After graduating from the University of North Florida in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Nicole Ellis moved to Aurora, Colorado to be with her now husband and to begin her teaching career. She quickly discovered how her local education association could provide her with leadership and advocacy opportunities and joined the Aurora Education Association board of directors in 2015. She eventually was elected the Secretary/Treasurer and is passionate about bettering our local education system. In her free time, Nicole may be found door knocking for local ballot measures, attending school board meetings, water coloring, or bird watching in her backyard.
Sadie Honey was born and raised in western Montana. She earned her BA in Spanish and Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her studies there included a year spent at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. After college she taught English in Costa Rica, then moved back to the US where she spent 20+ years as a technology professional. During that time she also earned her Master’s in Library and Information Systems from UCLA and created a mobile game that helped kids practice social and emotional skills.
Sadie earned her teaching certificate through the Boettcher Teacher Residency. This is her first year at Wheeling and she is excited to use her teaching and technology experience to join her students in the inquiry process as she fosters their independence, perseverance, collaboration, and confidence. Outside of school Sadie can be found reading, exploring the world, and spending time in the mountains with her family.
Vincent Lucero is a Colorado native. He graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a B.A. in Chicano Studies and Elementary Education licensure with a concentration in Social Studies. He continued his education at the University of Denver and received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Vincent loves to go fishing, make music, and is currently writing a fictional novel. Vincent is a 4 th grade teacher and loves to emphasize the importance of education in our society because the children are the future leaders of our country. His favorite books are Lord of the Flies, A Place to Stand, and Coraline: The Graphic Novel. Vincent’s inspiration comes from activists like Cesar Chavez, Joaquin Murrieta, Corky Gonzales, and Ricardo Falcon.
Cheryl Rios was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming. She obtained her Masters in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Rios has traveled to Africa, Mexico, South America, and served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. She loves reading, hiking, the mountains and spending time with her family. She is very elated to share the year with her students.