Department of Instruction


DOI 2020
Left to Right - Amy, Adele, Roger, Michelle, Emily, Laurel

Amy Heinsma, Director of Instruction

Amy Heinsma has been the Director of Instruction since 2010. 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 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.

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 Weld RE-4 alumna.  Adele supports all of our 30 plus data systems, roster student information, assessment, and is the district registrar for professional learning opportunities. Adele graduated with a bachelors degree in Animal Science and Ag Business from Colorado State University. She has two children in the RE-4 district and her husband, Lance, co-manages the family farm and family owned auction company. 

Emily Williams, TOSA for Instruction

Emily Williams moved to Windsor in 2006 with her family. Emily graduated from 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 Admin from the University of Denver. Emily has been a special education teacher for the past 25 years teaching in Cherry Creek and Steamboat prior to Windsor. Emily’s current role in Windsor is TOSA for the Department of Instruction. Emily works directly with elementary teachers specifically in ELA to improve student achievement. Emily also partners with teachers, k-12, for instructional coaching cycles to boost student performance.  Research and curation of ELA materials is part of her role. She also supports schools during state assessment time.  In her spare time, Emily teaches an undergraduate class at the University of Northern Colorado to teacher candidates.

Laurel Syring, Secondary TOSA for Instruction

Laurel is a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) in the Department of Instruction focusing on our secondary schools. Laurel has lived in Windsor for the past six years but has lived in the Northern Colorado area since 2001 when she began her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado. After graduation in 2005, she began her career at a private school in Greeley teaching middle school and high school English. From there she earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University and began working in literacy and math intervention at Skyview School of STEM. Her past five years in the classroom have been at Windsor High School in their English department. When Laurel is not supporting our high schools, you can find her spending time outdoors with her husband and son.

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.