My Name is Mrs. Nicole Brady! I am thrilled to be your child’s Second Grade teacher this year! This will be my 7th year teaching in DPS. Some of you may already know me (formerly as Ms. Lovseth) because I have taught kindergarten at Southmoor for the past two years. I am ready to bring my passion for literacy and project based learning to upper primary. I grew up in Keystone, Colorado where I attended Dillon Valley Elementary, Summit Middle School and then graduated from Summit High School. I grew up skiing on the slopes of Arapahoe Basin while my dad ran the ski shop and eventually joined the Summit race team. I later lived in Sarasota, Florida for a year but missed the snow so much I had to move back to Colorado. When not in the classroom, you can find me playing in the snow or cheering on my favorite baseball teams. I have a very blind Blue Heeler, that takes up a lot of my time but she has shown me how to enjoy every bit of life with while being aware of the beauty around us using more than just our sense of sight. I love the snow, skiing with my new husband, exploring all Colorado has to offer and hiking with my crazy cattle dogs. A few of my favorite things are: a good street taco and a patio, fall everything, country music, Jimmy Fallon, dinosaurs, Starbucks, baseball, Sharpies, skittles, beets (weird right?), skiing, the snow, naps, dogs, cupcakes and good friends. I am an 8th cohort Buell Early Childhood Leadership Alumni and have a certificate in early childhood leadership from CU Denver. I am endorsed in early ed special education. I also have my MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education License. I attended MSCD, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Can you tell I have a true passion for early education? My future goals include obtaining a doctorate in ECESE and Educational Leadership. I have developed my passion for early ed over the years by teaching preschool, teaching a Reggio Inspired kinder at an arts school in DPS, attending the Reggio Emilia Institute at Leslie University and deepening my knowledge and passion for project based learning and inquiry at Southmoor. I have also served as a district kindergarten teacher leader. My classroom is a place where children are empowered to create student driven goals, learner profiles, and work to solve real world problems. My teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that children learn most effectively when empowered by their learning, and the joy that comes with both embracing and encouraging a child’s innate sense of wonder, enthusiasm for discovery, and creativity.