Directories

Faculty

Gina Alcala, Instructional Faculty - World Language (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3283

Appointed 2008. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Ms. Alcala taught Language Arts and English as a Second Language in the Denver Public School system. She went on to teach Spanish for 10 years at Cherry Hills Christian Middle School. During that time, Gina developed and published the Get Real Spanish curriculum.

Education

B.A. English Education — Oral Roberts University, 1988
M.A. Bilingual Special Education — University of Colorado, 1998

Joshua Anamier, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Film Instruction & Production

Phone: 303.471.3363

Appointed 2014. Mr. Anamier originally from North Carolina before making Colorado his home in late 2005. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Josh was the director of media of a local church plant for four years, followed by four years working as a freelance videographer and editor in the Denver Metro area on various projects. Josh was married to his wife Michelle in 2006. They have daughter who was born in 2009.

Education

B.F.A. Film & Video Production — Regis University & Colorado Film School, 2013
A.G.S. Film & Video Production — Community College of Aurora, 2011

Gabe Anderson, Instructional Faculty - Math and Science

Phone: 303.471.3304

Appointed 2009. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Anderson was the Math Department Chair at Longmont Christian High School for ten years, instituting a strong AP and pre-AP program. Gabe received the Valor Department of Excellence Award for 2009/10 and the Valor Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011/12. He also received the Volleyball Coach of the Year award in 2004 and 2007. He and his wife, Loni, have one daughter. Gabe loves to rock climb, ski and is an avid cyclist. He also is actively involved in his local church and men’s Bible study.

Education

B.S. Math Education — Pensacola Christian University, 1998

Laura Baas, Instructional Faculty - Library

Phone: 303.471.3251

Appointed 2008: Prior to her appointment at Valor, Ms. Baas worked as a Language Arts Educator at a Colorado Springs Charter School before returning to college to attain her Masters in Library and Information Science. Ms. Baas has specific experience in medical school and academic libraries. She continues to read professional literature and attend conferences to stay current with the changing library and information landscape. Ms. Baas was a co-leader for the Discipleship Class’ Discovery trip to Israel.

Education

B.A. Business — Economics, Wheaton College, 2001
M.A. Children's Literature — Hollins University, 2006
M.S. Library & Information Science — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007

Sheila Beckie, Lead Academic and College Counselor

Phone: 303.471.3113

Appointed 2007. Ms. Beckie serves at Valor as an Academic and College Counselor.

Education

B.S.P.E. — University of Saskatchewan
M.S.C. Counseling — University of Phoenix

Greg Blake, Instructional Faculty - Math and Science

Phone: 303.471.3000

Appointed 2011: Mr. Blake came to Valor after seven years of teaching high school Mathematics and Robotics. He is passionate about teaching Algebra 2, AP Statistics, and Robotics and Engineering. Prior to embarking on his teaching career, Mr. Blake served for fifteen years as a partner with the international consulting firm, Accenture. He enjoys drawing on his business experience to help his students make connections between the classroom and their future careers. He loves the outdoors and enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and scuba diving with his wife and best friend, Shana. He has two grown sons and a cute granddaughter. Mr. Blake served as a co-leader on the Marine Biology Valor Discovery trip to Cozumel.

Education

B.S. Aerospace Engineering — University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985
B.A. German Language and Literature — University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985
M.S. Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering — University of Texas, Austin, 1988
Mathematics Endorsement Secondary Education Certification — University of Denver, 1994

Craig Blaser, Instructional Faculty - 9th Grade Seminar

Phone: 303.471.3266

Office Hours: Monday - Navy; Thursday - Purple

Appointed 2013. Prior to his appointment to Valor, Mr. Blaser spent three years as an educator in the public school system in both History and Physical Education, where he also served as an assistant football, baseball, wrestling, strength, and girls soccer coach. Craig attended Adams State College on a football scholarship prior to attending UNC. He currently is an assistant football coach at Valor. Craig and his wife Julie were blessed with a son, Braxton, in July of 2013. Craig is thrilled with the opportunity to further his spiritual growth and relationship with Christ, and doing so alongside the Valor community.

Education

B.S. History/Liberal Arts — University of Northern Colorado
B.S. Secondary Education — Peru State College, Nebraska

Daniel Brooks, Instructional Faculty - World Language (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3303

Appointed 2009. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Brooks taught Spanish for seven years in Virginia and served as a missionary/pastor for five years in Zacapa, Guatemala. Mr. Brooks has lead the Guatemala Discovery Immersion Team since 2011.

Education

B.A. Spanish with Teacher Certification — Mary Washington University, 1995
Masters of Education — Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001
Masters of Missions, Regent University (Virginia), 2012

Matt Cartier, Dean of Academic Development

Phone: 303.471.3316

Office Hours: By Appointment

Appointed 2009. Mr. Cartier has been involved with education since 1998. He has diverse educational experience having worked in both public and private school settings as an AP and Special Education teacher in the humanity subjects (History, English, and Bible), Educational Consultant, Assistant Principle, and now Dean of Academic Development at Valor. Regardless of the educational setting, Matt is passionate about helping students develop a motivation for learning while cultivating a unique understanding in each student regarding how they learn best. Matt, his wife and two daughters love to be outside enjoying Colorado’s beauty. When the weather brings them inside they enjoy creating art, making food, reading books, and living life with family and friends.

Education

B.A. Social Science with a U.S. History emphasis and minor in Biblical Studies — Biola University, 1998
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction — Biola University, 2005

Josh Catron, Instructional Faculty – Academic Success and Development

Appointed 2016. Mr. Catron became an educator when he joined Teach for America in 2012 after working as an engineer for a global brewer. He quickly developed a passion for seeing young men and women grow in confidence in themselves and their abilities, setting and achieving their academic and personal goals. After spending three years teaching various math classes along with serving as department chair, head football, and head track & field coach on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Mr. Catron moved to Colorado to work as a Pre-Calculus teacher and football coach at an urban charter school. Josh lives in Denver where he enjoys skiing, backpacking, cycling and cooking in his free time.

Education

B.A. Economics - Stanford University, 2009
M.S. Management Science & Engineering - Stanford University, 2011

John Champion, Instructional Faculty - Math Lab

Phone: 303.461.3057

Appointed 2015. Prior to coming to Valor, Mr. Champion spent 31 years teaching in the Cherry Creek school district. Over the years, he has coached high school football, track, and other sports at the middle school level. His involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes helped him to mature in his faith and connect with his passion on the athletic field. In the classroom, he enjoys teaching all levels of math, chemistry, and computer science.

Mr. Champion enjoys singing and feels closest to the Lord when exploring God’s creation camping, hiking, and fishing. He loves participating in any competitive activity and spending time with the special kids at The Hope House in Marsing, Idaho. He married his wife Amy, a vocal instructor, in 1989. They have two children, Suzanne and Ben.

Education

B.A. Mathematics - The Colorado College, 1984
M.A. Science Teaching - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1991

Trista Clagett, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Ceramics

Phone: 303.471.3338

Appointed 2012. Mrs. Clagett brings 9 years of teaching high school Ceramics, from beginning through advanced levels to Valor Arts. For 8 years, she served as Gallery Designer for the Jefferson County High School Art Show at the Arvada Center, and she was a student curator for Mariani Gallery. Mrs. Clagett’s emphasis in college was textiles and costume design. She has designed and constructed costumes for high school productions and professional theater companies nationwide. Outside the classroom, you will find Trista hiking, fly fishing, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two children.

