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Catherine Berns


I grew up in Maryland, graduated from Georgetown with a Master’s in Foreign Service and Loyola College with a Master’s in Education. I taught special education in Maryland, and Montrose, CO, before finding my home in kindergarten! This is my 14th year at Carson.

When I am not at school you will find me reading, hiking, and drinking tea. I am learning to be a dog person with Hazel, my 17 year old daughter’s quarantine pup.

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Jennifer Holdeman


In 2014, I decided that I wanted to have a career where I felt I made a difference so I began teaching students who were below grade level in math. It was the most exhausting but rewarding job I ever had so I decided to make the leap from accounting to teaching. In 2015, I applied and was accepted to the Denver Teacher Residency Program. In 2016, I graduated from the University of Denver with a Masters Degree in Education. I have been teaching kindergarten at Carson since the fall of 2016.

I have two children Theo, age 19, and Nate, age 16. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, skiing, gardening, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

Nikki Martinez


Hello! My name is Nikki Martinez and I am so excited to be joining the Kindergarten team at Carson! I am coming to Carson from Bromwell Elementary School where I have worked as the Kindergarten long term substitute the past year. I am from Colorado and attended the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS) where I graduated with my BA in both Communication with an emphasis in Media Studies and a BA in Women and Ethnic Studies. I continued my education and graduated with my MA in Communication from UCCS with a goal of becoming a college professor.

However, I quickly realized my passion was for teaching younger students and my dream shifted into becoming an elementary school teacher. My lifelong dream has always been to become an educator. When I was a little girl, I used to spend countless hours in front of the small chalkboard that was hanging in my childhood room playing “teacher” to my stuffed animals and younger brother. That passion for teaching that I felt at six years old has never faltered.

Throughout my educational career, I would volunteer in elementary classrooms as a guest reader. These times being able to volunteer and teach students a love for reading and learning is something that drew me into my role as a long term substitute kindergarten teacher at Bromwell this past year. The experience that I had working with our youngest learners cemented my love for teaching.

When I am not in the classroom, you can find me exploring Colorado by hiking or paddle boarding with my dog, Piper. I am a gigantic Star Wars fan and have watched the complete series probably a hundred times. I also love to cook and try out new recipes, play board games, and read.

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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.