Special Education

Claire Patten
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I am a proud Colorado native, that was born and raised in Boulder County. I played volleyball growing up and went to USC-Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina where I played on their team and received my B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Allied Health. I went on to receive my M.A.T. back home in Denver, at MSU Denver. In my free time I enjoy seeing live music, camping, fishing, snowboarding, and anything that I can do with my two dogs! I am looking forward to my first full year at Marrama as one of the MI-S teachers.

Β Gisela Ballecer –Β MIS (SPED) Teacher
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I moved to the US in 2014 and taught Special Education in North Carolina for 5 years before moving to DPS in 2019. I have two children and love to cross-stitch when I have some free time.

Michelle Luster –Β Special Education M/M Teacher


Hello! My name is Michele Luster and I am a M/M Moderate Special Education Teacher at Marrama. I am the person that coordinates IEP meetings and helps folks get started with the Special Education process.

I attended school within the DPS School District. I attended Amesse Elementary in Montbello; Hill Middle School in the Hilltop neighborhood; and I graduated from Montbello High School. My undergraduate degree is from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado and my graduate degree is from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.

I enjoy exercising, hiking, reading, planting flowers, and watching T.V. My favorite place to be is on a beach. I am excited for this upcoming year! I can’t wait to see our students and families.