5th Grade


Darren Elmore

I am originally from Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawks!), but my wife and I have lived in Colorado for over 30 years, so it's probably safe to call it "home" now. I have a son, two cats, and one very energetic dog. I began my teaching career in January of 2002, and I've spent all but a few months of it right here at Saddle Ranch! I graduated from...wait for it...the University of Kansas and later earned my master's degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

I truly love what I do, and I believe my enthusiasm and passion helps to make my classroom a fun, safe and engaging place for kids to learn and thrive.


Kara Powell

Hello! My name is Kara Powell. I am from Austin, TX, but my family and I have lived in Colorado for 6 years. My husband and I have a daughter and a dog. We love the beautiful Colorado weather and spending time outside, especially going to the mountains.  After attending Texas Tech and receiving my business degree, I decided to become a teacher! I graduated from Texas State University and began teaching in 2011. I have taught first, second, third, and fifth grade! My favorite subject to teach is math. I love getting to know my students and their families and seeing all the progress made throughout the year!

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