Erin Albright, Instructional Faculty - Math

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Ms. Albright spent four years between college and graduate school teaching high school math in St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cheering on Chicago sports, and spending time with friends and family.


B.A. Mathematics Education – Trinity Christian College, 2012
M.S. Mathematics – Northern Illinois University, 2018

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.


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.


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.


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

Britta Apple, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3302

Appointed 2009. Mrs. Apple 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.


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

Javier Arias, Instructional Faculty - World Languages (Spanish)

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Dr. Arias taught bilingual Geography, History, Religion, Classical Culture and Latin classes in his hometown of Salamanca, Spain. He and his wife are blessed with the adventure of raising their four children in Colorado. In his free time, Dr. Arias enjoys soccer.


B.A. History – University of Salamanca (Spain), 2002
M.A. History – University of Salamanca (Spain), 2003
Ph.D. Religious Studies: Social Sciences and Historical Studies of Religions – University of Bologna (Italy), 2008

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.


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

Briana Bailey, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Appointed 2018. Ms. Bailey was a Valor Fellow during the 2013-2014 school year, then became the Middle-School Program Director for a local non-profit called North Littleton Promise from 2014-2017. She was also a multi-subject tutor throughout college and graduate school. Ms. Bailey is passionate about helping others holistically flourish in all the ways God has designed them to do so. In her leisure time, she enjoys exercising, exploring, and engaging in learning opportunities.


B.A. Spanish – Education Licensure K-12 – Colorado State University, 2013
M. Div. Justice and Mission – Denver Seminary, 2018

Sheila Beckie, Lead Academic and College Counselor

Phone: 303.471.3113

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


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.


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

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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 a science teacher in Colorado Springs, an adjunct philosophy instructor at local community colleges, and a part-time PhD student in Religious and Theological studies at the University of Denver. Over the past 18 years, he has taught a wide variety of subjects ranging from Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Science, to Government, AP US History, and Math. His physical training includes hiking 14ers with his children, working to become the 2nd best ping-pong player at Valor, and riotous celebrations when Arsenal scores goals. You can usually find him reading voraciously, cooking, chauffeuring his 4 children around town, or spending time with his wife, Shari.


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.


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, Dr. Davis pastored churches in Utah and Missouri. Most recently, he taught as an adjunct instructor at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Dr. 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.


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

Bob Dixon, Department Chair - 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.


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.


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

Emmanuel Engulu, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Appointed 2018. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Engulu served as an Associate/Executive Pastor and interned at multiple churches. He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has seen the Lord work through his parents’ sacrifices to bring him to where he is today. In his free time, he enjoys cinnamon rolls, playing basketball, reading, watching movies (particularly Star Wars and superhero films), working out, and meeting new people. Mr. Engulu and his wife have one son.


B.A. Theology and Biblical Studies – Ouachita Baptist University, 2012
M.Div. – Denver Seminary, 2016
Th.M. Theology – Denver Seminary, 2018

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.


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

Shane Gilbert, Instructional Faculty - English

Appointed 2017. Ms. Gilbert started teaching in 1995 in Steamboat Springs simply because it came with a ski pass!  There, she taught the US Nordic and Special Jumpers Ski Teams and simultaneously worked at the local Christian school as the sole English teacher, drama and film teacher, college counselor, SAT teacher, coaching both the Girl’s Lacrosse and Equestrian teams, and was the AP coordinator. In 2000, Ms. Gilbert was awarded Walmart Teacher of the Year and Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.  After seven years, she moved to LA to follow her filmmaking dreams.

In 2005, Ms. Gilbert took off to Africa to find her winning story, but God had different plans.  While filming, Mzungu: White Wander, she met her beautiful daughter, Jesca, a former Ugandan street girl.  Ms. Gilbert remained in Kampala another seven years to start a Christian school and work in Katanga Slum to learn the root-causes of the orphan cycle.  After years of guest-speaking around the country on foreign aid, Ms. Gilbert and Jesca relocated to Jakarta, Indonesia at an international school before joining the Valor family.  In the summers, Ms. Gilbert teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy and works for The College Board, scoring the AP Literature exam.  When given the choice of any high school in the world, Jesca chose Valor and they’ll never look back!