Education

B.A. Visual Arts/Arts Education — University of Northern Colorado, 1997

Toby Coffman, Instructional Faculty – English

Phone: 303.471.3310

Appointed 2014. Prior to his Valor appointment, Mr. Coffman most recently taught college freshman at Kansas State University and worked in sales while earning his Master’s degree. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Colorado State, Toby married his college sweetheart, Clara, and they have two children together, Owen and Eleanor. The whole family is extremely excited to return to Colorado. Toby loves the mountains and makes full use of the Rockies for camping, backpacking, climbing, hiking, and is strongly tempted to jump into any river he happens upon. Mr. Coffman’s two passions in life are glorifying God and reading literature; he is excited to serve at Valor, in a position which allows him to do both.

Education

B.S. Business Finance — Colorado State University, 2006
M.A. English — Kansas State University, 2012

Kurt Crockett, Instructional Faculty - Technology/Software Architect

Phone: 303.471.3325

Appointed 2008. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Crockett worked in the Information Technology/Computer Science field as a Software Architect, Software Engineer, and IT Consultant for 23 years. Mr. Crockett continues to teach courses at Valor that focus on the latest technology. Mr. Crockett has a passion for hockey. He started the Valor hockey program and was the Head Coach for three years. He currently stays active in hockey as a senior level official. He officiates all youth levels in addition to high school, AAA, and Division II College teams. Kurt has been married 23 years to his wife, Nancy. They have two children, Bre and Trev. In his spare time, Mr. Crockett enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, biking, and running, including running marathons.

Education

B.S. Computer Science — University of North Dakota, May 1986

Jeff Culver, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3313

Appointed 2012. Prior to Mr. Culver’s Valor appointment, he was concurrently an adjunct faculty member for Colorado Community Colleges, Grand Canyon University and Pikes Peak Community College. He also previously taught high school in Colorado Springs and in Los Angeles. Over the past 14 years, Jeff has taught a wide variety subjects ranging from Ethics, Philosophy and Logic to History, Science, and Math. When he’s not wrestling with his four children or spending time with his wife, Shari, Mr. Culver is working on his PhD in Religious and Theological Studies at the University of Denver. His research focuses upon 20th century French Philosophy. Jeff loves to hike, read, cook, play tennis, and watch the Broncos.

Education

B.A. Biblical & Theological Studies — Biola University, 1997
M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics — Biola University, 1999

Aimee Daniels, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3298

Appointed 2011. Prior to her Valor appointment, Ms. Daniels taught in the suburbs of Chicago for 14 years at Wheaton Academy, a private Christian high school, where she received the Wilbur A. Hiller Teaching award. Ms. Daniels also taught at Wheaton College for 3 years. She loves to travel, especially with students. Some of her favorite destinations are England, Italy, Morocco, Ecuador, and Zambia. Aimee has studied abroad at Oxford University and participated in a creativity workshop in Florence, Italy. In her free time, Ms. Daniels loves to hike in the mountains and kayak. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4: 4-9 and her favorite author is Annie Dillard.

Education

B.A. English — Wheaton College, 1996
M.A. Teaching — Wheaton College, 1999
M.A. Writing — DePaul University, 2009

Brian Davis, Instructional Faculty - Speech & Communications/History

Phone: 303.471.3296

Appointed 2012. Before his doctoral studies, Mr. Davis pastored churches in Utah and Missouri. Most recently, he taught as an adjunct instructor at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Mr. Davis is a Colorado native. He currently lives in Brighton, Colorado with his wife, Melissa, and their two cats. Brian is an avid sports fan and loves to hike in the mountains. He is also rather fond of good books and good coffee.

Education

B.A. Communication — University of Colorado, 1991
M.Divinity. Biblical Languages — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, 1995
Ph.D. Historical Theology — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, 2010

John DeYoung, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Dance and Event Production

Phone: 303.471.3263

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. DeYoung owned a film company and a dance studio.

Bob Dixon, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3334

Appointed 2010. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Dixon taught at Newton Middle School and Arapahoe High School from 1993-2001. More recently, he was a Wealth Manager at AMG National Trust Bank in the Denver Tech Center.

Education

B.A., English — Davidson College, 1991
M.B.A. — University of Colorado at Denver, 2002

Sarah Edson, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3058

Appointed 2015. Mrs. Edson grew up in Colorado, and after spending her college years in the beautiful, but soggy Pacific Northwest, she returned home to the sun and seasons.  Mrs. Edson worked as a criminal prosecutor after law school before transitioning from the courtroom to the classroom. She has taught social studies and served as an administrator in faith-based education institutions since 2003.  

Mrs. Edson and her husband, Jacob, have been married since 2004 and have three beautiful children: Will, Natalie, and Rachel.  She loves to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee and enjoy a moment of quiet whenever possible.

Education

B.A. History/African American Studies – University of Puget Sound
Juris Doctor – University of Denver College of Law

Britta Erickson, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3302

Appointed 2009. Ms. Erickson enjoys teaching 9th and 10th grade English, CP and Honors since her Valor appointment in 2009. She summered in Oxford, England while studying Shakespearean and Romantic literature. Britta is actively involved in the Valor culture and has previously coached soccer, cross country and girls lacrosse. She has led the Valor Discovery team to Kenya since 2009.

Education

B.A. English Literature — Wheaton College, 2008
B.A. Integrative Bible Theology — Wheaton College, 2008

Bunny Fisher, Instructional Faculty - The Write Place

Phone: 303.471.3294

Office Hours: Monday - Purple; Tuesday - Yellow; Thursday - Green; Friday - Columbia

Appointed 2008. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Fisher was a faculty member for 24 years at Wheaton Academy, a Christian high school in West Chicago, Illinois. While at Wheaton Academy, she taught all four grade levels of English offerings including AP Literature and Composition, developed their Writing Center, was instrumental in developing the summer reading program, advised the yearbook and Student Council and worked with a student internship program. Since coming to Valor, Mrs. Fisher has again taught English courses at all four grade levels including AP Literature and Composition. Beginning in 2012, she was very thankful to be given the opportunity to pursue her passion for writing instruction as Director of The Write Place, Valor’s across-the-curriculum Writing Resource Center. Bunny loves reading great literature, hiking in the gorgeous Rockies, traveling to and exploring new places with her husband, Ken, as well as spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren who live nearby.

Education

B.A. English — Kent State University
B.S. Secondary Education — Kent State University
M.A. Education — Ohio University

Loyal Frazier, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3306

Appointed 2011. Prior to coming to Valor, Mr. Frazier taught for seventeen years in California and four years in the Douglas County School District. He is the History Department Chair and is a Valor girls volleyball coach. Mr. Frazier has been married since 1998, and has four children. He loves sports, his family, his dog Bo, Diet Coke, and teaching outside the box.

Education

B.S. Social Sciences — California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1984
M.A. Education — California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1986

Jamie Geary, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Dance

Phone: 303.471.3268

Appointed 2013. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Geary spent eight years choreographing for numerous dance teams in Colorado. In addition to teaching at Valor, Jamie coaches the Stars dance team, which includes athletes with special needs. Her passion is teaching students of all ages and abilities. On the weekends, Jamie enjoys spending time camping and hiking with her husband, Joel.

