Jen Hutman grew up in a small town outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She began her undergraduate studies at Penn State University and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at CU- Boulder with an emphasis in Photography & Printmaking. After working for several years in film production, graphic design and website design, Jen went back to school to receive her teaching certification and to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology.
Jen Hutman began teaching at Columbine in 2007. She is currently completing another master’s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity through the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before working for the Boulder Valley Public Schools, she taught fourth grade for several years in the Brighton 27j School District, and Pre-K / Kindergarten for three years at a private school in Boulder. She also had the opportunity to spend over a year living and teaching third grade in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Prior to teaching in elementary education, she taught Multimedia Design at Front Range Community College.
Jen spends most of her free time with her two awesome sons: Jaden, who is now in the seventh grade at Manhattan Middle School, and Jacoby who is almost six months old. In her spare time, Jen likes to be as active as possible. She enjoys doing yoga, snowboarding, road-biking, camping, and just about anything else that allows her to explore and photograph the outdoors. Jen also loves to play her guitar, sing, and write music. She really hopes to be a rock star in her next life!
I am from Guanajuato Mexico and have been in the states for 15 years. I have experience working with kids from kindergarten to sixth grade. I worked at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette for the 1998-99 school year. I have been working at Columbine since 2003. I started as a native language tutor for third grade and then moved on to work with both kinder and second grades. Subsequently, I worked for three years as a K-Care specialist while pursuing my degree in elementary education. I’m delighted to join the kindergarten team.
Yolanda Walmsley is a true Boulder native. She attended Boulder Valley Public Schools for elementary, junior high and high school. She is both thrilled and privileged to be back in the classroom in one of the finest districts in the country.
Yolanda has been teaching since 1994. Starting in the Aurora Public School system, Yolanda taught multi-age first/second, second/third and third/fourth grades with an emphasis in talented and gifted education. Since returning to Boulder Valley Schools, Yolanda has taught Kindergarten and literacy. She has taught at Columbine since 2003. She is currently working on her Masters in Literacy at the University of Colorado in Boulder with an endorsement in English as a Second Language. Yolanda has been a featured presenter at The Literacy Learning Network convention in Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas. In addition, she has spoken at C.C.I.R.A and I.R.A. reading conventions in both Denver, Colorado and Rapid City, South Dakota.
Outside of school, Yolanda thrives on making new discoveries with her three fantastic children, Jakeob, Luke and Elliana. She enjoys exploring new countries with her family, snorkeling, and dancing.