B.A. Creative Writing (Playwriting) – Texas Christian University, 1994
B.A. World Religions – Texas Christian University, 1994
M.A. Teaching of English (summa cum laude) – Columbia University, 2018

Brent Glossinger, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3059

Appointed 2016. Except for a three year stint in pharmaceutical sales, Mr. Glossinger has spent his career working with students in a variety of roles, including Admissions & Financial Aid Counselor at Samford University, Director of Student Activities and Resident Director at Colorado Christian University, and Youth Pastor at Dunwoody Community Church in Georgia. Prior to Valor, he served at Front Range Christian School for 13 years teaching Bible and English and leading their discipleship program, chapels and retreats. At Valor, he also serves as the chapel to the hockey team. Mr. Glossinger and his wife have been married for over 20 years and have two sons who have graduated from or attend Valor. His favorite hobbies are hiking and leading trips to Israel.


B.A. English & Human Relations – Samford University, 1991
M.A. Biblical Counseling – Colorado Christian University
M.A. Curriculum & Instruction – Colorado Christian University

Charli Gonder, Instructional Faculty - English

Appointed 2018. Previously, Mrs. Gonder worked at Harding Academy in Memphis, TN for four years teaching American literature, AP Language and Composition, British literature, and creative writing and coaching the varsity cheer team. She also co-created a program for juniors to help them with college essays and scholarship applications. Mrs. Gonder grew up in Memphis, TN and is a big fan of BBQ, Elvis Presley, and the Memphis Grizzlies. In her free time, she and her husband love any outdoor activities, from lounging at the beach to playing kickball at Wash Park to snow skiing. When she’s not outside, she enjoys snuggling up with a good book and a cup of coffee.


B.A. English – Lipscomb University, 2012
M.A. English, candidate – Regis University

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. 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.


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

Kurt Gutschick, History Department Chair

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 three wonderful children and is currently studying for his EeD in Professional Development and Technology at the University of Colorado, Denver.


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 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.


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. Mr. Hajec moved to Colorado in 2010 from Philadelphia, PA. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Hajec was Head of the Social Studies and Bible curriculum at the Denver Street School, where he also taught Bible, Economics, United States Government, World History, and US History. He is married with three children and is currently writing his thesis for his Masters degree in American History.


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.


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

Abi Hendershot, Instructional Faculty - History

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Mrs. Hendershot spent time teaching history, math, and English to students in both Delaware and Chicago. Most recently, she taught junior high World History. As a new Colorado resident, Mrs. Hendershot enjoys participating in races and has completed a half marathon. She also loves spending time with her husband and their new daughter.


B.A. History Education – Western Illinois University
M.Ed. Special Education – Wilmington University

Nate Higgins, Academic Support - Tutor

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.


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.


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

Nina Hinds, Lead Tutor

Phone: 303.471.3229

Appointed 2018.

Justin Hitch, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media

Appointed 2017. Living in Nashville Justin had the pleasure of touring with Building429, working with a producer named Ed Cash at his production company Anchor Productions. He served as Technical Director of Connect Church in Nashville and worked as a subcontractor doing Audio/Visual installs.

Outside of the Industry, Justin loves being outdoors with his wife and Black Lab mix.


A.A.S Audio Technology — SAE Institute of Technology – Nashville, 2015

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.


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 Prep 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 in Kentucky, Jake served as a youth pastor. He is excited about starting a family in his home state with his wife, Laura.


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 a variety of history classes. 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.


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

Natalie Jackson, Arts+Media Assistant

Appointed 2017. Natalie Jackson graduated Cum Laude Society and Dean’s List from Westmont College. She has devoted much of her time to international travel and predominantly service-driven mission trips for the last 7 years, having been to nearly 30 countries and 5 continents. Apart from missions, Natalie is passionate about the Arts and has experience in various mediums, mainly graphic design and drawing.


B.A. English Literature, Fine Art, Economics/Business – Westmont College, 2017

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.


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

Gayle Kakac, Instructional Faculty - Valor News, Media, and Entertainment

Appointed 2017. Gayle has more than 20 years of experience teaching video production and broadcasting at a variety of schools. She also taught at-risk youth with the Binning Family Foundation. She’s also served as information technology staff and trainer and spent 2 years in film school.

In 1990, Gayle was honored with the Outstanding Future Educator Award. In 1994, she was a Colorado Film School Film Festival Award Winner.

She’s been married for more than twenty years and has two daughters. She also consults as a professional camera operator for a sports streaming company.


B.S. Social Sciences – University of Northern Colorado
Masters Instructional Technology – University of Colorado Denver, 1994
Licensed Drone Pilot – Drone Pilot Ground School, 2016

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


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.