Education

B.S. Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology - University of Northern Colorado, 2011

Brent Glossinger, Discipleship Program Coordinator

Phone: 303.471.3059

James Gonzales, Instructional Faculty – Arts+Media - Graphic & Web Design

Phone: 303.471.3077

Appointed 2015. Prior to his appointment to Valor, Mr. Gonzales worked as a graphic designer at the Denver Post starting in 1999 and was promoted to lead design in 2010. He is passionate about design and the creative process; especially logo design, branding, and illustration; and does freelance for various businesses and non-profit organizations. He has been active in his church’s youth ministry since 2002 and enjoys teaching elementary students about the love of Christ.

Family is of the most importance to Mr. Gonzales and he loves to spend time with his wife Sarah and their 4 children Diego, Elijah, Josiah, and Lydia. A Colorado native, he loves fishing, hiking, and is a lifelong fan of his home’s sports teams. He also enjoys coaching his children in sports as time permits. He is always keeping an eye out for a fresh pair of kicks to add to his ever growing shoe collection.

Education

BFA with an emphasis in Graphic Design — Colorado State University, 1999

Caylen Grasz, Library Assistant/Technician

Phone: 303.471.3251

Appointed 2014.

Education

B.A. English, Global Studies — Colorado Christian University, 2014 magna cum laude

Kurt Gutschick, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3329

Appointed 2010. Mr. Gutschick was born and raised in Colorado and met his wife, Amy in college at CSU. Upon competition of his studies, he worked for a U.S. senator from Colorado. God called both Mr. Gutschick and his wife into education in Colorado Springs, at which point, Mr. Gutschick completed his Master’s degree and found his passion teaching Economics. Mr. Gutschick joined the Valor faculty in 2010: where he started the AP Economics program, along with the Valor Society of Economic Studies. Kurt also advises numerous campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. He has two wonderful children.

Education

B.A. Liberal Arts / Political Science — Colorado State University, 2005
M.A. School Leadership and Education — Grand Canyon University, 2008

David Haar, Instructional Faculty – Business/9th Grade Seminar

Phone: 303.471.3311

Appointed 2014. Mr. Haar has spent 25 years teaching Marketing and Business in the Cherry Creek School District, and briefly served at an ACSI accredited Christian school in Honduras during the 2004-05. David has enjoyed working with young people in the classroom and various student organizations throughout the years in both competitive and non-competitive arenas._He has coached over 100 State DECA Champions and three International Champions._ A highlight was being selected Colorado Marketing Teacher of the Year. _He continues to teach online within the state community college system. David has been married to his wife, Darcea, since 1990 and they have two teenage children, Alex and Katie. He has been involved with the International Christian Cycling Club since 1994, in various roles as board of director, president, and local spoke leader. His interests include cycling, soccer and being involved with his children’s activities.

Education

B.A. Business/Accounting — Bluffton University, 1983
M.S. Marketing — University of Colorado, 1991

Charlie Hajec, Instructional Faculty – History

Phone: 303.471.3144

Appointed 2012. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Hajec was Head of the Social Studies and Bible curriculum at the Denver Street School.

Education

B.S. Secondary Education Social Studies and B.S. Bible - Philadelphia Biblical University, 2009

Ben Hamilton, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3036

Appointed 2013. Mr. Hamilton was led to Valor through a change in career direction with a calling to return to education to become a math teacher. After 10 years in the sports industry, he returned to study at the University of Denver in order to obtain his Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Hamilton is the father of five. Along with spending time with his family, he enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and traveling.

Education

B.S. Civil Engineering — University of Minnesota, 2003
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction — University of Denver, 2013

Nate Higgins, Instructional Faculty - Academic Support

Appointed 2016. Mr. Higgins joined the Valor team in 2015 serving in the Academic Support Department. He was raised in Parker, Colorado, and later attended Grove City College outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He is the oldest of three siblings with two younger sisters. He loves serving his church, skiing and ultimate frisbee.

Education

B.S. Applied Physics/Computer Science Software Option - Grove City College, Grove City, PA, 2015

Thomas Hill, Instructional Faculty - Latin

Appointed 2016. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Hill developed and taught classics courses at Central Academy – Lake Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. He spent an archaeological season at Hippos-Sussita, and presented original research at Oxford on an unpublished fragment of an ancient Biblical text in association with the Museum of the Bible Initiative. He also developed and taught a Biblical Hebrew course for adults at his local church. Mr. Hill married his wife Kylie in 2014, and in their spare time they enjoy hiking, bird-watching and taking their telescope to dark-sky areas. Mr. Hill also enjoys studying languages, reading and playing tennis.

Education

B.A. Biblical Languages - Harding University, 2010
M.A. Christian Thought, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2014

Jennifer House, Instructional Faculty - English

Appointed 2016. Prior to college graduation, Mrs. House participated in Athletes in Action and completed mission work in urban areas of Los Angeles. She was also a member and Co-Captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduating, Mrs. House taught English in Douglas County School District where she also served as the head coach for the DCHS women’s soccer program. She enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and friends.

Education

B.A. English - Texas A&M University, 2012
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Secondary English Education - University of Colorado Denver, 2016

Jake Hovis, Instructional Faculty - Standardized Test Specialist

Phone: 303.471.3281

Office Hours: M - Yellow (Room 223), W - Gray (Room 223)

Appointed 2013. Prior to his Valor appointment, Mr. Hovis was engaged in ACT and SAT preparation. He grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and graduated from a local Christian school. During his undergrad study, he participated on the university debate team. After graduating from Liberty in three years, Mr. Hovis went on to complete a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology. While at seminary school in Kentucky, Jake served as a youth pastor. He is excited about starting a family in his home state with his wife, Laura.

Education

B.S. Philosophy and Religion — Liberty University
M.Div. Christian Ministry — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M. Church History — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Beth Hutchison, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3291

Appointed 2008….. At Valor, Mrs. Hutchison has taught Global Studies, World and the West, US History and Controversial America: Study of the 1960s, in addition to a history elective, “The Me Generation: the 1970s and 1980s in America”. Prior to her Valor appointment, Mrs. Hutchison had 6 years of teaching experience in Colorado, North Carolina, and Nevada. She has a passion for encouraging students to love and appreciate History while finding God’s guidance and provision throughout the history of this world. In addition to her interests and passion in the classroom, she is a Valor Discovery leader for the Bahamas leadership and mission trip, as well as the Washington DC inauguration trip. She has served as an Assistant Coach for the girls basketball team, and the girls softball team. She is married to her husband, Bryan, and has two step-children, Abby and Aidan. When she is not in the classroom or serving God’s Kingdom overseas, Beth loves to work on her parent’s cattle ranch in Bailey, CO, and spend her time hiking and reading. Mrs. Hutchison was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.

Education

B.A. History — Colorado College, 2003
M.A. Secondary Education — University of Phoenix, 2006

Nathan Johnson, Instructional Faculty - Art+Media - Music

Appointed 2016. Prior to Valor, Mr. Johnson led creative programming and worship teams at two churches in Colorado and Illinois. Some of his favorite accomplishments include establishing an annual festival of faith and art, and creating a music internship and mentoring program for high-achieving high school students. He has written and directed a stage adaptation of The Christmas Box with original orchestrations. In addition to playing piano, keys and guitar in church bands, he also plays rock and jazz on numerous studio recordings. Mr. Johnson spends some of his free time photographing outdoor scenes for publications in calendars, websites and magazines. He and his wife have been married since 1993.

