Ms. Christina Dunlap

Kindergarten Teacher

As the leader of Rock Creek School’s Kindergarten Program, Ms. Tina plays a critical role in students’ educational development. While most of her time is spent in the classroom inspiring students through new ideas, fun activities, and individualized education, she also has many other responsibilities. Ms. Tina serves as a liaison to local schools, helping students transition from Rock Creek School to the public school system. She assists with community events, manages parent communication, and helps maintain accreditation and licensing for Rock Creek School.

Originally from Risingsun, Ohio (a very small town in Northwest Ohio with a population of 600), Ms. Tina went to college at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and moved to Colorado in 2011. She has been teaching in Colorado since 2011 and has over 7 years of teaching experience.

Leadership Role

Leads the Kindergarten program’s student education, parent communication, and community engagements.

Education

M.Ed. in Reading Education & Licensed in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education in the State of Colorado.

Favorite Subject

History

What is one thing students should know about you?

Tacos are my favorite food and I eat them once a week. I also like to dance in the kitchen while I am cooking.

Why did you choose Rock Creek School?

Sometimes I feel like Rock Creek School chose me. I met Ms. Shantie half way through my teaching career and knew that we wanted to collaborate together on bringing something unique to this community. Rock Creek School gave me the opportunity to use my love of teaching and expertise to create a kindergarten classroom.

What is one thing parents should know about you?

When I started teaching kindergarten, I truly found my passion. I feel so lucky to have a career where I am doing something that I love each and every day.

What do you like to do in your personal life?

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, watching movies, and trying to be a good plant mom. I love to cook and find new recipes and exciting cook books. Spending time with friends and family is important to me. I have always wanted to see the world and have a passion for travel–my significant other and I travel to one new country a year. Someday I’d like to write a book of poetry.

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“Rock Creek School has been a pivotal and delightful experience for my son and family. He attended Kindergarten there this past year. Developing more confidence and finding joy and agency in his own learning journey, he thrived at Rock Creek. This is a testament to the professionalism, engagement, and dedication of the whole staff. The small class size, community engagement, and expert teachers are truly the complete package. A diversity of rich experiences such as frequent field trips, interacting with the community, and reading with visiting therapy dogs combined with top-notch teaching and learning tailored for each child make RCS an absolute standout!”

- Amy W., Parent

“The After-School program is awesome! They bus our daughter from school, provide snacks, complete homework and have fun! Picking up our daughter can be a struggle because she never wants to leave. Ms. Shantie is a great Director and has an awesome team in place. Rock Creek School is active in the community and we highly recommend any of their programs.”

- Ben B., Parent

“I can’t say enough about the staff and programs at Rock Creek School. They have become a second family to us and watching my Kindergartner thrive in their curriculum has been amazing to watch. Ms. Tina was born to be a teacher and she pours into her students every single day – in big and little ways. The individualized attention is something I know my daughter wouldn’t get elsewhere and the cozy feel and warm staff makes it an easy place for kids to feel comfortable and learn. The surprise for me was watching the older kids connect with the younger and make them feel included and special – even in the hallway at their public school. I’m proud to be a RCS parent and can’t wait to send my other 2 children there in the Fall.”

- Lisa R., Parent

“Thank you again for hosting the Advanced Engagement Review team. It was a pleasure working with you. I commend you and your school for its commitment to advancing excellence in education through your continuous improvement efforts and the accreditation process.”

- Advanced Engagement Review Team, Colorado

“I have to say that I am so impressed with Rock Creek School. As a nutritionist, I have come in to do some programs after school, in the summer, and during school-day off sessions. I am also a former special education teacher, so I can be picky about schools and teachers. The teachers and staff here are top notch, understand each child, and individualize for different abilities. They have a well-rounded curriculum, offer homework help, and get involved in community projects. If you have elementary age children that need after school care or have a kindergartener and want a small, caring setting with high expectations, I highly recommend Rock Creek School and Kindergarten!”

- Jen S., Parent

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