Sharon Zierk

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Cindy Hoiland

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Christine Nutsch

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Katie Mannarino

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’ fav...

Tyler Newman

Bible Teacher, Grade 7

Sara Mackey

Language Arts Teacher, Grade 6

Sarah Bolthouse

Science Teacher, Grade 8

Sandy Glumb

Teacher, PreK

Megan McKnight

Learning Specialist, K-5

Madison Landenberger

Teacher, PreK

Maddy Harms

Teacher Assistant, Grade 1

Leticia Hernandez

Teacher Assistant, Grades 3 & 5

Leah Hutsell

Preschool TA

Krista Brown

Upper School Office Manager

Kristen Hutchins

Teacher Assistant, Grade 1

Kim Kirk

Teacher Assistant, Grade 1

Jocelyn Swalley

Science Teacher, Grade 7

Elisabeth Allen

Teacher Assistant, Preschool 3

Cindy Benn

Foundations Teacher, K-5

Camille Petschauer

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Camden Deal

Teacher Assistant, Grades 3 & 5

Lynda Joy Frederick

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Lynda Joy Frederick grew up in Ontario, Canada, and then made her way to Texas where she obtained her Social Work degree at TWU and later taught Pre-K for many years at the church she attended there. She moved to Colorado in 2020 and loves the cool s...

Kelly Jelniker

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 Communicati...

Tyler Jones

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 ...

Lexxi Spraberry

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 s...

Deshaunne Kurulak

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 Minnesot...

Jennifer Ridge

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 becom...

Stacy Jacobsen

Teacher Assistant, Grades 2 & 4

Stacy is a native of Kansas City who moved to Colorado after earning a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She spent many years in higher education before joining the...

Meghan Hanson

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. ...

Erica Foster

Teacher, PreK

Erica attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her teaching degree, and Grand Canyon University, where she earned her master's degree in Instructional Technology. Before arriving at CHC, Erica worked for the Cherry Creek School ...

Azenay Tell

Counselor, Grades K-8

Azenay is passionate about teaching kids who they are and whose they are. She does this by teaching children how to advocate for themselves, providing a safe space, and teaching them coping skills. Before becoming a school counselor, Azenay was a fa...

Betsy Gunther

Teacher, Grade 5

Betsy has more than two decades of education experience and previously worked in Grade 5 at CHC from 2006-2012. From 2012- 2022, she worked for a missions nonprofit and organized group trips to Kenya.  Betsy loves the foundation of CHC, teaching the...

Hannah Holm

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...

Rachel Wilson

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 universit...

Kristi Swartz

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, hi...

Christy Kloter

Assistant Director of The Lower School

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...

Patti Reid

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, wher...

Tegan Clise

Receptionist

Mary Nylin

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 ...

Jennifer Mead

Teacher, Preschool 3

Sarah Herrick

Librarian

Shelley Brill

Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

Carin Bremer

Teacher, Grade 2

Katie Groves

Math Teacher, Grade 7

Dale Fredrickson

Bible Teacher, Grade 8

Sandy Marshall

Teacher, Grade 4

Kenzie Lynch

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...

Arianne Fiebig

Teacher, Preschool 3

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 El...

Lindsey Fukumoto

Teacher Assistant, Preschool 3

Mrs. Fukumoto grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended the University of North Texas where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Spanish. She is the proud mother to three beautiful girls who are the light of her life. She has wanted to...

Rhianydd Drake

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 ...

Natalie Hathcote

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 Engl...

Julia Glasgow

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 a...

Anna Reischman

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. Anna was a preschool teaching assistant in the Middle East, and also help...

Audra Gardner

Teacher, Grade 1

Audra is a Colorado native and a lover of all things creative. She enjoys drawing, painting, knitting and reading. She also enjoys going for walks, bike rides and doing yoga. Audra received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Co...

Jim Hendricks

Board Member

Jim and his wife Krista are proud parents of five beautiful children. They are adamantly involved with all that Cherry Hills Christian School has to offer. Jim is the Director of Connections with Cherry Hills Community Church and a Founding Partner w...

Katie Propst-Graham

Board Member

Katie’s family has been part of the CHC community since 2014. Her two boys are both in the Lower School at CHC. Katie has a strong scientific background, as she obtained a Doctorate (PhD) in Microbiology, and Master of Science (MS) in Medical Micro...

Chris Allison

Board Member

Chris and his family joined the CHC community in 2020. His son attends the Lower School at CHC and his daughter attends Valor Christian. For the last 15 years Chris has served as an IT Professional with a focus on eCommerce, Data Analytics and Progra...

Morgan Reid

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 A...

Rebecca Miller

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 pro...

Marissa Mullins

Nurse

Marissa is one of two registered nurses who serve CHC students, faculty and staff. Although 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 car...

Shawn Hardegree

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 hi...

Elizabeth Hogue

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 ...

Aubrey Shaw

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...

Pam Dyer

Teacher, Kindergarten

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 ...

Sheá Goodwin

Teacher, Grade 2

Sheá has her Masters 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. She ...

Tammie Martella

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 fr...

Shannon Burcham

Board Member

Shannon and her family joined the CHC community in 2016. Her three daughters are CHC Lions.
Shannon worked as an educator in Jefferson County Public Schools for five years before starting her family. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and part-time...

Simon Sasia

School Resource Officer

Simon is one of CHC students' all-time favorite law enforcement officers. He was born in Torino, Italy, and eventually served in the armed services there before moving on to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked in safety and security for the United N...

