Second Grade





Hybrid Teachers: Stephanie Amella, Becky Maulding, Olivia Sims
eLearning Teacher: Becky Grodzicki


Welcome to 2nd grade! We are so excited to have your child in our classes this year! 2nd grade has so many fun filled events. The kids really get to dive into different communities, fossils and dinosaurs, and pollination and pollinators this year! We can't wait to see how much your child will grow this year! 


Stephanie Amella

Hello my name is Stephanie Amella, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the SHE family for my 3rd year! This will be my 19th year teaching! I have taught 14 years in 1st grade and this will by my 5th year teaching 2nd grade. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Colorado State University of Pueblo in 2001 and my Masters in Curriculum and Design from Grand Canyon University in 2005. 


I have been happily married for 16 years and have a 13 year old son named Gavin and a 10 year old daughter named Aiven. Aiven will be in 5th grade here at Soaring Hawk and Gavin will be a big 7th grader at Castle Rock Middle School.  I love spending time with my family. We spend a lot of time traveling throughout the U.S. and Colorado in the summer to watch my son compete in numerous golf tournaments provided by the U.S. Kids Golf Tour and Colorado Junior Golf Alliance. My entire family including myself love to play golf. We also keep very active with tennis, baseball, and football.  When I am not busy cheering on my kiddos in their sports, I love cheering on the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos!




Becky Maulding
I have proudly been teaching at Soaring Hawk Elementary since the doors opened! Prior to Soaring Hawk I thought in Elizabeth, Colorado. This is my 25th year in education. I have taught Special Education, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, and Health. I have loved every single teaching adventure that I have been on! Every child brings their own special kind of joy to my heart!




Olivia Sims
Hello! My name is Mrs. Sims. Many students know me as Ms. Carbonaro from last year- but I  got married over the summer and now go by Mrs. Sims :-) This will be my 2nd year with the Soaring Hawk Elementary family! A little about me.. I started my education in New Jersey (this is where I grew up; any east coast parents reading this?!) and later I moved to California where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at UCI. Shortly after earning my Bachelor’s degree, I returned to school to earn my teaching license in Elementary Education from CSU. After living on both coasts, I am very happy to have settled here in Colorado. I moved here about 3 years ago after falling in love with the mountains, landscapes and everything else Colorado has to offer. In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors relaxing with my husband and our dog Star (aka Princess Cupcake). I am SO excited to see our students learn and grow this year!



Becky Grodzicki
Hello! My name is Becky Grodzicki and I have been a teacher at Soaring Hawk Elementary for the past 5 years. I moved to Colorado from South Carolina and was the technology teacher for my first 3 years. I am now back in the classroom as a second grade teacher and have experience in many grade levels over the past 19 years of teaching.


This year will be full of challenges and new adventures. I am excited to be the eLearning teacher at SHE for both 2nd and 3rd graders! I love all things related to technology, traveling and sports. My family is happy to know I will be safely teaching from home for the time being. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! rlgrodzicki@dcsdk12.org