2nd & 3rd Grade CREW

Charlene Mitchell
2nd Grade

Charlene was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and she graduated from University of Phoenix with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at elementary schools since 2014. When she is not teaching she loves to go on road trips with her dog to travel to new places and to visit family. She enjoys hiking, trying new foods, camping, snowboarding, movies and reading.

Email: cmitchell@aurorak12.org

Mindy Bergen
2nd Grade

Mindy grew up in California and came to Colorado to attend Colorado State University, where she graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has her Masters in Educational Psychology from CU Denver and has been teaching at Tollgate since 2004. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, but 2nd grade is her favorite! Mindy loves the community that Tollgate builds.

Mindy is the proud mom of two teen girls. Most of her free time is spent chasing her girls around as they follow their academic and athletic pursuits. 

Email: mabergen@aurorak12.org

Dori Naranjo
2nd Grade

Dori is a Colorado native! She attended APS from Kindergarten all the way to High school. She graduated with a B.A. from University of Northern Colorado and earned her degree in Elementary Education. She also earned her Early Childhood Certificate. This will be her 25 year in Aurora Public Schools. She's held various positions thought out the years including teaching Kinder, 1st grade and 2nd grade. Dori is super excited to he here at Tollgate this year and to learn more about the EL Education! She's can't wait to start the new year at Tollgate! Outside of school she loves spending time with her family. Dori and her mom love planting flowers. On movie night they love watching old classic movies. Her family also loves being outdoors with their dog, Joey! 

Email: danaranjo@aurorak12.org

Kensi Nozime
2nd Grade (LTS)

Bio coming soon!

Arlette Rasco
3rd Grade

Ms. Rasco is new to Tollgate this year. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Rasco has lived in Colorado for 26 years now. She received her B.A. Degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Cultural Linguistics and Diversity at the University of Northern Colorado in 2006. Later she completed her Master's degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Rasco has two grown children, who she enjoys visiting with from time to time. She has two roommates, a Corgi named Chester and a Pomeranian named Jinxy. Ms. Rasco is very excited to join the Crew at Tollgate this year! 

Email: arasco@aurorak12.org

Maya Garg
3rd Grade (LTS)

Nancy Babbitt
3rd Grade 

Bio coming soon!


Robbie Smith
3rd Grade

Robbie grew up in Colorado and loves the outdoors. When he is not teaching, he spends a lot of time with his family and enjoys going on road-trips to fulfill his love for the National Parks. He is a big sports fan and loves playing football and basketball. Robbie attended the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) where he studied Communication. He graduated from CSU-Global with a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning. This summer, he got married in Golden Colorado. He is so excited to work at a school like Tollgate because of their focus on social-emotional development and hands on learning. 

Email: rmsmith@aurorak12.org