Meet Our Dedicated Team

 

Administration

Lauren Tracey

Lauren Tracey

Principal

Lauren was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to Boulder over thirty years ago. She has a BS in Molecular Biology from CU Boulder, earned her teaching license through Naropa University's School of Contemplative Education, and is currently a graduate student in UCD's School of Education. Lauren has taught in Boulder Valley for over thirteen years, and travels whenever possible with her husband and three (now adult) children.  Lauren is dedicated to supporting our excellent teaching staff as they guide students to become self-directed learners and change makers.

Cece Davis

Cece Davis

Assistant Principal

Cece is overjoyed to be returning to Horizons K8 School, a community that inspires her passions for learning and growing alongside kids and educators. She is in her 27th year of education, including 10 years of corporate education for the energy and pharmaceutical industries, 10 years of multi-age education at Horizons K8, and six years of school leadership experience. She holds a BA in English and masters work in Business Administration and an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy. Cece spends time outside of school hiking, cross-country skiing, participating in community service experiences, baking, writing poetry and vicariously reliving college life through her two children (Madison and Liam, Horizons alumni.)

Kindergarten

Wendy Thoresen

Wendy Thoresen

Kindergarten Teacher

Wendy has a BA in Art History, a BFA in Fine Arts and a Master's Degree in Architecture.  After a long career in architecture, she began teaching and has been at Horizons for 10+ years.  Wendy has taught First Grade, a combined K/1, and is delighted to be teaching Kindergarten.  When not at Horizons, Wendy loves to spend time in the mountains with her family, hiking, boating, skiing, drawing and painting.

Shannon Reid

Shannon Reid

Kindergarten Teacher

Shannon previously taught 1st/2nd grade at Horizons and has now made the exciting switch to Kindergarten! She has fallen in love with the students and community at Horizons and feels so grateful to be working and learning with everyone! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her three dogs and family, hiking, biking, and being outdoors in this beautiful state! Her other passions include musical theater, improv, and ultimate frisbee.  

Jocelyn Leibow-Zajac

Jocelyn Leibow-Zajac

Kindergarten Long Term Substitute Teacher

Jocelyn has a BA in Rhetoric and Communication and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Literacy. She has taught Kindergarten and First Grade in BVSD. Jocelyn is very excited and full of gratitude to be working at Horizons. In the winter she is also a race coach for the Eldora Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club. Jocelyn loves to be outside in the mountains...hiking, running, biking, skiing, camping, and sitting, with her husband and two kids.

1/2 Grades

Beth Coleman

Beth Coleman

1/2 Teacher

Beth's Horizons career began in 1993 when she ran the Wednesday afternoon program. Since that time, she has taught Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Prior to receiving her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from CU, Beth taught at various preschools and at an alternative private school for children ages 8-18. In her "free" time Beth loves to run, do construction projects, and spend time with her sweet girls and husband.

Aubrey Demmon

Aubrey Demmon

1/2 Teacher

Aubrey has been teaching since 1999. She has taught high school English, elementary Spanish, and K-8th grade students. Most of her teaching has been grades 2/3 and she is currently working with a 1/2 class. Aubrey received her BA at Bradley University and her Masters in Literacy at Lesley University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys and her daughter, snowboarding, reading, and playing with her pets.

Natalie Bauer

Natalie Bauer

1/2 Teacher

Natalie is thrilled to be joining the Horizons K-8 family this year. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Then she immediately moved out to Colorado after graduation for sunshine and mountains. She received her Masters in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and Special Education from CU Boulder. She has taught K-5 English Language Development, kindergarten, 1st grade, and K-6 multiage classes. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, hiking, and camping with her family.

Traci Bushnell

Traci Bushnell

1/2 Teacher

Traci began her career in education in 1992. Over the course of her 26-years as an educator, Traci has helped to found three schools, and has worked as a teacher and an administrator with Pre-K through 8th grade students. She earned a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in the Integration of the Arts. Traci’s passions include her family, friends, yoga, health and wellness, hiking, running, reading, dance, travel, and learning and teaching from the heart.

