Class Notes

Keep us informed of your life events and accomplishments by submitting a Class Note, and stay up to date on your fellow alums listed by graduation year.


Anastasia P. Maines
MA, Curriculum & Instruction – Science

Anastasia P. Maines is pursing a doctoral degree in Ecology examining factors that affect population dynamics of the invasive plant spotted knapweed.  She participates in the development of outreach material to teach middle school and college students about the research.

Laura Cook
Teacher Licensure, Elementary Education

Laura Cook is teaching 2nd grade at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Darcy Walters

Darcy Walters is a Special Education teacher at Denver Green School. She recently became a partner and will serve as Special Education Chair and RTI Coordinator. 

Justine (Raptis) Cote
Teacher Licensure, Elementary Education

Justine (Raptis) Cote is working as a reading interventionist and school librarian for ABT Elementary in Dearborn, Michigan. 

Rebecca Dzick
Teacher Licensure, Secondary English

Rebecca Dzick is teaching English as a Second Language in Suwon, South Korea. 

Pete Welter
Teacher Licensure, CU Teach Secondary Math

Pete Welter has co-founded The Cooperatory, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in teens and mentoring those who choose to start businesses.

Matt Gaertner
PhD, Research and Evaluation Methodology

Matt Gaertner is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for College & Career Success at Pearson. His work, which focuses on college access, has been published in Harvard Law & Policy Review, Harvard Educational Review, Research in Higher Education, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Amy Smith
Teacher Licensure, C&I-Math

Amy Smith is working in Maracaibo, Venezuela at an international school (Escuela Bella Vista) as a secondary math teacher for both International Baccalaureate (IB) and non-IB courses. Amy continues to play Ultimate Frisbee as well as explore and photograph the Venezuelan wilderness in adventure travels whenever possible.

David Hart
Teacher Licensure, Secondary Mathematics

David Hart graduated in Summer 2013 with a Master’s in Math & Science Education.


Abby Kelleher
Teacher Licensure, Music Education

Abby Kelleher is teaching Choir, Drama, and Piano at Erie Middle School. Since beginning teaching at EMS in 2010, the Choral program has nearly doubled. Abby lives in Northglenn with her husband Jeremiah Martinez (BA Psychology-CU-Boulder, 2009) and their dog, Hunter.