Kim Rebholtz, Ian Hodges, Shayna Hollman, and Kip Wiles – 5th Grade Team
Hello. I am Kimberly Rebholtz and I am excited to be teaching 5th grade Social Studies and Science at Polaris Elementary. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up, I imagined myself in a range of careers as an adult – a veterinarian, animator, physical therapist and paramedic. This range of interests was the result of my hobbies. I grew-up with dogs, cats, guinea pigs and fish. I loved taking care of them. As a child, I spent many hours in my room drawing and creating at my desk. When I wasn’t in my room drawing, you would most likely have found me on the soccer field, hiking among the redwoods of Mount Tamalpais toward Stinson Beach, or on my bike with my mom. I loved all of these activities and that made choosing one thing to do so difficult. I tried a few careers out along the way and as a result of my experiences as a nanny, I pursued a career in education with a science emphasis. I grew very close to the young girl and boy I nannied. I loved spending time with them, taking them places, exposing them to new experiences and sharing my knowledge with them. I impacted them, they affected me, I loved it. I knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I graduated from Sonoma State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Botany) and Environmental Education. While in California, I taught third and fourth grade. Around the same time I began teaching, a lot of change occurred in my personal life. My husband and I started our family and my parents and siblings moved from California to New Mexico and Colorado. I have always been close with my family and I wanted my children to also be close with their relatives, so I followed them. For over a decade now, my husband, four children and I have called Colorado our home. Since moving to Colorado, I have taught fourth and fifth grade. I am grateful for every student I have been fortunate to have taught because I would not be the teacher I am today without each of those relationships. When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my family hiking, biking, gardening, getting bumped and bruised at the skate park and attending church.
Email address: Kimberly_Rebholtz@dpsk12.org
Greeting and salutations! I am Ian Hodges and I count myself very fortunate to be teaching 5th grade Math at Polaris. I am originally from East Lansing, Michigan. I spent my youth skateboarding, swimming in Lake Michigan, singing, dancing, and performing with a rock band throughout middle and high-school. I became involved in high school theatre after too many injuries during Freshman football season…and I was hooked! I went to Indiana University in Bloomington for Theatre & Drama, where I met my wife while cooking at a Greek-American restaurant call The Trojan Horse where she was waiting tables. After graduating with a BA in Theatre, I followed her back to her home state of Colorado. Having experience in both restaurants and on a stage, it was Denver’s burgeoning food scene that gained my allegiance first when I arrived. However, after spending a decade cooking and managing restaurant kitchens, I had an epiphany one Halloween, surrounded by family, friends, and their many children trick-or-treating, that I should be working with kids. I made the career change to teaching, receiving a Masters in Elementary Education from MSU Denver in 2014, and have been excitedly following my passion ever since! I came to Polaris’s 5th grade team in 2016, from Park Hill where I taught 3rd grade. Each year I have been increasingly impressed and inspired by the growth and discoveries I’ve seen in my students, and look forward to those moments revealing themselves this year. When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my family which now includes my two sons, Maxwell (2013) and Presley (2017) exploring, pretending, reading, and watching Star Wars!
Email address: Ian_Hodges@dpsk12.org
Where I’m From
I am from the swing set,
from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Oreos.
I am from the blanket established fort
filled with American Girl Dolls, bedtime stories, and piles of dress up clothes.
I am from the front porch swing,
from crickets, light rain, and whispers of the aspen leaves telling their tales.
I’m from beach vacations and travels to far off countries,
from Judith Rae and Tikva Nissim.
I’m from deep roots of community and
wishes to know what’s beyond the next hill.
I’m from a big personality in an itty-bitty body and
mommy yeses, with reasonable noes.
I’m from Be Thou My Vision, matted, felt storyboards
and weekly verses.
I’m from the Mile-High city and the Galassos,
Israeli salad, spaghetti sauce and parmesan cheese.
From fishing trips with my father and the Mickey Mouse fishing pole, from my mother’s journey to America.
Tucked safely away in the closets and antique cabinets of my parent’s house are boxes of pictures and scrupulously crafted scrapbooks. Each memory treasured and waiting to be told.
I am from these moments, now swinging on to new adventures…
Greetings! I am over the moon to be integrated into the Polaris community, especially with the 5th grade stars!
My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education, and I have an endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education. I always expected to earn my masters in Linguistically Diverse Education,
however, after my first year teaching I took a Gifted and Talented course over the summer and fell in love. The higher levels of thinking and challenges brought new depths to my lessons and transformed my classroom. I was inspired to earn a masters in Gifted and Talented Education, and my passion for diverse cultures and learners, cross curricular connections, and art integration continue to grow.
Before venturing into Polaris, I taught at a Title 1 school within Jefferson County Public Schools. I taught 6th grade for four years and 5th grade before that. Three of those years were served as the English component of the Dual Language program. My students came with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of abilities. As a result, I learned to be flexible by supporting and challenging my students. I additionally developed my teaching through a pilot program at my school. The purpose was to implement rigorous professional developments on research-based learning, data analysis, adaptation, and feedback from evaluators and administrators. I am a lifelong and self-directed learner, so I loved this journey.
When I am not teaching, my favorite pastimes include spending time with my husband and my family, playing card games/board games, trying new restaurants with my husband (we are committed foodies) and reading! I am additionally an avid traveler, therefore, much of my down time is spent researching my next adventures!
Email address: Shayna_Hollman@dpsk12.org
Where I am From
I am from seashells,
Artichokes, and scallops
Drives in a yellow 1968 Ford Mustang
And the Cape Cod cottage-
Shingled and shuttered
Bordered by Hydrangeas:
Azure and Lapis.
From cerulean skies
And foggy days
Spent sailing in Great Harbor
Running down jetties
With ankles swirled in
Salty sea foam.
I am from Barbara and Marshall and Taft-
The stubborn and the steadfast.
From your spirit will live forever
And good morning sunshine.
From the greater good
And planetary responsibility.
I am from the black and white Kodak slides,
And the grassy grave
With toy jets and granite stones,
Visited by a butterfly with a broken wing.
What a pleasure it is to join this brilliant constellation of a school! My name is Kip Wiles and this year I will be a language arts teacher on the wonderful fifth grade team. Professionally, I have spent the last fifteen years teaching in the greater Denver metropolitan area. After graduating from Colorado College and completing the Teacher Education Program at the University of Denver, I began my career in the Cherry Creek School District where I primarily taught fifth grade and gifted and talented students. During these formative years, I also completed my doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of Denver. Most recently, I served as the gifted and talented specialist at Carson Elementary in Denver. Outside of school, my husband and I are tirelessly raising three exuberant boys (9, 6 and 2 years old). I love the beach, running marathons, reading, writing, and cheering on both professional and youth athletes!
Kip Wiles, Ph.D
Email address: Kipling_Wiles@dpsk12.org