Support Team


Alexis Matter – Front Office Support
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.

Sharon Rusin – Front Office Support
sharon_rusin@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin working at UPark?
I began working at UPark in the fall of 2016.

Where did you go to college?
University of Texas

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about UPark is the welcoming feeling you get as soon as you walk through the front door. I’ve always found parents and staff to be very friendly and approachable.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would go for a run in the morning and read a book in the afternoon without a phone or clock in sight.

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

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My children make me laugh all the time!

hf_corrigan_carlsonCorrigan Carlson – Senior Team Lead/Intervention, Room 208A
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.

esl_RebeccaSueJohnsonNugentRebecca Johnson-Nugent, Intervention, Room 120
rebeccasue_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.

Amanda Jensen – Program Specialist, Neighborhood Center and Discovery Link
amanda_jensen@dpsk12.org

What year did you become an educator?
I began teaching as a classroom teacher in Aurora in 2008! I’ve been at UPark since May 2019.

Where did you go to college?
University of Colorado Boulder. Go Buffs!

What is your favorite thing about being an educator?
I believe there is no more important job in the world than being an educator. Now working with before and after school programming allows my team and I an amazing opportunity to work with kids on social emotional intelligence as well discover new areas of interest that they might not get exposure any other way!

If the school day suddenly got cancelled, how would you spend the day?
Assuming it’s cancelled because of snow, you’ll find me outside sledding with my two kiddos and then warming up in the hot tub and drinking hot chocolate! If it was warm outside, you’d find me with a book at the pool!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream, hands down. There’s enough flavors to keep it interesting forever!

If you weren’t a teacher/educator, what do you think your job would be?
I’d be a data scientist. Computer programming and the ability to understand and manipulate data open so many doors! I also flip homes, and I hope to continue to be able to do that for a long time! If I didn’t need a paycheck, I’d paint, photograph things, and decorate homes all day long!

What is something your students might be surprised to learn about you?
I love to go on adventures. I travel as much as I can. The last exciting place I went to was the Amazon Rain forest in Peru in September 2018!

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
This joke: Why didn’t the shrimp want to share his dinner? Because he was feeling a little shellfish!

Alicia Vega, Psychologist
alicia_vega@dpsk12.org

What year did you enter education?
The 2018-2019 school year was my first year as a school psychologist. However, I’ve been working in DPS since 2014 and have worked in the roles of a paraprofessional and a psychologist intern.

Where did you go to college?
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Loyola University-Chicago, and completed my PsyD in School Psychology at the University of Colorado-Denver.

What is your favorite thing about being an educator?
My favorite thing about being an educator is spending time with my students, and helping them learn all the important things they need to help them become successful and achieve their goals and dreams.

If the school day suddenly got cancelled, how would you spend the day?
I would spend the day at home with my dog, Lobo, and take some time to read and/or bake a yummy treat!

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

If you weren’t an educator, what do you think your job would be?
If I wasn’t an educator, I think I would enjoy working in an animal shelter.

What is something your students might be surprised to learn about you?
I played the flute for 8 years, and marched in the marching band in high school.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My friends and family as I end summer spending time with them in Chicago.

Alison Wilcox – Occupational Therapist
alison_wilcox@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching (working in education)?
2007

Where did you go to college?
University of Western Ontario

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love that it is an inclusive community of learners.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Hiking and adventuring with my family.

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

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
Owner (and chief decorator) of a fabulous cupcake shop.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I have met members of the Royal Family – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a Will and Kate).

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
The sound of my son’s laughter makes brings me so much joy and laughter.

Speech Owls Nest, Room 208A
Taylor Bleidt