Faculty & Staff

Excellent teachers love their subject, their students, and the toil of the day and above all else love the Lord with all their hearts. At Arma Dei Academy our faculty is united in mission and vision. Our teachers exemplify Christ by the pattern of their lives in and out of the classroom, love and know children, and are gifted and equipped to teach.

Administration

Principal

Mrs. Jennifer Wenger

Mrs. Wenger graduated from Grove City College with her BA in Elementary Education where she was recognized as the top senior educator. Her graduate work in Curriculum and Instruction was through the University of Delaware. She proceeded to teach in both Pennsylvania and Colorado for over a decade, serving as grade level chairperson and developing curriculum for students and teachers. Since Arma Dei Academy’s inception, Mrs. Wenger has labored joyfully beside all stakeholders and functioned in such roles as teacher, curriculum designer and director, and the Grammar School Director.

Jen brings a unique blend of institutional memory, dedication to authentic climate and culture, classroom expertise, and a passion for classical Christian education to our community. She is fully committed to both the protection and preparation of students by instilling in them a biblical worldview with a vision to change their world for Jesus Christ. Jen believes alignment and partnership with parents is essential to grow a vibrant community of life-long learners, who seek to cultivate deep thinkers and thoughtful leaders and whose lives are purposeful and marked by truth.

Married for 25 years, Jen and her husband have three beautiful daughters, an elderly but loveable lab, and a mischievous puppy Bear. The Wenger family has called Highlands Ranch home for 14 years and loves the Colorado lifestyle. Weekends find Mrs. Wenger skiing, cooking for a crowd, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Dean of Student Culture

Dr. Aaron Denlinger

Over the past 15 years, Aaron has taught Latin, Church History, and Christian Theology to students at every stage from secondary school to seminary. His teaching has taken him from Colorado to Scotland to Florida and back to Colorado. Along the way, he acquired a wife (Louise), three children (Kaitrin, Geneva, and Austin), a slightly neurotic but much-loved dog named Oakley, and many treasured memories of seeing students grow in their understanding of language, their knowledge of Scripture, and their love for God. Aaron’s passion is to see students grasp the depth of God’s love for them, understand and believe the Gospel, and translate the Gospel into concrete acts of service to others that reflect Christ’s own service to them. He desires to see genuine love for God and others reflected in the lives of individual students and in the culture of Arma Dei as a whole. He looks forward to continuing these efforts in the classroom and in a more formalized capacity as the Dean of Student Culture. 

Dr. D’s hobbies include reading, writing, translating old Latin books into English, paddle-boarding, camping, and creating mythical kingdoms in an effort to cultivate his own children’s imaginations and sense of wonder at the world. In addition to his role at Arma Dei, Aaron serves as assistant pastor at St. Patrick Presbyterian Church in Denver and regularly provides adjunct teaching in church history to several seminaries around the country.

Dean of Academics - Humanities

Mrs. Kara Rainey

As the Academic Dean of Humanities, Kara Rainey is excited to help advance the mission and vision of Arma Dei Academy by ensuring consistent implementation and integration of classical pedagogy throughout the K-8 Humanities curriculum.  Mrs. Rainey looks forward to using her gifts and passions for the humanities, teaching, and classical Christian education by mentoring and coaching teachers and developing curriculum full-time.

Mrs. Kara Rainey is a second-generation Colorado native. She ventured to the east coast for her college studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and enjoyed studying abroad as she earned her BA in History and International Studies.  Teaching, however, has always been her passion. In addition to teaching at Arma Dei for the last 5 years, Kara taught at her local church and had the privilege of teaching her three children classically as well. When not teaching, Kara enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and children doing every activity possible in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. 

Dean of Academics - Math & Science

Mr. Josh Catron

Mr. Josh Catron is excited to join the Arma Dei community and looks forward to overseeing the development and integration of classical pedagogy, with an emphasis on a biblical worldview, within the Math and Science departments. Josh is passionate about partnering with students, parents, and teachers so that children can grow confidently in themselves and their abilities. He encourages students to set and achieve both academic and personal goals to the glory of God. 

