Fifth Grade Classrooms


Jennifer Kells has been teaching in DCSD on and off since 1997.  She started in first grade which she taught for 10 years and then took 10 years where she subbed/ volunteered in educational roles on and off while raising her young children.  This is her third year teaching 5th Grade at ERE!   Eagle Ridge has been a part of Jennifer’s life for many years, her mother retired from ERE in 2009 and two of her three children are students here! With all of these connections, Eagle Ridge feels like home to Jennifer. She also values the same beliefs and is proud of the 7 Habits and our role as a Lighthouse School. Jennifer says “Fifth grade is a very exciting year to teach and I love the kids and their excitement about this fifth grade year!” In her free time,  she loves spending time with her family and dog. They enjoy swimming, tennis, hiking, traveling, "hanging out" together! 

Veteran teacher, Francine Hunt has taught  23 years, 14 here at Eagle Ridge teaching 5th and 6th grades. What does Mrs. Hunt like best about teaching 5th grade? “I enjoy teaching fifth grade because of the rich curriculum and fifth graders are still young, but they have developed such wonderful personalities.” When asked what advice she would give to parents of fifth grade students, Mrs. Hunt feels that patience is key because kids are very emotional at this age. When on her off hours Mrs. Hunt likes to spend almost every weekend in Old Town Winter Park where her family has a funky cabin that has been in her family since the early 60s.  She  loves to kayak, garden, knit, and needlepoint, along with the outdoor activities Winter Park offers year round.

This is Becky’s second year here at Eagle Ridge Elementary. Growing up in the Douglas County school system, Becky graduated from Chaparral and then went to UNC in Greeley to study Elementary Education. She spent her first two years teaching fifth grade in Colorado Springs. Becky loves the changes that she sees in fifth graders over the course of the year-not only academically but socially as well. This growth is most evident in fifth graders abilities to problem solve and think critically. From the moment she came to Eagle Ridge, Becky felt at home. She feels a sense of family amongst the staff, students and families. When not teaching, Becky enjoys everything Colorado has to offer like camping, hiking, and snowboarding!