Vanderhoof Special Education Providers

Copy of SERS Back to School

Katie Hart

Learning Specialist

I am a Jeffco graduate.  I went to elementary school at Slater, Everitt Middle School, and Wheat Ridge High School.

In 2nd grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.   I have worked for more than 20 years in education, mostly in Colorado and a few years in Arizona. 

I love to watch my daughter play sports, we play games, and hang out with family.  I enjoy being active outside, play softball, and scrapbook.  

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Nycole Bennecke

Learning Specialist

I grew up in Southern California and moved out to Colorado in 2011.  I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Special Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  In February of 2021, I completed my master’s degree in Reading with an emphases in Elementary from Grand Canyon University.  I am excited to be returning to Vanderhoof for a 5th year

When I am not at school, I enjoy reading books, spending time with my family, gardening, and spending time outside.  My husband and I have three daughters.  As a family, we love to go outdoors to take hikes, go to rivers to play in the water, and take family road trips during the summer. 


Rachel Switzer

Mental Health Provider

I grew up in San Diego, California and moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend CU Boulder and never left! I taught preschool in Boulder and Denver for 3 years before going to graduate school at Metro State, where I received my Master’s of Social Work in 2013. After graduating, I worked as a social worker providing case management for families living in Section 8 Housing and then became a school social worker in Jeffco, where I have been for the past 9 years. This is my fifth year at Vanderhoof and I am so proud to be part of this team and community. I became a school social worker because I love making connections and working with kids and their families in a creative and constantly changing environment. I enjoy helping students navigate different challenges and choices while helping them to be successful in school. 

My husband, Nick, and I have two children, Evan, 5, a Vanderhoof kindergartener, and Lilah, 2, as well as a dog and cat. We love to spend time together enjoying all of Colorado’s outdoor activities and visiting my family in Southern California.

Amy Park

Speech Language Therapist


Nancy Nevarez

Learning Specialist

Jess Hanne

SSN Teacher

Darcy Sowards

SSN Speech and Language Therapist

I am so excited to work with your child this year! We are going to do so many fun activities and learn a lot. I look forward to helping your child succeed in their education. This is my 17th year working as an educator. A few things I enjoy are the fall season, pizza, reading, and hiking with my 84 lb Alaskan Malamute. I will be here at Vanderhoof Elementary half time. Never hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns. We are a team, and together we can make a significant difference in your child’s life. 

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