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Becky McAuley Becky is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Partners in Routt County team this year! She will be working at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Becky was born and raised in Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology and believes that every child has the potential to change the world. Becky hopes to continue working with children either in the field of school psychology or as a teacher.
Andrea Ronquist Andrea grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and then attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she spent many hours volunteering with kids in after-school programs and developed a desire to work with non-profit organizations that focus on child development. She graduated in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Minor in French. In addition to her passion for working with youth, Andrea enjoys traveling, skiing, running, hiking, biking, reading, and listening to music. She is very excited to work as a School-Based Mentor in Soda Creek Elementary School!
Andy Dittgen Andy is from Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Miami University where he majored in Political Science. In his free time he can be found hiking, camping, long boarding or watching football. He spent the last year working at the Boys and Girls Club in Criag, CO as the Fitness Director. He is very excited to join Hayden Middle School this year. Tiger pride!
Jessica Chamish Jessica grew up in New York and just finished college at Vanderbilt University with a degree in Medicine, Health and Society. In her free time, Jessica loves to play lacrosse, read and spend time with family and friends. Jessica is very excited to be living in Colorado and looks forward to working with the students at Hayden Middle School this year!
Megan McCord Megan is very excited to be serving another year with Partners in Routt County! After working at Soroco Middle School for the 2011-2012 term, she has decided to stay on for another year of mentoring. Originally from southern Illinois, Megan has come to love the beautiful community of Steamboat and may never leave! In her free time she enjoys climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and reading. She hopes to either pursue a future career in the non-profit field or continue working with children.
Bekah Hykan Bekah is very excited to be a School Based Mentor at Soroco Middle School. She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and then moved to Oregon for school. After college Bekah traveled a lot and taught outdoor education. She is happy to be back in Colorado and hoping for lots of snow this winter! In addition to working with students, Bekah loves to hike, ski, do yoga, travel and read.
Leah Michaels Leah is from a small town in Minnesota where she grew up fishing and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. In the spring of 2012 Leah graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Biology and Spanish, and this year she is super excited to venture down a new path and gain experience working with children as a School-Based Mentor at Steamboat Springs Middle School. She loves anything outdoors and spending time cooking with friends and family.
Brian Johansen Brian grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA where he received his B.S. in Psychology. He loves learning, exploring new places and activities, reading and playing tennis and ping pong. He plans on pursuing his Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2013. Brian is excited to work with the students and staff at Steamboat Middle School and take in all the glee and wonder of the mountains during his time off.
Julia Boneberg Julia grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, just outside of New York City. She went to The College of New Jersey and graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology. Julia also minored in photography. She loves to take pictures, read, and bake. She is excited to be a Mentor at Steamboat Springs Middle School this year and can’t wait to meet and get to know all the students and other great people she’ll be working with.