The Studio School An Arts-Integration Magnet School

The Studio School Staff

Sharla Kaczar, Principal
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Lenise Veno, Secretary

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Paul T. Bath, Head Custodian

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Wanda Geisbush, Office Manager

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Diann Hilliard, Health Aide

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Ashley Von Hatten, Teacher,

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I am originally from St. Louis, MO. My undergraduate degree is from Washington University. While in St. Louis I also taught for two years as an art studio and reading support teacher. I moved to Colorado several years ago to complete my M.A. in Educational Psychology from CU Denver. I have also worked and studied at the Boulder Journey School, a Reggio-Emilia inspired school in Boulder, CO.

Michelle Capobianco, Teacher,
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Marion Ingersoll, Teacher,
First Grade
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Sarah Voigt, Teacher,
First Grade
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Sarah Voigt was born and raised in Colorado.  She attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies.  Later received her teaching license and master degrees through University of Colorado at Denver.  She has been teaching at the Studio School since it opened in 2008.  Sarah is passionate about being outdoors, spending her free time in the mountains, backpacking and skiing with her family.  Her current favorite art medium is clay. 

Gianna Fable, Teacher,
Second Grade
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Gianna has been teaching young learners from kindergarten to grade 2 since2005. Her passion to travel provided her wonderful opportunities to teach at American International Schools in China, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. Gianna received her BA at Metropolitan State University of Denver and her MA in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her free time, she loves trail running, backpacking with her husband, reading and yoga.

Carrie Pepler, Teacher,
Second Grade
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Kira Johnson, Teacher,
Third Grade

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Stuart Sanks, Teacher,
Third Grade

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Mr. Stuart is thrilled to be teaching third grade at the Studio School.  As an actor, he has toured all over singing, dancing, and making people smile.  He can still be seen on stages in Denver regularly.  He has also trained as a Jedi and will use the Force to help students battle boredom, lack of self confidence and other dastardly ploys of the evil Empire. 

Oh yeah, he also has degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Denver.  May the Force be with you.

Margaret Tetley, Teacher,
Fourth Grade
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Ellen Thompson, Teacher,
Fourth Grade

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Melissa Murphy, Teacher,
Fifth Grade
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Keri Hamilton, Teacher,
Fifth Grade

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Lisa Fletcher, Teacher,
Art Studio
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M.A. Integrated Teaching Through the Arts, Lesley University B.A. Fine Arts and teacher licensure, University of Northern Colorado

I have loved making art for as long as I can remember.  Making art gave me a chance to explore and make connection with the world as a child, and then became a vehicle for expression as I grew. It’s my hope that I can offer these same experiences to the children that I teach.


Emily Evans, Teacher,
Ceramics Studio
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Jonathan Davis, Teacher,
Performing Arts Studio
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Jim Irwin, Teacher,

Music Studio
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Dave Weinand, Teacher,
Strings Studio, Digital Literacy
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Nick Neujahr, Counselor
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Debra Bolger, Learning Support
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Mrs. Kreiman, ELL
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Melinda Arellano, Instructional Coach
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My name is Melinda Arellano and I am the Instructional Coach for The Studio School and Malley Drive Elementary. This is my 26th year in this wonderful profession.  Over the course of my career, I have been a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, First and Third grades and an Instructional/Literacy Coach for 9 years.  As an Instructional Coach, my job is to work with teachers and assist them with standards integration, planning, assessment, and literacy (just to name a few things).  I work with the Leadership Team to plan and implement the professional development in each school.  I almost have my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and have extensive training and experience in teaching and coaching teachers around literacy instruction. 

Terese Fry, Speech Therapist

Brenda Roybal, Media Clerk

Pat Adelman, Para-professional






Vickie Wood, Para-professional






Nancy Frank, Student Monitor





Gianna Brienza, Student Monitor





Katia Lekmine, Student Monitor






Custodial Staff


Phil Ornelas, Custodian


Rich Lyons, Custodian


BASE Staff


Christine Hughes, BASE Site Director



Kitchen Staff


Diane Waken, Kitchen Manager


Jennifer Sanchez, Assistant Kitchen Manager