In the first grade we focus on building a strong sense of community with our students and parents by building relationships that are based on trust, partnership, and open communication. In our classrooms emphasize respect, innovation, and collaboration to help students reach their full potential and foster a love for learning. We view parents and guardians as the child's first true teacher and welcome you to bring your experiences and areas of expertise into the learning community. 


Hi everyone! My name is Clare Timblin and I love teaching first grade at High Peaks Elementary School. I have been teaching for 15 years in Colorado and California. This will be my fifth year at High Peaks. 

I was born in the Bay Area of California and moved to Boulder in 2009, the same year I married my husband, Justin. I have two children Peter (7th grade at Centennial Middle School) and Clementine (5th grade at High Peaks). I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz for my undergraduate degree, San Francisco State University for my teaching license and my master’s degree is from the University of Colorado at Denver. 

On the weekends my family loves to go to the mountains where we snowboard, ski, mountain bike and hike. I also love to do yoga, read for fun, and spend time with friends and family. 

This is going to be a fantastic year and I feel so grateful to be a part of our community and teach your wonderful children!


Hello, hello! My name is Emily Skodras and I am thrilled to be apart of the High Peaks first grade team! This coming year will be my fifth year teaching and fifth year at High Peaks Elementary.

I was born in Maui, Hawaii and visit often to spend time with family and friends who are still on the island. In addition to Maui, I am lucky to be able to call Boulder home. I was able to attend BVSD for a fabulous education whilst attending Eisenhower Elementary, Southern Hills Middle School and Fairview. I received my bachelors of arts and Elementary Licensure from CU Boulder and decided to head right back to the CU campus to complete my Masters of Arts in K-12 Literacy.

When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy hiking, baking, painting, snowboarding, perusing favorite clothing stores and spending time with my friends and family. Being a first grade teacher here at High Peaks is truly my dream job and I feel so grateful to give back to the community that made me who I am today!