Fifth Grade

Our 5th grade teachers!

Ms. Begnel

Hello!  My name is Katie Begnel.  I originally grew up in southern Illinois.  I moved to Grand Junction for college and I have loved being in Colorado.  One of my favorite things is the outdoors.  I also love spending quality time with my family and friends.  A fun fact about me is that my favorite food is tacos!
I am so excited to be at Buffalo Ridge Elementary, where I will be starting my education career.  I want to be a teacher because I have a passion for children and growing relationships with them.  I can't wait to learn and experience new things this year!


Ms. Bethea

Hello Buffalo Ridge Families!  My name is Maya Bethea and I am very excited to be teaching 5th grade this year at Buffalo Ridge!  I am a Colorado native and grew up in Denver, I moved to Parker when I began teaching 3 years ago.  This will be my fourth year teaching!

My experience teaching is in upper elementary.  Before joining the Buffalo Ridge team I worked as a 5th grade teacher at Gold Rush Elementary.  I also did my student teacher residency in a 5th grade classroom.  I graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

As a teacher I enjoy creating a classroom community with my students.  I think this is the most important factor in creating a successful classroom of students who thrive both academically and socially.  I am always looking for new ways to engage my students creatively and find what excites them about learning.  In addition to relationship and community building I believe in holding students to high expectations, challenging them academically and socially, teaching them to be respectful of the differences of others, and instilling a growth mindset in which students aren't afraid of taking risks and believing in themselves.

My immediate family is pretty small as I am an only child.  However, my best friend of 14 years is like a sister to me.  We spend a lot of time with our Shih Tzu Lila!  I enjoy spending time in and out of the city trying new restaurants, attending concerts at Red Rocks, or going to hot springs pools in the mountains.

I am always open to sharing my experiences with students and families so please feel free to ask.  Being in communication with families is important to me and I will be more than happy to answer any questions over the phone or through email.  I am looking forward to teaching your students this year and creating a partnership to be the best support system for them.


Ms. Garbett

My name is Stacey Garbett.  I am 28 years old.  I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, for most of my life before moving to Colorado last year.  I travel to California to work as an Aquatics Director for a scout camp during the summer.  I am currently working on my Master in Educational Psychology, and should be graduating by the end of this year.  

While I have only had my own classroom for the last four years, I have been working in schools since 2012.  Most of that time was spent as a teacher in the after-school program.  When I wasn't tutoring the little ones, I ran enrichment classes which included ballroom dancing and pottery.  I also worked as an interventionist, teacher assistant, and as a substitute.

When I'm not teaching I love to go on adventures!  I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, and camping.  I love to dance but haven't been able to find a spot to do so in Colorado.  Lastly, I have recently gotten into kickboxing, which is so much fun!


Mr. Schlatter

Hello!  This is my FIRST year as an educator and I could not be more excited to spend my first year with Buffalo Ridge!  I received my BA in Elementary Education from IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana and I just moved out to Colorado in July.  I fell in love with the mountains and the people and knew that this was going to be my new forever home.  I have 3 cats named Jasper, Juno, and Link and an amazing fiancee by my side.  I left behind my closest friends in Indiana but I'm beyond excited to create more!(:  I cannot wait for the school year to start and to begin my passion with some amazing kiddos!