Hello! I am a Colorado Native and graduated from ThunderRidge High School. After spending four years in Nebraska during college (Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska), I came to RCHS and can not think of a better place to be! Teaching has always been my passion and I love sharing fun, exciting, crazy and happy experiences with everyone at RCHS. In addition to teaching social studies, I am the Student Council Sponsor, Social Studies Department Chair and Graduation Coordinator.
Hi,I’m Mat Henbest and I was born in southern California and raised in San Jose. I earned my degree in history from Boise State University and my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV. I moved to Colorado from Boise, Idaho in 2008 to teach social studies and direct the girls soccer program at Rock Canyon High School. I play soccer, bike, run, hike, read, and watch movies in my free time. I currently teach American Government, Honors Ancient Civilizations, and Senior Studies.
Hi, and welcome to my web page! My name is Tim Marshall, and I have been teaching at Rock Canyon High School for six years. I was drawn to Colorado by my sister, who moved here in the mid-90s. Frequent visits to this beautiful state drew me more intensely after each visit. Six years ago I took the leap and moved here from the Empire state of New York, where I was born and raised. Prior to working at RCHS I taught for many years at Orchard Park High School in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. When I tell people that I come from New York, the most common misconception is that I am from the “City.” They expect to hear an accent in my voice that is lacking, but my part of the state has more in common with the Midwest so you won’t hear anything out of me that sounds like I come from New York City, Long Island, or New Jersey. I love teaching at RCHS. The kids at this school (that’s right, you guys!) bring excitement and energy to my life each day. I am passionate about learning and working with kids to help them deeply understand the world in which they live. I teach AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Microeconomics, U.S. Government, and Economics. While not currently teaching U.S. History, I have taught AP U.S. History in the past. I graduated from Houghton College with a B.A. in history. Subsequently I earned an M.A. in U.S. history from the State University of New York at Buffalo. One of the many ways in which I engage with students here is through my sponsorship of Model Congress. Each year I take a bunch of kids to participate in Harvard Model Congress in Boston, MA. It is gratifying to work with kids in this way and hear them them say that their involvement was one of the most transformative experiences of their high school career. I am committed to preparing fully capable citizens who will engage in our democracy in ways that will prepare them to not only reach their individual potential, but also to improve our country in ways that will allow all of our people to thrive. When not at school I like to travel, spend time in the mountains, read, and run. I love football and hockey too! Yes, I am a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan, so go easy on me! I look forward to helping you explore the fascinating worlds of our political and economic systems and how you can impact them in ways that will make your life even better. Go Jags!
My name is Aaron Paul and this is my first year at Rock Canyon High School. I have been in Colorado most of my life, growing up in the Lakewood area. I have been teaching at the middle school level for the past few years and am excited to be a Jaguar! This is a second career for me. I spent almost twelve years in law enforcement as a police officer. My wife and I have two wonderful children that attend school here in the District. In my free time I coach my son in various sports, golf, hike and spend time at bronco games with my little brother.
I am so excited to be a part of the Social Studies department at Rock Canyon High School. I started my 25th year in education at Rock Canyon in 2017, and have been with Douglas County Schools since 2002. I attended CU Boulder for both my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Education. I have two boys, who both attended Douglas County Schools. I look forward to serving the Rock Canyon community! Go Jags!
Hi everyone! I am excited to be apart of Rock Canyon High School this school year. I have been in the district for 12 years and this is my third year at Rock Canyon. I am originally from Florida and I am a proud Florida State University Alumni! I love teaching social studies and believe that it essential to the development for our young citizens. I believe the most important part of my job is to teach students to be active members of society through examining the world around them. Since I started teaching at the high school level, I have been passionate in my commitment to enriching the minds of the student by providing a positive and enthusiastic approach to learning. I am looking forward to a great year! Go Jags!
Hey There! My name is Mrs. Hommel and I love teaching here a Rock Canyon High School! A little bit about me…. I am Married to Brandon Hommel (check out our picture on my website ; )) and we have one son, Miles, and another one one the way; due in December 2016. We also have two dogs Mollie and Annie. If you need to get a hold of me the best way is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another great tool is to look at schoology (dcsd.schoology.com) for all my classroom material and presentations.
Hello! My name is Andy Mulberry, and I just moved to Colorado from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have taught for nineteen years in Illinois and Wisconsin. This will be my first year at Rock Canyon. I will be teaching AP World History and World Geography.
Hello and welcome to my site. I am David Sapienza and I teach AP European History and US History at RCHS. I also coach the JV Softball team. Additionally, I am Dare to Share Your Hair and the RCHS Water Polo Club, and have sponsored the Latin Club. I have been at RCHS since 2006. I completed my undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University and completed graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Denver. My wife, Stef, and I originally from St. Louis, Missouri and we are very passionate St. Louis Cardinals fans. We have lived in Denver since 2000. I enjoy spending time in the mountains and ski in Breckenridge at least 20 days a season with my son. I love to travel and have been to 25 countries and 43 states.