Mr. Catron earned his B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. He became an educator when he joined Teach for America after working as an industrial engineer for Anheuser-Busch InBev. After three years of teaching various math classes along with serving as department chair, head football, and head track & field coach on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, he moved to Colorado to work as a math teacher and football coach at an urban charter high school. Most recently, Josh served at Valor Christian High School as an academic interventionist, math teacher, football, and track & field coach.  Josh lives in Parker with his wife, Chelsea. They enjoy cooking together, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

Director of Faculty & Community Engagement

Ms. Lora Bowman

Through her family’s experience at Arma Dei, Lora can testify to the transformative power of an education that keeps God at the center and maintains high standards for all students. After witnessing first-hand the impact of a classical Christian education in her own children’s lives, she is thrilled to introduce an Arma Dei education to even more families in Highlands Ranch and the surrounding communities.  Lora not only brings a passion for classical Christian education, but also 17 years of experience in high-tech sales and marketing to Arma Dei Academy.

Lora is passionate about developing authentic partnerships between home and school by encouraging relationships among families and faculty through parent education and community events. As the Director of Faculty and Community Engagement, Lora will focus on family and faculty recruitment, engagement, and retention.  Lora will serve families from the initial point of inquiry, through the enrollment and onboarding process, and facilitate connection points throughout each family’s time at Arma Dei. 

Technology Manager

Mrs. Megan Billinger

Mrs. Megan Billinger received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver. After working for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Solutions as a project manager for Department of Defense implementations, she became a stay-at-home mom and later homeschooled her children. Eager to contribute to the work being done at Arma Dei Academy, she has joined the staff to assist in all things technical.  Additionally, she teaches advanced level math to our eighth-grade students.

Megan and her husband, Erik, have three children that attend Arma Dei. She enjoys studying the word of God, playing golf, CrossFit, and spending time with her family.

Marketing & Communications Manager

Mrs. Krista Palmer

Krista Palmer brings a love and passion for Arma Dei Academy and believes it was by the grace of God and a divine appointment that her family is here. Krista has a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Communications from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. After college, she worked in advertising in Washington D.C. but found her heart was calling her into non-profit and ministry. For 11 years she served as the Director of National Events & Marketing for the Hunter’s Hope Foundation & Director of Jill Kelly Ministries simultaneously, then became a stay-at-home mother to her three children. Through volunteering and parent involvement her passion for a classical Christian education and Arma Dei’s mission is deep-rooted, because she has seen firsthand how it shapes the hearts and minds of our children. As a mom, she is passionate about her children knowing truth and using their God-given gifts to serve Him and others. She is humbled and excited to use her skills to serve Arma Dei in Marketing & Communications. 

Krista and her husband Frank are high school sweethearts from Western, NY and have three children that attend Arma Dei. They love living in beautiful Colorado and enjoy the great outdoors – family hikes, camping, biking, and skiing

Academic and Event Program Manager

Mrs. Karen Hein

In addition to teaching 5th grade, Mrs. Karen Hein will serve the Arma Dei community as the Academic Program and Event Manager.  Mrs. Hein’s passion for classical Christian education, enthusiasm for learning, and extraordinary planning and organizational skills will be utilized to oversee the execution of academic, circularly-based programs and events such as the Speech Meet, grade-level festivals, and the first annual Recitation Night and Art Showcase.

Mrs. Hein graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Journalism and Marketing. She worked in public relations for several high-tech companies before retiring to become a full-time mom.  Mrs. Hein home-schooled her two sons for six years using a classical Christian approach. Two of those years included teaching literature, grammar, writing and history in a private Christian home-school co-op. During this time, Mrs. Hein became a registered IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) instructor.

When the Hein Family homeschooling adventure came to a close, Mrs. Hein taught courses in literature, writing, grammar, history and geography to various home school groups with students ranging from 2nd grade through high school. Mrs. Hein has a passion for literature, writing, grammar, and history and is enthusiastic in sharing it with her students. Mrs. Hein has been a part of the Arma Dei Academy community since 2014. 

