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Kevin Rouse
Principal
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Jemiah Fowler
Assistant Principal/Athletics Director
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Rhonda DeLaFuente
Administrative Assistant
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About Rhonda DeLaFuente

Hi, my name is Rhonda DeLaFuente. I am new to the Union Colony family this year. You will see me when you first come in. I am one of the administrative sssistants in the office. I have been in the district for 19 years. I have many years of customer service experience and hope to make your visit a happy one. If I don't know the answer, I will find out who does and how you can connect with the right person.

I have been married for 33 years and have two grown children and a grand dog. Family is one of the most important values I have. Union Colony has become my second family. I truly enjoy working with the kids and talking with them each day. They really are quite unique and have fascinating stories to tell. We have made the office a home for one of my Scentsy Warmers. The kids take guesses everyday as to the new scent of the day.  I have found it as a great way to entice a conversation.

I am excited to be here and help in any way I can.
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Leslie Schafer
Office Manager
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About Leslie Schafer

In the fall of 2006, I began working at Union Colony. It has been a wonderful experience. I currently work as the office manager and sports secretary. Over the years, I have been the assistant coach for high school volleyball, high school girls basketball, and middle school volleyball. In addition, I am one of the co-sponsors of prom committee and race director for our annual 5K community race.

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Tom Stokovaz
IT Director
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Teachers

Nancy Aswege
Reading Para
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Chantal Bouveron
MS Language Arts
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About Chantal Bouveron

Ms. Bouveron is a Colorado girl at heart, but loves to get out of the country as often as possible. She was born and raised near Denver and continued her education at Colorado State University where she received simultaneous BAs in English education and French language and literature. After graduating, she pursued her dream of international teaching by teaching in Mexico City, Mexico for two years, and then in Istanbul, Turkey for another two years. You can usually find her reading, grading papers, or exploring something new in town.

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Shelley Coleman
MS Language Arts
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Shelley Coleman hails from Wyoming, but has called Colorado home for many years. She and husband Greg live in Firestone, Colorado with two cats. Her family also includes a daughter in college and one just graduated from college and now working in Seattle. Shelley is in her twelfth year in teaching and is a former home-schooling parent. Having served on two charter school boards, she is an advocate for charter schools. She currently teaches world literature, contemporary literature, AP literature, and yearbook and sponsors the UCP Key Club. Remember:  If you didn't take a picture, it didn't happen!

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Lauren Dolan
MS Language Arts
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Samantha DuVall
MS Math
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About Samantha DuVall

I began teaching math at Union Colony at the beginning of the 2018–2019 school year, and I really enjoy being a part of the UCPS family. Currently I teach seventh grade math and algebra I, and really have a heart for students at this age. Additionally, I am the middle school girls basketball coach.

I am a Colorado girl at heart, having been born in Denver and living in different parts of Colorado for most of my life (with brief stints in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Illinois). I received my bachelor's degree in secondary math education with a minor in psychology from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS (Go Swedes!), and received my master's degree in organizational leadership from Norwich University in Northfield, VT. Despite having no desire to ever teach middle school students while in college, I have found that I have a passion for working with seventh and eighth grade students and have spent my nine year teaching career working with middle school students.

I truly believe that all students have the capability to learn math and be successful, despite some difficulties and struggles they may encounter along the way. I am passionate about helping my students to work through their difficulties and struggles and guiding them to be successful in math and all aspects of school. I love working with my students, and I am so grateful to get the opportunity to do so at a place as great as UCPS.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing and/or watching sports (Duke basketball, Red Sox baseball, Wyoming football), running, reading, snowboarding, or hanging out with my family, friends, and two dogs!

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Lawrence Granada
MS Math
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About Lawrence Granada

Born and raised in the Philippines, Mr. Granada, a full-blooded Filipino completed a degree of bachelor of elementary education, major in math in 2004. He carried post graduate degrees where he studied and earned both his MA in education and Doctor of Philosophy in education at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in the Philippines. His passion for teaching led him to serve a public school for almost seven years and now, a Union Colony MS math teacher. He preferred playing table tennis as he was a former varsity player (since elementary up to college), and volleyball during free time with family and friends.

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Eileen Duncan
HS Science
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About Eileen Duncan

Mrs. Duncan was born and raised in Denver and joined the Navy after high school. During her 20 years of service in the Navy, she worked as a helicopter mechanic and then as a meteorologist. She holds two degrees from UNC. She has two grown children and plays for a competitive ice hockey team in Greeley. She is also addicted to learning. Most summers, you can find her on a college campus taking as many science classes as she can.

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Sarah Hiett
HS Social Studies
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About Sarah Hiett

Born in Greeley, Mrs. Hiett graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in history. She obtained her teaching license from the University of Northern Colorado and completed her master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Colorado. At Union Colony, she teaches eighth grade modern world history, and tenth grade US history. In her spare time (which is rare with two small children), Mrs. Hiett enjoys reading, hiking, going to the theater, antiquing, traveling, and spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and other family members, as well as friends.

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Mandy Hill
MS Social Studies
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Jean Kubat
HS Math
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About Jean Kubat

Ms. Kubat moved to Colorado from the land of Minnesota where she completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics education at University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Since that time she has received a M.A. of Education in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Northern Colorado and a M.A. in school counseling from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She came to Union Colony in the fall of 2012 to teach Algebra I and II after teaching in Sao Paulo, Brazil for five years. Prior to that she taught seventh grade in Loveland, Colorado and geometry in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is also the co-sponsor for high school student counsel. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, riding the backroads of Colorado on the Harley, cooking, and relaxing with family and friends.

