My name is Cheryl Nitz, and this will be my 16th year working in DPS with the M.I.S. center-program. I have a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and I have worked with this M.I.S. program for the past 15 years. This will be our first year at Columbine – and we are excited to make some new friends and continue to grow and to achieve our goals. Many of the students have been with me for the past 5 years and they inspire me each and every day!
My journey in education began in Beloit, Wisconsin where I participated in high school sports, coached students at the local YMCA, and went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. In 1986, I moved to Colorado and enjoyed 12 years as an Adapted Physical Education Teacher for students with Special Needs. I have coached many athletes in Special Olympics and am looking forward to coaching Unified Sports Teams here at Columbine.
I believe that balancing differentiation and inclusion is the key to meeting our student’s goals and building character in our school community. I value empathy, harmony and positivity and I promise to continue to develop these strengths in myself and encourage these strengths in others. In my spare time, I like to go camping and hiking, play tennis, and relax at home with family and friends. This is going to be the “best year ever”!