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Learning Services

Announcements: Welcome back! We are looking forward to seeing everyone for the 2017-2018 school year. 

About Learning Services

Services we provide:
The Learning Services Team provides individual and small group support to students that need additional support. The Team works with students to assist with academic, social, behavioral, articulation, speech language, fine and gross motor, handwriting, technology, sensory, organizational and study skills needs as well as provide classroom support. These services can be provided individually, in small groups or in entire classrooms. Students receive services when they are identified as having a disability, through the intervention process or when a need is noticed by teachers.  If you have a concern about your child, please contact your child's teacher.

Elementary (K-5) Team:

Learning Specialists:

Chris Fee: Mr. Fee holds an A.A. degree from San Diego City College, a BA degree in History from California State University-San Marcos, and a teaching credential in Special Education from National University.  He has been a part of Building Leadership Team, Positive Behavior Support Team, and Athletic Coaching. He comes to Stargate with 11 years of experience.

Patrick Holmbo: Mr. Holmbo earned a BA in Elementary Education at Adams State.  He has since completed an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MEd from Arizona State in Special Education, emphasizing in Curriculum and Instruction and Applied Behavior Analysis.  Mr. Holmbo is taking his Board Exam for Behavior Analysis in August where he is striving to earn the title of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Patrick has 10 years of experience that he is bringing to the job.


Nancy ProvartisMiss Provataris earned a BA in Philosophy, Education and Psychology from University of Ioannina, Greece. She completed her MA in School Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health from Alliant International University. This is Miss Provataris’ second year as a School Psychologist.  She is excited to be part of the Stargate family since she is passionate about working with elementary students and creating strong school, family and community partnerships which would lead to the success of our students

Wendy Day - Paraprofessional in the  Learning Services Department.
Kari Bacca - Paraprofessional in the Learning Services Department and Interventionist for Gen Ed

Secondary (6-11) Team:

Carla Dickens (Trevarton) is a Secondary Learning Specialist. Carla graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Psychology. She went back to school to earn her license in the area of Special Education from Metro State College and graduated in 2004. She has taught in other school districts here in Colorado. This is Carla's 8th year at Stargate and 11th year teaching as a Learning Specialist. Working at Stargate has been a very exciting adventure and she loves working with the students, families, and staff here. She is a mother to four, one of which attends Stargate.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children, reading, seeing new places, and crafting.

Linda Hunt is a Secondary Learning Specialist, and also serves as the Director of Special Populations. Linda grew up in South Africa, and immigrated to New York just in time to finish high school.  She attended State University of New York at Buffalo for both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Child Psychology with a focus in research.  She worked in Early Childhood as a teaching consultant, program manager, and director.  Linda spent several years working at Universities as part of teams studying the effects of lead on children's development, and long-term efficacy of drugs on children with mood disorders.  SHe has been teaching as a Secondary Learning Specialist for the last 10 years.  LInda has 2 boys attending CSU, a daughter at UCCS, a son in 8th grade, and daughter in 6th grade.  Her family enjoys the outdoors and travelling.


Erin Wise Jones: Mrs. Jones holds her BA in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as an MS in counseling from California State University, East Bay. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist as well as a Registered Psychotherapist with extensive experience in crisis intervention and social skills instruction. She is excited to be a part of the growing Stargate community to enrich her 20 years of experience with the gifted population and to grow as an educator


Michelle Hensel.  Michelle attended Metro State College studying Sociology and Psychology.  She has worked with children of all ages in many settings for over 20 years. This is Michelle's 4th year at Stargate. Her favorite part about her position is the individual relationships developed with the students and the challenges they bring. Michelle has been married for 13 years. She is the mother of three, her two youngest attend Stargate and the oldest attending her second year of college. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, reading, and gardening.

Adam Hays   Adam Hays graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. This is his 5th year working at Stargate. He has worked with Eagle's Landing and in the Stargate kitchen over that time with this being his second year with the Learning Services team. He also contributes to the soccer and theatre programs at the school. This year marks his first as head coach of the Middle School Boys Soccer team. Outside of the school he enjoys playing soccer, writing, playing music and learning about ancient history.

Morgan Vaughan   Morgan has not yet earned a degree but is working on getting a degree in Early Childhood Education. This will be her third year at Stargate. Morgan started out working at Eagle’s Landing and in spring of 2017 started working as a learning services para. Morgan is a mom to one. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, and being outdoors.


Occupational Therapist: Tracy Paskoff Mrs. Paskoff earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from Xavier University. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in schools and hospitals all over the US for 17 years. She will be working part time with our Learning Services students in all grade levels.Mrs Paskoff excited to be at Stargate because she loves working with kids of all ages and being part of their "lightbulb" moments.

Speech Language Pathologist:  Kristen Smith I graduated from Penn State with a BS in Communication Disorders and Ohio University with a MA in Hearing and Speech Sciences.  I worked in the public school system in the Houston area for 8 years and also in the UK for the school system for a year. I I have primarily worked with children who have twice exceptional abilities in all grade levels, both with assessment and intervention. My passions in this area are recognizing and developing strategies to address social skill communication needs. I have 9 year old twin daughters in Adams 12 schools and a crazy 5 year old lab.  In my free time in enjoy travelling, trying new restaurants, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with my family.

Kristen White is the part time Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Nutrition. She holds a Speech Language Pathology Assistant Certification. s Kristen has a new addition to her family this year, her daughter Blake.  Outside of work she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cooking, and playing with her black lab, Bailey.

504/ELL Coordinator


Sandy Francis: Mrs. Francis earned her BA in English with emphasis in Teaching from University of Northern Colorado and her Masters of Education in School Counseling from University of Phoenix. She also holds a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement  from Western State Colorado University. Mrs Francis is excited to be part of the Stargate community that provides a safe and positive environment for students so they can grow socially and academically.

Angela Fundaro:

How to Contact Us

Learning Specialist:

Patrick Holmbo 4-5 learning specialist

Christopher Fee K-3 learning specialist

Carla Dickens - Secondary Learning Specialist
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Linda Hunt- Secondary  Learning Specialist


Kristen Smith - Speech Language Pathologist

Kristen White - Speech Language Assistant 

Tracy Paskoff - Occupational Therapist 


Wendy Day - Elementary Student Support Paraprofessional

Kari Baca - Elementary Student Support Paraprofessional/Interventionist

Adam Hays - Secondary Student Support Paraprofessional

Michelle Hensel - Secondary Student Support Paraprofessional

Morgan Vaughan- Secondary Student Support Paraprofessional
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Study Skill Resources:

Teaching Study Skills

Parent Education Resources:

Lexia Reading:

Lexia Core 5 reading is a reading intervention program that adjusts to each child's needs and ability. The focus is on phonics, sight words, and reading comprehension. Lexia is now available on iPad and Android tablets. When you begin the program you will be prompted for a teacher email. You should use For the student user name it is the child's first name, last initial no spaces. For example: John Smith is "johns". The password to the student's account is "read". If your child is not set up in Lexia and you would like to use this resource please contact your child's literacy teacher. Note: Adobe Flash must be installed/active on your browser.

IXL Math:

IXL Math  - Available on the website or Tablet.