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Kristen Anderson

Teacher, Grade 1

Kristen Anderson

Teacher, Grade 1

Teacher, Grade 1

Teacher, Grade 1 

B.A., Westmont College 

Teaching Experience 

Kristen has taught first grade for nine years. 

Life at a Glance 

Kristen has 3 children and loves to read, do puzzles, and garden. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Deuteronomy 31:8 

Hometown 

Highlands Ranch, CO 

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Sean Atchison

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Sean Atchison

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Sean, a California native who arrived at CHC in 2015 by way of schools in Kansas, especially enjoys finding creative ways to use technology to enhance student engagement and understanding. He puts his master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Technology Enhanced Teaching from MidAmerica Nazarene University to very good use as coordinator of Cherry Hills Christian School’s remote learning program, CHC Connect. Sean also has a bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas.


Through his experience teaching students in Grades 3, 4 and 6, Sean continually innovates, looking for evermore effective and efficient ways to help CHC students thrive as learners and leaders in an increasingly tech-savvy world.
When he is not teaching, Sean enjoys exploring beautiful Colorado with his wife and their daughter. His favorite Bible verse: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

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Carey Bailey

Director of Spiritual Life

Carey Bailey

Director of Spiritual Life

Director of Spiritual Life

Carey Bailey is a Texan who transplanted herself to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, for nearly two decades before making her way to the Rocky Mountains. She spent 20 years as a Family Life Pastor and six years as a Christian Life Coach before leaping into education at Cherry Hills Christian School in 2016.

Carey, who has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Westminster College, is passionate about equipping God’s children to live into the freedom of Christ and understand the fullness of who God designed them to be. As Spiritual Life Director for The Upper School, she upholds the vision and mission for students to know they are fully known, fully loved and fully His through our spiritual life programs. She also coordinates weekly Chapel, Life Groups, the Fall Retreat, and the L.E.O.S. student leadership program. She further collaborates with Faculty members specializing in Bible and Missions instruction to offer our students maximum growth in their personal walk with God the Father, Jesus the Son and The Holy Spirit.

Carey says her husband, Eric, keeps her laughing and that their children are their “little joys.” She enjoys Bible journaling, mixed media arts, strolling the aisles of Hobby Lobby, and Sabbath day. Her favorite Bible verse is, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

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Karen Becker

Teacher’s Aide, PreK

Karen Becker

Teacher’s Aide, PreK

Teacher Aide Pre-K 

Metropolitan State University of Denver 

Teaching Experience 

Many Years at CHC 

Life at a Glance 

Karen’s husband Terry is retired, and they have two sons. One son and all her grandchildren live in Virginia and the other son lives in Aurora. She enjoys working and taking care of her garden, walking and hiking. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 27:13-14 

Hometown 

Grand Island, NB 

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Cindy Benn

Foundations Teacher, K-5

Cindy Benn

Foundations Teacher, K-5

Teacher, K-5 Foundations 

Biola University 

Teaching Experience 

After graduating from Biola University, Cindy taught elementary students at Christian schools in California and Vienna, Austria. Next, she worked for an international relief and development organization in Arizona where she learned about living out a biblical worldview in every aspect of life. She moved to Colorado with her family in 2005. While her two children were in school, she spent 11 years teaching students with learning challenges and differences at a Douglas County charter school. In 2022 God called Cindy to CHC to develop the Foundations class for K-5 where she teaches students “how to learn” by focusing on executive functioning skills. She deeply desires to empower every student to discover their strengths and overcome their weaknesses by God’s grace to become all He has created them to be and to fulfill His purposes. 

Life at a Glance 

When she is not at school, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown kids, cooking, eating, traveling, watching movies, or playing games. She’s a dog-lover who likes walking, hiking, and appreciating the Colorado outdoors with her three dogs. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 37: 4-5 and Romans 12: 1-3 

Hometown 

Davis, CA 

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Chris Benschoter

Technology Systems Specialist

Chris Benschoter

Technology Systems Specialist

Technology Systems Specialist 

M.A., San Jose State University 

Teaching Experience 

Chris has taught computers at CHC Middle School for 15 years. 

Life at a Glance 

Mr. Ben (it’s easier for students to say and remember) joined The Upper School Faculty in 2007 to teach technology. Today, he serves CHC as a Systems Specialist focused on helping the entire school use technology wisely to operate smoothly. Mr. Ben grew up in California and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in education from San Jose State University in the heart of the Bay Area, where he went on to work in Information Technology in education and business for companies including Intel and Applied Materials. Acting on faith, he decided to make the leap into full-time teaching and moved with his wife to Colorado — and CHC! In addition to his love for all things technological, Mr. Ben is an avid San Francisco Giants fan and amateur numismatist. He loves spending time with his wife of 19 years Melody and their three children Jack (15), Kate (13), and James (11). 
 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Matthew 6:25-34 

Hometown 

Omaha, NE 

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Tammie Blood

Teacher, Grade 3

Tammie Blood

Teacher, Grade 3

Teacher, Grade 3

Tammie grew up right here in Highlands Ranch and the surrounding south metro Denver area. She taught elementary students for Jefferson County Schools for nearly a decade before arriving at CHC in 2013. Tammie has taught Grade 1 Lions and and now teaches Grade 3 while also serving as our Grade 3 Team Lead. When she isn’t in the classroom, Tammie enjoys spending time with her husband at their home in Castle Rock.

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Emelia Bonkoski

Teaching Assistant, Grade 3

Emelia Bonkoski

Teaching Assistant, Grade 3

Teaching Assistant, Grade 3

AAS in Interior Design and additional coursework in Human Development and Physical Education.  

Teaching Experience 

Emelia loves walking kids through the highs and lows of their day to ultimately find how they best solve problems and put new knowledge into action. Over the years, she has been a volunteer for her church’s children’s ministry, has been a summer camp counselor, and a Middle School Volleyball coach.  

Life at a Glance 

Emelia moved to Colorado early in 2022 with her husband and three kids. She loves being outside and loves all four seasons – including the knee-deep snowfalls in higher elevations! She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, skiing, biking, walks with friends, wildlife viewing, and golfing!  

Favorite Bible Passage 

Galatians 5:22-23 

Hometown  

Minneapolis, MN 

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Shelley Brill

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Shelley Brill

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

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Bill Brown

Social Studies Teacher, Grade 8

Bill Brown

Social Studies Teacher, Grade 8

Social Studies Teacher, Grade 8

Bill arrived at CHC in 2013, after living in six other states and traveling much of the world. Before becoming a teacher, he put his bachelor’s degree in Business from Washington University in St. Louis to work as an insurance underwriter and claim representative and as the manager of a bookkeeping team at a telecommunications company. He tapped into his passion for teaching when he joined the nonprofit organization Youth with a Mission and lived in Russia for three years, where he taught English and helped run a training school for people new in their Christian faith. He remained with the organization for an additional six years, spending time in Mexico, Czech Republic and South Africa.


Bill ultimately returned to Colorado, where he received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. He is certified to teach Kindergarten though Grade 6 and secondary Social Studies — the subject he is keenly interested in helping students understand with a biblical worldview. Before arriving at CHC, Bill taught in Jefferson County Schools and at an expeditionary/Outward Bound magnet school.
Outside of CHC, Bill enjoys reading, writing, hiking, biking, running and game nights with his wife and their three children. He also looks forward to occasional teaching stints in his children’s Sunday School classes.
His favorite Bible verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

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Krista Brown

Middle School Office Manager

Krista Brown

Middle School Office Manager

Middle School Office Manager 

Colorado State University 

Teaching Experience 

Krista taught one year of preschool in 2001. Then started her own preschool business. 

Life at a Glance 

Her husband Travis is a Denver Fire Fighter. She has two children, Isaac, and Bailey. They love CHC. As a family, they love to swim, travel, and be together. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Romans 8:28 

Hometown 

Centennial, CO 

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Joy Cadman

Registrar

Joy Cadman

Registrar

Registrar

Joy is a Colorado native who attended Denver-area Christian schools from Kindergarten through high school graduation. She enjoys and embraces innovation in school administration. While completing a bachelor’s degree at Jones International University (JIU), the first fully accredited online university, she worked in several administrative positions at JIU and ultimately was named its Registrar. For a decade, Joy led JIU teams accountable for every administrative detail from student admissions to graduation, and she served on several executive committees to help ensure the university’s compliance with internal policies and the law, and its responsiveness to student-initiated concerns.

