Ms. Shantie Toolsie

Program Director

A leader who wears many hats, Ms. Shantie is the founder and Program Director of Rock Creek School. While her primary leadership role is strategic development of the school and its programs, Ms. Shantie is also a bus driver, a cook, a substitute teacher, and an understanding ear. She teaches math in the After-School program and is always connecting with community members to better serve Rock Creek School and its families.

Born in South America, Ms. Shantie’s parents migrated to New York City when she was 16 years old. Ms. Shantie has worked in the financial industry in various capacities including: risk based pricing, marketing analytics, and predictive analytics. She also taught Statistics at Michigan State University. After living in Chicago for twelve years, Ms. Shantie and her husband moved to Superior, Colorado. They wanted to provide their daughter, currently in 5th grade, access to an excellent education.

Leadership Role

Oversee operations and guide strategic development of Rock Creek School and its programs.

Education

B.A in Mathematics M.S. in Statistics and Analytical Research.

Favorite Subject

Mathematics

What is one thing students should know about you?

I love to give hugs! While I have overcome difficult obstacles in my life and know it can be hard, I also know it can be done with the right help and by looking within to find ways to overcome. I love seeing children discover who they are and what they can do.

Why did you choose Rock Creek School?

I founded RCS because I could not find a program in Superior to meet the needs of our daughter: nurturing, high academic standards, and fun.

What is one thing parents should know about you?

Parents, and kids, can rely on me to stay true to my word. I love being an educator, but I am a parent first. I bring the parent perspective to all of the kids in my life. I first think, “what would I want for my own child?” and everything else flows from there.

What do you like to do in your personal life?

A perfect day is staying in my PJs and watching football and basketball games with my daughter and husband. I love to travel, eat various ethnic food, go to church, spend time with my family, and run. I have visited 40 states, Canada, Europe, South America and the entire Western Carribean (except Cuba and Haiti). The first marathon I ran is the Chicago Marathon. I would love to write a book about my experience as a double minority in the corporate world and living the life as an immigrant.

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“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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