Instructional Coaches

Heather Kill

8th Grade Science Teacher/Instructional Coach
Heather_Kill@dpsk12.net
720-424-5702

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

Amy Marasco

ECE-2 ELA Interventionist/Instructional Coach
Amy_Marasco@dpsk12.net
720-424-7038

Wanda Matt

Special Education/Instructional Coach for SPED
WMatt@dpsk12.net
720-424-5519

A quote that I try to live by:

“All students can learn and succeed, but not in the same way and not on the same day.” —William G. Spady

Jesús Nicho

ELD Teacher/Instructional Coach
Jesus_Nicho@dpsk12.net
720-424-5660

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

David Elbot

3-5 ELA-E Interventionist/Instructional Coach
David_Elbot@dpsk12.net
720-424-0998

I worked with refugees and migrants on the Thai-Burma border for five years. Then I returned to Denver and got my Master’s in Education from Regis University. I did my teaching residency in Aurora Public Schools, then spent three years in Cherry Creek Public Schools, before moving to Place Bridge Academy in Denver Public Schools and finally to McGlone in 2022. I enjoy spending time with my two young children, especially when outside in our beautiful state.

A quote that I try to live by:

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” —Emerson

Kennya Sanchez

ECE-2 ELA Interventionist/Instructional Coach
Kennya_Sanchez@dpsk12.net
720-424-5730

Hello, my name is Kennya Sanchez and I graduated as Valedictorian in 2013 from Bruce Randolph High School. In 2014, I graduated Community College of Denver with an Associate of Science. Then in 2016, I graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Biology. I started teaching Kindergarten in 2017 and in 2022, I got my masters in Educational and Cultural Equity and Bilingual Education. One of the things that I am very proud of is my Mexican background; I came to the U.S. when I was 2 years old and grew up undocumented so I have done a lot of advocacy work for DACA and immigration. My hobbies include reading as much as I possibly can, baking, and drawing.

A quote that I try to live by:

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” —Jean Jacques Rousseau