denver. While at Holy Family I also had the opportunity to serve as the assistant principal. As the Learning Services Coordinator, I partner with parents and teachers to enhance the experience of each individual learner. I wholeheartedly believe that each of us possess special talents and gifts which can be shared with the MPB community and beyond. It is my hope that through partnering with teachers and parents, we can deliver a program that meets the needs of the children with whom we are entrusted. It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful community.
Mary Noppinger – Reading Intervention
Hello! I’m Mary Noppinger and I teach 4th grade at MPB. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Earth Science. I taught for three years at St. Joseph School in Baltimore, Maryland. I have experience teaching at multiple levels. I taught 3rd grade Science, 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies, and 5th grade Mathematics. I am currently attending graduate school at UCCS for Science Education: Earth and Space Studies.
I started at MPB substituting for Meg Brake. I fell in love with the community so I decided to apply for the 4th grade position! It has been such a smooth transition for me thanks to the overwhelming support from staff and the positivity that circulates throughout the hallways and classrooms. I am incredibly thankful that I am able to pursue my passion in teaching at a school that believes in a strong foundation of love, honesty, and fairness.
Jeremy Cassidy-Cernanec – Technology/Math
I moved to Colorado when I was eleven, and I have enjoyed every bit of the weather and lifestyle. After Mullen High School I went on to Regis University where I graduated with a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics. I have found MPB to be an amazing community and feel blessed to be a part of it. In my free time I love long bike rides, late night runs, and quality family time.
Barbara Garrett – Music, Spanish
Hi, my name is Barbara Garrett. I grew up in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming. I met the love of my life and got married right after I received my bachelor’s degree in Music Education. We moved to a very small town where I taught K-12 music for four years. We decided to move to Colorado so my husband wouldn’t have to inspect cow poop (no joke) for a living. I found a job working at Assumption Catholic School and found that I loved teaching in the Catholic school system. Within this time I went back to UW and earned my Masters degree. I then found my home at MPB. Three weeks after I started at MPB, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. My husband and I decided to send our daughter to school at MPB. She will soon be moving on to high school but we are so very pleased with the education she received while at MPB.
I love teaching music because it not only appeals to the creative side of the students but also requires discipline and puts the students more in touch with their emotions. To quote Arthur O’Shaughnessy, “We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
When I’m not teaching I enjoy swimming, hiking, camping, riding my bike, reading and cross-stitching. I enjoy playing many instruments and am learning the banjo.
I like to look at the world with optimism. It is important that as a part of the human race we live God’s message for one another. It is also important to me that we treat each other well. As I spend each day in my classroom, I try to follow this quote: “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
Donna Simington – Physical Education
I am a Colorado native and attended Notre Dame Catholic grade school and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. I have a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado. I obtained my Alternative Teaching License thru the Archdiocese of Denver. I have taught at MPB for more than fifteen years and was a substitute for two years prior. I coached volleyball at Mullen High School and then seven years at Denver East High School. I received Coach of the Year award from DPS four of the seven years at East HS. I have been involved with the Catholic Schools Athletic League for thirty years as a coach, official assignor, and athletic director. I love sports and am blessed to have a job where I can share that passion.
Ali Kemp – Spanish
Now more than ever it is important for students to open their eyes to worlds outside their own. As a Spanish teacher, I believe in suffusing our class time as much as possible with authentic, immersive Spanish interaction in a culturally aware context. Instead of just teaching a class about Spanish, I strive to teach an engaging class about life and the world that is conducted mostly in Spanish.
I am not a native speaker but a “heritage” learner. As a third generation American, I made it a goal to become fluent in Spanish to grow closer to my family, and spent six months in Spain visiting my family and studying at the Universidad de Salamanca. I also earned my BA in Psychology and Spanish and MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. I have been teaching since 2012 and have been at MPB since 2014.
I have been a member of the MPB community my entire adult life. As a freshman at DU, I came here to Mass with a classmate – whom I later married here at MPB. Our two children were baptized here, and our oldest is now a student at the ELC on campus. This is not just my workplace; it is my home.
Outside the classroom, I love to sing, read, hike, and learn new things (currently I’m the world’s most terrible yet enthusiastic pianist).
