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Kindergarten

Kindergarten- Samantha Erb

Hi! My name is Samantha Erb and I am so excited to be starting my fifth year of teaching here at Monterey. I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, both from MSU Denver. I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten again this year. This is my third year teaching kinder, previously I taught first grade. I also have previous experience teaching preschool. I have a love of learning and reading that I hope to pass on to my students. I am also passionate about learning through play and getting kids to engage in their learning in a meaningful way.

When I am not teaching, I am enjoying life and exploring the world with my two amazing kids, my daughter, Kyias who is 11 and my son, Ryker who is 6. We love to go on adventures, cook, have family movie and game nights, do yoga, make arts and crafts, and my daughter and I recently started taking archery classes. I am a Colorado native and I grew up in Denver. I absolutely love living here and I take every chance I can to get out into nature and enjoy our beautiful state.

I cannot wait to spend this school year learning and growing with all of my awesome kindergarteners!

Kindergarten- Bennie Trujillo

First Grade

1st Grade- Ben Blea

Hello! My name is Ben Blea and I have the pleasure of teaching 1st grade at Monterey this year. I attended Colorado State University for my undergrad and then went on to attend the University of Colorado for my master’s degree. In my free time, I love to watch movies and TV shows. You can find me on the weekends catching up on my endless watchlist. I have a little dog named Hillary who I love to spend time with going for walks and playing in the yard, as well as spending time with my family and partner. I’ve played about every sport in the book and love to watch any sports game, cheering on my favorite teams. I am beyond excited about teaching our amazing 1st graders this year and am looking forward to the amazing year to come!

1st Grade- Nicole Lehman

Hi, my name is Nicole Lehman! This is my second year teaching at Monterey, and my second year teaching in general! (YAY!) I recently graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I am so excited to start off my career in such an excellent school with even more wonderful students and staff! I have lived in Colorado my whole life, but this is the first year I am living in the Denver metro area. When I am not teaching, I love traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my friends and family. I am so happy to be at such a great place this school year. Together, we can conquer the world!

Second Grade

2nd Grade- Cadence Litt

Hi! My name is Cadence Litt, and I am going to be your child’s second grade teacher this year. I grew up in Denver, but recently moved back from
Michigan, where I graduated from the University of Michigan in April. I can’t wait to get to know you and your child. Let’s have a great year!

Fun facts and Favorites: I have a cat named Soup, my favorite colors are pink and yellow, and I love to read!

2nd Grade- Richelle Mascarenas

Hello, my name is Richelle, and I am ecstatic to be starting my first year of teaching in such a wonderful community here at Monterey. I recently graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with my bachelor's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology. I am very excited about starting my career teaching 2nd grade. I am passionate about creating an environment where students feel comfortable exploring and taking risks!    I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado. I am a movie enthusiast who loves spending time with my beautiful family, including my little one, Leo, who is three months old. I'm excited to grow, learn, and have fun with you all this school year. Let the adventure begin!

2nd Grade- Richelle Mascarenas

Hello, my name is Richelle, and I am ecstatic to be starting my first year of teaching in such a wonderful community here at Monterey. I recently graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with my bachelor's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology. I am very excited about starting my career teaching 2nd grade. I am passionate about creating an environment where students feel comfortable exploring and taking risks!    I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado. I am a movie enthusiast who loves spending time with my beautiful family, including my little one, Leo, who is three months old. I'm excited to grow, learn, and have fun with you all this school year. Let the adventure begin!