Education

Master of Music in Composition - University of Denver
Bachelors of Music in Composition with studies in Bible & Theology - Moody Bible Institute

Madison Kempton, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3288

Appointed 2016. This will be Ms. Kempton’s second appointment to Valor; she previously served as a long-term sub in the Mathematics department for the 2012-2013 school year. Ms. Kempton has also served as an educator at her Alma Mater, Point Loma Nazarene University, as an adjunct professor in the Chemistry Department during the 2010-2011 school year. Madison has interned in a women’s health Non-Profit in Jodhpur, India, and most recently, worked as a Paramedic for Denver’s 911 system- Denver Health Paramedics. In her spare time, she loves to travel the world- visiting/learning about other cultures and ways of living, to watch movies, play in the outdoors, relax in yoga, connect through music and art, and continue to be involved in serving Denver with her love for Para medicine.

Brian Kettler, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3301

Appointed 2009. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Kettler taught English at San Marcos High School, in Santa Barbara, CA for five years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, playing sports, and playing music

Education

B.A. Communication Studies/Business — Westmont College, 1999
M.A. Education — University of Phoenix, 2002

Warren Kortz, Instructional Faculty – Science

Appointed 2015. Prior to coming to Valor, Dr. Kortz ran a community practice of General and Transplant surgery in the Denver area. After 27 years he stepped away from clinical surgery to pursue different opportunities. The offer to teach and build the Human Anatomy and Physiology program at Valor came at a perfect time. He feels blessed and the Lord’s call to share his clinical experience. He and his wife are involved in volunteer support of Valor and Cherry Hills Community Church. Their three children attended Valor.

Education

B.A. Chemistry — Dartmouth College, 1975 Summa cum laude
M.D. Medicine — University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1979 Salutatorian
American Board of Surgery Eligibility — General and Transplant Surgery — Duke University Medical Center

Nate Kosirog, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3352

Office Hours: Monday - Columbia; Wednesday - Red

Appointed 2012. Mr. Kosirog teaches World and the West and United States History. He comes to Valor from Indiana. Before beginning to teach in the states, Mr. Kosirog spent a little over a year in the Dominican Republic working with Kids Alive International. His roles were to teach English for grades K–8 and support communication between the students and their American supporters. After a year, he returned to Indiana to teach in an urban setting at Providence Cristo Rey High School, as well as get married to his now wife, Emily. While at Providence Cristo Rey, he was Dean of Students and taught Social Studies. When he isn’t teaching, Mr. Kosirog loves to be active and work with his hands. He and his wife also love playing ultimate Frisbee, going out to eat and doing many outdoor activities unique to Colorado.

Education

B.S. Secondary Education — Butler University, 2006
M.S. Education — Indiana University, 2013

Andrew Kreeger, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3348

Appointed 2012. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Kreeger trained professionals in the English language at the Inlingua Language School in Nuremberg, Germany. While in Germany, he also led a local youth group and coached basketball. Upon his return to the states, Mr. Kreeger has worked as a trainer for Apple, Inc. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Denver and enjoy playing indoor soccer, finding local eateries, attending concerts, backcountry camping, fishing, traveling and serving at church. His favorite book is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Education

B.A. English Literature — Seattle Pacific University, 2007

Becky Langer, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3328

Appointed 2010. Since Ms. Langer’s appointment to Valor, she has taught Biology, Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Previously, Ms. Langer taught in the Cherry Creek School District for nine years, where she developed curriculum for Earth and Physical Science, Chemistry and Honors Chemistry. Ms. Langer is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Colorado Chemistry Teacher’s Association. She loves working with students and seeing their success and growth in learning, as well as helping them get the right answer to difficult problems. Becky enjoys singing, reading and spending time with her family doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and fly fishing.

Education

B.A. General Science, Emphasis in Chemistry — Harding University, 2000
M.A. Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies — University of Colorado at Denver, 2004

Christopher Lowther, Instructional Faculty – Math

Phone: 303.471.3357

Appointed 2014. Mr. Lowther is a native of Broomfield, Colorado. He has been teaching high school math since 1995, including seven years at Windsor High School and twelve years at Rifle High School. Mr. Lowther has experience teaching all levels of Math from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus and International Baccalaureate classes. Throughout his career, he has also coached football, soccer, baseball and basketball, including ten years as a head boys basketball coach at Rifle High School. Through his teaching and coaching, Chris hopes to inspire students to develop better relationships with each other and with God. He wants to help students not only understand but to appreciate Mathematics. Mr. Lowther enjoys traveling with his wife, Pamela, and son Cameron. He loves spending time with Cameron outdoors, fishing, swimming or just playing at the park. He enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and skiing.

Education

B.A. Mathematics/History — Fort Lewis College, 1995 Summa Cum Laude
M.A. Education — Grand Canyon University, 2003

Lindsay Lumpkin, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3061

Appointed 2015. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Lumpkin taught English in Douglas County School District for 12 years. She taught four grade levels of English and served as the Department Co-Chair. She also coached soccer and cross country and loves sports.

She likes to reminisce about her days spent traveling; talking about books; and spend time with her husband, her two children and her friends.

Education

B.A. History – University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999
M.A. Education – University of Denver, 2003

Marty Magehee, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Music

Phone: 303.471.3271

Appointed 2011. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Magehee spent over 20 years in the contemporary Christian music industry as a founding member of the vocal group 4HIM, and as a producer, songwriter, and worship pastor. During that time, he garnered over 5 million album sales worldwide, 10 Dove Awards, 27 #1 singles, over 4200 concerts, and a Grammy nomination. He was also awarded “Outstanding Alumnus” at Evangel University in 1999.

Education

B.A. Music Education, Vocal Emphasis with a Minor in Piano — Evangel University, 1986

Missy Marchino, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3318

Appointed 2009. Prior to joining Valor, Mrs. Marchino taught high school in the Littleton Public School District for over 11 years. After starting her teaching career, she took a leave to start and raise her family and then returned to teaching. Mrs. Marchino has 2 daughters and a son and has been married to her husband, James, since 1987. She has been featured with her students twice on 9News with Steve Spangle, “Mad about Science.” She is a member of the American Chemical Society and Colorado Chemistry Teacher’s Association. In her free time Mrs. Marchino enjoys gardening, hiking and reading.

Education

B.S. Biology — Colorado State University, 1989

Jay McCann, Academic & College Counselor

Phone: 303.471.3379

Appointed 2015. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. McCann was the Department Chair of counseling at George Washington High School. He worked as a Financial Aid Counselor at Point Loma Nazarene University before moving to Colorado. In 2014, he was nominated as a finalist for the Colorado School Counselor of the Year award

Outside of his school work, Mr. McCann has been a Research Coordinator for the next version of College Finder and plays music, sports, and runs sound at his church. He and his wife Erin, married in 2014, enjoy being outdoors and traveling whenever possible. 

Education

B.A. Psychology/Music - Taylor University, 200
M.S. Counseling - San Diego State University, 2010

Julee Meyersieck, Instructional Faculty - World Language (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3317

Appointed 2012. Mrs. Meyersieck grew up in a small farming community in the “thumb area” of Michigan. While studying at Central Michigan University, she was able to go on two life-changing mission trips to Reynosa and Ensenada, Mexico. She also studied abroad for a summer in Guadalajara, Mexico. After graduating, she moved to Glendale, CA with her husband and began her teaching career at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Julee received her Master’s in Arts in Spanish from California State University, Sacramento through a study abroad summer program, which took place in Spain, Guatemala, and Peru. Mrs. Meyersieck and her husband moved to the Denver area in the summer of 2012, and they absolutely love it here. While not teaching, she loves to learn new languages and travel all over the world.

