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Robi Wells, Principal & Special Education Case Manager
Robi Wells, Principal & Special Education Case Manager
I’m Robi Wells, I have been in education in many facets for 26 years. This is my 1st year at Vista as Principal and Special Education Case Manager. I moved over here just over a year ago for the Front Range where I taught for 18 years. When not working, I enjoy spending time outside, gardening, fishing and spending time with my husband and dogs. I look forward to a wonderful year!
Rachel DeMunbrun, Accountant & Registrar
Rachel DeMunbrun, Accountant & Registrarrdemunbrun@vistacharter.org
I have been in education for 7 years. I was the Head Secretary at Pomona Elementary School for 5 of those years. Pomona helped me find a love and passion for educating.

My role at VCS is very similar but also very different. I have worked with teens in many capacities but have not worked with them in education, until now. I am excited to be part of their continued learning and growth. I am a strong advocate for mental health awareness. I have an in-depth perspective and much experience in navigating mental health and wellness. I feel this experience will help students, staff, and families along the way.

My family and I moved here from Utah and have been in Montrose for 14 years. We love the area and cannot get enough of camping, fishing, swimming, kayaking etc. We are grateful to be living in such a great community!

Kim Nichols, Para Engagement Coordinator
Kim Nichols, Para Engagement Coordinatorknichols@vistacharter.org
I have been at Vista Charter School for 14 years. I am a true Montrose Native and have a passion for seeing youth succeed in our community. I love working with our young adults and being able to help them accomplish the goal of graduation. Everyday is a new learning experience, not only for the students but also for me. All the students at Vista become part of my extended family. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending family time with my now adult Kids and grandsons.
María Pacheco, Custodian
María Pacheco, Custodianmsaenz@vistacharter.org
Someone told me it was a good workplace for me, and that’s what brought me to Vista. I am passionate about walking our mountains. I like working at Vista because they let me work at my own pace and all the teachers treat me with respect and equality.
Mr. Trigg, Science Teacher & Career Development
Mr. Trigg, Science Teacher & Career Developmenttskoe@vistacharter.org
What I bring to the school is experience growing up in Montrose and connecting with the community. I am also a big advocate for the outdoors and relevancy in education, I strive to incorporate both as much as possible.

I spend my free time exploring the mountains and deserts. I ride dirt bikes, mountain bikes, fly fish, whitewater kayak, river surf, hike, and really anything else that takes me outside.

My career is very fulfilling at Vista Charter School. The teamwork and community are amazing. I really enjoy working with the staff and the student population as we all share a common goal of progress.

Ms. Fields, Social Studies & English Teacher
Ms. Fields, Social Studies & English Teacherefields@vistacharter.org
I teach Social Studies, English and Project Based Learning & Portfolios. I have been teaching in alternative settings for 25 plus years and I wanted to bring my experience to Vista and build a stronger learning environment for Vista students.

I love reading, research, hockey, camping and hiking when I’m not at school.

My favorite thing about teaching at Vista is helping my students find success.

Miss Ali, Social Emotional Learning, Responsive Counseling, & Mental Health Coordination
Miss Ali, Social Emotional Learning, Responsive Counseling, & Mental Health Coordinationaharris@vistacharter.org
I have wanted to work with youth in the field of mental health for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to find Vista Charter School when I completed my Master’s Degree!

I love to read, hike, and play softball! I am passionate about being outside and enjoying nature!

My favorite part about working at Vista is the students. All of them hold such a special place in my heart. I love the family feel of the Vista community.

Paul Stucki, Math Specialist & Bike Tech Coordinator
Paul Stucki, Math Specialist & Bike Tech Coordinatorpstucki@vistacharter.org
I believe in Alternative Education, and Vista fits my teaching style perfectly. As a former Professional Mountain Bike Racer and Freestyle Mogul Skiing Competitor, I like to spend my time recreating outdoors with family and friends in pursuit of inner peace.

I love teaching at Vista, because they value my passion for weaving my interests throughout meaningful curriculum. I connect well with students, and that can spark interest for them to reach their potential and realize their own goals and future.

Ms. Karina, Para Professional
Ms. Karina, Para Professionalkestrada@vistacharter.org
I came to Vista because it was a great new opportunity to work better hours than my prior job. I also enjoy working around teenagers.

I love hiking and camping.

I enjoy all of my coworkers and, of course, the students. I like that everyday is different and we just never know what’s next.

Dr. Mallory Shaffer, Guidance Counselor/CAP Teacher
Dr. Mallory Shaffer, Guidance Counselor/CAP Teachermshaffer@vistacharter.org
I have been working in education for over 10 years. I started my educational journey in Alternative Education in Arizona for 6 years where I then moved to Alaska for a year where I worked on finishing my doctoral degree and finally landed in Montrose. I taught at Northside for the past 4 years and loved every minute of working with the kids and growing as a leader. I come to Vista with an array of experience, qualifications, and leadership qualities. I am excited to get back into the Alternative Education Pathway and work with high school students again. I am most excited to get our students into the workforce and help build a sense of camaraderie by working with local businesses and helping these students succeed outside the traditional realm of education.

I moved to Montrose with my husband of 12 years and two daughters. Ryland is 7 and Tobyn is 5 both attending Northside Elementary. We love living in Colorado, coming from Arizona the summers are much more mild! We enjoy doing things as a family and really just being outside with friends and family. I am excited to grow with Vista and help create a culture of confidence and success!

Kristin Hauger, Bascamp Coordinator
Kristin Hauger, Bascamp Coordinatorkhauger@vistacharter.org
Kristin Hauger has taught students from pre-K through college since 1996, but Vista is her all-time favorite school. Ms. Hauger loves to learn and loves to teach, and she is dedicated to education as a key to a happy, healthy, meaningful life. She loves gardening, talking long walks, animals, kids, books, art, theater, travel, and fashion. She is passionate about writing and mindfulness practice.

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