In 2018, Joy brought her attention to detail, extensive experience in document management and school governance to Cherry Hills Christian School, where she provides administrative support for CHC’s Leadership Team directors. Joy and her husband, Eric, have two daughters enrolled at CHC. As a proud Lion parent, Joy has volunteered in classrooms, coordinated student lunch delivery and served on the Parent Council. She and her family enjoy their game and movie nights and heading into the great Colorado outdoors. Her favorite Bible verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:4-6

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Patty Carvill

Payroll Specialist

Patty Carvill

Payroll Specialist

Payroll Specialist

Patty is a payroll specialist and former Director of CHC Operations, so she knows well how to keep just about every aspect of CHC’s operations — from campus safety to facility maintenance to employee payroll — running smoothly.

Patty joined CHC in 2007, initially serving as a Teacher Assistant in The Lower School. She and her husband have two children and two grandchildren. Her favorite Bible verse is, “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.” – Romans 8:28

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Tegan Clise

Receptionist

Tegan Clise

Receptionist

Receptionist

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Lauren Davis

Preschool Teacher Assistant

Lauren Davis

Preschool Teacher Assistant

TA, Pre-K 

B.A. Early Childhood, Colorado State University 

Teaching Experience 

Lauren has taught pre-k TA at two different preschools, as a kindergarten para, and a second-grade teacher. 

Life at a Glance 

When Lauren isn’t teaching you can usually find her reading, watching a movie, going for a walk, shopping, or spending time with friends and family. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Philippians 4:13 

Hometown 

Fort Collins, CO 

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Rhianydd Drake

Human Resources Manager

Rhianydd Drake

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

Rhianydd trained in the UK as an early childhood professional. In recent years however, she discovered her passion for human resources, initially studying human resources out of the UK and more recently human resources and organizational development with Colorado State University (Global).

Rhianydd, along with her husband Gavin, and their two children, relocated from the UK to Colorado in 2010. Since that time, Cherry Hills has been their home church and Rhianydd worked in the organizational development team at Cherry Hills. When she is not working, Rhianydd enjoys spending time with family, traveling, walking, reading and playing badminton or tennis.

One of her favorite bible verses is Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

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Pam Dyer

Assistant Director of Lower School

Pam Dyer

Assistant Director of Lower School

Assistant Director of Lower School

Pam began teaching in Colorado after receiving her teaching certificate through UCCS. She grew up back east and attended Marshall University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Master’s Degree in Adult Education. This will be her fifth year at Cherry Hills Christian and fourteenth year of teaching. Cherry Hills Christian has allowed Pam to teach the whole child, immersing them in a Christian World View as she guides her students to see the world through the lens of Christ. Pam is a wife and mother of two teenagers, both in high school. Aside from teaching Kindergarten, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:4-5.

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Sandy Ervine

Director of Business Operations and Finance

Sandy Ervine

Director of Business Operations and Finance

Director of Business Operations and Finance

Sandy’s passion for maintaining and advancing excellence in education at Cherry Hills Christian School didn’t end after her two children spent a combined 14 years of their educational careers here. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and has served CHC since 2001. Her expertise in financial management and commitment to biblically principled stewardship help ensure CHC’s sound fiscal health, and also position our school for continual innovation and growth. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

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Arianne Fiebig

Teacher Assistant, Preschool

Arianne Fiebig

Teacher Assistant, Preschool

Teacher Assistant, Preschool

Arianne is thrilled to transition from CHC mom to Teacher’s Assistant. She is excited to share her love for Jesus with her class and help them learn to be great students, friends and community members. Arianne received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Spanish from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Since then she has worked as a Preschool teacher, retail manager, telecom customer support rep, kids ministry coordinator and mother. In her free time, Arianne loves cooking and hanging out on her back porch with hopes of spotting a hummingbird. Arianne also spends a lot of her time driving her 3 kids (Cindy, Zeke, and Zella) to all of their activities.

Favorite Bible verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

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Lynda Joy Frederick

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Lynda Joy Frederick

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

TA Kindergarten 

Bachelor’s in social work 

Teaching Experience 

Lynda has three years of experience. 

Life at a Glance 

Lynda Joy is married to a Science Teacher. They have 10 children between them. In her spare time, she loves writing, reading, gardening, walking the trails, and beating her family at banana grams. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 5:11-12 

Hometown 

Toronto, Ontario 

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Dale Fredrickson

Teacher, Grade 7 Bible

Dale Fredrickson

Teacher, Grade 7 Bible

Teacher, Grade 7 Bible

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Andrea Gale

Kindergarten Teacher

Andrea Gale

Kindergarten Teacher

Teacher, 3-Day Kindergarten

Andrea graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango and has been teaching for over 20 years. She has a strong passion for teaching and feels blessed to be part of all the little lives that she teaches. Outside of school, Andrea loves to travel and hang out with her family. She has two boys who are big into sports, so you can usually find her at a sports outing.

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Audra Gardner

1st Grade Teacher

Audra Gardner

1st Grade Teacher

Teacher, Grade 1 

B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University 

Teaching Experience 

Audra began her teaching journey as a preschool teacher during the summers in between college semesters. After completing her degree in 2020, she taught 3rd grade for one year in Parker, CO, and then excitedly joined CHC as a 1st-grade teacher. 

Life at a Glance 

Audra is a lover of all things creative. She enjoys drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting and reading. Audra married her high school sweetheart, Mitchell, in 2019. Audra and Mitchell have a miniature dachshund named Humphrey. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 119:1-8 

Hometown 

Highlands Ranch 

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Christy Gardner

Learning Specialist, Grades K-5

Christy Gardner

Learning Specialist, Grades K-5

Learning Specialist, Grades K-5

Christy Gardner is a Denver native and mother of three CHC K-8 graduates who has thoroughly enjoyed teaching elementary students since 1995. At Cherry Hills Christian School, she has served in a variety of teaching roles, including heading classrooms in Grades 1 and 3 and as our school’s librarian. Christy now serves as a Learning Specialist, coming alongside teachers and students in Grades 1-5 with various learning supports provided through our outstanding Academic Services.


Christy says her favorite Bible verses are a continual reminder that God is her protector and always by her side: “I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth He will not allow your foot to slip. Your protector will not slumber.” (Psalm 121)

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Kelley Geary

Teacher, Grade 2

Kelley Geary

Teacher, Grade 2

Teacher, Grade 2 

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN 

Teaching Experience 

25+ years in public and private school grades K-3 

Life at a Glance 

Kelley and her husband have 4 married children and 8 grandchildren. Kelley’s heart is full when she gets to cook and have a big group around her table, enjoying good food, lively conversation, and laughter. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 16:11 

Hometown 

Lake Crystal, MN 

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Sandy Glumb

Teacher, PreK

Sandy Glumb

Teacher, PreK

Teacher, PreK 

Ivy Tech 

Teaching Experience 

25 years teaching early Childhood, 10 years Owner/Director/Teacher of Creative Treasures Preschool 

Life at a Glance 

Married, with two daughters, and two horses. Enjoys traveling, gardening, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and crafting. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Matthew 5: 8 

Hometown 

Chicago, IL 

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Sheá Goodwin

Teacher, Grade 2

Sheá Goodwin

Teacher, Grade 2

Teacher, Grade 2 

M.Ed., Azusa Pacific University 

Teaching Experience 

Sheá has her master’s in education from Azusa Pacific University and loves teaching. She taught for 4 years in public schools, in grades 2 and 4. Thankfully, she has found incredible joy in teaching Jesus at CHC for the last 12 years in Grade 2.  

Life at a Glance 

Sheá is a wife, and mother of 3 boys, two of whom attend school at CHC, and loves living in Colorado because it is the best example of God’s artistry. She loves board games, walking, reading, and gardening. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Ephesians 4:2 

Hometown 

Littleton, CO 

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Katie Groves

Math Teacher, Grade 7

Katie Groves

Math Teacher, Grade 7

Math Teacher, Grade 7 

B.A. Ed., Liberty University 

Teaching Experience 

Katie began teaching in 2014 in Dallas, Texas. She has always taught middle school math. She began teaching at CHC in 2021 and is currently working on a Master’s degree in middle school math education. 

Life at a Glance 

Katie loves to spend time at home with her husband and black lab, Bailey. She also enjoys hanging out with her nieces and nephews. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Jeremiah 29:11 

Hometown 

Anchorage, AK 

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Meghan Hanson

Teacher, Grade 5

Meghan Hanson

Teacher, Grade 5

Teacher, Grade 5

Meghan Hanson dreamed of becoming a classroom teacher ever since she was a child. She grew up in Southern California and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Riverside, where she was also a collegiate softball player. She continued her education and earned a Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching from the University of Redlands. Meghan began her teaching career in California and has taught everything from preschool to eighth grade. With more than a decade of teaching experience, she is eager and enthusiastic to share her passion for learning with her students at CHC.

