My name is Heidi Yamada and I am a first grade classroom teacher at Polaris Elementary School. I was born and raised in LaPorte, Indiana and moved to Colorado after graduating from Purdue University in 1994. Working in a school is important to me because I love working with children and challenging them to grow to their full potential. When I am not at school, I cherish spending time with my husband, two teenage sons and teenage daughter.
Email address: Heidi_Yamada@dpsk12.org
Hi! My name is Ellen Malan. I have been teaching for Denver Public Schools for fourteen years. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and completed my undergrad in Human Development at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. I also have a Masters of Reading and Writing from Regis University here in Denver. I am endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education and have a Literacy Coach License.
When not at work, I can be found at any local coffee shop diligently writing or wandering Tattered Cover in complete awe. I love to travel and I have dual citizenship in Ireland.
I am a teacher because it is where my heart feels at home. I live for that moment when a student has a learning breakthrough, and I am most passionate about the social and emotional development of each child.
It is my pleasure to be part of the Polaris community, and I truly enjoy the pursuit of excellence that we strive for here.
Email address: Ellen_Malan@dpsk12.org