Vanderhoof Special Education Providers

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Katie Hart

Learning Specialist

I grew up in the Lakewood/Wheat Ridge area and am a JeffCo graduate. I went to elementary school at Slater, Everitt Middle School, and Wheat Ridge High School. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo with a degree in communication disorders.

In 2nd grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and some of my first work was with children in the before and after care and summer camp at the YMCA. After my undergrad, it was my work as a 1 to 1 para-educator for a child with autism that really “sealed the deal” for me to work with kids with learning difficulties. After working with this child for 2 years, I went back to school to obtain a dual license for general education and special education, along with a masters in special education. I am currently in my 19th year of teaching and enjoy it every day!

I am married and have 9 year old daughter. She is my world because she is kind, has an amazing smile, and makes me laugh every day. Her personality is one of a kind. We also have a dog named Pookie and puppy named Pax. We enjoy camping, bike rides, family time, playing games, and laughing. I love playing softball and scrapbooking.

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 3rd 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 doing 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 5 years. This is my second 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.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Nick, a web developer, and we have a 3-year-old son named Evan, a baby daughter, Lilah, a border collie mix named Zooey, and two cats. We love to spend time together playing with our kids, being outside, snowboarding, and visiting my family in Southern California.

Amy Park

Speech and Language Therapist