Meet the Teachers


A little bit about...Mrs. Barstad
    I am excited to be a part of the amazing PRA family and thrilled to be your child’s teacher this year! I have thirteen years teaching experience. I am passionate about first grade and this will be my 8th year teaching 1st grade.

I am a mother of three girls; two are still attending PRA in 6th and 8th grade. It’s hard to believe my oldest will be a senior in high school! Our family enjoys exploring, hiking, skiing and just being outside in this awesome state. We are blessed to be a part of a dedicated community that believes in choosing a quality education. Together we are going to have a GREAT year!!


A little bit about...Mrs. Martinez

    I am thrilled to say that this is my ninth year teaching First Grade at Platte River Academy, and my fifteenth year teaching overall! I received my undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies. I then went on to the University of Colorado at Denver where I received my Teaching Certificate and a masters in Educational Pshychology. My first teaching job was at a charter school in Westminster where I taught 

third Grade for six years. After having my oldest, I made the decision to find a job closer to our home. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the PRA family!

     I have three AMAZING children- Jett is in third grade at PRA, Everly is 3, and Westin is almost 2. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, staying active, and of course, teaching your child! Being a teacher is not only my job, but my passion. I believe that all children can learn and be successful. My goal for your child this year is to spark the enthusiasm for learning so that they can be lifelong learners. I look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child!

 A little bit about...Mrs. Klassen (IA)

I am so happy to be here at PRA! I have worked in Douglas County schools for 16 years with middle school kids and am so excited to work with first graders! I have two amazing daughters who are teachers and one amazing grandchild. I love the Colorado outdoors so my favorite thing to do in my free time is get outside and walk or hike.  I love hanging out with my family and enjoy traveling and reading too.