Riffenburgh Elementary School

1320 East Stuart Street Fort Collins CO 80525
Principal: Melanie Mierzwa
Phone:(970) 488-7935 Fax:(970) 488-7937 Attendance: (970) 488-7936

Mr. Cole Zawadzki

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About Me
How many years have you been doing your job? How many years at Riffenburgh?: 

I am in my 4th year in education and my first year at Riffenburgh. 

What I love most about teaching is…: 

I love watching kids take risks and surprise themselves with their success. The learning process is so fun to be a part of. Kids are creative and full of life. I really enjoy hearing them talk about their work and thinking process.

My favorite children's book or author is...: 

I love Eric Carle. Each story is a unique experience with lovable characters and a beautiful collage of nature and fun learning opportunites.

My hometown is...: 

I am a Fort Collins native and have thoroughly enjoyed my time growing up in this city and in Poudre School District both as a student and now as a teacher.

My Interests & Hobbies include...: 

I love spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and fishing, with my wife, Rheo, and dog, Arlo, and always have some project going on in my house. My wife Rheo is a K-1 teacher at Stove Prairie Elementary and we both immensely love what we do. I'm proud to be a Roadrunner!

My Classroom
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Art for everyone! 

About My Classroom: 

I love art because it helps show us more about who we are, helps us relate to the world around us, and provides a fun opportunity to express ourselves. I had many wonderful teachers and mentors in my time as a student, and hope to offer my own students at Riffenburgh wonderful learning experiences as well. We will be learning in a choice-based classroom where students explore ideas through a variety of materials and methods in art. I consider art an important part of a child's educational experience as both visual literacy and expressive outlet.