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Featured Meadow Staff Of The Month

Stephen Belsito-   6th grade

Hello, my name is Stephen Belsito, and I am teaching 6th grade at Meadow Community School this year.

This is my 4th year at Meadow and I love it here. The student’s and the teachers are all full of passion and energy just like me! I taught for 18 years before I came to Meadow in St. Paul Minnesota which is where I’m from. As far as college goes, my first degree is from The University of Minnesota where I received a B.S. in Business, and then I received my Masters in Education from St. Mary’s which is also in Minnesota.

I’ve been very fortunate to loop both years with my kids here at Meadow. The reason I enjoy this is watching them face new challenges, both in and out of the classroom, and helping them in any way I can to prepare them for school and life after school. #forthekids


Abraham Ornelas Palacios-    7th/8th

Hey! My name is Abraham Ornelas Palacios I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher. This is my third year in education but my first year as a teacher. I believe that every student is capable of learning and thoroughly enjoy being able to be a part of students’ development. My goal as an educator is to prepare students to go into the world with a growth mindset and a hunger to continue to seek out learning opportunities throughout their lives.


Carina Kirk-    Para/SECE

My name is Carina Kirk. I have been working at Meadow for 3 years.  I am a paraprofessional. I have been married for 10 years.  I have a daughter who is 5 years old and is in Kindergarten.  On my free time I like to be spending time with my family outside, reading books and watching movies.


Justine Bickford-   Instructional Guide

Justine Bickford has worked at Meadow Community School since 2012.  During her time at Meadow she has taught 5th grade and 3rd grade.  This year she has moved to a new role supporting teachers and students as the K-5 Instructional Guide.  Justine is an active member in the Mapleton Community.  She sponsors the school spelling bee and also teaches the Skyview Marching Band. 

Justine was born and raised in Colorado. After graduating high school she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a BA in Psychology and her teaching license.  In 2012 she earned her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.  In her free time Justine enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and playing the flute.


Denise Baskall-   Library Para

I'm Ms. Baskall.  I have 3 kiddos and have lived in Colorado all my life.  I have worked at Meadow Community School for 8 years. I am the school librarian and enjoy my job very much.  It's such a joy and pleasure to work with such amazing staff and students.  


Sarah Krause-   6th Grade

 Hello All! 

 This is my first year at Meadow Community School and my second year in Mapleton; it is also my eighth year as a teacher. I have taught a multitude of grades and subjects ranging from Kindergarten through twelfth grade strength training!  Currently, I am Meadow’s 6th grade math and science teacher!  I have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics, a graduate degree in Educational Administration, and am currently working towards my secondary math license!

 My life outside of school consists of homework, running, and hanging out with my fiancé Marcus and my dog Nash. We enjoy cooking, traveling, and watching all Cleveland sports!