Kindergarten

& 1st Grade CREW

Kristin Bacheldor
Kindergarten

Kristin spent her childhood enjoying the numerous blue lakes and super chilly winters of Minnesota. After attending Crown College (in Minnesota) and getting married, she moved out to Colorado with her husband, Chris. They have been here ever since! Kristin has grown to love the mountains—their beauty constantly refreshes her heart and soul. Her and her husband have 4 amazing boys: Jaden (10) Uriah (7), Noah(7), and Jace(3). Together they love enjoying the outdoors and spending Friday nights watching movies together. Four boys definitely keep her busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way!

Kirstin has been a teacher for 12 years. She has worked at Tollgate for all those years except one. There are many reasons why she loves Tollgate: she enjoys the students and families here so much! She also thinks Tollgate has the best staff—they work hard, have fun, and always take the time to help each other out. Last, Kristin really enjoys teaching the curriculum: Expeditionary Learning is so fun and meaningful for the kids!! Kristin is honored to be apart of such an amazing school.

Email: kabacheldor@aurorak12.org

Grace Boorom
Kindergarten

Grace grew up in Littleton, Colorado and attended the University of Wyoming for her undergrad. She received her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Cultural Diversity. She was recently accepted into a graduate program at UNC where she will be working towards her MA in Teaching Diverse Learners which will provide her with research based teaching practices that benefit children with special needs and English language learners. This will be Grace's second year in APS. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Tollgate and learn more about EL education and work with such an incredible staff! Outside of school Grace loves to watch movies, spend time with her family, bake, and do yoga.

Email: gvboorom@aurorak12.org

Mary Ellen Korby, Kindergarten teacher

Mary Ellen Korby
Kindergarten

Mary Ellen grew up in Louisville, Colorado. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching Kindergarten at Tollgate for 9 years, and previously taught preschool at Countryside Montessori in Boulder. Mary Ellen loves Tollgate's community as well as how the staff is able to learn and explore alongside the students. Outside of school, Mary Ellen loves cooking, walking her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.

Email: mekorby@aurorak12.org

Hailey Schue
Kindergarten

Hailey is from St.Louis, Missouri. She played soccer at Arkansas State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After she received her degree, she moved back home where she was a Teacher’s Assistant for Conway Elementary. In summer of 2021, Hailey moved to Denver. She worked for Catapult as a Certified Teacher with small groups of students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Hailey enjoys long walks with her dog, trying new restaurants, watching movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is super excited for the opportunity to return to Tollgate this year to work with such an amazing team and students!

Email: hschue@aurorak12.org

Sarah Babcock
1st Grade

Sarah is from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and has been a teacher for 8 years. Sarah graduated from High Point University in 2011 with a B.A in Elementary Education. Since graduating, she has been both a classroom and special education teacher. Sarah has been teaching at an EL school in Delaware for the past 3 years and is excited to join the Tollgate crew!

Email: smbabcock@aurorak12.org

Clarissa Pohlman
1st Grade

Clarissa grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She studied exercise science and originally wanted to pursue occupational therapy, but after spending four years working as a special education paraprofessional in an elementary school she realized the incredible joy that teaching is. Moving west was always a goal and after receiving her master's from Regis University, she landed at Tollgate where she felt deeply connected to the staff and students. With an occupational therapy lens, Clarissa strives to create a learning environment that supports students' emotional, physical, social, and sensory needs. Outside of school, Clarissa enjoys spending time outdoors camping and hiking, reading, doing art, and hanging out with friends.

Email: cgpohlman@aurorak12.org

Samantha Ward
1st Grade

My name is Samantha Ward. I grew up in American Fork, Utah but have lived all over the country working at various summer camps and outdoor education centers. In 2014, I moved to Colorado to attend the University of Northern Colorado. I also recently graduated from the University of Colorado Denver and Boulder Journey School with my master’s in Learning, Development, and Family Sciences. My family just bought a house in Denver that fits all 7 of us and I’m excited to be closer to the zoo and my favorite brunch restaurant! I have been teaching preschool for the last 6 years but am excited to get back to working with school age children.

Email: seward@aurorak12.org

Eunice Yoo
1st Grade

Eunice is a proud Colorado native with a Korean heritage. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Psychology along with her teaching licensure. Recently, she got her master's degree from the University of Colorado Denver in Human Development and Family Sciences. This will be her seventh year teaching. Eunice is very honored to be at Tollgate and believes in the expeditionary learning she gets to guide students through. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and loves trying new foods in our local area.

Email: ehyoo@aurorak12.org