27J Online Academy

Staff

Welcome to your school!

We are excited to share the staff of the 27J Online Academy with you. This amazing group of educators and support staff are ready to support the success of your child!

Marnie Heil -1st grade Classroom Teacher

HELLO!!! I’m Ms Marnie Heil and I will be your teacher this upcoming year!! I am so excited for the opportunity to work as partners with you and your child this year at the SD27J Online Academy. It is my belief that together, as a team, we will provide an environment in which your child will flourish and find their potential.


A little about me: I love teaching and I love learning new things! It’s my 19th year teaching and my 9th in SD27J. This year I taught 1st grade virtually - and boy did I love it! My Students and I had a wonderful experience, and accomplished so much. I have also taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades and for 7 years I was the instructional coach at Second Creek. I am so excited to be back in the classroom!


With our class being virtual, it is very important to me to build a relationship with my students, students’ families, and to create a safe and welcoming environment for my students. We will be working closely with one another to create learning experiences in which all students are heard, accepted, and validated.


I look forward to working in partnership with you. I am confident that together we can provide the support and encouragement needed to help your child excel. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. My door is always open to you. I am looking forward to a fabulous year!

Jahema Robinson - 2nd Grade Classroom Teacher

Hi, my name is Mrs. Robinson and I am so very happy to be a part of the 27J Online Academy family! I am a native of Colorado and specifically of Adams County. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Masters of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. I am thrilled to say that this fall will be the beginning of my 24th year of teaching primary students and my sixteenth year in District 27J. I love teaching and this coming year will be the beginning of my 21st year of teaching my favorite grade, second grade!


This past year, I was an online 2nd grade teacher for West Ridge Elementary School. Through that experience, my curiosity about online teaching and learning grew into a desire to become an online educator with the new 27J Online Academy. I am intrigued and fascinated by the opportunities that online teaching and learning can and will bring to both my students and myself. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that we will do together!


When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my caring husband, two great children, and one sweet granddaughter. I love the beach/ocean with all of my soul, reading (especially mystery/thriller books), playing pool, bowling when I am able, swimming, and being outside in our yard.


I am so excited to be going on this new journey with you this year! Welcome to second grade at the 27J Online Academy!

Barb Haggerty - 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher

Barb Haggerty is thrilled to join the team as the 3rd grade teacher and to connect with her 3rd grade Online O'Hana. She is passionate about teaching, reading, all things Disney, and traveling. She can't wait to unlock the limitless potential in your student and online instruction, this year is going to be amazing!

Noria Gharibyar - 4th Grade Classroom Teacher

Hello, my name is Noria Gharibyar and I am very excited to be a part of the 27J Online Academy. My philosophy is that students who are engaged in the learning process motivate them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promote better learning experiences. This is my fourth year in education in the 27j School District. I taught 4th grade for two years in- person and 5th grade online this past year at Turnberry Elementary School. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University. I’m planning to get my master’s degree in special education this upcoming year. I have two young children named Nadia and Sarah, ages 13 and 10 respectively. I am looking forward to a great year!

Matthew Seibel - 5th Grade Classroom Teacher

This is my 27th year of being a teacher. I have taught students from kindergarten through high school, with the majority of my experience centered around kids in the intermediate grades (4th, 5th, 6th). Since 2009, I have been a teacher for 27J Schools. I have one full year under my belt as an online 4th/5th grade teacher.


I grew up in Pennsylvania, and I graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Elementary Education. I also earned a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Phoenix.


I moved to Colorado in 1999 and shortly after met my beautiful wife, Angie. We have three amazing kids: Jakob (18), Adrianna (10), and Lucia (3). My life is a full-time husband and dad, and I embrace it with open arms. I try to appreciate all the moments I have with my family. My wife and I certainly do not take anything for granted - we have been fortunate to watch our kids grow.


In my free-time, I enjoy playing chess, doing yard work, playing with my dogs (chihuahua and a bulldog), and cleaning.