3/4 Grades

Adam Brink

Adam Brink

3/4 Teacher

Adam joined the Horizons community back in 2000. He first started teaching in Maine as an outdoor educator, taking kids climbing, backpacking, and canoeing. When Adam is not wrapped up in the world of school, he is traveling and rock climbing with his wife, Jessi, and dog, Arlo.

Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen

3/4 Teacher

Julie has a BA from Grinnell College, an international Montessori teaching license, and a M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum from CU Boulder. She has been teaching in Boulder since 1992. Julie enjoys spending time with her family, playing outdoors, and traveling.

Kate Grant

Kate Grant

3/4 Teacher

Kate is originally from New York, where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Cortland State and a M.S. in Literacy from Potsdam State. She has taught in a variety of school settings as a Literacy Specialist (PK-6th), a preschool teacher, and a 1st grade teacher. During her free time, Kate enjoys reading, traveling, and adventuring outdoors, especially if she is running or hiking.

Emmy Kurtz

Emmy Kurtz

3/4 Teacher

Born and raised in Boulder, Emmy is a true Colorado girl. She obtained a BA in sociology and music and a MA in elementary education, both from the University of Denver. She taught at Isabella Bird Community School for 2 years in ECE and 1st grade and also has experience as an Expeditionary Learning teacher. As a graduate of Horizons K-8, Emmy is fortunate to work side-by-side with her mentors and childhood teachers. In her free time, Emmy can be found singing, traveling, cooking, hiking with her family’s Golden Retriever, practicing her Spanish, appreciating music, and finding shapes in the clouds while relaxing in a hammock.

5/6 Grades

Lynn Dobransky Pence

Lynn Dobransky Pence

5/6 Teacher

Lynn has been happily learning and growing with her students, colleagues and parents here in the Horizons K-8 community since 1998. She takes pride in creating learning environments that help students challenge themselves outside their comfort zone, in the academic, social, and critical realms of thinking - she believes that all students are capable of accomplishing great things. Lynn has a BA in Sociology and a MA in Education specializing in Multicultural Foundations of Bilingual Education from CU- Boulder and maintains 5 different teaching licenses.  When she is not working on her own professional development or being inspired by her students, she can be found hiking the trails around Boulder, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Peter Hegelbach

Peter Hegelbach

5/6 Teacher

Peter has taught all grades from K-12 in areas from special education to film making. After a brief stint as an ocean lifeguard, he began teaching in 1987 and has taught exclusively in multi-age settings during his career. Peter graduated with a BA in architecture from Princeton University and a MA in elementary education from the University of Colorado – Denver.  Recently, he authored publications for the Center for Teaching International Relations on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, illegal diamond trade in Sierra Leone, and a teacher's guide to the “State of the World Atlas.” When not with his family, Peter can be found running the hills and trails of Boulder.

Rachel Clionsky

Rachel Clionsky

5/6 Teacher

Rachel grew up in central Pennsylvania. She attended The University of North Carolina Wilmington where she studied biology, but the mountains of Colorado were calling her name. She moved to Boulder, site unseen, twelve years ago and found her niche. She earned a degree in Elementary Education and through CU’s Partners in Education program and an MA in Math and Science Education. When Rachel is not teaching or studying, she can be found climbing, trail running, cycling, or cross country skiing. She and her husband, also a teacher, love to travel to pursue their shared passion of rock climbing.

Annie Blankenship

Annie Blankenship

5/6 Teacher

Annie grew up in Texas and studied Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Elementary Education. She started her teaching as a fourth grade math and science teacher. She is passionate about teaching the whole child, focused on individualizing learning for students, and feels strongly about helping students adopt a growth mindset and 21st century skills so they can develop the grit they need to be successful. Her intention is to create a safe classroom in which students feel comfortable taking on challenges, making mistakes, and growing as learners and thinkers.  When she is not teaching school, she can be found teaching dance, dancing herself, reading, or spending time outside.

7/8 Grades

Jim Freund

Jim Freund

7/8 Math teacher and Advisor

Jim has been married to his lovely wife, Lynda, for over 25 years. They share their lives with two wonderful children, Darcy and MacLean, both of whom are in college. Jim has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.A. in Education. He has been teaching at Horizons/Paddock since 1993. He taught kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade for three years and has taught 5th through 8th grade since.  He has sung in local area choirs and directed musicals at a local theater company.  He also enjoys biking, hiking, camping, most sports, reading, writing, traveling, and, most certainly, teaching.  Look for his young adult fiction book coming out soon (he hopes).

