I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Barat College of DePaul University.
This is my 15th year teaching Special Education. I spent my first two years teaching in Illinois and then the next eleven years in Arizona. I’ve coached basketball, volleyball, football, and track/field at the middle school level for the last seven years.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Green Bay, WI. I enjoy hanging out with my family, exploring the outdoors, and competing in sports during my spare time.
I came to RCHS three years ago with more than 20 years teaching experience. I have a masters degree inCurriculum and Instruction and a Colorado Teaching License in Special Education. I am married with three children. My oldest child is 26 and is severely disabled. I also have two severely normal children ages 22 and 20. In my free time our family enjoys hiking and road trips!
I am a semi-native Coloradan who has lived here since moving to Littleton in 2nd grade. I graduated from Arapahoe High School and attended Regis University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Education. While I didn’t pursue a career in education until after having a family, I was involved with my children’s education and would regularly volunteer in their classrooms. I have 3 daughters who have attended DCSD schools. My oldest daughter graduated from ThunderRidge High School, my middle daughter graduated from Rock Canyon and my youngest is a sophomore at ThunderRidge. As my girls got older, I returned to school and received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. In addition, I completed a Special Education Program through Western State University. I have been teaching for 8 years and have worked at all levels from kindergarten to high school as a mild/moderate needs learning specialist. This is my fifth year at Rock Canyon. I love the culture at Rock Canyon, and have met some of the best teenagers in the state! In my spare time, I love to read, travel and watch the Denver Broncos.
I am a mid-westerner that was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I graduated from Grand Valley State University and received my Special Education Teaching endorsement from Metro State University. This is my forth year teaching at Rock Canyon High School as a Special Education Moderate Needs Teacher. In addition, I have spent the last two years coaching the Girls Golf Team in the spring. I enjoy spending time during the summer with my family on a small private lake in Michigan. Colorado fun involves golfing, hiking, fishing, and rooting for our Colorado sports teams.
Hello and Welcome! My name is Rachel Papp. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in May of 2013. I began my career in Oswego, Illinios at School District 308 as a Learning Behavior Specialist at Churchill Elementary from 2014-2015 and Plank Junior High School from 2015-2018. I now serve the students of DCSD as Moderate Needs Specialist and Special Education Case Manager. I manage Individual Education Plans and provide resource and co-teaching support to our students at Rock Canyon High School. I also have an extensive dance background; I was Head Coach for Plank Junior High’s Dance Team during the 2017-2018 school year and I now coach the Frosh Poms Team at Rock Canyon.
In my community, I am an active volunteer and a member of the board of directors for the Miracle League of Metro Denver, a baseball little league for kids with disabilities. I was with the Miracle League of Joliet, IL for nine years and was thrilled to join their charity efforts here in Denver. Additionally, I enjoy yoga, running, hiking, Chicago Cubs (and Rockies, as long as they aren’t playing the Cubs!) baseball games, art, and concert-going (HUGE Fleetwood Mac fan!).
As the oldest of seven children, I have enjoyed working with and being around kids all my life and I have wanted to be a teacher and coach since kindergarten. I am passionate about encouraging and assisting both my students and my dancers to achieve their utmost potential- in the classroom, on the dance floor, and in life. It has been my long-time dream to pursue a life in Colorado, and I’m proud to now be a member of the RCHS community. Go Jags! 🙂
My name is Gayanne Bates. I am new to Rock Canyon this year. I have been teaching Special Education for Moderate Needs students in Littleton Schools for the past 4 years at Arapahoe High School. I have 15 years experience in education combined between Michigan and Colorado. I am from Michigan but moved to Colorado with my husband and 2 girls about 13 years ago. My oldest daughter is a freshman at CU Boulder this year and my other daughter is a sophomore at Arapahoe High School. I am excited for the new school year and to join the Jaguar family! I love working with teenagers and helping them realize their own potential.
I am a Philadelphia girl who moved to Colorado in 1998. My Bachelors Degree in Psychology is from the Pennsylvania State University, and my Graduate Degree is in Clinical Psychology. I worked as a clinical psychologist for many years before pursuing an endorsement in special education. While working in the mental health profession I spent time developing and implementing programs in collaboration with the schools. Working as a Special Education interventionist combines both of my passions. I have two amazing children. We enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, exercising, and just spending time together. There is no job better than teaching. Each day is an adventure. Children and young adults are fun to work with, and watching them learn and grow is extremely rewarding. In addition to working with children, I enjoy working with parents and families. As partners in your child’s education, we can collaborate to help your child succeed! I’ve been working at Rock Canyon as an interventionist since 2005. Rock Canyon is truly a fantastic place to work.