Head of School
With 35 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools, Mrs. Miller is passionate about education. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A. in Teaching and Learning from Point Loma Nazarene College. After teaching in the public school system for five years in CA and for DODDS, she started Liberty Classical Academy, originally calling it The Garden School, in 1997 with her husband Dave. This was the beginning of University Model Schooling her children as well as teaching and directing for LCA. Six of her children are now LCA alumni.
Dean of Program Support
Assistant Head of School
Mrs. Hendrickson has over 18 years experience schooling her three children UMS style and is now the mother of two graduates. She began working at LCA in 2004. While being an invaluable part of the administrative team, Jo has also served as Co-Producer and stage manager for the last 8 annual spring theater productions and had previously directed three. Her other hats include Bookkeeper and teacher for the Girl's Devotional class. Before joining the LCA team she served as a MOPs (Mother of Preschools) Coordinator for 6 years.
Dean of Grammar School
Mrs. Walter has been with the Liberty Classical Academy since 2008 and assumed the role of Preschool Director in the 2011. She will also be the Kindergarten teacher beginning the 2020-2021 school season.. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Wales-Swansea, U.K. in 1998 before moving to Glenwood Springs to work with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and married Deric Walter. She spent 5-years working alongside major community and business leaders at the chamber before giving birth to their first child and changing her vocation to ‘mother’. She then worked from home with CLEER a few hours a week. With this new focus in life of being a mother, Mrs. Walter began seeking wisdom from teacher-friends and mentors as she and her husband considered various educational opportunities. After selecting Liberty Classical Academy and enrolling their first child, Mrs. Walter accepted many opportunities to substitute teach and increase her own love for learning until she eventually accepted an assistant position in the Preschool. Since then, Mrs. Walter has completed her ECE 101 and 103 courses and thoroughly enjoys educating Preschool students and edifying their families.
Dean of Logic / Rhetoric
Amanda is a physician assistant by training with a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, but has
fallen in love with classical education through homeschooling her 4 children the past 8 years.
She has tutored with Classical Conversations for 3 years and taught her children at home in the
classical model. Until moving to Colorado 3 years ago she has worked as a PA part-time in
emergency medicine/urgent care. She has always loved science and math but through learning
about classical education has renewed her love for literature and the language arts. She and
her husband have been involved in lay ministry leading small groups and children’s ministry in
their church for many years and are now in vocational ministry with Midvalley Church in
Carbondale. She is a runner, coffee drinker, avid reader and a terrible skier, but greatly enjoys
Colorado’s outdoor recreation.
Dean of Communications
Jeannette Thompson has a heart for service. Her background includes serving on Rifle's Planning and Zoning Board, four years as a Rifle City Council member, serving on the Liberty Classical Academy Board, as well as being a MOPS Coordinator, volunteering in her church's nursery and a Sunday School teacher. She has lived in Rifle for the past 24 years and in that time has worked as an auto claims representative, substitute teacher for grades K-12, taught preschool for two years, taught Trigonometry for LCA one year, has run a home daycare for the past 10 years, and currently works part-time as the Office Manager for the Methodist Church in Rifle. In college, Jeanette majored in German, studied French for three years, and Spanish for two.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Deric Walter - President
Chad Paulson - Vice President
Teressa Meraz - Secretary
Rose Starr - Member
Jacqui Edelmann - Member
Jonathan Mullman - Member