Northeast Support Services

Team Members

Kaitlyn Bendlin

Speech Language Pathologist

Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Bendlin and I am so grateful to be returning to Northeast for my fourth year as the speech-language pathologist.

Born and raised in Orange County, New York, I moved out to Colorado in the summer of 2015 to explore a new part of the country and start a new adventure. Back in NY, I received a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Human Development at Binghamton University before I completed my M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Syracuse University. Prior to moving out to Colorado and working at Northeast, I worked for one year and completed my clinical fellowship at a preschool for children with special needs in Monroe, NY.

I try to keep life as interesting and eclectic as possible. Outside of Northeast I can be found hiking, skiing, camping, playing basketball, running, attending a book reading or creative writing workshop, cooking, and visiting my NY family and three nephews.

My goal at Northeast is to help as many students as I can to become confident communicators. I believe in a strong sense of community among and between staff and students, as well as the benefits of authentic learning experiences. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. See you in August!

Contact: kaitlyn.bendlin@dcsdk12.org



Colleen Bogucki

Mild/ Moderate Needs Teacher


My name is Colleen Bogucki and I am returning for my fifth year at Northeast as a moderate needs teacher. I have been teaching in Douglas County since 2006. I earned by B.A in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and my M.A from Ball State University in Special Education. I live here in Parker with my husband, daughter, and small zoo of animals. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cooking, running, skiing, and camping. One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to see students grow through the years.

I look forward to seeing you all in August!

Courtney Dreher

School Psychologist

Hello! My name is Courtney Dreher and I’m so excited to be returning to Northeast for my second year as the school psychologist! I am also very excited to be starting my first year as the school psychologist at Mountain View! I feel truly fortunate to be able to support this wonderful community and to have the opportunity to support the growth in our students as they continue from Mountain View to Northeast.

I’m a Colorado native and actually grew up in the Parker area. I received my B.A. in Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and received my Ed.S. in Child, Family, and School Psychology with a Concentration in Early Childhood at the University of Denver. I live in Parker with my husband, Alex, and our adorable rescue pup, Lainie. I absolutely love living in Colorado and like to spend time in the mountains when I can. I also enjoy playing piano, trying out new restaurants, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and going to country concerts and Rockies games.

I’m really looking forward to another year with the Northeast family and I can’t wait to get to know everyone in the Mountain View family! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or have any questions for me.

Email: cmdreher@dcsdk12.org


Jacob Dunn

English Language Learning Specialist

Hi there, my name is Jacob Dunne. I will be returning as the ESL Teacher at Northeast, and I couldn’t be more excited! I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Colorado in 2012 for my undergrad. I graduated from Colorado Christian with my degree in Elementary Education. Shortly after that, I received my Master’s degree at CU-Boulder in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity.

Between my undergrad degree at Colorado Christian, Master's degree at CU-Boulder, and one year under my belt at DCSD; I feel 100% prepared and ready to positively impact NE and its community.

I am truly blessed and honored to be apart of the Northeast community, and I look forward to another great year servicing your ESL kiddos! :)

If you would like to contact me for any reason, my email is: jdunne@dcsdk12.org

Joan Lazzell

Mild/ Moderate Needs Teacher

My name is Joan Lazzell and I am very excited to be starting my first year at Northeast Elementary! Prior to coming to Northeast, I was a Special Educator in Denver Public Schools as well as in Douglas County and also taught 2nd grade. Originally, I am from a northern suburb of Chicago and am a lifelong Cubs fan! I received my undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. After moving to Colorado, I attended the University of Colorado Denver and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education, Mild/Moderate Needs.

I have two daughters, Sydney (22) and Nicole (18). Both attended Douglas County Schools from kindergarten through high school and graduated from Mountain Vista. Sydney has one more semester to complete this fall at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is majoring in Integrated Physiology and is planning to go to graduate school to be a Physical Therapist. Nicole will be a freshman this year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is majoring in Marine Biology. When I am not spending time with the girls, one of my favorite Colorado activities is to hike with my yellow lab/retriever mix, Wrigley.

