Meet the Staff

Complete list of CMS Community School staff.

JulieAdams-Blowjulie Adams-BlowJulie Adams-Blow is in her third year as a lead teacher at CMS. As a lead teacher, she works with teachers to provide the best instruction and learning environment for our students. Julie is in her 17th year of education. She began her career teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan. She has a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has taught 1st-3rd grades in general education classrooms. She has also specialized in special education, reading intervention (K-6) and consulting with a failing school district. Julie is a Colorado-native, but lived for many years in New Mexico and Florida. She has been married for 11 years and has a six-year-old son attending kindergarten at CMS. She enjoys time with friends/family, traveling, and painting.
MorganAndersonmorgan AndersonThis is Morgan’s second year teaching 4th grade, but her first year at CMS. She previously worked at Independence Elementary in Cherry Creek. She student taught at Denison Montessori teaching 1st-3rd grades. Morgan graduated with a bachelor’s in Education from the University of Kansas. She then went on to get her master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. Morgan enjoys living in Denver with her dog Zooey. She also loves hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Miguelde Diegomiguel de diegoMiguel de Diego is a First Grade teacher in room 111. He comes from Madrid, Spain. This is his second year at CMS. He has two bachelor degrees in Elementary Education and English as a foreign language and a Master degree in Psychology and Education. His professional life is one year working as an Assistant teacher in Albion College, one year in Valdefuentes (Charter School) and four years in Comunidad de Madrid Schools (Public School). Miguel´s mother, Africa, is retired so she can spend more time taking care of the family. His father, Enrique, is an engineer who can solve anything. His brother, Enrique, is working in Chile.
DebbieGuillendebbie GuillenDebbie Guillen is the Physical Education teacher at CMS. She has been teaching at CMS for over 28 years and has enjoyed teaching in such a diverse community. Debbie organizes Jump Rope Club, G/T Gymnastics, and Mile Run Club in the mornings before school. Debbie is a DPS graduate(North High School) and received her BA and MA in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Debbie values movement education for all students. Her hobbies are playing indoor soccer, watching the Denver Broncos, IBJF Boot Camp workouts at Red Rocks, and hanging out with her three daughters.
AnneHurstaAnne HurstaAnne Hursta, MS,CCC-SLP, is the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at CMS Community School. She has been the SLP, at CMS, since August of 2002. Anne works with a variety of students whom have speech, language and/or fluency needs. Anne has worked for DPS since 1998. Additionally, Anne worked as a medical SLP, for Centura Health (Porter, St. Anthony Central, St. Anthony North and Littleton Adventist hospitals) from 1998 until 2009. Anne received her Bachelor’s degree, in Communication Disorders, from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1996. She received her Master’s degree, in Speech-Language Pathology, from the University of Wyoming in 1998. Anne has lived in Colorado since she was 12, but is originally from Texas. She lives with her husband, daughter and dog. Anne enjoys hiking, biking and snowshoeing. She will also admit to being a fan of shopping.
CarlosJiménezCarlos JiménezCarlos Jiménez is a dual language Spanish teacher in 5th grade. He joined CMS last year after working in Spain for the last 7 years in bilingual schools. He studied Education in Spain, France, and the UK. He loves travelling, and finding new people and experiences to learn from. He is ready and excited to start working in CMS Community School.
GracielaO'DonnellGraciela O’DonnellGraciela O’Donnell is the Dual Language Two Ways second grade teacher at CMS. Mrs. O’Donnell received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogotá. She has been a teacher for the past 16 years, 14 of those being an elementary and middle school Spanish as a Second Language teacher. Graciela is a native of Bogotá, Colombia. She has lived in Denver since 1987 and she loves Colorado! Mrs. O’Donnell is married to her husband John who teaches Technology at Kepner Middle School. They have two wonderful children Joe graduated from the University of Colorado with a major in Business, and Angie a senior at the University of Colorado in Bouder, majoring in Psychology. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and gardening.

