Office Support I
I am so very excited to be the Office Manager at Marie L. Greenwood! This is my second year here. I have been working for Denver Public Schools since January of 2014. I absolutely love supporting teachers and staff. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I am married to my wonderful husband Ken, we have 2 children, a 12 year old girl, Kennice and our son Gavin whose 9 and attends Greenwood Academy. Outside of work, I enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, running, swimming and spending time with my family.
Lisa Martinez is the proud Assistant Principal of Greenwood Academy!
This is Lisa's second year at Greenwood, and it is now her 12th year working in education. She was a classroom teacher and ESL teacher before going into administration. Before working in the school setting, Lisa was a newspaper reporter for six years at several Colorado newspapers. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!), and a master's degree from the University of Denver. She also received her principal license from DU.
Lisa loves working with diverse populations, and she enjoys traveling throughout Latin America. Her favorite spot is Panama! Lisa is excited to support ALL students in their academic journey while meeting rigorous academic standards at Greenwood.
My name is Misty Schroeder and I am the School Counselor at Greenwood Academy. This is my seventh year as a School Counselor in DPS and my third at Greenwood Academy. Before working as a School Counselor, I worked in Higher Education at Metro State University-Denver, the Community College of Aurora and Colorado State University-Pueblo.
I was born and raised in a small rural town in Northeastern Colorado and was the first person in my family to go to college. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University-Pueblo and my Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado-Denver.
I now live in Aurora with my husband and my son who is in Fourth Grade. I love to read and write, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I love the beautiful outdoors that surround us!
I love working at Greenwood Academy, exploring Career options with our students, making academic plans, and navigating some of the social and emotional bumps that come along. The students, families, and staff are amazing and I look forward to another great year with everyone!
Hello! My name is Katherine, but at Greenwood I'm known as "Coach K". This is my 4th year at Greenwood and I'm SUPER excited to be back for another year! I am Greenwood's Playworks Program Coordinator. Playworks creates a place for every kid at recess to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. At Greenwood I coordinate recess everyday for all grade levels. At recess, games are safe and organized. Any child is welcome and able to play in any game or engage in free- or imaginative-play.
I also run Class Game Times for all elementary classes that teach social and emotional skills as well as conflict resolution through play; run a Junior Coach Leadership program for fifteen 4th and 5th graders; teach a leadership and mentoring class for 7th & 8th graders; coach fundamental sports leagues for 4th and 5th graders (co-ed hockey, co-ed volleyball and girls basketball); and coach Middle School Volleyball.
Dean of Students/Athletic Director
Paula Martin is the Dean of Culture at Greenwood. Paula has been at Greenwood for over ten years. She loves to work with students and focuses on behavior supports for students. Paula is also the athletic director for middle school sports. Basketball is her passion. Paula wears many hats at Greenwood is always willing to support families, teachers, and students. Please reach out to Paula if you have any concerns or questions, she is always willing to help.
Hi, My name is Lily Kellogg. I've been the school psychologist at Greenwood for 10 years. I love working with all the students and finding ways to help them be more successful, whether they are trying to work out a social issue or a math problem or pass an AR test. I started my career as a licensed public school teacher in Vermont teaching mostly first and second grades. Then I went into private education in Scotland and then in Denver where I worked as a classroom teacher, music teacher, high school administrator, counselor, and special educator. As a licensed school psychologist I love helping students develop self-control, healthy friendships, academic success and acquire the tools they need to keep themselves and other safe. In my free time I love to garden, do yoga, exercise class and jog, and when I get around water, sail or canoe. I grew up taking care of and riding horses and sailing boats on the east coast. I've lived in Colorado since 1989. I met my husband within a month of coming to Denver and we've been happily married since 1993!
My favorite quote, "In the absence of information, people make stuff up." Lily Kellogg
8th Grade Science
Gifted and Talented
I attended Indiana University and received my BA and University of Colorado and received my MA. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with my husband, children, friends and my 2 dogs. I also love to cook and travel.
