Dean of Culture / 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.
Kimberly Ahern has been working at Greenwood for 13 years. She was a classroom teacher for eight years and spent four years as a Senior Team Lead. During the 2017-2018 school year, Kimberly completed the Ritchie program and received her Principal License. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two kids and her husband, who is a teacher. She loves to go swimming and bike riding.
My name is Misty Schroeder and I am the School Counselor at Greenwood Academy. This is my eighth year as a School Counselor in DPS and my fourth 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 Fifth Grade. I love to read, write and bake. 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! Please visit my Counseling website for information on ICAP, Career and College Trips, and High School selection. http://counselingga.wixsite.com/greenwood
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.
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
My name is Freda Lamptey and I was born in Ghana, West Africa. I left Ghana after high school (1973) to London, UK to pursue higher education. I attended St. Mary’s Teaching Hospital Nursing School in the heart of London where Prince William and Prince Harry were born. I came to Denver, Colorado in 1978 and been here ever since. I am an alum of CSU (class of 1985, Food Science and Nutrition) and CU, College of Nursing (class of 2005 for BSN).
I have an adult daughter. I love to watch old rerun sitcoms on TV (Perry Mason, The Rifleman, Andy Griffith, The Lone Ranger…etc.). I am not fond of snow or the winter weather despite my longevity in Colorado. I am very excited to join the team of professionals at Greenwood Academy. My goal is to always put student first and attend to their health needs. Please feel free to stop by the health office and let us get acquainted since this is my first year at Greenwood. I have been with DPS for five years.
8th Grade Science
I am a 5th grade literacy teacher and Senior Team Lead at Greenwood. I’ve been a teacher at Greenwood for over 10 years and love the sense of community and the connections I’ve made with families. I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder in Spanish Language and Literature and Elementary Education, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado – Denver in Linguistically Diverse Education. My husband Donald and I have two children, a 4 year old daughter, Morgan and a 6 month old son, Xavi. We love to spend time as a family swimming, visiting the mountains and enjoying books and museums
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.
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.
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
4th Grade E/S
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. I have been teaching in DPS for the past 16 years and this is my 17th year. I have taught Kindergarten for 12 years, ESL grades 1-8 for 3 years and this is my 2nd year 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 7th grade this year and a son (Dominic) who is in 5th 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 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 fiancé.
I am looking forward to being ever present as a role model and guiding our students to new heights and beyond.
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
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.
I am Chandler Davis, and this is my second year teaching at Greenwood! I am originally from Charleston, South Carolina but have lived in Colorado for 4 years. I have my Bachelors in Public Health from the College of Charleston, and my Masters in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from Adams State University. I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, and fly-fishing! I also love to spend all of my free time with my dog Francis, cat Abu, and fiancé Jordan!
Mild/Moderate 6th-8th Grade
I am excited to begin my second year teaching at Greenwood! I am originally from Southern Connecticut but have been living in Denver and working for DPS for the past three years. I am an avid outdoorsman with my main sports being rock climbing and skiing. In the fall I help coach Rapids after school soccer program and in the Spring I coach Greenwood's Girls Soccer Team. In addition I help run our school's amazing Adventure Club which gives 15 students each year the opportunity to go on fun adventures, hikes and camping trips!
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
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.
I am excited to be teaching 4th grade ELA-E at Greenwood for the second year. You’ll notice my classroom features a lot of bright orange because I am a proud graduate from Oklahoma State University! I am originally from Fort Worth, Texas and have been living in Denver for one year now. I love our city, and I also enjoy driving out to the mountains on the weekends.
2nd Grade - 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!
1st Grade - E
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!
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.
5th Grade ELA-S
Hello! My name is Amanda Moerbe, and I am the 5th grade ELA-S teacher. This is my first year here at Greenwood, and I am so excited for all that is in store for this year! I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful community. Before joining Greenwood, I received a BS in bilingual education from Texas A&M University. (Whoop!)
I was born and raised in Austin before going to A&M, and moved to Denver this summer after graduation.
My twin sister and older brother also live here. I love spending time with my family, backpacking, going to concerts, and traveling.
5th Grade - E
Hello! I am thrilled to join the Greenwood community this year! I have been teaching for over 5 years, but this will be my first year in DPS. I was born and raised in New Jersey where I taught for several years before moving to Portland, Oregon, where I taught for a couple more. I just relocated to Denver over the summer and am so excited to explore the Mile High City and the Rocky Mountains and most importantly, to get to know my new students and their families!
