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Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. This can only be successfully achieved in a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support and problem solving.
-International Baccalaureate Organization, 2010

Student Support


The International School of Denver is an inclusive school offering an education to students with a wide range of learning differences and individual needs, including those with specific learning difficulties and differences, as well as those who are highly achieving or gifted and talented and require challenge and enrichment.

At ISDenver we embrace students of all cultures and backgrounds, talents and differences. We support all students to help them achieve their full potential and meet their goals in order to become excellent learners and global citizens. All learners deserve to be appropriately challenged and enriched.

Whilst the vast majority of student needs can be met within the mainstream classroom through differentiation by class and subject teachers, those students whose needs fall at either end of the learning developmental continuum are supported by members of the Student Support Team (SST). Students needing additional language support in their target language are supported by designated teachers in those programs.

The role of the Student Support Team is to appropriately support and enhance the learning of the students identified pre- Admission and after enrolment. The SST is staffed to meet the needs of the current cohort of students and the composition of this team may therefore change over time as needs change.

Support and enrichment offered by the specialists includes:

  • Literacy skills – across all curricula (English, French, Mandarin, Spanish & the MYP)
  • Mathematics skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Social and emotional support
  • Counseling

 counselor's BLOG

Meet Our Student Support Team

Annie Barocas

G4-G8 Counselor

Annie Barocas worked at several Denver-area schools before joining the ISDenver community in 2018, counseling children 10-18. Annie received an M.A. in Counseling from Adams State University, College of Education, and an M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. She has also organized and lead youth service and outdoor adventure trips in Ecuador, Thailand, Turkey, Greece, Israel, and Poland.

Marzia Mauffrey

Head of Student Support, MYP Math and Science Teacher

Marzia Mauffrey oversees the Challenge & Enrichment programming at ISDenver, and leads the Student Support team. She is originally from Italy, where she earned her master’s degree in business engineering from Polytechnic of Turin. In 2005, Marzia completed her postgraduate teacher training in England. She has also completed training in the IB Primary Years Program. Marzia began her teaching career in 2000 and has experience teaching math to middle school and high school students in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Colorado. In addition to teaching, Marzia also served as a teaching training mentor at several schools. Before joining ISDenver in 2015, Marzia worked as a STEM Coordinator at a local international school.

Debra Mcqueen

Student Support Specialist
Debra "Ms. D" McQueen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College and a Master of Science in Special Education from Texas A & M University. Before joining the ISD community in 2016, Debra spent 12 years as an elementary school Resource Teacher in Texas and South Carolina. She specializes in early elementary reading intervention and laughter and learning. Outside of school, you can find Debra hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing on the mountain trails.