4th & 5th Grade CREW

Elizabeth Gerson
4th Grade

Beth was born and raised on the ocean in South Jersey before moving to Baltimore where she spent 10 years. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University. After moving to Colorado in 2019, she sees no other home in sight and loves everything Colorado has to offer. She is a HUGE Boston Celtics fan and when basketball isn’t in season, enjoys spending free time outside camping or in the kitchen baking.

She is eager to teach at Tollgate and learn how to best support her students within the EL environment! Beth is passionate about building a strong community within her classroom while also preparing students for success well beyond 4th grade.

Email: eagerson@aurorak12.org

Dina Horner
4th Grade

Dina was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. She attended Metropolitan Sate University and received her Masters from the University of Colorado Denver. This will be Dina’s twelfth year of teaching. Being a teacher at Tollgate, Dina pushes her students to be life-long learners and to become powerful critical thinkers. She hopes that students will become positive change makers in their world. Outside of school, you can find Dina spending time with her family, doing anything outdoors, reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles, or trying new recipes!

Email: ahorner@aurorak12.org

Susie Park, Fourth Grade Teacher

Susie Park
4th Grade

Susie is a Denver, Colorado native. She graduated with a B.A. from University of Colorado Boulder and graduated with a Masters from University of Colorado Denver. This will be her 13th year at Tollgate. She enjoys inspiring students to find joy in learning, specifically in math. Students showing growth in being able to think critically and deeply when solving problems in order to make the world a better place is what keeps her teaching. Beyond the school walls, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters (ages 8 and 5), baking bread, reading mystery novels, watching TV, and trying to keep active.

Email: spark@aurorak12.org

Megan Radke
4th Grade

Megan has been teaching in Colorado since 2015, and has loved every minute of it. She was born and raised in Wisconsin but moved to Colorado right after college. Megan is passionate about fostering a love of learning and critical thinking. When Megan is not teaching, she loves spending as much time as possible outside hiking, skiing, camping, and staying active. She is an avid reader, and looks forward to instilling a love of reading in her students.

Email: mrradke@aurorak12.org

Sydni Young
4th Grade

Sydni was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she played soccer all 4 years, and received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. After beginning her teaching career in Kansas City, Sydni made the jump to move to Colorado in the summer of 2020. Although the Midwest will always feel like home, Sydni has loved every second of living here in Colorado - the outdoor opportunities, the people, and more! In her free time, Sydni enjoys keeping active by continuing to play soccer and hiking, reading, and finding new coffee spots. She loves working at Tollgate due to the collective mindset of those around her to work towards the growth of a student not only academically, but social-emotionally as well. She believes Tollgates views students through a "whole child" mindset, which is key in their journey of lifelong learning.

Email: sgyoung@aurorak12.org

Jazzmyn Davis
5th Grade

Hi my name is Jazzmyn Davis. I just moved to Colorado from Los Angeles, California 4 days ago. I was a 4th grade Assistant teacher and High School Girls basketball coach at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Cal State San Bernardino, and got my Masters degree in Education from Concordia University.

I played College basketball for 4 years and coached for 6 years. Last season my team won the CIF Division 1 Championship for Southern California. My favorite NBA team is the Los Angeles Clippers. And my favorite NFL team is the Denver Broncos! I am so glad and excited to be joining the team here at Tollgate.

Email: jazmdavis@aurorak12.org

Olivia Fiergola
5th Grade

Olivia is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has lived in Colorado since 2015. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with her bachelor's and master's degrees in Elementary Education. Olivia began her teaching career in 2015 as a fifth grade teacher here at Tollgate. She loves working at Tollgate because she enjoys working with both students and teachers to engage in authentic learning experiences that push all participants to be their best selves, both academically and personally. Olivia spends her free time enjoying the outdoors (doing activities like hiking, camping, canoeing or skiing!) with her friends and dog, or getting lost in a great book.

Email: otfiergola@aurorak12.org

Taylor Riggs
5th Grade

Taylor was born and raised in southern Wisconsin, and went to school at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. Before moving to Colorado, Taylor lived in Kansas City, Missouri for 2 years. Everyday, she comes to school hoping to spark students' interests and help them understand that they are smart and capable of learning. Outside of school, Taylor loves camping, hiking, and traveling to new places with her husband and dog, or reading a good mystery book.

Email: tnriggs@aurorak12.org

Kayla Shea-Lewis
5th Grade

Kayla is born and raised in Golden, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Elementary Education and has a master's degree in Elementary Mathematics Education. Kayla started teaching at Tollgate 12 years ago! She loves being a part of the Tollgate community where teachers and students are dedicated to their learning. Her favorite part about teaching is encouraging students to become lifelong learners and passionate activists who can make a difference in the world. When she is not teaching, Kayla enjoys reading, making art, and spending time with friends, family, and new baby!

Email: kashealewis@aurorak12.org