Chelsea Perri – Art
MA Art Ed, MA Elem Ed, BA Art Studio/Art History
Teaching since 2004; at MPB since 2016
I love this MPB community! I moved to Denver in 2011 and immediately joined the parish and the choir. As a lifelong singer, the amazing love of music and the talented musicians in our parish (led by Teresa, Tony and Fr. Pat) spoke to my heart. The choir and parish Share-the-Care team were an integral support group for my husband, Mike, and I when our sons, Benjamin and James, were born early at 28 weeks. It is this true living of the faith at MPB that encouraged me to come back to the classroom when Ms. McManamon approached me about teaching Middle School Art. I am thrilled to be a part of this faith-filled, gifted and devoted faculty, and I am so excited that Benjamin and James get to attend the ELC!
I began my teaching career as a participant in the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program (ACE), where I fell in love with the child-centered, Gospel-rooted philosophy of Catholic education. I have taught everything from 3rd grade to Middle School science, to High School Theology/Campus Ministry and Art. Our faith teaches us that we all have intrinsic value and beauty, and my goal is to help students recognize and express that. Tammy Wells (K-4 art teacher) and I work to make our classroom a space where all students feel welcome, and where all can explore art-making to help express and understand who they are.
In addition to singing, I am a 200hr certified yoga instructor and a painter. I love to play with my sons, ride bikes, run, lift weights, read, paint, play with clay and explore anything artsy or craftsy!
“Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savour life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy. It stirs that hidden nostalgia for God which a lover of beauty like Saint Augustine could express in incomparable terms: “Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you!”. Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.” – St. John Paul II Letter of his Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists 1999
Tammy Wells – Art
My name is Tammy Wells. I grew up in Southern California, attending St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School and then Santa Margarita Catholic High school. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology both from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. It was in college that I was able to fully pursue my love of art. I was able to study in Florence, Italy for both a semester and a full summer. It was an amazing experience! My printmaking studio happened to be an old studio that Michelangelo had used.
I also hold a Professional Teaching License from the state of Colorado. I have been a classroom teacher(K, 1, and 3) as well as a Reading Intervention teacher for Denver Public Schools.
My first job was teaching Kindergarten at my Alma Mater, St. Cecilia, in California. It was an amazing experience to teach with the teachers that had taught me, as well as being able to teach one of their kids!
Being an art teacher is my dream come true! I love being able to combine my teaching experience with my love of art. In my free time I love to travel, take art classes and watch my kids participate in sports. I am blessed to have three kids and an amazing husband
Carly Bergman – Library
Although I am happily serving as MBP’s librarian, this is not the first time I have walked these halls. I graduated from Most Precious Blood in 2009 and I am absolutely over the moon to be back in the library! I attended Bishop Machebeuf High School before heading up to Fort Collins where I graduated from Colorado State University. With a degree in Literature in hand, I am back to create a space of positive inquiry in the library for the whole school!
I enjoy spending my free time in the garden playing fetch with my Golden-doodle, before heading inside to curl up with my cat, a cup of tea, and of course a good book. I enjoy reading adolescent literature the most, however the Velveteen Rabbit and Magic Tree House will always hold a special place in my heart. I recently read Good Night iPad and it is quickly creeping up to the top of my favorite’s list.
Being able to be back working in the same place I attribute a great deal of my success is an irreplaceable joy that I cannot even begin to express. I know that with the kiddos at MPB, the library will be filled to the top of the bookshelves with positive inquiry!
“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.” ― Socrates
Brenda Herbrand – Kindergarten
Hi! My name is Brenda Herbrand (but everyone calls me Ms. H.). Before coming to MPB, I taught pre-k in Parker for 5 years. I have been teaching kindergarten at MPB since 2000. I truly love this age group and can’t imagine anywhere else I’d rather be. Once a week or so, you can also find me supervising Homework Room. It’s a great chance to stay connected with my kids who have insisted on growing up . I graduated with a BA (Social Science with an emphasis in Elementary Ed) from UNC in Greeley and did my student teaching in a kindergarten in Aurora. I spent time as a sub, an interim class teacher, a waitress and a receptionist. Oddly, all helped prepare me for teaching! I live in Aurora with my amazing daughter, two dogs, and a cat. I enjoy spending time with my daughter and our family and friends. I used to enjoy sleeping, but then my daughter came along! While I am not a morning person (despite my mother’s best efforts when I was tiny), I love being at school and hanging with my kinders. MPB feels like home, and I look forward to spending many more years as part of the family.