Administrative Assistant

Miss Katie Longenecker

God has placed a love for people and a call to serve others on Miss Longenecker’s heart.  Next year Katie will be supporting the entire Arma Dei community by serving as the Administrative Assistant to Mrs. Wenger.  She will also continue to teach one section of fifth grade Bible and looks forward to spending time in both buildings as she uses her administrative and teaching gifts to support and serve others.

Katie graduated from Life Pacific College in southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and is passionate about theology and discipleship. She has worked with students in a variety of settings ranging from substitute teaching in public schools to one-on-one therapy with autistic students.

Often found with a book in hand, Miss Longenecker also enjoys singing, learning to play the violin, traveling, and attending church. In college, she studied abroad in Turkey and loves to learn about new cultures.

Receptionist

Ms. Ruth Pederson

Ms. Ruth Pederson worked for the Minnesota school district for 31 years. She tried retirement but missed the daily interactions with staff and students, which is why she is once again sitting in a receptionist chair when she moved to Colorado to be closer to her four grandchildren.

Ms. Pederson is excited to see where God is leading Arma Dei in the years to come. She loves walking into the buildings and feeling the presence of God’s favor.

Receptionist

Mrs. Kathy Potter

Mrs. Potter is married to Doug, and they have 3 grown children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and worked for 12 years in various bookkeeping positions.

Kathy volunteered at Arma Dei as a receptionist when it first began and is excited to again work with the staff, students and their families.

Grammar School Teachers

Kindergarten

Mrs. Jenna Horstman

Mrs. Horstman is a Colorado native and has been teaching for eight years. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. Before coming to Arma Dei Academy, Mrs. Horstman worked in both public and private Christian schools, but felt the desire for something more and wanted to be in an environment that had a deeper understanding of Christ. She found this at Arma Dei this past year and has fallen in love with classical Christian education. She is blessed to take on this new role as the kindergarten teacher and is looking forward to a fantastic year full of learning, laughter, and love.

Kindergarten Enrichment, 1st-3rd Grade Character Development

Mrs. Holly Cory

Mrs. Cory graduated from Covenant College in Lookout Mt., TN with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies in Education, English, and Physical Education. She helped start a thriving Christian School in Boca Raton, Florida and has taught for over thirty years in K-6 Physical Education, middle school core subjects, and many different electives.

Mrs. Cory is passionate about God and helping students discover the joy of learning inside and outside of the classroom. Teaching our youngest students, Mrs. Cory introduces them to the wonders of God and his creation. She desires all students to reflect God’s character as they pursue him and use their given abilities to invent and create. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Cory can be found hiking, paddle boarding, or spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

1st Grade

Mrs. Cindy Holden

Mrs. Holden is a native of Colorado, but spent fifteen years on the east coast, where both she and her husband taught in Christian schools. The beautiful, purple mountains’ majesty of Colorado called the Holden family back to “God’s country.” They are blessed to have their adult sons and their families nearby.

Mrs. Holden is a graduate of Eastern University in Wayne, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational management. Her love of children and passion for teaching through a biblical worldview lens, led her away from the business sector and into early childhood education. Mrs. Holden comes to Arma Dei Academy with twenty-five years of classroom experience ranging from preschool to the fourth grade. Mrs. Holden feels blessed to be a part of the Arma Dei Academy faculty.

1st Grade

Dr. Janine van Vliet

Dr. van Vliet and her family recently moved to the Denver area after a decade in Philadelphia and a brief stay in San Francisco. Two years ago, Dr. van Vliet completed her doctorate in history at the University of Pennsylvania. Around the same time, she first heard of classical education and came to see its value as the best educational model available. During her family’s time in San Francisco, Dr. van Vliet served as one of six founding partners of the first classical Christian school in that city. She is excited to join the Arma Dei community as a first grade teacher this fall, and looks forward to helping the school grow and thrive in whatever capacity she can. Her oldest daughter, Evelyn, will be attending Arma Dei. Evie’s two younger sisters will have to wait for a few years before they join her!

