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. 

Where did you go to college?
I went to Lewis & Clark College for 2 years before transferring back to my home state of Colorado and finishing my Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Colorado Boulder.

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 reading a good book and the rest of the day picnicking and playing volleyball with family and friends in the sun.

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

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
I think I would like to try out being a librarian or an archeologist. 

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I went to DPS when I was a kid too!

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My super silly 3 and 5 year old kiddos!

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.

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 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.

Taylor Bleidt- Speech Owls Nest, Room 208A
taylor_bleidt@dpsk12.org

Julia Lamberton- Extended Learning and Community Schools Program Supervisor/Discovery Link and Enrichment
julia_lamberton@dpsk12.org

What year did you start in education?
I began working in education in 2008 when I traveled to central China to volunteer teach. I stayed in China for another 6 years. There I taught ESL, IELTS, SAT, adult workplace communication courses, and private tutoring. From there I moved to Cambodia for 2 years, where I taught for non-profit organizations as well as international private schools. Upon my return to Colorado, I worked for DPS’s Kaleidoscope Corner and came back to Denver to work for Discovery Link.  

Where did you go to college?
University of Colorado at Boulder where I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Studio Arts, and Language.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love that University Park is such an inclusive and welcoming community of diverse learners and educators.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Go on adventures and eat a lot of great food.

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

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
If I did not work in education I would love to rescue dogs or be a chef.