Classified Staff

Zach Powell


I am thrilled to be part of Harmony's evolving community and be a part of cultivating new traditions as a Raptor.
I have just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Family Social Science. I am planning to go back to school for a graduate degree in School Counseling within the next few years.
I am an avid sports fan of all the local professional teams in addition to my Golden Gophers.
I spent the last three years at The University of Minnesota's Youth Programs Summer Camp as a group leader and a camp instructor. I was fortunate enough to create my own "Breaks and Beats" camp, where I got to educate campers on the origins of Hip-Hop, the different art forms of Hip-Hop, in addition to guiding campers through creating and performing their own Hip-Hop project.
I grew up in Aurora, Colorado before leaving in 2016 to attend my undergraduate studies in Minnesota. I graduated from Rangeview High School in addition to being one of the first graduating 8th grade classes from Aurora Quest K-8. I am the oldest of seven siblings and l have one Labrahound named Steely Dan! I am so excited to meet everyone and for the school year to start!

Elizabeth Conrad


Hello Harmony Ridge. I am very excited to be apart of the staff. I have been a Para Educator for the past 3 years. For the past two years I have worked with Middle Schoolers.
I have lived in Colorado for most of my life. I have been married for 20 years, I have a daughter who is 9. For fun I love going camping and hiking in the mountains. I also love just hanging out with my family and friends.

April Banaitis

Family Liaison

Hello, I am so excited to join Harmony Ridge P-8 as a Family Liaison and Paraprofessional. This will be my eighth year working for APS. I have primarily worked helping families and students obtain equity in their learning and removing any barriers that might hinder their success. I have three children that have all gone through (or are currently in) APS. My oldest just finished her Freshman year at Arcadia University in PA, my middle daughter is a Sophomore at Vista Peak, and my son will be a Freshman at Vista Peak.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, kids and Beagle named Disney. I also enjoy volunteering in the community.
I can’t wait to meet all of our scholars and their families!

Kree Cruz La Santa

PreK Paraprofessional

Hello everyone! My name is Kree’ and I am so excited to start my new journey with you all at Harmony RIdge. I am thrilled to begin working as a Pre-K para. I have been working with children since I was fifteen, starting out as a babysitter for family friends and neighbors. I began professionally caring for and teaching children about seven years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have been working in the private preschool/ childcare field and it has always been my dream to work for a Colorado public school! The very first public school I went to was an Aurora Public school and I’m so very excited to get back to my roots. When I’m not at work you can catch me spending time with my daughter, our family, and friends. I look forward to a wonderful school year with you all!

Sandra Graves-Rosales

PreK Paraprofessional

Hello, my name is Sandra Graves Rosales. I am really happy to be joining the Harmony Ridge P-8 community as a Pre-K Para. Excited to build, and be a part of the Harmony family with our students, families, and staff members. I’ve worked as a Pre-K Para for 3 years in Denver at Palmer Elementary. I enjoy spending time with my husband Branden, and 8 year old son Mateo. I love to travel, cook, relax at home, and plant flowers.

Skylar Clark

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Hello Harmony Ridge my name is Skylar and I am so excited to join as the kindergarten para. I am currently finishing my degree in elementary education at the University of Phoenix. I have 5 classes to go until graduation which is extremely exciting. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to have a class of my own in the very near future. I have lived in colorado all my life and attended APS schools as well. I am a mother of two little ones who also will be attending Harmony this school year. When I am not working or doing homework I am home with my son and daughter playing games, cooking, watching movies, reading or playing with our two dogs. We also love getting out and exploring Colorado especially in the mountains. I have always known that I wanted to work with children and I hope to make a difference in their lives as they do in mine. I can’t wait to meet you all and have a terrific school year. Go Raptors!

Corina Cardenas

Behavioral Paraprofessional

Hi my name is Corina Cardenas but I go by Ms. Coco, I taught in DPS for over 10yrs and this will be my second year in APS. I am born and raised in Denver, CO (Go Broncos) I love traveling, playing sports and bungy jumping. I've worked in behavior the last 4 years in schools and currently at MSU furthering a degree to stay in this field. I am committed to providing a safe place for the students to talk and work through any situations. Excited for this new year, Go Raptors!

Alexandria Bentler

Autism Paraprofessional

Hello everyone! I am Alexandria Bentler and I am excited to begin work at Harmony.
I am from Minnesota but have lived in Colorado for most of my life. I grew up in western Colorado, and for a time, I lived on a farm and raised animals like goats, horses, rabbits, and chickens.
After high school, I attended Western State Colorado University where I spent a lot of my spare time going on mountain hikes and participating in the campus bands such as Steel Pan, Jazz, Orchestra, and Symphony. Currently I am able to play over four instruments and find music to be a great stress reliever. After graduating I moved down to Aurora and started working in the school system and the rest is history.
In my spare time I like to play video games, play music, watch scary movies, and try out new restaurants. I look forward to meeting the rest of the staff and work with students and their families.

Mary Ellen Dvorak

Autism Paraprofessional

Hello! My name is Mary Ellen Dvorak. I have been with APS on and off for the past 10 years. I love helping students grow and develop a passion for learning. I am excited to start the journey of building our community at Harmony Ridge.
My husband is a science teacher and also the department chair for science at Regis Jesuit High School. We have two children. Bailey will be in 3rd grade and Bennett will be in 1st grade. I love cooking, baking and canning (I make some delicious tomato salsa and corn relish) and spending time outside either camping, hiking or tending to our vegetable garden. Trying new food and drinking coffee are passions of mine. Laughing is also one of my favorite things to do.
I look forward to getting to know you and having a great 2020-2021 school year!

Tammy Hinton

Autism Paraprofessional

Hi! My name is Tammy and I'm super excited to be a part of the Harmony Ridge team! I am a Colorado native and just love the mountains and the beautiful state we live in. I have a family that I love and is my everything! We love our fur babies (great danes) and our Son Logan who just turned 5 who is our biggest blessing and definitely keeps us on our toes. Time sure does fly way too fast! As a family we love everything about the beach and oceans and visiting them anytime we can. I have been working with children officially for the last 3 years and love everything about it. Kids are amazing and so much fun to be around. The last 2 years have been at a Military base in the preschool program. I love being around and helping serve the military families and taking care of their children but i am super excited about being in the Aurora School District and being in a classroom and can't wait to see what the year brings!

Aspen Binder

Autism Paraprofessional

Hi everyone! My name is Aspen Binder. This will be my first year working as a Paraprofessional. I have a double BA from Western Colorado University in English and Environmental Sustainability. I grew up in Golden, CO before eventually moving to Gunnison, CO to obtain my undergrad. I love traveling, reading, photography, and writing! I am so excited for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, and look forward to meeting the new kids/families and staff members!