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  Welcome! My name is Melissa Kastanek (formerly Melissa DePas). This is my sixth year at Mountain View and I couldn’t be happier. I love our school community and culture, and I feel lucky to be part of it. I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Longmont. I received my Elementary Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010 and worked a couple years in early childhood centers before being hired at MVE in 2012. I spend lots of time at school but enjoy spending my free time hiking, backpacking, camping, and traveling. In July, my husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Above all I love spending time with him, our bloodhound named Moose, our families and our friends! 

I know we are going to have a fabulous year together. I love school and hope to share my passion for learning with you! If you need anything, please don't hesitate to reach out. You can email me anytime at melissa.kastanek@dcsdk12.org.