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West Campus
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230

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17101 East Ohio Dr.
Aurora, CO 80017

Vanguard West ELD


We encourage all ELD students to continue practicing English at home, by having conversations with friends and family about what we talk about each day in class.  We are currently learning about visual and performing arts.

We are also preparing for the nationwide ACCESS test, which is conducted during the month of January for Grades 1-8.  The four domains of this test include: listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Please continue to practice these areas outside of school. Kindergarten students will have a separate form of testing. 

Important Announcements

Our current unit in ELD class is "Visual and Performing Arts," where each grade level is studying different works of literature.  We will have the students perform some of these stories for their classmates at the end of the unit. They will be making costumes and props in class and students will act out the parts they have practiced.  Parents are welcome to stop by and watch the performances on those days!



During the month of January, all ELD students in grades 1-8 will be taking four sections of a nationwide standardized test.  The four domains include: listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Students have been preparing for this test by practicing in class and we encourage them to continue practicing outside of school as well. 

January 13-17: Reading and Listening

January 21-24: Speaking

January 27-31: Writing 

*all students will be required to make up these sections if they are absent from school that day


Kindergarten ELD Testing:

January 28th and 29th


ELD Grades K-2 Field Trip 1/17/20:

DCPA performance of "Goodnight Moon"


*We ask that guardians who would like to volunteer on our field trips, please see Ms. Cordero in the front office to sign up and fill out the necessary paper work.

ELD Teacher

Ms. Sullenberger

I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Mississippi, where I studied Spanish and Journalism. Traveling, language and teaching are my passions and I have studied and worked abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica. As an educator, I have worked with a variety of age groups around the globe in some capacity. I moved to Denver from Jackson, MS, where I taught middle school ESL, and was most recently a kindergarten teacher at Vanguard West. I am excited to join the ELD team here at Vanguard Classical School for the 2019-2020 school year!

ELD Teacher

Mr. Huyer

My name is Chris Huyer and I look forward to working this year at Vanguard Classical Academy West as an ELD teacher. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1994 at Metropolitan State University of Denver (formerly known as Metropolitan State College of Denver). . In 2006, I received my teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and in 2019 I obtained my CLD endorsement. In addition I obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy through the Lesley University cohort program in 2008. I taught 3rd grade for several years at Pinnacle Charter School, 4th grade at Twin Peaks Charter Academy, and 5th grade in Aurora Public Schools. I have also worked as a substitute teacher in both Denver Public Schools as well as Adams 12. I chose education because I am passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of the students I am teaching. When I am not working I enjoy running, kickboxing, hiking, camping, backpacking, and listening to classic rock. I look forward to an awesome school year.

7/8 ELD Support

Ms. Curran

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, specifically Crystal Lake, IL. I moved out to Colorado to attend Colorado State University and graduated with my Bachelor's in Science as a Biology major. This is my fifth year teaching at Vanguard West as the 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher, and my third year as Upper School Department Chair. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with family and friends. I also spend a lot of time supporting various animal rescue efforts.