Educational Therapist
Ann Collier Adams,

Ann has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Gifted Education through the University of Cincinnati. She completed her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. From there, she taught for three years in a multi-age school in the Chicago suburb, Morton Grove. Ann currently holds a Colorado teaching license in elementary education.

Ann taught grades 3/4 and 1/2 for three years in the Chicago area. During this time she worked with diverse students whose families came from all over the world, students who were English language learners, as well as students with special needs.

This past spring Ann completed her practicum in a gifted Kindergarten classroom at Rick’s Center for Gifted Children, where she learned about the Reggio Emilia approach, which focuses on the integration of art and nature into discovery-based learning.

Ann has also worked as a private tutor, nanny, and camp counselor, creating individualized social-emotional and academic learning experiences.

In her free time, Ann enjoys skiing, hiking, trying new restaurants with her fiancée, wood burning, and playing with their two dogs at the park.

However, Ann is most passionate about teaching and working with students with exceptional needs. She believes strongly in whole-child education – meeting the academic, social-emotional, and physical needs of the child.

“My holistic approach matches the vision and mission of the SAGE Center. I appreciate that the SAGE Center provides a safe space for students to understand and showcase their strengths and talents. I look forward to building strong relationships with my students and their parents, as well as individualizing instruction to challenge and extend students’ potential.” – Ann Collier

Assistant Director, Educational Therapist
Kat Gibbons
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

January 2017. Renu Rose, Founder and Executive Director, is honored to announce that Kat Gibbons will serve in a new, expanded role as Assistant Director of SAGE Center for Gifted.

Kat Gibbons has been employed at SAGE Center as an Educational Therapist since the spring of 2014. Kat's dedication to families and her deep connection to our students demonstrate her perceptive ability to oversee our program. Kat continues to nurture the SAGE philosophy, a holistic system of support to gifted children and families in need. Equally passionate and effective, she tends the strengths of each individual, compelling a sense of freedom and accomplishment.

For over 3 years, Kat maintained a steady pace at SAGE Center – guiding, teaching and counseling students individually and in groups. This work has included meeting with teachers, school administrators and clinical therapists to help guide children and their parents through the complexities of support including cognitive enrichment, social-emotional coaching, sensory and emotional regulation, as well as trauma-informed care.

Kat has navigated the diversity of experiences and roles with heightened awareness, patience and skill. This path has proven to be a rich opportunity to apply her cumulative expertise. It is a natural next step for Kat to transition into the role of direct leadership and administration.

Kat frequently calls upon her experience as an artist as a source of inspiration for her work as a therapist. Having taught herself to paint more than twenty years ago, she often finds the medium of art to be an alternative way of communicating with emotionally traumatized individuals who would otherwise be out of reach. Her skill set includes photography, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, sewing, felting, and therapeutic puppetry. Experience and endless experimentation has provided Kat a resourceful lexicon for developing new ways of communicating through Art.   

Kat is pursuing further studies in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy and the intersection of trauma with the gifted population. “I never feel limited by creating; on the contrary, my world opens up to new possibilities. Sharing this with the children at SAGE has provided me with different ways of reaching my students. My hope is for children to find comfort and new ways of communicating through the Arts."  – Kat Gibbons

Educational Therapist
Annie Behrent
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

Annie Behrent comes to the SAGE Center with 8 years of experience teaching students with a variety of learning differences.

After she received her BS in Psychology from the University of Colorado in 2007, Annie worked at a Wilderness Therapy Intervention program leading and teaching at-risk youth through the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. This experience helped foster her passion for working with children who need an alternative approach to education. She earned her Special Education teaching license from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and began teaching at a local public school. 

In 2010, Annie and her husband moved to Salt Lake City where she began teaching resource classes at a suburban high school, and soon after became the department chair of the Special Education Department. 

In 2011, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education, focusing on Instructional Design and culminating in a capstone research project about effective reading instruction for non-traditional students in secondary schools. Through her classroom and administrative background, Annie has developed a deep understanding of school systems and the importance of individualized learning experiences for students.  

From her time as a high school teacher, Annie has gained experience helping students prepare for college and career readiness, including the ACT, as well as other post-secondary transition services. She provides test-taking strategies that include enhancing vocabulary and reading comprehension to reducing test anxiety and other coping skills necessary during high stakes testing. She also has knowledge regarding services and resources for students transitioning from high school into adulthood. 

As a teacher, Annie's priority has always been to create an environment where students feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn. Her classroom experience consists of teaching across all core subject areas and in a variety of classroom settings. She has taught in self-contained Special Ed classrooms, Resource classrooms, General Ed classrooms, and one-on-one grouping.

