Support Staff

Kristin Houser: Literacy Coach

Kristin is a Denver, Colorado native. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources Management, then earned her teaching certification through the Stanley British Primary School program. Kristin loves working with the students at Tollgate, and all of the dedicated teachers who make up the Tollgate crew. In her free time, you can find her relaxing with her husband and chocolate lab Sombra, reading books, or enjoying a cup of tea.

Email: klhouser@aurorak12.org

Nicole Johnson: Social Worker

Nicole is a born and raised Colorado Native. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins for her Bachelor's Degree in Social work. She attended the University of Denver for her Master's Degree in Social Work. Nicole has been a school social worker for Aurora Publics schools for the past five years. She has been at Tollgate all five of those years while also spending time on the district's Behavior, Evaluation and Support Team. Nicole loves helping students at Tollgate as well as working alongside our incredibly talented and dedicated staff. Outside of school, Nicole loves to root on the BRONCOS and spend time with her family, including her husband and two cats, Champ Bailey and Von Meower.

Email: NAJOHNSON@aurorak12.org

Carla Chavez: CLDE (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education) Teacher Leader

Carla has worked at Tollgate for one year and absolutely loves the diversity and cultures of the students at Tollgate! She has been a teacher for 20 years and worked in Aurora Public Schools for 14 of those. She enjoys being a lead learner, leader, and advocate for English Language Learners. Carla is a Colorado native and is a very HUGE Colorado State University Rams fan and alumni. She has earned two Bachelor's and a Master's Degree. Carla is a PROUD mother of two amazing young men! She has one son who is 14 and will be attending Regis Jesuit High School and another who is 23 and just graduated from Colorado State University. She spends lots of time watching her sons, nieces, and nephews compete in a variety of sports. She loves to travel, go to the movies and sporting events, shop, and spend lots of quality time with family and friends!

Email: cnchavez@aurorak12.org

Brianna Andrade: Speech-Language Pathologist

Brianna was born in Texas, but raised in Conway, Arkansas. She moved to Missouri for undergrad and grad school. Brianna has lived all over the country the past several years (Massachusetts, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Wyoming, Connecticut). So far Colorado is her favorite! Brianna completed her undergrad at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. She has a Master of Health Science in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Missouri and a Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. She has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 5 years and has worked in private clinics, private schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and various public schools (elementary, middle, and high school, but her passion is elementary). Brianna loves the people and students at Tollgate! Next year, she will be the Speech-Language Pathologist solely for the Autism Program. Autism is her passion and she is very excited! Outside of school, Brianna loves to travel! She travels to a new country every year and around the US multiple times per year! She enjoys meeting new people and learning about different cultures!

Email: Brianna.Andrade@aurorak12.org