Eighth Grade

Davis Hirshfeld

8th Grade Math Teacher

Heather Kill

8th Grade Science Teacher/Instructional Coach

I am from Crystal Lake, Illinois. I received my Bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where I was a college athlete. I also received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Regis University. This is my 7th year teaching and I am extremely excited to be at McGlone. In my free time, I love to go snowboarding, swimming, hiking, boating, and going to sporting events (especially if Chicago is playing).

A quote that I try to live by:

“Tough Times Never Last, Touch People Do.” —Robert H. Schuller

Jesús Nicho

ELD Teacher/Instructional Coach

Before coming to Colorado in 2015, I was a cultural exchange teacher at WCPS in North Carolina. Here I taught ESL and Spanish as a World Language and met beautiful people through School and Zumba Fitness Instruction. This is my 8th year at DPS. I’ve been supporting our community in different roles. I am originally from Lima, Perú, and received my Bachelor’s in Education from Federico Villareal National University and my Master’s in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado. In addition to teaching, I’m a part-time Zumba Fitness Instructor at Denver Recreation Centers. Apart from work and Zumba, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and seven-year-old son.

A quote that I try to live by:

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.” —Kofi Annan

Letter J Summerssmith

8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Hi there! My name is Letter J Summerssmith (he/they), and I am originally from Myrtle Beach, SC. I Graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a Bachelor’s in Middle Grades Education (Secondary Ed. in CO), specializing in English Language Arts. Upon graduation, my partner (of 8 years) and I decided it was time to move across the country and experience life outside of the only environment we both have ever known. During the day, I’m living my dream as I experience middle school all over again, but in my free time, I’m usually hopping between local thrift stores, designing houses and floorplans, eating Indian food, driving around different parts of Colorado, or simply blasting my favorite band, Fleetwood Mac. I am teaching 8th Grade Language Arts, as well as Creative Writing. I am so excited to be a part of the McGlone Wolfpack family!

A quote that I try to live by:

“But time makes you bolder, even children get older- and I’m getting older too.” —Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)


Gusten Lutter

8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

My last school of many was UC Denver, for my teacher certification. I have studied for many years, been a computer programmer and a computer salesman, cooked Indian and Nepali food for 500 at a camp, and my most important hobby is reading and personal research into the areas I teach.

A quote that I try to live by:

The goal of the school is to teach every child. Teachers no longer say, “I taught it, I’m sorry they didn’t learn it.”