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Ms. Rheannon McDonald

Middle School Educator - Mathematics

Rheannon McDonald grew up in the Silicon Valley area of California where she began her career in the video game industry at Electronic Arts, Inc, working with The Sims, DICE, EA Sports, and EA Games teams. After spending a year in Kuwait, she and her husband returned to Colorado Springs where she completed her degree in Veterinary Technology. Ms. McDonald worked with wildlife at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo and, more extensively, with the exotic animals of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, collecting and evaluating patient samples, taking radiographs, and running anesthesia. In her 10 years of experience in Veterinary Technology, she saw many new veterinary students approach subjects with fear and uncertainty. She decided to return to school to earn her teaching credentials, with a goal of teaching STEM subjects in a way that built up confidence and gave young people agency in working with these subjects, no matter where their careers would take them. Ms. McDonald graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2021 with a degree in Biology (Secondary Education) and holds endorsements in secondary science and middle school mathematics. Her goals at Spark are to use her experiences in the video game and veterinary medical fields to help students to connect to what they are learning through solid technology integration and connection of learning to the real-world use of what students see in their classes.

Phone: 719-726-8709

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Mr. Robert Paque

Middle School Educator - Science

Robert Paque is a second-year secondary science teacher, passionate about bringing novel experiences of the natural world into the classroom! Robert graduated from UCCS with a BA in Biology in 2020 and immediately began to teach here in D11. Prior to this, Robert worked with learners for many years, having been a private and school-based tutor, and working at a nature-based nonprofit summer camp. Robert believes the best way to learn science is to experience it firsthand and is looking forward to helping students grow and explore their interests in new and online environments!

Phone: 719-726-8712

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Mrs. Zanita Ricks

Middle School Educator - English Language Arts

Zanita Ricks is a secondary English teacher at Spark Online Academy. Zanita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education in English/Language Arts, a Masters of Science degree in Special Education grades K-12, and a Colorado Principal/Administration license. Over the past sixteen years, she has been a language arts teacher, teacher of the year, instructional lead teacher, curriculum writer, staff-development trainer, and was chosen as a national speaker for Yale University's RULER ( Social and Emotional Learning ) 2021 Conference. Zanita believes it is our duty to not only educate the next generation, but equip them with the confidence, resilience, and problem-solving capability to navigate the world beyond our school walls.

Phone: 719-726-8579

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Mrs. Jeannie Dietrick

Jeannie Dietrick brings a wealth of global experiences to her learners. Her inspiration comes from teaching across the United States, and the world. Her favorite assignments include Guam, Germany, and of course, Colorado Springs! Mrs. Dietrick graduated from Miami University in Ohio with degrees in Social Studies Education and Political Science and later earned a Master’s degree in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is currently completing a second Master’s degree in reading.Mrs. Dietrick enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family. She is eager to spark a lifelong love of learning through inquiry-based social studies experiences and literacy skills for our middle school students.

Phone: 719-328-4187

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Mr. Brent Urban