Dean Of Instruction
Hello! I have been an educator in DPS for 16 years. I have a Masters Degree in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Working as a Literacy Dean at Greenwood Academy is exciting because I get to work with first graders all the way up to eighth graders. At Greenwood, I support and coach literacy teachers, and I'm also in charge of some assessments and evaluations. I have traveled all over the world in a variety of roles. My favorite country on Earth is New Zealand, and my favorite city is Rome. My husband, Michael, and I have been married for 13 years, and we have a 10 year old son named Sam.
3rd Grade Literacy ELA-E/S
My name is Monica Rico and I am a Literacy teacher for third grade. I was born in Mexico and raised in Compton, California. I received my Bachelors in teaching from the University of Northern Colorado. Currently, I am enroll in a Masters program at Colorado University at Boulder. I have been part of Greenwood community for the past 12 years. During my free time, I enjoy traveling and going to the beach with my family.
Hello! I cannot wait to kick off another year teaching 2nd grade! This will be my 4th year living in Denver and teaching at Greenwood. I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from the University of Illinois - Chicago before moving out west. I absolutely love the mountains and spend much of my free time camping, hiking, skiing, and traveling with friends and family. I have a deep passion for teaching and learning and I am thrilled that I get to share that passion with my students and their families every day.
Mild/Moderate Special Education Grades 1-3
Hi! I am a Colorado native. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado for my undergraduate degree. I have a master's degree in reading from the University of Colorado at Denver. I enjoy watching movies, taking walks and spending time with my family. This is my seventh year back at Greenwood. I am thrilled to work at Greenwood because we have the greatest staff. I appreciate how we help each other and the positive attitudes we share.
Hello! My name is Luz Ochoa, I was born and grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico. I studied at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional were I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Denver in 1996 to pursue my career in education. This is my 15th year teaching at Marie L. Greenwood and my 6th year as a first grade teacher. Working with second language learners has been very fulfilling and I am very proud of being part of this school community for all these years. In 2011, I received the Distinguished Denver Teachers Award.
I enjoy traveling and have visited four continents; I also like to read books about personal achievement, and spending time with my family.
Hi, my name is Mr. Noel Nieves and I've been teaching at Greenwood since I moved from Florida seven years ago. I was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States to continue my studies in education when I was 22. I love basketball, soccer, and tennis, and I will take on any challengers at ping pong. I like reading, playing some mobile games, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite seasons are fall and winter, I love the change of color of the leaves and believe it or not I love the snow!
Elementary Reading Intervention
I love adventures, and reading is an adventure! I thrive on developing relationships with students, helping them crack the code of reading in fun and engaging ways, and seeing the world it opens up for them! I grew up in Pennsylvania where I worked with preschool-aged children in high school and throughout my education at Penn State University. I then moved to Telluride where I worked with preschool and elementary students and learned how much I love the mountains. After completing the Stanley British Primary School Teacher Preparation Program and earning my Masters in Educational Psychology through the University of Colorado Denver, I taught 3rd grade ELA-S on the west side of Denver before landing at Greenwood as a Reading Intervention Teacher.
Other adventures I enjoy are hiking, skiing, mountain biking, going to concerts, and generally enjoying the outdoors with my husband Tony, family, and friends, and especially my new baby, Ruby!
"No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care"
"Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire." - W.B. Yeats
Hello! My name is Bruni Landrau and I am a Reading Interventionist. I am so excited to start my 17th year here at Greenwood Academy. Yes, my 17th year. I am very lucky and happy to be part of this community and of your children's life. I am originally from Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto, and have been living in Colorado since 1986. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico and my Masters degree at the University of Colorado. I started working for DPS in 1989 and have loved all these years working with students and fellow teachers.
I have three wonderful children and two beautiful granddaughters, who I love to spend my free time with. My passions include traveling, reading, and spending time with my family.
6th Grade Math
I have been working at Greenwood for the last five years and am super excited to be teaching sixth grade math. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA, yet have lived in Denver for the last eight years, and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I enjoy traveling, hiking, music, cooking, and of course, reading. A favorite quote of mine is
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. B.B. King
Hello all! I am very excited to start my fifth year here at Greenwood! I grew up in the Boulder area and have always had a passion for physical activity. I started my collegiate career at Otero Junior College on a baseball scholarship and finished my degree at the University of Northern Colorado. My winter passion is snowboarding. Both of my parents were ski instructors at Arapahoe Basin and got me started at a very young age. I feel extremely fortunate to be in a position where I can share my love for movement with all of the wonderful students at Greenwood Academy.