Stacey Duval

Stacey Duval

7/8 Science Teacher and Advisor

Stacey is originally from Ohio and received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from The Ohio State University. After graduation, she moved to Tucson, where she completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Arizona. In addition to her time at Horizons, Stacey has had the opportunity to teach Chemistry and Biology in Tucson and on the Big Island of Hawaii. Stacey loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, running, and skiing. When not outside, she can be found in the kitchen cooking.

Pat Smalley

Pat Smalley

7/8 Spanish Teacher and Advisor

Pat has been teaching Spanish in Boulder for seven years. His love for the language began while studying at La Universidad de Lenguas Modernas in Granada, Spain, and since then has spent time traveling through various Spanish-speaking countries. When not teaching, Pat enjoys spending time with his family, furthering his language study, and being outdoors.

Teran Sittner

Teran Sittner

7/8 Social Studies Teacher and Advisor

Teran has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and World Religious Studies and an M.A. in Education. A curious soul, Teran considers herself a facilitator and co-learner alongside her students and is always seeking new perspectives and ideas to bring into the classroom. Among her favorite pastimes are reading, traveling, camping, enjoying theater, tennis, playing guitar, singing, and most recently, trying to teach herself to play the standup bass and banjo. She is looking forward to work alongside such passionate and inspiring colleagues, parents, and of course, students!

Beth White

Beth White

7/8 Language Arts and Advisory

Beth grew up in Thailand and Malaysia, so has a thing for all things Asian. She has an M.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. She, her husband and her daughter moved to Colorado after quite a few years of teaching in international schools around Asia. Beth loves teaching middle school kids, tries to keep up her running, walks her dogs, and is finally feeling quite American.

Specialists

Lis Duckworth

Lis Duckworth

K-5 Special Education Teacher

Lis (pronounced Liz) grew up in Missouri and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She then taught at an outdoor education center in the Santa Cruz mountains of California for two years. From there she moved to Boulder and began teaching children at the Denver Botanic Gardens. After deciding to pursue a career in special education, she began Master's in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and worked as a paraprofessional in Erie, Colorado. In her free time, Lis loves to camp and hike with her husband and dog, Banjo, rock climb, garden and read.

Stephanie Landrum

Stephanie Landrum

K-5 Special Education Teacher

Stephanie Landrum has recently moved to Boulder from the San Francisco Bay Area but is originally from Upstate New York.  She has received a BA in Applied Behavior Analysis from Binghamton University and earned both a multiple subjects teaching credential as well as a special education credential from California State University at Eastbay. When not in the classroom, she can be found camping, biking, walking her dog and spending time with her family.

Ryan Conrad

Ryan Conrad

6-8 Special Education Teacher

Ryan is overjoyed to be joining the Horizons team as both a teacher and a parent. Ryan's areas of passion include special education, social studies, literacy,  talented and gifted, and serving diverse learners. Ryan completed his undergraduate work at Western State University and received a teaching certificate in secondary social sciences and special education. Ryan earned two master's degrees at Northern Arizona University, one in Bilingual/Multicultural Education, the other in Secondary Social Sciences. Ryan enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, biking, and traveling with his wife and two young sons.

Fran Orman Cohen

Fran Orman Cohen

MTSS Coordinator and Literacy Interventionist

Fran returns to Horizons to collaborate with families, staff and students as the MTSS coordinator and Literacy Interventionist.  Fran’s background in Elementary and Special Education, coupled with her Masters Degree in Literacy, and licensure in Administration, Leadership and Policy have enabled her to serve in a variety of roles such as: special education teacher, consultant, Literacy Interventionist, and general education teacher.  Most recently, Fran was a Building Team Leader, supporting administration with special education, MTSS and coaching general education teachers around inclusive practices for students with special needs. Fran enjoys spending time with her family outdoors hiking, biking, camping and skiing. She also loves yoga and dancing.

