MEET the Teacher & Staff
This is my 8th year teaching preschool at Red Hawk. When I am not teaching I love to workout at the gym, go on date nights with my husband, watch movies, shop, and treat myself to the spa. My husband and I have recently begun to cross country ski as well. I also love my Dachshund and Greyhound. I have two grown Children, Daniel and Amanda.
My favorite places to eat: Pumphouse, BJ’s Pizza, West Side tavern, The Old Mine, Longs Peak Pub, and The Roost. My favorite places to shop: Amazon, Lululemon, The Loft, Lizard Thicket, Sunflower Spa. Movie Theaters: Regal and Fandango.
Hello! My name is Renee Quijas (key-hoss). I have been teaching in the St.Vrain Valley School District, and Red Hawk Elementary, since 2014. Ray and I have just entered a new stage in life as “empty nesters,” which I have to admit, is not too bad!😉 We have three daughters, Sophia (23), Micah (21), and Sloane (18) and one English Springer named Wrigley.
In my free time I love to cook, exercise, read, travel in our vintage RV, spending time with my family, and hanging out on our front porch after a busy week! I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the Red Hawk community.
I LOVE Starbucks and Ziggi’s coffee, Target, LOFT, Amazon, chocolate, Mexican food and getting my nails done at The Nail Lounge.
I’ve been at Red Hawk since 2014. I taught 2nd grade before moving down to Kindergarten! I love teaching Kindergarten! In my off time I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 kids. We like to hike, ski, swim, cook, and go out for local adventures.
My favorites include: the color blue, coffee, food and home magazines, chocolate, crafts made by my students, local breweries and restaurants
Stores include: Whole Foods, target, REI, Amazon, local shops, coffee shops, bookstores
My name is Patrick Burns (a.k.a. Mr. Burns) and I am stoked to be a 1st grade teacher at RHE. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who likes to hike, backpack, climb, snowshoe, and travel around the deserts in my 4Runner. My favorite color is purple and I enjoy healthy living, such as spending most of my paycheck on all the yummy food at Whole Foods. Sushi, Pizza, and Mega Salads are my favorite cuisines. I like coffee and I love a tasty Kombucha. My favorite places to shop for the classroom are Amazon, Scholastic, and Target.
This will be my second year teaching 1st grade at Red Hawk! In my spare time, I love to read and take my 2 golden retrievers on walks, hikes or to Coot Lake. I also love to travel and explore new places, I get antsy if I stay in one place for too long! Here is a list of places and things I LOVE: anything purple, Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Hot Tamales!
I have been a part of the Red Hawk community since 2015! I love working with First Graders and helping them reach their goals and learn new things. Teaching is a real passion for me and I love trying new ideas in my classroom! I have a wish list on amazon for the classroom and a project on Donors Choose!
When I am not teaching little people, I am spending time with my family and dog.
I Like: REI, Chipotle, The Movies, Costco, and The Humane Society!
Hello! My name is Wendy Durst, and I’ve been teaching 3rd grade at Red Hawk Elementary since 2011 – the year Red Hawk opened. I love the community here! Outside of working with kids, I love most things outdoors: hiking, backpacking, climbing peaks, cross country skiing / hut trips, and road & mountain biking. I also swim a few mornings a week (and suffer from goggle marks the rest of the day…)!
Halie Oleszczuk (Mrs. O)
I teach 4th Grade here at Red Hawk! When I am not teaching, I love to hike and spend time with my husband and Golden Retriever, Lacie. Here is a list of the things I love: the colors blue and teal, Starbucks Coffee, dark chocolate, sunflowers, LOFT, Target, and Whole Foods 🙂
I teach 4th grade! In my off time I really enjoy going to the gym, hand lettering, listening to podcasts and traveling. I love Asian cuisines including sushi, Thai food, Indian food, and Pho. My favorite places to shop at are Target, Amazon, and Nordstrom Rack!
Hello, I’m Kelly Ormesher. I have been teaching at Red Hawk since 2014 and love being part of the 4th grade team! When I’m not working with our fantastic students, I love to spend time outdoors with my husband. We enjoy hiking, fly fishing, gardening, traveling, and birding. A few of my favorites are The Flower Bin, Starbucks, Target, and the Used Book Emporium.