Your child will be in good hands with Mr. Seibel. I know what I’m doing, I think. I truly like kids. I think of myself as a big kid, and I feel that’s what makes my classroom a good place to be. I have rules and stuff, but I am confident your child will feel safe and happy in Mr. Seiblel’s class. And above all, learning will not be sacrificed. Remote learning works. Mr. Seibel’s classroom is going to be awesome!!

April O'Neal - 6th Grade Classroom Teacher

Hi! My name is April O'Neal, and I am the 6th grade teacher at 27J Online Academy. I changed careers 14 years ago to follow my passion for working with children. This will be my seventh year teaching 6th grade for 27J, including teaching 100% online this past year. Finding and utilizing innovative ways to engage students so they can persevere and realize those "Ah-ha!" moments is what fuels my passion to teach. I foster a growth mindset in my classroom because I believe my students are capable of amazing things. One of my favorite quotes is, "Mistakes are the portals of discovery." by James Joyce.


During my free time, I enjoy camping with my family, knitting, reading, and playing with my two dogs and cat. I am excited to be a part of the 27J Online Academy team and cannot wait to get to know all of you!

Terilyn Korth - Middle School ELA and Science

My name is Mrs. Korth and I will be teaching middle school Language Arts and Science. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Metro State University of Denver and my master's degree in Earth Science from Western Governors University. I am a new mom as of January 2020. My baby girl keeps me very busy whenever I’m not working. I’ve been married for four years to my best friend. When I'm not working, I like to spend time together with my family, Whether that be watching movies together or going for a walk. We also love to try new and unique foods. I can be described as a huge Disney fan because I love everything from Disney classics to Star Wars to Marvel. I’m super excited to get to know you and your interests this year!

Megan Shaw - Middle School Math Teacher

Mrs. Shaw was born and raised in Colorado. Mrs. Shaw and her husband, John, have two daughters. The oldest is Jayden who was born in November 2018. The youngest is Aubrey who was born in April 2021. Mrs. Shaw spends her summers at the lake where she enjoys camping, jet skiing, and swimming with her family.


She earned her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education from Colorado State University in 2013 and has been teaching ever since. Mrs. Shaw earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2019.


Mrs. Shaw loves to build connections with her students by creating an interactive classroom that allows every student to be a mathematical thinker.

Tamra Lowe -Middle and High School Social Studies

Hello there,

Welcome to 27j Online Academy! We are going to learn and grow together in so many new ways this year in our new school! I can’t wait to get started with you!


My name is Tamra Lowe and I am a native of Southern Colorado. Over the past 20 years, I have taught people of all ages, in many different educational settings and have been a part of the start up of many different types of educational programming. But, I’ve never been as excited about an educational adventure as I am about the creation of the 27j Online Academy. As educators, we learned so much from this past year and so much of it was positive! So, please join us on this new adventure! Let’s see how far we can go and how much we can accomplish together!


Tamra Lowe, M.Ed.

7th-12th grade Social Studies Teacher

27j Online Academy

Joey Tedeschi - High School Science

I am excited to join the 27J Online Academy as a science educator! While I am new to the district, I am not new to education. I received a Masters in Secondary Science Education from Vanderbilt University and have taught science for five years. I look forward to helping build a positive and supportive community that encourages growth and collaboration.

Best,

Joey Tedeschi

Desirae Sweetalla - High School English

Hello my name is Desirae Sweetalla. I am excited to be the high school English teacher for OLA. I have a masters degree in English secondary education and several reading specialist certificates. This will be my 7th year of teaching with the 27J School District. I have spent the last 6 years at Innovations & Options. There I taught read 180, English grades 9-12, AP English, communications, marketing, Discovery, yoga, and Army Star. I am looking forward to bringing my passion and experience to OLA. I have 3 children of my own enrolled in district schools as well as a houseful of pets. My favorite, because yes I have a favorite, is my giant drool covered Saint Bernard. In my spare time I enjoy reading, it’s an English teacher thing, riding the trails on my ATV with family and friends, and making memories. I am so looking forward to being a part of OLA for the 2021-2022 school year.

Cari Micala - High School Math

Hello! I'm Cari Micala and I've been teaching math officially now for more years of my life than I haven't:) I am looking forward to working with the 27J Online Academy to create a program that helps students become self-driven lifelong learners and reach the goals that will help them follow their chosen path in life - whatever that may be. When I'm not in the classroom you can find me camping, hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, and hanging out with my family, friends, and pups.