Christy Shoemaker

Christy Shoemaker

K-5 Literacy Specialist

Christy is so grateful to be a part of the Horizons community. A Colorado native, she enjoys the fresh air during her daily walk to school, no matter the weather. She received a BA in Sociology and a MA in Elementary Education. Her teaching experience has been as a classroom teacher for grades 1, 3, 4 and 5 and as literacy specialist for grades K-5. Her interest in helping the struggling students in her classroom led her to pursue additional training in literacy development and intervention. Christy is committed to supporting the diverse needs of learners and of honoring the diversity in our school and in our world. She loves spending time with her amazing boys and her husband, swimming in the wee hours, practicing yoga, cooking healthy foods and learning how to sew again.

Karen Dimetrosky

Karen Dimetrosky

K-5 Literacy Specialist

Karen started teaching literacy and CLIP (a one on one reading intervention for first graders) at Horizons in 2010.  She received her Masters in Experiential Education at CU Boulder in 1991.  After teaching in the classroom 2 years in Denver, she went back to graduate school in Boulder for literacy.  Karen has been teaching literacy and CLIP in Boulder since 1998.When not teaching, she spends time with her family: two daughters Madeline and Emma,  her husband Scott and black lab Tashi. Her favorite activities are trail running, hiking, skate skiing and cycling.  When not doing those things, she is cooking healthy gluten-free meals and bake goods!

Brian Jernigan

Brian Jernigan

STEAM Teacher

Brian grew up exploring the rolling hills and woods of Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his degree in Visual Communications and K-12 Art Education from Towson University Teacher College and an MA in Career and Technology Education from the University of Maryland.  Brian was the Director of Summer STEM programs at CU Boulder, Science Discovery and looks forward to creating a pipeline of innovation into Horizons. For fun, he likes exploring Colorado with his wife and two boys, who will be attending Horizons. His hobbies include tinkering with ham radios, edge of space balloons, reading old technical manuals, gardening, and long walks with his dog Bella. He has an in depth understanding of STEAM pedagogy and the ability to light a creative spark in educators and children!

Kara Priest

Kara Priest

Visual Arts Artist-in-Residence

Kara grew up in a family of professional oil painters. Kara studied Jacque Devand, Frank Covino, Italian Veradacio painting, and Berndt Savig. Other studies include drawing, painting, sculpture, composition and history. Kara has done illustration and design work for books, CD covers, and private businesses. She has been involved in multimedia productions, creating installations and designing artwork. Kara designs nearly all of her own curricula and has lately been teaching some of them to other educators

Bryanna Wehr

Bryanna Wehr

Physical Education Teacher

Bryanna (Bry – pronounced “Bree”) is beyond thrilled and honored to teach PE at Horizons! Born and raised in San Diego, Bry has recently relocated to the Boulder area. She has a B.S. in Kinesiology, emphasizing in Adapted Pedagogy, an M.S. in Kinesiology, emphasizing in Curriculum and Instruction. Bry has been teaching Adapted PE and looks forward to creating and implementing a diverse PE program in collaboration with the Horizons community. In her free time she enjoys exploring all things outdoors, diversifying her workout routine, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Rani Kumar

Rani Kumar

K-5 Spanish Teacher

Born and raised in Boulder, Rani started her teaching career while serving as an Environmental Education volunteer in Peace Corps Nicaragua. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and Spanish from the University of San Diego, and has worked and traveled extensively throughout Latin America. She is thrilled to be joining the Horizons team and to share her love of language and travel with the students!

Diane Diesh

Diane Diesh

5-6 Math Teacher

Diane is embarking upon teaching after a fulfilling career as a software engineer. Her lifelong love of math steered her toward a desire to get students excited about STEM. Though originally from California, Diane and her husband have lived in Boulder since 1991, where they raised three children. Her outside interests include travel, hiking, calligraphy, and her two yellow labs, Charlotte and JJ.

Jeremy Dion, MA, LPC

Jeremy Dion, MA, LPC

School Counselor Consultant

Jeremy Dion is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in play therapy, music therapy and Gestalt therapy. He is also a father and a professional musician, and has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families since 2000.

Sherry Davis

Sherry Davis

Counselor & Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator

Sherry is excited to join the Horizons educational family as the school counselor and social emotional learning (SEL) coordinator.  With a background in school counseling and family & consumer studies, she began her education career in 1997.  As a resource to students, families and staff, Sherry’s passion is collaborating to build student leadership skills and improving the educational experience for all ages.  She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, hiking and traveling with her husband.