Hello students and families of RCHS! I began teaching at Rock Canyon in 2014 and it is the best school I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at! Prior to moving to Colorado, I spent much of my life living in the Chicago area besides two years teaching on the coast of North Carolina. After teaching English and Social Studies my first year, I have moved solely to one department joining the SS department full time. I couldn’t ask for a better group to be part of. Before teaching, I earned my undergraduate degree in History with a minor in English from Northern Illinois University in 2010. I have many passions outside the classroom including sports (Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, NIU), live music, and the outdoors. I also enjoy writing and contributed to the Chicago Tribune’s blog network while covering the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup run. I spend most of my time with my friends, girlfriend and my dog, Walt. Please contact me with any questions or concerns at JTalarico@dcsdk12.org. Here’s to a great school year!
Hello my name is Luke Hadden and I have been at Rock Canyon High School since 2014. Originally, I am from the great state of New Jersey, and have lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Australia, and Norway as well as Colorado. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where I majored in U.S. History. While attending school there I minored in football as a linebacker and was part of two championship teams. In addition to teaching U.S. History, Sociology, and Literature of Film II, I will be coaching football at Rock Canyon. This is a great school and community and I am happy to be a part of it. Please check my Schoology class page for assignments and feel free to email me at email@example.com any questions.
Welcome to another school year here at Rock Canyon! I am Mrs. Lemeshewsky (Katie to parents) and I am looking forward to a great year with all of you! I am a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina with a degree in Social Science Education, and immediately following graduation moved to Northern Virginia where I taught at Centreville High School (Go Wildcats!) in Fairfax County for 13 years. When my husband received a new job in this area three years ago, we packed up and moved West. It was an incredible experience working at Centreville, and I never thought I’d leave. However, sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your family, and this was one of those moves. Being here at Rock Canyon has made the move here much easier for me! This year you can find me in Room 5700 teaching Advance Placement Psychology and Government. Besides working hard at Rock Canyon I also am a mother to two: Elizabeth (age 7) and Will (age 2). Both keep me extremely busy and are very, very different from one another. I am a mom who can make a fairy princess costume for Halloween and can name and draw a mean excavator. For students and parents, please feel free to come and see me during my planning periods (2nd and 5th periods) or e-mail me with any questions or concerns. I’m looking forward to the school year and hope you are too!
Mr. Nethercott is going into his 9th year of teaching, and his second here in Douglas County. He is a product of Jackson, Wyoming, where his great-grandparents were among the first to homestead the valley. He’s known he wanted to be a teacher from a very young age, and received his BA from the University of Wyoming in Secondary Education, and followed it up with graduate studies at UC-Denver in Modern European History and US Foreign Policy. He has spent the last 16 years bouncing between Colorado and New England, working as a teacher, summer camp counselor, and youth ministries director for the Episcopal Church. He’s happily married and has great little goofball kid.
Hi! I’m Matt Sassali, Rock Canyon High School Social Studies teacher. I have been teaching at Rock Canyon High School for the past 12 years. During my time here I have taught AP U.S. History, U.S. History 1865 to 1945, U.S. History 1945 to Present, American Government, Colorado History, Contemporary World Issues, and Introduction to Law. I am a native of Cupertino, California and have been living in Colorado for the past 13 years. I have a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of Oregon, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco.
Dear Students, My name is Emily Tremaine. I was born and raised in beautiful Spokane, Washington, the biggest city between Seattle and Minneapolis and home of the famous Garbage Goat. I love Spokane and the Garbage Goat so much that I got a friend to “major” in Spokane in college (including writing a paper on everything she learned from me) and I was officially named the “Number One Fan of the Garbage Goat” by Spokane’s newspaper. I moved to Massachusetts to be close to my big extended family while going to school at Clark University in Worcester. I graduated from Clark with a major in History and French and spent an extra year there getting my Master’s. I taught in Lexington, MA (birthplace of the Revolution) for five years before moving to Colorado in 2013 when I started teaching at RCHS. I run and this part of my life invades pretty much every aspect of who I am. My husband is a runner, my parents are runners, one of my brothers is a runner, and most of my friends are runners. I have run cross country since I was in sixth grade and started doing marathons after college. I have run eight marathons and one Ironman triathlon. Running, especially marathon running, makes you very energetic, determined and persistent and I will be this way with you all year. In addition to running, I love to travel. I have driven across the country three times, studied abroad in France and traveled through Europe, South America, and Africa. I love watching sports (and yelling at the TV while doing it). I especially like basketball, both NBA and college. I am a huge fan of the Celtics and of Gonzaga (a college in Spokane). I have always loved studying Social Studies because, to me, it is the most relevant of all the subjects you’re required to take in school. History explains the world around us, why things are the way they are today. History explains who we are as a group and as individuals by showing us where we came from. History is the story of persistence, struggle and hope because so many “impossible” achievements have been made by people like us who have struggled for years, decades, even centuries but finally achieved their goals. Economics is the study of human behavior and how we make decisions in a world of scarcity and helps us make more rational rather than emotional decisions. Welcome to U.S. History and U.S. Economics! I look forward to getting to know you over the coming year during which I hope you learn as much from me as I will learn from you.
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