Connections Teachers

Our Connections specialists join each classroom to ensure each student is receiving the support they need.

  • Kevin Colon

    He/His/Him
    Physical Education Specialist
    B.A. Physical Education, Oklahoma State University; Minor, Coaching, Oklahoma State University

    Kevin.colon@du.edu

    Kevin grew up in the Kansas City Metro area, where he quickly found a passion for sport and education at an early age. He earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State University to run Cross Country and Track and Field. While at OSU, Kevin began his studies as a Physical Education Teacher. He accepted his first job in Seattle working and running semi-professionally before moving to Colorado for the trails and the mountain air. Kevin enjoys running, hiking, biking and playing volleyball with friends and his wife. He is excited to share his knowledge of: sports, fitness, health, and wellness with the students at Ricks Student Support Team.

  • Bouchra Rifki

    She/Her/Hers
    French Teacher
    B.A. French and English Linguistivs, Caddi-Ayyad Univeristy (in Morocco)
    M.A. in Educational Psychology, Univeristy of Colorado at Denver

    Bouchra.rifki@du.edu

    Bouchra is originally from Morocco and moved to France as a young child, where she lived for seven years. Since coming to the United States, Bouchra has taught French at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She likes to help students experience the joy of learning a new language while also accumulating a strong knowledge about the French culture. Bouchra is trilingual in French, Arabic and English. In her spare time, Bouchra likes to spend time with my family and travel to other countries experience the cultures different from my own.

  • Carol Smith

    She/Her/Hers
    Music Specialist
    B.A., Piano Performance, Carthage College

    carol.smith@du.edu

    This will be Carol's 21st year teaching at Ricks. Along with her 25 years of music teaching experience, Carol has studied graduate level piano at Florida State University, piano and choral conducting at the Lamont School of Music, as well as gifted education through the Mortgridge School of Education at DU. She is a licensed Musikgarten instructor and participates in Orff teacher training workshops. In addition to sharing her passion for music with gifted children, Carol enjoys teaching singing classes for disabled adults, providing piano performances at nursing homes, and teaching her private piano students. Carol loves to play piano, hike in the mountains, and spend time with her family.