School for the Deaf

front view of Gottlieb school building

The School for the Deaf provides a comprehensive academic program for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in grades K-12. Teachers challenge each student to achieve his/her potential in a signing environment that promotes the development of language and a positive self-concept. Annually, a team of professionals develops an individualized education plan for each student. The development of language, communication skills, critical thinking skills, appropriate social skills, and application of learned concepts are emphasized. Opportunities to mainstream in areas of strength are provided through a collaborative effort with the local public school districts.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school by phone at 719-578-2221 (v) or 719-694-2007 (VP)


Jennifer Thompson Principal, Pre-School-6th Grade ~ VP 719.358.2605

Kristen Huddleston Principal, 7th Grade-12th Grade ~ VP 719.358.2240

Janet Steele Administrative Assistant ~ VP 719.694.2007 ~ Voice 719.578.2221


Pre-School – 6th Grade Teachers

Kristin Alford
Amy Bobich
Karina Johnson
Megan McKenna
Rachella Ortiz
Liv Polzin
Sarah Lung
Ashley Wood

7th – 12th Grade Teachers

Allison Marcino English Language Arts
Carolyn Scott English Language Arts
Eric Bruckman History
Susie O’Hara History
Shelby Dye Mathematics
Tosha Daniels Science
Alma Sicinski Math Coach/Science
Bryan Zigler Math/Science
Shannon Carter Employability Teacher
Sherri Anderson Employability Teacher
Cara Reimann Study Skills Teacher

Elective Teachers

Jaimie Valencia Physical Education/Health
Sabra Taylor ASL Teacher/Coach
Cory McCormick Literacy Coach
Trisha Waddell Bi-lingual Literacy Coach


Linda Espinosa-Maelzer
Arlyn Fajardo
Nancy Hochberg
Santiba Johnson
Julie Walker

Support Staff

If you need to contact Support Staff (speech, counselors, Spanish liaison, etc.) Click this link 


CSDB P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Attitude, Respect, Independence, Determination and Excellence)

CSDB embraces P.R.I.D.E. as our schoolwide expectations for staff and students.



Jennifer Thompson, Principal Grades Pre-School-6th

Kristen Huddleston, Principal Grades 7th-12th


Important Information and Reminders

  • February 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences (4:00-8:00pm)
  • February 14 – Professional Development Day – No School
  • February 17 – Presidents’ Day – No School
  • March 20 – Professional Development Day – No School
  • March 23-27 – Spring Break
  • April 3 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • April 13 – School Closed
  • May 22 – School Closed
  • May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
  • May 29 – HS Graduation
  • June 8 – Last day for Preschool
  • June 11 – Last day for K-11