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.
1st grade / 2nd grade
Roxanna Moser was inspired from a young age to teach, Roxanna made her career teaching younger grammar students and special needs students for 40 years. After retiring from the public school system, she is thrilled to be teaching in an environment where she can integrate her faith and work everyday. She and her husband Charles have two sons who graduated from Oak Harbor Christian School in Washington. They are currently attending New Life Church in Rifle.
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!
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.
Logic 1 Humanities / Logic 2 & Rhetoric / 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.
Logic 2 Humanities / 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.
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.
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.
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.
Geometry / 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.
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.
Charles Moser spent 33 years as a public school teacher where he taught all science subjects and several levels of math. He spent the majority of his career in physical sciences and was the only physics teacher at Oak Harbor High School for 27 years. The last several years he taught AP Physics. The most important aspect for Mr. Moser is his unwavering and uncompromising dedication to the truth, Jesus, his life, death and resurrection to save a lost and dead humanity. All wisdombegins with the fear of the Lord. Prov. 1:7
Brenda Simonson received her nursing degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction in 1984. She began practicing as an R.N. in 1985. She has worked in various health care settings such as general med surg, home health, hospice, geriatrics and in secured Alzheimer and dementia units. In 2010, Mrs. Simonson followed her passion for teaching quality health care to Colorado Mountain College where she began teaching various health science classes. Mrs. Simonson and her husband raised their family in the New Castle area where they still reside and enjoy the many pleasures of their small farm and family.
Logic & Rhetoric Choir / Drama
Trea Traver has lived in Glenwood Springs for over 30 years. She has three children, one that has graduated and two that attend LCA. She studied Music at UNC, attended Bible College and went on to serve in many countries on the mission field with her husband and later on has run several successful businesses. She began homeschooling her first daughter in 2007 and started a homeschool co-op in 2010. In 2017 she became the Art and Music director for the private school that her children attended. She has taught art, music, math, Shakespeare and drama to students in grades K-12. Trea enjoys travelling abroad with her children during the summers, walking her Basset Hounds, writing music and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. She is full of the joy of the Lord and brings that to every lesson.