Kindergarten Team

Erica Atchison



Hi. I’m Erica Atchison and love teaching my kindergarten class. Is is so fun and rewarding. I grew up in Incline Village, Nevada, a small town on the the north shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. I graduated from the University of Nevada in Reno and earned my masters degree from

UNLV. I’v taught in Nevada, Arizona and now Colorado. I have a

wonderful husband, James, and two very active dogs who love to run.


Shelby Finney


Hello! My name is Shelby Finney and this is my second year teaching kindergarten at KCAA. Before coming to KCAA, I taught 1st grade in Colorado Springs for four years. I Finney, Shelby Kinderam a Hope College graduate; majoring in special education and elementary education. After graduation, I moved from Michigan to Colorado for the mountains, sunshine and adventure! I got married this summer and my husband Matt and I love spending our free time camping and hiking. I also enjoy playing tennis and volleyball, cheering on the MSU Spartans, Hope College Dutchmen, and A&M Aggies and going on road trips.

Why do I teach? I teach because…
I love kids, I believe all children can learn and I want to make a difference. I love light bulb moments, celebrating small achievements, helping students persevere and getting students fired up about learning new things!

Nelia Carrasco pic Nelia Carrasco-ES K/1st Teacher

Ms. Carrasco is a native of Oaxaca, Mexico. She has been working for team DPS for 10 years. This is her second year at KCAA and she loves it! Ms. Carrasco moved from North Carolina to Colorado in 2008. She enjoys the mountains and going to the parks with her family. Ms. Carrasco enjoys teaching her students not only to read and write, she also teaches them cultural aspects of the Latino culture.

You are always welcome to visit Ms. Carrasco’s class.


Ms. Carrasco es de la ciudad de Oaxaca, México. Ella ha estado trabajando para las escuelas Públicas de Denver por 10 años. ¡Este es su segundo año en KCAA y le encanta! Ms. Carrasco se mudó de Carolina del Norte a Colorado en el año 2008. A ella le gusta ir a las montañas y a los parques con su familia. Ms. Carrasco disfruta enseñarles a sus alumnos no solamente lectura y escritura, también los aspectos culturales de la cultura Hispana.

Usted esta siempre bienvenido al salón de Ms. Carrasco