Meet the Lead Learners for our Raven Learning Community

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Mr. Terry Elliott, Lead Learner/Principal

Department Liaison: Science & Assistant Principals

 

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
    • Principal
  • Devinny Elementary School
    • Principal
  • 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

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BA- Psychology; BS- Human Services; M. Ed. - Educational Leadership

Mrs. Brittany Brewster, Assistant Principal

Department Liasion for: Foreign Language, Social Studies, & Special Education

Brittany Brewster is excited to be a part of Riverdale Ridge as the Assistant Principal of Social Emotional Learning and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Brittany has been with RRHS since its inaugural year, 2018 and is passionate about building systems and structures that support student learning and success.

When she isn’t working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and 2 sons, biking, and paddle boarding.

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Ms. Caroline Frazee, Assistant Principal

Department Liaison for: Counseling, ELL, English, & Instructional Coach

Caroline Frazee is joining the RRHS family in 2019 as Assistant Principal with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction.

Caroline grew up in Alamosa, Colorado. After graduating from Alamosa High School, she moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature in 2001. After working in the corporate world for a bit, Caroline decided she wanted to pursue an career in education. She attended the University of Colorado at Denver and received her teaching license and Master's degree focusing in Secondary English Instruction. Caroline taught middle school and high school English in Aurora Public Schools and Boulder Valley Schools before transition into an Instructional Coach role at North Middle School in Aurora Public Schools.

Caroline earned her Principal's Licensure at the University of Denver in 2017. She then worked as a Dean of Instruction at Aurora Central High School and then Assistant Principal at Strive Prep Westwood.

When not at work, Caroline can be found cycling through Colorado or hiking with her pup. Caroline is excited and honored to be a member of the Riverdale Ridge Family.

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B.S. Computer Science (University of Phoenix) M.Ed Educational Leadership (University of Northern Colorado)

Mr. Eric Woodland, Assistant Principal

Department Liaison for: Business, Building Trades, Computer Science, Engineering, & Math

Mr. Woodland is thrilled to be joining Riverdale Ridge High School as Assistant Principal in 2021.

Having grown up in San Jose, California, Mr. Woodland moved to Colorado in 1995 where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Phoenix. He spent several years working for a large corporation in Information Technology when he realized the most enjoyable part of the job was teaching others how to become proficient in technology. Mr. Woodland then went back to school to pursue his teaching license at Regis University. He taught in the classroom for 15 years in Douglas County, Chicago, and St. Vrain Valley before finding a job in 27J schools. Mr. Woodland went back to school yet again and obtained his Master’s in Educational Leadership and principal license from the University of Northern Colorado. He served as a Dean and an Instructional Coach of Digital Learning for 27J before finally coming to rest in the Nest as an Assistant Principal!

Mr. Woodland is a family man at heart and enjoys spending time with his wife and four (yes, four) kids, Xander (17), Addison (14), Danika (11), and Delainey (11). When not at work, he enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, and doing just about anything that sharpens his mind.

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Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, Minor: Geography Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Masters of Education in Educational Leadership - In Progress

Ms. Kelsey Torres, Dean

"Kelsey Torres joined the flock at Riverdale Ridge in Fall 2019 first as a Social Studies teacher and is now the Dean of Students.

Kelsey was born and raised in College Station, Texas. Since the age of 19, Kelsey has worked in Education. She has worked in a variety of roles from tutor, substitute teacher, and teacher. Kelsey taught Social Studies in Texas and Colorado for the past 5 years. She has known since she was in elementary school that she wanted to work in Education and as she grew older, her love and passion only deepend for the subject. As a first-generation college graduate and educator, education has given her opportunities she could have only dreamt of.

Kelsey earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology in 2012 from Sam Houston State University. She then went on to graduate with a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014, also from Sam. And she is now currently working on her second Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at Regis University.

She is passionate in her belief that all young scholars can learn and is excited to be working in her new role as Dean at Riverdale. She’s excited to engage and guide our young scholars, with the help of their families, through the path of life and help to prepare them to be productive citizens of the world.

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Mrs. 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.

Providing a safe, supportive, and challenging learning community for ALL students to THRIVE!