MEET THE STAFF


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Tish DeHerrera - Office Manager


Tish was born and raised just outside of Dallas, Texas. She has been married for 20 years to her San Luis Valley native husband. They have four children, three boys & one girl. Her husband's medical practice has brought them back to the Valley. She is a city girl living a farm life, living on ten acres with an ever growing population of animals.  
​Tish's previous jobs include pre-school Head Start teacher, Executive Director of Camp Fire USA, and floral/retail shop owner.  Her hobbies include cooking, fishing, writing poetry, floral design and good music. Most importantly, she loves being a mom. "I'm a nurturer. That's why I love being a part of this school. I get to be a small part of the everyday lives of some amazing kids and work with  passionate, professional educators that make my job all the more enjoyable."


Tracy Simon - Special Education Instructor


Mrs. Simon is a native of Tennessee but has lived in Colorado since 1995.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Tennessee, in 1992.  The natural beauty, cultural history, and quiet living brought her to the San Luis Valley in 1999.  After moving to Colorado, she felt the need to have a greater purpose in life and decided to return to school, earning her teaching certification and Master's Degree in Special Education from Adams State College in 2003.  Since that time, Mrs. Simon has been passionate about serving at-risk students who face multiple life challenges.  During her tenure with the Monte Vista School District, she has served as a middle school Special Education teacher, the district Instructional Coach, district New Teacher Induction Coordinator, and currently as the Special Education/Literacy teacher at Byron Syring Delta Center and Online Academy.  "Empowering students to realize the greatness they all possess brings me great joy!" In her spare time, Mrs. Simon loves to mountain bike, garden, and spend time along the creek with her husband and furry kids.