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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.

Elementary (K-5) Team:

Wendy Day - Paraprofessional in the Elementary Learning Services Department.

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. 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 finishing high school, a son in 7th grade, and daughter in 5th grade.  Her family enjoys the outdoors and travelling.

Michelle Hensel is a Paraprofessional in the Secondary Learning Services Department.  Michelle Hensel is a Secondary Paraprofessional. 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 is a Paraprofessional in the Secondary Learning Services Department.  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 is a Paraprofessional in the Secondary Learning Services Department.  

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

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.

How to Contact Us

Learning Specialist:

Carla Dickens - Secondary Learning Specialist
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Linda Hunt- K-12  Learning Specialist


Kristen Smith - Speech Language Pathologist

Kristen White - Speech Language Assistant 


Wendy Day - Elementary Student Support Paraprofessional

Adam Hays - Secondary Student Support Paraprofessional

Michelle Hensel - Secondary Student Support Paraprofessional

Morgan Vaughan- Secondary Student Support Paraprofessional

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison: Inventor
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.

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