2nd Grade

Dr. Kristen Ault

Dr. Ault received her B.S. in pharmacy and Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado. She practiced as a Clinical Pharmacy Instructor at the University of Colorado Drug Information Center. While in that role, she mentored students and provided medication and formulary management support for the medical staff at University Hospital. Dr. Ault left academia to work for Thomson Micromedex® where she managed content creation for several drug information products and developed drug information products for mobile platforms. After 13 years in the medical field, she became a stay-at-home mother to her three children who now attend Arma Dei Academy. Through her involvement as a parent and volunteer, Dr. Ault has become passionate about the profoundly positive impact of classical Christian education and is excited to utilize her skills to impact the students and families of Arma Dei Academy for the glory of God.

2nd Grade

Rebecca Loper

Miss Loper has recently graduated from Colorado Christian University with a BA in Liberal Arts with specializations in Elementary Education, Biblical Studies, Reading Literacy, and Language Arts. Rebecca is thrilled to join the Arma Dei family. From her earliest years, Miss Loper has wanted to be a teacher and is looking forward to bringing her passion for students and her love for the Lord together in the classroom at Arma Dei Academy. She is excited to be a part of a school community centered around Christ. Rebecca is originally from Southern California, but has since moved to Colorado for school, fallen in love with the state, and has decided to stay. In her spare time, Miss Loper loves to read, hike, camp, and spend time with friends and family.

3rd Grade

Ms. Rebecca Raleigh

Ms. Raleigh received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. Rebecca has taught elementary and middle school in both public and private school settings and is eager to teach at Arma Dei Academy. She is passionate about helping young students master important knowledge and skills while also encouraging them in their Christian faith. 

Ms. Raleigh has two grown sons and seven grandchildren, all of whom contribute much joy to her life. She has served as an editor for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curriculum and enjoys freelance writing. Ms. Raleigh has enjoyed teaching Bible studies and presenting workshops to adults who want to help their children discern right from wrong. A verse that has special meaning for her is Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

3rd Grade

Lauren Thompson

Teaching elementary students has been Miss Thompson’s dream since childhood. After graduating from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with an elementary education degree, she taught fourth grade and ESL in Japan until 2017, when she moved back to the United States to participate in a discipleship/outdoor leadership training program in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Miss Thompson is looking forward to living and teaching in yet another beautiful, mountainous place. She enjoys travel and other cultures, hiking, cooking, and singing.

4th Grade

Mrs. Rachel Senia

Mrs. Rachel Senia has spent almost all of her life on the West Coast, mostly in California, but most recently in Washington state. She grew up attending Christian schools, coming to believe what Romans 12:1 says that the life of the Christian is a battle of the mind as it needs to constantly be transformed. She believes that a classical, Christian education is one of the best ways to keep from being “conformed to this world” for the purpose of glorifying God.

Mrs. Senia graduated from The Master’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, and she and her husband have spent over 10 years teaching in Christian schools. She loves partnering with the families of Arma Dei Academy as they take on the most difficult and precious task of training their children.

5th Grade

Mrs. Karen Hein

Mrs. Hein graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Journalism and Marketing. She worked in public relations for several high-tech companies before retiring to become a full-time mom.  Mrs. Hein home-schooled her two sons for six years using a classical Christian approach. Two of those years included teaching literature, grammar, writing and history in a private Christian home-school co-op. During this time, Mrs. Hein became a registered IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) instructor.

When the Hein Family homeschooling adventure came to a close, Mrs. Hein taught courses in literature, writing, grammar, history and geography to various home school groups with students ranging from 2nd grade through high school. Mrs. Hein has a passion for literature, writing, grammar, and history and is enthusiastic in sharing it with her students. Mrs. Hein has been a part of the Arma Dei Academy community since 2014. 

