Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Team: Lisa Tait, Kim Bench and Jacob McMonagle

Lisa Tait

I am super excited to begin my second year teaching 5th grade math at Soaring Hawk! Along with being a teacher, I am the proud mother of two beautiful children, Lindsay who just turned 23 and recently graduated from CU, and Spencer who is almost 21 and a senior at CU.  We love to ski, hike, bike, travel, and spend time together in the mountains or near the beach.  In my free time, I enjoy yoga, being on trails, reading, exploring new areas, working in my garden, and spending quality time with family and friends.  I have a B.A. from Metropolitan State College of Denver in Professional Studies and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.  I have taught kindergarten through 5th grade and have taught licensure courses at Colorado Christian University.  This will be my 26th year teaching in the Douglas County School District and I am very passionate about mathematical instruction so am thrilled to be departmentalizing again this year!  I strongly believe that effective education is a partnership between teachers, parents, administrators, and the community.  I can't wait to begin our year together! 

Jacob McMonagle

I am a Wisconsin born, Colorado native and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education.  This is my second year at Soaring Hawk and am so excited to be moving to fifth grade with most of the 4th graders from last year.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family and being outdoors. I spend most of my time outdoors with my wife (Whitney) and our dog (Tippy). I am so excited to work with all the 5th grade scientists and historians!

Kim Bench

I am thrilled to be joining the Soaring Hawk community this year. I have taught for many years in several different school districts both in Washington State and Colorado with experience teaching 1st through 5th grade. I have a bachelor's degree in special education with dual certification in elementary and special education. I also have a masters degree in leadership in educational organizations. My passion is helping kids reach their maximum potential by showing them that they are all smart and capable and can achieve anything they set their minds to. I will be teaching Language Arts to all the 5th grade students at Soaring Hawk this year. When I am not at school, I am busy being a mom to four beautiful children ages five to ten.