Mr. Poland



I'm beginning my twenty-seventh year of teaching. This is my sixteenth year at Acres Green Elementary. The previous eleven years were spent teaching in Jefferson County Schools.

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After a few years working in Cincinnati, I decided to move to Denver and pursue my teaching license and masters degree. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver in 1995 and began my career teaching sixth graders in Jefferson County.
Summer is such an enjoyable time for me. I really enjoy the opportunity to revisit hobbies, getting outdoors, and traveling. This summer was an enjoyable one for me with lots of variety. I spent three weeks roaming Oregon. My trip began along the coast before working inland to the Willamette Valley, then north to Hood River, Government Camp and Mt. Hood, and then south to Bend before ending the trip in Portland. Lots of variety with great exploring. 

Two of my favorite past times are cycling and mountain biking. I really enjoy cycling at altitude and riding Colorado's high mountain passes. One of my favorite rides is Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. The views during the ride are just incredible. Three rides that I'm still planning for are Mt. Evans , Pikes Peak, and Guanella Pass. Fall is such a great time to ride, and so I'm looking forward to these rides very much.

In addition to riding, I spent many days hiking in and around the Front Range and the hills of Winter park. Snow was abundant on most trails, and so glissading and playing in the snow was a great way to beat the heat of summer.

Now that summer break has ended, I plan to continue to ride my favorite rides, High Grade Road on my road bike and Buffalo Creek on my mountain bike, as I keep my legs in shape for skiing this winter! Although my summer was so eventful and enjoyable, I am ready for the school year to begin!

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