First Grade Team


Room 102, Becki Hays
Becki_Hays@dpsk12.org
http://uparkhays.yolasite.com/

Becky_hv2What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in 1995.

Where did you go to college?
I earned my BA, and MA at the University of Colorado at Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about University Park is the responsible and respectful students, supportive and involved parents, and collaborative and passionate staff.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
If school suddenly got cancelled, I would spend the day reading a good book and baking.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life it would be my mother’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs.

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
If I was not an educator I would probably be an environmental scientist. I am very interested in finding ways to protect the earth and its diverse ecosystems.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I am a HUGE Disney World/Land fan! This is my absolute favorite place to vacation with my family. We have been to the parks several times and really enjoyed the Disney Cruise.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. I try to catch his show each and every night!

Room 103, Donna Laurent
Donna_Laurent@dpsk12.org
http://mrslaurentuniversitypark.weebly.com

donnalWhat year did you begin teaching?
2001

Where did you go to college?
Metro State of Denver for my undergrad and Grand Canyon University for my masters degree in Reading Instruction.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about U Park so far are the parents. They care deeply about their children’s academics.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
SLEEP!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Vegan cupcakes.

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
I would be a veterinarian.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
Hmmmm…I’ve been a vegan since 2009.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My youngest son Stone thinks he’s the funniest person to ever live. He cracks up at his own jokes and I think it’s hilarious!

Room 105, Mallory Moss
Mallory_moss@dpsk12.org
https://mossfirst.shutterfly.com/

malloryWhat year did you begin teaching?
I am thrilled to be the new Kindergarten teacher at University Park this year and I began teaching in 2008.

Where did you go to college?
I am a graduate of the University of Mississippi where I studied Elementary Education.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
If a school day was suddenly canceled I would probably spend it exploring the mountains depending on the weather.  Or curled in my pjs with a book.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My guilty pleasure is a warm pretzel from Wetzel Pretzel.  So if they weren’t so terrible for you, I could absolutely be happy with eating one everyday or my mother’s chicken spaghetti.

If your weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
If I wasn’t an educator I would love to be a travel nurse.  I love helping people and  have always enjoyed science and medicine.  So to combine that with travel and seeing new places would be amazing.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
My students might be surprised to know that I can play the drums.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
I am a big laugher so I am laughing all the time

First Grade Paraprofessional
richardRichard Mcrae
Paraprofessional
RICHARD_MCRAE@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
2002

Where did you go to college?
Metropolitan State College

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Working on my plants in the garden.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza!

If you weren’t an educator, what do you think your job would be?
A travel adviser.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I am a soccer fan.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
On my first day at UPark one of the students asked how old I was.