Intervention Services


MSES offers services in both reading and math intervention. The intervention team identifies and assists students who struggle in these areas, offering direct, small group instruction. We use a variety of teaching tools and assessments to meet the individual needs of our students, including the DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessment, SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) and Really Great Reading literacy curricula, and the digital iReady math program. We look forward to working with any students who need an opportunity for a more intensive, individualized approach to learning!




Robin Sokol
Robin Sokol is a literacy interventionist at MSES. She grew up in Maryland, graduating from Towson State University in 1986 with a B.S. in English/Psychology. After graduation, she traveled the country, visiting Manitou Springs; she fell in love with the town and decided to stay! Ms. Sokol worked as a Special Ed. paraprofessional for four years, before deciding to return to school for her teaching degree. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College in 1994. She taught kindergarten for three years at UPE, then spent several years at home with her children. She returned to teaching in 2007, working as a first grade literacy teacher and, more recently, as a primary interventionist. She loves helping her students become happy, successful readers! In her free time, Ms. Sokol enjoys reading, gardening, listening to her favorite music, and traveling to concerts. She is also very proud of her two children (MSHS graduates!) who are both amazing young adults, making their way in the world!

Steve Smith
I have been teaching at MSES since 1994. I have taught kindergarten, Title 1, 3rd grade and 2nd grade. I am now loving my position as Math Interventionist. I graduated from UCCS with a bachelors in psychology and then a couple of years later went back and got my certificate in elementary education. My daughter and son both graduated from MSHS. They are both currently serving in the the military. I love teaching in Manitou!

Amanda Hendrickson
Amanda Hendrickson is currently an Interventionist at MSES. Prior to her position as an Interventionist, she taught 2nd grade and 4th grade. Mrs. Hendrickson teaching career started right here in the heart of Manitou in 2004. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Hendrickson co-facilitates the Incredible Years Program for the district. Mrs. Hendrickson cherishes the opportunity to work with such fabulous people in students and teachers. Along with being an educator, Mrs. Hendrickson is also a parent to three wonderful children. Outside of the school setting, she enjoys learning with her husband and children about all the thrills to horsemanship. Along with that, she enjoys photography, being outside, and dreaming of ideas on Pinterest!

Kelly Johnston
Kelly Johnston has been a teacher at Manitou Springs Elementary School since 2001, having taught kindergarten, second grade, and most recently working as a Reading Interventionist (since 2009). She has enjoyed each and every assignment and loves working with children. What a joy it is to help them develop a love of reading! Her
hobbies include reading, gardening, being with family, and enjoying the outdoors. Kelly and husband, Ron, have two wonderful grown children who attended District 14 from kindergarten to graduation and three grandchildren who light up the world! Kelly loves being a part of the Manitou District 14 family.
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