Personalized Learning

Kathy Boerth - Occupational Therapist

Kathy Boerth has been an Occupational Therapist at Eldorado Elementary for 7 years and with Douglas County for 10 years. She also works at Trailblazer Elementary and Redstone Elementary.

Lisa Brouch - School Social Worker

Jackie Carland - Learning Specialist

Jackie Carland has been teaching moderate needs students at Eldorado Elementary since 2001. Prior to teaching in Douglas County she taught in Rock Springs, Wyoming for 7 years. She works with students and teachers in grades K-6. Jackie is the team lead for the special education team, a member of the Learning & Leadership Team and is one of Eldorado's Personalized Learning Leaders.

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Heather Dopke - Learning Specialist

Heather joined EE's staff in 2017 as a Kindergarten and Panther Pathways EA. She stayed at home with her two children prior to returning to the educational field. Heather was a Learning Specialist for 5 years in Illinois and Colorado. Heather has a passion for health and wellness and is excited for her role as a Learning Specialist.

Rebecca Collins - Gifted and Talented

Rebecca Collins has been teaching in Douglas County for the past 6 years, first as a substitute teacher and then as a member of Eldorado’s Intervention Team. Prior to coming to DCSD she taught in Jefferson County for 12 years and enjoyed being a stay at home mom for 8. Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and has a Master’s in Curriculum and Design from CU Denver. She is currently working towards an Endorsement in Gifted and Talented Programming through the DCSD/UNC Cohort and looks forward to her role as Gifted and Talented Coordinator here at Eldorado.

Nicole Moore - Special Education Teacher

Nicole Moore has been teaching for eight years. She began as a second grade teacher in Florida and then moved into Special Education where she gained a passion and love for working with students with significant needs. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and she is currently in her master's program for Special Education at the University of Colorado.

Emily Penrod - Speech/Language Pathologist

Emily joined the Eldorado team as the school speech-language pathologist in the fall of 2015. She is co-leader of the Pride committee. Prior to working at Eldorado, Emily worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in a medical setting in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated with her masters in speech-language pathology from Marquette University in 2013.

Leah Zimmerman - SED Teacher

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Valerie Gusdorf

Valerie Gusdorf has been in education for 20 years in various teaching and leadership positions. She moved to Colorado three years ago from New Mexico. This is her second year teaching in Douglas County Schools.

Intervention Support

Darlene Beaton - RtI Teacher and Assessment Coordinator

Mrs. Beaton started Eldorado in 2017. She has teaching experience in elementary through high school classrooms, and has been a literacy coach and a college instructor. She grew up in the Denver area and graduated from Alameda High School. Mrs. Beaton holds degrees from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Darlene serves on the MTSS team, teaches intervention groups and coordinates testing.

Misty Rhodes - Math Intervention

Misty Rhodes is currently an Educational Assistant in 5th grade and Math Interventionist at Eldorado Elementary. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Westmont College, Misty obtained her Elementary Education teaching certification from California State University, Northridge. This is Misty’s sixth year in education, and she has taught 4th, 5th, and 8th grades in California and Colorado. She loves being a part of the Eldorado community!

Kris Yokley - Literacy Intervention

Kris has been in DCSD since 1994 and is excited to be a part of the EE community. Over the past 20+ years, she has taught 4th grade, 1st grade, and kindergarten. With a passion for supporting students who struggle as readers, Kris completed her Masters in Reading Education with a Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement from Regis University in May, 2018. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, two kids, and two grey tabby cats. In her free time, Kris likes to read, scrapbook, golf, and bowl.