Phone: 303-467-5363 ext. 7224


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies - CSU Degree and Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education - CSU

Mrs. Carrie Giddings

Welcome to 1st Grade at Lincoln Academy! My philosophy of education is simple. I strive to provide the best I have for each student and educate every child, every day. I view the opportunity to work in the education of young children as a blessing and a gift. My goal is to discover what lights the fire of learning in each student and then fuel that fire in my classroom. So much learning and growth takes place in first grade, and I am overjoyed to be a part of that process. In my classroom we operate as a family unit, helping and encouraging one another, pushing one another further in our academics, respecting and supporting one another, and most of all, having fun growing together.

I have been teaching for 17 years and my favorite part of each year is building a strong classroom community and watching students flourish academically and socially as they become an essential part of that community. As both a teacher and a mom, I know that the home-to-school connection is a vital part of the learning process, and I encourage family members to be very involved in both the classroom setting and the learning that takes place at home. I consider it pure joy to be in this profession and to teach each and every day. 


Phone: 303-467-5363 ext. 7291


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University

Mrs. Ashlyn Helm

Welcome to first grade! My name is Ashlyn Helm and this will be my fourth year teaching at Lincoln Academy! I attended Colorado Christian University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. 

One of my favorite aspects of teaching is helping students gain a passion for learning. I strive to teach in a way that is engaging and hands-on for students, to ensure that each student is getting the most out of their educational experience. 

In my classroom, every child is valued and respected. I believe a strong classroom community is the key to an effective learning environment. When children feel seen and connected to their classmates, they are more likely to thrive in their academic abilities. Throughout the year, we will be immersed in a positive, fun, and academically rigorous environment.

I am so excited to be a part of your child’s life and development this year!

Phone: 303-467-5363 ext 7232


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Mrs. Brynn Wennen

One of the reasons I enjoy teaching first grade is that I love teaching reading. The building blocks of reading instruction are one of my favorite parts of education. I can hardly wait to support your students as they continue their literacy growth. I have strong confidence that with well-planned instruction, and our strong, research-proven curriculums, your child will be offered an exceptional first grade education this year!

As a teacher who is also a mom, I want you to know that I know how valuable your input and involvement will be to your child’s educational success this year. You know your incredibly unique child best, and are a huge help to me in getting to know and understand them.  Also, your support at home is crucial and I have some great ideas this year to help you use the best possible practices at home to aid in your child’s growth.

Finally, having the best possible classroom learning environment is very important to me.  I want to use your child’s hours here at school effectively.  My students’ time at school will be well planned out so that we can make the most of every moment. I also want to encourage an atmosphere of respect, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning.

Phone: 303-467-5363 ext. 7296


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Sarah Smith

Hello!  My name is Sarah Smith and I teach first grade here at Lincoln Academy. I taught second grade for two years in Little Rock, Arkansas and Kindergarten for two years in Memphis, Tennessee.  My husband’s name is Brandon Smith and he is a mechanical engineer.  We have a sweet Border collie named Kira.  I love volleyball, hiking, biking, and hanging out with friends.  I received a bachelor's degree of Early Childhood Education from Harding University in Arkansas.
I have a true passion of working with young learners.  It is so much fun watching them grow throughout the school year.  Helping each child progress in all areas of their development is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.  I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive and fun environment.  
I cannot wait to be a part of your child's learning this year!