My Why
  • I am a proud University of Colorado alumna. I have both a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  I have been teaching Literacy at Shaw Heights for 17 years.  I feel truly blessed to have had the good fortune of working along side dedicated fellow teachers and administrators who have supported me with my battle with breast cancer. 


    Why do I teach?

    I fell in love with reading at an early age and decided that I wanted everyone to feel excited about reading the way I do.  My love for books took me half way across the world as you can see in the picture.  I flew to New Zealand to be a part of the making of "The Hobbit."  Having read this book when I was in middle school, I knew that I had to be a part of the movie in some way.  I want students to know that if they persevere with their goals and dreams, anything is possible.  When I was diagnosed with breast cancer and doing weekly chemo and radiation treatments, it was "my why" that kept me going.  I wanted to return to the classroom so that I could help students realize their potential and set goals for achieving their dreams. 


    Facts about Mrs. Villa-Hartman

    • Two of my cats are named after characters from my favorite books:  Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings" and Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones".
    • I am named after my Dad, Albert.
    • My sister was a Captain in the US Army Reserves.
    • I am married to fellow math teacher Mr. Hartman.
    • I love sports particularly the Broncos, the CU Buffs, the Rockies, the Yankees, and the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.
    • Most summers you can find me in Hawaii or at a pool. I do know how to surf.