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Menshahat Ancewicz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Hunter College with her Bachelor's degree in Childhood Education and Brooklyn College with her Master's Degree in Special Education. She moved to Colorado with her husband in 2016 and started a family. They have two young boys. In her free time, her family loves to spend time at the library, museum or the park.
Hello, my name is Michelle Malpaya. To start, here is a fun fact: I am an identical twin! Originally, I grew up in Virginia but moved to Colorado 2 years ago with my fiancé! I am currently in my second year in my teacher-residency program at Relay Graduate School of Education to receive my Masters of Arts in Teaching. I am excited to be part of the Wheeling Family! I graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. After graduating, I worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in a 1stgrade classroom, working with children with autism. I also served at Colorado Reading Corps as a Literacy Tutor, and served kids from kindergarten to 3rd grade. I have had 10 years of experience working with kids, 4 of those 10 were working with students in the elementary school setting.
Cynthia Breceda was born and raised in Colorado. She went to Aurora Public Schools from 4th grade through high school. She graduated from Gateway High School and attended the University of Northern Colorado at Lowry. Cynthia spent 3.5 years working as a bilingual para for kindergarten and first grade. After her student teaching, she completed the year working as a multi-intensive needs para. In 2014, she earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and began teaching first grade in the Fall. She joined the amazing Wheeling family in 2016 teaching first grade. This has been the best school she has ever worked in. She feels at home with the diverse staff and strong leader, Mr. Carson. She is happy to be back in Aurora giving back to her community. She loves teaching students how to read and giving them the ability to be independent, caring, and a productive member of society. On her spare time, when she is not working at her part-time retail job, she likes to use her teacher voice to speak at board meetings, fight for social justice, and attend rallies for labor rights. Aside from being a community activist. She saves special time for her fiancé, and her 5 fur babies (Osita, Daisy, León, Flaco and Diesel). Cynthia enjoys being both indoors snuggled under many blankets drinking Abuelita Hot Chocolate or outside hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her friends.
Qutishia Riley was born January 6th 1992 in Denver Colorado. She attended Hinkley High School, Home of the Thunderbirds, for her freshman and sophomore year. She continued her junior and senior year at Gateway High School, Home of the Olympians. She went to CSU-Pueblo for her first year of collrge but she returned home to help her family. Ms. Que then became the head trainer for Directv, and she moved to Atlanta GA when she was 21 years old to follow her dreams and find her calling. She returned to her home state of Colorado when she was 22 years old and and began working with children, where she figured out what she wanted to do in life, which was help kids become who they want to be, and also help kids reach their full potential in school. That dream brought Ms. Que to Wheeling Elementary School, Home of the Explorers, where she has been able to help kids for almost four years.
Heather Cameron grew up in Colorado and went to all APS schools. She is a graduate of Hinkley High school. She went to Metro state on a full ride academic scholarship and graduated with a BA in English. Because of the amazing teachers that she had growing up she always knew that she wanted to be a teacher herself. Wheeling ahs been her home for 15 years and she couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else! Heather has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and worked as a reading interventionist. Teaching first grade is by far her favorite! Heather is a member of Wheelings Leadership team as well as an active member of the PTO. During her free time she loves spending time with her family, which consists of twin boys and a daughter. They love to travel and spend time exploring the outdoors together.
1st Grade Paraprofessional
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Anastasia Carter was born in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Oklahoma when she was 2 and then returned to Colorado when she was a junior in high school. She graduated from Montbello High School in 2010. In 2017 she started school at the Community College of Denver to pursue getting her Directors Certificate.
This will be Ananstasia’s first year at Wheeling Elementary and she is so excited to join the first-grade team. Outside of school she enjoys hanging out with her 9-year-old daughter named Ja’Myah and her two nephews.
My name is Daisy Luevanos and I am a First Grade teacher at Wheeling. I always knew I wanted to become a teacher and I am now living the dream. I love watching students grow and I am determined to help students reach their goals. It is extremely rewarding watching students learn each and every day. I have two boys of my own; one is 2 and one is 8 years old. I love spending time with my family and being outdoors (when the weather is decent)! I enjoy going on hikes and being surrounded by the beautiful mountains. I also love reading and learning! I show my students that I am a lifelong learner and hope they are too!
1st Grade Paraprofessional
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Christine Kruse was born in Illinois and her family settled in Aurora when she was 4. She attended Aurora Public Schools grades k-12 and after graduating from Gateway she attended TH Pickens Technical College where she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked in nursing for a few years and then found her true passion in education. Her first position was as a Paraprofessional at Tollgate Elementary School and worked in districts in Arizona and Illinois. She is beginning her third year as a para at Wheeling and is now in her 16th year in education. She has two grown children and is the proud Grandma of three grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys walking her two dogs, fishing and rooting for the Colorado Rockies and attending Bronco games. Most of all, she adores her 3 grandchildren and spends as much time as possible with them!