Meet Our Team Teachers and Staff 2021-2022

Hello! My name is Lily Binford. I am excited to join the TRCS family! I hail from Dallas, Texas, where I taught science for six years and studied STEM education in graduate school at Southern Methodist University. When I'm not working, I love to spend time outdoors with my husband James and our super sweet Siberian husky Haze. I can’t wait to investigate the fascinating world around us with TRCS students this 2021-22 school year!

Hi there! My name is Jill Schoeppner. I am new to Two Rivers but am excited to join as a First Grade Teacher! This will be my fifth year teaching. I enjoy sharing my love of learning with my students and their families. I have two beautiful, energetic children, Ezzra and Sophie. We spend a lot of our time playing outside, reading books, and cooking/baking. I look forward to starting this school year off with a bang!

Hi! My name is Rebecca Ragle and I will be a 2nd grade teacher this year. This will be my third year at Two Rivers, I taught fourth the past two years. When not at school I like to be outside with my husband paddle boarding, mountain biking, and snowboarding. I cannot wait to be back to school and see all our families again!

Hello! My name is Rachel Clark and this will be my second year teaching 3rd grade at TRCS. My favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with students and families and watching them grow as learners and people throughout the year. When I am not at school, I enjoy floating the river, getting involved in my community, and spending time with my fiance Jack as well as our two fur babies Beau and Chaco. I am looking forward to another wonderful year at TRCS!

Hello! My name is McKenzie Goldsmith and I will be teaching 5th grade this year at TRCS. This will be my third year working at Two Rivers. When I am not working you can find me practicing hot yoga, rock climbing, hiking 14ers, skiing, and traveling. My little sister Katie and I are close and I go visit her and my new niece, Quintessa in Florida as often as I can. I look forward to the 2021-2022 school year and can't wait to take many adventures outside the classroom!

Howdy! My name is Tiffany Axtell. I am a first grade Para at Two Rivers Community School. I have worked at TRCS for the past 5 years as a Para for different parts of the school, the majority of it in a first grade classroom. I love to be at home when I'm not working, spending time on craft projects, taking care of our various farm animals (especially the chickens!), gardening, beekeeping, and watching movies. My husband, Russ, and I have 5 children, but only one left at home. What a quiet place our house has become with only Levi to keep us busy! We recently moved to the Rifle area from Carbondale and are looking forward to the new adventure! I have truly loved working at TRCS with the most amazing staff any school has ever had, and am looking forward to another great year!

Hello! My name is Jim Hardcastle. I have been a passionate and involved educator for 10 years. I spent 4 years with RE-1 at SES here in Glenwood Springs teaching 3rd grade, and 6 years, split as a 4th grade and all K-5 Science teacher at Seoul International School in South Korea. When not teaching I enjoy spending time with My wife Mindi Harman in the outdoors involved in a number of activities. I am excited and looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year, and I know my new home at TRCS will bring great memories and learning experiences for me, our students, and your families!

Hi! My name is Katie Stewart and this is my fourth year teaching first grade at TRCS. Before that, I was a teacher for 10 years in Cochabamba, Bolivia where some of my family still lives. I'm a Carbondale native and grateful to be back in the Roaring Fork Valley where I love trail running and building community through my home church, The Orchard. What a gift to live in such a beautiful place!

Hello! My name is Elvia Loya, I have had the privilege of working at TRCS for six years as a Spanish teacher. I love to paint and spend time with my family and friends. I look forward to continuing to have a positive impact on our students' growth and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers.

I joined the TRCS Team of Educators in the Fall of 2016. I came to TRCS with over ten years experience in Community Art with the GWS Center for the Arts. Here at TRCS, our Maker Space Projects are based on PBL Learning, School Culture, and Our Community. With a B.S. in Biology from the University of New England, I enthusiastically support the "Maker Space Movement" with a scientific and creative mind. When I'm not in the TRCS Maker Space, I'm hiking with my dog Ollie and partner Charlie. I also enjoy rock collecting, gardening, adventure travel, and yoga. And O ya....I'm a Gold Miner!

My name is Shelly Haddon and I am excited to be teaching Spanish at TRCS. This will be my fourth year teaching Spanish at Two Rivers and my 16th year teaching Spanish overall. I have studied Spanish in Toledo, Spain, taught in Tres Rios, Costa Rica and was raised in a bilingual Spanish speaking family. When I am not working, I love to travel and spend time with my husband and two children. I love teaching Spanish and look forward to the upcoming school year!