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

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.


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

Becky Langer, Department Chair - 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.


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

Dani Lanting, Instructional Faculty - Math

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Ms. Lanting taught one year at Englewood High School. In her free time, she enjoys anything to do with the outdoors, particularly hiking, running, and playing soccer. As a student she spent a semester abroad in Ireland, which sparked her passion for traveling and exploring new cultures.


B.A. Mathematics, Secondary Education – University of Northern Colorado, 2017

Sarah Lepke, Instructional Faculty - World Language (Spanish)

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Mrs. Lepke enjoyed a broad range of work experience. Her past jobs include two years in social services, three years teaching ESL in Denver Public Schools, two years as a bilingual labor doula, and five years teaching high school Spanish at Faith Christian Academy. She has been married to her husband since 2016 and loves traveling, baking, hiking, cats, exploring new places, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


B.A. Spanish, Cultural Anthropology – Central College, 2007
M.A. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education – University of Colorado-Denver, 2018

Roosevelt Leslie, Instructional Faculty - 9th Grade Seminar

Appointed 2017. Mr. Leslie received bachelor’s degrees in both Sports Science/Recreation Management and Biblical Studies/Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University in 2003. Since then, he has taught, provided academic support, and coached basketball in several high schools in the Denver area since 2003. He also served in academic support roles at various universities in Colorado. In addition, Mr. Leslie has served as a youth pastor, missionary, counselor, and mentor.

As assistant varsity coach, he helped Abraham Lincoln High School win three 4A Basketball State Championships. Thanks to his contribution as assistant varsity coach, the Valor Boy’s Basketball Team won the State Championship in 2017.

He enjoys ministering and mentoring inner-city youth. Roosevelt is married with two children and likes to travel and spend time with his family.


B.S. Sports Science/Recreation Management- Colorado Christian University 2003
B.A Biblical Studies/Youth Ministry- Colorado Christian University 2003

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. He is currently an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Valor and was part of state championships in 2015 and 2016. Through his teaching and coaching, Mr. Lowther hopes to inspire students to develop better relationships with each other and experience God’s love. He wants to help students understand, apply and appreciate Mathematics. Mr. Lowther enjoys traveling with his family, loves the outdoors, playing basketball, and skiing.


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.


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.


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

Sheri Magehee, Valor Conservatory Coordinator/Academic and College Counselor

Phone: 303.471.3074

Appointed in 2012. Before joining the Valor Arts team, Mrs. Magehee held a long career in sales, marketing and negotiation. In music, she has worked as a professional singer, performer for USO, songwriter for ASCAP and has  journeyed through 21 years of the music business with her husband and fellow colleague Marty Magehee. Sheri enjoyed mentoring and volunteering for the Liberty Godparent Home, the Genesis House for abused children, many Veterans hospitals and was the Honorary Chair and Spokesperson for the Virginian Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention. In college, Mrs. Magehee forged a new path to create her own degree program. Now, she guides students through the Valor Conservatory and into college, hoping to inspire them to use all of their talents in both academics and arts to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. In her free time, she loves decorating and spending as much time as possible with her husband and three sons.


B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis Marketing/Communications, Minor in Psychology Christopher Newport University 1991

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.


B.S. Biology — Colorado State University, 1989

Veronica May, Library Assistant

Appointed 2017. Ms. May earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Biola University in 2010. Before joining Valor, she taught secondary Social Studies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for four years in a private, bilingual Christian school.

Prior to that, Ms. May taught English for two years in a rural, public elementary school in South Korea through the Gyeonggi English Program in Korea (GEPIK) program. She enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the amazing landscapes of Colorado.


B.S. History – Biola University, 2010

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. 


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

David Milton, Instructional Faculty – World Language (Spanish)

Phone: 303.471.3307

Appointed 2014. Mr. Milton’s professional career has always employed the Spanish language. First, he worked for a Catholic hospital system in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, creating grant-based healthcare initiatives for uninsured or underinsured Hispanics from our statewide facilities. While in this position, he also taught Spanish as an adjunct professor of Spanish at Samford University. He then taught high school Spanish for two years before moving to Arequipa, Peru in 2012, where he and his wife served as missionaries to engage the evil of child trafficking by forming mission partnerships with local leaders. They then moved to Denver from the mission field in 2014. Since moving, Mr. Milton and his wife have welcomed a daughter and son into their family. Although transplants themselves, they delight in their two Colorado natives. Their favorite times as family are enjoyed while camping in the woods, exploring a trail, or playing in a stream.


