The quality of our staff is one of our greatest assets. kids enjoy classes with qualified, licensed teachers who love what they do, and love kids. Our staff understands the concept of enriching our kids without taking over their education. They treat each child as an individual, and accept them as they are. Our program is built on 3 very important things. Parents who are working hard for their kids, kids who are here for relationships, fun and learning, and teachers who make that happen.
Sarah Adams- Music
My name is Sarah Adams and I grew up in East Texas. While growing up, my mother served as the music director of the church my family attended. As a result, I have treasured memories of my family singing, playing instruments, and participating in school bands and choirs.
I received my bachelor's degree in music education from Lamar University. A short time later, I graduated from the University of Texas with my Master's in Music.
Since I believe that learning is a life long process, I currently sing in my church choir and receive piano lessons from Dr. Stephen Fiess, ( I just performed a Mozart Piano Sonata for our Summer Recital!). In regards to my teaching career, I have 18 years in elementary music in the public school systems of Texas and Louisiana. During these years, I offered my students the opportunity to participate in school district honor choirs and music festivals. I have one child ,Nathan, who has just completed his first year of college at the University of Kentucky. During high school, my son received English grammar and writing lessons from Mrs. Joni Jensen, a respected English teacher and a home schooling parent herself. Because of my friendship with Joni, I now have a profound respect for home schooling parents. I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful community.
Liz Allen- Art
Tuesday and Friday
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and am the third oldest out of six kids. I studied Art Education at UMKC, and after graduating, decided to move to Denver for what I thought would be an adventurous but brief time. Fast forward five years, and I could not be any happier living in this wonderful city. I am so grateful to be so close to the mountains, and love to hike and camp whenever possible. In addition to being outdoors, I also love to make and teach art! I have been teaching for five years, and love the flexibility and creativity that the Options program allows. I am thrilled to be working with your amazing students again this coming year, and hope to provide a fun and creative outlet for each kid.
Mary Ann Bess - Physical Education
I was raised in Goodland, KS with 5 brothers and 5 sisters. I was lucky to be the baby in such a wonderfully large family. I went to college in Hays, KS and graduated with a B.A. in Business, a B.S. in Physical Education, and an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education. I have been with Options since 2004 and am looking forward to another great year.
My husband, James, and two children, Dexter and Emree keep me busy on the side. Dexter is 16 and Emree is 13 years old. My hobbies include: working out (swimming, walking and weights), playing with our 3 pups, keeping my family moving, painting anything that doesn’t move (smile), antiquing, and crafts.
Robin Bodin- Primary Classroom Grade 1 and PE
Tuesday and Friday
I believe that every child is a valuable treasure who needs love, security and a variety of opportunities to thrive. As a mother of two boys, I understand both the ups and downs of being a parent. My goal as a teacher at Denver Options is to create a safe and wondrous environment where children can explore the world, while being exactly who they are. My education includes achieving a Masters degree in Instruction and Curriculum and a Bachelors degree in Studio Fine Arts at the University of Colorado. I am extremely thankful to be a part of this caring community and am always open to suggestions and ideas to make this a wonderful experience for everyone.
Danielle Corriveau- Tuesday: Photo and Friday: Language Arts/Drama
Tuesday and Friday
I am elated to be part of the Denver Options team. It’s an incredible opportunity to infuse so much fun into learning.
For two decades I worked with words, helping non-profits tell their success stories. I continue this work today as a freelance writer and photojournalist, primarily for Blacktie.com and University of Denver. My work with non-profits led me to write Trail Mix: Stories of Youth Overcoming Adversity, a collection of stories about youth facing some of life’s most significant challenges – life-threatening illness, learning disabilities, chaotic households, among others – and finding new hope and awareness through programs based in the wilderness. As a certified elementary teacher, I have worked with public, private and charter schools in Denver, focusing primarily on increasing student skills in reading and writing.
I adore education and am honored to be a part of young people’s learning journey. My favorite place to be, though, is anywhere with my husband and our two sons. We especially like hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and throwing Frisbee.
Becky Dague - Math
My name is Beckie Dague and I love math!! Pi – 3.14 – is my favorite number and Pi Day; March 14th is my favorite day of the year! I have about 233 digits of Pi memorized so far and hope to eventually get to 314 digits. I have never worked in a traditional school setting. My background includes a lot of tutoring and I have been tutoring/teaching math for the past 8 years. I have tutored students who were struggling or those who just wanted to get ahead. I have worked a lot with people (teenagers to adults) trying to get their GED and helping people overcome their fear of math is my favorite thing to do. My enthusiasm for math will rub off on you and by the end of the school year you will love math too – maybe not as much as I do though!
LeeAnn Egli - Spanish, History
I’m LeeAnn Egli. I’ve enjoyed working at Options for nine years. I have taught grades 1-12 and have worked at three different Options sites in that time. I love teaching part time and taking care of my family the rest of the time! I have two beautiful, busy teen aged daughters. Our girls keep us hopping – my husband and I say they are either keeping us young or making us gray! This family loves making music, playing games and sports, camping, gardening, and biking; we stay active in our church; and I love getting away for walks and hanging out in my backyard.
I majored in history in college and got my teaching license in social studies. However, I have always loved learning Spanish and studied it in college. I also did a home stay in Mexico and lived in Spain for two years. I enjoy teaching both Spanish and history at Options and have liked the unique opportunity of teaching home schoolers.
Angelle Frilot - Destination Imagination,
Hands on Science
Tuesday and Friday
Hi my name is Angelle Frilot. I am married with three teenagers. I enjoy quilting and participating in my book club.
This is my third year teaching for Denver Options. I enjoy teaching Hands
On Science and Destination Imagination. My mission is to encourage
teamwork and active problem solving by having fun, focused lessons.
