MCSD

Instructional Services

MCSD Instructional Services Department Directory

Jessica Beller, Ed. D.

Director of Instructional Services

970-252-7927

Extension: 7927

jessica.beller@mcsd.org

  • K-12 Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Professional Development
  • STEM & Problem-Based Learning
  • Federal Programs (Title Funding) & State Grants (READ, ELPA)
  • Bully Prevention Education Program Manager
  • Expelled & At-Risk Student Services Fiscal Manager
  • Programs: English Language Development, Gifted & Talented Education
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Turnaround Partner for Olathe Middle, Pomona, & Northside

Deann Balash

Administrative Assistant

970-240-6431

Extension: 4900

deann.balash@mcsd.org

  • ISD Operations
  • ISD Organization & Scheduling
  • ISD Communications & Website
  • My Learning Plan

Jamie Simo

Elementary Curriculum Coordinator

970-249-7726

Extension: 4904

jamie.simo@mcsd.org

  • Elementary Curriculum (Bridges and CKLA)
  • Elementary STEM/PBL
  • READ Act
  • DIBELS
  • Kindergarten Readiness/TS Gold
  • Mentoring and Induction Program

John Steele

Secondary STEM/Gifted Education Coordinator

970-249-7726

Extension: 4902

john.steele@mcsd.org

  • Gifted Education
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • STEM
  • PBL
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Project Lead The Way
  • Mentoring and Induction Program

Shannon Champlin

District Assessment Coordinator & Systems Manager

970-252-7920

Extension: 7920

shannon.champlin@mcsd.org


  • State Assessment Administration & Associated Systems
  • District Assessment Administration & Support
  • Online System Management and Support


Charlotte Blowers

Data Technician

970-252-7925

Extension: 7925

charlotte.blowers@mcsd.org

  • Infinite Campus
  • Student Biographical Data Review
  • Federal and State Reporting
  • Registration
  • Home School Liaison

Suzi King (Consultant)

Data Specialist

970-249-7726

Extension: 4903

suzi.king@mcsd.org

  • Systems Integration
  • Data Visualization
  • Management of Schoolzilla

Amy Gutierrez

Culture and Equity Coordinator

970-252-7938

Extension: 7938

elizabeth.gutierrez@mcsd.org

  • Parent Partnerships
  • Interpretation and Translation Services
  • Professional Development
  • Post-Secondary Readiness Support Services
  • Migrant Education
  • Community Outreach

Heidi Haugen

ELPA Coordinator, MTSS Coordinator

970-249-7726

Extension: 5001

heidi.haugen@mcsd.org

  • ELD and MTSS Program development, implementation and evaluation
  • ELD Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • EL Identification and Redesignation
  • Professional Development
  • State Compliance and Reporting

Linda Weyers

Federal Programs Coordinator

970-249-7400

Extension: 5010

linda.weyers@mcsd.org

Title Programs

ELPA Funds

EARSS Grant

BPEG Grant

Carl Perkins Grant


Turnaround Grants

Concurrent Enrollment

READ Act

McKinney Vento Homeless Act


Erika Lopez

Cultural Liaison & Student Records Support Assistant

970-249-7726

Extension: 5009

erika.lopez@mcsd.org

  • Interpretation and translation services
  • Si Se Puede Recognition
  • Registration & Data Entry

Curriculum Philosophy

The Montrose and Olathe School District faculty and administration believe written, taught, learned and tested curriculum must be congruent in order to provide students with an effective educational experience.

We believe curriculum review must be on-going within an established system so that revision, implementation, refinement/development and evaluation occur.

Curriculum decisions in the Montrose County School District are guided by:

  • State and national standards
  • Needs of the community
  • Social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of our students
  • Current educational research
  • Staff input

In developing a curriculum, the following components are included in our instructional practices:

  • Measurable goals, objectives, standards
  • A balance of concepts, content knowledge, real world application, and critical thinking
  • Use of formative and summative data to inform planning and practice
  • Effective research based strategies and varied instructional strategies
  • Use of technology
  • Active engagement of students
  • Provisions for multiple resources
  • Interdisciplinary approaches

Notice of Non-Discrimination Montrose County School District RE-1J does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in hiring or employment practices, admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. ​Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer/Superintendent 930 Colorado Avenue; P.O. Box 10,000, Montrose, CO 81402 (970) 249-7726 stephen.schiell@mcsd.org or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.