Our Team


Kelly Molinet

Head of School and Executive Director
She, Her, Hers
kelly@septemberschool.org

Kelly earned a BFA in Art History and Music from Syracuse University. She began a lifelong career in education working with urban youth at the Rescue Mission. Over the past two decades, Kelly has worked with nonprofit organizations in the U.S., Honduras, Russia, and Costa Rica as an educator, advocate, fundraiser and program director. After teaching music, history, and Latin at a private school, she earned a Masters in Inclusive Special Education from Syracuse University while completing the prestigious Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residency. She taught at an inner city school in New York before moving to Colorado in the fall of 2015.

Kelly has lived out her personal passion for music as a performer, voice teacher, choir director and has written and directed numerous musicals for young people. In her free time, Kelly hangs out with her six children playing and coaching soccer, having dance parties in the kitchen and exploring Colorado.

"Don't ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them what problems they want to solve. Ask them what they want to change in their community to make it more just and equitable. This changes the conversation from 'Who do I want to work for?" to 'What do I need to learn to be able to do that?'"—Kelly Molinet

 

Jeff Hamilton

PE, Health and Performing Arts Teacher
He, Him, His
jeff@septemberschool.org

Jeff backs up his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Anthropology with a black belt and 25 years teaching martial arts. Our performing arts instructor since 1993, Jeff also teaches basketball and weightlifting along with classes like Chi Kung, Art of the Sword and Human Issues. Jeff’s wilderness and leadership trips often prove to be life changing for our students, and his daily all-school community class is part of the fabric of our school program. “I have the freedom to be who I really am here,” Jeff says, “and I love that I have the opportunity to form real, authentic relationships with my students.”

September School offers the chance to help students establish and solidify their values at a time when they’re questioning the reality of everything in their lives.” —Jeff Hamilton

 

Eve Halpern

Guidance Counselor & Mindfulness Teacher
She, Her, Hers
eve@septemberschool.org

Eve Halpern has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: concentration in Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  She has previous degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans, where she completed a BA in Spanish and Gender Studies, and from the New School for Social Research in New York, N.Y, where she received her first Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.

Eve is a dauntless advocate for students and combines compassionate presence with fearless action.  She brings her training as a Mindfulness Instructor to her counseling work and to her classes. As a present-centered and strength-based practitioner, Eve tends to see the best in others, and particularly in adolescents. In her roles as educator and counselor, Eve has run leadership camps, led rites of passage programs, taken students on trips abroad, and worked in university settings as both a teaching assistant and as a professor. Prior to supporting students through counseling, Eve taught Spanish and humanities in the classroom for over a decade. Eve has extensive experience working with adolescents, children, and families. When she is not serving the September School community, Eve runs a small private practice.She is fluent in Spanish and has lived abroad in both Mexico and Spain. Eve enjoys the creativity of her position and the deep connections she gets to form with students.

“When we build on our inherent strengths and resources, a natural process of growth unfolds.  We can offer this same opportunity to others through seeing them—seeing both their wholeness and their suffering.” —Eve Halpern

 

Liz Rhodes

English Teacher
She, Her, Hers
liz@septemberschool.org

Liz Rhodes earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her Masters in Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to finding a home at September School, Liz taught secondary English in St. Vrain Valley School District and in Mapleton Public Schools. Liz chose to teach English because she believes studying literature has the power to help readers contemplate diverse points of view and explore new ways of viewing and living in the world. While she believes that the ability to read and write effectively is crucial to students’ future success, Liz’s primary reason for becoming a teacher is to be a positive, reliable, and deeply caring presence for students fighting through difficult school years. She loves teaching at September School because of the community’s focus on meeting each student where they are and because of the close, genuine student-teacher relationships. In addition to teaching, Liz loves to travel, read, and go on outdoor adventures with her dog.

“Students learn best in an accepting environment that allows them to explore, take risks, and try new ways of living in the world. September School community members give one another permission to show up as their authentic selves, allowing deep learning and personal growth to occur." —Liz Rhodes

 

Eitan Fire

Social Studies Teacher
He, Him, His
eitan@septemberschool.org

Eitan earned his undergraduate degree in liberal arts at St. John’s College, the nation’s third-oldest school. He lived in Israel, where he had the opportunity to solidify his understanding of Hebrew. Eitan pursued his interest in teaching by working first at The Santa Fe Children’s Museum and then at a Boys and Girls Club in Portland, Oregon. He gained critical tools to become the best teacher possible by earning his Masters in Teaching at Lewis & Clark College. Since then, Eitan has returned to his hometown of Boulder and spent five years teaching in the public school system including three years in the Boulder Valley School District.

“I strive to ensure that all of my students feel supported and valued by me regardless of where they are in terms of understanding, their values, and/or beliefs. I work with all of my students to help them grow into confident adults and positive role models.” —Eitan Fire

 

Kat Hodges

Art Teacher
She, Her, Hers, They, Them
kat@septemberschool.org

Kat Hodges is an educator, designer, and artist. She graduated from Colorado College with degrees in English and Fine Art and holds an MFA in Studio Art from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

 

 

Lindsey Gillette

Social Studies Teacher
She, Her, Hers
lindsey@septemberschool.org

At 5 years old, Lindsey set up her stuffed animals (and little brother) so she could play teacher. Teaching has always been her calling. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in History and Education from Colorado State University. Shortly after graduating from CSU, she embarked on a new adventure and moved to South Korea where she spent a year teaching English and experiencing life abroad. Lindsey returned home to teach for ten years in Denver Public Schools. Her experience teaching has included Math, Student Council, History and Civics, AP Psychology, and Economics of Social Issues.

