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Administration

I am excited to be entering my third year as the principal of Lyn Knoll Elementary! I began my teaching career in my home state of Pennsylvania, followed by six years teaching 3rd and 5th grades in Baltimore. I moved to Colorado in 2013 to begin my administration career in Denver Public Schools. I joined the APS team in 2017 and have fallen in love with the community. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from the University of Denver. I look forward to continuing to serve the Lyn Knoll community this year!

Alison Ostrom
Assistant Principal

I am looking forward to another great school year serving as the assistant principal at Lyn Knoll! I come from a family of educators and I began my teaching career in my home state of Maryland. I started working in Aurora Public Schools 5 years ago when I moved to Colorado. I have taught in the classroom, as a reading interventionist, and as a teaching partner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, a Master's in Education in Education Policy with a focus in Diversity and Equity Issues from the University of Illinois, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. My husband is also an APS educator, and we love to make the most of our time off together by enjoying time in the mountains with our dog. I am excited for another great year ahead at Lyn Knoll!

Sandy Santillano
Principal's Secretary

As a second generation US Citizen, I come from a background of Mexican & Portuguese roots. My parents grew up as migrant field workers where they traveled for months at a time to work, often missing out on their education. In the 1970's they settled in Aurora to raise a family and lead successful careers. They currently reside as retirees in my childhood home. My brother, sister and I all attended and graduated from Aurora Public Schools. I also went on to obtain my license in Practical Nursing from Pickens Technical College. My husband and I have 4 children ages 20, 18, 11 and 6, plus our son-in-law. I have worked in APS for 17 years, and I am beginning my 9th year at Lyn Knoll. I love my job and I love the community I work for. A few things I enjoy are houseplants, gardening, hiking, and spending time with my family.

Krista Hill
Registrar/Family Liaison

My name is Krista Hill. I am the enrollment clerk and Co-Family Liaison. I am a Denver Native. I have a Bachelors degree in Communications from Colorado State University and another Bachelors Degree in Speech Language & Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. I have worked for APS for 13 years now and have been at Lyn Knoll for 9 years. My husband and I have a busy 2 year old named Mia and two teenagers Derek and Jenna. I enjoy watching sports and hanging out with my family and friends. I grew up working alongside my parents helping out & giving back to our community. I love being in a position that allows me to do the same by providing resources to fit the needs of our Lyn Knoll families.

Maria Herrera
Family Liaison

My name is Maria Herrera, I was born in Mexico. I was 11 years old, when my family and I moved to the US. I have been working in APS since 2003, I have worked in different capacities; paraeducators, Educational Assistant, and Family Liaison. I love my job. I love helping our families get the resources they need to help their kids be successful at school and home. I have four kids, Daniel (26), Henry (23), Samantha (19), and Sabrina (15), they all attended Lyn Knoll Elementary. In my free time I like to go shopping and spend time with family.

Annette Gray
Health Para

I'm Mrs. Gray the Health Para. I've worked at Lyn Knoll Elementary since 2008. I have a high school education,and I'm a Certified meat cutter. I moved to Colorado in 1977 from Louisiana, where we have the largest Parades ever. Some of the things I enjoy are fishing, reading, cooking and gardening. I feel blessed to work within this community with you.

Dr. Philip W. Keesee, ND, MSAc, BSN, RN
Itinerant School Nurse

Bastyr University, Seattle, WA: Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine 1992.

Bastyr University, Seattle, WA: Masters of Science in Acupuncture 1993.

Florida International University, Miami, FL: Baccalaureate in Nursing 1985.

I have worked as a Registered Nurse, RN in a variety of hospital nursing positions in Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, Colorado and Minnesota for 26 years. Nursing positions I have worked in include Medical Surgical, Cardiothoracic Step-down, Surgical and Medical Telemetry, Interventional Cardiology pre and post procedure, and Pre and Post-op same day Surgery. In additions to working in hospitals I also had my own private practice as a Naturopathic Physician and Acupunctist at the Denver Care Center in Capitol Hill. I also worked with the Denver Jail treating inmates with auricular acupuncture who had addiction to alcohol, drugs or both. I started working for Aurora Public Schools as a site-based school nurse at East Middle School in 2007-08 school year until 2011-12 school year. I began working as an Itinerant School Nurse in 2012-13 school year to present. I have worked as the District School Nurse with Sixth Avenue, Lyn Knoll, Peoria, Virginia Court, and Tollgate Elementary Schools.