6th Grade Team

6th grade team

Language Arts

Mrs. Chandelle May
Chandelle May
Language Arts is my specialty, and I am happy to be a part of the amazing 6th grade team for yet another awesome school year.  I have taught 6th grade Language Arts for 25 years here at Riverside and received my degree from Mesa State.  I am excited to be helping our readers and writers continue to grow.  The biggest compliment I have received is when my students say, “Wow! Class is over already?”

Contact Mrs. May

Phone: 970-665-7818
Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Brittany Baird

Brittney BairdThis year is my first year teaching Language Arts . I am soo happy to be a part of the amazing 6th grade team for yet another awesome school year. In the spring of 2023 I student taught Social Studies at Riverside. In May of 2023 I graduated Colorado Mesa University. No matter what the content is, I am so passionate about helping our kids! Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions.

Go Vikings!

Contact Mrs. Baird
Phone:  970-665-7804
Email:  [email protected]


Mrs. Molly Moyer Molly MoyerI am in my 4th year teaching 6th grade math after 13 years in 8th grade math and all of these years have been at Riverside!  Go Vikings!  I grew up on a wheat farm and cattle ranch in eastern Montana.  After moving to Colorado, I fell in love with whitewater rafting and ice hockey, and established my little family.  I am now a widow with 2 young kids who are in 3rd grade and Kindergarten at KSE.
Contact Mrs. Moyer Phone: 970-665-7888 Email: [email protected]

Ms. Karen Weaver

Karen Weaver
This is my first year teaching 6th grade math at Riverside Middle School and I am super excited to work with your students! I have three boys, ages 25, 23, and 19. I love to garden, hike, read, and just spend time outdoors. I have lived in New Castle for almost 5 years and love the area! I have my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Middle School Mathematics. I am looking forward to an amazing year with your student!

Contact Ms. Weaver
Phone:  970-665-7830
Email:  [email protected]       



Mrs. Kelsey Dunkelberger
Kelsey DunkelbergerHello, Vikings! I'm so excited to be joining the sixth grade team for the 2023-24 school year! I have been a paraprofessional here, at Riverside, for five years. This will be my second year teaching sixth grade science. I truly hope to develop a passion for learning and science with the upcoming middle school crew. I moved to Colorado ten years ago from Pennsylvania. I fell in love with the mountains and spend as much time in them as possible. My husband and I are a part of the New Castle community where we live with our wonderful dog, Django. If you ever have questions or concerns, you can reach me at the following: 

Contact Mrs. Dunkelberger
Phone: 970-665-7825
Email:  [email protected]

Ms. Stephanie Piontek Stephanie PiontekI was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, and lived in Missouri until I finished college.  I have two sisters and a twin brother. I am very close to my family and like to spend time and eat with them:). Most of my family still lives in Missouri, but I do have a sister who lives in Vail and cousins who live just around the corner from me in New Castle. I love living in Colorado and am so happy to have my Riverside family.
Contact Ms. Piontek

Phone: 970-665-7831 Email: [email protected]


Social Studies

Ms. Michele Howard Michele HowardHi!  My name is Michele Howard and I’ve been teaching 6th Grade Social Studies and Special Education at Riverside for 20 years.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology both from the University of Northern Colorado.  I’m a 7 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and worked in the non-profit sector before teaching.  I’m a proud mom of 3 adult children who live in various parts of Colorado.  I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, writing, reading, and creating art

Contact Ms. Howard Phone: 970-665-7838 Email: mhoward@garfieldre2.net


Mr. DeWayne Miner DeWayne Miner

I’ve been a teacher for 15 years and love it.  Teaching is one of my greatest passions.  I have an 8 year old son who is the center of my world.  I grew up in a large family (7 brothers and sisters) in rural America. I have been a competitive runner for most of my life and still really enjoy it.  If I can’t be reached it’s probably because I am out in the mountains exploring and adventuring in the great outdoors.

Contact Mr. Miner
Phone:  970-665-7838
Email:  [email protected]