Rice Elementary School

Principal: Melissa Duvé
7000 Third Street ● Wellington CO 80549
Phone: 970.488.8700 ● Fax: 970.488.8702 Attendance Line: 970.488.8701


Ms. Tia Whitehouse

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About Me
5th Grade Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado
What I love most about working at Rice Elementary: 
This is my first year at Rice Elementary; I am excited to be a part of such a strong, supportive community!
Favorite Children’s Book/Author: 
My favorite children's books are Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins, and two books by Dan Santat (Beekle and After the Fall). Some of my favorite children's authors include: Jon Sciezka, Aaron Renolds, Oliver Jeffers, Emily Gravett, Patricia Polacco, Drew Daywalt, Chris Van Allsburg, J.K. Rowling, and so many more!
Louisville, Colorado. I am proud to be a Colorado native.
-Spending quality time with friends and family -Listening to music -Learning new things -Reading -Watching movies & tv shows -Eating delicious food -Traveling -Dancing
A little more about me: 
I speak Spanish and have studied abroad in Spain and Argentina. I love to travel and my favorite place in the world is a small town in the southern region of Andalucía, Spain. My family is very important to me and I am grateful to have such a great support system. Here’s one surprising fact about me: I have one niece and seven nephews! I come from a family of educators, including my: two grandmothers, dad, stepdad, aunt, sister, and more. As a child, I would play school with my mom and grandmother; I was the teacher and they were my students. I love teaching and I am excited to work with the students at Rice Elementary this year!