Katie Gambardella

    3rd grade
    ​​Hello wonderful Ryan family! I am extremely honored to be apart of the Ryan community this year! This will be my 13th year as a public school educator. I have taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, 5th grade and 6th grade in Roaring Fork School District, Douglas County School District, Denver Public Schools and most recently from Cherry Creek Schools. I am ecstatic to be at home learning and living at Ryan! I am a University of Colorado-Boulder graduate with a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education. I am currently working on a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. I grew up in New York and moved to Colorado Springs at the age of 15 and attended Air Academy High School on the Air Force base. (Funny little fact...I also lived at West Point Military Academy, so experience on two bases but not a military kid!)
    When I am not teaching I am enjoying time in the Colorado outdoors-paddle boarding, snowshoeing, riding my new bike cruiser and hiking for sunrises. Traveling is my passion and I have been to 13 different countries and 5 different continents! I love to box, hike and visit dog parks with my golden retriever, Huckleberry. I love Starbucks Iced Chai Tea, chocolate/PB cups, GOLFING, Target, summer baseball games, reading, football season, peaches, playing sports, New York City, and farmer’s markets. My favorite teams are the Denver Broncos, New York Yankees, and the CU Buffs!
    I am passionate about building relationships with my students and working alongside my students to create a community that promotes high expectations, values each learner and their voice, as well as providing experiences that create relevance through real world, meaningful connections. Thank you for sharing your 2nd graders with me!