5th Grade

Miss Naomi Toews

Miss Naomi Toews moved to Colorado from her hometown of Hesston, Kansas. Miss Toews earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Tabor College. Miss Toews has taught kindergarten, third grade, and fifth grade. She loves helping young children learn and grow, and believes classical education effectively draws upon the strengths of children at each age.

Latin

Mrs. Verity Schramm

Mrs.Verity Schramm obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Occidental College and California State University, Northridge and continued with graduate credential work in education. After graduating, Mrs. Schramm worked for a non-profit economic development firm in Los Angeles as a writer for multiple business publications.

Mrs. Schramm and her husband are enthusiastic supporters of the classical Christian education movement. She is committed to equipping future men and women for the work that God intends for them. She wholeheartedly agrees with Frederick Douglass, emancipated slave and statesman, that “it is easier to build strong children, than repair broken men.”

Music

Mrs. Leah Ross

Mrs. Leah Ross was born on the island of Malta and raised in Tripoli, Libya and Casper, Wyoming. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Elementary Education. She and her husband Kevin spent 8 years in Columbia, Maryland, where she taught Kindergarten and Fifth Grade. 

Leah and her husband have a deep passion for international missions, and they co-lead the Czech Focus Ministry at their church.

Art

Mrs. Lani Whitley

Mrs. Whitley has a degree in Art, with an emphasis in illustration, from Cal State University Fullerton. She has loved art her whole life and still remembers the thrill of a new tin of watercolors or box of crayons from her childhood years. She has taught for art for over 20 years and is very thankful for the opportunity to work with fellow teachers and students who possess a desire to educate to glorify God. 

Art

Mrs. Alex Parker

Mrs. Parker grew up in southern Illinois and moved to Texas to work with a student ministry and begin college. She met her husband there, and shortly after getting married, they decided to make their dream of living in Colorado a reality.

This will be Mrs. Parker’s ninth year in education. She worked in the public school setting in special education and reading intervention before transitioning to private school. Mrs. Parker taught kindergarten at Augustine Classical Academy and it was there she discovered the beauty and richness of a classical, Christian education. She considers it a gift and privilege to teach little learners that everything in creation, from a slimy worm to a colorful sunset, is God’s idea. She is passionate about her students experiencing the joy of learning and it is her prayer that their knowledge and love of God would grow along with them.

Mrs. Parker is enjoying this season of being home with her children and feels incredibly thankful to spend one day a week teaching art to Arma Dei’s youngest students. Her husband, Nate, is a civil engineer and they have two children, Ben (4) and Annie (2). Mrs. Parker enjoys baking, homemaking, reading, and exploring Colorado with her family.

STEM

Ms. Christa Barnard

Miss Barnard has always had a passion for teaching and inspiring children in the classroom. Her undergraduate studies took her to London where she did post-graduate studies in Education. Along with teaching children in her local church, Miss Barnard taught at a British Christian prep school for five years before moving back to the U.S. to be closer to her family. As a child, she visited Colorado and loves that life has brought her here. When she’s not teaching, Miss Barnard loves exploring and going on adventures throughout Colorado with her family.

Movement

Dr. Shawn Walker

Dr. Shawn Walker is a graduate of Texas Tech University’s School of Health Professions with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Shawn has 16 years of experience and holds licenses in both Colorado and California. She has worked in both orthopedic and neurology settings treating adult and pediatric clientele. Her main area of focus has been in the treatment of children with neuromuscular disorders. Shawn received her undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge in Health Science with an emphasis in Health Education, followed by a Masters in Physical Therapy. 

Shawn enjoys teaching about God’s creations and designs, as well as serving others. She has volunteered with numerous organizations in a variety of capacities and looks forward to use her skills to bless others around the world.

Physical Education & Latin

Mr. Nathan Williams

Mr. Williams attended a classical Christian School in the Kansas City area. He has Bachelor of Science in Political Science, graduated from Wheaton College’s Army ROTC program, and served six years as an Army Field Artillery Officer. Mr. Williams loves living in beautiful Colorado with his wife Emily, who is a veterinarian. In his spare time, he enjoys anything involving the mountains, reading, college sports, recreational activities, music, film, and history.