Dean Of Instruction
Kelly has a passion for teaching and learning and always put students first in meetings. She holds a MA in Education with specialization in Administration and Supervision, a BA in Elementary Education and Spanish (from the University of Northern Iowa).
Kelly taught K-5 Spanish for 5 years Colorado Springs in and 2nd grade ELA-S for 5 years in Commerce City. As a teacher Kelly was nominated for Jared Polis Foundation Teacher of the Year and 9news Teacher Who Cares. Prior to teaching, Kelly had the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall!
As a Dean of Instruction for Math at Greenwood, Kelly is known for working side by side with teachers in their classrooms. In her role she approaches situations with a teachers heart and is looking forward to a successful 2017-2018 school year!
8th Grade Language Art and Social Studies
I'm excited for my 4th year of teaching language arts and social studies at Greenwood! My husband and I are originally from Ohio so I am a huge Ohio State football fan. Also, I love running, reading, traveling, hiking, and spending as much time outside as possible.
Teaching visual arts at Greenwood Academy for the past 5 years. I have thirteen years of experience under my belt. Successfully assisted 4 students from Greenwood Academy to be accepted to the Denver School of Arts and over forty other students under my wing to enter DSA.
Marathon Oil Company: Worked as a graphic artist / photographer for fifteen years.
Hobby: Collecting comic books / comic art for thirty plus years. Meeting up with many professional comic artists and collectors in the funny pages business. I also love to see all kinds of art everywhere in Colorado, and around the world.
Colorado native. Enjoy traveling with my wife, Ann.
- CAEA (Colorado Arts Education Association)
- Comic L Collectors fan (Comic/Professional comic art)
- Colorado Fine Arts
I enjoy teaching young children, helping them to learn to explore what they are capable of doing with their lives.
My favorite quote is:
"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do" Bruce Lee
6th grade Language Arts
Hello, my name is Angela K. Clementi, I am the 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Greenwood Academy this year. I have been teaching in DPS for the past 15 years and this is my 16th year. I have taught Kindergarten for 12 years, ESL grades 1-8 for 3 years and am now working with 6th graders. I have always wanted to be a teacher and work with children/students in some way or another.
I live in South Aurora with my family. I have a husband (Gino), a daughter (Isabella) who is in 6th grade this year and a son (Dominic) who is in 4th grade this year. I also have a dog named Tugg who is my cute little fur baby! My family likes to keep me busy with all of their after school activities and learning. On my free time I like to do crafts/art projects, read, go for walks, relax and cook!!!
Greetings Greenwood community! I am very proud to be starting my 7th year at Greenwood Academy. I started teaching in El Paso, Texas many years ago and have taught in the Seattle, Washington schools as well. I am very proud to be teaching our students the technology skills they need now to be successful and especially in their fast approaching future. In my spare time, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, playing the piano, going to the movies, reading a good mystery novel, and gardening in my back yard. I also write songs and hope to produce my first CD before the end of the year.
Mary Ann Bash
Each One Teach One
After 46 years of teaching 44 in Denver Public Schools and 9 at Marie L. Greenwood, Mrs. Bash still jumps out of bed to get to work. She created Each One Teach One: No More Gap in 2004 to prove the power and joy of learning sophisticated vocabulary to increase literacy achievement, students confidence and meaningful family engagement. With limited time during the school day, Mrs. Bash answered students pleas for after-school Horticulture/Cooking/Biking Club to demonstrate that words and learning are free, ubiquitous and fun. EOTO Summer Program is so popular, students call it Summer Camp. In 2016, Mrs. Bash invited EOTO 4th and 5th graders to study 104-year-old Mrs. Greenwoods autobiography and documentary to become Marie L. Greenwood Scholars to pass on her amazing legacy to small groups of students and adults. Mrs. Bash and her husband of 42 years are inveterate travelers 6 continents so far. She loves exploring Singapore, Alaska and Denver with her 4 young grandchildren, swimming, hiking tall mountains, reading and enjoying beautiful music and art.