Alphonso Gaston Lopez
7th Grade Science
Here's to a most excellent year ahead at Greenwood teaching 7th grade science! I was originally born in the Philippines, and my family emigrated from there when I was young. I grew up in Maryland, then completed my undergraduate studies (physics) at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Being a teaching assistant for physics classes got me thinking of different careers beyond research, so right after graduating, I moved to Colorado to begin my teaching career through a teaching residency with the Relay Graduate School of Education in Denver. Now entering my second year in teaching, I'm on track to complete my Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at the end of next year!
When off-duty, I enjoy watching concerts and shows downtown (like plays, musicals, the Colorado Symphony), cooking, watching films, and exploring anything new to listen to. I'm trying out newer things like writing and some personal art projects, and want to get back to doing some amateur astronomy. I also hope to travel more around the city and outside around Colorado. So much more to experience…
4th Grade - E/S
Hi, my name is Anaissa Herrera. I am very excited to start my first year teaching at Greenwood. I earned my Bachelors at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Elementary Education. I'm originally from California, but I have lived in Colorado for the majority of my life. During my free time, I spend time with my family, horseback riding, hiking, and traveling. I can't wait to start the new school year and be apart of the Greenwood community!
7th Grade language Arts
Hello! I am so excited and honored to join the Greenwood team as the 7th grade Language Arts teacher. I am originally from sunny and scorching Phoenix, Arizona, but I have called Colorado home the last six years. In 2012, I moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend University of Colorado Boulder. I graduated from CU with my B.A. in English, my teaching license in K-6 Elementary Education, and my endorsement to teach 7-12 English Language Arts. Go Buffs! This will be my first year teaching in DPS and I am very grateful for the opportunity. Last year, I privately taught three home-schooled students; this year, I am so thrilled to be working and learning with the 7th graders at Greenwood! Moreover, I can’t wait to have fun! As an English teacher, I am most passionate about thinking critically, whether it is about literature, film, speech, or music. Outside of school, I love to cook and explore new restaurants, go to concerts, watch (and analyze) movies, and spend time with my friends and cat, Honey. I am overjoyed to be a part of the Greenwood community, and I look forward to a wonderful year with you!
7th grade social studies
Ciao! I am excited to be starting my first year as Marie L. Greenwood Academy’s 7th grade social studies teacher. I am originally from Los Angeles, but I have lived in Virginia and Washington state where I served in the military before moving to Colorado. I have been here now for the last 12 years, 10 of which have been in Aurora. Since arriving in Colorado, I finished my bachelor’s in Web Design and Multi-media at Westwood College, as well as a bachelor’s in history and Secondary Education from Metropolitan State University. I absolutely love ancient and medieval history, as well as world cultures, and I can’t wait to share my passion for learning with our students.
On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful husband Michael, who is a Colorado Native, now going on 12 years. I also have two wonderful, yet very different step daughters and a miniature schnauzer named Rainie, who was named after Mount Rainier.
I grew up with horses and camping, so I love everything outdoors and spend as much time as I can off-roading in the Rockies. In my “spare” time, I enjoy culinary arts, painting and drawing, and doing both history and family research. In addition, I enjoy traveling both near and far.
I am excited to be starting my career here and can’t wait to get to know my students and their families throughout the year.
JuanJuan (Zoe) Zhu
8th Grade Math
Hello, everyone! Nimen Hao! My name is officially Juanjuan Zhu. But I also go by Zoe. Born and raised in China, I used to be an English teacher at a college in Shanghai, China. Ten years ago I came to the U.S. to further my education. After receiving my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University, I have been working in a couple of schools/school districts in the Denver area. This will mark my 4th year teaching middle school math in Denver and 1st year at Greenwood! I'm super excited about joining the awesome Greenwood team! My husband and I have two kids: Logan, who is a proud 1st grader now, and Julie, who has just fearfully started her Pre-K. I love to spend time reading, hiking and playing with my family. When time permits and my mood allows, I also write calligraphy to relax myself.
- Tel: 720-424-6630
Kinder - S
I am Astrid Duhame and this is my ninth year teaching and first year teaching at Greenwood. I am excited to join this amazing community! I am from Nogales, Arizona and moved to Colorado two years ago. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Spanish minor from The University of Arizona. I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Arizona State University. I am currently working towards obtaining a Masters through The University of Colorado. On the weekends my husband and I enjoy trying new restaurants, exploring the state of Colorado and hanging out with friends.