Head of School
Diane Dunne, Head of School, received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Social Work from Atlanta University. Ms. Dunne has worked as an educator, both in teaching and administration, for over two decades. Before coming to Mackintosh, Ms. Dunne worked for many years at Foothills Academy in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, teaching in first, second, seventh and eighth grades, and in high school, and also serving ultimately as head of the high school and interim head of school. Prior to that, she worked as lead coordinator of a middle school program for an independent school in Atlanta, Georgia. She also has an extensive background in leading students on beyond-the-classroom learning experiences, such as service and wilderness/outdoor trips, both in the United States and Central America. She is committed to working with students to help them to foster a love for learning, a strong global awareness, and a sense of service. She enjoys reading, poetry, backpacking, cross-country skiing, spending time with her family, and learning, side-by-side, along with the young people in her classroom.
Curriculum Coordinator and Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Sharon Muench, Curriculum Coordinator and Middle School Mathematics Teacher, is responsible for curriculum coordination and daily teacher support in the areas of curriculum and instruction. Mrs. Muench has been affiliated with Mackintosh Academy since 1994 as a lead teacher, a co-teacher, curriculum coordinator, and the technology coordinator. She holds a Masters certificate from the University of Colorado in Web Based Instructional Technology. She has her B.A. from the University of Iowa in English and has her certificate in Secondary English Education. She is passionate about her position and highly invested in ensuring the tenets of the International Baccalaureate program and educational philosophy of Mackintosh Academy is fully lived at both campuses.
3rd/4th Grade Lead Teacher
Lula Guilbert, 3rd/4th Grade Lead Teacher, began her experience in gifted education with her own elementary and secondary education. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State and then earned her Masters of Education from UMass Boston. Throughout her college career, Lula worked with students ranging in age from preschool to high school and her educational philosophy was shaped in part by her interactions with children at various stages of growth and development. Lula moved to Colorado with her family in 2002 and began working at Mackintosh in 2003. She became the lead teacher in the Primary 2 classroom before taking time away to nurture her own young family. She returned to Mackintosh in 2008 and has been a lead teacher in the 2nd/3rd grade classroom. This year she is currently the lead teacher in our 3rd/4th grade classroom. Lula has a passion for gifted education and also has interests in gardening, paper crafting, dancing and cooking.
5th/6th Grade Associate Teacher
Nancy Muhich, 5th/6th Grade Associate Teacher, is originally from Toledo, Ohio. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business with Marketing emphasis, as well as a Vocal Performance Minor from Miami University of Ohio. She spent eight years in business doing Software Test Engineering, Office Management, and Administration. With each job, she found ways to gravitate toward children. She took a break from the business world to raise her own kids, and is now pursuing her second career in teaching – a true passion for her. Nancy is the Associate Teacher in the 5th/6th grade classroom. She loves children and dogs, she dabbles in crafting, loves Halloween and is a roller coaster enthusiast. She is thrilled to be part of the Mackintosh family.
Spanish and Kindergarten Teacher
Maria Cardona, Spanish Teacher, completed her Social Communication Degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia and has taught in Ohio and in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Maria has worked for Cherry Creek Schools both in the classroom and as a translator and interpreter. She moved from her native Colombia 13 years ago. She is very passionate about languages and the Hispanic culture and loves education. Always pursuing new challenges, Maria decided this year that she wanted to experience life not only as a Spanish teacher but also as a Kindergarten teacher. She will be assisting our lead kinder teacher as well as teaching Spanish to pre-k through second grade students. Maria has been part of the Mackintosh Academy community for the last six years. She lives with her husband and daughter and loves exploring Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.
Physical Education Teacher
Patty Weston, Physical Education Teacher, has a B.S. in Education from Emporia State University. Mrs. Weston has been the Physical Education teacher at Mackintosh since 1993. She has outstanding experience working with gifted children and truly enjoys witnessing their physical growth and development. Mrs. Weston also teaches a middle school math class. Mrs. Weston’s positive outlook in all situations is a wonderful model for our children and inspiring to our staff. Her passions in life are her family, tennis, and a variety of sporting activities.