Academic Support Specialist

Mrs. Debra Letsinger

Mrs. Letsinger received her B.A. in Mildly Handicapped from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and her Master of Education with an emphasis in NILD Educational Therapy from Regent University in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Special Education at Regent University. Mrs. Letsinger is a professionally certified educational therapist with the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD), and a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist certified by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). In 2014, she founded Beyond the Skylights Learning, LLC, a private educational therapy practice providing therapy for students attending public and private schools and homeschool students. Mrs. Letsinger has 20 years of teaching experience in both public and private sectors. She has also worked as a legal assistant, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at her church, and a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Letsinger’s passion and joy are to help students who struggle with learning become successful, independent learners!

Mrs. Letsinger, a Texas native, who always wanted to live in Colorado moved here in 1984 when her husband entered law school at Denver University School of Law. Colorado has been home since then except for a short stint teaching in Los Angeles, California. She has three children who graduated from Valor Christian High School and is currently enjoying the empty nest. Her favorite activity is 4-wheeling in the mountains with her husband, Wendell. 

Logic School Teachers

Bible & Latin

Dr. Aaron Denlinger

Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Denlinger holds degrees from Colorado Christian University (BA in History), Westminster Seminary California (MA in Theological Studies), and the University of Aberdeen (PhD in Church History).

After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Denlinger taught Classical Latin and Church History at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). More recently he served as Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Reformation Bible College in Florida. He has authored or edited several books and numerous articles on early modern theology. He has also translated several early modern Latin works into English for publication, including most recently John Calvin’s De vita hominis Christiani (A Little Book on the Christian Life), published by Reformation Trust in 2017.

Dr. Denlinger and his wife Louise have three children who attend Arma Dei.

Math

Mr. Josh Catron

Mr. Joshua Catron is passionate about partnering with students, parents, and teachers so that children can grow confidently in themselves and their abilities. He encourages students to set and achieve both academic and personal goals to the glory of God. 

Mr. Catron earned his B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. He became an educator when he joined Teach for America after working as an industrial engineer for Anheuser-Busch InBev. After three years of teaching various math classes along with serving as department chair, head football, and head track & field coach on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, he moved to Colorado to work as a math teacher and football coach at an urban charter high school. Most recently, Mr. Catron served at Valor Christian High School as an academic interventionist, math teacher, football, and track & field coach. 

Joshua lives in Parker with his wife, Chelsea. They enjoy cooking together, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

Bible & Humanities

Mrs. Jen Hoos

Jennifer Hoos received her B.A. in History from the Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California and studied Elementary Education at Biola University.

Jen was introduced to classical Christian education in the 1990’s and developed The Classical Christian Schooling Network website to assist teachers in small classical schools and homeschools. She and her husband helped start two classical Christian schools, where she taught grammar, composition, literature and history to secondary students.

Her love of education has taken her to Oxford, England where she learned about the inculcation of virtue at the Oxbridge Conference, sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Jen loves to learn and is blessed with the opportunity to partner with parents and teachers in training the next generation of God-honorers at Arma Dei Academy.

Bible & Latin

Mr. Michael Kochie

Mr. Michael Kochie received a Bachelors in Biblical & Theological Studies from Reformation Bible College and a Masters of Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando. During his education, he worked in the PCA as a youth director and completed a two year pastoral internship. He will bring his technical knowledge of language and Bible as well as a pastoral heart to the students of Arma Dei.

Michael is newly married to his wife Catherine and they will be moving back to familiar area in coming to Arma Dei. Michael graduated from Thunder Ridge High School and knows the culture and needs of Highlands Ranch and Douglas county.

 

Bible & Humanities

Mrs. Kari Nino

Mrs. Nino grew up in Colorado Springs, received a Bachelor of Arts in History, as well as Biblical Studies and Theology at John Brown University. This summer she moved to Littleton and is thrilled to join the Arma Dei community. Mrs. Nino looks forward to engaging with students in all things reading, writing, critical thinking, and research, and she is excited to connect what is learned in class with the experiences she has had on archeological digs in Jordan and Israel.

