Kevin Kregar spent his entire childhood in Aurora, graduating from Smoky Hill High School in 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, both from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2003, he was fortunate to participate in a study abroad program at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Kevin has worked with children for many years, in three unique capacities. As an entertainer, he performed in various children’s shows for theme parks in Colorado and Virginia. As a healthcare professional, he worked with pediatric cancer patients in New York City. As an educator, he is going on his 8th year working for Aurora Public Schools, mostly with 4th and 5th graders. Kevin is a dog lover, an arts enthusiast, an obsessed basketball fan, and an advocate for both diversity and equality.
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
A native of the Southwest, Paloma Ramirez grew up in El Paso, Texas, before moving to New York City to earn her undergraduate degree at Columbia University. She lived in New York for several years, where she worked in the media industry and enjoyed picnics in Central Park. She loves to read, travel, explore museums, and try as many different kinds of food as possible. Since moving to Colorado, Paloma has earned an MA in Elementary Education from CU Denver, climbed a fourteener, and learned to kayak. She still goes back to El Paso every year to spend time with family and eat real Mexican food. She is truly excited to share her love of learning with the fifth graders at Wheeling.