Elizabeth Federer – Kindergarten
My name is Elizabeth Ferderer, and this is my first year at Most Precious Blood. I am originally from North Dakota and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University. Prior to coming to MPB, I taught Head Start and most recently first grade at St. James Catholic School in Denver. I am excited to be teaching Kindergarten this year, I really enjoy working with this age group, and seeing the amount of growth during this time in their lives. I feel blessed to be teaching in a Christ-centered environment, and I feel honored to be able to share my love of God and the Catholic faith with your child. My family includes my husband Tyler, my son Grant, and our dog Roger. When not at school you can find me hiking, skiing, or, camping in the mountains, enjoying one of the great state parks, or cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Nuggets.
Cathy Schilling – 1st Grade
I have had the privilege of teaching here at MPB for over twenty years. I have a degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary and Special Education. I have had experience as a resource room teacher as well as being a fourth through sixth grade teacher. I am thrilled to be one of our first grade teachers!
Even after teaching for over twenty-five years, I still am passionate about guiding kids to love learning while challenging them to stretch their minds and grow in their character. I feel that the use of various hands-on and learning experiences through art, music, reading, math and connections to other subjects helps students build their knowledge base and beyond. The opportunity to include God and the gift of creation in any subject is an honor which I feel enriches students’ learning. It is a thrill each day to hear those incredibly contagious laughs! It’s this simple thing that makes teaching an extraordinary profession.
My husband, Ted and I have been parishioners here for over twenty years. Both of our daughters went to MPB for grades K-8. One daughter is a teacher and the other is a veterinarian. My family continues to participate and volunteer in many events while making many great memories at the school and parish!
During my spare time I enjoy going to plays, listening to and playing music. I also love to read, craft, golf, bike, ski, hike, garden, and spend time with my family and friends.
Serena White – 1st Grade
My Catholic school career began in kindergarten and continues to this day. After 13 years in Catholic schools In Pennsylvania, I graduated from Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore, Maryland with a degree in Elementary Education. I then taught for two years in Baltimore City Public Schools before moving to Denver in 1994. I taught second grade at Most Precious Blood from 1994 until 1998 when I had a brief career detour as the Alumnae Relations and Special Events Coordinator at St. Mary’s Academy for four years. I returned to MPB in 2004 and have taught first grade ever since. My family and I have been MPB parishioners since our arrival in Denver, and my two children both attended the ELC and school. I currently serve as the volunteer coordinator of the Sunday Lunch Program, one of our parish’s amazing ministries. I hope that my classroom is a second home for my students, a place where they learn in a warm and nurturing environment. My favorite part of the day is when I read to and with my students. I love sharing stories with them! I feel extremely blessed and honored to share God’s love with the children in my care. I consider it a privilege and a blessing to be part of such a special community.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mark 19:14)
Cathy Collins – 2nd Grade
I am a Colorado native, who grew up 40 miles north of Denver, in what used to be a small town, Frederick. I went to the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and with my elementary teaching certificate. I began my career in Longmont teaching 5th grade in the St. Vrain school district. After teaching 3 years, I took a break and began a sales career for 5 years before returning to teaching. I have taught at MPB since 1998 with a year sabbatical to help my sister after the death of her husband. I taught four of those years at the ELC in Pre-K, 10 years here have been in kindergarten with 2014 been my first year teaching second grade. I love this age group because they never fail to amaze me with their abilities and always keep me laughing.
Roma Haling – 2nd Grade
Hello! My name is Roma Haling, and I was born and raised in Iowa. My first grade teacher inspired me with her love of teaching and since then I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I received a degree in Elementary Education from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, and after college I taught 5-8th grades in Iowa and South Dakota for 3 years before moving to Denver. The 2018-19 school year is my 19th year at MPB and my 22nd year of teaching. I believe that all students can learn, we are all unique, clear expectations are important, movement is essential, each child should be valued as an individual and as part of the wider classroom and Church community, and teachers learn right along with their students. As a product of Catholic Education from kindergarten through college, I feel at home in the Catholic schools and particularly here at MPB. My husband and I are MPB parishioners and have one junior high son who has gone to school at MPB since age 3. We take part in Family Service Sundays, Share the Care, and spend many winter nights watching MPB basketball. In my free time I love spending time with my husband and son and am an avid knitter and reader.
