Kelly joined the East Elementary staff in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, a Master’s degree in Education from Regis University, and principal licensure from the University of Denver. Kelly began her career in education as a Kindergarten teacher in 1995. Additionally, Kelly has taught first grade, third grade, and has served as a reading and math interventionist and an instructional coach. Her most recent role as principal is the one she finds the most challenging, yet most rewarding. Working with the students, teachers and families of East Elementary brings her great pride. Her favorite thing about working at East is being a part of a community with great HEART. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicolette Vander Velde
Dean of Students
Nicolette Vander Velde holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in English as a Second Language from the University of Northern Colorado. She also completed a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and received her principal licensure from the University of Phoenix. Nicolette began her teaching career in 2004 as a second grade teacher at East Elementary School. After spending four years in second grade, she decided to move into the fifth grade classroom, where she focused on instructional technology integration. In a 1:1 netbook classroom, she effectively used technology to support writing instruction, science inquiry and reading skills development. Nicolette’s most recent role as the Dean of Students at East Elementary School has provided an opportunity for her to explore leadership skills, work with families and establish close relationships with students.