My name is Holly Haycraft, and I am beginning my first year at Kohl and 26th year as an educator. I am very excited to be part of the Kohl team as the Literacy Interventionist. Reading is my passion, so I look forward to supporting the students at Kohl with their reading skills. I believe every child deserves to read!
I grew up in Minnesota and am the oldest of five children. I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where I received a degree in Special Education. Upon graduating, I moved to Houston, Texas where I started my teaching career. After teaching Special Education in Texas for five years and receiving my masters degree, I moved to Colorado Springs. While in Colorado Springs, I pursued my elementary education licensure and spent 11 years teaching Special Education and 3rd-5th grades. I then returned to Minnesota for a couple of years, but I missed Colorado and came back in 2015.
I truly love living in Colorado! I enjoy hiking in the mountains, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, and biking. I also love to read and try to read for enjoyment every day. I am a huge Minnesota Vikings fan (Broncos #2) and love watching football. Every summer, I spend a week volunteering as a “guide” for the organization For the Children, Royal Family Kids Camp. This organization provides camp for children in the foster care system. I love spending time with these kids and watching them be able to be “kids” despite the challenges they have faced in their lives.
This summer I spent time in Minnesota visiting my mom, going on walks with her dogs, paddle boarding, and attending a Minnesota Twins game. I also visited my cousin, her family, and aunt and uncle in Des Moines. We relaxed, celebrated a birthday, and spent hours floating in the neighborhood lake, my favorite thing to do in the summer.
I am excited to be a part of the Kohl team! This is going to be a great year!
Hey Colts!!! I’m eager to get the 2021-2022 school year started and see all of you again! This will be my 7th year teaching special education at Kohl and I’ve been teaching special education for 12 years. After getting my BA in Special Education with an added endorsement in general elementary education, I attended grad school to earn a Masters of Education in reading and have an added endorsement as a reading specialist.
One of my passions is teaching students to read and seeing their confidence grow. I enjoy teaching my students the skills and strategies they need to become succesful learners. I absolutely love supporting my students and their families in every way!
This summer has been filled with so many wonderful things. My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. We took a trip to Cancun and relaxed on the beach. We frequently babysat our 5 year old niece, Evelyne, who is the most adorable and funny little girl ever! She is going to start kindergarten this year. Our daughter, Lindsey, is finishing her Masters in microbiology and working as an MLS at the UCHealth Anshutz microbiology lab. Our son, Logan, graduated from Colorado School of Mines as a Chemical and Biological Engineer, took a position at Carestream Health, AND ... he got engaged to his amazing girlfriend, Lauren!
A little more about me; I love to travel with my husband, go skiing, biking, and drink coffee outside in the morning. We have 3 cute cats who rule the house, Emmett, Martin, and Benny.
At Lafayette Mondays, Tuesdays (Pre-K), Wednesdays
Speech Language Pathologist with Boulder Valley School District 2004-current (Kohl Elementary/PreK 5 years; Aspen Creek PreK-8 10 years; Lafayette Elem/PreK 0 years :)
Kansas: Leawood Elem and Middle School; Saint Thomas Aquinas HS (1994-1998)
Missouri: St. Louis University Billikens (1998-2002) Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (minor in Psychology and Education), Division 1 Women's College Soccer Player
Colorado: University of Colorado- Boulder (2002-2004) Masters of Arts in Speech/Language
I enjoy trail running, yoga, skiing, mountain biking, hanging out with my family and playing with my young boys (Cormac-5, Brennan-3)
I want to support students in having the same access to classroom work/materials and social interactions as their peers. Being able to express your thoughts, socialize with peers, engage in classroom activities and collaborate in groups are life skills that students need to flourish. Helping students facilitate these abilities is imperative and my goal on a daily basis. Relationships and connections are central to living a fulfilled, joyful life with communication being central to it.
I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON GETTING BETTER AT: work/life/health balance, husband time and my relationships with my family, brushing up on my piano skills, finishing up my MA+ 60 certification, taking in all the moments with my young sons (and not feeling exhausted all the time!)
I grew up in Minnesota and come from a family of educators, including a grandmother who was a kindergarten teacher and a mother who is a speech-language pathologist. I hold a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Ski trips to Colorado as a child gave me an appetite for adventure. After working in both California and Wyoming as a school-based occupational therapist, I landed in BVSD and at Kohl Elementary in 2013. I love working with other educators and parents to help students become strong learners and believe that all students can participate productively in the regular education experience. I spend free time with my two young boys and husband. We love being outside in the mountains, especially running, skiing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, rafting, climbing or just discovering nature. Mountain sunsets while roasting marshmallows are our special treat! I’d love to hear about the adventures you are having with your kids, inside or outside, in the Broomfield/Denver/Boulder area or further away!
Hello Kohl Colts! I’m excited to get the 2021-2022 school year started and see all of you again! I have 28 service years with BVSD and this is my 18th year at Kohl. I have my BA in Behavioral Science and Special Education, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, National Board Certified in Special Education, Endorsement in Elementary Education K-6th, and I am a Certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner.
Over the course of my career I have been honored with two teacher of the year awards; one in 2015 and most recently from the Colorado PTA. I am blessed to have the best job with wonderful students and families! I truly love the students I work with. They always inspire me and bring me joy.
I have two grown children whom I love with all my heart and five fur grandbabies who make me smile. I also have my own furbabies, both rescues. DaisyMae is my 10 month old kitty who is always getting into something. This summer she had to have emergency surgery to remove hair bands that she ate! I also have a 13 year old dog named Milly who takes her job guarding the house very seriously.
Some things I like to do are read, swim, walk (when my knees let me), knit, craft, gardening and spend time with family and friends. Fun Fact: I am so fortunate to work alongside my sister at Kohl. She is the “other” Ms. Taylor who teaches 2nd grade.
My name is Jessa Vanderpol and this will be my third year teaching as the Multi-ILC teacher at Kohl. I grew up in Washington and come from a large and diverse family background. I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education with a dual endorsement in Elementary Education. This year, I am starting my Masters in Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration.
This summer, I went back home and celebrated my grandparents' 90th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, ran a half marathon, and got my wisdom teeth out. When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing board games, recreational sports, and reading. In addition, I love to volunteer for a non-profit organization called All Stars. This organization serves kids and adults with special needs while offering respite and support to their families.
I have chosen education as my platform because I am passionate about inspiring children and adults to grow and learn more about the world around them and who they are becoming. I have the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in their lives. I have learned how to be an educator and how so much of how we work with others comes from attaching our passion and working to help them reach their potential. I am very excited to be back working with students, staff, and families at Kohl!