“It is only with the heart that one can see, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~Antoine de Saint Exupery
Meg Brake – 3rd Grade
I grew up here in Denver, Colorado. I attended Most Precious Blood from kindergarten through 8th grade. MPB is very near and dear to my heart. I went to school in Fort Collins at Colorado State University where I received my B.S. in human development and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood education. I began my teaching career in 2008 at MPB. I taught 3rd grade for 6 years before trying my hand at kindergarten. I taught kindergarten for 3 years and have returned back to 3rd grade for the past few years. Some of my accomplishments over the years include being the award recipient for the Great West Great Teachers financial literacy grant as well as being trained in Orton-Gillingham (which teaches phonics based reading and spelling). I believe hands on and project based learning brings meaning to lessons and brings the lesson alive! It brings me joy to share God’s love with every student and to make sure they know his love.
Katie Wurst – 3rd Grade
Hi! My name is Katie Wurst and I am one of the 3rd grade teachers here at MPB. I attended the University of Kansas to get my undergraduate degree. I am endorsed in Elementary Education and I am an endorsed Gifted and Talented teacher as well. I taught both 4th and 3rd grade in Jefferson County Public School District for 6 years before I moved to MPB. This is my third year teaching third grade and I also taught one year of kindergarten here. My husband and I have been parishioners at MPB for 8 years, which is how we got to know the community and why we chose this wonderful school for our own children. I have three children, two of whom attend MPB. Cooper, who is in 5th grade, Graham who is in Pre-K at the ELC, and Emery who is not in school yet. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be an elementary school teacher and I truly enjoy all of the different aspects of my job. I especially like teaching literacy. I feel grateful that MPB allows teachers the freedom to teach the way we feel will reach all learners and believe that all children should enjoy coming to school each day. Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family, play tennis and read.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.” Brad Henry
Anne Schweiterman- 4th Grade
My name is Anne Schwieterman, and I am so happy and thrilled to be apart of the Most Precious Blood Catholic School community. I have attended a Catholic schools throughout my entire educational career from Kindergarten to graduate school. Catholic education has had a profound impact on my growth and development a young Catholic woman, on my academic pursuits, and on my vocation as a teacher.
I attended Catholic elementary school in Ohio through sixth grade, and then finished at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Centennial, CO. Along with my two younger sisters, I attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. Through connecting with and experiencing the Jesuit Catholic model of “Men and Women for Others,” I was given the opportunity to go on a 10-day service trip to Punta Gorda, Belize during my senior year of high school, which ignited a love for helping and serving others through education. My undergraduate education at the Jesuit institution Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska only furthered my passion for service through teaching. My education at Creighton also helped form my mindset and focus for educating the whole person and seeking the Magis or “the more” in the education of young people. I completed my Master’s Degree in Literacy at the University of Dayton through the LALANNE program, specializing in literacy and reading curriculum/education. During the program, I was required to teach at an underprivileged Catholic elementary school. I completed my first two years of teaching at St. Helen School in Riverside, Ohio, teaching Writing and Religion to a fourth grade homeroom class and teaching math to all fourth and fifth graders.
Upon completion of my Master’s program in May 2016, I returned to Denver, where family resides, and I was blessed to be hired for a fourth grade position at Most Precious Blood. This begins my third year at Most Precious Blood and my fifth year of teaching. I greatly enjoy the school and parish community of Most Precious Blood, and I decided to become a parishioner of Most Precious Blood Church soon after I began teaching at the school. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking and biking in the beautiful Colorado sunshine with my family’s two golden retrievers, Baylee and Gracie. I also enjoy going to concerts at Red Rocks, traveling, and doing yoga.
My teaching philosophy is to seek to teach the whole student holistically–to teach a student’s mind, body, and soul. I seek to teach each student so that I meet them where they are at, and I also work to connect with students in different ways. For example, I like to talk to students about their interests, what sports they play, their families, etc. I work to establish a place where students feel welcomed and feel that they are part of an overarching classroom community and in the learning process together. I also have high expectations of my students. I challenge them to do their very best and to grow and learn throughout the year.
