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.


Mike Ackerman – Assistant Principal
email: mackerman@dcsdk12.org

Hello!  I'm very thrilled to be a part of the Pine Grove Community and the Leadership Team!  I've heard so many great things about the students, staff, and community that I'm honored to now call myself a Panther!  Before coming to PGE, I spent the past 5 years at Legend High School as a Dean/Advisor and prior to that I spent 12 years in Denver Public Schools, 4 in an elementary school and 8 in a middle school.  Personally, I am a proud Colorado native, my wife is a 1st grade teacher in DCSD, and we have a 3 year old daughter and one on the way!  I'm a big sports fanatic who follows all of the Denver teams very closely, especially the Broncos!  


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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