Para Professionals

Meet our Para Professionals


Lauren Bloom

Mrs. Bloom is in her fifth year as a paraprofessional at GRE. This job fills her bucket by being able to help kids grow on a daily basis. She loves the excitement and desire the kids bring every day to learn. She has two children, Will, an 8th grader at Summit and Maddy, a 5th grader at GRE. It is fun for her to be able to work at the school that her children attend. Mrs. Bloom and her family have lived in the Governors Ranch community for 8 years now. She is married to Eric and also has two dogs, Lily and Sadie. In Mrs. Bloom’s spare time, she loves to read, play tennis, ski, hike, camp, go to the beach and spend time with family and friends. Mrs. Bloom is looking forward to the 2023-2024 school year!

Lori Elvera
Lori Elvera

Mrs. Elvera is looking forward to beginning her 18th year as a Para at GRE. She primarily works in the copy room, helps supervise lunch/recess and works with students in different grades teaching cursive, typing, and reading intervention. Mrs. Elvera received her bachelor’s degree from Ft. Lewis College - Durango. She is married to Dan and they have one son, Nick who is a former student of GRE/Columbine HS and graduated from CU-Boulder spring of 2020, now working at Lockheed Martin. She loves working with the students at GRE! Her favorite past times include camping, hiking, fishing, and anything with their dogs. During the NFL season you may be able to hear her along with her husband, cheering for their Denver Broncos! Her family "is owned" by several Samoyeds and is actively involved in the canine community; participating in conformation (dog shows), agility, pack hiking, dog sledding, obedience, rally, public education and volunteers for the local and national breed club..

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 Kaycee Farrell

Mrs. Farrell is in her third year as a classroom and playground para at GRE. She has lived in the Littleton area since she married her husband 24 years ago. He is a music teacher and they have five children who all went to GRE. Now, their two sons attend college, and their three daughters are high school and middle school ages. A teacher by trade but home with her children, Mrs. Farrell started out as a parent at GRE (for 15 GREat years), serving as a class and library volunteer. She then becoming a PTA member, board member, and committee chair. When her youngest (now a sixth grader) began as a kindergartener, Mrs. Farrell happily started on as a substitute teacher for GRE. Now she is loving her daily role as a para, and is so thankful for her GRE family and all the wonderful kids she has gotten to know over her years at the school.

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Robin Fox

Mrs. Fox will be starting her second year with GRE. After 22 years with Farmers Insurance, she retired and still wanted to make a difference in others. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren all but two live in the Columbine area. She along with her husband Michael are Colorado natives and enjoy playing golf, travel and being with family.

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Ronda Frenette

Mrs. Frenette is excited about her fourth year as a Kindergarten Para. She loves the enthusiasm and excitement kindies bring as they begin GRE and is amazed by their growth as the school year progresses. Prior to working at GRE, Mrs. Frenette worked as a Jeffco preschool Special Ed Teacher Assistant for 13 years. Mrs. Frenette received her Bachelors degree from CU-Boulder. She is married to Greg and they have two adult sons: Matt, an Air Traffic Controller, who lives in the Minneapolis area and Chris, lives in Littleton and works as a Civil Engineer. Mrs. Frenette's hobbies include hiking, golfing, watching sports (Go Avs, Go Rockies!) and doing jigsaw puzzles. Her family has been a part of the Governors Ranch Community for 20+ years.


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Felina Washington

Ms. Felina Juarez aka Ms. Washington started with us in February of this year (2022) as a para.  She is excited to start a full year with us and can not wait to get to know the kids a little better!  She loves coming to work with the kids as it has always been a passion of hers!

Ms. Washington graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and also graduated from Cosmetology School in 2020. She has four children Azzie (11), Jordan (7), Ariyanna (6) and Jovani (1). She has two animals, a dog named Luna and a cat named Minerva. She loves spending time with her family, especially her children. She has been around kids her whole life and is wanting to get a teaching degree somewhere in the near future.

In Ms. Washington’s free time, she loves taking her children on fun adventures up to the mountains or even just to the park. She loves to workout and go on hikes. She loves going to Lake McConaughy with family and riding on jet skis. She loves having movie nights with her children.

Susie Nelson

Mrs. Nelson is in her fourth year as a Para at GRE. Both of her kids attended GRE and are now a Junior at Columbine High School and Freshman at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. Both kids are active Elite Lacrosse players so most of her husband Chris and her free time involves travel to Lacrosse Tournaments around the country. Mrs. Nelson loves to golf any chance she can and snow ski too. Fun fact: Mrs. Nelson lived in Breckenridge for over 20 years before moving to Governor’s Ranch. GRE is Great!



Mrs. Saul
Marcy Saul

Mrs. Saul has been a paraprofessional at GRE for 7 years but her favorite time has been the last 4 years with Alex Ryckman in Kindergarten. She absolutely loves working with Alex and the kids bring her so much joy as they are full of enthusiasm beginning their education journey. Her family has lived in the community for 11 years. She has 2 teenage boys that both attended GRE. Originally from CA, she had to adjust to the outdoor lifestyle that her family loves. Their trips involve camping, fishing, horseback riding or, her favorite, the beach! In her spare time she also enjoys sewing and gardening.

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Nicki Weist

This is Nicki’s first year with GRE. He’s taught swim classes for two years, and during the summer, he’s a lifeguard supervisor at the Elitch Gardens water park. He’s been lifeguarding for 5 years now. Nicki is currently working towards a history degree with an intent on teaching history, though he hasn’t decided on what grade level yet. Nicki has lived in Colorado all his life, initially living in Evergreen, then moving down to Denver 5 years ago. Funnily enough, Principal Lucas was Nicki’s principal in the 4th and 5th grade. Nicki enjoys reading history books and comics, dying his hair and hopes to start working on freelance journalism in his downtime. 

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