I admire Pope Francis and his work of service especially for those who are marginalized. This quote from Pope Francis helps to illustrate my passion for service through education of young people and my vision as a Catholic School teacher: “Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn’t mean we have to wash each other’s feet every day, but we must help one another.”
Katie Cawley- 4th Grade
Hello! My name is Katie Cawley and I love teaching fourth grade here at Most Precious Blood! I attended Catholic School in Colorado from preschool through college! My four siblings and I are all products of Catholic education. I will spend the rest of my life grateful for that incredible opportunity that has undoubtedly shaped who I am.
It was in an elementary classroom, much like my own today, where I first fell in love with learning and decided to be a teacher “when I grew up.” My parents also both work in Catholic schools, so you could say it is just “in my blood”. The extraordinary community found at MPB only continues to capture my heart. I proudly graduated from Mullen High School with the Lasallian Provincials Award, the District’s highest honor for a student who best embodies the Catholic Lasallian mission of quality education, inclusive community, social justice, respect for all persons, and faith in the presence of God.
I went on to study both Elementary Education and Special Education at Regis University. In addition to my degree, I graduated with an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education as well as a specialization in Catholic Studies. During my college career, I was humbled to have been named Regis University’s Woman of the Year in 2016.
As a teacher, it is important to me to meet kids where they are at, inspire a love of learning within them, and foster an encouraging classroom community where everyone belongs. It is my mission to ensure that each student in my class know with certainty that they are loved, feel challenged to be the best version of the person God created them to be, and believe in the fact that their potential is infinite and their goodness is unshakeable. I find kids to be our greatest teachers with their resilient spirits and kind hearts. It is a joy to spend my days laughing and learning with both my students and the exceptional team of educators that are here at MPB. I remain blessed everyday with the gift of Catholic education!
“You can do more with the grace of God than you think.” -St. John Baptist de LaSalle
Betsy DeLisle- 5th Grade
I was born and raised in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota where I lived with my parents, two brothers, and sister. I attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school. It has always been my goal to teach at a school like my K-8 school at home, and my dream job has come true here at MPB!
After high school I attended the University of MN, Duluth. UMD is known for their teaching program, and I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. I moved to Denver shortly after graduating and was excited for a new adventure. I enjoy hiking, traveling, walking my dog, and spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to getting married next summer and becoming Mrs. Hartman.
I strive to create a warm, safe, and welcoming classroom environment each year. It is my goal to make each child feel included and comfortable during each school day. Building relationships with each student’s family, giving my students choice in their learning, and meeting each student where they are at are some elements to my teaching philosophy.
I’ve been a part of the MPB community since 2015. It has been such a wonderful and welcoming place to be. I am so thankful for all of the relationships I’ve built here. I love being a part of the Most Precious Blood community. I am so grateful for all of the welcoming staff, kind families, and the bright students. Coming to school every day is truly a blessing!
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai
Conor Boyle – Chair of 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Social Studies Department, Recycling Coordinator, Social Outreach, MPB Historian, and Chief Meteorologist
I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at MPB. I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but I have lived all over the country. I first started attending Catholic school as a fourth grader at Our Lady of the Lake in Seattle, Washington. I never left Catholic education after that. I graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Political Science and a Secondary Education Endorsement. I was accepted into the PACE Program (Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education) at the University of Portland where I earned my Masters in Education along with Special Education and Reading Endorsements. I taught in Catholic Schools in Portland, Oregon, Washington, DC, and Denver from 2004 through 2012.I have a passion for Social Justice, so I chose to spend a year volunteering for a non-profit in 2012. I soon learned that my place was in the classroom. During my year at the non-profit, I substitute taught at MPB, where I have also been a parishioner since my wife and I moved back to Colorado. I relish my recent time spent teaching fourth grade upstairs. I embrace the opportunity to share my passion of civics and history through the lens of social justice and the Catholic Church. This school is a wonderful place to work and I hope my children may have an opportunity to attend it as students in the future.
Christy Dorchuck – 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Religion
The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. I am so grateful for the privilege of helping students grow in their faith. I have been teaching Religion to middle school students in the Archdiocese of Denver since 2008. Joining the MPB community in 2017 has been an enormous blessing.
