Aleaha Harkins, Music Teacher
I am originally from York, Pennsylvania, but have lived in Colorado for the past 12 years. I absolutely love Colorado and all it has to offer. I went to school at Colorado State University where I received my degree in Music Education and am currently pursuing my Masters of Music with Kodaly Emphasis. During college, I studied the clarinet as my primary instrument, but have also performed on saxophone, horn, piano, guitar, and voice. This year, I was elected onto the board for the Regional Organization of Kodaly Educators which is a professional organization for music educators. I am so excited to be part of the team at DGS and can't wait for another awesome year!
Greg Parker, Physical Education Teacher
Physical activity has been a huge part of my life since I was a child growing up near Madison, Wisconsin. I remember walking home from school, dropping my backpack inside the door (without actually stepping inside), and then running out to play sports, playground games, or ride bikes with my neighbors. I only came back inside when my mom called out “dinner time” or “it’s after dark, time to come in.”
As I grew older, I found myself naturally wanting to help or teach others wherever I went. Therefore, it only made sense for me to become a Physical Education Teacher. I attended college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduated with a double major in Physical Education and Spanish. With the same excitement of a young child, I couldn’t wait to finish school and move to Colorado so I could play in the mountains and teach Physical Education.
As an outdoor enthusiast, I am honored to be teaching at the Denver Green School. I couldn’t think of a better place to combine my appreciation for nature with my passion for activity. I enjoy helping each and every student find joy and excitement through movement. It is my goal that all my students race home from school excited to get outside and play.
Donna Miller, Art Teacher
Originally native to Virginia, I moved to Colorado this summer to pursue teaching art alongside my mountain bike racing career. Over the course of 6 years I have fallen in love with the Rocky Mountains and the healthy lifestyle found in Colorado. I studied Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. While at VCU, I studied abroad in Guatemala and raced my bike all over the country. Upon graduation, I was hired in a local district and taught there for three years. With a new environment I am excited to create art more often and hopefully put enough work together to have a show on first friday's in the near future. I create mainly in oil paints and ceramics, however have been known for massive yarn installations on mountain bike trails. I am proud to become a Dragon at Denver Green School and grow with a profound staff. I really look forward to spending my weekends in the mountains with my dog, riding, rock climbing and hiking; finding my greatest source inspiration, nature.
Molly Daugherty, Internal Substitute
Born and raised in Colorado, I was very excited to learn about the Denver Green School and even more excited to become a part of its team. DGS represents my educational and philosophical ideologies on many levels. I received my bachelors in psychology and my masters in elementary education from Metropolitan State University in Denver. Before joining the incredible team at DGS, I satisfied some of my worldly and cultural curiosity by spending a year teaching English in Japan. When not teaching I am likely to be found playing board games, dancing and karaoke. I look forward to spending the next year getting to know the students at DGS.