Support Team


jesseJesse Broadfoot, Neighborhood Center and Discovery Link, Room 210
Jesse_Broadfoot@dpsk12.org

Where did you go to school?
Wingate University in Wingate, NC.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Golfing.

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

If you weren’t an educator, what do you think your job would be?
Something in Marketing or Sales.

What is something students might be surprised to know about you?
I have played ice hockey since 3rd grade and still play in a league to this day.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My buddies from back east.

hf_corrigan_carlsonCorrigan Carlson, Humanities Facilitator, Room 109
corrigan_carlson@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in 1996 as a first grade teacher. While this is my first year at UPark, I have been a humanities facilitator in other DPS schools.

Where did you go to college?
I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for my bachelor’s degree. Go Buffs! I earned my master’s from the University of Colorado at Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Teachers and students are so excited to learn.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would spend the day doing something silly and fun with my little boys. If I still had energy at the end of the day, I would enjoy a good book!

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

If you weren’t an educator, what do you think your job would be?
If I wasn’t an educator, I would pursue medicine.

K_CaraHavenarCara Havenar, Intervention, Room 120
cara_havenar@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
My first year of teaching was 2001.

Where did you go to college?
I went to the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!) and Lawrence, Kansas remains one of my very favorite places in all of the land! I make sure to visit my alma mater every year.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Oh, so many things (sorry, I can’t just pick one)! I feel very lucky to work with Grant Varveris, as a principal really can “make or break” a building, and her knowledge, positivity, and support help make UPark a special place to teach. Additionally, I love the support from parents and surrounding community as their love is felt, appreciated, and needed. Finally, what an amazing number of “pins on the world map” we are able to represent here! The rich cultural diversity is what first intrigued me about University Park when I was applying to schools in DPS.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would spend the day baking, watching movies, and riding bikes down the Cherry Creek Trail with my family. And I’d add some alone time at a cafe or spa to the list, too 😉

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pretty sure my part-time teacher funds would never allow for this, but I’d dine on lobster tail and sushi (any seafood!) for my daily meals.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
I’d love to be an event planner or a photographer as I feel like I have interest and strengths in both of these professions.

esl_RebeccaSueJohnsonNugentRebecca Johnson-Nugent, Intervention, Room 120
rebecca_johnson@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in Mexico in 1996 and I am currently the ELA-S teacher at U Park and have been in this position for 4 years.

Where did you go to college?
My undergrad work was at San Jose State University in California, my master’s is in Applied Linguistics from La Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about University Park is the diversity of the population. I love what I learn from my students!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would take my kids for a snow walk and out to lunch.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it bee?
Olives. They are a perfect food.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
I would be a travel writer, wine maker, olive farmer.

sw_barbara_lamanaBarbara Lamana, Social Worker, Room 204
barbara_lamana@dpsk12.org

What is your current position at UPark and how many years have you been in this role?
I am the school Social Worker. I started at University Park – September 1999.

Where did you go to college?
I received my master’s degree at University of Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
The great staff and principal.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Spend time with my granddaughter.

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

If you weren’t a Social Worker, what do you think your job would be?
I can’t imagine doing anything else!

2_Sarah_HoldemanRoom 114, Sarah Holdeman
Personalized Learning Partner
sarah_holdeman@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I am pretty sure I began teaching in 1994. I currently teach 2nd grade at UPark. Previously, I taught 2nd grade for many years in Douglas County.

Where did you go to college?
I got my undergraduate degree in English Literature at Albion College in Michigan. I obtained my Master’s Degree in curriculum development from The University of New Mexico and my Gifted Education certification from Regis University.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Hands down. . . the staff!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would take my dog for a hike and then play board games with my kids.

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

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
I would be a children’s author. The only problem is that I haven’t written a book. . . yet. I am slowly gathering writing ideas!

alexis Alexis Matter, Front Office Secretary
Alexis_Matter@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin in education?
I began working in education in 2006. I have since been a paraprofessional in DPS, an Early Childhood Teacher, and a coordinator for a literacy intervention program. I have always loved working with children, seeing the way they light up when they learn something that sparks their interest. Working in an education setting allows me to be part of the development of students and help to positively impact the community of Denver that I so love.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love the supportive community at University Park. The teachers and staff are fantastic and the students have been so fun to work with.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would want to spend the morning curled up with a good book and the rest of the day picnicking and playing volleyball with family and friends in the sun.

Speech Therapist, Room 208A
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Alison Wilcox, OT/PT Room 210
alison_wilcox@dpsk12.org

doyleDoyle Lea, Facilities Manager
Doyle_Lea@dpsk12.org

What is your role at UPark?
I am the Facilities Manager.

Where did you go to school?
North High School.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Fishing.

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

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

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I  love to read.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My Grandson.

MarzukMarzuk Umar, Facilities
marzuk_umar@dpsk12.org

What is your role at UPark?
I make sure the environment at UPark is a nice and clean place for work and study.

Where did you go to school?
John F Kennedy High School

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Relaxing and getting some rest.

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

If you weren’t an educator, what do you think your job would be?
Interior decorating.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I  can run on my hands!

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Someone called me lazy.