Department of Instruction


DOI 2021
Left to Right -Roger, Emily, Susan, Amy, Michelle, Adele, Josh

Amy Heinsma, Director of Instruction

Amy Heinsma has been the Director of Instruction since 2009. Amy is responsible for preschool through 12th grade coordination of all instruction programs in the district that include development and revision of standards, curriculum development, assessment, and reporting student achievement, and alignment of instructional practice to district and state assessments in accordance with the school board’s objectives and policies. Amy also coordinates and provides achievement data and assists principals and the superintendent in the implementation of district accreditation plan consistent with the Board of Education policies and procedures.
Amy is a resource to building principals in the selection of textbooks and supplementary instructional materials used in the district to provide desired program continuity and alignment with standards and assessments of the district. Amy is the District Accountability Committee Liaison, District Assessment Coordinator, and the Colorado Evaluator Trainer for the Weld RE-4 School District. Prior to her current position with Weld RE-4 School District, Amy taught at Windsor Middle School, 7th grade English for 13 years. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in English and an EdS in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado as well as a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. Amy and her family reside in Windsor.

Michelle Smith, Career & Technical Education Coordinator and Community Partnerships Coordinator
Michelle began teaching at Windsor High School in 2005 and has been teaching Business Education classes since 1999. Classes Michelle has taught are:  Introduction to Business, Business Management, Introduction to Marketing, and Career Development.  Michelle recently joined the Instruction team at the district office as the Career & Technical Education Coordinator and the Community Partnerships Coordinator.  Michelle is responsible for coordinating the Cooperative Office Education and On-The-Job Training programs for Weld RE-4.   

Roger Grimm, Assessment Specialist

Roger Grimm is the Assessment Specialist for the Department of Instruction and Curriculum. He is also our District Assessment Coordinator for Weld RE-4. He is the point person for all district and state assessments within our district. 
Roger graduated from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He then earned a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an Emphasis in Vocational Evaluation from the University of Northern Colorado in 1991. Prior to his current role within the Weld RE4 School District, he served for 18+ years as a Testing Director in higher education.
Outside of work, you will find Roger spending his time with his wife and five children. 

Adele Lind-Nichols, Department Secretary
Adele Lind-Nichols is the Secretary for the Department of Instruction. Adele is a native of Severance, CO, and a Weld RE-4 alumna.  Adele supports all of our 30 plus data systems, rosters student information, supports assessment, and is the district registrar for professional learning opportunities. Adele graduated with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Business from Colorado State University. Adele and her husband, Lance, have two children. Their daughter is a 2021 graduate of Windsor High School and their son will graduate in 2023. Lance co-manages the family farm and family-owned auction company. Outside of work, Adele is the communications manager for WHS football and she and Lance enjoy attending their children's sporting events, rodeoing, and snow skiing. 

Emily Williams, RtI Specialis

Emily Williams moved to Windsor in 2006 with her family. Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990 with her bachelor’s degree in special education. Emily then earned a master’s degree in Curriculum Leadership with an emphasis on Educational Administration from the University of Denver. Emily was a special education teacher 25 years teaching in Cherry Creek and Steamboat prior to Windsor. Emily has been at the district office in the Department of Instruction since 2015 focusing on elementary literacy, assessment and curriculum.  This school year, Emily has shifted her focus to priority standards identification for the district and MTSS, as the district RtI Specialist.

Joshua Urich, Secondary TOSA for Instruction

Josh Urich is the Secondary TOSA for the Weld RE-4 Department of Instruction. He assists secondary schools in a variety of areas ranging from standards and curriculum to new teacher Induction and AP Coordination. Prior to his current role, Josh taught a variety of Math courses at Windsor High School, worked as the data coach and assessment coordinator and performed duties as an Assistant Principal. Additionally, he worked as the Assistant Principal for Inspire4 K-12 Online School during the 2020-2021 school year. 
Josh graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2003 with his bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He returned to UNC twice more, earning a master’s degree in Mathematics Education in 2011 and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership in 2018. 
Outside of work, you can usually find Josh at the gym or field coaching and cheering on his two boys or exploring and adventuring with his wife. 

Susan Ernst, TOSA for Instruction

Susan Ernst is a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) for the Department of Instruction supporting Kindergarten school readiness, district literacy initiatives including Read Act implementation, the Weld RE-4 Induction program, and learning coaches as a member of the Teaching and Learning TOSA Team. Susan has over 10 years of experience spanning Kindergarten through Undergraduate levels in public, private, and international school settings. Susan attended the University of Northern Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Linguistically Diverse Education. She earned a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder, studying Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Reading. With a strong desire to continue learning, Susan recently completed her Doctoral program at Colorado State University, earning a PhD in Education Sciences and Educational Leadership. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, yoga, baking and skiing.