Regardless of the setting, Annie's strength is in differentiation and scaffolding so that all students can access the material in a way that fits their learning style. She also has strong experience in developing accommodation strategies for students that allow them to participate in their least restrictive environment, while still feeling confident about their ability to learn the material. Annie's ability to differentiate and accommodate in a meaningful and effective way is essential for students with special needs as well as gifted children.

Upon moving back to Colorado, she took the opportunity to explore her career options outside of a traditional school system so that she could find a way to hone in on her passions within education. Annie is excited to be a part of SAGE Center, where every student receives a deeply individualized and collaborative education plan that will help foster unique strengths and interests.

Math Specialist
Louisa Harris
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

Louisa Harris is our outstanding Math Specialist at SAGE Center! Louisa has an M.A. in Mathematics from CU Boulder, and has taken doctoral-level courses in Mathematics Education, also at CU Boulder. She has been teaching math since 2006, first as a graduate student, and then as an instructor for math departments as well as the Continuing Education program at CU.

Her goal as a teacher is to help students pursue an interest in mathematics, to help children gain confidence in their math abilities, and to discover how amazing math can really be! She believes math is a social activity, not an isolated endeavor, and that we all do math everyday without even noticing it! Louisa has a particular passion and expertise in inspiring girls in mathematics and will be a phenomenal role model and teacher to our girls at SAGE! We are so fortunate to have a passionate, competent, and gently supportive math specialist for all our children at SAGE who may need support in math.

Louisa shares, "I joined the SAGE Center because its vision for honoring students in a holistic way deeply resonates with me. I want to share my passion and expertise in math to encourage and inspire students of all ages to gain confidence, be successful, and have fun while doing math."

Educational Therapist
Molly Hughes
SAGE Center, Denver/Boulder, Louisville

Molly began her teaching career at a child and youth psychiatric facility and discovered early on that children cannot learn if their social and emotional needs are not met. This experience cultivated her ability to listen for not only what is said but also what is not said, helping children identify and articulate their feelings. 

Molly comes to the SAGE Center with over twenty years experience as an educator, teaching all levels from preschool to college. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Northern Colorado. Whether teaching remedial reading, college composition, literature, or grammar, Molly seeks to create an emotionally safe environment for students to explore ideas, take risks, learn, and grow.

After leaving the classroom to spend more time with her own two gifted kids, Molly was drawn to SAGE’s focus on the gifted population. She recognizes that each gifted child has a distinctive blend of strengths and challenges, and she is passionate about meeting the unique needs of each individual. Because gifted children are so multi-faceted, Molly appreciates SAGE’s multi-disciplinary team approach where a variety of experts share their perspectives of those facets, contributing to a holistic view of the individual.

Molly is excited for the opportunity to help kids with incredible aptitude reach their true potential and to learn and grow alongside them.

Educational Therapist, Math Specialty
Keir Hyatt
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

Keir Hyatt believes in allowing and encouraging students to leave their comfort zones – to test the waters of their vulnerability while knowing that they are supported and nurtured.  

With a BA in History from Goucher College, he has taught History and English classes. But as a high school instructor for ten years, Keir’s focus has primarily been Math and has tutored with students of a wide age range, specializing in those with limited confidence and/or math phobias. He has also coached lacrosse, including five years as the head coach of a high school team.

In all of these arenas, his primary goal has been to foster confidence in a challenging environment. Keir has found that the formative years of adolescence require a compassionate and consistent presence on the part of teachers. 

“From the very beginning of my teaching career I have been drawn to the emotional side of education. I believe that the interplay between confidence/fear and comfort/challenge is the arena in which deep, meaningful and holistic education can occur. I am rarely happier, or find myself more useful, than in helping students with and through their struggles.

“I am very excited to discover SAGE, and am elated to be on the team. SAGE Center’s mission is a wonderful articulation of my life’s work. I couldn't be more pleased to be in an environment where I find myself fully supported in my passion for providing a safe place for young people to face their challenges.” – Keir Hyatt

Educational Therapist
Christina Matteucci
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

Christina is honored to join the SAGE community whose mission inspires her to be a better educator. Christina has taught middle and high school students for nearly 10 years in a variety of settings ranging from private schools to under-served populations. Her greatest passion is to inspire students to become successful learners by helping them identify their strengths and learning styles.

Christina inspires her students with Young Adult literature and has an expertise in supporting struggling readers with material that both engages their personal interests while pushing their reading abilities. She has training and experience teaching special education, ESL, language arts, reading intervention and International Baccalaureate courses.

