Support Team


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.

Sharon Rusin – Front Office Secretary
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 – 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.

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.

Austin Hachmeister – Neighborhood Center and Discovery Link
AUSTIN_HACHMEISTER@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I started working for before & after school programs in 2013.

Where did you go to college?
I studied Child & Family Studies at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about University Park Elementary is how welcoming all the faculty, children, and parents are.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
If school AND Discovery Link suddenly got cancelled… you could catch me going on a hike or watching a good movie (weather dependent, of course).

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it bee?
I love pizza but I don’t think I could eat that the rest of my life. I would have to say cereal.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
If I were not working with before & after school programs, I would be a food critic or photographer.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
The children may be surprised to learn that I fly back to Minnesota every summer for the “Minnesota State Fair”. More interestingly, I have been over over 10 countries.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
A kiddo wildly mispronouncing my last name (it happens a lot).

Amanda (Mandy) Lover – Personalized Learning Coordinator
amanda_lover@dpsk12.net

What year did you begin teaching (working in education)?
2006

Where did you go to college?
University of Colorado, Undergraduate Psychology, University of Phoenix, Masters Elementary Education and Lamar University, Administration Certificate

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love that UPark addresses the whole child. I love that the team works together to support all students and their individual strength’s as learners.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Hopefully it would be in the winter and I would go sledding and then curl up next to the fire with a good book!

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

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
I would love to be an interior designer or something where I get to be creative.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I secretly wish I could go back to elementary, middle, and high school. Maybe just for a week each!

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My children. They are really funny!

 

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
Emily Kernan