Para Educators

Nicoleta Simon

Nicoleta Simon

Kindergarten Para Educator and KE Assistant

Nicoleta Simon joined the Horizons' community in 2011. Her childhood dream was to become an English teacher. So, she got a BA in Language Arts (English and French) and is now helping teach kindergarteners how to read and write. In the afternoon, she is doing cool messy projects and having fun leading Enrichment. While not at school she likes to read, watch movies or cook.

Jen Chatel Rose

Jen Chatel Rose

Kindergarten Para Educator and KE Assistant

Jen has been part of the Horizons’ community since 2014, as a para educator, in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. She enjoys hiking, yoga, home improvement projects and spending time with her family.

Dee Dee Rice

Dee Dee Rice

1/2 Para Educator

Dee Dee has been working at Horizons since 2002, her three sons graduated from Horizons.  She is a para educator in Traci's 1/2 class. Her background is in Child Life, a program that works with hospitalized children and their families. She has worked with Social Services providing emergency foster care, and worked with children in the Nurturing Program.  She also volunteers with CASA as a court appointed child advocate.  Dee Dee loves hiking, yoga, cross-country skiing, art classes, spending time with her kids and snowy days!

Leanne Lockhart

Leanne Lockhart

1/2 Para Educator

Leanne's love of teaching comes from her strong desire to make a difference in young lives. She has a MA in Elementary Education. In addition to being a para at Horizons since 2014, she has coordinated the Arts and Science Program, provided support in the computer lab, and taught in the literacy lab. She has boy/girl twins who she couldn't be more proud of! Leanne loves nature, hiking, biking, skiing, wildlife- everything Colorado has to offer! Traveling is also a passion, especially to see exotic wildlife. She is very excited to be a part of the Horizons community.

Lisa Leftakes

Lisa Leftakes

1/2 Para Educator

Lisa has been part of the Horizons’ community since 2001, as a teacher, para, substitute, and parent. She earned her BS in Elementary Education and MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She has more than ten years of teaching experience. She loves spending time with her husband, Brad, her three daughters, Nikki, Alexandra and Sophia, and her dogs, Huggins and Tinkerbell. Her other passions include spending time with friends, watching basketball, hiking, enjoying musical theater, attending the Shakespeare festival and traveling.

Nicola Gilbert

Nicola Gilbert

1/2 Para Educator

Nicola is originally from the Isle of Man, she has a B.S in Elementary Education from West Chester PA, previously teaching Kindergarten and 5th Grade in London, Virginia and New Jersey. Nicola recently returned to the US after living overseas for eight years, in Moscow, Singapore and S. Korea. She loves spending time with her three children, husband and rescue pup and exploring her new home of Colorado. Nicola is extremely excited to be working with Beth as a paraprofessional in the 1/2 classroom.

Sally Holmes

Sally Holmes

3/4 Para Educator and Special Education Para Educator

Sally has been a para, parent, and  substitute teacher at Horizons since 2001. She currently works as a Para Educator in Kate's 3/4 classroom and K-6 student support in the afternoon. She enjoys supporting all of the teachers, students, and parents. Her past teaching experience enhances her classroom contributions.

Jamie Hegelbach

Jamie Hegelbach

3/4 Para Educator

Jamie is a native of Southern California and grew up in Redondo Beach. Jamie left the beach for the mountains of Boulder in 2006. For the next eleven years, she worked as a special education para at Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS). Her heartful moments are when she is with animals, children, or in nature. Jamie has a lovely daughter who is a sophomore at CU majoring in journalism.

Lillian Craze

Lillian Craze

3/4 Para Educator

Lillian has worked with children in teaching, caregiving and coaching roles, and feels grateful to be a member of the Horizons community.  She is a connector and developer who enjoys helping kids learn more about themselves, supporting them as they try new things, and encouraging lifelong lessons. She loves kolaches, polka music, falling snow, hiking, photography, soccer and camping adventures with her husband, daughter and son.

