Elementary Teachers


Joelin Wasik
Preschool Director
(719) 783-4891

Education - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Montana State University, Billings, MT

Years Teaching - 15

Stephanie Hargis
(719) 783-4890

Education - Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education -

University of Northern Iowa

Years Teaching - 9


Elizabeth McFalls
1st Grade
(719) 783-4897

Education - Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development - Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Years Teaching - 11

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Debra Gitar
1st Grade
(719) 783-4893

Education - Master's of Education in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education - University of Minnesota

Years Teaching - 21


Rebecca Anderson
2nd Grade
(719) 783-4892

Education - Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education - Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO 

Years Teaching - 3

Sydney Benesch
2nd Grade
(719) 783-4894

Education - Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education - University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Years Teaching - 7

Elizabeth Goddard
3rd Grade
(719) 783-4929

Education - Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana; Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

Years Teaching - 23


Mari Raley
3rd Grade
(719) 783-4896

Education - Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies - East Texas State University, Commerce, TX

Years Teaching - 28




Jan Kraus
4th Grade
(719) 783-4898

Education - Master of Science, Elementary Education - Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI; Bachelor of Arts - Wright State University, Dayton, OH, Psychology; National Board Certification: Middle Age Generalist

Years Teaching - 27


Michelle Caldwell
4th Grade
(719) 783-4895

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Kathryn Potter
5th Grade
(719) 783-4899

Education - Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Studies - Colorado State University; Teaching License -Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado; Masters in Education - Seattle Pacific University

Years Teaching - 31


Rachel Curtis
Library Media Tech
(719) 783-4925

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Jennifer Cruzen
Reading Intervention
(719) 783-4913

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Madisen Henrich
Elementary General Music
(719) 783-4903

Education - Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Arts - Western Colorado University, Gunnison, CO

Years Teaching - 1



Loretta Remington
Elementary Resource
(719) 783-4919

Education - Master of Arts, SPED/LLC - Adams State University, Alamosa, CO; Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Elementary Education - University of Rhode Island; National Board Certified Teacher 2011

Years Teaching - 20

Carrie Smith
Visual Arts
(719) 783-4924

Education - Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Years Teaching - 23

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John Tillotson
Physical Education
(719) 783-4908

Education - Master of Arts, Human Performance & PE-Exercise Science - Adams State University, Alamosa, CO; Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology - University of Southern Colorado

Years Teaching - 26



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Background photo courtesy of 2015 Custer County graduate Brittanee Bohannan


In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, Custer County School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as the compliance officer for the district:  Principal, Joe Vergilio, 709 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO 81252, (719) 783-4921.


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