Academic Coaches

                             Academic Coach    
                                                                 Tara DeWitte and Desha Bierbaum

Desha Bierbaum
Desha

University(ies) attended: University of Arkansas at Monticello (under grad) Lesley University (masters) University of Northern Colorado (doctorate) Degree(s) earned: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Minor in Educational Technology Educational Doctorate (EdD) Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Number of years teaching: 30
Number of years in Garfield Re-2: 13

Why did you choose teaching? 
I always wanted to be a teacher! In third grade my mother came to my classroom to volunteer and found me at the front of the room teaching my peers! Many of my ancestors were educators so it is in my blood!

What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
I love the children! I love their quirky little personalities and seeing them grow!

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read!

Tara DeWitte

Tara DeWitte

University(ies) attended: Undergrad: Fort Lewis College; Masters: Colorado Mesa University

Degree(s) earned: Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies: Elementary Education; Masters: Masters of Arts in Education, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Number of years teaching: 14

Number of years in Garfield Re-2: 14

Family: I have two daughters, age 3 and 6.

Why did you choose teaching? The kids!  I've always loved working with and being around children.

What is your favorite part of being a teacher? I love that I get to work with all grade levels, so I get work alongside every teacher in the building and their kids.  Seeing kids learn and grow is an amazing experience.

What do you like to do in your free time? Run, bike, hike, workout, read, be with my family and friends.