One of my teaching goals is to help each student understand that his or her identity is rooted in being a child of God, loved by Him beyond one’s wildest dreams. Another goal is to help students realize that each day is filled with opportunities to make choices and that those choices either lead us closer to God and to becoming the best version of ourselves or lead us away from God. Students should understand that growing in virtue is part of our response to the love and grace God bestows on us. Also, I aim to have students recognize that they have opportunities to be heroic, holy witnesses to the faith by using their special gifts and talents each day to serve others, work for justice, and thereby inspire others to grow in their relationship with God.
Prior to teaching Religion, I practiced tax law on Wall Street and then taught tax law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Structuring sophisticated transactions so major corporations could reduce taxes was intellectually challenging. However, helping young minds and hearts comprehend the saving power of Jesus’ sacrifice is much more worthwhile!
I earned an undergraduate degree (BS) in Financial Management (with an emphasis in Accounting) from Clemson University, a law degree (JD) from the University of South Carolina, and a post law degree in taxation (LLM) from New York University. I completed Scripture Studies from Benet Hill Monastery. I also completed Theology of the Body, Head and Heart Immersion from the Theology of the Body Institute.
My husband, Jordan, and I have lived all over the country: New York City, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, California, and Texas. We love the beauty of the Colorado Rockies and suburban Denver has been a glorious place to raise our 4, now adult, children.
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Psalm 118:24
Moira Mennona – 7th and 8th Grade Math
Education:BA in Secondary Mathematics Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (GO HEELS
Experience: 5 years teaching Algebra, Geometry, and Pre Calculus in North Carolina, 18 years as a tutor, and 5 years as a MPB learning assistant.
We moved to Denver January 2008. While looking for houses and schools for our two children (at the time), a friend of ours suggested we visit MPB. I still remember meeting Mrs. Mountain Weed at the school mass and touring the school. She picked us out of the crowded sanctuary to welcome us. At the time, I was expecting our 3rd child. Finding a place to call home with so many new adventures (moving away from North Carolina, expecting a child, discovering a new place) was our main goal. We found our home and community in the MPB Parish and School.
All three of my children have attended MPB. I feel blessed to be able to share hugs with my youngest, Dominic, everyday as he navigates 5th grade. My oldest, Johanna, is at the University of Alabama. My middle, Michael, is in high school at Cherry Creek. All are thriving, love to learn and value being a part of their community. My husband, Ed, and I attribute their successes in school and life to the love, knowledge, and environment MPB has provided.
I believe that each student has gifts to share. My goal as a teacher is to bring out their inner math gifts while also building their confidence in themselves as individuals. Everyday, I strive to provide new insight and a bit of uneasiness in my students. I believe that when we are a bit uncomfortable, we make the greatest gains in our knowledge and understanding of ourselves. Like the old saying, “No pain, No gain.”
I am a believer in practicing what you preach. 8 years ago, I joined a coed soccer team with my husband. I had never touched a soccer ball in my life! While I have always been an avid runner, putting a soccer ball at my feet was a true challenge. Learning a new sport as an adult is very humbling and rewarding at the same time. I now play on a women’s team and still enjoy my Saturday night “date” with my husband every week on the pitch. I tell the kids regularly of my experiences of being out of my comfort zone and the rewards of overcoming the discomfort.
In closing, MPB has provided for me and my family a place of worship, comfort, growth, friendship, hope, and strength. I look forward to hearing what it provides for you.
I am a Colorado native who was raised in the Denver metropolitan area with my mother and five siblings. Being a mother of two wonderful daughters and a grandmother to an amazing granddaughter has been my life’s greatest achievement. In my free time, I enjoy reading, riding my bike, swimming and going to the movies. However, becoming a teacher had been a dream of mine since high school, and that dream became a reality in 2010.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English from Adams State College in 2007. From there, I pursued my Elementary Education certification with a Master’s Degree at Regis University. I feel truly blessed to have entered the MPB community in 2015.
My goals as a teacher are what I consider best practice for all students. I try to meet each student where they are at and help them find success. I believe in nurturing a safe environment where students feel safe to take risks in their learning, and not feel embarrassed to make mistakes. After all, it is through our mistakes that we learn. Having a focus on each child’s executive functioning skills and helping them enhance their organization skills helps them to prepare for middle school. I believe in treating every member of our classroom with respect and ensuring they feel valued. I also believe it is important to build a partnership with each child’s family because together we can make a difference!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
Kait Marek – Middle School Math
I am so excited to be joining the MPB community full time this year! My husband and I moved to Denver last year for a job opportunity of his and to be close to our siblings (all of which are here in Denver). I was connected with a subbing job through my sister-in-law, Katie Wurst, and knew immediately that I wanted to be apart of this school.