7th Grade Literacy & Social Studies, Senior Team Lead
I am so happy to be returning to my Greenwood community and another wonderful school year. I began working at Greenwood in 2011 teaching 7th and 8th grade Literacy, and am happy to be the schools 7th Grade Literacy and Social Studies teach (my two favorite subjects!). Both my wife and I were born in Colorado, are avid educators, and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. I come from a long line of educators in my family and am so grateful to carry on the tradition.
In addition to education, I am passionate about the outdoors and exploring all of Colorado's astounding natural resources. As one of the staff members who run our outdoor program, Adventure Club, I am excited to take our students on more adventures this year and explore the world around us.
"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they yell us that dragons can be beaten." - Neil Gaiman, Coraline
I have been a 5th grade teacher at Greenwood for the past 12 years. I am also a Senior Team Lead, working with intermediate grade levels. This year I will also be a Ritchie intern while working on my principal licensure. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two kids and my husband, who is also a teacher. We love to go swimming and bike riding.
7th Grade Math
I am originally from Brookline, MA, but I went to Carleton College in Northfield, MN where I majored in Political Science. I love hiking and playing and watching sports, especially basketball and baseball. This is my third year living in Denver and my first at Greenwood. I teach 7th grade math and will be coaching flag football and basketball.
Hi! I am so excited to be at Marie L. Greenwood Academy as the 4/5 G/T teacher. I have been teaching for many years. DPS is my first love, I spent my first 7 years of teaching at Remington Elementary in NW Denver. I am so happy to be home. The rest of my years were in other Colorado districts. I spent 14 years teaching 4th grade, as well as a couple years in 5th, 1st, and 2nd.
I am a 3rd generation Denver native. I love the beauty and rich history of our state.
I am a rock hound, all my friends and family bring me rocks from around the world.
I got my first dog, ever, 3 years ago and then added another one a year ago. Goose & Bacio, I have thousands of pictures, just ask me. They are so much fun. We go for long hikes along the creek, they love to swim and they keep me on my toes. I love to read, cook, travel, and spend time with my fiancÃ©.
I am looking forward to being ever present as a role model and guiding our students to new heights and beyond.
Mr. Volinsky is the 7th grade science teacher and soccer coach here at Greenwood. He is originally from New Hampshire, but has lived all over the world in exciting places such as New York City, Washington D.C., and even Paris. He loves to get outdoors to ski, hike, kayak, and mountain bike all over the wilderness of Colorado. A successful student in his class will be curious, and not afraid to make mistakes. His favorite color is orange
I attended Indiana University and received my BA and University of Colorado and received my MA. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with my husband, children, friends and my 2 dogs. I also love to cook and travel.
6th Grade Social Studies and Math
Hi! I am thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity to be Marie Greenwood Academy 6th Grade Social Studies and Math Teacher. I am originally from Los Angeles, but I have lived in Colorado for most of the last 11 years. During that time I have received a Bachelors in History and Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a Masters in Educational Psychology from University of Colorado, Denver. I love to travel, and have lived abroad in the Kingdom of Tonga, New Zealand, and South Korea. I have taught in some capacity for the last 5 years, which include teaching English in South Korea, and elementary music in DPS. Yet, Colorado is my chosen home because of the quality of life it offers and the wonderful people it contains.
Hi friends! I'm Chandler Davis, and I will be teaching third grade this year at Marie L. Greenwood! I am a first year teacher, and am overjoyed to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am originally from Charleston, South Carolina and I have been a proud Colorado resident for three years. I graduated in 2013 from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Public Health, and I am currently in my final semester of graduate school at Adams State University where I will receive my Masters in Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement. In the classroom, my passion is literacy. Outside of school I love to cook (and eat!), travel, read, and fly fish. I live in Golden with my dog Francis and my cat Abu. I strongly believe in the Shared Core Values of DPS, and will exhibit those values in my classroom daily. I am looking forward to a fantastic year of teaching, collaborating with my team, and learning from my students!
