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Second/Third Grade Team

Rachael Alford

2nd/3rd Remote Teacher


Hello! My name is Rachael Alford and I am so excited to be joining the Kendallvue Elementary family this year. I started my teaching career in the Green Mountain area, and for the past 5 years I've been teaching in the mountains. Although I love tshe Colorado mountains, I am eager to start a new journey down the hill, again. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 4th Grade, and now 2nd and 3rd remote! Teaching is my passion and I absolutely love what I do each and every day. 

Along with loving to teach, I also have a love for the outdoors. I enjoy fishing, gardening, hiking, boating, snowboarding and traveling. My favorite place to be is in the middle of the ocean deep sea fishing, with my kids and husband. I have 2 kids, Troy who is 18 and Joyce who is almost 16. We have 3 dogs: Lucky, Duchess, and Belle, along with a leopard gecko named Joe.
 
I have always said that I teach like I parent. I have high expectations for my children and for my students. I believe that people learn best 2 ways: through hands on experiences and through making mistakes. When I teach, I get outside of the classroom as much as possible so the kids have the opportunity to do more 'out of the box' type of learning. 

I am excited to see what this school year brings, and am even more excited to watch your kids grow! Please feel free to reach out for any reason!


rachael.alford@jeffco.k12.co.us

Allyson Gibson

Allyson Gibson and Family

Hello Kendallvue! My name is Allyson Gibson and I am excited to be in 2nd grade again this year.

I have now been at Kendallvue for all 6 years of my teaching career and could not be more grateful for landing in such a great community and place to teach. After teaching 1st grade for 4 years I moved up to 2nd grade and absolutely love it! I am a Metro State graduate and am in the process of pursuing a Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Design.

I am a mom of two boys ages 4 and 2 with LOTS of energy! Most of my time outside of school is spent with these little guys at the park, library, swimming and playing (their favorite) baseball. When I do get an extra minute or two, I enjoy the outdoors, reading, and going out to dinner.

I have dreamed of being a teacher for as long as I can remember, therefore, I am essentially living my dream career. I love working with kids and seeing their face light up when they have mastered something new. Creating a team of learners within the classroom is something I value.  I am looking forward to another great year in 2nd grade!

allyson.gibson@jeffco.k12.co.us


 

Kelsey Fugita


Hello! My name is Kelsey Fugita! I am teaching 2nd/3rd grade! This upcoming school year will be my first year teaching and my third year at Kendallvue. I was lucky enough to be able to be a field intern and a student teacher at Kedallvue for the past two years, both in 3rd grade! I am so excited to be able to continue to learn and grow with the community of Kendallvue.
As a lifelong learner,

I am always striving to become a better teacher and make my learning environment a positive space for everyone. There is no place like Kendallvue for me, and it has truly become my home these past three years. I am thrilled to be able to bring my beliefs of looking at the whole child and what each child needs and has to offer individually, while also focussing on building a community in our classroom, school, and community.
I am a Colorado Native

and was born and raised in Jefferson County. I enjoy spending time with my family and my two dogs, Riggins and Bumper. They’re my babies. I love to spend my time outside hiking and going on adventures. Colorado has so much beauty to offer and I love to explore and adventure.  I also love to just spend time relaxing by listening to music, reading books (love Harry Potter), and watching movies. I am a huge sports fan. I love to watch and go to Denver Broncos games and Colorado Rockies games. I am also a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks (even though I’m not from Chicago)!
I am so excited to start

this year, regardless of what may come. I am so excited to be in second/third grade this year!

kelsey.fugita@jeffco.k12.co.us


Mattison Lord

Matti Lord and Family

I am Matti Lord or Mrs. Lord and I will be in 2nd grade again this year.

I am excited for my third year teaching at Kendallvue. This will be my 9th year teaching. My first 3 years of teaching was on an island in southeast Alaska. I also coached HS cheerleading. I was lucky enough to meet my husband in Alaska and we moved back to my native roots in Colorado.

My husband Austin and I have a little spunky girl named Locklyn who is starting preschool this year. We also just welcomed a new addition to our family at the end of March, our little boy, Ledger. We love to go hiking, swimming, and paddleboarding.  I love to dance and have been having fun doing hair for weddings over the summer.

I have so much fun teaching and building a relationship with each kid in my class. I see our class as a family and we are there to support and learn from one another. I always strive to make learning fun, authentic, and engaging. I can’t wait for another exciting year in 2nd grade at Kendallvue!

mattison.lord@jeffco.k12.co.us


Megan Coyle

Student Teacher in Mrs. Lord's Class

My name is Megan Coyle and I am a senior at Metropolitan University of Denver and will graduate in May with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I'm a Colorado native but I lived in various places across the west coast when I served with Americorps, a national community service program similar to the Peace Corps.  My husband and I recently got married in 2019 and enjoy spending time together at home with our cat. I am passionate about education and can't wait to be a teacher! 


 

Haley Dowd

Student Teacher in Mrs. Gibson's Class

 

Hi, my name is Haley Dowd, and I am so excited to continue my journey of becoming a teacher here at Kendallvue and to be able to learn while being alongside Mrs. Gibson.

I currently go to MSU Denver and will graduate in May with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and with a concentration in psychology. I am so excited to work with 2nd and 3rd grade this year!

hdowd1@msudenver.edu

Julia Vasquez

Student Teacher in Alford's Class


Hi, my name is Julia Vasquez, and I am so excited to complete my resident teaching experience here at Kendallvue! 
I am a student at MSU Denver and will graduate in May with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a concentration in literacy. I started my teacher education in high school and have learned so much from each opportunity. I have had experience in kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms and I am excited work with 2nd and 3rd graders this year.

 

jvasqu25@msudenver.edu

 

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