Meghan loves the outdoors and being active. She loves golfing, paddle boarding, boating, bowling, snowboarding, hiking, playing softball or volleyball; you name it! She loves to travel, cook, play games, and spend time with her son, husband, and friends.

One of Meghan’s favorite Bible verses is, “If I rise on the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” – Psalms 139:9-10.

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Shawn Hardegree

Art Teacher

Shawn Hardegree

Art Teacher

Art Teacher

Shawn has been a working artist since finishing his MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee in 2003. His passion for art goes beyond the canvas. He loves the history of art and what it has taught him about himself and the world. Shawn and his wife Alma have a son in the Navy and teaches nuclear engineering in South Carolina. Their daughter Andrea has been a student at CHC since Preschool. They feel blessed to be part of the CHC family. Shawn joined the CHC faculty in 2019 and teaches students in Grades K-5. He was born in north Georgia and his pursuit of education has placed him in many states. He is happy to call Colorado home. Besides spending time in his studio, Shawn enjoys mountain biking, skiing and the eclectic music scene in this beautiful state. Favorite bible verse: Matthew 7:23-27, foundation is key to everything we do. Remember , Art is in Everything.

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Sarah Herrick

Librarian

Sarah Herrick

Librarian

K-8 Librarian  

Library Technician 

Teaching Experience 

Sarah has spent time in public libraries, middle and high school libraries, and elementary classrooms over the years and enjoys working with students to promote reading skills and foster a love for books of all genres. She excels at providing encouragement and celebrating student success at every level. 

Life at a Glance 

Sarah is delighted to be a part of Cherry Hills Christian School and is excited to follow along with what God is doing here. In her free time, she loves to read, hike, and spend time working in her garden. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 3:82 

Hometown 

Seattle, WA 

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Elizabeth Hogue

Learning Specialist

Elizabeth Hogue

Learning Specialist

Learning Specialist

Elizabeth has called Colorado home for 20 years, moving here from Dayton, Ohio 4 days after she graduated from college. She holds a BS in Hearing in Speech Sciences and a minor in Psychology from Ohio University. She has enjoyed her experiences over the years working with both the elderly and school age populations. After moving here, Elizabeth started working in healthcare where she planned and implemented programs for seniors. She specialized in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care educating families on how to communicate with and engage their memory impaired loved one in meaningful activities. Later she helped start a non-profit hospice where she managed volunteers and educated the Denver community about communicating and supporting patients at the end of life; definitely one of her passions. 

Elizabeth and her husband, Reed, have 2 little boys, Jack and Henry and 2 dogs, Oliver & Elsie. When it came time for Jack to start Kindergarten, they knew Cherry Hills Christian was the best place for their family. The loving and devoted staff, Christ Centered learning and community feel was perfect to nurture their children’s love for Jesus for years to come!

After staying home with her boys for 6 years, she felt that God was calling her to become more involved in the CHCS community. After lots of prayer, the opportunity came up for Elizabeth to join the CHCS staff in the Academic Services department as a Learning Specialist. This was a big career change, but has been a huge blessing in so many ways! She loves being able to use her experience and skills in language acquisition with young students now.

Elizabeth is starting her 3rd year as a Learning Specialist with CHCS where she works mainly with PreK & Kindergartners. She finds such joy in helping these young students work on various language development skills to help them build a solid foundation for reading and love of learning. Working 1:1 with students allows her to really get to know kids and their families, build confidence in them and remind them that they are wonderfully made and one of God’s masterpieces.

Elizabeth loves reading, taking walks and playing games with her family.

Her favorite verse is: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18,  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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Cindy Hoiland

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Cindy Hoiland

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Teacher Assistant, PreK

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Carey Holm

Math Teacher, Grade 8

Carey Holm

Math Teacher, Grade 8

Math Teacher, Grade 8

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a secondary license for teaching, Carey chose to jump into ministry, working with college students around the world through the Christian nonprofit organization CRU. She and her husband and their four children have had the privilege of investing in students from the United States; Russia; and Chile, where they spent 10 years. While living in Chile, Carey also taught high school math and Bible for an international school. That professional experience reignited her love for education in the classroom, so after returning to the United States in 2009, she has taught Bible, mathematics and Spanish.

Carey joined the CHC community in 2019, and her passion is to help students learn to listen to the voice of the Shepherd by studying His words and investing time in their relationship with Him. Carey considers her work at CHC a dream job. When she’s not with students, she loves to travel, explore and help others continue to know more about the King. One of her favorite Bible verses: “My sheep listen to my voice;  I know them and they follow me.” – John 10: 27

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Barbara Hoyman

Teaching Assistant, Grades 2 & 4

Barbara Hoyman

Teaching Assistant, Grades 2 & 4

Teaching Assistant, Grades 2 & 4

A native of West Virginia, Barbara has enhanced learning at CHC since 2006, providing support inside and outside the classroom for teachers and students alike. At CHC, she has worked as a Teacher Assistant in Grades 3-5 and also as a substitute teacher of K-Grade 8 students.


Barbara especially enjoys helping students develop interest in music and is a certified teacher of Vocal and Instrumental Music for K-Grade 12 students and a performing member of the U.S. Army National Guard Band since 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music at Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southwest Missouri State University. While in Missouri, Barbara worked for seven years in Springfield Public Schools.


Her favorite Bible verse is, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

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Jim Hunt

Math Teacher, Grade 6

Jim Hunt

Math Teacher, Grade 6

Math Teacher Grade 6 

University of Minnesota 

Teaching Experience 

Jim has been teaching for 26 years. 

Life at a Glance 

Jim grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and enjoyed playing hockey and golf as a young man. He moved to Denver after college and met his wife, Kristin shortly after. They have 3 daughters, Abby, Maggie, and Molly, and reside in Highlands Ranch. Jim still loves golf and plays pickleball as well. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Romans 1:16 

Hometown 

Highlands Ranch 

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Sandy Hunt

Teacher, Toddlers

Sandy Hunt

Teacher, Toddlers

Teacher, Toddlers

Sandy is a Texas native who moved to Colorado as a high school student and went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She arrived at CHC in 2005.


Sandy loves to watch and encourage each and every one of her little students grow and learn physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. She has worked with children for more than 20 years in a variety of ways, including as a nanny, a swim instructor and as the director of a children’s fitness center. Sandy especially loves working in a Christian school environment, where she can help our youngest students connect their early learning to God.
When she isn’t in the classroom, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, who is a head golf professional, and their two sons. Together they golf — of course — and enjoy hiking and going to baseball games.


Her favorite Bible verse: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you not forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

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Leah Hutsell

Learning Specialist, Middle School

Leah Hutsell

Learning Specialist, Middle School

Middle School Learning Specialist 

M.A., University of Northern Colorado 

Teaching Experience 

Leah has over ten years of teaching experience with students ages preschool through high school. Leah attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in special education and master’s degree in special education Intervention Specialist. 

Life at a Glance 

When she is not in the classroom, Leah enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two daughters. Leah and her family are members of Eternal Rock Lutheran Church. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

2 Corinthians 5:7 

Hometown 

Paducah, Kentucky 

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Stacy Jacobsen

Teaching Assistant, Grades 1 & 4

Stacy Jacobsen

Teaching Assistant, Grades 1 & 4

TA, Grades 1 and 4 

M.S., University of Kansas 

Teaching Experience 

Before joining CHC Stacy spent 10 years working within higher education. 

Life at a Glance 

When she’s not working, Stacy loves spending time with her family. Together, she, her husband, and their son enjoy skiing, camping, biking, and gardening. In her alone time, Stacy likes writing and reading. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

James 1:22 

Hometown 

Kansas City, MO 

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Kelly Jelniker

Director of Communications & Marketing

Kelly Jelniker

Director of Communications & Marketing

Director of Communications & Marketing

Kelly has a background in communications and branding, working in television, real estate, education, and nonprofits. Before joining CHC, she managed the rebrand for Food Bank of the Rockies. She has also held leadership positions as the Communications Director at Cherry Hills Community Church and the Communications and Brand Manager at Valor Christian High School. Kelly and her husband Mitch met at Colorado State University. They enjoy traveling, the Denver Broncos, cooking, and time with their adult kids, who have moved back to Colorado. Ryan and Brooke are Cherry Hills Christian alumni (classes of 2004 and 2007).

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Katie Johnston

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Katie Johnston

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Katie was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University, and spent twelve years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before relocating to Highlands Ranch with her family in 2021. Most recently, Katie served as the Director of Administration for her church in Florida. She has a passion for organized files, cooking without recipes, growing her family through the gift of adoption, riding the Peloton and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.

