Personalized Learning

 Amy Hansen  - School Counselor

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Courtney Jensen - Speech Language Pathologist 

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Speech Language Website



Kathy Boerth - Occupational Therapist

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Kathy Boerth has been an Occupational Therapist at Eldorado Elementary for 7 years and with Douglas County for 10 years. She also works at Trailblazer Elementary and Redstone Elementary.

Jackie Carland - Learning Specialist

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Jackie Carland has been teaching moderate needs students at Eldorado Elementary since 2001. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Rock Springs, Wyoming for 7 years. She works with students and teachers in grades K-6. Jackie is the team lead for the special education team, a member of the Learning & Leadership Team and is one of Eldorado's Personalized Learning Leaders. 

Jackie Carland


Melanie Sill - School Psychologist

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Melanie Sill has served as the School Psychologist at Eldorado Elementary since the fall of 2022. Melanie received her Master’s degree in Education and Education Specialist degree from the College of William & Mary, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She also has a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders. She collaborates with teachers, staff, students, and families to promote the success of Eldorado’s students. In July 2022, Melanie moved from northern Virginia to Colorado and began her role in DCSD. She loves to be in nature and spend time with her dog, Sammy. Melanie is passionate about her work with students and advocating for their educational needs. Thank you for your continued partnership this school year!

 Melanie Sill

Rebecca Collins - Gifted and Talented

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Rebecca Collins has been teaching in Douglas County for the past 12 years as a substitute teacher, a member of Eldorado's Intervention team, and now as our GT Facilitator. Prior to coming to DCSD she taught in Jefferson County for 12 years and enjoyed being a stay at home mom for 8. Rebecca earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master's in Curriculum and Design from CU Denver and her GT Endorsement from UNC. She loves helping our advanced learners challenge themselves to be their best.

Gifted and Talented Website

Rebecca Collins

Julie Jones - Learning Specialist

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Jenn Zajacs - Learning Specialist

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I have been teaching students with moderate needs in Douglas County for 9 years. After completing my master degree in special education I started my career in Parker in 2001 and joined the team at Eldorado in 2003. I was part of the special Ed team until 2010 when I decided to stay home and raise my three kids. During that time I tutored elementary, middle and high school students students in reading and math. In 2022 I came back to Eldorado to rejoin the special education team. 


Kim Fisher - Science Facilitator

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Kim Fisher

Valerie Gusdorf - ESL

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Valerie Gusdorf has been in education for over 20 years in various teaching and leadership positions. She moved to Colorado with her husband and two sons from New Mexico in 2014, and began teaching in DCSD in 2016.

Valerie Gusdorf

Vicki Matta - RISE (Reading Intervention for Students to Excel) Coordinator

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Vickie has been at Eldorado for 6 years as an educational assistant and currently as an interventionist and READ plan coordinator.  Her role includes helping students in their educational path and to provide resources in both reading and math to teachers as they work with their classrooms.  She taught previously in Lincoln, NE and Quincy, IL

RISE Website

Vicki Matta

Nicole Moore - Special Education Teacher- Affective Needs

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Nicole Moore has been teaching for eight years. She began as a second grade teacher in Florida and then moved into Special Education where she gained a passion and love for working with students with significant needs. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and she is currently in her master's program for Special Education at the University of Colorado.

Nicole Moore

 Liz Schade - Social Worker

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Bryan Swalley - Special Education Teacher - SSN

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Bryan has been working in Special Education for Douglas County Schools since 2019.  Bryan has worked as both a Moderate Needs Learning Specialist and a Significant Support Needs teacher at Eldorado Elementary.  Prior to working for Douglas County Schools Bryan worked as a Dean for Hope Online serving at-risk students for 5 years. 

Bryan Swalley

Heidi Johnson - Literacy Interventionist

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Heidi Johnson has been teaching for 24 years. Twenty of these years has been in Douglas County teaching Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Littleton Public Schools as a Literary Specialist and then in Arizona as a preschool and third-grade teacher. She was a Digital Educator from 2006-2007. Heidi has served on the technology and PRIDE committees and has served on the Building Leadership team since 2011. She received her undergraduate degree, in 1985, from Northwestern College in Elementary Education. In 2003 she received her Masters Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University in Minnesota.

Mrs. Johnson's Website

Heidi Johnson

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Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected].