Meet the board

Kyle Hughes
Kyle HughesCo-President
I am Kyle Hughes and I spent most of my adult life as a special educator. I taught at the elementary level and spent my last eight years before retirement in secondary education in Cherry Creek School District. I also taught in undergraduate and graduate programs at Metro State University and University of Colorado Denver. My most challenging work was as an independent contractor, working for the Colorado Department of Education in the area of school reform. I am currently volunteering at Denver Hospice. I also love traveling and spending time in Fairbanks, AK with my two grandsons.
Sabrina Raugutt
Sabrina RauguttCo-President
Hi, I am Sabrina Raugutt and I started my teaching profession eight years ago while I lived in South Dakota. First, I as a high school special education teacher and during that time I earned my Masters as an Advanced Specialist in Learning Disabilities. After four years as a special education teacher, I took a fourth grade teaching position and enjoyed being the main classroom teacher working with students with a variety of disabilities due to full inclusion. I got to live both roles in one job. I had the great opportunity to move to Colorado and take a special education position as a Learning Disability Specialist for Cherry Creek School District. I currently work in a middle school focusing on reading, writing, and math intervention as well as co-teaching in math and language arts classrooms. I recently earned my math specialist degree and enjoy tutoring on the side. Life in Colorado is fun as I love to hike, bike, swim, run, and travel the world as much as possible.
Patty Meek
Patty MeekPast President/Research Coordinator
My name is Dr. Patty Meek. I had many jobs in several school districts but my absolute favorite was teaching middle school special education. For me, it was a great honor to teach; the most important thing in my classroom was how things were going for me and for my kids. I recently retired from the University of Colorado, where I served as an adjunct professor. I love my husband, my life, my family and friends. I have been very fortunate.
Annemarie Dempsey
Annemarie DempseySecretary
My name is Annemarie Dempsey. Over 20 years ago I recognized my calling when I started working with students with special needs as a TA at a residential treatment facility in Massachusetts. Since then I earned my Masters in Special Education from UCD and have spent time working in elementary and secondary schools in Adams 14, Boulder Valley, and DPS. I found my home in the Cherry Creek School District and have enjoyed working with middle school students for the past 16 years. Additionally, I am a district Phonics Boost Trainer, a co-facilitator of the district-wide SLD Literacy Study Team, was the Special Education Department Coordinator at Laredo Middle School, and have earned my Math Interventionist Certificate. Presently I am proud to be a Bruin as a Learning Specialist at Cherry Creek High School. My husband, Dave, and I enjoy spending time in the mountains with our three children (ages 11, 9, and 7) when we are not running them to soccer, gymnastics, scouts and other activities.
Kathy Oviatt
Kathy OviattCourage to Risk Representative
I am Kathy Oviatt. A Colorado native, I graduated from Arapahoe High School and then received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in secondary English education. I spent seven years outside of education, managing a retail bookstore and then, realizing my true passion was teaching, returned to education. I earned my Master of Arts in Special Education also from the UNC. After spending over ten years working with students with learning disabilities in the middle school, I am currently working as a learning specialist at Northglenn High School. Working in the high school the past fourteen years, I have taught English and math as well as co-teaching with general education teachers. I found my membership in CCLD allows me to develop my professional skills and to interact with others in the field. Through CCLD and Adams State, I earned my Math Interventionist Certificate. I am excited to start my second year on the board and representing CCLD on the Courage to Risk board.

