Hi, My name is Collette and I am thrilled to be the Occupational Therapist (OT) for the McELwain this year. I was born and raised in South Africa, have lived and traveled in Europe and immigrated to America in my early 20's. After living in a few different states, I am excited to call Golden, CO home. I am the proud Mom of two energetic children, and enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and biking with my wonderful husband and our little family.
Although I have only been at McElwain Elementary School for the last year, I have been an Occupational Therapist for 20 years, specializing mostly in pediatrics. I have had the privilege to work in a variety of different settings such as a large State hospital with level 1 trauma and burns units, Children's Hospital- out patient in Indianapolis, IN, residential treatment facilities, pediatric outpatient facilities as well as home health settings and schools.
It is my aim to help all students irrespective of their abilities to not only be successful in the educational setting, but to THRIVE. I love thinking out of the box, planning new ideas, finding additional resources and helping to support this amazing team! I look forward to working with all of you and for all the adventures that are yet to come!
Collette Chinyerere MS. OTR