FACULTY

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TRACEY WALTER

Preschool Director / Kindergarten

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.

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JAMIE BIRDSEY

1st grade / 2nd grade

Jamie Birdsey has three children, an amazing husband, two black labs, and a shelter cat named biscuit baruska bellisa Birdsey.  Jamie is the founder of Justice Cry, a nonprofit focused on bringing hope, healing, and comfort to those in need through the Justice Bear Outreach Program as well as hosting events to help raise funds to help fight human trafficking. Jamie's heart is for kids to know their true identity in Christ Jesus and create a lasting foundation to support their spiritual growth throughout their lives.  

DENISE PIKER

2nd grade / 3rd grade

Originally from Texas, she has lived in Silt and New Castle for 26 years, and has been a part of the school since its inception. Denise is passionate about music, words and Latin and how good they are for the brain. She also loves being with children so considers her job the best! She graduated with a degree in English and a minor in French and worked for a year on a Masters in English before marriage and the Lord sent her elsewhere. Her husband of 35 years is Pastor of New Hope Church in New Castle. They have two grown sons who graduated from Liberty Classical Academy (The Garden School) and three grandchildren, one of whom is an LCA student!

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STEPHANIE SMITH

3rd grade / 4th grade

Mrs. Smith has been with LCA since 1997. After receiving her B.A. in Elementary Education from Concordia College in Portland, Oregon, with a minor in Art in 1981 she began teaching 3rd - 5th grade and a Jr. High choir at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Dells, WI from 1982-1983. Moving to Oregon, she began teaching in the Multonomah outdoor education program for 6th graders in Portland from 1983-1985. 

 

She developed and taught a children's summer art program in Aspen in 1986. Later moving to Hawaii, she taught at the Lutheran School and coached Jr. High volleyball from 1986-1989.

 

Mrs. Smith moved back to Colorado and began her career with LCA as well as teaching a summer art program through the Center of the Arts in Glenwood Springs, CO during the summer of 2007. She also became the Director of KidKamp through the City of Glenwood Springs, CO from 2008-2012.

 

Mrs. Smith is also the Director of our Liberty Adventure Summer Camp.

KELLY WHITTINGTON

Upper Grammer (5th grade, 6th grade) / Spanish 1 & 2

Mrs. Whittington has been with LCA since 2013. She has taught in CMC's Family English Learning Profram (FELP) and English as a Second Language Program. She taught ESL for three years in the Re2 School District.

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AMANDA NORTON

Logic 1 Humanities / Algebra

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.

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JACK JABBOUR

Logic 2 Humanities

Mr. Jabbour is no stranger to the education system in Garfield County. He received his B.A. in Technical Journalism, Social Studies Minor from Colorado State University and his M.A. in Journalism from UCLA. He became a Photo Journalist at the Los Angeles Free Press. He served as a USAF Information Officer at McConnell Air Force Base. 

 

After receiving his teaching certificate, Language Arts from Western State College, he began his career in education. From 1975-2005 he taught Language Arts with the Re2 school district in Rifle and New Castle, CO. He received the honor of Riverside Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2004. 

 

He has remained true to his original degree in journalism by working as a Sports Writer from 1975-2004 with the Glenwood Post and Rifle Tribune. He was runner up for the Colorado Associated Press sports story of the year in 1994. 

 

He has worked for KMTS Radio as the High School Sports Broadcaster from 2000 - present. During this time, he has receive nine 1st place awards in sports with the Associated Press Broadcast Division and three 1st place awards for sports with the Colorado Broadcasting Association.

 

He began working at LCA in 2005 as a Humanities Instructor. He also taught as the Humanities Instructor at Cornerstone Classical from 2012-2013.

DAVID MILLER

Rhetoric / Guidance Counselor

Mr. Miller has 11 years of public school teaching experience in CA, DODDS and CO. He is a Co-Founder of LCA. He has served as a Humanities teacher at LCA for 12 years. He received his B.A. English Literature from Ottawa University in 1983 and his ESL Certificate and teaching credential from San Diego State University in 1985. Dave is currently serving as our Guidance Counselor for the Rhetoric Class.

