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Art Teacher

What year did you enter education?                                                 This is my first year as a licensed teacher in the U.S. However, I taught for four years in China and S.E. Asia before returning home.

Where did you go to college?                                                  Undergrad at CU-Boulder                                                             Masters as DU.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?               The students! 

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?Creating, learning, and enjoying the sun.

 If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  It’s a tie between my mother’s enchiladas and a Chinese dish called “da pan ji” which translates to big plate of chicken.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?           If I was not a teacher I would be on an island somewhere in S.E. Asia as a painter, and a scuba diver.




Drama/Music Teacher

What year did you begin teaching?
2005.

Where did you go to college?
Black Hills State University - Spearfish, SD - undergraduate Graceland University - Lamoni, IA - graduate.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
The talented students, amazing staff, and the arts are valued.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would head to the mountains to hike. However, it's probably more realistic to say I would sleep in and play catch up on work.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Plum tofu.

If you weren't a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
I would work for an arts non-profit in the educational outreach department.


Technology Teacher

How many years have you been a teacher?
Too many to count!!!

Where did you go to college?
In San Angelo, Texas.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?

The way teachers and kids work together as teams.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?

I love to read, and I have some favorite games on my iPad. But first I’d probably turn off the alarm and go back to sleep!


If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cheese, ON anything or WITH anything.


If you weren't a teacher, what do you think your job would be?

I would like to work for an airline company so I could fly to lots of places for free!
Sarah Nakashima

Library

What year did you enter education? 2014

Where did you go to college?                                                                  I originally went to the Colorado Institute of Art for Fashion Marketing/Design. I returned to school to get my degree in Human Development and Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?                I love how the entire community is so welcoming and wonderful! I knew this is the place where I belonged!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?  I would sleep late and watch movies and play games with my children!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chips and salsa

If you weren’t a teacher what do you think your job would be?                I would be a nurse.