Humanities

Miss Danielle Saba

Miss Saba graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in English studies and a minor in Film Studies. After graduating, she spent a school year abroad teaching children of various ages in North Africa. Upon returning to America in 2012, Miss Saba began attending graduate school at Georgia State University to pursue a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language. In the same year, she also started teaching at a private classical school as the 4th grade teacher. In 2014, Miss Saba graduated from GSU and received her Master’s degree. She has continued teaching a variety of grades ever since and has grown passionate about classical Christian education. Though being in the classroom is one of her absolute favorite things, Miss Saba also enjoys paddle boarding, reading, baking, and hanging out with brothers and sisters in Christ. She also happens to own one of the cutest dogs to ever exist— her puggle, Bailey. Soli Deo Gloria! 

Math

Mrs. Megan Billinger

Mrs. Megan Billinger received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver. After working for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Solutions as a project manager for Department of Defense implementations, she became a stay-at-home mom and later homeschooled her children. Eager to contribute to the work being done at Arma Dei Academy, she has joined the staff to assist in all things technical.  Additionally, she teaches advanced level math to our eighth-grade students.

Megan and her husband, Erik, have three children that attend Arma Dei. She enjoys studying the word of God, playing golf, CrossFit, and spending time with her family.

Math

Mrs. Amy Gonzales

Mrs. Gonazales attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, options in Special Education. While at OSU she met her husband, Mark, who is a civil engineer. They had their first child, Hannah Elizabeth, in January 2019.

Amy has always had a heart for missions. She has done mission work in Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, and Ethiopia. 

Science/STEM

Mr. Warren Astler

Mr. Astler graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Elementary Education and earned his MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver. He also holds a 7th-12th Grade Science Endorsement from the State of Colorado.

Mr. Astler has taught over 30 years, serving at both the elementary and middle school level. He taught third grade for ten years and middle school for nine years at a local Christian school helping develop their middle school science program. During the past seven years, Mr. Astler continued his work in the middle school by teaching science, technology, video production and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses. He served as the STEM coordinator at a science-based charter school and helped develop the technology program at a public middle school.

Science

Mr. Tyler Gahm

Mr. Gahm is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Environmental Biology. He worked with the Navigators and Eagle Lake Camps in youth ministry and recently married his sweetheart, Becca. Mr. Gahm is passionate about kids and enjoys getting them excited about science.

Art

Mrs. Lani Whitley

Mrs. Whitley has a degree in Art, with an emphasis in illustration, from Cal State University Fullerton. She has loved art her whole life and still remembers the thrill of a new tin of watercolors or box of crayons from her childhood years. Mrs. Whitley loves to work with fellow teachers and students who possess a desire to educate to glorify God.

Music

Mrs. Catherine Kochie

Mrs. Kochie received her Bachelor of Music Education from Stetson University in Deland, Florida where she studied cello as her primary instrument. She taught kindergarten through eighth-grade general music at Pinewood Christian Academy and lead the children’s choir program at Pinewood Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Kochie taught in an international school in Bangkok, Thailand, teaching elementary music, middle school orchestra and coordinating weekly chapels. She studied choral conducting and music pedagogy at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Mrs. Kochie is passionate about teaching the Word of God through music and building community through group singing and music making. She loves traveling, being outdoors, and learning. She recently got married to Michael Kochie and is excited to join him in teaching at Arma Dei Academy in his home state of Colorado!

Logic & Physical Education

Mr. Nathan Williams

Mr. Williams attended a classical Christian School in the Kansas City area. He has Bachelor of Science in Political Science, graduated from Wheaton College’s Army ROTC program, and served six years as an Army Field Artillery Officer. Mr. Williams loves living in beautiful Colorado with his wife Emily, who is a veterinarian. In his spare time, he enjoys anything involving the mountains, reading, college sports, recreational activities, music, film, and history

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