I’ve been part of the TRCS team since they opened their doors in 2014! I love this school, and both of my children have attended here since its inception. For the 2021-2022 school year, I’m moving out of the classroom into a focused role in reading instruction at TRCS. I’m passionate about helping students become successful and confident readers! I’ll be working with K-5th grade students who need explicit reading instruction outside of their regular classroom. I’m also excited to get to support K-3rd classroom teachers as a reading instructional coach.

Outside of school, I enjoy rafting, paddleboarding, skiing, hiking, and being a hockey mom. I live in New Castle with my husband, two children, and two dogs.

Hello! My name is Jamie Devine. This will be my second year at TRCS, and my third year as a kindergarten teacher. Before becoming a teacher, I was lucky enough to stay at home with my two kiddos. I also spent a lot of time helping in their classrooms, and worked as a substitute teacher for a year. When not at school, I enjoy playing outside with my husband Dan, and my daughters Raya and Kaia. A few of my favorite activities include mountain biking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and camping. I am so excited for this school year, and look forward to being a part of your child's kindergarten adventure!

My name is Cristina Mancinas. This is my fifth year teaching at TRCS. I taught first grade for the last four years and now I am moving on to teach kindergarten. I love to spend time with my family, reading, hiking and cooking. I am looking forward to another great year.

Hello, my name is Brenda Kaiser I have been a parent volunteer, board member and now I am the Community School Coordinator for TRCS. My three children Lucas, Lauren and Maximilian are all TRCS students and when I am not working I like to entertain and go on road trips with my family. I cannot wait to meet all of our families and students this year.

My name is Carolyn Suehring. I have been a part of TRCS since its origin in 2014 in many different roles as both parent and teacher. My son, Jeremy, attended TRCS for fifth through eighth grades. I have previously taught middle school physical science and sixth grade English language arts, and am now excited to be moving into the role of intervention specialist this year. Originally from the Midwest, my family moved from Virginia to Colorado in 2010. This is the fifth state we have lived in, and by far our favorite for enjoying the great outdoors. We love to hike, bike, and explore as much as possible. I have also been enjoying coaching the writing of a book with a group of middle school students for the past year and a half based on their experiences during the pandemic. We are looking forward to meeting in person for the first time this year and plan to finish writing it soon.

Hey! My name is Ashton Taufer. This will be my third year teaching PE at TRCS. I taught guitar and did my student teaching at the school when it first opened in 2014. When, I am not teaching at TRCS, I love to ski, mountain bike, hike and play music. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to another fun year at TRCS.

Hi! My name is Nikki Kochevar. My time at TRCS began in 2019 as an occasional substitute teacher, and parent with all 3 of my boys attending. That year, I spent time subbing in all local Glenwood schools. Starting last spring, and for this school year, I am the permanent substitute teacher and front office support at TRCS. Basically, that means I am one of the eyes and ears in all corners of the school. When I am not working, you can find me with my nose in a book, tackling a home improvement project with my husband, Justin, or cheering on my boys at one of their activities.

My name is Tricia Zienowicz and I'm so excited to be returning to teach 4th Grade at TRCS. I had the honor of teaching 4th and 5th grade TRCS's first 2 years and then moved back to the southeast. The mountains and this amazing community brought me back and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of it again! Reid (3 year old boy) and Ella (6 year old pup) keep my husband and I very busy! We are looking forward to playing in the snow and enjoying everything Colorado has to offer again.

My name is Deidre Rippy and I teach 7th & 8th grade mathematics. I also coach the middle school math league. I feel my greatest role at Two Rivers is to teach students how to use logic and reasoning to solve problems, which enhances their critical thinking skills, essential for making sense of this world. This will be my fifth year at TRCS. I have three children attending Two Rivers Community School ~ Harrison (1st grade), Fiona (4th grade), and Ellie (5th grade). We LOVE our school, and we feel that every day is an opportunity to learn something new and to enhance the community around us. Aside from teaching I love riding my horse, traveling, snowboarding, reading, cooking, volunteering, and of course spending time with my family and all of our adopted animals.

Hi TRCS families! My name is Aubrey Glenn. I've been with the school since it opened in 2014 as a parent & as the School Nurse Consultant since 2018. I also work full-time at Valley View Hospital as a staff educator. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family- my husband, Mark & 4 kids, which are 22, 17, 14, & 9. We often spend time on the river, camping, or just having a family movie night! I'm actually registering for school in the Fall to get my Master's degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education so I will be co-nursing this year at TRCS with Cari Rohe, RN. I've enjoyed getting to know the families better and being a resource for the TRCS staff & excited to see what 2021-2022 year will bring us!