Education

B.S. Spanish Bilingual Bicultural Education — Central Michigan University, 2007
M.A. Spanish — California State University, Sacramento, 2011

David Milton, Instructional Faculty – World Language (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3307

Appointed 2014.

Education

B.A. Spanish — Auburn University, 2004 magna cum laude
B.S. International Business with Economics minor — Auburn University, 2004 magna cum laude
M.A. Hispanic Studies — Auburn University, 2006

Kurt Muenstermann, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Theater

Phone: 303.471.3269

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Muenstermann was the Director of Theatre Arts at Gateway High School in Aurora from 2002–2007. He also spent nine years with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program performing and facilitating time-intensive workshops to help youth in Colorado schools to develop their own voices in the community through acting, writing and photography.

Education

B.A. Performing Arts — Colorado State University, 1990
M.A. Aesthetic Education — Denver University, 2003

Diane Neubauer, Instructional Faculty – World Language (Chinese)

Phone: 303.471.3369

Appointed 2014. Mrs. Diane Neubauer grew up in Ohio, and after college moved to Illinois. From 2001-2004, she worked in southwest China with various roles in a poverty alleviation organization. During a home assignment, she met Alan, and they married in 2004. From 2007 through 2014, Diane developed and taught the Mandarin program at Lake Forest Country Day School in Illinois.

She believes that anyone who wishes can acquire Chinese language ability when taught in light of how God has designed our brains to acquire languages. She has a strong desire to help people enjoy the process of acquiring fluency in Chinese and to be a living bridge between these cultures.

Outside of school, Diane can often be found with her husband at home with their small flock of laying hens, gardening, and reading.

Education

B.A. East Asian Studies — Wittenberg University, 1995 magna cum laude; Matsumoto Award
M.A.R. Religion — Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2000 cum laude

Lars Nielsen, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3299

Appointed 2010. Prior to his appointment to the Bible Department at Valor, Mr. Nielsen served at Red Rocks Church in Golden as a Care Pastor and Small Groups Pastor. He has served in youth ministry in Pasadena, CA, college ministry in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and has been both an executive pastor and missionary. Mr. Nielsen has been teaching and preaching since 1998 and has been coaching volleyball in both club, NCAA Division II & III since 1999. He has served as the Head Coach for Girls Volleyball since Valor’s opening.

Education

B.S. Psychology — University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
M. Div. — Denver Seminary, 2009

Amanda Osberg, Instructional Faculty - World Languages (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3062

Appointed 2015. Ms. Osberg grew up in Honduras on the mission field with her family and has lived a total of 10 years in Tegucigalpa, Honduras between her childhood and adult life. She taught Bible in Spanish at a Honduran Christian school from 2007-2009 before attending MSU Denver. Upon graduating from MSU Denver in December 2013, she taught Spanish at a local Jr/Sr High School for a semester and then worked for 1 year at Academia Los Pinares as the Spiritual Life Assistant for girls in Honduras.

She is also an avid runner and has competed in many races ranging from 5K distances to Ultra Marathons. She has a huge passion for serving the Lord, running, and the Spanish language.

Education

B.A. Modern Languages: Spanish - Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2013

Will Ostransky, Instructional Faculty - RISE/Tutor

Appointed 2016. Mr. Ostransky was born and raised in a small town near Des Moines, Iowa. Upon college graduation, Mr. Ostransky moved to Colorado in 2015 and married his wife, Brittney. He has been actively involved in the Valor community as a tutor, academic coach and strength and conditioning coach. His affinity for Christian formation has fueled his desire to integrate faith and learning in the classroom and on the athletic field. Mr. Ostransky is passionate about developing well-rounded students by fostering an environment that encourages personal, spiritual, intellectual and physical growth. Outside of Valor he enjoys spending time with family, exploring the outdoors and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

Education

B.S. Kinesiology – Westmont College, 2015

Kevin Ostrom, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media, Music/Technical Director

Phone: 303.471.3079

Appointed 2015. Prior to joining Valor, I worked at Cherry Hills Community Church in church production serving various technical art roles. I also taught music education with a focus on guitar at Colorado Music Institute. My wife Jeni and I have been married since 2006, and we have two daughters, Arianna and Jacey. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, writing music, reading and doing anything outdoors.

Education

B.S. Music – University of Colorado, 2006

Lane Palmer, Instructional Faculty - Bible/Senior Seminar

Phone: 303.471.3279

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment to the Bible Department at Valor, Mr. Palmer served for 7 years at Dare 2 Share Ministries International as a speaker, trainer and curriculum developer. He has served in youth ministry and teaching capacities for more than 20 years.

Education

B.A. Youth Ministry — Colorado Christian University, 1988
M.A. Christian Education — Denver Seminary, 1990
M.A. Counseling and Psychology — Denver Seminary, 1997

Shandra Pankoski, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3289

Appointed 2013. Prior to her Valor appointment, Mrs. Pankoski taught high school math for eleven years in the Douglas County and Adams 12 school districts. She has instructed classes ranging from Algebra to AP Calculus. In addition to being a high school teacher, she has served as department head and instructional coach. Shandra strives to make mathematics accessible and engaging for all students, and works hard to develop robust and attainable courses. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Pankoski enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Education

B.A. Mathematics Secondary Education — University of Northern Colorado
M.A. Teaching and Technology — National University

Denise Paswaters, Instructional Faculty - Senior Seminar/Student Leadership

Phone: 303.471.3293

Office Hours: Monday - Columbia; Friday - Purple

Appointed 2012. Mrs. Paswaters brings 20 years of secondary and post-secondary teaching experience to the Valor community, having most recently spent 10 years at a high school in Littleton, Colorado. Before entering the educational community, she forged a career in conservative politics, most notably working as a Speech Writer, Publicist, and Campaign Advisor for local, state, and national candidates. Her educational passions are U.S. History, Political and Economic Philosophy, and Writing. Mrs. Paswaters’ most enjoyable moments are spent with her family which is spread from California to Washington, D.C. Although her six adult children and two grandsons keep her busy, she also looks forward to opportunities for hiking, camping, and traveling around the world every summer. After living in Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma, California, and Arizona, she is happily enjoying the Colorado Rocky Mountain region.

Education

B.S. Political Science — Oklahoma State University, 1986
M.Ed. Curriculum / Instruction — University of Phoenix, 2005

Rick Paswaters, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Music

Phone: 303.471.3308

Appointed 2010. Prior to joining the Valor Arts Department, Mr. Paswaters served for over twenty years as worship pastor at several large church ministries, including churches in Colorado, Arizona and Southern California. He is the department chair for the Performing Arts, an accomplished director, musician and arranger, and is the founding Director of Valor Symphonics, south Denver’s elite community youth orchestra. Rick, also enjoys travel, sports of all kinds, movies and reading. Along with his wife, also a Valor faculty member, Rick has six grown children and four grandchildren.

