Meet the Team


The Bear Creek K-8 Mental Health team strives to create a safe and equitable environment for each student.


Our vision is to facilitate and encourage students to develop strong academic skills, personal/social success and career/college readiness. We work with students individually, in small groups, and in the classrooms. Our curriculum is guided by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model and CASEL 5 Competencies.

I am a Colorado native and live in Black Hawk with my husband and son. We enjoy very much spending time outdoors camping, fishing and hiking. I began my career in education working in a juvenile corrections facility as an English teacher. I also taught English as Second Language in Denver Public Schools. In 2005, I relocated to Gilpin County Colorado, and started teaching both middle school and high school English while earning my Master's Degree in School Counseling. I began working as a school counselor in 2009. I transferred to Bear Creek K-8 in 2016 where I enjoy very much working with the students and families in our community.

I am from Kansas City and enjoy bringing my hometown sports pride to Denver. In my free time I like to go hiking, attend festivals, and explore new restaurants. I have a wonderful family that includes my parents and two sisters, all of which live in cities across the country. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from  Saint Louis University and my Master's Degree in School Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. I am a member of the School Counselor Corps Grant which brought me to Bear Creek K-8.

Social Emotional Learning Specialist
My name is Amber Smits and it is a privilege to be part of the Bear Creek K-8 community! I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI (Go Packers!).  I am a proud alumna of the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!). I have Bachelor's Degrees in both Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work.  I moved to Colorado in June with my fiance and we have enjoyed experiencing everything Colorado has to offer including hiking, skiing, and trying new restaurants.
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