Personal relationships in the classroom are paramount. Students can't be reached academically without compassion and emotional understanding. Christina seeks out the strengths in her students in order to support their learning needs. Each child is a unique blend and their accomplishments should be celebrated in order to stimulate motivation and facilitate their growth.

Christina graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from DePauw University. Post-college, she worked with children as a summer camp counselor, outdoor educator, and soccer coach before returning back to the university to formalize herself as an educator. Christina enrolled in a M.A. education program at the University of Colorado at Denver and was trained as a secondary language arts teacher.

Educational Therapist, Math Specialist
Brittany McKenna
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

Brittany graduated with a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2007. She earned her teaching license from the Stanley British Primary School Teacher Preparation Program in 2010, and is working to complete her MA in Human Development and Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Brittany taught grades K-1-2 and 3-4-5 for five years at Stanley British Primary School, a school that teaches to the development of the whole child, social-emotionally, physically, and academically. She has also worked as a private instructional tutor, creating individualized academic and social-emotional curriculum.

Teaching math in various settings, Brittany has met with students individually, in small groups, and also within the school environment. She has five years experience developing math curricula and projects, both to support children in need of remediation and to extend math concepts for those ready for further challenge. Her expertise utilizes the concrete-representational-abstract method of instruction, so beneficial for students in creating meaningful math connections. 

Brittany learned how to meet the needs of children through creative, thoughtful planning – centered in the strengths and interests of each child, while also developing areas in need of growth. She is passionate about developing a lifelong love of learning using a child-centered, constructivist approach. Brittany has witnessed the incredible joy, pride, and empowerment that can come from a child who has truly been seen and heard, allowed to make choices, take ownership of her/his learning, and learn in meaningful ways. She believes in providing gifted learners rich learning experiences that allow for application of skills and knowledge so they may flourish cognitively and affectively.

“I am so excited to be continuing this meaningful work through The SAGE Center, a place that truly honors and expands on the gifts all children bring to this world.” – Brittany McKenna


Educational Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist
Jordan Yost
SAGE Center, Boulder/Denver/Louisville

Jordan Yost has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education from Western State University and a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. During these years, Jordan began to see the benefit in combining the outdoors with the healing component of therapeutic interventions. The outdoors continues to teach Jordan to be grounded in her being, accepting and honoring all parts of herself. 

Jordan comes to SAGE with over 12 years of experience working with children and adolescents as a therapist and teacher. During her years teaching, Jordan guided many gifted students through learning environmental education and the importance of respecting the environment as a reflection of respecting one another. Jordan also began the In Focus curriculum by Thomas McSheehy, teaching social and emotional intelligence to students as a way to help them understand themselves on a more holistic level. Jordan guided these gifted children through the challenges of finding success in a traditional school setting, where standards of behavior must be met in order to be successful in the classroom. She promoted understanding to the child, their caregivers, and the teachers, through psychoeducation around nervous system regulation and neurodevelopment. This groundwork of education helped the children succeed and their families to feel more empowered about their child's future. 

During her years as a therapist, Jordan empowered young women to use their voice and begin to heal from past trauma at a residential treatment facility in Denver. This experience taught Jordan the power of community support and how crucial it is to heal in relationship. Additionally, Jordan began her training as a Synergetic Play Therapist, learning the power of authenticity and providing a safe container for the child to express their unique self. Practicing mindfulness and using her knowledge of neuroscience, Jordan supports children in "rewiring their brain" through modeling techniques, giving them a chance to build a repertoire of coping skills to be used in the classroom, at home and any environment where the child needs support. 

Jordan believes every child deserves safe and compassionate relationships in their lives to help reach their full potential, especially in the educational setting where the child spends so much of their time. Jordan devotes her career to healing and teaching children in ways that support them both emotionally and mentally, to excel in their life-long journey of learning. 

It is this therapeutic and educational blend that draws Jordan to SAGE Center's philosophy, as she believes it is the cornerstone of growth and wisdom. Jordan will call on her individual experience in Outdoor Education and Synergetic Play Therapy to bring a sense of acceptance and creativity to her sessions. It excites Jordan to not only bring what she has to offer to children at SAGE, but moreover the holistic approach of working with a team of dedicated professionals. Whether it is the emotional, psychological or educational realm, supporting a child from all angles is to set the child up for success in a way that Jordan believes no other program offers. It is this structure that brings confidence to families, but more importantly, the child.

"It is my mission for each child to reach their full potential – feeling safe, competent, worthy, empowered – and free to be their authentic self." – Jordan Yost