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
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.
Ashley Harding serves as counselor for K3-Grade 3. She is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Board Certified Counselor (NCC.) Ashley has been a Child and Family Therapist at the Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver, Greenwood Village. At St. Mary’s Academy, where she was a lower and middle school counselor, Ashley developed and implemented a school counseling program to serve the school’s pre-K through 8th-grade students. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University and a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Kansas.
Katherine Hoeweler joined the ISDenver community in 2018 after working as a mild/moderate Special Needs teacher at DCIS Fairmont. While there, she instructed students with learning disabilities as well as those on the autism spectrum in small groups, individually, and in the classroom. Katherine’s educational degrees include an M.S. in Teaching Literacy from Touro College, New York, and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, New Jersey. She holds a Colorado Professional Teaching license, Special Education Generalist, Specialist.
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.
Christine Vroome is an international educator, with a M.S.Ed in Secondary English Education with a Social Justice focus from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She also earned a BA in English and Creative Writing at Penn. Most recently, Christine was an English Language Development Specialist at Colegio Granadino, Manizales, Colombia, where she supported new and low-level students in grades 6-12 in their English language development through remedial work. Christine joined the ISDenver community in 2017.