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 being a founding member of the Valor Arts Department, Mr. Muenstermann served as the the Director of Theatre Arts at Gateway High School for five years.  He also spent ten years as an actor and technical director for an educational theatre program, traveling throughout the country to perform and facilitate workshops to help youth­ develop their own voices in their communities through acting, writing, and photography. Mr. Muenstermann has a passion for encouraging students to dive into the art of theatre while putting their relationships with God at the center of it.  He has been a Valor Discovery leader for teams to India and to Albania, performing there with students on the Main Stage.

In addition to teaching advanced acting and tech classes at Valor, Mr. Muenstermann directs the plays and spring musicals. He has led Valor theatre students to the Main Stage at the The Colorado State Thespian Convention (2013) and was part of the directing team that guided the cast of Pippin (2017) to win three top awards at the DCPA’s annual Bobby G Awards–including Outstanding Musical.  In 2016, he was awarded the Colorado High School Theatre Educator of the Year Award.  When not teaching or directing, he enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies and spending quiet time with his wife, Laura, and two sons.


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

Sara Nagel, Academic and College Counselor – Special Projects

Phone: 303.471.3199

After a career change, Mrs. Nagel began her career at Valor as the Registrar. In 2017, she transitioned into her current position. She loves spending time camping, hiking, and exploring in the mountains with her husband, their Great Dane, and friends.


B.A. Zoology – Miami University, 2011

Lars Nielsen, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3299

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment to the Bible Department at Valor, Mr. Nielsen served at Red Rocks Church in Golden as a Care Pastor, Small Groups Pastor and developed their Red Rocks University platform. 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. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Scholars, serves with the Tebow Foundation and assists in networking Valor grads with career aspirations.

In his time at Valor, he has developed and created several Bible Electives: Heroes of the Faith (O.T. Class), Modern Heroes of the Faith (Historic Theology Seminar).  He served in the Curriculum oversight committee and lead in the development the Senior Bible Curriculum and co-developed the second year, Steps of Paul class.  Mr. Nielsen also established and lead the Euro Bible Discovery Experience, taking students through Europe, in a Worldview discovery and theological reflection of Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and England.


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

Will Ostransky, Academic Support Lead

Phone: 303.471.3196

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.


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, Mr. Ostrom worked at Cherry Hills Community Church in church production serving various technical art roles. He also taught music education with a focus on guitar at Colorado Music Institute. He has been married to his wife since 2006 and they have two daughters, Arianna and Jacey. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, writing music, reading and doing anything outdoors.


B.S. Music – University of Colorado, 2006

Lane Palmer, Department Chair - Bible

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.


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, Mathematics Department Chair

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.


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

Vickie Pasicznyuk, Instructional Faculty - Library

Appointed 2018. Mrs. Pasicznyuk worked in public libraries for 26 years, focusing on services to children and teens. Most recently, she managed the Youth Services Department at Douglas County Libraries, Highlands Ranch. Mrs. Pasicznyuk and her husband have been married since 1993 and have a daughter, a dog, and a cat. She enjoys baking, gardening, hiking, and scouring antique stores for vintage dinnerware.


M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
B.A. English/Communications, Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois

Denise Paswaters, Student Leadership Coordinator

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.


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

Rick Paswaters, Department Chair - Arts+Media - Performing Arts

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 five grandchildren.


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

Darin Pearson, Director of Technology

Appointed 2017. Mr. Pearson earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Black Hills State University in 1987 and his master’s degree in Computer Science in 1999.

He worked with sports radio and television programs and produced original technology-related radio and television programming.

In 2000, Mr. Pearson began working in the technology field and also teaching about it. He taught technology courses at the college level for more than 10 years and also was part of the colleges’ Information Technology department.

Mr. Pearson enjoys hiking, golfing, and other outdoor activities. He also enjoys watching Bronco football and hunting. He is married and has two children.


B.S. Communications – Black Hills State University, 1987
Masters of Computer Science – Black Hills University, 1999

Marlana Perry, Instructional Faculty - Arts+Media - Assistant Director of Theatre Productions and Youth Arts Coordinator

Appointed 2018. Mrs. Perry graduated from Valor in 2012 and returned as a Valor Fellow for the 2015-2016 school year. She also served as assistant director of Valor theatre productions for three years and spent time teaching English and theatre in the Jeffco School District. While at Valor as a student, Mrs. Perry participated in every theatre class and production possible as both an actor and a techie and is looking forward to helping students have the same amazing and formative experiences both on and behind the stage that she did. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, going to see theatre productions, and spending time with her husband and son.