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Carrie Leffler
HS Math
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About Carrie Leffler

In the fall of 2012, I began teaching math at Union Colony, and I love it! I currently teach Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Math Support. I am one of the co-sponsors of student council, and I serve as the faculty council president.

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Kansas, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in secondary math education with a minor in French and my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. I began my teaching career in a suburb of Kansas City where I taught Geometry and Algebra 2 for four years before moving to Greeley.

I am very passionate about teaching and enjoy helping all students succeed. I believe all students can learn math, it is just a matter of finding a way for them to understand it, something I enjoy helping all of my students do.

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Morgan Rodgers
HS Science
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Tom Schuck
MS Science
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Sabra Vigil
HS Social Studies
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About Sabra Vigil

Sabra teaches a variety of social study classes including modern history and civics, world geography, sociology/psychology, personal business finance, and nutrition at Union Colony.  She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s degree in history at UNC. She has lived in northern Colorado for the past 30 years and loves to run, practice crossfit, and do anything with her family and friends.

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Maritza Avila
Foreign Language - Spanish
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Lyndsay Baker
PE
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Robert Borger
Band
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About Robert Borger

From State College, Pennsylvania, Mr. Borger earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State. He moved to Colorado in 2003 to study at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a master's in jazz studies in 2006. He has been teaching in Northern Colorado ever since. He is an avid disc sport player (think ultimate frisbee and disc golf), and he plays trombone professionally in several groups including Manabi Salsa, the Omni Brass, and Funky Business. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Rosemary, and son, William.

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Marissa Hutchins
Foreign Language
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Marissa always wanted to be a language teacher. Her family immigrated to the United States from England (where they speak English), but she struggled to understand everything at school. She thought about how difficult school must be for kids who came from non-English speaking homes, and ever since has wanted to teach second-language learners. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC and began teaching elementary school. She moved to UCS in 2007. When not at school, Mrs. Hutchins enjoys riding her horse, working in the garden, and helping out with church activities. She, and her husband also enjoy traveling to national parks and learning the history of her "new" nation. 

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Nan Lee
Health Clerk
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Originally from Sterling, Mrs. Lee moved to a military base in Texas to serve out her enlistment. For 20 years after her military service, she and her husband John worked as paramedics there. They moved back to Colorado in 1993 and were foster parents for 15 years. After closing their home to foster care, Mrs. Lee came to work at UCPS as the health clerk.

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Gaylen McQuown
Art
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About Gaylen McQuown

Although born in California, Mrs. McQuown claims to be a Coloradan. She grew up in Boulder, and has lived in northern Colorado since 2001. She holds both a BA and an MFA in art/art history with an emphasis in ceramics. She enjoys teaching teenagers how to paint, draw, take photos, and mess around with clay. She lives for the “aha” moment that every student eventually has. Her husband is an art professor at the University of Northern Colorado, and their two daughters spend much of their time in the water for swim team. Her household consists of humans, four parrots, a Boston terrier, and a very large saltwater reef tank. In her spare time, Mrs. McQuown loves reading, relaxing with her family, tropical vacations, SCUBA diving, antiquing, skiing, sleeping in, and baking. However, most of her time is spent doing laundry, driving her daughters to their various activities, grocery shopping, cleaning up parrot poop, and not sleeping in.

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Carly Neumann
Music
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Velia Olivas
Foreign Language: Spanish
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About Velia Olivas

Velia Olivas is from Juarez City, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1994, her family moved to Colorado and became US citizens. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the University of Alcala de Henares and the University of Salamanca in Spain. She taught the GED program in Spanish with both the Community College of Denver and Island Grove Village Neighborhood Network. She now teaches at Union Colony. She loves sharing her native culture with her students and desires for each of them to discover the wonderful world of opportunities available through education. 

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Cindy Trevizo
Art
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About Cindy Trevizo

Ms. Trevizo grew up here in Greeley and attended the University of Northern Colorado. She graduated with a BA in art education with a concentration in ceramics. She began teaching at Union Colony in the fall of 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling. She traveled around Europe for a month in the summer of 2018 and is planning a trip around Asia in the next few years. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, going to concerts whenever she can, drawing, hiking, and kickboxing. 

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Lynnette Veik
HS Language Arts
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A Colorado native who grew up in Greeley, Mrs. Veik graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where she played volleyball and earned a BA in physical education with a minor in language arts. Her first teaching job included teaching language arts, as well as teaching night school and coaching volleyball, basketball, and track at Greeley Central, the same high school from which she graduated. In 1992, she took a job teaching and coaching volleyball at Dayspring Christian School. In the fall of 2000, a language arts position opened at Union Colony, and the founders asked for her to join the Union Colony staff where she has been teaching and coaching ever since. She currently teaches senior thesis and high school language arts and is the faculty sponsor of the National Honor Society and the Youth for Christ clubs. She has taught and coached for over 30 years and still loves working with young people. In her spare time, she enjoys watching various sports; especially college volleyball, (Go Huskers!) and spending time with family and friends.

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Kristina Wagner
Counselor
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Born and raised in Longmont, Colorado, Mrs. Wagner currently lives in Milliken with her husband and three daughters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in 1996 and her master’s degree in school counseling in 2010. She began working at Union Colony in the fall of 2013. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and spending time with her daughters.

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