My belief is that all students are capable of great success, and I am dedicated to helping them achieve their maximum potential. Building connections and relationships are important in developing a positive learning environment. I see parents as partners in education, and hope that each of you will become an integral part of your child’s learning experience. I would like to invite you to promote a strong relationship between home and school by communicating any questions, concerns, or compliments that you may have this school year!

Tammy Harmon

Significant Support Needs Teacher

Hello, my name is Tammy Harmon, and I am the Significant Support Needs (SSN) Teacher in the Learning Lab.

I grew up North Carolina and spent the first half of my life there. While living in North Carolina, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-6 from Methodist University and taught third grade for two years. In 1999, I started teaching at Mountain View as a third grade teacher. Mountain View was my home for over a decade. In 2004, I earned my Master's Degree in Education with a focus in Creative Arts from Lesley University. This is my going to be my twenty-first year teaching in Douglas County and my ninth year at Northeast. For five years at Northeast, I was a general education teacher in third and fourth grade. For the past three years, I have served as Significant Support Needs (SSN) teacher in the Learning Lab.

My family and I live here in the Parker area. My husband, Jeff, works as an Automotive Instructor for Lincoln Technical Institute. I also have two wonderful stepchildren who attend Douglas County Schools. Becci is a recent graduate of Legend High School and Ben is a seventh grader at Sagewood Middle School. I also have two dogs that my husband and I adopted in May 2016. Luke, a "Westie", who is ten and Lad, aka "Laddie", a Scottish Terrier who is seven.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love taking my two dogs for walks. I love going camping across Colorado to take in all its beauty. I also enjoy art projects, watching movies, trying new restaurants, and road trips.


Robbie Williams

Occupational Therapist

Hi! My name is Robbie Williams and I’ve been an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years! I started in DCSD in 2000 and have been very fortunate to have been the OT at MVE and NE since then. I also work with students at FTE and CVE. It’s been a joy to see your children grow over the years from kindergarten through 5th grade. I’ve even been lucky enough to be a part of some Ponderosa graduations:)) This is a wonderful community to be a part of and I look forward to another fun, therapy filled year!

Educational Assistants

Brook Albright

Hi, my name is Brooke Albright and I’m excited to be working at Northeast for my second year! Some kids may remember me from Mountain View a couple years ago. I work with students in the SSN department but I like to help all students whenever possible. I was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Kansas. We moved to Colorado six years ago and we love it here...no bugs and no humidity! I’ve been married for 17 years and have three kids. We like to camp and visit new places we haven’t seen in Colorado. I’m looking forward to another great year at Northeast!

Melody Dunning

Hello, my name is Melody Dunning. This is my 10th year at Northeast Elementary. I enjoy working in the SSN department with a wonderful team of coworkers who love our kids. It is especially rewarding having the opportunity to work very closely with a small number of students and help them navigate challenges, grow more confident and celebrate their progress.

I have been married for 36 years, have 3 grown daughters, two are married and I have 3 grandchildren!! I am a Colorado native and love the outdoors. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, reading, writing, listening to music, hiking and most outdoor activities.

I am looking forward to another year at NE!

Susan Pannwitz

Hi, my name is Susan Pannwitz. I started at Northeast as a part-time employee in the health room and filling in for the Spanish teacher when our school was year-round. I've been working as a para in special education since 2005. I love my job and the students I support!

By age 10, I started my fourth elementary school in four states, when my family moved to a small town south of Minneapolis. My husband and I lived in northern California before moving to Colorado in 1984. We love it here and can't imagine living anywhere else! I've been married for 34 years and have two sons. We live in The Pinery, so Mountain View and Northeast were our boys’ schools. I love gardening, baking, and traveling.

Mel Zack

Hi! My name is Melissa Zack (Mel for short)! I worked at Northeast Elementary for the past year in SSN and before then worked for Northeast as a lunch room monitor and also with kids with mild/moderate needs back in 2015/2016 school year. My two sons, Wil (16) and Adam (14), will both be at Ponderosa next year. They both went to Mountain View, Northeast Elementary and Sagewood Middle School. Being both natives of Colorado, my husband of 18 years, Todd, and I have lived in Parker since 1999 and in The Pinery for 13 years and we absolutely LOVE our community! I love to cook, host parties, travel and be with my family and friends. I’m truly looking forward to another great year with this great school!