I am a Denver, Colorado native, and proud to say so. From a young age, I knew I wanted to write. I spent 10 years working as a reporter for Colorado newspapers and covered a wide variety of topics, yet always seemed drawn to stories about public education. After I had my own children, I realized that what I really wanted to do is teach elementary kids. I have now worked for Denver Public Schools for more than 10 years. My son and daughter, now grown, are both Polaris “alums.” I feel truly fortunate to work with the faculty, families and children at this amazing school.
Email address: Angela_Dire@dpsk12.org
My name is Sarah Holdeman and I am very excited to be a part of Polaris Elementary School. I am originally from Michigan where I earned my undergraduate degree in English Literature from a tiny liberal arts college named Albion College. Upon graduation I moved to Durango, Colorado to be near my mother who was teaching pre-kindergarten on the Navajo reservation. I spent 2 beautiful years in Durango waitressing and earning my early childhood teaching certificate (thanks for the inspiration, Mom!). My next adventure took me to Albuquerque where I taught for 2 years and earned my master’s degree in curriculum development and multicultural education. Fast forward 20 years and you can find me living in Golden with my family and dog named Friday. I recently completed my 23rd year in education. I have taught all grades as a reading intervention teacher, art teacher, personalized learning coach, and classroom teacher. I earned my GT certification through Regis University and was lucky enough to be taught by Dr. Howard who started Polaris. I currently sit on the Gifted Education State Advisory Board as both a parent and an educator. We are small group of people who propose legislation and create publications that positively impact gifted learners in Colorado. On my free time I love to read, hike, camp, listen to bluegrass music, and hang with my family.
Email address: Sarah_Holdeman@dpsk12.org