I Teach Because...

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse. Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
Monica DeBerdiales
Grade 1
Rocky Mountain Elementary School

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
What I enjoy most about teaching is being an important source of knowledge and trust to my students. I love that they can come to me with all their curiosity and wonders about the world.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
I found my vocation for teaching while I was working as a substitute teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District. I had a bachelor degree in Hospitality Administration at that time, but I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to pursue that career. Later, I earned a master degree in Education at CU Boulder.

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
My favorite memory was when I was in first grade. It was when I finally learned how to read. I felt very accomplished and proud of myself.