Special Education

   
District Special Education Partner



Allison Tayloe
Allison Tayloe
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Allison Tayloe is an Assistant Director of Special Education at Jeffco, where she serves as a special education partner for 12 elementary schools, including Governor’s Ranch school community. Over the course of Allison’s career, she has served in Jeffco as a learning specialist, new teacher mentor, soccer coach, club sponsor, and now Assistant Director of Special Education. Allison is passionate about equity in our education system and providing unique learning opportunities for students on IEPs. Outside of partnering with special education teams, Allison enjoys backpacking, backcountry skiing, and home improvement projects.



Learning Specialists Mental Health Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist Speech/Language SSN



Learning Specialists




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Heather Goeddell
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Heather Goeddel is thrilled to start her first year at GRE as the 1/2 time learning specialist. She began her teaching career at Havern School, a private school for students with disabilities, where she worked for 12 years before coming to Jeffco. She has worked at Foothills Elementary as a Learning Specialist and Interventionist, where she will continue part time. Heather loves helping kids get to the aha moment and learning as much from her students as they do from her. When she is not teaching, enjoys spending time with her three incredible sons, hiking, camping, or playing her guitar.
   



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Lori Spindler
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Lori Spindler is very excited to join the Governor’s Ranch Elementary community as the full time Learning Specialist. Previously, she has worked at Governor’s Ranch for the past 2 years as a .5 Learning Specialist, splitting time between 2 schools. She started her career in special education in Nebraska where she taught for 2 years before moving back to Colorado. In Colorado, taught Severe Special Needs students for 2 years, and has worked with students in elementary and middle school. Her biggest goal in working with students and families is strong communication and prefers a ‘team approach’ to supporting students. She has a strong desire to help students succeed in school both academically and socially.
Lori is a mother of 4 children, all busy doing their own things. One daughter graduated from CU this year, another daughter is ready to graduate from KU in December, another daughter and son are ready to graduate from CSU and CU in a year. She loves to spend time with her family and all the craziness that a big family brings!
 

 Photo of Mrs. Shamis and her family Angela Shamis

Angela Shamis began working here at GRE in September of 2004 when her son Travis started Kindergarten. Although at the time she didn’t have experience working with kids (other than her own), she immediately learned that it was something she was passionate about and almost 14 years later she is still loving getting up and going to work every day! Her current position is the Special Education Building Support Paraprofessional, and her primary job is to work with small groups of students needing extra academic support, and at times working with students one-on-one. She has been married to her husband Mark for 22 years and when they are not working they enjoy spending time with family and friends going camping and taking beach vacations. She has two children Lindsay and Travis, both of whom attended GRE, and two furry friends Dusty and Niko.
 
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Veronica Moritz


Veronica Moritz has lived in Colorado her whole life. She graduated from CSU with a bachelor's degree. All of her children attended Governor's Ranch Elementary and she started working here while her daughter was in 4th grade in the fall or 2022. Veronica has a strong connection with Littleton and the Governor's Ranch community. Working with children has brought a new joy to Veronica’s life and she is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Governor's Ranch Elementary team.



Picture of Ms. Rombach  Amy Rombach- ISP Para

Amy was born and raised in the area and proudly graduated from Columbine High School. She has worked for Jeffco the last 3 years and absolutely loves the students and staff at GRE. Amy spends her time off with family and is an avid baseball fan! Amy gives her absolute best each and every day, and GRE is lucky to have her onboard.

 

Mental Health Providers

 


Michelle Myers
Michelle Myers, Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELs)
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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.

Generally Mrs. Myers works Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.



 
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Kirsten Rueschhoff, School Psychologist
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Kirsten Rueschhoff is so excited to be a part of the Governor’s Ranch Elementary community! This will be her first year at Governor’s Ranch as a part time Special Education Mental Health Provider. Kirsten moved to Colorado from near Pittsburgh, PA (GO ALL THINGS PITTSBURGH) 10 years ago where she worked as a social worker in a residential treatment center. When she moved to Colorado she worked as a Para-Educator in a ASD program in Jeffco Public Schools where she decided she wanted to be a School Social Worker. Kirsten received her Master’s in Social Work at MSU and has worked the past three years at Molholm Elementary. Kirsten enjoys building connections and helping students see their worth.

