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    Children's Summer Program Teachers

    LEAP (Literacy Essentials And Preparedness) Program

    Martha Stender

    LEAP Program Director

    Martha earned her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Services and Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Connecticut.  She also received the Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College in Literacy.  Martha taught special education in Colorado Springs School District 11, homeschooled her three children, and currently is a literacy specialist, K-6, at The Classical Academy in Academy School District 20.  Martha enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and participating in snow sports with her children and is very excited to introduce LEAP to the Colorado Springs community to encourage readiness skills in our incoming kindergarten friends.

    Stender, Martha

    Faith Dincler

    Faith has taught Kindergarten through 7th grade in Tennessee, Indiana, and Colorado. She graduated from CC in May of 2019 with a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy Intervention, and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. Faith now serves as a K-6 Literacy Specialist at The Classical Academy in D20. She loves all things literacy, and is thrilled to share the importance of early readiness skills with the community through CC’s LEAP Program. Faith also loves to read, hike, bake, and travel with her family.

    Dincler, Faith

    Jennifer Hansen

    Jennifer made Colorado Springs her home following her time teaching abroad in Chile. Jennifer started her teaching career in the classroom, and loved her time working with 4th graders. She transitioned into her current role at The Classical Academy as the literacy teacher for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Jennifer is enjoying the opportunity to work with students in a small group setting and focus her attention in reading instruction.

    Jennifer received her BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University near Denver, and later went on to finish her coursework through CSU-Pueblo for the endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.

    Jennifer is thrilled to be apart of this program through Colorado College for students to build a solid framework in literacy and developmental skills to help students be prepared for their educational journeys.

    Hansen, Jennifer

    LEAP (Literacy, Empowerment, Achievement, and Perseverance) Program

    Jennifer Burkhart

    Jennifer is currently enrolled at Colorado College in the MAT Literacy Specialist program. She is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner and working toward her CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist). Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in English from Averett University and her professional teaching license from Regis University.  She taught locally as a secondary English teacher in District 20 and 28 before marrying and traveling as an Air Force spouse. Her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in 3rd grade and it is because of her daughter’s struggles Jennifer enrolled in Colorado College’s MAT program. She currently tutors through Springs Literacy Center. Jennifer has many hobbies and worked in England teaching horseback riding, coached CrossFit and CrossFit Kids in Arizona, has competed in weightlifting and Olympic Lifting as well as many running races including the Pikes Peak Ascent. Her passion is helping students learn to read and write and watching them gain confidence through learning to read. It is her daughter’s success at ALLIES that makes Jennifer believe schools which implement a science of reading based literacy program have the power to change lives. The combination of physical activity and academics is important and research shows there are many benefits to studying after physical activity. With that in mind Jennifer intends to combine fun activities in the LEAP program with academics that will benefit middle school students.

    Jennifer Burkhart