B.A. English, Secondary Education – Metropolitan State University, 2015
M.A. Education, Differentiated Instruction – Concordia University, 2017

Amy Pomeroy, Instructional Faculty/9th Grade Seminar

Appointed 2016. Ms. Pomeroy graduated from Valor in 2011. While she attended Valor she had the incredible opportunity to go on two discovery trips to India. Ms. Pomeroy graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where she studied education, worked as a Resident Assistant, studied abroad in Ireland and built long-lasting relationships. For her, there is no greater joy than getting to teach and serve students of all ages and all ethnicities. In her free time, Ms. Pomeroy also enjoys running, hiking, traveling, watching movies, reading historical fiction, drinking lots of coffee and staying close with her parents and sisters.


B.A. Early Childhood Education-John Brown University, 2016

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.


B.A. Communication Studies — Westmont College, 2007

Erin Reynolds, Instructional Faculty - 9th Grade Seminar

Appointed 2017. Erin comes from both the corporate and academic worlds. She earned her bachelor’s in Communication Arts and Sciences from Calvin College in 1988 and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1996.

After receiving her doctorate, she worked with teams at Denver Water and also conducted employee training and development for Accenture. After her corporate experience, Erin became an assistant professor of communications at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.


B.S. Communication Arts and Sciences – Calvin College, 1988
Ph.D. – University of Denver, 1996

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.


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.


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.


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

Josiah Rothlisberger, Instructional Faculty - 9th Grade Seminar

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Mr. Rothlisberger served as the Associate Director of the Christian Challenge at New Mexico State University for two years, discipling college students and teaching them to grow in their faith. He also spent two years on the mission field in South Asia as an English teacher for students from underprivileged communities. In his free time, he loves playing and coaching soccer and doing anything outdoors, especially backpacking and fly-fishing.


B.A Business Administration – New Mexico State University, 2011

Christy Rowe, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3339

Appointed 2011. During her teaching career, Dr. Rowe 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. Dr. 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.


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.


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

Chris Russo, Academic Success and Development Tutor

Appointed 2018. Prior to his full-time appointment at Valor, Mr. Russo tutored 7th-12th grade students in math. He has also taught math classes in several schools in Colorado. He loves working with students to show them that they are capable of more than they think they are, both in math and in life. Mr. Russo moved to Colorado to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, and the wonderful mountains God has created.


B.S. Math Education – Purdue University, 2014

Rick Russon, STEM Coordinator

Phone: 303.471.3366

Appointed 2018. Mr. Russon began his professional career working in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) at the Johnson Manned Spaceflight Center. His work experience at NASA and elsewhere has included developing software, managing projects, training managers, and advising business executives. Rick comes to Valor after owning his own computer network engineering consultancy for over 18 years. Rick is an enthusiastic life-long learner.  He took up cycling and obtained coaching certifications from the US Olympic Training Center. He went looking for a cooking class and ended up with a culinary degree. A friend took him to hear an aviation presentation and he became a private pilot and Assistant Wing Leader of Colorado Angel Flight. Service to others is also important to Rick. He chaired the Environmental Committee and Culinary Stage of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and upgraded and installed the sound system in the sanctuary at his church. Rick has been on the Board of Directors for the Denver Bicycle Touring Club and the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club.

Rick is the proud father of daughter, Irene.  They enjoy spending time together cycling, cooking, swimming, and a variety of other activities.  Rick volunteers as the announcer at Irene’s home swim meets.


B.S. Oceanography (Physical) — Florida Institute of Technology, 1979

Gabriela Samour, Instructional Faculty - Science

Appointed 2018. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Ms. Samour taught for two years in a public school district in South Carolina, where she was also a leader of the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy. She has experience teaching Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and AP Biology. Ms. Samour returns to Colorado after moving from Denver to South Carolina in 2001. She loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her fiance, family, and friends.


B.A. Biology – Clemson University 2014
M.A.T. Secondary Science – Clemson University 2016

Ben Sawyer, Digital Curriculum Writer

Phone: 303.471.3235

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Mr. Sawyer taught physics and other science courses and electives from 2012 through 2018, while also personally creating, modifying, and collaborating in curricular development. Most notably he created from scratch curricula for robotics, engineering and nuclear physics.

