Kara Burroughs: A1 Teacher
Kara is an autism specialist teacher at Tollgate Elementary. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, and exercising. Kara is an alumni of Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she earned a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She completed her Masters program in Special Education from Walden University. She loves her students and is proud of them.
Jennifer Zevin: A3 Teacher
Jennifer is from Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from CU Denver in Vocal Performance and attended UNCO for her Masters in Special Education. This is Jennifer's second year at Tollgate and was a Significant Support Needs para in Cherry Creek for 5 years prior. She loves working with all of the dedicated and knowledgeable staff. Most of all, Jennifer loves building relationships and working with the amazing students. Outside of school, you can find Jennifer hiking, lifting weights, and walking her dog, Kaya. She is very passionate about cooking and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen.
Jennifer Howell: A1 Paraprofessional
Jennifer grew up in Greeley, Colorado. She went to Aims Community College and Metro State. She has spent the past 12 years working in schools as a para, and Before and Aftercare Assistant Director. Jennifer spends her free time with her family, cats, chickens, volunteering, reading, wildlife watching, or working on nature photography.
Lilian Atunu: A1 Paraprofessional
Lilian is from Nigeria, West Africa. Lilian is the mother of four young adults between the ages of 24 and 18, whom she's super proud of. Whenever she says this, people give her this sly look, and ask, so how old were you when you had them? which she responds with... "Well, I had my first child a day to my 25th birthday, so I am 49 years old".
Lilian worked for 23 years in her country as an Administrator in the Local Government before she temporarily relocated to the U.S. to be with her children who are in different colleges in Colorado. Since she moved here, she has engaged in teaching- subbed and now a special education paraprofessional, caregiving and very recently IT. Her plan is to try out new fields and develop herself as far as she can go in one area before returning to her country.
Lilian is truly happy to be a crew member!
Motilma Curry: A2 Paraprofessional
Motilma is commonly known as Tilma. She was born and raised in Liberia where she achieved her high school education, after that, she moved to the United States and was able to achieve a certificate in early childcare from the American Partnership Services Training Institute as well as Tomball College. She has been working with Aurora Public schools for 14 years, 11 years in the ECE Classroom, and 3 years in the Special Education Classroom.
Tilma, enjoy working with all of the kiddos knowing that they are all very special in their own ways means a lot to her. She is a wife and mother of four. When she's not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, planning events, and shopping. She loves working hard to accelerate learning for all students every day because she knows that her community needs her to do her job.
Daryl Marshall: A2 Paraprofessional
Daryl was born in Detroit, Michigan and is the youngest of 5 boys. His interests are listening to and singing gospel music and watching action movies. He also loves to draw. He worked at Mile High Child Care for about 10 years and worked closely with 5-year-old children in the Montessori setting. Daryl is an outgoing person who has a lot of energy, he likes to be moving all the time. He has been in the hospitality field most of his life. Since been at Tollgate, the children have captured my heart. So, I have decided to become a para-professional here. I want to be a person of trust for the new generation.
Olivia Whittington : A3 Paraprofessional
Olivia W. enjoys working with the children and staff at Tollgate Elementary. She is a Colorado native who loves spending time with her family. Olivia enjoys singing and bargain shopping for fun.
Anabel Badilla Gonzalez : A3 Paraprofessional
Anabel has been A CREW member for three years, before coming to Tollgate Anabel worked in Baja California, Mexico in Bilingual International School teaching Kinder and elementary school for over 10 years. Anabel loves to spend time with her Family. On her free time Anabel likes to bike and enjoying wild life outdoors.
Terri Thompson: A3 Paraprofessional
Terri has been with the A3 crew for 4 years. She loves working with the amazing kids and fellow team members.
Away from school, Terri enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves travel, the Broncos and her crazy dog Arthur.