Julie Danneberg

Julie Danneberg

3/4 Para Educator

Julie is a retired teacher who is excited to be back in the classroom.   She earned her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from CU.  After working as a special education teacher in an elementary school for many years, she spent the second half of her career teaching Language Arts in a middle school. She is also a children’s author with 14 books to her credit.   Julie loves to sew, read, hike, bike and of course, write.

Kateri Saeks

Kateri Saeks

5/6 Para Educator

Kateri is a native to Minnesota, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison (Go Badgers!).  She spent multiple years living and working abroad, teaching English and studying during her college years.  Following graduation, she found her niche at Anderson Consulting as a Process Engineer and Metrics Specialist.  7 years later, she discovered her love of volunteering and teaching at Horizons.  She is a proud parent of 2 Horizons graduates and has worked subbing para and teaching A&S at Horizons for over 8 years.  Her hobbies are hiking and yoga.

Kristen Demaree

Kristen Demaree

5/6 Para Educator

Kristen Demaree is returning to Horizons as a para educator with the 5-6 grades.  She has an elementary teaching license with endorsements in music and dance. When not at Horizons, Kristen teaches ballet at Boulder Ballet and Longmont Dance Theater, creates new dance theater works with her dance company “Delusions of Grandeur Productions”, and plays Scandinavian folk fiddle. She also loves gardening and designing costumes for her dance productions.

Michelle Iturrate

Michelle Iturrate

5/6 Paraeducator

Originally from Maryland, Michelle moved to Colorado in 2001 to combine her teaching career and mountain hobbies. She holds degrees in design and art education, and spent several years as an art teacher in a variety of schools, including IB, gifted magnet, Title One, and international. More recently, Michelle has become passionate about her volunteer work with Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented. However, being mom to two Boulder boys has been her busiest and most proud accomplishment. After a decade at home, she is thrilled to be back to her profession and part of the amazing Horizon’s community.

Dana Levin

Dana Levin

7/8 Special Ed Para Educator

After 8 years as a kindergarten, first, and second grade teacher, Dana took some time off to hone her skills as a paleo personal chef and baker. She is excited to be back in the classroom as the seventh and eighth grade para. Dana has degrees in psychology, elementary education, and early childhood education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a special focus on literacy. When she’s not working with kids Dana loves to swim, hike, camp, snowshoe, bake, and cook.

Jeanne Kipke

Jeanne Kipke

After Care Coordinator

Jeanne Kipke has worked at Horizons since 1998 teaching everything from Arts & Sciences, Exploratories, Kindergarten, K/1, 1/2, and now is the After Care Coordinator. She graduated from CU with a BA in Sociology along with Elementary Teacher Certification.  Jeanne has a passion for writing and art and loves to dance and walk to school as often as possible. She also has a daily goal of experiencing one big belly laugh every day with her students and is happy to announce that this is one goal that is easily accomplished!

Office Staff

Hope Nelson-Roohr

Hope Nelson-Roohr

School Support Assistant

Hope Nelson-Roohr has been with Horizons since 1990. She is thrilled with her new job title:  School Support Assistant- supporting the whole of Horizons...teachers, admin, staff, students & parents.  She still assists in the health room, runs the front office, is the school registrar.  Hope is a Springsteen groupie, a movie buff and a Game of Thrones fanatic.  But she is most proud of her two grown daughters and her grandson, all Horizons students.

Joan Truesdale

Joan Truesdale

Bookkeeper and Budgeting

Joan has been part of the Horizons community since 1996, as a teacher, a para, and now as a parent and school bookkeeper. Originally from the Midwest, she moved to Colorado for college and just never left. She earned degrees from Colorado College and CU. She loves spending time with her nuclear and extended family, traveling anywhere, learning and trying all sorts of crafts, and still feels like she's on vacation in colorful Colorado after all these years.

Denise DellaRocco

Denise DellaRocco

Payroll, Budgeting, & Webmaster

Denise first became a part of the Horizons Community while earning her teaching license at CU back in the 90s. Most recently at Horizons Denise has embraced her love for putting numbers in their place and creating digital based systems. She can be found at her standing desk in the business office updating the website on one screen and navigating a 10 page excel budget spreadsheet on the other. She loves hiking, fixing things, blogging, crafting with her daughters, traveling, social media, yoga, and is very passionate about clean eating.