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Shelly joined Elkhart while completing her student teaching in the Spring of 2013. She was hired as a First Grade Teacher the following year and since then has taken on the role as one of the CLDE TLs at the school. Shelly enjoys traveling, spending time in the mountains and running races in her free time. She is married and has a 2 year old son.


My job is to accelerate the learning of every APS student every day.

I do my job by determining what each Multilanguage Learners can do and use this information to help all students achieve grade level standards.

 My community needs me to do my job!


Larisa Baskin

Larisa moved to Colorado from Russia in 1997. She joined Elkhart in 2008 as a CLDE teacher.  When she is not teaching, she prefers spending time at home cooking, watching cooking and traveling videos on youtube.  If she did not teach, she would be a chef.


My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.  I do my job by providing scaffolded literacy instructions at grade level to second language learners to close the achievement gap.  My community needs me to do my job.


Leslie Burton is a Colorado native. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado-Denver and her master's degree from Adams State University. She has been an educator in Aurora Public Schools for 14 years. She has experience teaching in grades 1, 2 and 5 before she became a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Teacher Leader. She strongly believes that public education has the power to create equitable opportunities in our most diverse communities. When not working with students and teachers she enjoys snowboarding and spending time with family and friends in all the beautiful places Colorado has to offer.

I am so grateful to be a part of the Elkhart community,