MrS. ahrens


Physical Education & Health


I'm thrilled to be part of the Mountain Ridge family! This is my 22nd year teaching middle school in Douglas County (27th year overall). I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Aurora University in Illinois.

Physical Fitness and sports have always been an integral part of my life. I have coached for over 26 years and counting (volleyball, soccer, basketball, and track). My family and I are HUGE fans of English Premier League Football with an inter-family rivalry as to the BEST team--Manchester City or Liverpool.

Family is core to who I am. My husband, Nick, teaches 8th-grade math at Cimarron MS. We have two amazing daughters: Kayla (22) and Breanna (20). Kayla graduated last December from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She works as a Field Service Engineer for a Life Sciences Company and lives in Seattle, WA. Bre is a junior at The University of Colorado at Denver majoring in chemistry with a pre-med focus. We also have an adorable 11-year-old yellow lab named Q (Quantum). She loves taking long walks in the Aurora Reservoir and hiking in the mountains.

My passions outside of school include hiking, camping, paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, traveling, walking my dog, snowshoeing--basically anything outdoors.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi