2nd Grade

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Emilie Gauthier


I am from Montreal, Canada, and I am native French speaker. I am happy to call Colorado my home since 2010. I have taught at the elementary level for the past 11 years. I have a M.Sc. in Sociology as well as an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. I am a lifelong learner and I long to share my learning passion with my students. This is my first year at Carson and I feel so lucky to work with this amazing community!

In my free time, I enjoy spending family time with my husband Mike and our two boys Felix (6 years old) and William (3 years old).

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Terri (Ryan) Ruffennach


I am a semi-native of Colorado. I attended Regis College and earned a BS in Business Administration. I worked in Commercial Real Estate as a Property Manager and Assistant to the Controller for three years. I quickly learned that the business world was not for me and returned to school at University of Northern Colorado to earn my MA in Elementary Education.

I started teaching 1st grade in Aurora Public Schools. Then worked at Clayton Charter School as a reading specialist until the school was closed. I have been part of DPS for 24 years and have taught grades 1-5. I was also a Humanities Facilitator for 7 years.

My husband (Bob) and I love to travel. Bob is a musician so we enjoy attending many concerts. We also enjoy our dog and cat.


Beth Shuter

Science and Social Studies

Hi! My name is Beth Shuter and I am so excited to join the Carson team! I grew up in a suburb west of Chicago (River Forest), and moved to Boulder to go to CU for my undergrad. I have since graduated from DU and UND with additional degrees. The 2021-2022 school year will be my 20th year teaching and I am passionate about instilling a love of learning in my students and making school fun. At home I have a wonderful husband, Kris, and 2 beautiful kiddos that make me smile and laugh on a daily basis. Outside of school I love spending my time in Steamboat visiting my parents, exercising, and attempting to keep up with my energetic kids. Please come say hello, I’d love to introduce myself in person! Looking forward to a great year!

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Joelle Hernandez

ECE, K, 1st, 2nd

I grew up in Arkansas and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville. I then graduated with my Master of Science in Education of the Deaf from Texas Woman’s University and moved from Texas to our beautiful state of Colorado. I’ve been teaching at Carson for four years now and have enjoyed the incredible experience of teaching across K-5 grades.

In my downtime, I love playing with my three dogs: Atticus, Gracie and Shipley. I also enjoy reading, paddleboarding, hiking, going to concerts and spending time with my fiancé, Jesus.

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Chelsea Sherman

ECE, K, 1st, 2nd

I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated with my Masters in Deaf Education from The Ohio State University and promptly moved to Colorado to start teaching in 2015. This will be my 5th year at Carson and I have had the opportunity to teach ECE-5th grade at this amazing school.

In my spare time you can find me in the mountains hiking or snowboarding. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and pets.

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Erica Kouzmanoff-Vymyslicky


I have been a teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing here at Carson since 2014 and a Senior Team Lead since 2016.  Through my career experiences as a teacher leader, MTSS coordinator, special education generalist, and teacher of the Deaf, I’ve had the pleasure of supporting students with a diverse range of skills and needs at the K-5 and 6-8 levels, from students receiving consultative services to those in a center-based placement.

I value creative problem solving and a strengths-based approach to designing engaging and individualized instruction for every student and apply this thinking to support the general education setting as an inclusive space by default. I love to take my lifelong interests of experiential and authentic learning, the scientific approach, and taking a risk to cultivate a community of learners who are curiously courageous and empowered through their learning.

Outside of school, you can find me busy making, breaking, and fixing things — fiber arts, assorted crafts, cooking, home improvement, gardening, furniture restoration…nothing is off limits. And also (of course!) being outdoorsy.