Special Education

Kim Goetz
Cross-Categorical Teacher

Kim is originally from Oregon, where she graduated from the University of Oregon with a B. S. in Psychology. She earned a Special Education license from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Masters degree in Reading: Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Kim has taught special education for 18 years.

Outside of work, Kim loves spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She enjoys painting, gardening, bowling, traveling, and playing golf.


Stefanie Pahler
Special Education/Interventionist

Stefanie was born and raised in Colorado. She attended University of Denver for a Bachelors of Fine Arts and University of Colorado at Denver for a Master degree in Special Education. She currently has a special education license and elementary teaching license. She is starting her ninth year teaching in Aurora Public Schools as a special education teacher. She is a first generation college graduate and values the right for an education for all. Stefanie believes in the hands-on teaching that Tollgate provides with expeditionary and social-emotional learning to help all students to take ownership of their learning. Outside of work, Stefanie enjoys cooking, traveling, and painting. It is exciting to be a part of a crew that believes in teaching beyond the normal classroom to excel students’ knowledge and skills.

Email: sapahler@aurorak12.org

Courtney Johnson
Speech - Special Education

Courtney is a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Autism Program here at Tollgate Elementary. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her Master’s in Communication Disorders in August, 2019. She is originally from Oregon, but grew up in Southern California. She moved to Denver four years ago with her husband. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Email: cejohnson@aurorak12.org

CJ Neubaum
Occupational Therapist

CJ Neubaum was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree and graduated from Creighton University with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy. During her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and going on hikes with her fiance, Connor. She also recently became a dog-mom and adopted her puppy Reese this last summer. CJ is very excited to be joining the Tollgate CREW this year!

Email: cjneubaum@aurorak12.org