Her favorite bible verse is Psalm 13:5-6, “I will trust in your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me”

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Tyler Jones

Music Teacher

Tyler Jones

Music Teacher

Music Teacher

Mr. Jones was born and raised in the southeastern United States and spent most of his childhood in Panama City, Fla. He attended Maranatha Baptist University and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has spent most of the years teaching Elementary Music for several Jefferson County Public Elementary Schools. He is married to Heather Jones, and they have four children they have adopted from the Colorado foster care system. When not in teacher, husband, or dad roles, he enjoys a few hobbies, including reading, board games, racquetball, audiobooks, podcasts, and video games. While hard to pick one favorite verse, he has been greatly encouraged by 2 Cor. 12:9-10, meditating on the fact that it is the power of God working through his weakness that accomplishes anything of worth.

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Mary Joyce

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Mary Joyce

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Mary has been a classroom teacher of several grade levels at Cherry Hills Christian School since graduating from the Teacher Education Program at The University of Colorado, Denver, in 2004 and also holds a State of Colorado Principal licensure with an emphasis on Academic Leadership.

Mary has a passion for Christian education and our school community. She loves working alongside CHC’s teachers and staff to provide the best educational experience for each one of our learners and their families.  Her leadership roles at CHC have included serving on the Curriculum Planning and Instruction Task Force, as Curriculum Lead for Kindergarten through Grade 3, as a Grade Level Team Lead and as a mentor of new teachers. Mary also works to train and equip teachers across the United States as an instructor for Staff Development for Educators, one of the nation’s top providers of professional development for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 educators.

Mary and her husband have two children who have been CHC Lions since preschool.

Her favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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Adrie Keesen

Teaching Assistant, Grades 2 & 4

Adrie Keesen

Teaching Assistant, Grades 2 & 4

Teaching Assistant, Grade 2 & 4

Adrie Keesen has served as a Teacher’s Assistant at CHC since 2008, after shepherding her own three children through successful careers in Christian education here and at Denver Christian and Valor Christian High School. She is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Adrie derives great joy from working with students and her CHC colleagues. When she isn’t in the classroom, she and her husband, both natives of The Netherlands, enjoy hiking, working in their yard, traveling in Colorado and visiting their children. “Most importantly,” Adrie says, “I love God.”

Her favorite Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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Shelley Kellam

Teacher & After School Care Lead

Shelley Kellam

Teacher & After School Care Lead

Teacher & After School Care Lead

Shelley grew up in beautiful Montana at the base of a ski resort. She entered the field of preschool education in 2000, teaching young students in Texas and Missouri before arriving at CHC in 2004 to serve in The Preschool and as After-Care Program Leader.
Shelley has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Montana and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Arapahoe Community College, where she also has completed several classes in Early Childhood Education.
When she isn’t working with our youngest students, Shelley and her husband love to spend time with their two grown children, hiking in the Colorado mountains or just being together.
Her favorite Bible verse: “For with God nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

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David Kerr

Teacher, Grade 6 Social Studies

David Kerr

Teacher, Grade 6 Social Studies

Social Studies Teacher Grade 6 

B.A., History, Secondary Education, University of Northern Colorado 

Teaching Experience 

David graduated from UNC in 2015 and got his first job as a 7th-12th grade teacher. After doing that for 3 years he came to Cherry Hills. 

Life at a Glance 

David is married to his wonderful wife and co-laborer Natalie who teaches 7th grade at Cherry Hills. He loves spending time with his wife who is an exceptional cook, traveling, playing tennis and video games, and learning all he can about history. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 139 

Hometown 

Denver, CO 

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Natalie Kerr

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 7

Natalie Kerr

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 7

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 7

A Colorado native, Natalie is excited to return home after four years at Liberty University, where, because she really and truly could not pick just one discipline to study, she graduated magna cum laude with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in English and the other in history, with Virginia and Colorado teaching licensure for both subjects. After practicums at all secondary levels, Natalie completed her student teaching in rural Bedford County, Virginia, where she was recognized as a Virginia Teacher of Promise, a distinction awarded to individuals identified as the best prospective teachers from college and university schools of education across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a graduate of Valor Christian High School and remains steadfastly passionate about excellence in Christian education. Because of this, she is thrilled to join the Cherry Hills Christian family!

In her spare time, Natalie enjoys watching Jeopardy and shouting the answers at the TV, going on random research bunny trails, hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, knitting, and volunteering at her church. Natalie loves the Bible and has a really hard time picking just one favorite verse or passage, so she narrowed it down to two: Isaiah 40:12-16, which proclaims, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales. Behold, He lifts up the islands like find dust.” And Ephesians 5:15-17, which instructs us, “Therefore be very careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is”.

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Anna Kim

Preschool Teacher

Anna Kim

Preschool Teacher

Teacher, Preschool 3

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Becky King

Counselor, Grades K-8

Becky King

Counselor, Grades K-8

K-8 School Counselor 

M.A., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary 

Teaching Experience 

Becky completed her undergraduate degree at Gordon College and went on to pursue her master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. With a passion to impact the next generation, she recently completed a certificate in school counseling from Denver Seminary. Becky has worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, and their families.  She looks forward to partnering with families to provide Christ-centered, preventive, social-emotional education and therapeutic services. 

Life at a Glance 

Becky grew up in Boston and loves New England, good seafood, and the ocean!  When she is not at school, she loves swing dancing, camping, and hiking. She has three kids who love dressing up their crazy dog, Indie. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 

Hometown 

Boston, MA 

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Kim Kirk

Teaching Assistant, Grades 1 & 5

Kim Kirk

Teaching Assistant, Grades 1 & 5

Teaching Assistant, Grades 1 & 5

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Christy Kloter

Director of K-8

Christy Kloter

Director of K-8

Director of K-8

Christy has lived in Colorado since she was a child. As a graduate of Colorado Christian University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Biblical Studies, she has loved watching the Lord empower her to love His people with His love. She has taught students in many grade levels since she graduated in 2000. Over the years, she also has served as a mentor teacher, a grade-level team leader, and a dean of students. She is passionate about discipleship and is committed to leading in a way that will leave those around her feeling deeply known and fully loved.

When she is not at school, Christy enjoys spending every minute possible with her husband and four children. They love calling Colorado their home and enjoy being in the great outdoors – especially on a paddle board. With Christ as their foundation, they are rooted in His redemptive story that He continues to write for them.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

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Melissa Knight

Assistant Director of Middle School

Melissa Knight

Assistant Director of Middle School

Assistant Director of Middle School

A Texas native, Melissa served her home state for nearly a decade as a certified Grade 4-8 teacher with specialized certifications in English as a Second Language and Gifted and Talented instruction. She also worked as a school administrative team member, department head and mentor teacher.


In 2017, Melissa moved to Colorado for her husband to attend Denver Seminary. After receiving her Colorado Teaching License, she joined The Lower School Faculty in 2019 — and she and her husband also added their three children to the CHC Pride.
Melissa says she and her family have fallen in love with Colorado’s mountains, weather and lack of mosquitos — and hope never to leave. Her favorite Bible verse: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

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Lisa Krantz

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 8

Lisa Krantz

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 8

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 8

Born in Minnesota to a military family, Lisa has enjoyed living in Colorado since she was a teenager. She is the proud mother of three fabulous, grown children and one spectacular grandson. All three of her children are Cherry Hills Christian School alumni.


Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Secondary Education teaching license from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has taught Language Arts and various electives in The Upper School since 2003. Lisa thrives on the energy of her students and considers it a privilege to share her Christian faith while instilling a love for Language Arts.
When she is not grading papers, Lisa enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends on the patio.


Her favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 3:17-19: “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

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Deshaunne Kurulak

Teacher, Grade 3

Deshaunne Kurulak

Teacher, Grade 3

Teacher, Grade 3

Deshaunne is a Minnesota native who found her way to Colorado to play soccer at the University of Denver. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Education. She has taught in public and private schools in Minnesota; North Dakota; New York; and most recently, for the last 12 years, in Denver. Deshaunne arrived at CHC in 2022. She feels blessed that she will continue to be in a Christian environment, where she can share the love of Jesus with her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and being active in this beautiful state.

Her favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Todd Lanting

Teacher, Grade 8 Bible

Todd Lanting

Teacher, Grade 8 Bible

Teacher, Grade 8 Bible

Todd’s extensive experience in ministry, education and legal practice help students of The Upper School delve deeper into God’s amazing word. As their Bible teacher and now Director of Upper School, his passion is to help ignite and fan into flame each student’s love of God and love of others.


Todd arrived on Faculty at CHC in 2019 after serving for five years as Head of School at Denver Christian. He also has served as Lead Pastor of West Bowles Community Church in Littleton, a teacher of junior and senior high school Bible students at Front Range Christian and executive director of That the World May Know Ministries. Before focusing on ministry and Christian education, Todd practiced law in Denver as a trial attorney.