Hi! My name is Christy Nilsson (Miss Christy to most) and this will be my 5th year as a Special Education para. I have been both a parent of a daughter in the first graduating class at Two Rivers, as well as part of this amazing team. I have 3 daughters spread all over the country now and an empty nest with my husband Steve. In my free time I love anything outdoors, as well as reading, traveling and cooking. Looking forward to making this year an awesome one!

Hello! My name is Eleanor Kenyon. I am a third grade teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. This will be my third year here at TRCS! Outside of teaching I enjoy skiing, hiking, and yoga. I love to spend my free time knitting blankets as well! My whole family is spread out all over but I’m originally from Kansas City (Go Chiefs!). I cannot wait to see everyone!

Hello! My name is Martin Calkins. This is my second year teaching social studies at Two Rivers. When I'm not working I am usually on an adventure with my wife Marlin. We especially like visiting her home country of the Dominican Republic and Kite surfing on the beach. I'm looking forward to a great school year.

Hello! My name is Terran Carver. For the last three years I have taught middle school English and Social Studies at TRCS. This year I will be teaching seventh and eighth grade English and I couldn't be more excited, because I think middle schoolers are the best! When I'm not working I like to hike and camp with my wonderful friends and my partner Eric, or enjoy a quiet night at home reading books and watching movies with my cute kitties. I absolutely love to travel and try new things. I'm excited for the new school year and can't wait to see old students and meet new ones!

Hello! My name is Cailey Arensman and this is my third year as the music teacher at TRCS. I love the kind and welcoming community of students and teachers at TRCS and am proud to sponsor our middle school gender and sexuality alliance. I grew up in Glenwood Springs and am so grateful to be teaching what I love in the place I call home. While I grew up singing and playing the piano, I've had so much fun playing newer-to-me instruments like ukulele, guitar, and drum set these past few years. In my spare time, I love playing board games with my husband and family, gardening or walking in nature, and making up songs about my cats.

Hello! My name is Ann Rockett. I came on board TRCS in 2015 as a 2nd/3rd grade Math/PBL teacher and ELD Coordinator. Since then, I have also been a Middle School Science and PBL teacher. I am currently the ELD and Gifted Education Coordinator. I love change, I love staying fresh and I love TRCS for its passion for learning and teaching about the world. Learning new things drives my energy both professionally and recreationally. In my free time you will most likely find me; on an adventure with my 3 kids, sailing, on the river, or hiking.

My name is Andrea Turner and I am a Special Education Teacher here at TRCS. I am going into my 5th year at TRCS and 14th year teaching Special ed. I've taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels throughout my career. In my free time I love cooking new foods, making salsa, gardening, playing with my dog, and hiking and camping with my husband, Eric. I am from Chicago; I love The Chicago Cubs, the food, the music and my family there. I have a true passion for helping kids find their way in the world and embracing their differences and special interests, and I love teaching Orton Gillingham!

Hi! My name is Amy Spradlin. I have been at Two Rivers Community School since 2015 and can’t imagine being anywhere else. My official role is Social and Emotional Coordinator, but you’ll see that I wear many hats throughout the year. Teaching the whole child has always been my passion even when I was a regular classroom teacher. That's why I received extensive training in mindfulness, restorative justice, and self regulation. When humans feel valued, have a sense of belonging, can bring themselves to a place of peace and calm as well as value others who are different then themselves, success and achievement are limitless. If I’m not at school, you’ll find me listening to live music, taking hikes, or swimming in the hot springs. My husband is a farrier (horseshoer) in the valley, and you’ll find him attending many of our school events. He loves TRCS as much as I do! Two Rivers is a one of a kind place that feels like home to many families, students and staff. We hope you feel that way too.

Hi! my name is Anaid Vigil. I have been a part of TRCS since 2018 as a special education paraprofessional. In addition, I have also taken the responsibility as a Teacher Assistant. When I am not at work I like to be outdoors with my family and two dogs. I am thrilled to restart the school year alongside the teachers and students.

My name is Dave Plumb but your kids call me Mr. Dave. This is my seventh year teaching, and my second at TRCS. This year I'm very excited to be transitioning to the middle school where I'll be teaching sixth grade math and science. When I'm not at school, you can usually find me outside with my wife Meg and daughter Nora. We'll have another addition to our family soon: a baby boy is coming in November! Our family loves to hike, ski, and explore the incredible wilderness on the western slope. At home, I enjoy cooking and gardening, and running behind Nora on her strider bike, which she just learned to ride over the summer.