In August of 2020 Lindsey began teaching at Sept School and despite all the challenges of the 2020/2021 school year, she feels September School is exactly where she belongs.

Lindsey's passions outside of teaching are giving her two dogs and two cats the absolute best life they could imagine and working and fighting for Social Justice, Animal Justice, and Environmental Justice.

Krista Chiaravalle

Middle School Teacher
She, Her, Hers
krista@septemberschool.org

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” - WB Yeats

Krista is our new lead middle school teacher. With over 15 years of experience in education, she wholeheartedly believes that children are hardwired to learn and need to be given a safe space to explore their passions and interests. Like our students, Krista was also educated in a nontraditional setting at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood where she attended kindergarten to 12th grade. It was at the Open School where she discovered a true passion for learning and the importance of community.

She began her teaching journey in the San Luis Valley where she helped disadvantaged students in the Upward Bound Program. From there, she moved to the Front Range where she taught biology at Niwot High School. Most recently, she was the STEM coordinator and instructional coach at Sunset Middle School teaching students coding, robotics, and engineering skills.

Krista lives in Lyons with her husband and two teenage daughters. She loves being outdoors, so on any given day you may find her rock climbing, boating, fishing, hiking, or skiing with her family. She also adores traveling and has plans to go to Uganda next summer to help a secondary school set up a STEM lab.

 

Aimee Herman-Durica

English Teacher
They, Them, Theirs
aimee@septemberschool.org

Aimee studied at Naropa University, where they earned a BFA in Writing and Poetics. They followed that with an MFA in Creative Writing from Long Island University in Brooklyn with a creative focus on queerness, gender and the body. Aimee has taught writing and literature for over ten years in higher ed, building curriculum and being blown away by the beautiful young minds in every classroom they taught. Their favorite part of teaching is watching students find the writer inside them.

Aimee is the author of two books of poetry: meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA) and to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books). Their first novel, Everything Grows, was published in 2019 by Three Rooms Press, and received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award for best young adult debut novel. Aimee is also a performance artist and ukulele player and enjoys creating spaces for others to feel wild and free on stage. Aimee is committed to community service and currently hosts a monthly open mic called Queer Art Organics and co-facilitates a bi-weekly writing workshop called Queer Creatives at Out Boulder County.

In their spare time, Aimee can be found walking their dog, going on hikes, writing poems, embroidering, and writing letters to their many pen pals.

 

Michelle Merz

Science Teacher
She, Her, Hers
michellemerz@septemberschool.org

Michelle is a self-declared nerd and life-long learner with three college degrees and four kids. She has a minor in theater and a love of debate which she hopes to share with our students. She also has huge amounts of enthusiasm for science, the environment, math and is a Star Wars and Disney fan. She loves to ski and has recently learned to scuba dive (and can't wait to go again!)  She has been lucky enough to teach in Colorado, California, Hawaii and China.

 

 

 

Julia Sitko

Bilingual Social Worker
She, Her, Hers
julia@septemberschool.org

Julia is a native of Boulder and grew up within the Buddhist community. She has worked in education for her entire career, first as a teacher and later as a social worker. Julia lived and worked in Oakland, California for the first decade of her career as a social worker and relocated back to Colorado with her son AJ during the early phase of the pandemic to be closer to family. She is passionate about working with youth and has dedicated her career to both supporting them and learning from them; young people have always been her greatest teachers.

Julia enjoys watching her son play baseball and going to MLB games. She and her son are also avid travelers and have made it to all but two Central American countries.  Julia also loves animals and believes that they are powerful healers (true social workers). She hopes to bring humor, joy, unconditional love and support to the students of Sept School.

Sarah DeSouza

Assistant to the Head of School
She, Her, Hers
sarahd@septemberschool.org

Sarah has doctoral degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies from George Washington University. She also holds a master of science in Health Fitness Management from American University and a bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto.
Sarah joined the September School staff in 2020 after spending 25 years working as a policy analyst in Colorado municipal government. She is thrilled to be able to follow her passion by joining the incredible staff at September School where she works in administration.

When she is not at school, Sarah loves to ride horses, hike, and spend time with her husband, dogs, and three boys.

Angela Beloian 

Administrative Support and Newsletter Designer (Art Teacher 2007-2020)
She, Her, Hers
angela@septemberschool.org

Angela Beloian received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Her paintings are included in public and private collections and her work has been displayed on the exterior of the Performing Arts Complex in Denver, Colo. She served on the Visual Arts Committee for the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder and the Teacher Advisory Committee for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Her involvement in September School includes teaching Studio Art and Yearbook as well as leading students on trips to Santa Fe, Chicago, and Patzcuaro, Mexico. Angela also started our Visiting Artist Program.

During my 13 years teaching art, it brought me an immense amount of joy and inspiration coaching students in their studio practice.” —Angela Beloian