Education

B.S. Bible — Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania, 1983
M.M. — Azusa Pacific University, 1994

Shannon Pettus, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3346

Appointed 2012. Mrs. Pettus considers herself a Colorado native since she moved to Littleton, Colorado in 1991. After graduating from Mullen High School, she lived the next five years in Wheaton, IL. In 2009, God opened the door for Ms. Hale to become more involved in missions and accepted a teaching position with The English Language Institute/China. She spent three years teaching English to Chinese university students. Mrs. Pettus played varsity high school and Division III college tennis. She helped her Wheaton College tennis team win CCIW Team Championships in 2005-2008. While in graduate school, Shannon worked as Assistant Tennis Coach for the Wheaton College women’s tennis team.

Education

B.S. Mathematics — Wheaton College, 2008
M.A. Teaching — Wheaton College, 2012

Todd Pulliam, Academic and College Counselor

Phone: 303.471.3336

Appointed 2014._ Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Pulliam served for 7 years as an undergraduate Admissions Counselor at Westmont College._ Todd loves spending time discovering new music, creating stories through photography/videography, and playing a wide range of board games._ In addition to serving the Valor community, he serves on the committee for Southwest Denver Young Life and deeply desires for high school students to know the love of Christ._ Todd is originally from CA and came to CO in January of 2014 to marry his beautiful bride, Josie._

Education

B.A. Communication Studies — Westmont College, 2007

Mike Rice, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - VSN

Appointed 2016. Mr. Rice has been involved in Colorado journalism for more than two decades. He is the co-host of Colorado’s Afternoon News on KOA NewsRadio and serves as the studio host of the Denver Broncos Radio Network. He is also an announcer for Colorado Rockies games. Mr. Rice enjoys traveling, photography and always has his camera on hand. He and his wife have two sons.

Education

B.A. English - University of California – Berkeley, 1990

Holly Riecks, Instructional Faculty - World Language (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3343

Appointed 2011. Mrs. Riecks has been teaching Spanish for 16 years at the high school and postgraduate level. Prior to joining Valor, she owned and operated a Spanish language school in Denver.

Education

B.A. Foreign Language — Colorado State University, 1993
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction — Colorado Christian University, 2006

April Ringnalda, Instructional Faculty - World Language (French)

Appointed 2008.

Education

B.A. French — Pepperdine, 1997
California Credential — Secondary Education — Pepperdine, 1997
M.A. French — University of Northern Iowa, 2000

Arie Ringnalda, Director of Arts & Media

Phone: 303.471.3368

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Ringnalda served as a founding teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair at Oaks Christian High School in California. He was honored with the Atsinger Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004-2005.

Education

B.A. Fine Arts — Calvin College
B.S. Education — K-12 Arts

Christy Rowe, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3339

Appointed 2011. During her teaching career, she has worked in the Douglas County School District, in colleges in California and Louisiana, and in several Colorado universities, including Regis University, University of Colorado – Denver, and Denver University, where she was a humanities lecturer for 10 years. Mrs. Rowe has also published poetry, fiction, and academic essays in many national journals. In her free time, Christy loves to travel, hike and camp in the Rockies, and spend time with her husband, Bob, and two daughters.

Education

B.A. English — University of California Los Angeles, 1989
M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry) — University of California Irvine, 1992
PhD English (emphasis in Poetry-19th & 20th century English and American Literature) — University of Denver, 2000

Robert Rowe, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3354

Appointed 2012. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Dr. Rowe taught English at Thunder Ridge High School for 12 years.

Education

B.A. English Literature - Indiana University, 1989
M.F.A. Creative Writing, Poetry - University of California, Irvine, 1992
Ph.D. English - University of Denver, 2000

Robbie Scherrei, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3063

Appointed 2007. Mr. Scherrei is entering his 18th year in education in a career that has included teaching every grade from 7th-12th in English disciplines ranging from ESL through Advanced Placement levels. He was a founding English teacher at Valor, and have served as the Academic Dean, Director of Student Life, Department Chair for four different subjects, Bible teacher, founding Boys Soccer Coach, Girls Soccer Coach, and Director of Summer Slam, an Experiential Learning opportunity for pre-Valor students. He recently served as the Principal at a local Christian School for the 7th-12th grades.

Mr. Scherrei has been married since 1999 to his first wife, Sara, and blessed with four children: Josiah (14), Micah (12), Sariah (10), and Elijah (9). He passionate Christ-follower, a reader, a learner, and one who deeply appreciates authentic relationships, meaningful conversation, and avenues for creativity.

Education

B.A. English/Communication Studies — University of Montana, 1997
M.Ed. California Lutheran University, 1999

Riley Scott, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3295

Appointed 2008. _Prior to his appointment, Mr. Scott spent 11 years in the Math Department at Smoky Hill High School of the Cherry Creek School District where he sponsored the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and coached baseball._ Mr. Scott is a faculty sponsor of the Valor Special Olympics Club and helps coach the Valor Unified athletic teams, and is known for his “Video of the Week” in the classroom._ Mr. Scott received the Valor Department of Excellence Award for 2009/2010 and was chosen for Valor’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013/2014._ Riley is the proud father of his daughter, Tes._ In his free time, he enjoys watching his daughter compete in cross country, soccer, basketball and swimming, as well as supporting the Broncos and Duke Basketball, volunteering at his church, and attending Valor events.

Education

B.A. Mathematics — University of Northern Colorado, 1997
M.A. Educational Technology — University of Colorado at Denver, 2002

Ted Seiler, Instructional Faculty - 9th Grade Seminar/Business

Phone: 303.471.3185

Appointed 2013. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Seiler taught Business/Marketing Education at Eagle Crest High School and for the last seven years of his career was District Coordinator for Career & Technical Education for the Cherry Creek School District. He retired in June 2012, with 30 years of experience in education. Ted has been married to his wife Teri since 1979 and has three grown daughters living in the Denver metro area. He and Teri have eight grandkids. Ted has a heart for missions and has served on medical missions trips to the Amazon. He is also active with the downtown Denver ministry, Christ’s Body, that serves the homeless. He is an active Broncos fan who enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Education

B.Ed. Business Education - Colorado State University 1978
M.B.A. Management - University of Wyoming 1988

Colleen Shallenberger, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3341

Appointed 2011. Mrs. Shallenberger started her teaching career in 1994 in Santa Barbara, California. She taught many levels of Mathematics and coached cheerleading and dance teams. In 1999, she moved with her family to Germany, serving as a Missionary and Teacher at the Black Forest Academy for three years. Upon her return to the United States, she focused on raising her children before returning to the classroom. Colleen is also passionate about youth ministry and has over 20 years experience as a youth worker. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities with her family.

Education

B.S. Mathematics — California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 1991

Greg Sherman, Instructional Faculty – English

Phone: 303.471.3359

Appointed 2014. _Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Sherman taught high school English in Indianapolis and in Grand Rapids, MI. Greg and his wife, Brittany, enjoy running, biking, and taking their two boys, Jack and Ari, on hikes in the mountains. Greg loves music, whether it be attending a concert, listening to Tchaikovsky or Johnny Cash, playing the piano, or singing along in church.

Education

B.S. Secondary Education/English Literature — Butler University, 2001 Cum Laude

Jackie Shives, Instructional Faculty - 9th Grade Seminar

Appointed in 2016. Prior to Valor, Mrs. Shives taught biblical classes and workshops, was a contributing writer for a Christian discipleship website, and offered spiritual direction in the Denver area. Identity work, which includes journeying alongside others as they grow in awareness of who God is and who they are, is one of her passions. Jackie was born and raised in South Dakota and is enrolled in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Jackie married her husband Caleb in 2012, and they spend time together hiking, snowshoeing, watching good movies, and playing board games. Jackie enjoys reading, running, and family time.