Kirsten enjoys being outside, skiing, mountain biking and adventuring with her husband and three small children.

Generally Mrs.Rueshhoff works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Occupational Therapist


Clare Bixler
Clare Bixler
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Clare Bixler is excited to be joining the Governor's Ranch community! Clare graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2014. She has been a school-based practitioner in a rural mountain area since this time and loves working in the school setting. Clare also sees clients in pediatric home health and is so happy to be in the pediatric/school world because she gets to focus on one of the best occupations--play!  In her spare time, Clare enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, son, and dog. She loves taking pottery classes, practicing yoga, and sitting outside reading on a summer evening.


Physical Therapist

Photo of Darla Davis Darla Davis
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Darla Davis is the Physical Therapist for all Columbine, Bear Creek High and Dakota Ridge articulation schools. She support students with physical impairments that may have difficulty accessing the school environment. Darla has been a PT since 1984 and have spent most of her career serving students in schools both here and in Arizona. She has worked for Jefferson County Public Schools since 2016. Darla is married and have together they have two adult daughters.  

 

Speech/Language Pathologist

 


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Christina Brittain
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Christina Brittain is so excited to be joining the Governor's Ranch Elementary team this school year as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Christina joins us from Aurora Public Schools where she spent seven years as a PK-5th grade SLP at Laredo Elementary School. Christina graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas with her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Christina enjoys spending time with her husband Blake, their cattle dog Hadlee, and lots of family and friends near and far. She loves to travel and adventure outdoors - hiking, snowboarding, camping. Christina loves working with children. She knows each child is very special and has a lot to share with the world!

 

SSN Teachers 

Ms. Ladd
Sarah Ladd - SSN Teacher
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Sarah Ladd will be joining the team at Governors Ranch Elementary as an SSN Teacher. She is from Michigan where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary and special education at Wayne State University in Detroit. She began her teaching work in Michigan as a special education teacher specializing in ASD and inclusion work with elementary age students. She moved to Colorado in 2015 and started work for Jeffco Schools at Fletcher Miller as a secondary teacher. More recently she worked at Elk Creek Elementry as a learning specialist and taught 1st grade.
Besides teaching, she enjoys yoga and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training last summer. Through this training, she also worked to complete an SEL certification designed for teachers and school communities. She has a 3-year-old son named Rex and loves living in the mountains.
   
 


Michelle Katzer
Michelle Katzer
SSN Para Educator (ISP)

Michelle is looking forward to returning to GRE for a great year as an ISP Paraprofessional in the SSN program. She is a Colorado native, having grown up on the western slope. Michelle and her husband of 32 years have two children; Kyle, living with his wife and baby in the Kansas City area and Kaleigh, who will be starting her third year of veterinarian school at CSU in Fort Collins. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, reading, Jeeping and glamping in the mountains, but most of all, spending time with her family.
   
 


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Traci Patino
SSN Para Educator

Traci Patino is very excited to join the Governor’s Ranch Elementary team as an ISP Paraprofessional within the SSN program. Traci graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been a stay at home mom for the last 22 years and a nanny for another GRE family for almost ten years. Traci and her husband have been married for 21 years and have 3 children, Kaylee, Tanner and Brady who are her world. In her free time, she loves spending time with family, being outdoors and trying new things.
   
 
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Janna Twedell
SSN Para Educator


Mrs. Twedell has had children at GRE since 2015 and is excited to be joining the amazing GRE team as a Para this year. Her daughter Taelyn is in sixth grade and her boys Teagon and Titus are in fifth and third grade. She is a Colorado native, born in Denver. Her husband Jeremy and her will be celebrating 20 years being married this school year. In her spare time, Mrs. Twedell enjoys making music, sports, volunteering, cooking and eating, wellness, gardening, all things outdoors, and photography.
   
 


Amber Valentine
Amber Valentine
SSN Para Educator (ISP)


Amber is joining us this year as a para. She has worked with differently abled children since she was a teen. Recently she was a nanny for several families in her area. Amber has lived in Colorado for most of her life growing up in Evergreen and then moving to Bailey. Amber has three children one in middle school one in high school and one who just left for college. Amber loves playing board games and going to escape rooms with her kids.

    

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