Hello TRCS Community. My name is Catherine Vivanco. I am new to TRCS and will be teaching 4th grade. I have lived in the valley for the past 14 years and have been teaching in Rifle at Graham Mesa for the past 6 years. I have three children, Kendall 13, Jonah 8, and Anaiah 6 years all will be attending TRCS this year. I am so excited to join this amazing school. I love spending time with family, hiking, and just enjoying beautiful Colorado.

Hey there! My name is Daniela but you may call me Dani. I will be working as a Special Education Paraprofessional this year. I have worked here in the past as a substitute but, this will be my first year working at Two Rivers full-time and I’m so excited to see what it has in store! On my free time I love to go on hikes with my doggies and friends, play video games and indulge in all things music related. Family and friends mean the world to me, connection is everything. I am ecstatic to learn and grow alongside this amazing community this year. :)

I am Marisa Mills and this will be my 6th year at TRCS. I have been a kindergarten classroom teacher, Kindergarten/first grade classroom teacher since the beginning of my teaching career. This coming school year I will be the primary (k-2) reading interventionist and English Language Development support. My husband Scott and I have been married for 31 years and have 2 grown sons, Gregory(30) and Michael (27). I am originally from Ohio so living in the mountains has enriched the outdoor lifestyle of walking, hiking and biking in this beautiful valley. I am passionate about spending time with family and friends, traveling and visiting new places, and reading and listening to audio books. I am very excited about my new teaching position and being a part of young children becoming excited about growing, learning and reading! Welcome new and returning families to TRCS!

Hi! My name is Cari Rohe and this is going to be my first year as a School Nurse Consultant for TRCS. I have been a nurse at the Women’s Health Clinic at Valley View Hospital for 9 years and I’m looking forward to working with the families at TRCS as well. When I’m not working I can be found doing something outdoors with my husband, Travis, and our children Logan (TRCS 1st grader) and Charlotte (2 years old and future TRCS student). We love camping and have spent almost 2 weeks in our tent this year!

My name is Paul Dudley and I will teach Spanish to K-8 students here at TRCS. I moved to the Roaring Fork valley in 2009 and am originally from Minnesota. As a Spanish teacher at Basalt High School and Riverview School, I strived to bring together our entire community. Besides teaching middle and high school, I have instructed both Spanish and ESL at CMC along with coaching swimming for the Sopris Barracudas. I have especially enjoyed practicing yoga for the past 20+ years. I have served the local yoga community as both a teacher and studio owner. Playing with my wife and two sons is the highlight of most of my days!

Hello! My name is Aubrey Purdy. This is my second year at Two Rivers Community School and my fifth year teaching overall. I will be teaching 2nd grade for the 2021-2022 school year. When I am not working, I love to travel around the world and explore our beautiful backyard. I cannot wait to meet my new class!

Hello my name is Eunice Calzadias Molina. I am the office manager at TRCS and am starting my fifth year with this great community. When I'm not behind the desk or on the phone I like to be hiking, shopping, paddle boarding and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to seeing kid's faces again and being able to lend a helping hand to our families.

Hello, my name is Cindy Metzger. I'm excited to return this Fall as part of the SPED team for my 7th year at TRCS. I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with 43 years of experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, early intervention and the schools. My passion for working directly with students and collaborating as a team with all the staff is why I continue to work at TRCS. I have two children who have both graduated from college. Drew lives in Houston and Elise is in St. Louis. My husband Paul and our dog Kylie and I love to visit our children, travel, camp, hike, snowshoe, fly fish and kayak the reservoirs.

Hi, I am Jennifer Angeloro, aka: "Ms. Jen" to my speech students at TRCS for the past five years. My husband and I moved to the R.F.V. 13 years ago from Rhode Island to experience powder on the slopes but truly hit the jackpot with all of the seasonal outdoor Colorado hobbies! We have a black lab and three children that attend TRCS; Jolene ("Joey") in 3rd grade, and twin boys, Andrew and Michael in Kindergarten. When I'm not hiking, skiing or biking with my family, you'll find me at yoga regaining some composure! I spent an exciting and fulfilling 12 years working at Valley View Hospital with various ages and diagnoses. This TRCS setting has helped me to maintain the work-life balance of family as well as enhance my educational speech therapy skill set. Watching these students grow and succeed academically over the years has brought a smile to my heart daily!