Education

B.A. Psychology — South Dakota State University, 2012
M.A. Christian Formation & Soul Care — Denver Seminary, 2015

Michael Sorensen, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3342

Appointed 2011. After spending more than 20 years working in business management, Mr. Sorensen left the corporate world to pursue his passion to become a teacher. He is beginning his 17th year as a teacher, and plans on many more years of working with and mentoring his students.

Education

B.A. Biology — California State University, Northridge, 1996

Reagan Sowa, Instructional Faculty - Business

Phone: 303.471.3305

Appointed 2011. Mrs. Sowa teaches Introduction to Business, Marketing, Business Leadership & Management, and Event Management at Valor, and she oversees the Valor Business & Marketing Club. Prior to joining Valor, Mrs. Sowa taught Marketing and English for seven years in the Douglas County School District, where she implemented a successful DECA chapter. She has also served in marketing roles with Denver area businesses, and she and her husband, Corey, own a concrete business. Reagan joyfully mothers two toddlers, Porter and Emma Rose. She loves running, skiing and hiking.

Education

B.A. Marketing — Southern Methodist University, 2001
M.A. Secondary Education — University of Denver, 2004

Amanda Spina, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3284

Appointed 2008. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Spina taught math for six years at Littleton High School. Amanda has coached soccer and cross country for the first 11 years of teaching. She now is the proud mother of her daughter, Lenox. In her free time, Mandy enjoys running, hiking, reading, and being outside.

Education

B.A. Secondary Education with emphasis in Mathematics — University of Northern Colorado, 2002
M.A. Curriculum and Assessment — Adams State College, 2005

Lynnette St. George, Department Chair, Instructional Faculty - French

Phone: 303.471.3187

Appointed 2013. Prior to joining the staff at Valor, Ms. St. George originated a French program at Hampshire High School. After seven years, Lynnette went on to teach French at Wheaton Academy in the Chicago suburbs where she was the Department Head of World Languages and taught French 1-AP. During her time at Wheaton Academy, Lynnette traveled throughout Europe extensively with students, undertaking mission’s trips, and culture and language trips. She also established a Franco-American exchange program that permitted Wheaton Academy students to connect deeply with their French counterparts. She is a frequently requested speaker in college methods classes and as a conference presenter in the States, as well as in France. She has adapted and published several curriculum resources from Spanish into French for TPRS Publishing. In her classroom, all students are valued and have a voice. Lynnette intentionally creates a learning community where students can flourish. Teaching French and mentoring World Language teachers is a passion for this experienced educator. When she is not teaching, writing or speaking, she is traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Education

B.A. French and English — University of Texas at Arlington
M.A. Teaching and Learning — Nova Southeastern University
M. A. French — l'école Française of Middlebury College

Michelle Stalnaker, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3326

Appointed 2012. Mrs. Stalnaker grew up in Highlands Ranch and loves this community. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she taught middle school Language Arts in New York City for three years. She went on to serve in the children’s and college ministries at Redeemer Presbyterian Church while earning her Masters in Writing. Michelle is thrilled to return home to Colorado and to be fostering students’ love of English. She is a passionate reader and writer herself, and especially relishes her role as a staff writer for the Rockies blog, roxpile.com.

Education

B.S. Middle School Education - University of Georgia, 2006
M.A. Writing - Manhattanville College, 2012

Barton Stone, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3242

Appointed 2012. Mr. Stone is currently studying Christian Studies at Denver Seminary and has lectured at Summit Ministries on the spiritual formative aspects of video games and is developing a biblical framework for understanding those who play and why they play as a final requirement for completing his Masters in Christian studies. Previously, Mr. Stone was Head of Male Staffing and Activities Coordinator for Summit Ministries, as well as, a teacher for Yale Foreign Language Academy, teaching English as a second language in South Korea. While in Korea, he trained in traditional Korean martial arts and archery, earning a black belt and the title “Ace.” Barton is married to Sarah, also a Faculty member at Valor.

Education

B.A. Communications - Bryan College, 2005

Sarah Stone, Instructional Faculty – 9th Grade Seminar

Phone: 303.471.3259

Zach Stoner, Instructional Faculty – Bible/Student Activities Coordinator Assistant

Appointed 2014. Mr. Stoner was born and raised in the north shore suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in a strong Christian family, Zach became a Christ follower in his youth and got involved in various student ministries throughout college. Working in youth and camp ministries as a college student, he developed a passion for discipleship and seeing young people grow into followers of Jesus. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Zach spent two years working for LeaderTreks leading overseas mission trips, backpacking wilderness excursions, and teaching leadership development to high school students. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, playing the guitar, and watching his Chicago sports teams.

Education

B.A. Biblical & Theological Studies/Christian Education & Ministry – Wheaton College, 2012

Rebecka Sutton, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3309

Appointed 2011. Prior to joining Valor, Mrs. Sutton served at Colorado Christian University in a teaching role. In her classroom, there is nothing Rebecka likes more than an open discussion about the difficult issues students are facing in their world. Outside of her classroom, Rebecka and her husband feel blessed for the opportunity to raise their three boys in beautiful Colorado.

Education

B.A. Intercultural Studies — Biola University, 1995
M. Div. Leadership — Denver Seminary, 2005

Jenny Timmons, Instructional Faculty – Art+Media Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre

Appointed 2016. Prior to joining the staff at Valor, Mrs. Timmons maintained a private voice and piano studio in her home since 1996. She has also taught general music classes at the Children’s Music Academy and at Ambleside Christian School. Mrs. Timmons has enjoyed the privilege of being the Youth Music Director for Broadway to Africa for three years and is a frequent Worship Leader at Cherry Hills Community Church. Through her teaching, Mrs. Timmons hopes to inspire students to see their musical talent as a gift from God and to be moved to give those gifts back to Him in an excellent way. The Timmons family moved to Colorado in 2000 and Jenny and her husband Chan have three children.

Education

B.A. Vocal Performance - University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE 1996

Hayes Trotter, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Visual Arts

Phone: 303.471.3287

Appointed 2008. Mr. Trotter has been teaching Visual Arts in the Denver area for more than 10 years. Along with teaching, Mr. Trotter is a professional artist; painting commissioned pieces and showing in galleries that have included the Arvada Center. His work has been featured on the Food Network series, Unwrapped. Sports ministry has been a passion of his and he thrives on finding opportunities for students to engage in fellowship. Hayes and his family are currently serving in the Denver community as cultural mentors to a Burmese refugee family.

Education

B.A. Fine Arts — Davidson College, 1997
A.A.S. Graphic Design — Colorado Community College, 2008

Chad Van Soest, Academic and College Counselor

Phone: 303.471.3114

Appointed 2011. Mr. VanSoest served for 4 years as an undergraduate Admissions Counselor at Point Loma while completing his course work for his Master of Arts in Educational Counseling. Chad loves spending time running, skiing, fishing, playing guitar, and last but not least—storm chasing! He is thankful for the creation that surrounds him in Colorado, and the ability to work, play, and worship our Creator in such a marvelous setting.

