Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Kelly Coonts – Principal
email: kelly.coonts@dcsdk12.org

It is a genuine pleasure to be a part of the Leadership Team at PGE and work with outstanding teachers, supportive parents, and most importantly, AWESOME KIDS! Prior to coming to Pine Grove as an Assistant Principal, I taught for 7 years in 1st and 2nd grades. Education was my 2nd career as the birth of my triplets changed my life course! I worked in Human Resources for a hotel chain and a telecommunications company before getting my teaching credentials. I’m a proud native of Colorado and my children graduated from DCSD and are now in college. Of course I always love hanging out with my family while enjoying doing almost anything outdoors in the beautiful Colorado sunshine! Another favorite pastime is reading a good mystery and attending outdoor concerts.

Molly Gnaegy – Assistant Principal
email: molly.gnaegy@dcsdk12.org

Welcome! I feel very fortunate to say I’ve been involved in education as either a primary teacher (K-2) or as an administrator for 27 years. I enjoy being a part of Pine Grove’s Leadership Team because I get to experience the best of both worlds. I feel privileged to work with two outstanding teammates to implement the vision of the Pine Grove community while also engaging with students in grades K-6 as they learn to navigate the world around them through hands on, creative learning opportunities. On a personal note, I have two daughters who attended DCSD schools and graduated from CU Boulder. My husband and I enjoy hiking, biking and traveling around Colorado and to the midwest to visit our families. I am proud to be a part of a very special community like Pine Grove Elementary.

Judy Branch – Professional Learning Specialist
email: judy.branch@dcsdk12.org
Judy's PLS Website

Hello! I am the lucky person who gets to work with EVERYONE at Pine Grove, as the PLS, Professional Learning Specialist. For the past 6 years, I have been the PLS here, and before that, I taught for 16 years in grades Kindergarten through 3rd. Whether teaching students or adults, I love it and am thankful I get to do what I love!

Personally, I am super lucky too! My favorite things include spending time with my awesome family & friends, running, taking new classes at the gym, and reading. Recently, I found a new passion for cooking which has been really fun, especially when time allows.

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