Library Staff


Library Staff

Mrs. Scarpella - Licensed School Librarian

Mrs. Scarpella Profile PictureProfessional and Personal Info

Welcome to another school year! My name is Colleen Scarpella, and this is my fifth year as the Library Media Specialist at High Plains Elementary. I am thrilled about all the physical and instructional changes we are undergoing! Change is super exciting!

I attended Wright State University in Ohio where I earned a B. S. in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement in 2005 and spent several years honing my classroom management skills and educational philosophy as a substitute teacher in my hometown. After completing my M. Ed. in Library Media with Wright State in 2010, I was eager to get out into the field to teach and inspire students to be lifelong learners and was ecstatic to receive an offer in beautiful Colorado Springs immediately after graduation. My family and I love living in Colorado and currently reside in Monument enjoying the mountains and low humidity.

I enjoy organizing, practicing and teaching yoga, eating homemade Paleo-friendly chocolate mousse, watching the brilliance of Joss Whedon, dancing to tween pop radio, and most of all reading. I adore non-fiction because it helps me be a better person, wife, and mother, and I love fiction because it takes me to places and situations that I have never before imagined. I am so thrilled to be a part of the lives of the students and guide them to the person they are to become!

Ms. Leach - Library Assistant

My name is Tracy Leach and I work in the Library as an assitant and in the Office as support. I come to High Plains to help out with kiddos because mine are almost grown. I have a girl and three boys. They were all born in different states:  California, Massachusetts, Montana, and Indiana. I homeschooled all of them for many years. Our favorite way to spend time together was reading aloud. One of the funniest times was when I had to stop reading Anne of Green Gables because I was crying too hard during a sad part. An amazing story was when my daughter and I were digging a garden in the back of our turn-of-the-century home and found an old-fashioned key just as a robin landed on the white picket fence. We just so happened to be reading The Secret Garden at the time. You’ll have to read the book to find out why that event was so fantastic!


I love working at High Plains with all the wonderful staff and children. I think I have the best job working in the library with all the little people and wonderful books. I hope to share the same magic I experienced with my own children with others. I look forward to learning and growing along with everyone at High Plains Elementary for many years to come.