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Updates about Project Staffing and Contacts

The summer months brought changes to the Kindergarten and School Readiness project.  Daryl Trujillo and Lauren Augusta moved to new opportunities in early August.  We wish them well in their new endeavors.

To keep the tremendous momentum in Colorado’s Kindergarten and School Readiness work moving forward, we are excited to announce the following staffing structure for the project:

Emily Kielmeyer will be leading the project as acting Kindergarten and School Readiness Manager.  Emily has been part of the Kindergarten and School Readiness project at CDE since Aug., 2014.  She’s been critical to supporting school districts with the implementation of the School Readiness initiative.  Emily has many years of experience teaching preschool and early elementary school in Colorado districts.  Emily was part of many leadership initiatives at the building and district level.  In addition to assuming the program management responsibilities, Emily will continue providing direct supports to local schools and districts.

Shannon Montalbano will be extending her support to the project as a Senior Kindergarten and School Readiness Specialist.  More schools and districts across the state can look forward to being supported by Shannon.  Shannon will also coordinate the Ready Schools project just launching this month.  Shannon’s depth of expertise includes many years of experience as a kindergarten and early elementary teacher, with a strong focus on literacy and early reading.

We welcome Trevor Newton to the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. He will serve part-time as a Kindergarten and School Readiness Specialist. 

The Kindergarten and School Readiness team is excited for the school year and looks forward to supporting school and district needs.

Emily Kielmeyer
Kindergarten and School Readiness Manager

Shannon Montalbano 
Senior Kindergarten and School Readiness Specialist

Trevor Newton
Kindergarten and School Readiness Specialist

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