Graciela O’Donnell es la profesora bilingue de Segundo grado en CMS. Ella obtuvo su título en Socología en la Universidad de Santo Tomás en Bogotá, y tiene 16 años de experiencia en educación. Fué profesora de Español como Segundo Idioma durante 14 años, y los últimos dos años trabajando como profesora bilingue enseñando Segundo grado (DLTW) en CMS. Graciela nació de Bogotá, Colombia y ha vivido en Denver desde 1987, y ella ama Colorado! Casada con su esposo John que enseña Tecnología en Kepner Middle School, tienen dos maravillosos hijos, Joe graduado en Negocios de la Universidad de Colorado, y Angie terminando su ultimo año en Psicología en la Universidad de Colorado en Boulder. Durante su tiempo libre le gusta disfrutar de la companía de su familia, viajar, leer, y cuidar su jardín.
AngelicaRodriguezAngelica Rodriguez Angelica Rodriguez is the Family and Community Engagement Liaison at CMS Community School and After School Program Coordinator. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science in Morelos State Autonomous University She has been working with DPS (Denver Public Schools) since February of 2011. She has been working with DPS for the last 3 years. She was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, in Mexico and moved to the U.S. in 2004. She has 2 beautiful girls, Eliza 11 and Isabella 7 years old; both of them are in a Dual Language School in Northglenn learning Mandarin Chinese. Angelica enjoys hiking; she loves the mountains and the fresh air. She loves to travel, to know more about different cultures, people and places.
JeremyRuckerjeremy ruckerJeremy is proud to serve as the assistant principal at CMS. Prior to joining the staff at CMS, Jeremy worked as a 3 rd grade classroom teacher, as an instructional coach, and as a teacher on special assignment for the English Language Acquisition and Special Education departments. He earned his BA from the University of Northern Iowa, his MA from CU Boulder, and his administrative license from Colorado State University. Jeremy lives in Denver with his wife who also works for DPS. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar and backgammon, exercising, and spending time with family.
MaribelSanchezMaribel SanchezMaribel Sanchez is a fourth grade teacher in the Dual Language Program. Currently she is teaching the English component. She has been at CMS four six years and has taught fourth grade those six years. Before coming to CMS she taught at Fairmont Elementary. At Fairmont she taught third grade for nine years, second grade for four years and a second/third grade class for one year. While at Fairmont she taught in the Dual Language Program as well as the ELA-S classroom. She received her undergraduate degree from Metro State University and her Masters degree from Lesley University. Maribel was born in Mexico City and arrived in the United States at the age of eight years old. She has been married for nineteen years and has two daughters that are 15 and 12 years old. She loves animals. Her hobbies include reading, going for long walks and dancing.
LilianaSanchezLiliana SanchezLiliana Sanchez is a Bilingual teacher at CMS Community School. She attended Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2013. Liliana is currently pursuing a Master´s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity at University of Colorado Boulder. Liliana was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and moved to the USA in 2002. She is married and very proud to have a son in first grade here at CMS. In her time off, Liliana enjoys traveling to Mexico and to The Netherlands to visit with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling within Colorado with her family.
RondaSmithRonda SmithRonda Smith is has been a teacher at CMS for 10 years.  She is currently teaching third grade. Ronda loves nature and brings it in to her classroom whenever possible. She has Chester the bunny, Zucco the guinea pig as well as a variety of small creatures in the class. Ronda hosts an after school science club where she can share her love of science and nature. When she is not working, Ronda spends most of her time in the mountains with her dog Rocco. She is very proud of her two children that will both be in college next year.
SoniaSolerSonia SolerSonia Soler is a ELA-S third grade teacher at CMS. Sonia received her bachelor’s degree in foreign language (English) teacher in Spain. She has been teaching at Charlotte, N.C., for five years as Spanish teacher. She moved to Denver last year and she started working at CMS. Sonia is from Cordoba, Spain. She is married to her husband Sergio who is from Mexico. They have a wonderful child, Diego, who is two years old. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.