Hi!! My name is Jennifer Didde. I moved to the Denver area from Farmington, New Mexico. I love to cook, read, and watch great movies. Tacos and pizza are my favorite foods, but I love to cook anything. Although I have taught middle school for 22 years, this is my first year at Greenwood and I am so excited!! This year, I will be teaching 8th grade math. I am looking forward to this new adventure both at Greenwood and living in this beautiful area.
Mild/Moderate 6th-8th Grade
I am pumped to be teaching at Greenwood and becoming a member of this schools community! I am originally from Southern Connecticut but have been living in Denver and working for DPS for the past two years. I am an avid outdoorsman with my main sports being rock climbing and skiing.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
I am excited to be joining the Greenwood community. This will be my 12th year serving DPS as a speech therapist- I have spent the last 10 years in the southwest quadrant. I was born in San Diego, CA, and I was raised in Colorado Springs, CO. I live in southeast Aurora, and I have a 2 y/o daughter.
Hello! I am the music teacher at Greenwood. I just moved to Denver from the burning hot desert city Phoenix, Arizona, where I taught music at a K-8 school. I am originally from Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University. I am really excited to be teaching at Greenwood.
Middle School Intervention/Journalism
Ms. Jones is a Colorado native with a passion for travel and adventure. She plays tennis, basketball, and likes to spend time in the mountains camping and skiing. Before joining Greenwood, she worked as a journalist and writer. Ms. Jones is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado. She lives on an urban farm on the west side of town and enjoys painting in her free time. At Greenwood, Ms. Jones teaches intervention classes focused on journalism, social media and digital citizenship
5th Grade ELA-E
I grew up in Westport, Connecticut, which is an hour north of New York City. I attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. I love to ski, hike, travel and spend time with family and friends in my free time. This is my second year teaching 5th grade at Greenwood and living in Colorado!
I am originally from Fort Lauderdale , Florida and have been teaching for three and a half years. I attended undergrad at the University of South Florida and majored in elementary education. I love to be outdoors. I am new to Denver and am extremely excited to be apart of the Greenwood Community.
Hello everyone! I am ecstatic to be teaching 4th grade ELA-E at Greenwood this year. I recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Elementary Ed, and I moved to Denver this summer. I am originally from Fort Worth, Texas. I enjoy exploring the city, hiking, skiing, going to concerts, traveling, and of course, teaching!
4th Grade ELA E/S
My name is Naceli Canela. I am a fourth grade ELA E/S teacher at Marie L. Greenwood Academy. I have lived in Colorado for about 9 years. I attended collage at Metropolitan State University where I got a degree in Human Development Phycology and became certified to teach elementary education. I believe every child should be valued and treated with equity.
On a more personal note, I live in Aurora with my 6 year old son Jayden. We both enjoy being outdoors. During the summer we enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and paddle boarding. I also love to cook and read.
I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!
Hello! I am so excited to be teaching first grade this year, but even more excited to have joined the Greenwood family! I am originally from a small town in upstate New York. I'm an avid Yankees fan, but I'll admit, the Rockies are growing on me. I enjoy traveling, DIY projects, cooking, and playing with my dog.
I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2014. Soon after, I obtained my Masters degree in Special Education and Literacy from the State University of New York at Albany. I spent two years teaching special education in New York before moving to Killeen, Texas with my fiancé, Josh. It was in Texas where I got my first dog, Cleatus, my first teaching job, and got engaged! Texas brought many wonderful things, but I'm excited to start the next chapter of our lives here in Denver!
Hola! My name is Mrs. Martinez and I am going to be the Second Grade Spanish Teacher! This will be my second year teaching at Greenwood Academy but my fifth year teaching in the United States. I love teaching and all the things we do with elementary students.
I have a Masters degree in ESL but I love to teach Math! I am always looking for the best strategies, resources and, activities. I can't wait to help my Second Graders become better readers, writers and, thinkers.
I am from Cali, Colombia and I came to the U.S. with my husband. Our families are still in Colombia. We enjoy traveling and doing different sports.
Sports: Skating, Hiking
3rd Grade - E/S
I am excited to be teaching math and science this year in Spanish. I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela but have lived most of my life in Texas. My husband and I have been in Denver for a year now and have absolutely loved everything it has to offer. I am an avid skier, hiker and love spending time with my English Bulldog, Henry.