New Staff Bios

Gavin Ganab, 2nd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Gavin Ganab and I am excited to begin my 10th year of teaching at Montclair! I recently moved from Minnesota where I taught at Robert Asp Elementary in Moorhead, Minnesota and Valentine Hills Elementary in Arden Hills, Minnesota. I played basketball and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy¬†waking up early, being active, cooking, learning new things and doing my best to brighten other people’s day! Fun Facts: I was born in Hawaii… I first visited Colorado when I was 12 on a snowboarding trip… I have a dog named “Henry” who has one eye ūüôā

Jessica Kloppenborg, Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Jessica Kloppenborg.  I have a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Teaching and Learning.  I am originally from a small town in Nebraska.  There I met my husband and got married in 2007.  We moved to Denver were I taught Kindergarten for 5 years.  After that we moved to Germany where I taught English Language Learners for a year.  We returned to the states in 2013 and moved to Atlanta where I taught Kindergarten and 1st grade at a technology based school.  While living in Atlanta my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Sara, to the world in 2015. I am excited about returning to my favorite place in the world, Denver.

 

Pam McClintock, 5th Grade Teacher

My name is Pam McClintock. I have been teaching 4th and 5th graders for seven years in Denver Public Schools. Before that, I received my MA in Applied Linguistics and taught English as a Second Language to adults.  I came to Colorado 23 years ago from Northern California by way of Massachusetts. We recently moved into the Montclair neighborhood. My daughter is studying psychology at Purdue and my son is studying conservation ecology at Montana State. Our nest is not empty, however. We have two dogs, a cat and a bearded dragon. When I am not teaching, I am working on the house or reading a good book. I also love to ski, hike and spend time outdoors. I am very excited to be teaching 5th grade at Montclair.

 

Katie Self, Special Education Teacher

Katie Self is from a suburb of Seattle, Washington.  She earned a BA in Spanish from Western Washington University where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Morelia, Mexico, and Cádiz, Spain.  After college, Katie taught English in China for two years.  She worked as a classroom teacher in DPS while getting her teaching license from Metro State College of Denver.  She spent a few years at home with her children, and later got her BA level speech language pathology assistant classes from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Katie earned a master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on linguistically and culturally diverse students from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She lives in Aurora, CO with her husband, Ryan, who is also a teacher, and her two sons, Jonah (age 12) and Grady (age 10).  She loves spending time with them at parks, museums, and outings.  She also volunteers with adults and children with special needs through the special needs program at her church.

 

Emily Weidner, Dean of Culture & Equity

Before joining Montclair as the Dean of Culture and Equity, Emily Weidner taught English, social studies and special education.  She is excited to bring her background of developing culturally responsive teaching and passion for nurturing a love of learning in every student to this role.  She is an avid traveler and dog enthusiast.  She is thrilled to join the Montclair family!

 

Sarah Wilkins, Special Education Teacher

Sarah Wilkins is a Colorado native. She earned her B.S. in elementary education, ESL education, and special education from Baylor University. While at Baylor, she studied abroad in Costa Rica and gained experience working with ESL students who were in 3rd grade. After returning to Denver, she worked in DPS as a long-term sub special education teacher, taught AVID students, worked as a math tutor, and even taught private piano lessons. Sarah did these things as she was earning her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. Sarah has a long history of teachers in her family, including an aunt and uncle who both teach in Denver Public Schools and a multitude of family members who are DPS alumni. On the side, she plays three instruments (piano, clarinet and guitar), enjoys playing volleyball, traveling to new places and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to become part of the community at Montclair!

 

Bob Wood, 4th Grade Teacher

My name is Bob Wood.  This is my first year teaching at DPS and I am excited to be a part of the Montclair Community.  I spent last year as part of the Denver Teacher Residency program where I interned in a 5th-grade room at Montclair while earning my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.  Before that, I spent four years teaching 4thР6th grade in Bangkok, Thailand.  I grew up in New Jersey, and have thoroughly enjoyed all that Colorado has to offer.  When I am not outdoors being active, I enjoy curling up on the couch with a good book.

 

Vanessa Zimmermann, Gifted & Talented Teacher

Vanessa Zimmermann has been working in Denver education circles for more than 20 years, starting with teaching Montessori preschoolers to make waffles.   She earned her Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction  in 2002 from the University of Denver; Vanessa’s BA degree in English is from SMU in Dallas, Texas.   Growing up in Oklahoma, Vanessa found one of her greatest loves in high school theatre, and almost 40 years later she is is still celebrating theatre and supporting DPS’s Shakespeare Festival.  An avid gardener, Vanessa and her husband Gary are strong participants in a local urban farm in the Virginia Village neighborhood.  Vanessa’s interest and support of gifted & talented students began more than 25 years ago, when their oldest child started 1st grade in a DPS GT classroom.  Today, she is still a passionate teacher who believes all students deserve to explore, to create, and to wonder.  She is thrilled to be joining the Montclair community to pursue that passion alongside such an amazing group of students, families and teachers .

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