For more than 20 years, Todd has led springtime study trips to Israel and invites CHC students, families and fellow Faculty and Staff members to travel with him there each spring.
Todd earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich.; a juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law; and master’s degree in Divinity from Denver Seminary. He is absolutely thrilled to be walking alongside CHC’s incredible students during such a coming-of-age time in their lives.


Todd and his wife Jill have three children: Ben, a professional golfer; Dani, a math teacher at Valor Christian High School; and Pete, a Criminal Justice graduate from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.


One of Todd’s favorite Bible passages is Jeremiah 20:9: “But if I say, ‘I will not mention His word or speak anymore in His name,’ His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”

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Liz Leija

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

Liz Leija

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

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Lisa Lomicka

Preschool Learning Specialist

Lisa Lomicka

Preschool Learning Specialist

Preschool Learning Specialist 

Biola University and Azusa Pacific University 

Teaching Experience 

Lisa taught for 4 years in Grades 2-5 at a Title 1 school and preschool for 8 years before taking the job at CHC as a Learning Specialist. 

Life at a Glance 

Lisa is married to her wonderful husband Matt, and they have 3 children Emma (13), Ethan (11), and Lily (5). When not at school she enjoys cooking, going for long walks, and spending time at the beach.  

Favorite Bible Passage 

Romans 12: 10 

Hometown 

San Diego, CA 

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Kenzie Lynch

Teacher, Grade 3

Kenzie Lynch

Teacher, Grade 3

Teacher, Grade 3

Kenzie grew up in the Highlands Ranch area and lived there until her family relocated to plant a church in the California East Bay area. She was familiar with Cherry Hills Christian School, as her youngest brother attended Preschool during their time in Colorado.

Kenzie has had the opportunity to work at private schools in different capacities from the beginning of high school on. While in college, she worked in after school programs, taught P.E. to lower elementary students, served as a teacher assistant for several years, and was a substitute teacher for students in K-Grade 8. Kenzie graduated with her Master’s of Education (M. Ed.) from Grand Canyon University in 2019. After completing her graduate studies, she had the opportunity to work as a Kindergarten teacher in Concord, CA. Kenzie worked as a lead teacher from 2019-2021. She is passionate about meeting student’s individual learning needs and finding creative ways to engage students during lessons.

Kenzie and her husband recently moved back from California to Colorado. She enjoyed working in the private school sector in California and quickly began to search for an opening in Colorado. Cherry Hills Christians School stood out because of their mission and dedication to integrate the Bible into all content areas. She is looking forward to being a part of the CHC family and serving as a Teacher Assistant.

In her free time, Kenzie enjoys hanging out with friends and family, exercising, and playing board games. Her favorite bible verse is Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears”.

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Sara Mackey

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 6

Sara Mackey

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 6

Teacher, Grade 6 Language Arts 

M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University 

Teaching Experience 

Sara began teaching at CHC in 2022. She has over 10 years of classroom experience. Her deep-rooted passion for education and literacy has allowed her to teach children from preschool through sixth grade. She attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned a degree in English Literature. She received her Master’s in Reading and Literacy from Eastern New Mexico University. 

Life at a Glance 

Sara enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family. Her husband served in the Air Force, and they were blessed to travel and live in many parts of the United States. She even spent over a year living with her family and traveling in their fifth wheel! When she’s not in the classroom, you’ll likely find her curled up with a good book, walking her dogs, or spending time with her husband and two daughters. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

John 3:16 

Hometown 

Lakewood, CO 

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Lanena Magrini

Preschool Office Manager

Lanena Magrini

Preschool Office Manager

Preschool Office Manager

Lanena’s degree and experience in business administration and love of learning new things have greatly benefited Cherry Hills Christian School since her arrival to the staff in 2007. She has served in a variety of roles and in several departments — making “new friends all along the way!” she says. Our youngest learners and their families know they can count on her for excellent service and dedicated support. When she’s not in the office, Lanena is busy with family and friends, gardening, reading and Bible study. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8-9.

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Katie Mannarino

Teacher Assistant, Grades 2 & 5

Katie Mannarino

Teacher Assistant, Grades 2 & 5

Teacher Assistant, Grades 2 & 5

Katie is married and has a cat named Dracula. She and her husband live in Elizabeth, but she
grew up in Highlands Ranch. She is currently going to school to get her teaching certificate and
looks forward to teaching science or math.


Katie’s’ favorite bible verse is Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it isnot proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. 1Corinthians 13:4-5

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Sandy Marshall

Teacher, Grade 5

Sandy Marshall

Teacher, Grade 5

Teacher, Grade 5

Sandy has taught for over 20 years and absolutely loves getting to know her students and seeing their walk with Christ. I love God and truly believe He has placed me here in Colorado to teach at Cherry Hills Christian. She graduated from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. When she’s not in the classroom, she loves spending time with her kids, hiking, snowshoeing, and walking her dog.

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Tammie Martella

Teacher, PreK and Curriculum Coordinator

Tammie Martella

Teacher, PreK and Curriculum Coordinator

Teacher, PreK and Curriculum Coordinator

Tammie Martella helps ensure CHC Preschool students are learning and having fun year ’round. During the academic year, you’ll find her in The Preschool, and during the summer months, the wonderful activities provided for our youngest students stem from her work as Summer Coordinator of our Preschool Summer Adventure Camps. Tammie considers it a blessing to be able to serve God by sharing about Him with students. When she isn’t teaching, Tammie enjoys spending time with her sons, engaging in various activities in Colorado’s beautiful outdoors.


Her favorite Bible verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

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Ashley McDonnell

Director of Preschool

Ashley McDonnell

Director of Preschool

Director of Preschool 

Though originally from Georgia, Ashley spent most of her childhood in Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and her Masters In Education from Regent University. Ashley has lived all over the USA, spending time in California, New Hampshire, Washington, and most recently Minnesota. She moved back to Colorado in 2023 with her husband and two children, who are now CHC students. 
 
Ashley’s passion for education and children has placed her in various professional roles. She taught Pre-K and was also the Director of the Preschool at an inner-city Catholic School in Denver. She was the Director of K-Grade 5 ministry at Red Rocks Church. After taking a few years off to raise her two children, Ashley became the Director of Early Childhood at River Valley Church in Minnesota. She has also worked in nonprofit administration and owns her own photography business.
 
Outside of work, Ashley loves spending quality time with her family, cheering on her kids at their activities, playing games, or snuggling with them for a movie night. She also enjoys spending time in nature hiking, paddleboarding, boating, gardening, and enjoying the sunset. 
 
Ashley’s favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Megan McKnight

Learning Specialist, K-5

Megan McKnight

Learning Specialist, K-5

Learning Specialist 

M.Ed., Regis University 

Teaching Experience 

She has been teaching in grades K-3 and working as a learning specialist in grades K-8 since 2005. Megan’s passion is working alongside children as they learn and grow. She loves working with students in small groups and on a 1:1 basis and was thrilled to join CHC’s amazing Academic Services team in 2022. 

Life at a Glance 

Megan is a Colorado native along with her husband Brandon, and two children Liz and Simon. She loves to read, cook, and spend time with her family. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 37:3 

Hometown 

Highlands Ranch, CO 

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Jen Mead

Teacher, PreK

Jen Mead

Teacher, PreK

Teacher Pre-K 

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University and an Early Childhood teaching license from Red Rocks Community College. 

Teaching Experience 

Jen joined the Cherry Hills Christian School team in 2020 teaching in the 3’s classroom and is now helping Pre-K students prepare for the exciting world of kindergarten. Jen loves learning and laughing with her students and helping them grow to their highest potential. Jen loves finding ways to connect with her students and families, building relationships that last throughout the years. 

Life at a Glance 

Outside of the classroom, you can find Jen surrounded by her 3 growing boys, cheering them on at their soccer and football games. She loves hiking, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

2 Corinthians 4:18 

Hometown 

Brunswick, OH 

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Kati Melton

Head of School

Kati Melton

Head of School

Head of School

M.Ed. – Education Leadership 
University of Northern Colorado 

B.A. – Communications and Elementary Education 
University of Colorado, Boulder 

Kati is pursuing a Doctor of Education in K-12 Leadership and Policy at Peabody College – Vanderbilt University.

Professional Experience 

Kati has worked in education for over two decades, beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in Denver’s highly respected Cherry Creek School District. While there, she was one of eight district faculty members selected to join a leadership development initiative that helped her achieve a master’s degree in education leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and a State of Colorado license to serve as a school principal. After completing the graduate program, Kati became an administrator of the Cherry Creek School District, which prepared her to follow God’s calling into Christian education as Principal of Denver Christian School. 

