About Us

The We Matter Learning Team and Board of Directors

We Matter Learning was founded by a group of educators from Colorado in 2020. Together, we take pride in providing research-guided lessons and activities based on the identified social and emotional needs of the student bodies we support. Thousands of students have already benefited from our services. Check out our testimonial page to see what others have said about We Matter Learning.


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Our Team

Sarah Johnson, Ed.S.: CEO 

After earning her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hastings College, Hastings, NE, Sarah began working in schools as an aide to support students with significant academic and physical needs. It was during this time she recognized the direct impact of social emotional health on student’s academic growth and success. She moved to Greeley, CO, to  pursue a Master’s Degrees in Community Counseling and School Counseling, and enjoyed 15+ years as a school counselor. However, her Educational Specialist Degree has led her to administration where she works with students regarding behaviors and choices which will best support their future. It has become increasingly evident that social emotional skills need to take priority in order to support the whole child’s development. She established We Matter Learning to incorporate these skills throughout a student’s day, with the hope of making a life-long impact. 

Joscelynn Schreiber, M.A.; CIO 

Joscelynn is a dedicated classroom teacher and instructional coach with 15 years of secondary experience. She is an effective, data-driven educator who understands the delicate balance of content standards and social-emotional learning competencies. She is an empathetic, driven, systematic leader with strong decision-making skills and a focus on growth. 

Erin Fink, M.S.; Business and Curriculum Advisor

Erin has been working in the field of higher education both at the four year and community college level for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Director of Corporate Solutions at Front Range Community College (FRCC) where she works with business and industry to customize corporate training and adult learning. She has been an adjunct faculty at FRCC, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and North Carolina State University.

Karin Nicholls - Time Out Coordinator

Karin has 30 years of coaching experience at both the Division I and II levels as a head coach.  A graduate of Bradley University, she received her degree in Mass Communication in 1990, a minor in Psychology and her Masters in Sports Administration and Management from the University of Illinois in 1992. Karin moved to Colorado in 2010, and founded Elevation Basketball Academy.  She has worked the last 10 years in Northern Colorado coaching, teaching and mentoring all grade levels though 1-1 skill development, camps and clinics and club teams. Karin founded Colorado SOAR in December 2018, along with the girls2Women empowerment program which develops character, courage, resilience and confidence in girls and young women.

Cynthia Miller-Hughes

Cyndy is a retired science educator with 30+ years experience at both the college and high school levels. Her expertise is in the biological sciences with an emphasis in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate curricula. In addition, she served as IB Coordinator and was responsible for the development of the IB application, coordination of all objectives and curriculum, and management of examinations. Additionally, she also worked with students in grades 9-12 in the development of projects for the local science fair, for over a decade.

Anne Nerby

Anne is a preschool educator with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education and 15 years of experience in varied preschool settings.  She has a strength in collaborating with teachers and team members to instruct and support students with various needs, while promoting a safe and nurturing environment that is beneficial to learning and building self-esteem.

Christa Baatz

Christa Baatz, a former classroom teacher, is not only a talented artist, but also a mother of 4, a wife and a friend. As an artist Christa specializes in watercolor, gouache, color pencils and digital art. She finds inspiration in capturing people’s favorite memories & moments through her art. She specializes in creating portraits of both people and animals (pets). Her work is on display in homes across the United States. Christa strives for her art to be a source of encouragement and joy to others.

Karley Spada, M.A.

Karley is a kindergarten teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. She is passionate about child development, the brain, mental health, and understanding why people, specifically children, think and act the way they do. It is one of her personal and professional goals to incorporate social emotional learning into her daily lessons and activities within her classroom as a way to support the whole child.

Emily Dorr, M.A.

Emily has been an elementary educator for the past 15 years. Her journey began as a transplant from Iowa, coming to Colorado State University as a fashion merchandising major, quickly switching over to Human Development and Family Studies with an Early Childhood Education teaching endorsement. Her Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Literacy emphasis has allowed her many diverse teaching experiences ranging from preschool through fifth grade. Aside from her teacher role, Emily enjoys time with her husband, two children, and dog; and when not with them, she can be found reading, being outside, organizing or baking.

