Sammy Daniel

Special Education Educator

Hi! I’m Sammy Daniel and this is my second year at Carson working as a Special Education teacher. Though only my second year at Carson, this is my twelfth year teaching students with disabilities. I love spending time with my family and our two dogs, Ivy and Enzo. We enjoy travelling, live music, plants and sporting events. Looking forward to another great year with the Carson team!

Colleen Donahue

Special Education Educator

I grew up in Wheaton, IL and earned my BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from Hope College. I taught fifth grade in Milwaukee, WI before moving to Denver Public Schools as a special education teacher for four years. Last year, I was teaching in my home state of Illinois. I am excited to be back in the Denver area and to begin working with the amazing students at Carson Elementary!

When I’m not in the classroom, I love reading, hiking and traveling to see family and friends.

Tara Dudenhoeffer

1:1 Paraeducator / School Technology Representative

Hi, I’m Tara! After living in the Austin, Texas area for almost 20 years, I relocated to Denver in 2015. I graduated with a degree in Social Work from Texas State University. I have held many positions as a Social Worker, but my favorite ones were always the ones where I worked with kids. I began working as a guest teacher with DPS in November 2016, and I was the designated guest teacher at Carson during Covid. I became an official Carson Cougar in 2021. I am currently a 1:1 in 2nd grade Math, and I am also the school technology representative for our school. This is my third year at Carson, and I cannot imagine that I could be happier anywhere else. I am proud to be a part of this great community.

When I am not at Carson, I enjoy traveling, reading, ALL things Art (performance, visual, musical), going to concerts, hiking, and spending time with my dogs, Nova Diggs & Draco Dougie Super Fresh

Willow Hutchins

1:1 Paraeducator

Willow comes from Idaho, where they worked as a Youth Support Specialist creating trauma informed mental health programs for children age 5-14.  In their spare time, they’re a fan of scary movies, folk music and board games.

Jess Piel

1:1 Paraeducator

Another Colorado native and also Ms. Jenn’s youngest daughter!

Jess is a DPS graduate and Carson Alumni! She brings a special knowledge of the school and it’s character education program as well as building relationships with our students and creating a true sense of family.