Kati joined Cherry Hills Christian School in 2014, serving in different roles, including Assistant Principal and Dean of Faculty. While getting to know the ins and outs of CHC in those initial years, she also completed the Association of Christian Schools International’s Leadership University program, earning a Head of School Endorsement. Kati was named CHC’s Head of School in 2019.    

Serving others is at the heart of Cherry Hills Christian School, and Kati derives immense joy from fulfilling that aspect of the school’s mission. She is committed to equipping the next generation of students to grow in depth and understanding in their relationship with Christ and live as loved children of God with unique strengths, skills, and callings. She is also passionate about leading and inspiring teachers and fostering a positive and dynamic school culture and innovative academic environments.  

Life at a Glance 

Kati and her husband, Brandon, have two beautiful daughters. Their family loves spending time together, enjoying all Colorado has to offer, from skiing in the winter to hiking, biking, and camping in the summer.  

Favorite Bible Passage 

Ephesians 3:16-21 

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Rebecca Miller

Controller

Rebecca Miller

Controller

Controller

A Colorado native, Rebecca is Cherry Hills Christian School’s Controller. She is responsible for  overseeing financial reporting and for directing aspects of CHC’s accounting and operations. She also is responsible for implementing policies and procedures to conduct financial reporting.

Rebecca’s career has spanned more than two decades of experience in accounting, reporting and compliance. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Since 2015, Rebecca also has served CHC as a parent volunteer, and is excited to use her accounting expertise to support the school her family calls home. She and her husband Josh live in Highlands Ranch with their two sons, who are currently enrolled at CHC.

Rebecca’s favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

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Christian Minner

Student Accounts Administrator

Christian Minner

Student Accounts Administrator

Student Accounts Administrator

For more than a decade, Christian has served in some capacity at CHC — both as a parent volunteer or on staff. She currently uses her professional experience in the accounting sector to manage all financial matters related to student accounts. Christian and her husband have three children, including a CHC graduate. She considers it a blessing to work in a school where Jesus is the priority and focus in all things. Her favorite Bible verse: “You only are a people holy to God, your God; God chose you out of all the people on Earth as his cherished personal treasure.” – Deuteronomy 14:2b

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Tony Montiel Jr.

Teacher, Grade 8 Science

Tony Montiel Jr.

Teacher, Grade 8 Science

Teacher, Grade 8 Science

Tony joins CHC with high school teaching experience in Biology I and II, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, Physical Science, Spanish, and Bible. Tony also served as a football coach at his former high school. Tony taught at a small Bible College in San Antonio, Texas for a year.

In his free time, Tony enjoys fly fishing, camping, hiking, watching the NFL (specifically The Philadelphia Eagles), reading, biking, serving his church, and playing board games and video games. Tony also enjoys exploring Colorado’s beauty with his wife and daughter.

Favorite Bible verse – Philippians 3:7-11

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Ashley Moreno

Teacher, Grade 4

Ashley Moreno

Teacher, Grade 4

Teacher, Grade 4 

University of South Carolina 

Teaching Experience 

Ashley grew up in a family of educators who valued excellence, high achievement, and hard work while embracing a life lived serving Christ and others. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/ Elementary Education. After some time working in the government and real estate fields, as well as time at home with her three children, Ashley returned to teaching full-time in 2014. She has taught at an International School in Vietnam (where her family lived for 11 years) and in the Cherry Creek School District.  

She is excited to be a part of the team at Cherry Hills Christian, where she can join her love for discipling children in a relationship with Christ with her love for equipping our future generation with the skills and knowledge, they need to be successful. 

Life at a Glance 

Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband Jonathan and their three children (an Army officer, a college student, and a high schooler). She loves hiking, exercising, and reading when she has time. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Psalm 121 

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Marissa Mullins

Nurse

Marissa Mullins

Nurse

School Nurse 

BSN, University of New Mexico 

Teaching Experience 

Marissa was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM she has called Colorado her home since 2006. Beginning her nursing career in 2001, she started in the cardiac intensive care unit then eventually working in the cardiac catheterization and cardiac electrophysiology lab. She has also worked as a national and international flight nurse for emergent and non-emergent patients. Marissa enjoys working with the CHC students and staff to promote a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment. 

Life at a Glance 

Marissa and her husband have two children that attend Cherry Hills Christian School and love this CHC community! In their spare time, they love to camp, bike, hike, and fly fish. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Matthew 19:26 

Hometown 

Albuquerque, NM 

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Tyler Newman

Teacher, Grade 7 Social Studies

Tyler Newman

Teacher, Grade 7 Social Studies

Social Studies Grade 7 

Colorado Christian University 

Teaching Experience 

Tyler began teaching in 2022 at CHC. He previously was a youth pastor for 8 years in the South Denver area. 

Life at a Glance 

Tyler is married to his amazing wife Laura and in 2023 welcomed their son Kai.  Tyler loves being outside and active. He loves snowboarding in the winter, and camping, hiking, mountain biking, and golfing in the summer. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Galatians 6:9 

Hometown 

Fullerton, CA 

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Christine Nutsch

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Christine Nutsch

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

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Mary Nylin

Learning Specialist, Grades 6-8

Mary Nylin

Learning Specialist, Grades 6-8

Learning Specialist, Grades 6-8

Mary got her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University and a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After obtaining a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, she practiced as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for 17 years in a variety of settings to include the schools, private practice, rehabilitation facilities and hospitals, with both children and adults.

Mary’s gifting and skill set is in receptive and expressive language skill building. Specifically, she is skilled at addressing auditory processing, comprehension, organization, executive functioning, and effective verbal and written language.

Mary enjoys entertaining, cooking and traveling with her family. She has 2 boys who attend CHC. Mary is originally from Tennessee but has lived in Colorado for 13 years now.

Psalms 23 has always been a favorite verse of Mary’s. She loves to pray and has been involved in the prayer team at her Church for several years.

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Stafie Parker

Director of Enrollment and Engagement

Stafie Parker

Director of Enrollment and Engagement

Director of Enrollment and Engagement

Cherry Hills Christian School prioritizes the development and fostering of its vibrant culture, which is Christ-centered, caring, connected, collaborative and welcoming to all. Stafie stands at the helm of our efforts to help CHC families find fellowship, enrichment and fun here. Before her arrival, she worked in nonprofit development in Birmingham, England; Baltimore City Public Schools; and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Stafie has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming, a master’s degree in counseling and certification in Teacher Leadership and Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a certification in Coaching and Mentoring from The Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring in the U.K. She and her husband, Jason, and their three children have been proud CHC Lions for more than a decade. Stafie loves meeting other CHC families, working with school volunteers — and creating fun! Her favorite Bible verse: “You are the light of the world.(A) A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.(B) 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others,(C) that they may see your good deeds(D) and glorify(E) your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

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Julia Peterson

Bible Teacher, Grade 6

Julia Peterson

Bible Teacher, Grade 6

Bible Teacher, Grade 6


Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Julia grew up loving Jesus, cheese grits and Southern sweet tea! Julia finds great joy in exploring new places or food, and she loves all things art, music and theater.

Julia completed her Education degree at Auburn University, and shortly upon graduation, launched on The World Race. This eleven-month missionary journey took Julia to eleven countries across the globe. While overseas, she had the opportunity to serve God in a myriad of ways, including orphan care, homeless ministry, evangelism, manual labor, along with many types of children’s ministry. Julia even got the opportunity to teach at bilingual schools in Central America and develop Sunday-School curriculum from scratch in Africa. Upon returning to the States, Julia felt God’s call to further her education, so in January 2019 she made the move to Denver to pursue a Master of Arts in Justice and Mission at Denver Seminary.

Julia is very passionate about investing in the next generation, so she has been educating and leading youth in some capacity for her whole life. Julia started teaching cheerleading camps at the age of 14, spent nine years as a show choir instructor with Summer Show-Offs, served as a counselor for a CO Easter Seals camp, designed and hosts day camps each summer in AL, and paid her own way through seminary by privately tutoring elementary and middle school student in the Denver area.

Julia feels immensely blessed to have been able to attend a Christian school from 3rd-12th grade. Being surrounded by a community of believers was so formative in her personal relationship with God. Julia is simply thrilled to be on staff at Cherry Hills Christian, as a Grade 6 Bible Teacher, where she can build Christ-centered relationships with students, families, and staff.

One of Julia’s favorite passages from scripture is from Lamentations 3:22-23 which says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

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Shana Peterson

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Shana Peterson

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Shana first became invested in CHC when her daughter attended The Upper School. When she became an empty nester in 2017, she knew she wanted to return to our campus!
Shana loves her work as a Teacher’s Assistant for Pre-Kindergarten students. She also has served as a teaching assistant in a local public school, where she worked with Kindergarteners and students in Grades 2 and 6. She has developed a special interest in helping students learn to read.


