MEET THE CCLD BOARD MEMBERS
- Patty Meek lives in Englewood with her husband, Joe. She worked in both Adams County District 50 and Englewood Public Schools. Employed as a music teacher, counselor, and school psychologist, she was delighted, for the last ten years of her school career, to teach middle school students with learning disabilities. Patty continues to teach at the University of Colorado at Denver. She enjoys hiking, listening to music, water color painting, gardening, reading, taking long walks, and working out.
- Sabrina Raugutt started her teaching profession eight years ago while living in South Dakota. First, she was a high school special education teacher. During that time, she earned her Master’s in Special Education as an Advanced Specialist in Learning Disabilities. After four years as a special education teacher, she took a fourth grade teaching position and enjoyed being the main classroom teacher working with students with a variety of disabilities in a full inclusion program. She was able to live both roles in one job. Later, she had the great opportunity to move to Colorado and take a special education position as a Learning Disabilities Specialist for Cherry Creek School District. Sabrina currently works in a middle school focusing on reading, writing, and math intervention as well as co-teaching in math and language arts classrooms. She recently earned her math specialist degree and enjoys tutoring on the side. Sabrina feels that life in Colorado is fun because she loves to hike, bike, swim, run, and travel the world as much as possible.
- Kyle Hughes has spent most of her adult life as a special educator in the Cherry Creek School District. She taught at the elementary level and then spent her last eight years before retirement in secondary education. She taught in undergraduate and graduate programs at Metro State University and University of Colorado Denver. Kyle’s most challenging work was as an independent contractor, working for the Colorado Department of Education in the area of school reform. As a retiree, she now enjoys volunteering in the Early Learning Center at Florence Crittenton High School, an alternative school for teen moms. She also loves traveling and spending time in Fairbanks, AK with her two grandsons who are two and five years old.
- Over 20 years ago, Annemarie Dempsey recognized her calling when she started working with students with special needs as a TA at a residential treatment facility in Massachusetts. Since then she has earned her Master’s in Special Education from UCD and spent time working in elementary and secondary schools in Adams 14, Boulder Valley, and DPS. Annemarie found her home in the Cherry Creek School District and enjoyed working with middle school students for 16 years. Additionally, she is a district Phonics Boost Trainer, was the Special Education Department Coordinator at Laredo Middle School, and earned her Math Interventionist Certificate. Presently, Annemarie is proud to be a Cherry Creek High School Bruin. She is a Learning Specialist and Student Achievement Services math teacher at the school. Annemarie and her husband, Dave, enjoy spending time in the mountains with their three children (ages 11, 9, and 7) when they are not running them to soccer, gymnastics, scouts and other activities.
- Lisa Blosser worked in several educational settings with runaway and homeless youth, developmentally disabled and deaf adults, and children with emotional difficulties before starting a teaching career in 1995 in the Denver Public Schools/Cleo Wallace Day Treatment Program. Her first classroom was a true lesson in differentiation because she had students ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade. Other teaching positions included the Special Needs Coordinator at Regis Jesuit High School and special education teacher in Sheridan School District. Currently, she is the Learning Support Services Teacher at Littleton Academy, a K-8 Core-Knowledge charter school in the Littleton School District. Lisa loves to spend time with her husband, Troy, and two children, Alec (19 years) and Paige (13 years). Watching movies, playing board games, and traveling are some of their favorite family activities. Lisa enjoys writing fiction and playing the folk harp; but when she has time, there is nothing she likes better than getting lost in a great book.
- Mary Ann Murphy began her career as an elementary general education teacher in Cherry Creek Schools. A corporate transfer out of state and three children postponed her education career. Upon her return to Denver, she volunteered at Campus Middle School in the L.D Department. The volunteer experience with middle school students and personal experience seeing her son’s frustration with a learning disability led her to return to University of Denver to pursue a moderate needs endorsement. After completion of the program, she joined the Student Achievement Services Department of Campus Middle School as a Learning Specialist. She spent the next seventeen years working to support students with moderate needs, collaborating with parents and other professionals to meet the needs of this student population. Currently, Mary Ann is volunteering at Saddle Up Foundation equine assisted therapy program for students with special needs.
- A Colorado native, Kathy Oviatt, graduated from Arapahoe High School and then received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Secondary English Education. Kathy spent seven years outside of education, managing a retail bookstore. Realizing her true passion was teaching, she returned to education. She earned her Master of Arts in Special Education also from the UNC. After spending over ten years working with students with learning disabilities in the middle school, she worked as a Learning Specialist at Northglenn High School. Kathy taught and co-taught English and math classes. Kathy found her membership in CCLD allows her to develop her professional skills and to interact with others in the field. Through CCLD and Adams State, she earned her Math Interventionist Certificate.
- Jill Marshall, M.Ed., was recently hired as the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit at the Colorado Department of Education. Jill is excited to serve the state of Colorado by providing guidance, technical assistance, and professional development for Colorado educators and administrators responsible for the education of students with learning disabilities. Jill served as a Learning Specialist, a special education area and compliance coordinator, and an instructional coach. She holds a Special Education Generalist and Elementary Education License. Jill earned her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is passionate about learning, advocating for students with exceptionalities, and being a mom. Jill and her husband, Carter, enjoy traveling, reading, running, experiencing live music, and spending time with friends and family. She is delighted to return to the CCLD Board after taking some time off for the birth of her son, Bodhi, now five years old.
- Kelly Ragland is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with her Master’s in Political Science in 2009. She has one son, who was born in 2012. She worked as a program coordinator for six years in the nonprofit sector, facilitating intergenerational programs in long-term care facilities. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Pyramid Plus Center at the University of Colorado at Denver, which works to improve the social and emotional competence and inclusion of young children.