Specials Team


k_KariHaleKari Hale, Visual Arts (Wed PM, Thurs, Friday)
kari_hale@dpsk12.org

What year did you enter education?
I began teaching in 2000 and then took some time off to be at home with my boys.

Where did you go to college?
I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) and my elementary teaching license from Metro State University of Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love the families here and the involvement of parents and community members. Everyone seems to want to work together to constantly improve UPark and make it a wonderful place for our children.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Watching movies with my family in our PJs.

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

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
Probably an interior designer or an artist.

Callie Ludwig, Drama/Music Teacher
callie_ludwig@dpsk12.org

What year did you enter education? 2007

Where did you go to college? The University of Northern Iowa

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
I love using the arts to help children find their voices and shape their identities.

If the school day suddenly got cancelled, how would you spend the day?
I would hang out with my husband Michael and our two-year-old daughter, Adelaide. We like going to the zoo and playgrounds!

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

If you weren’t a teacher/educator, what do you think your job would be?
I think it would be really fun to start a franchise of a chocolate shop that originated in my hometown.

What is something your students might be surprised to learn about you?
I enjoy exploring historical places, especially ghost towns.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Adelaide makes me laugh out loud on a daily basis. She says the funniest things! One time, she told me she was afraid of a wall. I asked what could possibly be scary about a wall? Adelaide replied, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!” I couldn’t argue with that logic!

pe_tracy_hartinTracy Hartin, Physical Education
tracy_hartin@dpsk12.org

What year did you enter education?
I have always been teaching! I started teaching as a child in my backyard organizing backyard games with my neighbors.  I also taught swim lessons in high school.  I got my first official teaching job in the public schools in 2001.

Where did you go to college?
BS from University of Wisconsin La Crosse and MS from Western Kentucky University

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
To Be Determined! – Right now my favorite thing is that I was able to become a new member of the staff this year!  I love that this school has a strong commitment to health and wellness!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Playing outside!  My family takes every chance we can get to play in the snow, go sledding, and make snowmen.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Reese’s pieces.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
If I weren’t a PE teacher I would be a fitness director at a health club or a occupational therapist.

kathleenKathleen Von Stein, Library
kathleen_vonstein@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
2015

Where did you go to college?
University of Denver and University of Northern Colorado

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would spend my day reading and seeing a film.

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

If you weren’t an educator, what do you think your job would be?
I would be a writer.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I rode the “Ride the Rockies” cycling tour five times.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
A book by Mindy Kaling.