As a writer and author, he believes that every one of us has a story worth telling, with the ultimate goal of magnifying the name of the Author who weaves our lives, adventures, and lessons together into His tapestry of creation. He is grateful for the wonderful family and friends the Lord has written into his story is excited to see what He has in store not only for himself, but for all of us in the journey to come.


B.S. Physics, Wheaton College, 2012
M.A.T. Secondary Education, National Louis University, 2018

Robert Scherrei, Instructional Faculty - Bible

Phone: 303.471.3063

Appointed 2007. Prior to his Valor appointment, Mr. Scherrei taught in the suburbs of Los Angeles for 7 years in public education, teaching 9th through 12th grades in subjects ranging from ESL to AP Literature. He was a founding teacher and track and field coach at a high school in the Central Coast before re-locating to Colorado and Chaparral High School. He has served Valor in a variety of capacities, including Academic Dean, Director of Student Life, English Department Chair, Bible teacher, and Soccer Coach for both the boys and girls programs. Robbie deeply enjoys adventuring through life with his wife, Sara, and their four children. In his free time, Mr. Scherrei enjoys building custom furniture, reading great books, writing, robust conversations, backpacking, hunting, discipleship, and marveling at the profound grace of God.


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. He 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.


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

Jen Sees, Digital Curriculum Writer

Phone: 303.471.3234

Appointed 2018. In her career, Mrs. Sees has taught almost every subject at the high school level (except for world language and science) and has passionately pursued curriculum and instruction as both a teacher mentor, professional development trainer, and principal. She earned the Washington State ASCD State Team Award for Contributing to a Significant and Positive Impact on Student Learning for her work as the Summer School Administrator in the Vancouver School District, and has written about curriculum and teaching for several academic publications. At Valor, she is passionate about her task of capturing the excellent curriculum that already exists and crafting it into a student-centered, teacher-friendly, Christ-focused digital curriculum.

When she’s not writing curriculum, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and chocolate lab. She loves coaching all sports (especially the hurdles) and enjoys taking advantage of the outdoors with Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, single track mountain biking, road biking, hiking, backpacking, and landscape photography.


B.A. Political Science with a Public Policy focus (conferred with distinction) – Stanford University, 1996
Secondary Teaching Credential – College of Notre Dame, 1998
M.A. in Educational Administration – University of Phoenix 2004

Ted Seiler, Department Chair - 9th Grade Seminar

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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

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. She 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, Mrs. Spina enjoys running, hiking, reading, and being outside.


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.


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

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.


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

Jemma Theobald, Instructional Faculty - Science

Appointed 2018. Prior to Valor, Mrs. Theobald worked in the biotech industry and taught SAT science classes in the Silicon Valley. She also spent 4 years teaching chemistry at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, CA. As a new Colorado resident, Mrs. Theobald enjoys bird-watching, hiking, camping, kayaking, and just enjoying God’s creation with her family. She can often be found baking cakes, cookies, and other treats, and her family can be found eating them. As a teacher, she is always eager to enthuse students with her passion for science, wildlife, and the outdoors.


BSc Biological Science – University of Warwick, England 2011
MSc Biophotonics – Cardiff University, Wales 2013

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. She 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. Mrs. Timmons and her husband moved to Colorado in 2000 and have three children.


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

Hayes Trotter, Department Chair - 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.


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.


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.


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. He has a passion for restoring items, including typewriters, vintage bicycles and antique tools. Mr. Von Qualen and his wife have two sons. 


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

Kelly Wagenaar, Instructional Faculty – Science

Phone: 303.471.3358

Appointed 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.


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

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.


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

Kristine Wolberg, Instructional Faculty - English

Phone: 303.471.3312

Appointed 2009. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Dr. 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. Dr. 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.


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

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.


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

Ning Yu, Instructional Faculty - World Language - Chinese

Appointed 2017. Ning earned a degree in English Education at Qiqihar Teachers College in China in 1991 and a Graduate Linguistics degree from Ocean University of China in 2008. She has taught for more than twenty years at many different levels, including teaching Chinese at an elementary level in Singapore and teaching university students in China.

For the last four years, Ning taught Chinese at the Global Village Academy in Fort Collins and Parker. She loves traveling, horseback riding and spending time with her family.


English Education – Qiqihar Teachers College in China, 1991
Graduate Linguistics – Ocean University of China, 2008

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.


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