Hi! I am Cody Kemp and this is my 8th year at Red Hawk. I truly love the community here at Red Hawk. When I am not here, you might find me traveling with my family, playing soccer, or hiking a trail near the flatirons.
Here is a list of places and things that I love: Liverpool FC (soccer), REI, The Post, and anything homemade.
Amy Winstead Powers
I am a 5th grade teacher here at Red Hawk. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family. I have teenagers and a toddler at home so something exciting is always happening. I love to go bird watching and bargain hunt at the ARC thrift store! We reuse and refurbish old things as much as possible. For example, my husband is constantly tinkering on his 1993 (yep, you read that right!) Volvo station wagon. Thanks for reading and please know that no gifts are required, but always appreciated. Nothing is better than a homemade treat. Everyone in my family has a sweet tooth. We grocery shop at King Soopers and occasionally go out to eat. Our favorite restaurant is the Taj Mahal in Louisville. I also LOVE coffee, chocolate, and all things “lavender”!
Diane Sherman, Library
My husband, three children and I have lived in Erie since 1992 and have excitedly watched it grow. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to garage sales, playing tennis, gardening, fostering puppies and now raising chickens! I previously taught first and second grades, technology, and now am the teacher librarian. After graduating from Metro State College with a Behavioral Sciences degree, I have added a Master of Arts from CU in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Endorsement and most recently graduated from UNC with a second masters in School Library Education as a Teacher Librarian. I am grateful to be part of the Red Hawk Elementary school family and love my job!
I am now a grandma and love every minute of it! My favorite place to shop are Amazon and King Soopers as I love to cook and bake!
Amy Abbott, Music
This is my 22nd year of teaching, and my 9th at Red Hawk. (I was lucky enough to be on the original planning team!). I love my job and am passionate about bringing positive musical experiences to our students. In my time away from school I work out at OrangeTheory, I have a Teachers Pay Teachers business that I work on, I present 4-6 workshops a year nationally to music teachers, I teach in the summer at Colorado State University, attend musicals at the Buell with my husband and kids but most of all, I enjoy time with my family. I’m blessed that all of mine and my husband’s immediate families live within 8 miles of each other!
Megan Spirk, PE
HI, I’m Megan Spirk, your PE teacher, who loves teaching students the value of their health. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors; hiking, biking, working out, and laying by the pool. My favorite pastime activity is reading. I really enjoy trying new places, but my favorite restaurants/shops are; Flower Child, Ta/co, Lululemon, Target and Amazon and Sprouts. As many of my students know, I Love Avocados and all things Bulletproof!
Lisa Kopplinger, ART
Alicia Hendricks, Technology
Hello there! My name is Alicia, and I’m the new Lab Technician at Red Hawk! I love everything about this school and am really enjoying getting to know all of the kiddos here. I live in the neighborhood with my husband Jason, and our one year old son Oliver. In our free time, we love camping, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing etc.. I’m also an avid baker, love going to the movies by myself and teach and host a variety of different classes and workshops each month.
Some of my favorites: Target, SEPHORA, LOFT, Crate and Barrel, Trader Joe’s, Tattered Cover, Athleta and REI
Bri Hartman, Speech
Hi, I’m Bri and I’ve been Red Hawk’s speech language pathologist since the 2013-2014 school year. When I’m not helping students build their communication skills, I like to read, watch movies, and relax outdoors (near water or in the mountains). My favorite treat is coffee, my favorite color is mint green, and I enjoy finding beautiful places to hike. During most breaks, especially over the summer, I’m the happiest when I’m with my family (I’m originally from California). My favorite places to shop are Amazon and Target.
Sidney Mabry-Merritt, Reading Intervention
Hello! This is my 5th year at Red Hawk as a reading interventionist and I LOVE being part of the Red Hawk community. Reading and working with children are my passion. I want students to have the skills to read and be able to enjoy all the wonderful books available.
When not at school I love spending time with my family and my girlfriends. I am the proud mama of Jessica – who followed in my teacher foot steps. Have two step sons too, one of whom is an art teacher. I love gardening, cooking, DIY projects, antiques, hiking, the great outdoors and of course reading! I really love supporting independent businesses and restaurants.
Jessica Jimenez, Special Education
Lindsay Conrad, Special Education
Brandi Thornton, Health Clerk
Donna Skonicki – Administrative Assistant
Heather Coventon – Office
Taffy Nichols – Office
I love Starbucks and Ziggis!