2nd Grade Team

 Carolyn Lohr



Carolyn is absolutely delighted to have found a home at KCAA. She feels that teaching second grade in such a dynamic, creative environment is the perfect coming together of her two great passions: education and the arts. Carolyn recently graduated from the University of Denver through the Denver Teacher Residency Program with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She is endorsed in linguistically diverse education and special education. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in theatre and vocal performance. During Carolyn’s residency year, she had the opportunity to teach in a kindergarten classroom as well as a first grade classroom. First grade stole her heart, but working with kinders allowed her to appreciate where her first graders would be coming from and the tremendous growth that is made from age 5 to 7. Carolyn believes that student engagement, parental involvement, and a positive classroom environment are the keys to student success. When Carolyn isn’t singing and dancing with her second graders, she can be found doing the same on a local Denver stage. She regularly performs in musical productions across town.


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RACHEL MOEN-2nd Grade Teacher

Email: Rachel_Moen@dpsk12.org

I was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Littleton, Colorado. I went to Fort Lewis College where I graduated in 2005 with BA in Art and a minor in Women’s Studies. After trips to Mexico and Guatemala, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher working with Bilingual students. After two years of working as a 3rdgrade teacher with bilingual students, I earned my masters in Linguistic Diversity from University of Colorado Denver. I enjoy reading, making art, gardening, biking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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My name is Mariza Elizondo-Rios.  I was born in Torreon Coahuila Mexico.  I have been working as an ELA-S Teacher for the last 18 years.  I have 3 kids Dewey, Siam and Tess.  I have a miniature schnauzer named Mocha. I enjoy poetry, great movies and gardening.  I love music and different languages.  I love different cultures and bringing them into my classroom.  I love the concept of teaching children in a holistic way.