Our Teachers


Mrs. KoshtHello GME Community,

My name is Kim Kosht.  I am the Director and Early Childhood Special Educator at  Graham Mesa Elementary Preschool.  I have enjoyed working in Garfield School  District for 14 years as a Kindergarten teacher.  This coming year will be my 5th year in Preschool.   Prior to this, I taught first and third grade at Poudre School District in Fort Collins and I spent many years as a stay- at – home Mom to four children.  My husband and I enjoy traveling to visit our children, church, reading, hiking, and swimming at the Glenwood Springs Pool.  We feel blessed to live, work, and play in this community.  If you have any questions about preschool, please feel free to email me at kkosht@garfieldre2.net or call me at (970) 665-7540.  I will officially be in the office August 5th.  My team and I are looking forward to a wonderful year!


Mr. BainumMy name is Omar Bainum. This is my second year as a Kindergarten teacher here at Graham Mesa Elementary. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2011. I moved out to Rifle, Colorado in the summer of 2017. I love writing songs and producing music. I also love going to the gym and exploring all the scenery that Colorado has to offer. I have a strong passion for learning and an even stronger passion for educating young minds. Feel free to contact me at obainum@garfieldre2.net or (970) 665-7535.

Mrs. BolithoWelcome to Kindergarten! I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your student in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. My name is Deb Bolitho. I have taught for 31 years and have been at GME for 4 years. I live in New Castle with my husband who teaches at Glenwood Springs High School, and we have 2 kids. Maddie attends CU Boulder and my son, Riley, just graduated from CU Boulder. I enjoy outdoor activities such as running, paddleboarding, hiking and playing pickleball. We also love traveling as a family, especially to visit relatives in California and Minnesota. If you need anything at all, please feel free to contact me at dbolitho@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7530. Thank you so much!

Miss Root

Hello everyone my name is Emma Root, here is a little bit about myself: I am super excited to be 
teaching at Graham Mesa this year. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and got my BA from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. When I’m not at school you’ll find me outside exploring. I love to hike, snowboard, and going rafting. When I am not being active you might find me under a tree curled up with a good book. I look forward to an adventurous year! If you need anything please feel free to contact me at eroot@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7537.

1st Grade

Mr. AllenMy name is William Allen and welcome to 1st Grade! I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your student and family in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. My wife and I have each taught in the district for 10 years and this will be my second year at GME. When I'm not at school, I enjoy hiking, XC skiing, hunting, fishing, paddleboarding and woodworking. If you need anything at all please feel free to contact me at wallen@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7947. Thank you.

Ms. Bina
Welcome to 1st Grade.....I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! My name is Kelly Bina and this is my 31st year teaching with the Garfield RE-2 School District. We are going to have a lot of fun as we learn together all year long. I LOVE teaching but in my spare time when I'm not at school, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and friends, traveling, watching football, traveling, spending time outdoors and....you guessed it, traveling! Please know, I am always here to help you and your family. I can be reached at kbina@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7520 if you ever have questions or concerns. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your child's education at GME!

Mrs. HartungWelcome to 1st Grade! I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your student in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. My name is Jennifer Hartung and I was the Health Clerk at Graham Mesa for 2 years while working on my Elementary Education Degree. I have 4 amazing kids and a wonderful husband. We have lived in Rifle for over 14 years and love to go camping, tubing, kayaking, hiking, church, spending time with family and friends and all the amazing things Rifle has to offer. If you need anything at all please feel free to contact me at jhartung@garfieldre2.net or 665-7522. Thank you so much!

Mrs. Sanders
Welcome to 1st Grade! I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your child in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. My name is Lauren Sanders. This is my 11th year teaching and I have been at GME for the entire time. I have my absolute dream job and love coming to work every day. I feel so lucky to work at such an amazing school and with great people. I have taught kindergarten for 5 years and this will be my 6th year teaching first grade. I love traveling with my husband and spending time with family and friends. I am a Colorado native and I enjoy the outdoors by skiing, biking, hiking, and hunting. Looking forward to a new school year! If you need anything at all please feel free to contact me at lsanders@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7518. Thank you so much!

2nd Grade

Mrs. BrandeberryWelcome to 2nd Grade!  My name is Janel Brandeberry.  I will be your child’s second grade teacher for the 2019-2020 school year! This will be my 15th year teaching and my sixth year at GME.  I have previously taught Kindergarten and am looking forward to a new adventure.  I am also excited to teach several of the students I had two year ago!! I live in Rifle with my husband and step-daughter.  We have a black lab named Mac.  We enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, rafting and spending time with family and friends.   I'm looking forward to a great year with you and your child. If you need anything feel free to contact me at jbrandeberry@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7521. Thank you so much. 


 Miss Huemann

Hello, my name is Miss Huemann. This is my fourth year teaching 2nd grade at GME and I absolutely love the students and staff in this building!  I am thrilled to be able to teach 2nd grade here. I spend much of my spare time with my family in Illinois. This summer, I got to work at Boost Camp in Rifle and spend time in Illinois with my nephew Anthony and niece Josie! I've also enjoyed a trip to Florida, some summer reading, and setting up the classroom for this school year!! Cooking, baking, and watching Chicago sports are some my favorite things to do all year round! I look forward to helping you grow and develop, explore and learn! If you need anything feel free to contact me at lhuemann@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7519. Thank you so much!


