Meet the Lead Learners for our Raven Learning Community
Mr. Elliott was selected to lead the opening of Riverdale Ridge High School (RRHS) in the Spring of 2017 and officially initiated the work for the 27J community on July 3, 2017. A passionate believer in leveraging education to support unlimited futures, Mr. Elliott is committed to ensuring RRHS fosters and develops the academic, social/emotional, and life-long learner attributes in all our young scholars.
A Colorado native, Mr. Elliott graduated from Lakewood High School in 1986 and continued his studies and football career at Columbia University in New York City, NY. In 1990 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (history major) and completed four years as a member of the football team. From 1990 to 2000, Mr. Elliott enjoyed a rewarding career in industry which included working in cities across the country, from Los Angeles to Hartford, before returning to Denver in 1998. In 2002 he secured his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Elliott is excited to once again be working with young scholars on a daily basis and looks forward to engaging with families and staff to build a vibrant learning community where the adults model and help facilitate the growth of all the students served at Riverdale Ridge.
In his spare time, Mr. Elliott enjoys running, hiking, biking, and conversations about student learning with his wife, Susan, a fellow educator and former scholar-athlete. The two also serve their community as volunteer Firefighters/EMTs for Foothills Fire and Rescue.
Professional Education Experience
- Lakewood High School
- Instructor (Marketing, Algebra Principles in the Business World, International Baccalaureate (IB) Economics, IB Business Management, and Advanced Placement (AP) Macroeconomics, Senior Economics, Pre-IB Government)
- Varsity Football Assistant Coach
- DECA Sponsor
- D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
- Assistant Principal
- Devinny Elementary School
- Jeffco Public Schools
- Achievement Director
- Chief School Effectiveness Officer
- Acting Superintendent
Notable Professional Educator Awards/Honors
- Wayne Carle Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion
- Senior Class Faculty Graduation Announcer (student body selection)
- Homecoming Alumnus of the Year
- Annual Values Awards Recipient (Valuing People, Integrity, Exemplary Performance)
- Leadership & Educational Excellence Award from the Jefferson County Administration Association
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director & District Athletic Director
Mr. Waterman began employment as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Riverdale Ridge High School in July, 2017. Additionally, Mr. Waterman will also serve as the District Athletic Director for the 27J School District.
Harry was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado and is a graduate of Greeley West High School. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in 1993 and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2000.
Following graduation in 1993, he spent his first year teaching and coaching at North Middle School in Aurora. In his second year, he returned to Greeley where he spent the next five years at the University Laboratory School teaching Physical Education and Health while also serving as the head wrestling coach and assistant football and baseball coach. He also served two years as the Athletic Director at University High School (UHS). In 2000, he accepted an administrative position at his alma mater, Greeley West High School, as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. He would later be named the 2008 Colorado “Athletic Director of the Year” by the Colorado Athletic Directors Association (CADA). In July of 2008, Harry became an Assistant Commissioner for the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) where he served for the last nine years. In 2011, Harry was inducted to the Greeley West High School “Hall of Fame” for his contributions as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.
Educational athletics have played an integral role in shaping the person Harry is today. Harry is eager to give back to future generations the knowledge, experiences and life skills that were once afforded to him.
Harry has been happily married for 19 years. He has two wonderful children, ages 13 and 11. He enjoys spending time with family, watching his kid’s activities, exercising, golfing, water skiing, snow skiing and traveling.
Ms. Lindsey Solano
Ms. Solano is a proud graduate of the 27J school system having attended Henderson Elementary, Overland Trail Middle School and Brighton High School. She went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Communications from Colorado State University in 2007. Upon graduation, she gained employment at CBS Outdoor where she worked as an advertising account executive for three and a half years.
She began her employment with 27J in 2008 as the choreographer of the drama program at BHS. Later that year, she started the junior varsity poms program at Prairie View High School and remained the head jv coach for two years. While coaching, Ms. Solano recognized that her passion for coaching and working with students was something she wanted to do full time and she returned to school earning her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Secondary English in 2011 from the University of Phoenix.
In January 2011, Ms. Solano became an English teacher at Brighton High School as well the Head Poms Coach. During that time, the program doubled in size, qualified and attended the National Dance Team Competition in Orlando, Florida and graduated dancers that went on to become college and professional dancers. While at Brighton High School, Ms. Solano taught World Literature, Modern Life & Literature, AVID and served as the Student Government adviser. In the meantime, she also completed her second masters degree in Educational Leadership from Regis University.
Ms. Solano was honored with the Hispanic Advisory Council Award (2016), Brighton High School Teacher of the Year Award (2016), 27J Reaching Out Award (2017), Rotary Teacher of the Month (2017), and her choreography was nominated for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Bobby G Awards in both 2016 and 2017 as well as nominated by the Colorado Spirit Coaches Association for Dance Coach of the Year (2017).
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew (Emma & Eli), attending sporting events (specifically baseball) and traveling.
Ms. Solano is excited to get the opportunity to be part of the Riverdale Ridge team and continue to encourage, inspire and support all learners to do better and become better.
Ms. Melissa Trambley
Instructional Learning Leader/Coach
Melissa Trambley is honored to have the opportunity to be the Instructional Coach at Riverdale Ridge High School. Prior to this new chapter, she spent 16 years teaching visual arts at Brighton High School. During that time, Melissa served as the department coordinator and taught a variety of art courses from Drawing and Painting to Photography and Graphic Design. She has also taught U.S. History, sponsored various student clubs, and coached basketball and golf.
Melissa grew up in western Pennsylvania (go Steelers) and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. While earning her degree, she played both soccer and basketball. After a few years working as a designer and moving to Colorado in 1996, she went back to school to earn her B.A. in Art Education from Colorado Mesa University and later, her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2017, Melissa completed a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology from Boise State University.
When not at school, Melissa enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, golfing (anything outdoors) with her husband, David, and their two children, ages 6 and 8. She also likes to keep busy at home doing any type of DIY project or creating her own art. Melissa can’t wait to help make the Riverdale Ridge community a special place for staff, students and families.
- Lakewood High School
Ms. Leslie BacaOffice ManagerI am excited to be joining the Riverdale Ridge High School Staff! I decided to start a new adventure by moving from elementary to high school. I love and enjoy seeing students and families start their educational journey in Kindergarten, and I now will experience the other side of that journey with graduation. I love the community that I have been blessed to work with at West Ridge and Brantner Elementary, and can't wait to see them again at Riverdale Ridge!I have worked in School District 27J for the last 10 years. Riverdale Ridge will be the third school I will assist in opening in 27J. I helped open West Ridge Elementary as the registrar, Brantner Elementary Phase I and Phase II as the Office Manager. I love each of those buildings and already feel the same about Riverdale Ridge.Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and traveling. I especially love to travel to San Diego, where my daughter attends San Diego State University.
Ms. Carrie Romero
I am very thrilled to be part of the Riverdale Ridge community as I am a native of Colorado and have lived in the RRHS area for 15 years with my husband and two children. I love getting involved and working with students and their families and cannot wait to share this at RRHS.
I worked at a bank for 16 years where I learned my finance background. I then was a stay at home mom and came back into the workforce and joined District 27J where I have been for the past 6 ½ years, starting at West Ridge Elementary in the After School Program then moving to Prairie View High School working as the Front Office Secretary and then as the Finance Secretary.
I appreciate time with my family, my husband of 27 years, my daughter who attends Regis University, my son who is currently at Prairie View Middle School, and our dog, Minnie! We love to go camping, boating, travel, enjoy sporting events and spending time with our family and friends.