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Welcome to Kindergarten


 Meet the Kindergarten Teachers


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Melissa Dunn
 My husband, TJ, and I have a daughter, Grace, who's five years old and a son, Trey, who's nine months old. I graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. I'm currently in graduate school and working on my alternative license through the Friends' School in Boulder and The University of Colorado, Denver. This is my ninth year in Boulder Valley School District. I've spent the last eight years working as a sign language interpreter for the district and this year I'm a student teacher here at Sanchez International. I love spending time with my family enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. It is my greatest joy to come alongside children and watching them take the journey from child to student. This year I'm going to learn a lot and the students I'm working with will learn a lot as well. We're linking arms and running the race
Contact Mrs. Dunn at or ext. 7317
Laurie Moore

My family moved to Colorado when I was seven years old. I graduated from CU in Boulder with a degree in Communication/ Radio,TV and Film, long, long ago. I stayed in Boulder, married Wayne and had three children. My son Nate is an artist, living in Telluride. My daughter Lilly is a comic book artist, living on Shikoku Island in Japan. My youngest daughter Susanna in Medical School in New York. My husband is a poet who makes a living in marketing in Boulder’s high tech world. I went back to school to get my master’s degree in Educational Psychology after teaching preschool long enough to realize that teaching was a perfect fit for me. I love and respect children, I have a passion for reading and writing, and I am particularly fond of teaching and learning new things. My favorite thing about teaching is witnessing the Aha! moments for a child. When the lights go on for them, my heart lights up like a neon sign in Vegas. I taught first grade in Denver for five years before coming to Sanchez. I sing in a choir and play the piano and guitar just well enough to sing lots of children’s songs. We made sure that all of our children could play an instrument, swim, ride bikes and ski, because those are the lifelong activities my husband and I still enjoy. I have been in Colorado almost all of my life, but I have also lived in Hawaii, New York City, Chicago and on a farm in Illinois. I garden, cook, sew and travel as much as possible. I’m afraid that putting three children through college has tapped out the travel funds for a while, but it was worth it.
Contact Mrs. Moore at or ext. 7317
Cassidy Willis
I live in Longmont with my husband, Jay, our puppy Stella and our cat Shiloh. We moved out here from North Carolina 5 years ago after I graduated fom Guilford College with a degree in Comparative Religious Studies. I obtained my teaching license from CU Boulder. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and enjoy traveling back east to spend time with family, though the hills of Ohio have nothing on the Rocky Mountains! I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, nature photography and gardening and feel so blessed to be living in such a beautiful place. I love spending my days with children and appreciate the way they view the world with so much wonder and excitement. I hope to instill in children a love for lifelong learning and a sense of compassion and empathy.
Contact Cassidy at ext. 7313 or at

Things to Work on During the Summer

The following is a list of things to work on with your child before they start Kindergarten. This list is not a requirement but rather a list of ideas to make your child succeed and start Kindergarten on the right foot.  

  1. How to spell and write their name.
  2. Sing the ABC’s.
  3. Be able to sit and listen to a story.
  4. Count to 10.
  5. Recognize numbers 0-5
  6. Able to identify some basic shapes.
  7. Know color names.
  8. Shoe tying.
Sanchez Elementary School
655 Sir Galahad Drive, Lafayette, CO  80026
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