This is my 6th year teaching 3rd grade at KCAA. I have loved watching my students as they have gone through elementary, middle and now almost high school! I live in the mountains with my husband and my baby, Arlo. I grew up on a tree farm in Castle Rock (Colorado native!) and have always had a love of the outdoors and the natural classroom. Before teaching I worked at camps in California, Maine and ran an overnight summer camp here in Denver. I love reading, gardening, hiking, and spending time with my amazing family.
Gracen Porreca- 3rd grade Teacher
Gracen Porreca has been teaching for Denver Public Schools for 17 years. He has been at KCAA since it started in 2009. He has taught 5th grade and Drama, and is currently teaching 3rd grade math and science. Mr. Porreca runs the elementary student council and the secondary Shakespeare Club. When not teaching, Mr. Porreca likes to snowboard, perform in community theater, and go camping with his family.
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.