Adrie Keesen

Teacher 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 Northe...

Kimmy Stevens

P.E. Teacher, Grades K-5

For nearly two decades, Kimmy Stevens has sought to nurture in her students a hunger and excitement for learning through literature, scripture and adventurous life experiences. At CHC, she also challenges students to pursue health and wellness as a P...

Barbara Hoyman

Teacher Assistant, Grades 3 & 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 teach...

Melissa Knight

Science Teacher, Grade 6

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 me...

Christy Gardner

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...

Sean Atchison

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 ...

Kelley Geary

Teacher, Grade 2

A Minnesota native, Kelley has taught students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 in public and private schools in her home state and Colorado, where she arrived with her husband and their four children in 1999. She is a graduate of Bethel University wh...

Michelle Sommers

Teacher, Grade 1

Though she's a Michigan native, Michelle says she now calls Colorado home. She launched her classroom teaching career, instructing students in Kindergarten and Grade 1, soon after receiving a bachelor's degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Educat...

Kristen Anderson

Teacher, Grade 1

A proud Colorado native and mother of three CHC Lions, Kristen especially enjoys getting young students off to a great academic start.
Before arriving at CHC in 2014, she taught Grade 1 for several years in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she also rece...

Megan Carpenter

Teacher, Grade 4

Born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Megan has deep roots with Cherry Hills Christian Community. She even attended The Preschool! After graduating from the University of Colorado Denver and receiving a State of Colorado teaching license, Megan took a ...

Johanna Simpson

Nurse

Johanna is one of two registered nurses who serve CHC students, faculty and staff. Originally from Alabama, she started her nursing career in 1996, working in labor and delivery and, eventually, as an office nurse administrator. For Cherry Hills Chri...

Michelle Platzer

Teacher Assistant, 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 sch...

Shana Peterson

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 al...

Allison McKeel

Teacher Assistant, PreSchool 3

Allison grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia; married her high school sweetheart; and, after living in several states, moved with her husband and their three children to Colorado in 2007. For nearly two decades, she has taught preschoolers while ra...

Tammie Blood

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 teac...

Lisa Lomicka

Preschool Learning Specialist

Originally from San Diego, Lisa traded the beaches for the mountains in 2012. She joined the Cherry Hills Christian School Faculty in 2019, dedicating her time to helping some of our littlest students learn what it means to be part of a classroom.
...

Anna Kim

Teacher, Preschool 3

Shelley Kellam

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 L...

Sandy Hunt

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 enco...

Kristen Gray

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Kristen is a fourth-generation Colorado native, wife, mom to six great kids, dog mom and grandma. After working for more than a decade in the telecom industry and another 15 years as a top manager of her bustling household, Kristen chose to continue ...

Ketty Eslaminia

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Ketty always has loved working with preschool-age children -- even long before she married and had little ones of her own. She, her husband and their two children -- both CHC graduates -- understand the joys of CHC Life and the spiritual growth to be...

Karen Becker

Teacher Assistant, PreK

Karen Becker proudly holds the record for the longest term of service to CHC as a Teacher Assistant in The Preschool. She has worked with CHC's littlest students for more than 20 years and considers the it the greatest of compliments when one of them...

Deb Wilson

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 ...

Jim Hunt

Math Teacher, Grade 6

Jim joined the faculty of Cherry Hills Christian School in 1996 because he felt God's presence so powerfully at the school and among the children and families he met here. He and his wife are also proud Lion parents; they have three daughters who are...

Chris Benschoter

Systems Specialist

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 ...

Jill Strong

Social Studies Teacher, Grade 6

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...

Lisa Krantz

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 ...

David Kerr

Social Studies Teacher, Grade 7

David is a Colorado native, and some people say one of the most eligible bachelors in all of Denver. Those some people are him, he says that.
David is a proud 2007 alumnus of Cherry Hills Christian School. He loved CHC's vision and mission even as a...

Bill Brown

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 r...

Cecil Williams

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 thei...

Todd Lanting

Director of The Upper School

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 ea...

Carey Holm

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 thei...

Mary Joyce

Director of The Lower School

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 ...

Lisa Reese

Lower School Spiritual Life Coordinator

Lisa’s passion is sharing the love of Christ with kids. She has worked in the field of children’s ministry since 2005, including four years on staff at Cherry Hills Community Church, where she loved her job title, "Fun Factory Director." Lisa has...

Katie Johnston

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...

Joy Cadman

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 ...

Hayden French

Board Member

Hayden is a California native who calls Colorado home. He and his wife, Jacque, have raised two daughters who attended Cherry Hills Christian School, from The Preschool through The Upper School. The girls’ “absolute love” for CHC encouraged Hay...

Lance Baller

Board Member

Lance is a Colorado native and father of three CHC Lions — all who have completed our school’s full program of Preschool through Grade 8. He has founded dozens of companies in various industries worldwide and now works as president and chief exec...

Christian Minner

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. Chri...

Lanena Magrini

Office Manager for The Preschool

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 ...

Stafie Parker

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 fellow...

Sandy Ervine

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 wit...

Carey Bailey

Spiritual Life Coordinator, Grades 6-8

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...

Patty Carvill

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...

Kim Snyder

Director of The Preschool

For nearly two decades, Kim Snyder has worked in the field of early childhood education, specializing in the development of high-quality programming and the assessment of early childhood programs. She has extensive experience in teaching and program ...

Kati Melton

Head of School

Kati has worked in education for nearly 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 only eight district faculty members selected to join a ...