My name is Hays Padrnos and I have the privilege of being your child's kindergarten teacher this year. This will be my 15th year of teaching with 12 of those years being in first grade and kindergarten. I am one of those lucky individuals who knew what I wanted to be when I grew up from way back in first grade. I never wavered from that desire and started my teaching career straight out of The University of San Diego. This is my 15th year of teaching because I also had the opportunity to stay home and be with my three daughters while they were young. My oldest daughter will be a freshman at Santa Clara University in California this year. My middle daughter is junior at Chaparral High School and my youngest will be a seventh grader at Sierra Middle School. I grew up on the coasts of Virginia and Northern California but also lived and taught first grade in Las Vegas, Nevada. When we moved to Colorado I taught kindergarten at St. Mary's Academy in Cherry Hills Village and then worked in DCSD on and off in different capacities for another 8 years. I have lived in Parker for the past 20 years, and I feel lucky to call this beautiful state my home.
Here is a picture of me and my family on the beach where I spent many summers:
Being a kindergarten teacher is a true joy. Every day students make me smile, laugh and surprise me with their great capacity to learn and grow in one short year. I love being there as their journey into education begins and I believe that a large part of my job is to help them fall in love with learning and school so that they start off on the right path! This job also takes patience, a sense of humor, creativity and an absolute love of teaching; all qualities which I believe I possess. Two of my girls were in afternoon kindergarten and I remember that time fondly. We had time in the morning to spend together and then I dropped them off after lunch for the afternoon. I hope you and your child enjoys this schedule as much as they did. I am happy to be a member of the amazing Gold Rush Elementary community! I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!