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Meet the Trailside Team!

Trailside Administration Team 

Laura Nelson, Director Trailside Team  

Mrs. Nelson is a master educator and has been in Mapleton for 16 years. She most recently served as the school director at York International School, a K-12, and Adventure Elementary, a PreK-6. Mrs. Nelson started in the district as a middle school language arts teacher, teaching both third and fourth grade. 

Mrs. Nelson has been a part of the Trailside design process since the beginning and is excited to help transition the Valley View community to the new school building, as well as welcome new families to Mapleton.

Mrs. Nelson graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Education and received an MA in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She grew up and now lives in Arvada with her husband, her son Vincent, and Buddy the dachshund.

Sarah Kopperud, Assistant Director

Mrs. Kopperud joined the Mapleton family in 2005 and is committed to the academic and personal development of all students. She started her career as a second-grade Spanish literacy teacher and served as an ELL Interventionist for many years. Mrs. Kopperud has shared her talents at several schools in Mapleton, serving in leadership positions at Global Leadership Academy, a 9-12, and Monterey Community School, a K-8. She is known for fostering the growth of successful parent engagement programs and supports both students and teachers with approaches based on Restorative Practice and Positive Behavior Intervention Systems.

Mrs. Kopperud graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She received her Master of Education in Education Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received her principal license in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver. 

Mrs. Kopperud is the proud Mapleton parent of a two-year-old who attends Global Primary Academy. Her husband is a social worker with UC Health.


Lindzy Molinaro, Administrative TOSA 

My name is Lindzy Molinaro. I graduated from Regis University with an undergrad in education and a Masters degree in Administration. I have been dedicated to the field of education for 13 years as a teacher and administrator in Mapleton. My most recent administrative experience has been shaped by three years of successful leadership as an Instructional Guide and Admin TOSA. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Trailside and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to establish strong relationships with parents, students, and our community partners. We will focus on the structure of EL, workshop model, use of data to inform instruction, consistent implementation of instructional strategies to increase students' achievement, and providing exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.

I feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of such an awesome school community.