Alyssa Kinghorn

Hello! My name is Alyssa Kinghorn and I am so excited to become a part of your student’s education! Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and kindergarten is such a special year and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it. It’s going to be a year full of fun, learning and lots of adventures! I thought before we start our new year together I would tell you a little bit about myself.

I am a Colorado native and grew up in the Golden area. I have been married to my wonderful husband Adam for almost ten years. We have a daughter named Fiona who is almost 7 years old and will be going into 1st grade here at Vanderhoof! My son Sutton is 3 and a half years old and a very curious toddler that loves dinosaurs and playing with his sister.  We also have two dogs named Sullivan and Stella and a cat named CAThy. In 2014, I graduated from Metropolitan State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a minor in Early Childhood Education.

This is my ninth year teaching kindergarten and my third year teaching at Vanderhoof! I love the Vanderhoof community and am looking forward to getting to know all the new kindergarten families.

  I absolutely love to teach and learn new things and it is my goal to instill a love for learning in all of my students. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns; I feel it is truly important to keep an open line of communication. I look forward to getting to know you and your student this year!



Food: Pickles 

Movie: Monsters, Inc. 

Book: The Book With No Pictures

Color: Purple

Drink: White Chocolate Latte 

Season: Summer

Sports: Basketball 

Fast Food: D'Deli

Singer: Paul Simon 

Hobby: Camping

Subject: Reading 

Store: World Market 

Dessert: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


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Missy Vais 

Hello!! My name is  Missy  Vais and I am SO excited to be your Kindergarten teacher this year! Teaching is an absolute passion of mine! I am so excited to work with you and your child! It's going to be a year full of fun, learning and lots of adventure and I can't wait to see what the year has in store for us!  I thought you might like to know a little bit about me. 

I  am married to my wonderful husband, Danny . We have  three children Cooper, Brody and Maddie. I also have two Goldendoodles at home who we adore,  Izzy and Berkley!  I enjoy all things sports and being with my family and friends.!

I  have lived in Arvada my whole life and  had the wonderful privilege of attending our very own Vanderhoof Elementary!  

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education  from University of Northern Colorado. I also received my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Colorado at Denver.  

This is my 18th year of teaching, and 14th year in Kindergarten. I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten! It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students. 

I am SO excited to embark on another year of teaching your sweet children  and am thrilled to meet each and everyone of you! 



Food: Mexican 

Movie: Moana

Book: Anything written by Mo Willems 

Color: Pink 

Drink: Sweetened Sunjoy from Chick Fil' A  

Season: Summer

Sports: Baseball and Basketball

Fast Food: Chick Fil' A 

Singer: Luke Combs

Hobby: Working Out 

Subject: Reading 

Store: Target

Dessert: Cookies 


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Michelle Poisson

Hello!  My name is Michelle Poisson and I am a kindergarten teacher here at Vanderhoof.  I  have been an early childhood educator in Jeffco for 23 years and love teaching kids.   I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Early Childhood Education.  My Master's Degree is in Integrating the Arts in Education.  I value building strong relationships with students and love watching them grow!  

I grew up in Arvada and graduated from Arvada High School.  I married my high school history teacher’s son, even though we had never met, until college.  My husband is a history teacher, basketball and track coach at Lakewood High School.  We have 2 amazing kids, Michael and Gabriella.  Michael is attending Metro to become a teacher and Gabriella is a senior at Ralston Valley.  Our family wouldn’t be complete without our dog Cameron. 

I enjoy going on walks, cooking/baking, gardening and shopping!  I have a big extended family and we spend a lot of time together at family dinners and celebrations.   I cherish my faith and family, as they are my biggest supports in life. 

I am so excited for this year, thank you for sharing your children with me!



Food: Mexican Food

Movie:  Finding Nemo

Author: Tommie de Paola

Color: dark blue

Drink: coffee

Season: Summer

Sports: Football and Basketball

Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A

Hobby: Cooking/Baking, gardening

Subject: Reading

Store: Amazon

Dessert: donuts


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