Jennifer Brooks is a military brat for life. She obtained her Bachelors in Elementary Education from The University of Arizona. Within her first year of teaching, she then continued her education at Northern Arizona University and received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement. In addition, she recently received her certification for instructional strategies to identify methods that connect the whole brain and learning . She is a 5th grade teacher who has always made goals and found determination to utilize and decipher them. You can find Ms. Brooks surrounded by family at any given point laughing and joking around. She is a movie enthusiast and enjoys competitive sports such as volleyball and bowling as means of entertainment. She has collected over 17 years of students who she calls her own and looks forward to adding more at Wheeling Elementary.
Heather Jolin was born and raised in Upper Michigan, but moved to Colorado in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, both from Northern Michigan University. She’s taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade, and was a librarian throughout her career and is extremely happy to be returning to Wheeling elementary for her 20th year as an educator! Kayaking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her four children and three grandsons takes up most of her free time.
Nate Madson Dion was born and raised in the wilds of the northwest suburbs of Denver. He is a proud alumnus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (UM YA YA!). After college, he lived and taught in Minneapolis and then in Phoenix, because he loves extremes. He and his wife, Hinkley High School's own Tegan Madson Dion, live close to Wheeling, allowing him to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking to school every day. He and Tegan have a very cool turtle named Melvine (pictured), and like to ride their bicycles and hang out with their family, including their nieces Frankie (pictured) and Wilhelmina, and their nephew Stellan. Nate is thrilled to be in his fifth year in fifth grade at Wheeling. #EXPLORER4LIFE
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, José Rodríguez decided to pursue a career in education. He graduated with a B.A. in secondary education with special emphasis on teaching English as a second language to Spanish speakers. He worked as an ESL teacher in Puerto Rico for 2 years and a half until he decided to move to Colorado in 2016. Once in Colorado, Jose changed from secondary education to elementary education. He was a Spanish teacher (K-6) for a year and a Dual Language Teacher (4th -5th grade) for 2 years. This year, he will be teaching 5th grade at Wheeling Elementary. He strongly believes that students learn in a social context and that learning a second language provides an international mindset, a skill necessary in the 21st century era of globalization. In his free time, José likes to read, draw/paint, listen to music and go hiking.