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Mrs. Amy Jenkins

My name is Amy Jenkins.  I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University and my Master's degree in Teaching and Learning from Colorado State University-Global.  I met my husband, Scott in college and we have been married for 27 years.  We have two amazing adult daughters who both attended Lincoln Academy from Kindergarten through Middle School.  Lincoln has been an important part of my life, as a parent, a substitute teacher, an educational assistant, and this is my 8th year teaching Kindergarten.  The community at Lincoln is the main reason I am here.  It is a privilege to be a part of this amazing team of educators and families. 

Our Kindergarten classroom will be a rich, positive learning space, where students will feel cared for and respected.  I'm looking forward to an exciting year full of new knowledge, new friends, and new adventures.

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Mrs. Lauren Carpenter

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Lauren Carpenter, and this is my second year at Lincoln Academy. I grew up in Colorado and Texas, but have most recently moved to Arvada from Texas. This is my 15th year in education. I have taught Kindergarten-Second Grade. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University. My husband and I have 2 sons that are 5 and 7. I love spending time outdoors, shopping at Target or Amazon, and trying new coffee shops. 

I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing! I am a firm but loving teacher who cares deeply for my students. Our classroom will be a positive learning space where all students feel loved and cared for.

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Miss Ansley Cowan

Hi! My name is Ansley Cowan, and this is my second year teaching at Lincoln Academy. I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Denver last year for a change of scenery and to explore the mountains. I graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2021 and attended UNC-CH again to earn my Masters of Arts in Teaching after undergrad. Needless to say, I am a huge Tarheel fan, so you might hear your students cheering for the Heels this basketball season! I also have been a camp counselor at both day and overnight camps in North Carolina for the past eight years, which inspired me to turn my classroom into Camp Cowan. I love to hike, bake treats, travel, cheer for the Heels and, of course, play with kids! 

I was drawn to Lincoln because of the tight knit, supportive community here of students, teachers and families, and I am excited to get to know all of you this year. Our classroom will be a safe, inclusive and fun environment for all students. I am so excited to learn with and from my students and explore all of the magic of school in Kindergarten! 

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Ms. Tamra Summer

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Tamra Summer. This is my first year at Lincoln Academy, and I am thrilled to start this new adventure. I have been teaching for 17 years. I earned my Masters in Reading at Regis University. I have had the opportunity to teach kindergarten, first grade and second grade. I also served as the Literacy Specialist for four years. I have a passion for teaching, and it is what I am meant to do. I have two children who will be joining me at Lincoln this year. In my free time, I love to run, rock climb, paddle board, read and play with my two amazing children. I look forward to becoming part of the Lincoln family!

Our classroom will become a second family. We get the opportunity to spend more time together than with our own families. We will build positive, trusting relationships, so we are all empowered to take risks in a safe learning environment. It is important to me that I create a classroom where my students love coming to school and cannot wait to learn something new.