Chamaine Ready (CARE Intervention Coordinator)
Ms. Chamaine Ready is the Intervention and Special Education Coordinator for Juniper Ridge Community School. She feels that it is a privilege to be able to work with students of all ages and loves every opportunity that she is given to guide children into their own personal potential and lifelong learning experiences. Chamaine has been working with children since she began her teaching journey at Mesa Developmental Services (now known as STRIVE) at the age of 15 as a volunteer teacher’s assistant. She became employed with this agency and stayed with them for 12 years before joining MCVSD 51. She had taught with MCVSD 51 for the past 12 years as a reading specialist, a classroom teacher and a special educator providing services to students in both high needs and resource settings.
Chamaine believes that learning begins at home long before entering a classroom and she strives to pass along her love of learning to her own four children. All of her children are grown, and she now has seven grandchildren!
Chamaine is a proud native of the Grand Valley, and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and nature photography. She has been able to share her passion for nature and the visual arts with others by having a small business that once provided artistic memorabilia of the area to travelers at a local gift shop. She also has a passion for music, and participates as a member of her church’s praise and worship team. When she is not with her family, singing on Sundays or enjoying the beautiful Colorado sights, she may be found doing a bit of writing here and there. She believes the key to life is being who you are, loving God and loving others, and hopes to share this love of life with the students at Juniper Ridge.
Jennifer Greenwood (Special Education Teacher)
Jennifer is joining us for her second year this year. She specializes in writing Individual Education Plans and personalizing learning. Having worked for District 51 as an elementary school teacher since 1995, she brings with her a wealth of experience in all facets of promoting students’ quest for knowledge through academic growth and personal discovery. As a teacher, Jennifer works closely with parents, teachers and students to identify student’s strengths and challenges. (we all have them.)
Jennifer also brings to JRCS her son August. Gus is in grade one, loves to play, and has a wonderful imagination. Together they build, tell stories, and create fabulous meals to share from their backyard farm.
Jennifer’s artistic nature and passion for teaching and learning is a perfect fit for JRCS. Her favorite pastime is hiking and paddling. Whether it’s in mountains, oceans, rivers, or lakes, she looks for a wilderness experience. Jennifer travels: north to teach kayaking off Homer, Alaska; south to float the Rio Grande and hike 16ners; east to Michigan and Minnesota for fishing; and west to Hawaii to fish and surf her kayak. Gus joins his mom and floats and fishes her local favorites. She hopes to soon be biking with Gus.
“Miss G.” as many people call her, has an infectious laugh and sense of humor. She has an ear for music, loves to dance and move, move, move. When she’s not focused on teaching, Jennifer is communicating with family who all live out of state, so she especially values the strength of community here at Juniper Ridge.
Gaining fulfillment from being an active member of the community, Jennifer has intentionally led her class in the construction of a bike path in Clifton, recorded the WORDS program for KAFM, orchestrated the schoolwide Spring Bear Dance, and coached for Girls on the Run. She and Gus frequently attend events at the Mesa County Public Library.
Jennifer has been a Colorado girl since January 1, 1986.
Wendy Kirby (Care Team Internentionist)
Wendy is beginning her second year as a Special Education teacher at Juniper Ridge. Wendy has been involved with teaching for 35 plus years, the majority of which was as a special educator. She has always been a life long learner, has a bachelors degree in psychology, and a masters degree in special education. She became interested in Waldorf schools because a close friend was attending Juniper Ridge. It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of a school that enhances all learner’s abilities, developmental readiness and growth.
Wendy is a native Coloradoan, born and raised! She will be celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary in March to her awesome husband, Dan. She has two fabulous children, one amazing daughter in law, and two grandchildren.
Besides her family, she loves the mountains, hiking, camping, music festivals, traveling, swimming, and snorkeling.
Reading is an important part of her life, which brought her to the Mesa County Library where she worked as the Literacy Program Coordinator for five years before joining Juniper Ridge. In that position, she trained tutors to teach English, and helped adult students from 30 different countries gain English skills and become citizens. She also helped plan Culture Fest, which is the community celebration that shares all the different cultures found within our community, and gives locals a chance to experience their customs, traditions, food, and dance. Wendy is proud of having been part of the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Heritage Month.
Kasi Ritter (Care Team Interventionist – Elementary)
Kasi Ritter is the new half time Special Education Teacher for Juniper Ridge Community School. She has been with JRCS from day one and taught second grade for a year and a half. Following that, she was a care team interventionist for two years. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. Kasi has recently found her calling and decided to pursue her master’s degree in special education at University of Northern Colorado. Kasi finds great pleasure and considers it a privilege to work with so many wonderful students.
Kozette Corgatelli (Care Team Interventionist – Upper Grades, Athletic Director)
Kozette Corgatelli grew up and attended school in Arco, Idaho. She graduated from High School early and attended Eastern Idaho Technical College where she received a certificate in Office Administration and Human Relations. She was asked to start coaching High School sports straight out of High School and went on to receive her National Coaching Certification and Sports Science certificate. While coaching at the High school, she was hired to teach Art, as well as working with the Special Education Director to implement and build Special Reading and Writing courses for the High School. She then attended Idaho State University working towards a Secondary Teaching Degree in Social Science. She started coaching as an assistant at Idaho State for 4 years and then moved on to College Scouting for the Idaho/Utah Association for Collegiate Athletics for several years and worked as an Athletic Director and Consultant. In 2008, her and her family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. She started working for the School District as a Coach and then as an Interventionist and behavior specialist in Special Education. Four years ago, she joined the Juniper Ridge Community School as an Interventionist with the Care Team. She is currently working towards her Degree in Counseling Psychology and loves working as an Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher, and Interventionist at Juniper Ridge High School.
(Care Team Interventionist – Reading)
Jessi Torfin joined the JRCS tribe this year as the Reading Interventionist. She brings 10 years of experience in education and a desire to continue learning and growing.
|A native to Colorado, Jessi spent her childhood between a pig farm in the Northwestern part of the state and a peach farm on East Orchard Mesa in Palisade. She graduated from CMU where she met her husband, a fellow educator in the Grand Valley. They have two children (5 & 2) and the oldest entered kindergarten this year at JRCS.
Jessi enjoys baking, canning and live music. She finds inspiration in written words, laughter and nature.