Rebecca is excited for the opportunity to serve the Isabella Bird Community in a new leadership role. This is her seventh year with Denver Public Schools and at IBCS school. She began her teaching career in 2002 in Tampa, Fla., as a special education teacher and later returned to graduate school to earn her Master’s Degree in education with a focus on gifted and talented. Her husband’s career moved her family to Colorado and led her to our community at Isabella Bird. Our community’s values of empathy, engaging and meaningful learning, innovative practices, distributive and shared teacher leadership, academic excellence and social justice, deeply align with her own values. She is humbled by the opportunity to serve our teachers, students and the community by empowering and uplifting others. Her beliefs lie in ensuring the academic success of all of our children - elevating the learning capacity of our students by developing their habits of mind and cognitive skills to become lifelong independent learners. Outside of school, her passions include playing the piano, listening to music, reading, jigsaw puzzles and anything outdoors with her family, including her two children, Zachary (13) and Zoey (11), who inspire her each and every day.
Tabetha is the Dean of Operations at Izzi B., and has been at the school since its inception 8-years ago (she has 13-years with DPS). She is also part of Izzi B’s Collective Leadership Team. As a Colorado native, Tabetha attended Marrama Elementary in Green Valley Ranch, and Bennett Middle and High Schools in Bennett, Colo. She met her husband and IBCS gym teacher, Kevin, when she was in sixth grade. She attended both Colorado Mesa University and Metropolitan State College of Denver and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. While in high school and college, Tabetha spent her summers working various seasonal jobs for DPS in the Structural Department, Grounds Department and Department of Technology Services. After college, she worked as a full-time paraprofessional at her elementary alma mater before moving to Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences, where she worked as the Records Secretary. While working at Westerly Creek Elementary as a Secretary, she heard about the opportunity to help open a new school known as "Stapleton #4". She shares what an incredible journey it is to see Izzi B. grow from the ground up and she can't see herself anywhere else. Tabetha’s favorite part about working at the school is our community and being surrounded by such a strong group of people - staff, students and families! Outside of work, Tabetha is an avid hockey fan, loves to attend live concerts - Incubus and The Offspring are two of her favorites to see, and to camp with her family and friends. She has two awesome kids (Spencer, 5-years-old, and Carter, 3-years-old). Her family is getting excited for their first puppy coming in April - a Ttoodle, which is a mix between a Tibetan Terrier and a Moyen Poodle.
Tabetha’s hopes and dreams for the rest of this school year are for everyone to stay safe and healthy. She is hopeful that we all get to be back in our beautiful building as soon as it is safe.