Mrs. KennedyMy name is Callie Kennedy. I am so excited to begin my 7th year of teaching. I taught in Texas for the last two years, but my husband and I are so excited to have returned to the Western Slope with our sweet baby girl, Gentry. We love spending time together with our huge family, going to church, camping, hiking, and working out. I also really enjoy teaching math and reading! I am looking forward to partnering with you and your child for a fantastic year in 2nd grade! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns at ckennedy@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7523. Thank you so much!

3rd Grade

 I am thrilled for the upcoming year filled with opportunities of new challenges and teaching Miss Macnab

young minds the love of math. My name is Britney Macnab and I have been with Graham Mesa Elementary coming up on four years. I was raised in North Central Oregon on a wheat farm where driving in the harvest fields were where you would find families working together as soon as you could reach the pedals. I taught third grade in the Sherman County School District for two years until the position opened up in Colorado and a new journey began. I love living in Rifle, the people are extraordinary and the students and parents have been an enjoyment and pleasure to be a part of their children’s education and growth. I look forward to the upcoming year filled with promise and enthusiasm. Please always feel comfortable contacting me so we together can ensure your child will receive the highest quality education and grow to love the importance of learning. 
bmacnab@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7542.


Miss Matthys I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your student in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  My name is Lindsay Matthys.  I have taught for 3 years and have been at GME for 2 years.  I love the outdoors, spending time with family, and traveling to new and exciting places. I have really enjoyed being a part of the GME community, let’s make it another great year!!  If you need anything at all please feel free to contact me at lmatthys@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7547.  Thank you so much!

Mrs. Vivanco
Hi! My name is Mrs. Vivanco! I will be your child’s 3rd grade Science teacher! This will be my 4th year teaching at Graham Mesa Elementary and I am excited to make this my best year yet! I grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania which is home of the Little League World Series. I was a competitive dancer throughout high school. I moved to Colorado in 2007 and I got married in 2011. My husband and I have three children, Kendall, Jonah and Anaiah. Kendall will be in sixth grade this year. Jonah will be in first grade and Anaiah will be 5 in November. When I am not at school, you will find me at the park with my kids. Feel free to contact me at cvivanco@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7526.

4th Grade

Mrs ReedWelcome to 4th Grade!  I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your student in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  My name is Melissa Reed I will be teaching Science.  I have taught for 15 years and have been at GME for 10 years.  Some of the things I enjoy in my free time is camping, road trips, fishing, and gardening.  I love spending time with my family.   If you need anything at all please feel free to contact me at mreed@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7531.

Ms. Cierra

My name is Cierra Schubin, and I am a fourth grade social studies teacher at Graham Mesa Elementary. I currently live in Parachute with my husband, Joey Luebbe; our two cats, Alice and Nugget; and our dog, Oscar. My true passion is teaching, but when I am not teaching I enjoy reading, cooking, and kayaking the Colorado River. You can reach me in my classroom or cschubin@garfieldre2.net.

Mrs. WilliamsWelcome to 4th Grade!  My name is Tamara Williams and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your student in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.   This is my 22nd year teaching in Garfield Re-2 and my third year at Graham Mesa Elementary!     In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, reading, golfing, and hiking.    If you need anything at all, please feel free to contact me at twilliams@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7529.

5th Grade
Miss Chenoweth

Welcome to 5th grade!  I am so pleased that I get to work with all your amazing students for the 2019-2020 school year!  My name is Melanie Chenoweth.  I am going into my third year teaching and my second year at GME.  I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning, so I am excited to bring what I learn from there into my classroom to help your students even more.  When I am not teaching or learning, I enjoy being outside with my family.  We enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and camping.  One of our favorite places to go as a family is Disneyland in California.  I am also a huge superhero nerd, so I have been to Comic Con in Salt Lake City four times, and I plan on going to more in the future!

If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me at mchenoweth@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7676. Thanks so much, and I look forward to the coming school year!

Mrs. FidsMy name is Jennie Fideldy, or Mrs. Fids as you might hear from most. This year I will be teaching 5th grade ELA and Social Studies.  I am going on to my 6th year at GME and my 12th year in Garfield Re2 School District.  GME has truly been a home to me and I could think of a better school! 

I was born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin and went to school at Minnesota State, Mankato.  At Mankato, I played soccer as a keeper and loved every minute of it.  After college, I taught preschool for a bit before I got my first classroom job in New Castle at Elk Creek Elementary. 

It has been forever a dream of mine to live in Colorado. I met my husband here, Ryan Fids (yes he is here at GME too!) and we have two kids, Winterlynn (Winnie) and Coldin.  We LOVE the western slope.  In the winter our time is filled with snowboarding for me and skiiing for the rest of the family. In the summer, our time is filled with mountain biking, camping, rafting; if it's outdoors we love it. 

I couldn't be happier to be teaching here at GME again and I look forward to another exciting year! Feel free to contact me at jfideldy@garfieldre2.net or 970-665-7548.

Mrs. Wilson

5th Grade Rocks! Welcome to 5th grade, my name is Cassandra Wilson and I am so excited to get to know your student and work with you for the best outcome for your kiddo! A little bit about me, this is my second year at GME and I love it. Before GME I taught over at the middle school in 5th grade. I love hanging out with my family and my dogs. We love to take advantage of this beautiful area. We like to go for walks, camp, travel, fishing, attend plays or music concerts, explore and enjoy nights just talking or watching movies. I love Rifle and love the strong community that it has to offer. I am so excited for the upcoming school year! If you ever have any questions and or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at cwilson@garfieldre2.net or call at 970-665-6775. See you soon!