5th Grade Bios

Meet Mrs. Baldwin
Voicemail: (303) 982 - 0760

Hello all! My name is Stephanie Baldwin and I am the newbie here at Bergen Valley. I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade again and to be a part of this wonderful team. It will be my 5th year in teaching, with my previous experience being in Washington State. When I am not in the classroom, one can find me on top of mountains, backpacking through Colorado, fly-fishing, scuba-diving, or spending time with friends and family.

I LOVE what I do, and I look forward to greeting my students every morning and seeing what each new day brings. I believe in creating a safe and accepting environment that is academically challenging, but also FUN! I have high expectations for my kids (I tend to refer to them as my own ), and will do everything possible to see that each child succeeds in their own way. To end with one of my favorite quotes, and something that I say to my kids regularly, “Kid, you’ll move mountains.” ~Dr. Seuss

Meet Mrs. Cosenza
Voicemail: (303) 982 - 4925

Welcome to FIFTH GRADE!! I am so excited for a truly awesome year!!! My favorite aspect of teaching is making positive connections with kids, figuring out what motivates them, and building a community of respect and trust within my classroom. There is nothing that brings me more joy as a teacher than seeing kids feel proud of their growth and hard work when they experience success. We talk a lot about believing in yourself in my classroom. Fifth year is a big year at Bergen Valley, and a LOT of fun is around the corner!! This is my third year at Bergen Valley and tenth year of teaching overall. Outside of teaching, I love running, spending time in the mountains, and having fun with my family. My husband and I are proud parents of an almost two and a half year old named Colin and a fur 'baby' (5 year old who acts like a baby) Black Lab named Miles. Life is an adventure! :) I can't wait to kick off the new school year- welcome to my class!

Meet Ms. Cunningham
Voicemail: (303) 982 - 5505

Hi Bergen families! My name is Shannon Cunningham. I will be your child’s teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. This will be my 5th year teaching fifth grade and my fourth year at Bergen Valley. I am eager and excited to make this my best year yet! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am an avid outdoors explorer and love being outside from hiking and camping in the summer to snowboarding in the winter. Colorado makes a wonderful playground to explore. I am a Jeffco kid and graduated from Columbine High School before attending Western State in Gunnison. I am also gradually taking classes toward a Special Education degree. I love my large, blended family and spending time with my dogs. I am so glad you were chosen to be in my class. I will see you this afternoon at open house!

Special Note
I am leaving for a family reunion in Ireland from the 16th to the 26th. I will be at Open house from 2-3 before departing for DIA. I have a wonderful sub, Cindi Sunde, who will be at open house and will fill in while I'm overseas. I appreciate your patience and understanding as I realize this is a bit unorthodox. Also I will have ‘Back to School Night’ on August 31st at 6pm.

Meet Mrs. Eckert
Voicemail: (303) 982 - 4950

Hi kids, welcome to your new class. My name is Mrs. Eckert and I will be hanging out with you for the next year. I am so excited about our new journey together. There is so much to learn in fifth grade, and I am excited to be the one to stand by you as you learn it. I have been teaching for 22 years, 15 of them in fifth grade; so I guess you could say, "I know my stuff." I am excited to get to know each and every one of you throughout the year. Yay fifth grade!
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