I look forward to another great year with our amazing students and our
Lanae Klap - Coordinator
Tuesday and Friday
Our journey at Denver Options began 10+ years ago when we enrolled our kindergartner in an Options location in Aurora after newly deciding to homeschool him for kindergarten. We never imagined that would be the beginning of many years of fun as homeschoolers and members of the Options program. Now my son is driving, and our daughter is entering middle school. I’ve seen this program from the perspective of a parent, a teacher, and now as coordinator, and firmly believe we are blessed to be allowed to offer a “pure enrichment” environment for homeschooling families, that respects our decisions as homeschoolers, and yet supports and encourages success. Please feel free to contact me at any time, or plan to stop by for a cup of coffee or tea after the kids go to class. Preschoolers are always welcome, and moms deserve a break.
Julie Klennert- French
My name is Julie Klennert and I am delighted to be teaching on the Denver Options team. I was born and raised in Michigan and received my teaching degree at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). After living and teaching outside of Washington, D.C. for several years, I moved to Denver. I soon met my husband and fell in love with him and the Denver area. I taught elementary school in Denver for 14 years before making the decision to homeschool our three children. Our children have happily attended Denver Options for the past 4 years. It is one of their favorite places to be! I believe in curiosity and a natural wonder for the world around us. I love to learn right along with my kids. When I’m not schooling or shuttling kids around to sports fields for various practices, I enjoy taking my dog for long walks, going for bike rides and getting away to the mountains for long hikes. I love to bake and be crafty. I’m looking forward to a fun year at Options. I will be sharing my love of all things French in an Introduction to French class and sharing my flair for drama in an Introduction to Drama class. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your children.
Michelle Lee - Kindergarten
Tuesday and Friday
This is my fourth year here at Options and I am thrilled to get to teach your children! I teach kindergarten and look forward to exploring, getting messy, cooking, music, and getting to know your children. I have been married 15 years and have a 10 year old son Isaiah, and a 9 year old daughter Ayla. I love spending time with my family hiking, playing soccer, reading and cooking. I'm originally from Indiana but Denver has been home for us for 12 years now. I'm looking forward to a great year at Options!
Lara McCormick - Science, Robotics, Young Ameritowne
Tuesday & Friday
My name is Lara McCormick. I am thrilled to be returning to options this year on Tuesday and Friday. I live in Denver with my husband and two sons. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, play tennis and scrapbook. I am a Colorado native; I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UNC in Greeley and later received my teaching license from Metropolitan State College of Denver. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University and I also have an endorsement in English as a Second Language. I have ten years prior teaching experience, most recently I taught 5th grade in Jefferson County. I am excited to be teaching robotics and Young Ameritowne this year. I believe that students learn best when they are engaged in hands on lessons that challenge them to think critically and gain knowledge from their experience. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your family!
Ashley McCollum- Math and Critical Thinking, First Grade
Hello! I am excited to be joining Denver Options as a teacher this year! My own kids attended Options for five years so I know what a wonderful place it is! Homeschoolers come from such a variety of backgrounds and I love that Options is a place where everyone can come and belong. I am looking forward to getting to know all my students. I will be teaching Math and Critical Thinking in the mornings and First Grade in the afternoons. Prior to homeschooling my own kids, I taught 2nd grade and Gifted and Talented classes in California and Colorado. I am originally from California, but we moved to Colorado about ten years ago and it has been a great place to raise a family. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family (my son Casey is 13, and my daughter Amelia is 11) and Pippa, the most adorable pooch in all the land. My hobbies include crafty things like cross-stitch, embroidery and quilting.
Kate Roberts- 50 Nifty United States
I'm so excited to be joining the Options team this year! I grew up in Indianapolis, got my degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University and then set out for the mountains. I've lived in Denver for the last 17 years and love to spend time with my wonderful husband and children. I love to ski, bike, garden and read lots of books. I taught elementary grades for 9 years before taking time off to raise my two wonderful children. They are both heading off to full day school this year which gives me the opportunity to get back to teaching! I'm looking forward to guiding your children on their journey through the United States. I know it will be a fun and exciting year!
Dawn Robertson - Art
I am currently in my 9th year teaching at OPTIONS, and specifically with Denver Options for the last four. My undergraduate degree was in Art Education K-12, with experience in Public School JR-SR High for the first six years. Somewhere in the midst of teaching I got my Masters in Art Education with an Art History emphasis. Marriage and children, and homeschooling each of my kids several years took me back home for an extended period of time. So for me family comes first (Dwight, my amazing husband of 25 years, Dara, my singer/songwriter, and Dreyson, smart and sporty), but teaching and making art are a close second! I have so much fun taking in Art Shows, traveling all over, gardening, cooking, reading, and having people over (hospitality). My children are older now (High School/College) which has allowed me more time/freedom to enjoy your children, which I do in abundance! 🙂
Alex Stewart – Secondary Film and Communications
I love what the Options program is all about! I was homeschooled from 2nd grade until I graduated from high school so I know the homeschooling model very well and absolutely love it. I received my degree in English Education from Metro State University in 2012. I love film, music, and any kind of crazy adventure that life throws my way. I believe that education is based upon a foundation of strong, healthy relationships and that is why I am so excited to spend the year getting to know both students and parents, that we may all grow together in passion for both education and life.
Becca Stewart - Music
Tuesday and Friday
My name is Becca Stewart and I have been teaching at Options since 2012!
I was born and raised here in Denver, Colorado. I went to college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado where I received my degree in Elementary Education. I love teaching at Options and I love homeschooling. My husband was homeschooled off and on from elementary through high school. We are also planning to homeschool our children in the next couple years when they become school age. I am very excited about this coming year at Denver Options! I love music so I can't wait to get this school year started! I know we are going to have a wonderful year!