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Administration and Office Staff


Director- Connie Io

I am thrilled to be a part of the Mapleton Community and to have an opportunity to partner with the families and students at Monterey Community School.  With over two decades of experience as an educator in the state of Colorado, I have gained invaluable experience as a classroom teacher, instructional leader and administrator.  Through these experiences, I have developed a depth of knowledge in exemplary teaching practice and a strong passion for providing students with opportunities to pursue their dreams.

I feel privileged to be able to work with the students and staff at Monterey Community School which continues to be a highlight for me daily. Our staff works tirelessly to meet the individual needs of students while cultivating a culture of excitement for learning with the values and beliefs that ensure students will become contributing members of society and productive members within an ever-changing world.

At an early age, I learned the value of family and learning from others growing up with five brothers and four sisters.  My childhood experiences have allowed me to be able to embrace new challenges and enjoy experiences as they come my way.   Early on in my career, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught at both the primary and intermediate level for fourteen years.  Following this experience, I obtained a master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver which enhanced my experience as a leader, coach, and consultant for school districts across Colorado and Florida.

As a native to Colorado, my heart belongs here.   For many years, I have enjoyed hiking, four-wheeling and spending time in Colorado’s great outdoors with my friends and family.  My husband and I share many fond memories with our six children as we enjoy spending time outdoors, barbecuing and sitting around a large firepit reminiscing over stories we share together as a family.   



BA - Biology, University of Colorado
MA - Education - Instruction and Curriculum, University of Colorado

Assistant Director- Paul Stecina

Hello! I'm Paul Stecina and it's my pleasure to serve the students and families of Monterey Community School in Mapleton. I'm very excited about working with the students, families, and staff of Monterey and I'm proud that you have entrusted me to do everything I can to help your children find the leader in themselves. This is my 26th year as an educator but my first in Mapleton. I taught math, science, and technology for fourteen years before moving into administration in another district. This is my 13th year serving public schools in administration, specializing in student success in academics, behavior, and attendance. I am committed to successful communication between the school and this community and creating a culture of leaders at Monterey. Outside of school, I spend my time with my wife and grown children who are currently in college. I'm a Colorado native and spend my free time doing videography and creating motion graphics.

Office staff

Secretary- Monica Ramirez

Hello all, my name is Monica Ramirez. I am looking forward to my 3rd year at Monterey. I am a Colorado Native, born and raised in the Thornton area.  I am the youngest of 4 siblings, all of whom are Mapleton Alumni. During my time as a student, I attended 4 Mapleton schools, including Clayton, Bertha Heid, and York, eventually graduating from Skyview. I have a 9-year-old son who is a Mapleton student himself.  I am privileged to be a part of the Monterey family and to be able to give back to the community who helped raise me and is now doing the same with my son. In my free time I like to listen to music, binge watch documentaries with my son, I love baking and just spending time with my family and friends.

Office Clerk-Myrna Diaz

Hi! My name is Myrna Diaz I officially started working at Monterey in October 2022; I'm so honored to be able to work with such wonderful students and staff. I love building connections with the students and getting to learn all the different personalities. They make my day!  In my free time, I love spending time with my family I have two young daughters, so we try to fit in as much fun time as possible.

Health Assistant- Julie Straface

My name is Julie Straface, and I am a Health Para for Mapleton Public Schools. I was born and raised in Colorado all my life. I’m a retired entertainer. I  like to fish, play tennis and spend time with my family.