 

Lisa Blosser
Lisa BlosserNewsletter
I am Lisa Blosser. I worked in several educational settings with runaway and homeless youth, developmentally disabled and deaf adults before starting a teaching career in 1995 in the Denver Public Schools/Cleo Wallace Day Treatment Program. It was a true lesson in differentiation because I had students ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade in one classroom. I also served as the special needs coordinator at Regis Jesuit High School and taught in Sheridan School District. Currently, I am the learning support services teacher at Littleton Academy, a K-8 Core-Knowledge charter school in the Littleton School District. I also love to spend time with my husband, Troy, and my two children, Alec (19 years) and Paige (13 years). Watching movies is one of our favorite family activities, and we like to travel when we can. I enjoy writing fiction and playing the folk harp; but when I have time, there is nothing I like better than getting lost in a great book.
Mary Ann Murphy
Mary Ann MurphyProfessional Development Director
My name is Mary Ann Murphy and I began my educational career as a K-2 teacher. Working with students with reading disabilities was a challenge. A corporate transfer to LA and the birth of my preemie son added a detour to my teaching career. I returned to Denver with three school age children and began volunteering at Campus Middle School because I was aware of a special program there for students with learning disabilities. This experience, coupled with my personal frustration seeing my own son struggle with a learning disability, lead me to pursuing licensure for a moderate needs teacher at the University of Denver. Seventeen years of collaborating with parents and professionals to support moderate needs students in the Cherry Creek Schools has enriched my life. I am exploring working with therapy animals for children as a possible option in the next chapter in my life. I enjoy spending time with my daughter and grandson in NYC, a daughter on Rochester, and a son and two grandchildren in San Diego.
Cassie Harrelson
Cassie HarrelsonTreasurer
I am Cassie Harrelson and I have had the opportunity to work at various grade levels supporting mathematics instruction in general education for students with disabilities and language learners. I began my career in Eagle County, Colorado where I taught both traditional and alternative high school mathematics, supporting students with math difficulties. Next, I went to Aspen School District where I was the Math Specialist for grades 5 – 8. I currently work in Aurora Public Schools where I began working in general education and am now a Math Instructional Coach, working specifically with special education teachers at our secondary schools. I am fortunate to be able to utilize my undergraduate degree in Secondary Mathematics and my graduate degree in Bilingual Special Education in my career. I am also an affiliate faculty member at Regis University teaching a graduate level course, Assessment for Language Acquisition.
I am excited to join the CCLD Board and continue to support the collaborative effort amongst our members to increase outcomes for our students.
Susan Resnick
Susan Resnick Communications Director
I am Susan Resnick. I taught special education in a variety of roles K-12. I went on to become an elementary, middle school and high school math teacher. After beginning my career as a Learning Specialist at The Children’s Hospital, I have had a long career as a public and private high school principal, elementary principal and district math coordinator. Additionally, I serve as a curriculum consultant to Turnaround districts and an Affiliate Professor of Special Education and Principal Licensure, and Teacher Leadership at a local university. I hold a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology, an MA in Learning Disabilities, a post-graduate Principal Licensure Certificate and a Math Interventionist Certificate.

I am the author of Math in Focus Performance Assessment Tasks for the Common Core, Fact Fluency, The Singapore Way through Marshall Cavendish Education, and Math in Focus: The Struggling Student. I have presented extensively at the international and local level regarding Singapore Math.

In addition to working with hundreds of schools in Singaporean pedagogy, I have helped several low performing districts align their mathematics curriculum to the Common Core. I specialize in the areas of Turnaround Schools, differentiation, RtI, and school leadership. I share my passion for mathematics by working with teachers and administrators in implementing Singapore Math to make a difference in the lives of students.

Jill Marshall
Jill MarshallCDE Liaison
I am Jill Marshall and I am the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Services Unit at the Colorado Department of Education. I am excited to serve the state of Colorado by providing guidance, technical assistance, and professional development for Colorado educators and administrators responsible for the education of students with learning disabilities. Previously, I served as a Learning Specialist, a special education area and compliance coordinator, and an instructional coach. I hold a Special Education Generalist and Elementary Education License. I earned a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Colorado-Denver.

I am passionate about learning, advocating for students with exceptionalities, and being a mom. My husband, Carter, and I enjoy traveling, reading, running, experiencing live music, and spending time with friends and family. I am delighted to return to the CCLD Board after taking time off after the birth of my son, Bodhi, now six years old.