Kim Pratt, M.A., LPC

Kim has been a Program Director for the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County since 2020 and has been working in suicide prevention and crisis response since 2013. She has trained over 50,000 adults and adolescents in suicide prevention. Kim spearheaded suicide crisis response programming for Weld County, CO and has led the crisis response for over 30 students across 17 school districts. Prior to her work in suicide prevention, she was a high school teacher in California. Kim received her Bachelors in Education from Bringham Young University, Hawaii in 2007 and Master of Art in Counseling from Chapman University in 2013. She is a part of the Child Fatality Review Board and a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and Question, Persuade, Review Master trainer. When she is not working, she spends her time with her family backpacking in the great outdoors. 

Cassandra Scott, M.A.

Cassandra's love for kids started when she was in college and became a Preschool Teacher. She knew right away that she wanted to work with kids in some capacity. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors of Psychology, she became a Youth Treatment Counselor in a group home with 17-21 year olds. She then received a Masters of School Counseling (K-12) from the University of Northern Colorado, hoping to have a bigger, more preventative impact on kids at a younger age. She now has 9 years of experience as a school counselor (K-8) with a variety of diverse populations, most from Title I schools. Cassandra has also collaborated with the Colorado Department of Education collecting district/school data to create School Counselor Corps grant positions in elementary, middle, and high schools in St. Vrain Valley Schools (SVVSD). Her passion is providing preventative interventions for elementary students that support their growth and development in childhood; whether that's through individual/group counseling or classroom lessons. She believes it is essential to provide mental health services and social-emotional learning for kids in hopes of creating life-long skills that support the health and happiness of future generations.   

Sara Schultz

Sara has been working with kids since 2015, being involved with ages preschool-high school, both typically developing and with special needs. She is currently getting her masters degree in clinical mental health counseling to pursue her passion in the mental health field. She believes in the importance of understanding and recognizing things about ourselves that make us the way that we are. Sara believes helping kids have a thorough understanding of the things they participate in on the day-to-day will help provide healthy knowledge and developmental patterns benefiting them throughout their lives.

Our Board

President - Shelly Wall, Ed. D

Windsor, CO (Term 2023-2027)

Shelly is an educational leader with over 15 years of experience in building and district administration. She has had the pleasure of guiding a variety of stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administration on topics that positively impact the achievement and services for unique student populations.  As an educational administrator, Shelly had the pleasure to lead staff by providing technical assistance, developing trainers of the trainer teams, coordinating state and federal budget expenditures and reporting, and effectively supervising more than 100 staff members who positively impacted student achievement.  She approaches situations from the viewpoint of, will this benefit students, and deeply believes the way to benefit student growth is by growing staff knowledge and skills through targeted professional development and ongoing communication.

Vice President - Molly Prach

5th Grade Elementary Teacher, Windsor, CO (Term 2022-2024)

Molly earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University if Boulder and worked at a mortgage company for 5 years before quickly realizing her passion was working with children. She went back to school and received her Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in education. She has been a teacher for the past 5 years in Windsor and is currently teaching 5th grade. She has a passion for hands on learning, talking about and teaching about mental health, and developing meaningful relationships with students. 

Secretary and Treasurer - Angela Rizzuto

Windsor High School Counselor, Windsor, CO (Term 2021-2024)

Angie is a gifted school counselor with 20+ years of expertise providing group and individual counseling to promote success among students. She is a proven leader focused on establishing and maintaining school counseling program objectives in collaboration with administrators, teachers and parents. She is results-oriented when reviewing reports on the effectiveness of the counseling program to determine areas for improvement. However, one of her most influential skills is her ability to be a respectful active listener when counseling students and interacting with parents and administrators.

Dalton King

Grandview Elementary Teacher, Windsor, CO (Term 2021-2024)

Dalton comes from a family of educators.  He was very proud to follow in their footsteps and graduate from UNC in Greeley with his BA degree in Elementary Education in 2010.  For the past 11 years he has been teaching 2nd and 5th grade at Grandview Elementary in Windsor.  Dalton is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism from Bowling Green State University.  He believes deeply in all children and tries his hardest to create a classroom community that celebrates each child for who they are.

Tara Fotsch

Deputy Director Parks, Recreation & Culture Town of Windsor, Windsor, CO (Term 2023-2027)

Tara earned a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of South Dakota and has worked for the Town of Windsor in the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department for the past 23 years. Tara has a strong passion for building and growing her community. Making sure that all people have access to parks, trails and recreation programming is a critical way to increase positive effects on health and quality of life for our community.

If you're interested in being a part of the We Matter Learning Team, please send an email to info@wematterlearning.org