Shana has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming.
When she isn’t teaching, Shana and her husband like spending time with their family and enjoying the outdoors.
Her favorite Bible verse: “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Phil. 1:20 NIV)

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Camille Petschauer

Teacher Assistant & After Care Teacher, PreK

Camille Petschauer

Teacher Assistant & After Care Teacher, PreK

Teacher Assistant & After Care Teacher, PreK

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Hannah Pierce

Math & Spanish Teacher, Grade 6

Hannah Pierce

Math & Spanish Teacher, Grade 6

Math & Spanish Teacher, Grade 6

Hannah grew up in several cultures, being raised as a missionary kid in Chile and moving to Parker, Colorado, during her middle school years. She became passionate about Christian private education in high school, while attending Lutheran High School and tutoring Cherry Hills students. Hannah pursued a K-6 education degree in college and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse endorsement (ESL). During her summers, Hannah took her new knowledge overseas on mission trips by running English camps and sharing the gospel in both English and Spanish.

After graduating college, Hannah took a position as an English Second Language specialist in Highlands Ranch and transitioned to the elementary school classroom the following year. Hannah is excited to be at Cherry Hills this year teaching 6th grade, talking about Jesus, and building relationships with students. She hopes to incorporate her knowledge of cultures and meet students’ individual learning needs.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys exploring cultures while traveling, as well as playing board games from home. Her favorite bible verse is Hebrews 13:6: So, we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

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Michelle Platzer

Teacher’s Aide, Preschool Toddlers

Michelle Platzer

Teacher’s Aide, Preschool Toddlers

Teacher’s Aide, Preschool Toddlers

Michelle arrived at Cherry Hills Christian School in 2018 after working for more than 18 years for Cherry Hills Community Church. She and her husband, David, have two children — Noah, a rising senior in college, and Lily, a rising senior in high school. When she isn’t in the classroom, Michelle enjoys walking, swimming and camping throughout Colorado. Her favorite Bible verse: I love you Lord; You are my strength. (Psalm 18:1)

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Tasha Pollard

Teacher, Grade 7 Science

Tasha Pollard

Teacher, Grade 7 Science

Teacher, Grade 7 Science

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Britney Priest

Teacher, Grade 2

Britney Priest

Teacher, Grade 2

Teacher, Grade 2

Britney graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and with endorsements in reading and ESOL. She has taught grades 1 and 3. Britney and her husband attend Journey Church, where he is on staff as the High School Pastor he is also the Valor Varsity Football Chaplain and a Valor alumni. She is passionate about watching students grow academically and strengthening their love for the Lord. Her favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:20-21.

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Lisa Reese

Lower School Spiritual Life Coodinator

Lisa Reese

Lower School Spiritual Life Coodinator

Spiritual Life Coordinator for the Lower School 

DePauw University in Greencastle, IN 

Teaching Experience 

Lisa has been leading Chapels at Cherry Hills Christian since 2016 but is nearing her 20th year in Large Group Children’s Ministry. Prior to being on staff at CHC, Lisa served as the K-1 Fun Factory Coordinator for Cherry Hills Community Church. 

Life at a Glance 

Teaching kids about Jesus is her passion, and spending time with her family is her joy! She also enjoys Community Bible Study, coffee times with friends, church at Cherry Hills and Cherry Creek Presbyterian, and making photo scrapbooks. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

John 10:27-28 

Hometown 

Denver, CO 

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Morgan Reid

Teacher, Kindergarten

Morgan Reid

Teacher, Kindergarten

Teacher, Kindergarten

Morgan attended Cherry Hills Christian School from Preschool through Grade 8 and calls this place her home. She got her degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked at Cherry Hills Christian as a Teacher’s Assistant and a PreK teacher. She loves to be able to teach at a Christian school where the kids know they are fully known, fully loved and fully His. As a Colorado Native, she enjoys hiking 14ers and taking photos of our beautiful state’s scenery. She also loves to travel and is a Disney fanatic. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

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Patti Reid

Administrative Assistant to Directors and Director of Curriculum

Patti Reid

Administrative Assistant to Directors and Director of Curriculum

Administrative Assistant to Directors

Patti has served in several roles since joining the CHC team in 2003 with her current as the Administrative Assistant to the Directors. Her attention to detail comes from her years of experience as a licensed real estate transaction coordinator, where she reviewed and wrote real estate contracts, to being an administrative assistant for top-producing agents in the Evergreen and Denver Tech Center areas.

Patti considers CHC her second home. She and her husband Mike are the parents of one daughter, Morgan, who attended CHC from Preschool through Grade 8. She is also a long-time member of Cherry Hills Community Church.

When she’s not at work, Patti enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with family.

One of her favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 3:15 ” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”.

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Jennifer Ridge

Enrollment, Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Ridge

Enrollment, Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Enrollment, Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Jennifer was born and raised in Overland Park, Kan., earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas.  After college, she moved to Colorado and never looked back. She worked in sales for Fortune 500 companies before becoming a mother of two and staying home. As her children got older, she began working part-time as the Assistant Director of Connections at a local church and has been on staff with a nonprofit based in Kenya since 2018. Jennifer enjoys spending time in the mountains, being with her family and friends, watching her husband race bikes, and carting her kids around to all the things.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” Exodus 14:14

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Diana Sathia Samuel Raj

Teaching Assistant, Preschool

Diana Sathia Samuel Raj

Teaching Assistant, Preschool

Teacher’s Assistant, Preschool

M.A., India 

Teaching Experience 

Diana holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from India with 8 years of experience in the Clinical research industry. She is very excited to restart her career after a gap, especially as a Teacher Assistant at Cherry Hills Christian School. Diana is inspired by her mom who was a National Award-winning English teacher. 

Life at a Glance 

Diana is married to Jetwin and blessed with a sweet little daughter Jazlyn. Her parents are retired and live in India and has a younger brother who lives in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her family moved to Denver in 2016 and are so grateful to God for bringing them here and blessing them with many friends who are like family. 

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Simon Sasia

Security Officer

Simon Sasia

Security Officer

Professional Experience 

Simon was born in Torino, Italy, and served in the armed services there before moving on to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked in safety and security for the United Nations. After leaving public service, he provided personal protection for prime ministers, presidents, and members of the world’s royal families. 


Simon moved to the United States in 2003 and continued his work in international and local security until joining CHC. He keeps a watchful eye on our campus’ security and safety in partnership with our Douglas Country Security Resourse Officer. 

Life at a Glance 
Simon is a master in Judo and enjoys teaching marital arts to adults and youth. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French, and some Arabic and Portuguese. When he is not at CHC, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, working out, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. 

Hometown 

Torino, Italy 

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Aubrey Shaw

5th Grade Teacher

Aubrey Shaw

5th Grade Teacher

Teacher, Grade 5

Ms. Shaw is a proud Colorado native and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She loves to kayak, camp and hang out in the mountains whenever she can during the summer. Snowshoeing is her favorite winter activity and feels like she might be the only Colorado native to never have gone skiing or snowboarding! She lives in Parker with a crazy chocolate lab named Bailey. Ms. Deters has been apart of the Cherry Hills Christian family for 11 years, spending them all in fifth grade. She attended Seattle Pacific University earning a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. She later attended Walden University earning a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught fourth and fifth grades in Douglas County before landing at CHC. Her favorite bible verse changes with the seasons of life, but Joshua 1:9 and Jeremiah 29:11 have been consistent staples.

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Lexxi Sioufi

Teacher, Grade 4

Lexxi Sioufi

Teacher, Grade 4

Teacher, Grade 4

Lexxi has been teaching since 2015 and looks forward to serving the CHC community. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends in nature, loves to paint, play the piano, and hike. Her favorite bible verses remind her that all she needs is found in the Lord, such as Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…”

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Cheryl Smith

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

Cheryl Smith

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

Preschool Teacher Assistant 

Preschool TA 

BS Psychology, MA Curriculum, and Instruction, K-6 Teaching license and Type D Principal’s license K-12 

Teaching Experience 

Cheryl has a prosperous career in public education after 37 years and is anxious and ready to serve wholeheartedly in the highly respected preschool at Cherry Hills Christian Hills 

Life at a Glance 

Cheryl is a loving wife, mother of 2 wonderful adult children, grandmother of a 2-year-old spark of joy, and pet owner of a full-of-life kelpie, collie mix bundle of energy. Cheryl and her husband are Castle Rock residents of 25+ years and Castle Rock First United Methodist church members. Cheryl is a Stephen Minister, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Restorative Denver community member, and an October Conflict Resolution month synergizer with the Conflict Center of Denver. In her free time, she loves to be a Grammie, travel, paddle board, hike, fish, boat ride, read, write, study the bible, and discover the simple miracles of each day! 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Romans 12:11-12 

Hometown 

Boulder, CO 

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Michelle Sommers

Teacher, Grade 1

Michelle Sommers

Teacher, Grade 1

Teacher, Grade 1 

M.A., Grand Canyon University 

Teaching Experience 

Michelle began her career teaching kindergarten. After teaching Kindergarten for 4 years, she moved to teaching first grade which she loves. 

