Welcome To First Grade 



 Meet the First Grade Teachers


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Stacey Mandel   

I graduated from the University of Colorado, MA in Education; National Board Certified in Literacy I love sharing the "a-ha!" moments with children when they discover something new(especially about reading I love spending time with my family. 

 I have a 1 year old nephew who is already fascinated by books and smiles all the time.  Other family members include my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and all the family dogs.  The highest compliment you can get in my family is to be called "a good dog."

 I love running, hiking and spending lots of time outside. My inside hobbies are reading and cooking.

Contact Stacey at ext. 7337 or Stacey.Mandel@bvsd.org

Shannon Gamble

Shannon Gamble has been teaching since 2005 and part of the Sanchez staff since 2008. A native of Peoria, Illinois, she moved to Colorado in 1998 to attend the University of Colorado. After graduating with a BA in English Literature, she spent time as an AmeriCorps volunteer in BVSD. During this experience, she discovered a passion for education and returned to CU earn a MA Elementary Education.
Outside of work, Shannon is usually spending time with her husband, Jon, and dog, Homer. Together they enjoy biking, hiking, camping, cooking, traveling and discovering new places.Contact Shannon at Shannon.Gamble@bvsd.org or at ext.7314.

Rita Kendrick
Rita Kendrick is enjoying her fourth year of teaching at Sanchez. She spent the first three years as a literacy specialist. She also taught first and third grade in Wheat Ridge, Colorado before taking time off to spend with her three daughters. In 1990, Rita graduated with a degree in Psychology. She had met her husband in college, and moved with him to San Diego, where she earned her teaching credential at San Diego State University. She and her growing family moved between Colorado and California Before finally settling down in Louisville nine years ago. Rita just completed her MA in Education, with an emphasis in reading, from Regis University. In her free time she is a girl scout leader, and teaches religious education at her church. Rita especially enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters. camping, hiking, skiing, and gardening are some of her favorite activities. Being a Colorado native, she is lucky to have many family members nearby, and sees them often.
Contact Rita at Rita.Kendrick@bvsd.org or at ext.7319.
Sera Scuccimarri
Sera Scuccimarri began teaching in 2006 and is excited to be teaching 1st grade at Sanchez International School.  She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Boulder Colorado in 1996 to get her B.A. in Art from the University of Colorado. After 3 years working in advertising in New York City, she decided to pursue a career in education and moved back to Colorado. She received her Masters of Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and has been teaching K-5 ever since. She loves being a new mom to her baby girl, spending her free time in the mountains hiking, camping, as well as cooking and reading.
Contact Sera at Sera.Scuccimarri@bvsd.org or at ext. 7316.

Sanchez Elementary School
655 Sir Galahad Drive, Lafayette, CO  80026
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