1st Grade


Ms. Kunzler                 Ms. Dispense             Ms. Tricarico


 [email protected] This is my 11th year at SME. I have two daughters, Megan and Sarah. I also have two poodles, Kaya and Ember. I love coming to work every day and saying good morning to my students!


 [email protected]   I am Ms. Dispense I have been teaching first grade for 18 ½ years! I look forward to helping you be lifelong learners, gain confidence, and learn teamwork skills. In 2020, I had the honor of receiving an Apple Award and representing Stone Mountain as the Elementary Educator of the Year for DCSD. I am a Colorado native, went to Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska on a soccer scholarship, and received my Master’s degree at the University of Colorado at Denver in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL I also earned my principal’s license from the University of Phoenix. I have two sons, Dylan (8th grade) and Logan (6th grade). You will find us on a soccer, baseball, or football field around town. During our free time we enjoy traveling, watching movies, skiing, and cheering for all of the Denver sports teams. I love to read books and ride my Peloton bike. We also have two miniature schnauzers, Gianna and Rocco.

KATE TRICARICO  [email protected] Hi! I am Kate Tricarico, and this will be my 4th year teaching 1st grade at Stone Mountain. My sweet and supportive boyfriend, Josh, and I have been together since we were Juniors at ThunderRidge High School. We are moving into our new home in Sterling Ranch in August, and our Mini Bernedoodle puppy, Scout, is super excited 😉 In addition to teaching, I love being with family and friends, playing Pickleball, and shopping at Target.