Life at a Glance 

When she is not teaching, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as her golden retriever! They love going on walks, playing games, and just being together as a family. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Lamentations 3:22-24 

Hometown 

Grand Rapids, MI 

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Anna Stephan

Music Teacher

Anna Stephan

Music Teacher

Music Teacher, Preschool

Anna was born in Ohio but raised all over the world. Her family are missionary’s and though her family still lives and serves overseas she is proud to call Colorado her home. Ana was a preschool teaching assistant in the Middle East, and also helped various preschool church programs for many years. Ana is currently still pursuing her degree in Elementary Education but is loving where she is at, and what she is doing with the CHC family.

Favorite Bible verse: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.” – Psalm 29:10

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Kimmy Stevens

P.E. Teacher, Grades K-5

Kimmy Stevens

P.E. Teacher, Grades K-5

Physical Education Teacher K-5 

B.S., Health Promotion and Education University of West Georgia 

Teaching Experience 

Kimmy began teaching at CHC in 2017 and has over 22 years of teaching experience in the classroom setting as well as the coaching field. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Georgia and her Elementary Education degree at the University of West Georgia. Kimmy also has an extensive background in nursing, dietetics, and personal training. 

Life at a Glance 

Kimmy considers the mountains her “happy place”, where she and her husband can often be found exploring in their hiking boots, on a paddle board, or gliding through snow on a pair of skis. She enjoys running, traveling, baking, gardening, and serving abroad. Kimmy is a member of Journey Church in Castle Pines, CO. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Philippians 4:8 

Hometown 

Castle Rock, CO 

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Jill Strong

Instructional Coach

Jill Strong

Instructional Coach

Instructional Coach

Jill’s passion for teaching only has grown over the course of her nearly two-decade career. She believes every child is uniquely made in God’s image and, as their teacher, that it is her responsibility to discover how each of her students learns best.
Jill arrived at CHC in 2014 after traveling the world with her husband’s career in the United States Air Force. She is a Distinguished Graduate from Liberty University with a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning with a Special Cognate in Special Education. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona.


At CHC, Jill has tackled a variety of important assignments, including lead coordination for CHC’s accreditation renewal from the Association of Christian Schools International.
When she isn’t teaching, you can find Jill hanging out with her family, hiking, or inside a gym.
Her favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge the Lord in all of your ways and He will make your path straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Gail Svoboda

Teaching Assistant, Grade 3 

Gail Svoboda

Teaching Assistant, Grade 3 

Teaching Assistant, Grade 3 

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Kristi Swartz

EXPLORE Teacher

Kristi Swartz

EXPLORE Teacher

EXPLORE Teacher

Kristi Swartz is the Explore specialist at CHC. She moved to Colorado from Ohio with her husband and the youngest of their three sons. She loves spending time with family, including her Miniature Bernedoodle. She can be found jogging and walking, hiking and biking, and exploring the outdoor when not in the classroom. She also enjoys travel, reading, and serving those in need.

She has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed, master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology, and her gifted endorsement in K-12. She has more than 20 years of experience in education in various capacities. She loves coaching students while encouraging and challenging them to use their creativity and passions to grow personally, academically, and in their faith.

She has many favorite scripture verses, but the ones that stand out to her at this time in her life are Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose,” and Mark 11:23, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”

She enjoys sharing her faith and love with her students, their families, and colleagues and believes in growing and learning together.

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Kaylee Vannice

Science Teacher, Grade 6

Kaylee Vannice

Science Teacher, Grade 6

Science Grade 6 

B.A., Colorado Christian University 

Teaching experience 

Beginning her teaching career at the onset of Covid, Kaylee taught second grade at Faith Christian Academy from January 2020 to May 2023. She is excited to teach her favorite subject, science, to 6th graders at CHC. 

Life at a Glance 

In her free time, Kaylee enjoys spending time with her friends, taking her puppy, Rip, on adventures, and exploring the mountains with her family. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Romans 15:13 

Hometown 

Littleton, CO 

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Kristen Vinnola Gray

Preschool Teacher’s Aide 

Kristen Vinnola Gray

Preschool Teacher’s Aide 

TA Pre-K 

Teaching Experience 

Kristen has spent numerous years in the classroom teaching Sunday school for two and three-year-olds. She has been a TA at CHCS for 5 years.  

Life at a Glance 

Kristen and her husband have raised five kids together and have two grandkids and a new grandbaby on the way. She enjoys bible studies, serving at church, gardening, fishing, SUPing, family dinners & game nights. She is a proud 4th generation Colorado native and loves hanging out with her two Airedale terriers. 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Proverbs 3:5-6 and Isaiah 40:28-31 

Hometown 

Arvada, CO 

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Amy Walker

Teacher, PreK

Amy Walker

Teacher, PreK

Teacher, PreK

M.S., Nova Southeastern University 

Teaching Experience 

Amy has been teaching since 2006, and her experience is vast. She has taught toddlers in both a traditional and a Montessori setting, taught one year as a special education teacher, and has spent most of her career teaching Kinder-5th grade, specifically teaching lower elementary. She is always seeking opportunities to engage students in exciting, positive, and memorable learning experiences that feed their curiosity and help them feel comfortable being courageous learners. Her faith in God shapes who she is and is reflected in how she approaches all aspects of her life, including how she engages with and teaches others. 

Life at a Glance 

Amy is a North Carolina native from the East Coast. She loves the majesty of the mountains and was drawn to Colorado in 2006. Amy and her husband, Josh, are members of Cherry Hills Community Church, where her husband serves on the facilities team. In their free time, you can spot them with their daughter outdoors enjoying wildlife and adventure! 

Favorite Bible Passage 

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Hometown 

Morehead City, North Carolina

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Shelley Weldon

Preschool Teacher’s Aide 

Shelley Weldon

Preschool Teacher’s Aide 

Preschool Teacher’s Aide 

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Cecil Williams

Athletic Director & P.E. Teacher, Grades 6-8

Cecil Williams

Athletic Director & P.E. Teacher, Grades 6-8

Athletic Director & P.E. Teacher, Grades 6-8

Cecil is a proud CHC teacher and Lion dad. From farm fields to retail stores, he has held a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time teacher — all life experience that helps him connect more personally with his students and encourage them in their unique giftedness, interests and talents. While serving on Faculty for The Upper School since 2013, Cecil has worked primarily within the Math Department and was delighted to assist with the full rollout of iPads to all students — an initiative that continues to enable our robust CHC Connect and Summer Learning programs. For the 2022-23 school year, he is pleased to begin new chapter as CHC’s Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher.


Cecil especially appreciates CHC’s commitment to educate the whole child — and with respect to their unique learning abilities. He has four wonderful children of his own, including one who engages in special education, so he especially enjoys helping his students learn to navigate their own learning challenges. When he is not in the classroom, Cecil enjoys spending time with his family.
His favorite Bible verse: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

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Deb Wilson

STEAM Teacher, Grades K-8

Deb Wilson

STEAM Teacher, Grades K-8

STEAM Teacher, Grades K-8

Hometown: I’m a Colorado native.

Life at a glance: Married to Adam, and mother of two boys, Evan and Chase. I enjoy reading, being outside, camping and hanging out with my family

Teaching Experience: I taught Kindergarten and Grade 2 in the Philippines before moving back to the United States and beginning my work at Cherry Hills Christian School. I currently split my time serving as a coach for students in The Preschool and as a teacher for the Explore and Makerspace programs in The Lower School.

Favorite Bible Verse:  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13: 4-8)

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Rachel Wilson

Teacher, Kindergarten

Rachel Wilson

Teacher, Kindergarten

Teacher, Kindergarten

Rachel Wilson graduated from Liberty University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Rachel has experience teaching in many different schools, including a Christian co-op, Christian school, online school, at a university, and in several public schools. Her passion lies in teaching students to love and know God while they explore the world He created.

Rachel was born and raised in Florida and moved to Virginia for college, where she met her husband, Jeff. Jeff and Rachel married in 2018 and have lived in Florida, Virginia, and Colorado. During her free time, Rachel enjoys playing sports with her husband, taking her dog for walks, biking, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 73:25-26, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”