Social Studies Department

  • Pete Kleinsasser, coordinator
    pkleinsasser@cherrycreekschools.org
    720-747-3795

    Gretchen AufderHeyde
    Robert Dennis
    Hollie Drake
    Yuri Kim
    Melanie Iacobelli
    Tim Lorenz
    Melissa Lucero
    Jeff Martin
    Mark Olmstead
    Jessica Price
    Nathan Umetsu
    Joel Scherer

Ms. Gretchen AufderHeyde

Phone: 720-747-3878

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in American History, minor in English (University of Northern Colorado) MA in Diverse Learner (University of Phoenix) MA in History (University of Nebraska)

Ms. Gretchen AufderHeyde

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. AufderHeyde began teaching at Overland in 1997 in both the Social Studies and English departments. Today, she focuses on American history and teaches Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment courses.

Mr. Robert Dennis

Phone: (720) 747-3890

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Masters in US History and a Bachelor of Accounting

Mr. Robert Dennis

Social Studies Teacher

I Love teaching and coaching. I love my wife. I love my dogs. I love my daughters and my grandkids.

Ms. Hollie Drake

Phone: (720) 747-3742

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in History, minor in Geography (Metropolitan State University) MA in Information and Learning Technologies (University of Colorado, Denver)

Ms. Hollie Drake

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Drake has been teaching in the Social Studies department at Overland since 2000. She currently teaches Advanced Placement Psychology, semester Psychology, and Economics. She also serves as a College Board Reader and Workshop Consultant.

Ms. Melanie Iacobelli

Phone: 720-747-3871

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in History (Florida Atlantic University)

Ms. Melanie Iacobelli

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Iacobelli is new to Overland High School and the Denver Area. She has been teaching for 7 years. She recently moved from Miami, Florida. Ms. Iacobelli will be teaching Geography and AP World History this year. She is excited to be at Overland High School.

Ms. Melissa Lucero

Phone: 720-747-3728

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in History Secondary Education MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Social Studies

Ms. Melissa Lucero

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Lucero has been teaching Social Studies at Overland since 2013. Her favorite classes to teach are Economics and US History. She is also the head coach for our Men's and Women's swim program and has been coaching at Overland since 2014.

Mr. Mark Olmstead

Phone: (720) 747-3817

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA Political Science from Seattle University MA Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver

Mr. Mark Olmstead

Social Studies Teacher

This will be Mr. Olmstead's third year at Overland High School where he teaches AP Human Geography and US History. He's from Aurora, Colorado and a graduate of the Cherry Creek School District. He loves being outdoors, reading, and being active in politics and important causes.

Mrs. Jessica Price

Phone: (720) 747-3727

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA Liberal Arts, Colorado State University MA Administrative and Educational Policy, University of Colorado

Mrs. Jessica Price

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Price has been in CCSD for 22 years and has spent the last 14 at Overland. She teaches Psychology, Sociology and Government. She is married and has three kids ages 14, 12 and 9. She is very involved in community service and politics at the local, state and federal level. She also has 3 dogs!!

Mr. Nathan Umetsu

Phone: 720-747-3516

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in History (University of Northern Colorado) M.A. in History (Southern New Hampshire University)

Mr. Nathan Umetsu

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Nathan Umetsu will be found hanging out in "D wing" teaching Social Studies. Mr. Nathan Umetsu is new at Overland, so go easy on him. Before coming to Overland, Mr. Nathan Umetsu taught at Laredo Middle School for the past six years. While this will be a "interesting year," Mr. Nathan Umetsu wants you to know that you have his full support as we progress together into this unusual journey.