With the exception of my year subbing, I have been teaching math since I graduated in 2011. I graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) with a BSE in Math Education and have been teaching intermediate/middle level mathematics ever since. I have always loved school and learning and with my mother’s example, I knew that teaching would be a great fit for me. I love the challenge of reaching all my students and creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. It is my belief that all kids are different and I hope to help them all grow and learn in their unique way.
I am thankful to be apart of shaping the math skills and morals of all my kids in this Catholic environment. I hope we all have a great year and live by the Golden Rule.
Dr. Mary Ellen Hogan – Middle School Science
My name is Dr. Mary Ellen Hogan and I have been teaching middle school science at MPB since 1998! I also sponsor students at the regional and state science fairs. This is a second career for me. I started out as a research scientist and re-trained under the alternative teacher licensing program when my family moved from California (where my husband and I were doing post-doctoral programs) to Denver. When I started at MPB my daughters were in third and seventh grade. Now they are grown! I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Botany from Connecticut College and a Masters and PhD in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry from Colorado State University. I am originally from Connecticut, so sometimes I miss the beach, but I love Colorado’s mountains as well. I come to school every day excited to share my passion for understanding the intricacies of God’s marvelous creation with my students. Science is collaborative and always changing. It is a profound privilege to inspire the next generation of science savvy Catholic citizens.
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
Tricia Godfrey – Middle School Reading & Language Arts
My name is Tricia Godfrey, and I am delighted that my journey as an educator has brought me to MBP. I attended Catholic schools in The Netherlands and Toronto, Canada, throughout my elementary and high school years. After studying at Carleton University and receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree, I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. I taught English and history in Catholic schools for the first eight years of my career. A chance to move to Texas was too good to resist, and I lived there for thirty years. A close friend introduced me to The Village School, a private school in Houston, where I spent twenty-five years. I had several roles: English teacher, Team leader, and Department head. My husband David and I relocated to Denver last summer, and I covered a maternity leave position at Kent Denver for ten months.
My thirty-seven years of teaching have given me the opportunity to be a part of so many students’ lives. I rejoice when they share their successes and feel blessed that they traveled the road with me. First and foremost, my goal is that your children feel they are safe and loved in my class. I want to share my joy in reading and the adventures that await in books. Through various writing and speaking experiences, I hope to instill an appreciation of the power of words to make a point or convey an emotion.
My husband David and I have a son and daughter and three precious grandchildren that will undoubtedly be spoiled. We enjoy hiking, tennis, and taking cooking classes. Time spent together is our most valued possession.
“There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” – Mary Rose McGeady
Karen Tepoorten – Middle School Reading & Language Arts
I am returning to MPB after an 8 year absence during which I stayed home to be with our twins. Prior to the absence I was here at MPB for 6 years during which time I received my MA in Education from Regis University. I am excited to be returning to MPB, along with our twins who are enrolled here in 2nd grade. They are the second generation of Tepoortens to attend MPB; my husband, David, and his siblings are MPB alumni. I believe that there is great potential in each of us; we simply need someone to help us tap into it. I love helping students realize and cultivate their individual potential. I enjoy running, hiking, and skiing with my family. Following are some thoughts about me from some former students.
“Middle school is hard for the majority of people. Whether it’s figuring out how a locker works, making sure you always had someone to sit with at lunch or making sure your mom wasn’t embarrassing you at pick up line. But having a teacher that had your very best intentions in mind; it was Mrs. Tepoorten. She made a hard part of our lives at that time, happy. Always checking in on everyone, remembering things about them and helping us out. That was Mrs. Tepoorten.” – Tatiana Jastrebsky, MPB class of 2009
“No matter how old you are or how many years ago you had Mrs. Tepoorten you will always remember the Irish blessing written above the chalkboard, the tears brought during Where the Red Fern Grows, and the lessons of To Kill A Mockingbird.” – Madison Rose, MPB class of 2010