Special Education

District Special Education Partner

Matt Palaoro
Matt Palaoro
(303) 982-3500
Matt Palaoro is an Assistant Director of Special Education at Jeffco, where he serves as a special education partner for 14 elementary schools, including the Governor’s Ranch school community.
Over the course of Matt’s career in education, he has served students in many different capacities including School Volunteer, Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Special Education Coordinator, and now Assistant Director of Special Education. In 2017, Matt received the ARC of Excellence Award for Special Education for his exceptional efforts and commitment to students and families. You can expect honesty, strong communication, and a child-centered approach when working with Matt.
Matt is a husband, dog lover, and avid vegetable gardener. He loves what he does for a living and looks forward to making a difference in the life of every child.

Learning Specialists

George-Ann Smith
George-Ann Smith
George-Ann Smith is a Learning Specialist here at Governor’s Ranch. She is originally from Birmingham, AL where she worked 6 years as a Learning Specialist for sixth grade in the middle school setting. After teaching for two years in Dallas, TX, she and her husband, Kip, moved to Denver! Last year, she worked half time at Green Gables Elementary and here at Governor’s Ranch! She will be full-time at Governor’s Ranch this year and looks forward to collaborating with you regarding your child. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family. Kip and George-Ann have been married 29 years and have two children. Their son, Austin, lives in Atlanta, GA and daughter, Ivy, just graduated from Auburn University with a nursing degree. George-Ann looks forward to building a relationship with the community, the school, and the parents of all of her students this year!

Mary Liz Sullivan
Mary Liz Sullivan
Hello, my name is Mary Liz Sullivan. I have been in education for the last 11 years. I have worked in various positions and have spent the most time in Special Education. I grew up in western New York and moved to Colorado in 1999. I am married and have a five (soon to be six) year old son. We enjoy family time camping, skiing, and biking. My son and I enjoy baking together and making all different kinds of sweet treats.


Mental Health Providers
Michelle Myers
Michelle Myers, School Social Worker
Michelle Myers has lived in Littleton since 1999. She has previously worked for the Jeffco Schools Medicaid Program, and as a School Social Worker in Jeffco. Most recently, she has been a substitute Social Worker, and has been substitute teaching at GRE for the past year or so. She spent several years in between her experiences staying home with her three kids. She’s very excited to increase her professional role at GRE.

In her free time, she loves to get outdoors with her three kids, husband, and dog. She especially enjoys mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, hiking/walking the dog, camping, and fishing.

David Romig
David Romig, School Psychologist
David Romig is the half time school Psychologist at Governor’s Ranch Elementary School. He is a Colorado native and attended Kullerstand Elementary, Manning Junior High, and Wheat Ridge High School. Mr. Romig earned a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University, a Master of Science from St. Cloud State University and an educational Specialist from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been working for the district for more than twenty years.
Mr.Romig works with the Boy Scouts as an Assistant Scout Master. He is involved in the Timberline district Training Team and works with the Order of the Arrow Running Antelope Chapter. 
In the summer, Mr. Romig enjoys opportunities to camp with the Boy Scouts and with his family. 


Occupational Therapist
Staff pic coming soon!  Sandy Feroce

Physical Therapist

Staff pic coming soon! Jenna Schuetzle


Speech/Language Pathologist

 Kaitlyn Welden Kaitlyn Welden
Kaitlyn Welden is excited to begin her first year of work at Governor's Ranch Elementary! She recently completed her Master's of Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Welden spent several years working within Denver Public Schools in a variety of roles. After completing a year of service with AmeriCorps, she worked for Reading Partners, a literacy nonprofit that delivers tutoring sessions to students throughout the Denver area. Ms. Welden is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but she now spends as much time as she can in the mountains. 


SSN-2 Teachers

Ericka Krantz
Ericka Krantz - SSN 2 Teacher
Ericka Krantz is excited to return to Governor’s Ranch Elementary as the primary SSN2 teacher! She began in January 2018 and has really enjoyed getting to know the students, parents and community in the GRE area. Prior to working at Governor’s Ranch, she worked a variety of roles in elementary and middle schools while earning her Master’s in Special Education from Regis University. She has lived in Colorado most of her life and enjoys spending time outside, going to concerts, visiting new places with her family (her brother and parents are in the picture!) and walking her dog Odin! She’s looking forward to the upcoming school year and continuing to work with GRE students!

Ms. Chenoy

MaryJo Chenoy - SSN 2 Teacher
MaryJo  grew up living half her childhood in North New York and half in Seville, Spain. MaryJo began teaching in 2001, after receiving a Bachelor's Degree of Education from Florida Atlantic University, and is working on her Master's of Arts Degree in Psychology. Outside of her classroom, MaryJo serves as Founder of SPSNC - an organization that promotes networking for families with Exceptional Needs Children in Colorado. MaryJo has two children; Sophia and Ethan who both attend Jeffco Schools. When she is not watching her kids play tennis, or spending time with her better half; Michael, MaryJo is reading, playing piano, or trail running!



Sherry Lammers
Sherry Lammers SSN 2 Para Educator

 Mrs. Lammers came to GRE in August of 2009 and has loved helping students and working with teachers in her role as a Paraeducator.  Prior to coming to GRE, she was at Peiffer Elementary as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She has lived in the neighborhood before GRE was built, so naturally her son and daughter attended GRE and area schools. She lives with her husband and best friend of 40 years (this August) and two fur babies. When not at school, she loves spending time with her two adorable grandsons (ages 3 and 1), family, friends, outdoor activities like camping, riding ATVs, travel, socializing with great neighbors, and some dabbling in crafts. She genuinely loves these kids and wouldn’t have it any other way!


Jenny Maxwell
Jenny Maxwell SSN 2 Para Educator

Mrs. Maxwell began working at Governor's Ranch in 2006 as a substitute teacher, and then was hired full time as a para educator.  She loves working here!  She received her bachelor's degree from Anderson University, Indiana, in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education.  Teaching has always been a passion, and she taught full time prior to having children.

Mrs. Maxwell has 3 wonderful daughters, Emily 27, Katie 25, and Becky 21. 

She loves music and traveled to Europe and Africa with a concert choir during college years.  Also, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, enjoys traveling, and loves Baylor, where her girls went and are going. Sic'Em Bears!

 Kristie Peterson
Kristie Peterson SSN 2 Para Educator

Kristie Peterson has been working at GRE since 2015 as a Paraprofessional Educator with our Special Education team. Her boys Jack and Jeremy attended GRE.  Kristie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education. She has worked as a teacher, Early Child Care Director for YMCA’s of Denver, and worked at Heritage College. Kristie and her husband Gregg are going on twenty-five years of marriage.  Ms. Peterson enjoys walking her dog, cooking and hanging out with her family.


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