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RYAN FEENEY

Rhetoric Mock Trial

Bio available soon.

JEANNETTE THOMPSON

5th grade - 8th grade Latin  / Math / Economics

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. 

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DENNIS SUNDERLAND

PE / Boys Devotional

Dennis retired from 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. He spent 15 years with clinical duties, including general dentistry and specialty care. The last 8 years he spent in overseeing clinical operations for up to 10 doctor office. He also held positions in training operations. Dennis has attended New Hope for the past 15 years. Since becoming a Christian in 1995 he has worked with church youth groups and is best known for his faithful heart of service helping with sound. Many of your Logic Students met Mr. Sunderland when he stepped in to help with our back-to-school camp. We are looking forward to Dennis' many years experience taking students on service learning/mission trips in the US and Mexico. We are thankful he is joining our community and appreciate his resourcefulness in thinking through physical education activities for our kids. 

He developed a passion for volleyball while serving 23 years in U.S. Air Force and has been playing indoor and all forms of outdoor- doubles, 4-man, grass and sand since 1988. 

Highlights include Air Force USAFE Champions 1988, 2nd place AMC Championship 1995; Several top 3 finishes in regional men’s open tournaments 1991-1998, and being a Base Level Setter from 1994-2000. He has played tournaments both indoor and outdoor in seven different countries. His coaching experience includes: Air Force Squadron Coach from 1993 to 2010 with two Base Championships, and they never finishing below 5th place, ever. 

Dennis is currently the Colorado Mesa University Head Coach for the Men's and Women's Club Programs in Grand Junction, CO. In 2017, his CMU Men's team finished 5th in the Region, being eliminated by Air Force ironically. Air Force was ranked second in the nation at the time. 

Dennis is IMPACT Certified, Beach IMPACT Certified and CAP II Accredited in the USA Volleyball High Performance Program. He desires to improve the quality of players by increasing skills, knowledge and character leading to an abundant life through life skills taught by the game. 

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JO ANNE HENDRICKSON

5th & 6th grade Math / Pre-Algebra / Girl's Rhetoric Devotionals / Assistant Director

Mrs. Hendrickson has over 12 years experience schooling her 3 children UMS style and is now the mother of a graduate. 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.

RENEE MILLER

Geometry / Biology / Director

With 25 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 seven children as well as teaching and directing for LCA. She founded Cornerstone Classical School in Basalt in 2012 and has taught ESL and GED Classes for CMC.

CHRISTINA CAPELLI

Rhetoric / Writing / Algebra II

Christina M. Cappelli graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Classics. While earning her degree, Christina interned at a High school in the area and assisted with an after school program through the School of Education. She has since taught high school as well as tutored individual students. Christina went through primary school at the Garden School (Liberty Classical Academy). She has had the opportunity to apply her classical education both while studying at University, and afterwards in the fields of Law, Business and Education.

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CHRISTOPHER LEADER

Physics & Robotics

Christopher Leader has a diverse and interesting background.  His father, a naval officer, moved him around the country and to England every couple years growing up, which gave him an appreciation for differences in people and regions.  He attended Seattle Pacific University after High School for two years, focusing on international business and linguistics, then the University of Massachusetts for a year, focusing on chemical engineering, before graduating from the Diver's Institute of Technology.

 

After education he worked as a commercial diver, worked on a hop farm, and helped to found a hard cider and wine company; among a number of other gigs.

 

Currently a resident of Apple Tree Park in New Castle, he has been married since 2011 and has two children and a third on the way.

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DOROTHY BLEAKLEY

Arrowsmith Program / 6th grade - 8th grade Future Cities 

Mrs. Bleakley received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from West Texas A&M. She taught special education as a resource teacher in Amarillo TX. Dorothy was one of three teachers in the district receiving training as a dyslexic specialist. She has home-schooled her own children for 11 years now and has been teaching at LCA since 2011.

Mrs. Bleakley also teaches our Future Cities class for 6th through 8th graders.

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