Sonia Soler es la maestra de ELS-S de Segundo gradao en CMS. Sonia recivio su diplomatura en magisterio por lenguas extranjeras (Ingles) en España. Ella ha trabajado en Charlotte , N.C., durante cinco años como maestra de español. Ella se mudo a Denver el año pasado y comnezo a trabajar en CMS. Sonia es de Cordoba, España. Ella esta casado con su marido Sergio, quien es de Mexico. Ellos tienen un maravilloso hijo de 2 años llamado Diego. Cuando ella no esta trabajando le encanta pasar tiempo con su familia y cocinar.
AlejandraSotirosalejandra SotirosAlejandra Sotiros was born in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to the U.S. when she was 15 years old. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in education and she finished her master’s degree in 1994 in education with an emphasis in literacy instruction.  Her first year teaching was at Rosedale Elementary in Denver. After her first year she moved to Boulder to work in the first dual-language immersion school in Colorado.  She worked as a bilingual teacher for 15 years and then moved to administration. In administration, Alejandra has been a district coordinator, an assistant principal and a principal. She was a principal at Creekside Elementary for four years before moving to Denver. This is Alejandra’s third year as principal at CMS Community School. Alejandra views her opportunity to work with the CMS community as the highlight of her career.  She enjoys the work she does with the parents and the teachers, but loves most of all to work with the children at CMS. She is working hard with the community to strengthen the dual-language program at CMS and help CMS students become independent learners and bilingual and biliterate individuals.  In her spare time, Alejandra loves to spend time with her family, bike, do yoga and read.
SarahWilloughbySarah WilloughbySarah Willoughby is our school’s multi-intensive teacher who serves grades 3-5. Sarah is in her 9th year of serving our school community. Before working at CMS Sarah was a mild/moderate special education teacher at Smiley Middle in DPS. Sarah earned a master of education from Grand Canyon University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on reading. She received her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Inclusive Elementary Education. Sarah is also a certified ELA-E teacher through Denver Public Schools. Sarah resides with her husband and two children in Evergreen, where they are learning how to homestead. In her spare time Sarah and her family enjoy spending time outside camping and fishing.
IanYatesIan YatesIan Yates is the technology teacher at CMS. He enjoys teaching and learning about new technologies. Mr. Yates also organizes Computer Club, Rocket Club, The Egg Drop, and the Talent Show. Expression can take many forms. Ian believes in giving students as many opportunities for expression as possible. Ian highly values education for all individuals. He grew up in Iowa attending public schools, and it is Ian's great pleasure to teach in a public school. Ian’s hobbies include fly fishing, cycling, running, skiing, and reading. For more information about Mr. Yates and Technology classes at CMS, please visit Ian's wikispace website, click here.
ValerieTomasiValerie Tomasi is the School Social Worker for CMS. Ms. Tomasi is very excited to be returning to DPS after a 17 year hiatus while raising her child. Ms. Tomasi grew up in Wisconsin where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work/Behavioral Science degree and moved to Denver in 1986 to complete her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver and then decided to make Colorado her home. After working in the non-profit social services sector for a few years after graduation, she joined Team DPS and has worked in a variety of schools from elementary to high school. Ms. Tomasi’s passion is helping elementary aged students achieve their best mental wellness so that they can focus on their academic and social pursuits. Ms. Tomasi believes that Parents are a Child’s First Teacher and so she loves working with student’s families to provide support and resources so that parents can have as many “tools in their toolbox” to be the best parents they can be. In her free time, Ms. Tomasi enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoying the beauty of outdoors Colorado. She appreciates CMS parents for sharing their children with her each day.
JorgeAnguiano-GarciaJorge Anguiano-GarciaJorge Anguiano-Garcia is a kindergarten teacher in room 113. He comes from Juarez City, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Jorge has been a teacher for 18 years. This is his first year teaching at CMS. Jorge has 3 kids, Neto 23, Quetzal 18, and Olin 13. He has worked to help them become productive members of society. Jorge has a bachelor’s degree in general education from Centro de Actualización del Magisterio de Cd. Juarez. He enjoys teaching kids and helping them grow up. Jorge became a Boy Scout in Mexico, and he still likes to do voluntary work with young kids. His passion is working with families to help their kids become strong learners. And, he enjoys working in a collaborative setting with members of the community, and he is happy to be living in Denver.