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 fifth 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 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, taking ballet and Spanish classes, climbing, or attending a book reading or creative writing workshop. I also try to visit my NY family as much as possible!


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 sixth 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.

Contact: colleen.bogucki@dcsdk12.org

Courtney Dreher

School Psychologist


Hello! My name is Courtney Dreher and I’m so excited to be returning to Northeast for my third year as the school psychologist! I am also very excited to be starting my second 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! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or have any questions for me.


Email: cmdreher@dcsdk12.org


English Language Learning Specialist

More information coming soon!!

Joan Lazzell

Mild/ Moderate Needs Teacher


Hello, my name is Joan Lazzell and I am very excited to start my second school year at Northeast Elementary as one of the special education teachers! 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 and Bears 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 (23) and Nicole (19). Both attended Douglas County Schools from kindergarten through high school and graduated from Mountain Vista. Sydney is currently attending graduate school at Midwestern University in Illinois and is studying to be a Physical Therapist. Nicole will be a sophomore this year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu and is majoring in Art Studio. One of my favorite Colorado activities is to hike with my yellow lab/retriever mix, Wrigley. I also enjoy traveling, spending time in the mountains, going to the theater and trying out new restaurants around Denver!

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 North Carolina. 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-second year teaching in Douglas County and my tenth year at Northeast. For five years at Northeast, I was a general education teacher in third and fourth grade. For the past four 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(ed) Douglas County Schools. Becci graduated from Legend High School in 2018 and Ben will be an eighth grader at Sagewood Middle School. I also have two dogs that my husband and I adopted in May 2016. Luke, a "Westie", who is twelve and Lad, aka "Laddie", a Scottish Terrier, who is nine.


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.

Occupational Therapist

More information coming soon!!

Educational Assistants

Brook Albright


Hi, my name is Brooke Albright and I’m excited to be working at Northeast for my fourth year! I work with students in the SSN department but I like to help all students whenever possible. My husband and I have three kids, all of whom attended NE. We love our Pinery neighborhood schools! I was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Kansas. We moved to Colorado in 2011 and we love it here...no bugs and no humidity! 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 12th 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 38 years, have 3 grown daughters, two are married and I have 4 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

More information about Ms. Zack and her new role coming soon!