Lindsay Rider - School Improvement Coach

My name is Lindsay Rider and I am so excited to be the instructional coach for the 27J Online School! This is my 12th year in education and my 6th year in 27J School District. I have 2 young kids: Makenna who is 4 and Mason who is 1. I also have a dog named Dallas! I love painting, hiking, and running in my free time!

Maria Dutmer - Secretary/Registrar

Hello, my name is Maria Dutmer and I am excited to be the Secretary/Registrar for the 27j Online Academy for the upcoming school year. I have been the North Secretary for the last 7 years and have really enjoyed my time here. I am looking forward to serving the Students, Parents and Staff of our online family. In my spare time my husband and I enjoy sporting events, golfing, taking long walks and hanging out with friends and family.

RocAnn Smith - K-12 Counselor

Hi my name is RocAnn Smith and I will serve as your K-12 Counselor for the Online Academy. I am very excited to be part of such an amazing staff that truly believes in and supports the opportunities provided through online learning. My teaching career started in 1996 in rural New Mexico, also in a K-12 school. SD27J has been my home since 2004 and my husband and I live just outside of town with our furbaby. I also want to introduce to you my therapy teammate, Stella, who will serve as our school therapy dog.

Working with and advocating for students, including families, is my life work and passion. I look forward to getting to know each of you and helping YOU to reach YOUR individual goals.

Jeremy Voytko - Principal

I am so excited to join the 27J School District team in the role of Principal of 27J Online Academy. I am looking forward to working with all the amazing people in the district to establish this new school and creating amazing learning opportunities for the students and families of 27J. I know working together as students, staff, and families we will create an amazing and vibrant learning community that strives to meet the needs of every child.

Learning, teaching, and leading learning have been central to my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Colorado and graduated from Berthoud High School in Berthoud, Colorado. I attended Colorado State University and earned a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology. Soon after graduating college I moved to Sweden and earned a Masters in Science Education from Stockholm University. I also hold a Masters in Educational Leadership from Western State College in Gunnison Colorado.


Over the course of my career in education I have taught highschool and middle school science for 10+ years, and I have spent seven years leading schools across the state of Colorado. My passion is creating the best possible opportunities for all students to learn, grow, and realize their own potential. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to work in 27J.

Outside of the school, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with my family, photography, reading, cooking, and of course building LEGOS with my daughters Victoria (8) and Audrey (7) who are also 27J students!

Theresa Foster -Special Education

Jenny Davenport - Art

Shannon Cunningham - Technology

Ashley Passmore - Kindergarden

My name is Ms. Passmore and I am simply delighted to be your child’s teacher this year! It is my goal to inspire critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, a genuine enthusiasm for learning, and most importantly success in your student.


I am a Colorado native and actually attended school in 27J school district as a child myself! As a result, the district and community hold a very special place in my heart and I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else. My educational background includes a M.A. in education from Regis University. This will be my tenth year teaching in the district and I am happy to say that my students still bring smiles, sweet memories, and wonderful learning experiences to my life on a daily basis. I absolutely cannot wait to begin a new school year with yours!

Tara Plamoski - Para

Michell Lot - PARA

Kyle Farner - Dean

Hello 27J Online Academy community! I am very excited to be a member of this great team and to serve our staff and students.


I am a lifelong resident of Brighton and can trace my roots back to the very early days of the city. I met my wife while attending Brighton High School and together we have two children, Jackson (14) and Kamryn (11). We spend our days watching baseball, hunting, fishing, attending concerts, and traveling to Mexico as much as possible.


This school year is my 17th in education. I have worn many hats in that time having been a history teacher, math interventionist, Industrial Arts teacher, and an assistant principal. I even briefly served on the Board of Education for 27J. My current role as the Dean of Students at the Online Academy allows me to support students in a variety of fashions to aid them with academic engagement, attendance, and support services.


I received my BA from Colorado State University in 2003, Masters in Education in 2005, and Principal Licensure certificate in 2009 both from the University of Phoenix.