Teaching is my passion and I couldn't think of a better profession! I am going on my 20th year of teaching with experience in kindergarten, first, and second grade. I completed my master's degree in curriculum instruction and thrive on being a life long learner. I have taught in Jefferson County for 16 years and 4 years in the Boston area, where my children were born.

I have been married for 16 years to my husband, Scott. We have two children, Noah (11) and Addie (13).

When I'm not teaching, I enjoy hiking, running, skiing, camping, and overall being with my family and being outdoors.

I believe that all children are capable of learning and have a right to learn in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. I feel that partnership with teacher/parent is crucial in order for each child's success in the his/her educational career.

I look forward to an amazing year teaching your child!

My name is Colleen Welch. This is my 27th year of teaching, 26 of those years have been in 1st grade. I have been teaching at Ryan Elementary since 1998.

I absolutely LOVE 1st grade!

I grew up in Arvada and went to Jefferson County schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Child Development. I also have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

My family includes my husband and 2 teenage daughters. My oldest is at CU Boulder and my youngest is in high school. When I am not at school, I am likely watching my kids play sports or hanging out with my family.

My favorite things include mexican food, reading, watching movies, and just hanging out with my family.

Christina Paul

christina.paul@jeffco.k12.co.us

I am so happy to be part of the Ryan family! This is my 6th year teaching and 2nd year at Ryan. My first year teaching, I taught literacy intervention for students K-6. I have been teaching 1st grade since and wouldn't have it any other way!

I am originally from the Bay Area, California. I received my bachelor's degree and elementary teaching credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. My husband, Matt, and I moved from California to Colorado two years ago, and we are so happy to be in this gorgeous state while furthering our careers!

When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy cooking and trying new restaurants, exercising, walking my silver lab, Luna, and doing yard work in my little family's new house. My husband and I are mountain people at heart, so we love escaping to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding.

Ryan's community is like no other, and I am so happy to be part of it with you!