Education

B.A. Management Information Systems — Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, 2003
M.A. Guidance and Counseling — Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, 2010

Debbie Vaughan, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3292

Appointed 2008. Mrs. Vaughan has taught a variety of sciences–including Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science since 2000, as well as homeschooling her children for eleven years. She published a video study guide through Master Books based on a twelve-volume series of topics on special creation and science. Debbie has visited 49 of the 50 states with her children Tyler and Samantha. Her husband, Mark, is an avid Valor Eagles fan. Either one or both of them can be found cheering athletes in the stands or artists on the stage at numerous Valor events throughout the school year. Mrs. Vaughan has had the privilege of taking teams to Nicaragua each summer through Valor Discovery since 2010.

Education

B.S. Biology/Secondary Education (summa cum laude & valedictorian) — San Diego Christian College, 1986

Kevin Von Qualen, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Photography

Appointed 2016. Mr. Von Qualen has been a professional photographer and successful business owner since 2004. He has poured into the art community resulting in a tremendous national and local network. Previously, Mr. Von Qualen served as a youth pastor and taught photography workshops. Mr. Von Qualen has a passion for restoring items, including typewriters, vintage bicycles and antique tools. Mr. Von Qualen and his wife have two sons. 

Education

B.S. Art & Design – Photography Concentration – Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, 2004

Kelly Wagenaar, Instructional Faculty – Science

Phone: 303.471.3358

ºAppointed 2014._ Ms. Wagenaar studied Physics Education at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. Prior to her appointment at Valor, she taught physics in Aurora Public Schools. She is also endorsed in mathematics education. _In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Education

B.S. Natural Sciences _ Physics Education Concentration — Colorado State University, 2012

Nick Weingardt, Instructional Faculty - Library

Phone: 303.471.3065

Appointed 2015. Mr.Weingardt studied English Education at the University of Colorado at Denver, and Library and Information Technologies at Drexel. Mr. Weingardt also has an endorsement as a librarian. Before his appointment at Valor he taught English in Aurora and Denver Public Schools.

He enjoys reading, skiing, traveling, and meeting new people.

Education

B.A. English - University of Colorado at Denver, 2013
M.L.S. Library and Information Technologies - Drexel University, 2015

Matt Whipple, Instructional Faculty - Math

Phone: 303.471.3332

Appointed 2010. Mr. Whipple has been teaching high school Math since 2003. He brings a deep passion for mathematics along with high energy and high expectations to an interactive classroom. Mr. Whipple is also passionate about incorporating strategies of brain-based research to help students achieve at the highest level and develop a love for mathematics. Mr. Whipple recently presented at the convention for the Colorado Counsel of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition to teaching math, he has coached baseball at the high school level, sponsored the math club, Mu Alpha Theta, and performed in several musical productions. During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and 3 boys, Sam, Parker, and Owen, cooking, gardening, and playing guitar.

Education

B.S. Mathematics — Metropolitan State University

Rick Whitfield, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3345

Appointed 2011. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Whitfield served with Youth With A Mission. He also served as youth pastor for 10 years at Littleton Christian Church and two years as Co-Pastor. Rick enjoys baseball and coached at Denver Christian High School for five years.

Education

B.A. Psychology — University of Colorado at Denver, 2001
M.Div. — The King's University, Spring 2012

Andrew Willson, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3145

Appointed 2013. Prior to his Valor appointment, Mr. Willson taught for five years in Douglas County and Elizabeth school districts. He has taught a variety of courses including AP physics, physics, earth science, physical science, and meteorology. Andrew and his wife have two young sons. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing golf, skiing, hiking and spending quality time with his family. He has climbed 33 of Colorado’s 14ers and intends to complete the remaining summits in the next few years.

Education

B.A. Business/Economics — Wheaton College, 2001
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education — University of Colorado Denver, 2009

Kristine Wolberg, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3312

Appointed 2009. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Wolberg taught literature and writing courses for Colorado Christian University, Houghton College, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of several scholarly articles, as well as All Possible Art: George Herbert’s The Country Parson. In 2010, her youth novel, Beyond the Hedge, was released. Kristine’s family includes her husband, Dale, their daughter, Erika, and two sons, Jack and Nathan. Before settling in Highlands Ranch in 2001, they lived in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Finland, Scotland, and England. Mrs. Wolberg enjoys walking, reading, and good discussions–especially about the Bible, literature and culture and the Inklings. She can often be found reading George Herbert, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, or J.R.R. Tolkien.

Education

B.A. Philosophy and English — Wheaton College, 1980
M.A. Humanities — University of Western Kentucky, 1981
PhD English Literature — University of Notre Dame, 1986

Ross Wood, Instructional Faculty - History

Phone: 303.471.3323

Appointed 2013. Prior to his Valor appointment, Mr. Wood, who was born and raised in South Africa and emigrated with his immediate family to the U.S. in 1999, managed a small coffee shop in Arvada, Colorado. Before that, he taught and led at a Bible School in Northern Norway, a missions and outdoor school focused on knowing God and making Him known. Ross has taught online classes at Faith Christian Academy and various subjects at a Norwegian middle school. He loves to travel, ski, play board games, hike, and spend as much time as possible with his wife, Rachelle.

Education

B.A. Philosophy - University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A. Psychology - University of Colorado at Boulder

DuWayne Worthington, Instructional Faculty - Science

Phone: 303.471.3278

Mr. Worthington is one of the founding teachers at Valor Christian High School and teaches Honors Biology, Marine Science, and AP Biology. Prior to Valor, DuWayne taught for 18 years in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Five of those years were at Punahou High School, the former school of President Barak Obama. In getting his graduate degree, DuWayne has done scientific research involving SCUBA diving in Kwajalein (Marshall Islands), Oahu, Midway Island (Hawaii), Tahiti, and Mo’orea. He also traveled twice to Australia on semester long science field trips, as well as to New Zealand and Fiji. Mr. Worthington is a wonderful story teller and uses his experiences to engage and excite students as they learn in his classroom. DuWayne now leads a Discovery trip to Cozumel, Mexico where students SCUBA dive to study fish families, work with the government to study sea turtle nesting ecology, and swim with whale sharks, as well as work with a local evangelical group called “Servants for Jesus”. Besides his passion for what he teaches, DuWayne also has a passion for sports but he especially loves the niche sports such as golf, hacky-sac, foosball, ping-pong, ultimate Frisbee, billiards, and bowling. His love for sports gives him yet another opportunity to interact with students and help them with their relationship with God. DuWayne has been married to his wife Gretchen since 1994, and they have two children, Kaylin and Mark. Kaylin attends CSU and Mark is a student at Valor.

Education

B.S. Biology — College of Idaho, 1982
M.S. Zoology — University of Hawaii, 1988

David Ziegler, Instructional Faculty - Science

Appointed 2016. Mr. Ziegler started his teaching career in 1988. His career has taken him from Heritage Christian School in Fort Collins, to graduate lab assistant at the University of Northern Colorado, to Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Washington and Rifle High School in Rifle, Colorado. He has taught a wide variety of science classes, in addition to Bible and Calculus. He is passionate about students and showing God’s glory through researching scientific evidence. Mr. Ziegler and his wife have three sons, and he enjoys fly-fishing, music, movies and theater, hiking, reading and skiing.

Education

B.A. Physical Science Teaching/Chemistry - University of Northern Colorado, 1987
M.S. Secondary Science/Biochemistry + Meteorology - University of Northern Colorado, 1992