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First Grade Team

Nicole joined the Elkhart community in 2019 and has been teaching first grade ever since! She obtained her M. Ed in Special Education at Keene State College in New Hampshire. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her friends.

Kassia is excited to join the Elkhart community this year. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. She grew up in Aurora and is excited to come back and teach in the same district she attended as a student. Kassia enjoys spending time with her friends, working out, pilates, dancing, and playing with her orange tabby cat named Bella.

Kerri Urban has lived in Colorado for almost 30 years. She attended college at Metropolitan State College of Denver, earning a Bachelor’s in English Language Arts with an emphasis on Elementary education. She then attended the University of Arlington and received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Literacy and English Language Learners. She is the youngest of 3 children. She is married and has a daughter and a son and recently became a grandma for the first time. Her hobbies include, painting and refurbishing furniture, and spending as much time as possible with her family. This school year will be her 8th year at Elkhart Elementary.


Lisa Io

Lisa Io has a BA in Elementary Education and has spent most of her teaching career in 1st grade. She has 20 plus years teaching in multiple districts. She has been in APS since 2015 and at Elkhart since 2016.. She grew up in a small town in southern Colorado where she loved growing up on a farm. She is married and her greatest joys are her 4 kids. Her youngest will be a senior this year. Outside of teaching she enjoys flower gardening, crocheting, knitting, and spending time with her kids and the family dogs.