Fourth Grade Team


4_Jennifer_MortonRoom 218, Jennifer Morton
jennifer_morton@dpsk12.org
https://sites.google.com/a/dpsk12.net/university-park-room-218/

What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in 1999. I taught third grade for two years, and then came to University Park. Here, I have been teaching fourth grade since 2001.

Where did you go to college?
I attended college at the University of Colorado – Boulder (GO BUFFS!). I earned a degree in Psychology and then continued taking classes after graduation to earn my elementary teaching license. I also received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love University Park because of the students. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse group of kids who are able to contribute to our school and create a very unique community. I also love that our school is able to provide students with so many enriching experiences including classroom projects, specials and before and after school classes.

If a school day suddenly got cancelled, how would you spend the day?
I’d spend time with my own kids. I would love to snuggle up on the couch with Cooper and Annika and watch movies. We’d probably bake some cookies too.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
PIZZA…I never get tired of it.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
My dad is an architect, and I always enjoyed the work that he did. I’d love to design buildings and homes where I could combine my love for math, science, and art.

4_Sue_BryersSusan Bryers, Room 217
susan_bryers@dpsk12.org
https://sites.google.com/a/dpsk12.net/ms-bryers-4th-grade/

What year did you begin teaching?
1995. I previously owned a cookware/coffee shop.

Where did you go to college?
Gettysburg College, PA.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Family involvement.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Reading, biking, gardening.

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

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
National Geographic photojournalist.

R3_mindy_ostromoom 216, Mindy Ostrom (50%)
http://owls216.weebly.com/
mindy_ostrom@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I began my teaching career in 1996, at Edison Elementary in Denver.

Where did you go to college?
I am a Colorado State Ram! I earned my BS from CSU, and then went on to get my teaching certification and my MA from University of Colorado at Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about University Park is that everyone here is working toward one goal – the success of the children.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
If I had a chance to spend a surprise day at home, I would spend it with my own children, enjoying them.

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

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
I think I would have enjoyed being a detective or a forensic scientist. I love putting clues together to solve a problem!

Room 216, Becky Foster (50%)
http://owls216.weebly.com/

What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in 1996 at Maria Mitchell Elementary in Denver. Mrs. Ostrom taught kindergarten across the hall!

Where did you go to college?
I did a “tour” of colleges. My freshmen year was at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. My sophomore year as at the University of Arizona in Tucson. My junior and senior years were at University of Wyoming in Laramie and I went to graduate school to get my masters in education (also with Mrs. Ostrom) at University of Colorado in Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I haven’t started teaching there yet but so far, I’d say that the staff has been very supportive and friendly! I’m really excited about teaching at University Park and getting to know the students and families!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
My day would begin with a trail run at Mt. Falcon. Then, I would spend the day with my husband Danny and our three children Rex (16), Lucy (14) and Ozzie (13). We would go spend time doing something outdoors like swimming, play a game of football, hiking or riding bikes. At some point during the day I’d take a nap and we’d go out for Mexican food!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I love Mexican food! I would probably have a combination platter with a bean burrito, chicken enchilada and chili relleno. Of course, chips and guacamole would come on the side!

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
That’s a hard question. I love traveling, nature and exercise so maybe a traveling trail running guide?

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
My father lives in India.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
We have two dogs Elvis and Lucky. Lucky is a Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix. He loves to burrow under the covers of my daughter’s bed. I went into her room the other day and it looked like her bed had a heart beat because Lucy had made her bed several hours ago with Lucky still inside it! It took me by surprise, but I couldn’t stop laughing!