Phone: 719-757-1654


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Mrs. Erika Gerlach

About Me: 

Welcome to Ray E. Kilmer Elementary School Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Gerlach and I have been working for the Lewis-Palmer School District since 2014. For the first four years I was able to be a Guest Teacher at ALL the schools in the district and then found my permanent home, the last two years, teaching Kindergarten here at Kilmer! I have had the privilege of teaching children since 2004. Before teaching for the Lewis-Palmer School District I taught 2nd grade for 7 years in Arizona.

I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University. A passion of mine is utilizing technology in the classroom and incorporating it in my everyday teaching. I have started to pursue a Masters in Technology in Education.

I have been married for 15 years and have two children, Joshua 15, and Kaelyn 12 who both attend schools in the district.

I enjoy watching my kids play sports, hiking and being outdoors, collecting minerals and rocks, reading, traveling, cooking (with my new Instant Pot), and Photography (usually of my kids playing sports).

I love watching children get excited about learning and seeing the "light bulb come on" for each one.

I look forward to partnering with you for a successful and wonderful year in Kindergarten. If you have any questions about Kindergarten at Kilmer feel free to contact me at 719-757-1654 or I will try to respond and get back to you as soon as I can but the expectation is within 24 hours.

“A Teacher affects eternity…
…for he/she never knows where their influence will end.” -Henry Brooks

Home-To-School Connection:

Interactive Websites:

Informational Websites for Parents:

PBS Parents:
Informational website for parents and developmentally appropriate interactive fun and games for kids 

Reading Rockets:
Informational website for parents on reading, writing, and language development 

Colorín Colorado:
Colorado Department of Education

Colorado Department of Education:
Guide to Colorado Academic Standards:


  • Gerlach-AM/Cavera-PM Kindergarten Daily Schedule

    9:00-9:05 Arrival
    9:00-9:10 Morning Work
    9:10-9:20 Calendar (Morning Meeting)
    9:20-9:50 Math lesson
    9:50-10:10 Recess (Common with Kindergarten)
    10:15-10:35 Snack/story (Big Book)
    10:35-10:55 Really Great Reading (P.A.-Haggarty/Phonics-Zoophonics Beg of Year)
    10:55-11:40 Centers/Reading Groups
    11:40-11:50 Morning Closing/Goodbye (prepare for lunch recess)
    11:50-12:35 - Kindergarten Recess/Lunch

    12:35-1:00 Literacy Block (Poem/PA/Handwriting)
    1:00-1:20 Rest Time
    1:20-1:55 Literacy (word families/reading) & Choice Time
    1:55ish-2:15 Recess
    2:15-3:15 Specials
    3:15-3:35 Snack/story
    3:35-3:50 Social Studies/Science
    3:50 Clean up/pack up
    3:55 Walk to buses/parent pickup
    4:00 Dismissal