Frank Hughes was born in Chicago and grew up in Northern Indiana with a brother and two loving parents. He studied business and engineering at Purdue University. After a couple of years working in the automotive industry, Frank picked up and moved to Colorado where he began substitute teaching in Denver Public Schools. He studied at the University of Colorado Denver where he earned a Masters in Education. He has taught at Wheeling for 15 years, working with students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Frank loves teaching at Wheeling because of the amazing community of staff, students, and parents. Outside of work, he loves to travel, camp, and hike with his wife Michele. You can also find him in the mountains skiing with his friends.
Ashley Merino is from El Paso, Texas but has lived in Colorado since she was in second grade. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado: Center for Urban Education with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Culturally Linguistic Diversity. She is currently getting her Master's in Reading through Grand Canyon University. Ashley enjoys teaching at Wheeling Elementary school because of the IB Program and all the inquiries that come with it. She loves teaching on a global scale and thinks this is the perfect school to do it at. The community at Wheeling is humble and full of kindness! She has a supportive husband who she adores, her "full of energy" husky Kuma, and both of her fish tanks! She enjoys being outdoors with or reading a book.
Elizabeth Meza is the youngest in a family of 5, a native of Colorado and grew up in North-East Denver. She attended the University of Northern Colorado (Center for Urban Education) where she studied Elementary education). She taught in Denver Public Schools for 7 years and has been teaching in Aurora Public Schools for the last 3 years. Her favorite part of teaching is being able to touch lives and make a difference. She loves working at Wheeling elementary because everyone is a team and has a family-oriented mindset. Whenever a need arises everyone comes together to meet it! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, children and grandchildren. One of her hobbies is to play volleyball whenever she gets the opportunity. Her job is to accelerate learning for each student every day by increasing rigor and continuously seeking out new ways to improve instruction in a safe and caring learning environment while providing equity for all of her students.
Venus C. Robinson was born on July 12, 1976, in Tampa, Florida. Her father was in the military and after Venus was born her parents went to Germany. They stayed two years there and she came back to the United States with a brother. When her family came back to the United States, her parents decided to go to Colorado. Venus’s family lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado until 1994. That year she went to Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in Atlanta, Georgia. She went to Clark Atlanta University for four years, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication. She went onto to work in Juvenile Justice as a Communications Specialist, with the Denver Juvenile Justice Integrated Services, within the Denver Juvenile Probation Department. She stayed there until the company morphed into another area of the Denver Juvenile Justice Department. In 2005 she applied to Colorado State University where she attained a Master's of Science in Technical Communication in 2007. She went onto work work as a Human Resources Generalist and onto a Manager until late 2010. She decided that she did not want to work in Human Resources and moved into teaching. She went back to school took courses in Elementary School education. She will attain a second Master’s in 2020 in Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. In 2016 Venus applied to and got a job as Second Grade Teacher in Wheeling Elementary School, and has been at Wheeling ever since.