2020-2021 Junior High Welcome Letter

Dear CCV Junior High Students, 

Welcome!! It has been one of the craziest years and we hope that you have been doing well despite all the challenges that we’ve faced through COVID-19 and the processes of distance learning. As the school year approaches, we wanted to reach out and touch base with all of you and let you know as much as we know. A lot of uncertainty still remains which is why we haven’t reached out yet. But what we do know, is that we are so excited to see you, welcome you back and get to know those of you who are new. We also have a few new teachers on board and wanted to send out a little blurb about each of us so that you can start to get to know us as well! Here will be your core subject teachers this year:

Language Arts

Olivia Coszalter

My name is Olivia Coszalter and I am going to be the new 6th-8th grade Language Arts Teacher. The 2020-2021 school year will be my 23rd year of teaching! I live on the Westside of Colorado Springs with my son and my two dogs. In my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, going for walks, and laying on the couch with my dogs watching Netflix. I am very excited to join the team and to meet all my students!!


Kris Riley

Kris Riley has been a constant source of strength and dedication for a long time in our district. She’s a fabulous math teacher who probably knows most of you from the Elementary side. She moved over to the Junior High last year and did a great job transitioning over here. This year she’ll be doing Math Intervention for both Junior High and High School students. She has a great husband, three daughters, Sydni, Savannah and Cassie and two puppies, Roxy and Bean. She’s very excited as she’s about to be a grandma as well to a baby boy coming anytime this fall!

Grace Hokama

Hi all! Most of you know me as the Language Arts Teacher. This year though, I will be joining forces with Ms. Riley to be a math teacher, too. I’m so excited to dive into new subject material with you all! A little about me: I have a daughter going into first grade across the street and she is the love of my life. I also love being outdoors, running, climbing and hiking or anything that lets me merge with nature. I’m so excited to see you again, get to know you at deeper levels and learn some math together! 


Amanda Wood

Hello Pioneers! You all will be with me for my first year of teaching science! So far, my life adventures have included being an Engineer officer in the US Army, working with Fish and Wildlife Services, and luckily seeing much of what the United States has to offer. I am originally from New York and LOVE the plants in Colorado, I cannot wait to share learning them with you! Along with plants, I love all things related to medical sciences and science in general, and thereby promise you will enjoy learning as well. We will overcome this tough time with reason and community, I am excited to meet you all! P.S. I will be coaching cross-country this year, so be sure to check it out!

Social Studies

Liam Mazur

Hello everyone, my name is Liam Mazur and I’ll be the new Social Studies teacher for grades six through eight. I’m excited to begin my first year of teaching here in Cripple Creek! I am a former archaeologist with field experience in Mexico and the American southwest, but I thoroughly enjoy hiking, reading, and playing the french horn as well. I eagerly await the opportunity to meet both my fellow staff and my students soon; together we have much to learn about the histories and cultures of our world!

That’s us! We’re excited to see you and get to know all of you. Please take a look at the Jr. High Supplies list as we’d love you to get your materials before the school year starts. Hope you enjoy these last few days of summer. See you all soon!


The Jr. High Team

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