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 Logic and Rhetoric Schools

Dr. Aaron Denlinger

Over the past 17 years, Aaron has taught Latin, Church History, and Christian Theology to students at every level 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 string of neurotic pets, and many treasured memories of seeing students grow in their understanding of language, their knowledge of Scripture, and their love for God. Aaron’s overarching 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 service to them. From 2019 to 2021, he pursued this passion as the Dean of Student Culture at Arma Dei. As of the 2021-2022 school year, Aaron is serving as Dean of Logic and Rhetoric Schools, in which role he continues to pursue a unique culture among Arma Dei students, ultimately spurring them to live purposefully and intelligently in service to God and others.

Aaron holds degrees from Colorado Christian University (BA), Westminster Seminary California (MA), and the University of Aberdeen (PhD). His hobbies include reading, writing, translating old Latin books into English, paddle-boarding, Lobster fishing, camping, and creating mythical kingdoms in an effort to cultivate his children’s imaginations and sense of wonder at the world. In addition to his role at Arma Dei, Aaron serves as Interim 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 - Math & Science

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, serving as department chair, and coaching football and track & field 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, and their son, Bear. They enjoy cooking together, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

Dean of Grammar School

Dr. Janine Knedlik

Dr. Knedlik and her family moved to the Denver area in 2019 after a decade in Philadelphia and a brief stay in San Francisco. Two years ago, Dr. Knedlik 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. Knedlik served as one of six founding partners of the first classical Christian school in that city. She joined the Arma Dei community in 2019, served as a first-grade teacher, taught Logic Latin, led the School of Logic Humanities, helped to develop the School of Rhetoric curriculum, and began guiding Arma Dei Academy through the accreditation process. Dr. Knedlik will utilize her gifts, talents, and passion for classical Christian education as she leads the School of Grammar.

Director of 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 brings a passion for classical Christian education and 17 years of experience in high-tech sales and marketing to Arma Dei Academy. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management Information Systems from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California.

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 Community Engagement, Lora focuses on family recruitment, engagement, and retention. Lora serves families from the initial point of inquiry through the enrollment and onboarding process and facilitates connection points throughout each family’s time at Arma Dei.

Community Liaison & School Nurse

Mrs. Tatum Lehman

Tatum is a Colorado native, and after 15 years in California, she moved back to Colorado in 2014 with two bachelor’s degrees and a growing family. She stumbled upon Arma Dei soon after and fell in love instantly. After volunteering as the school nurse for six years, she officially joined the team, adding the role of Community Liaison alongside her school nurse responsibilities. She is excited to use her contagious joy and passion for Arma Dei and classical Christian education to create connections for families, a community for staff, and lasting friendships for students. She views it as an honor to partner with the staff and families of Arma Dei to invest in the next generation, helping them grasp the depth of God’s love for them. Tatum received a BA in Social Science at Azusa Pacific and a BS in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She brings her 12 years of experience as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and vast experience in various ministry roles.

Tatum and her husband Eric have three kids at Arma Dei (Avery, Karis, and Silas) and love helping them and others experience the fullness of Christ. They love to hike and fish, travel to new places and embrace adventure. A rich conversation over a good meal with old and new friends is their favorite pastime.

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 received a Bachelor of Science 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.

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 joined the staff to assist in all things technical. Additionally, she teaches advanced-level math.

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.

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.

Preschool Teachers
Preschool Director

Brittany Conklin

Mrs. Brittany Conklin grew up in Colorado, is married to her husband Travis, and has two children Kylah and Mitchell.
Mrs. Conklin attended Arapahoe Community College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she received an Associate of General Studies/ Associate of Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Group Leader Certificate, and Early Childhood Education Director’s Certificate.

Mrs. Conklin loves children and wants to provide a loving, caring, safe, and Christ-centered program for all children entering the preschool doors. She desires that their first school experience be so memorable that they are filled with excitement and are ready to learn when they enter the elementary grades.

Assistant Preschool Director

Kelli Tenneson

Mrs.Tenneson has had her teaching certificate since 1989 and her Colorado directorship since 1999. Keli was a preschool teacher, assistant director, and director of a large preschool in the Littleton area for 28 years and was in a leadership role for over 16 years. In 2015, she retired to take care of her granddaughter but was asked by her daughter Brittany to walk beside her and help start the Arma Dei Academy Preschool. Mrs. Tenneson loves the new preschool and believes it to be an excellent school and opportunity to teach children about God. She has been married to her husband Mike for 43 years. Mike is a retired Lieutenant from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department. Mrs. Tenneson has two children and three grandchildren and believes there is no better job than working with children and being a grandmother!

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Katie Taylor

Miss Katie Taylor graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a BS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education in 2017. For seven years, Miss Taylor taught in Indiana public and private schools, where she strived to inspire students (spanning from kindergarten to high school) to discover their true worth in Christ and unlock their God-given potential. She returned to her native Colorado in 2019 after living in Indiana for the past ten years, settling in Lone Tree to spend time with her family and her two siblings. In 2020/2021, Miss Taylor served Arma Dei Academy as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant and is excited to now be part of the Arma Dei Academy Preschool.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends in her spare time, being outside, card games, volleyball, coloring, dogs, and coffee!

Preschool Lead and Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Barbara Tornow

Mrs. Barbara Tornow is thrilled to be part of the Arma Dei family, where learning centers around Biblical teachings and the love of Jesus. Her passion has always been for the youngest learners. She has been in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science, Mrs. Tornow began her teaching career as Lead Teacher at a Therapeutic Preschool in California. She then ran a home daycare center while raising her girls. Before coming to Arma Dei she spent several years teaching Preschool at a learning center in Littleton. Having returned to teaching in the classroom, Mrs. Tornow finds the enthusiasm of young learners contagious and is excited and challenged to make learning the best it can be for each child. When not planning curriculum, Mrs. Tornow can loves reading, crafting, hiking, or enjoying a cup of coffee!

Three Year Old's Teacher

Megan Schmauder

Miss Megan believes that all teaching should center around the Bible, so she is thrilled with the opportunity to be at Arma Dei Academy, where this is lived out daily. Megan is currently working toward a BA in Music with a Minor in Early Childhood Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. During her time working at Children’s Early Learning Center in Littleton, she realized her passion for teaching preschool-aged children and lead them to have a more profound love of Christ. In her spare time, Miss Megan loves to cook, play music, spend time with family and friends, and snuggle with her dog while watching movies.

Grammar School Teachers
Kindergarten

Miss Kaitlin Buletti

Miss Buletti has worked with students nationally and internationally for six years. Over those years, she has worked with students from preschool through high school, and most recently, she taught the 3-year old class at the Arma Dei Academy Preschool. She is passionate about education, but even more so about the students and seeing them reach their full potential inside the classroom and out. After graduating from Colorado Christian University in 2018 with a BA in Communication, she chose to work exclusively with the younger-aged students. She is passionate about providing the little ones with a great foundation – socially, emotionally, spiritually, and academically. It is a special blessing to help set these young students up for success as they begin their schooling, and she is thrilled to continue to do that with the Kindergarteners. When she is not in the classroom, she can be found curled up reading, outdoors hiking or kayaking, crafting and decorating, or spending time with family and friends.

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Science

Mrs. Julie Bohn

Mrs. Bohn comes to Arma Dei Academy with over 35 years of education experience. She has taught preschool through fourth grade in Christian schools, preschool through sixth-grade special education in public schools, and private NILD educational therapy and at the college level in the teacher education department. She has a BA in special education and an MA in elementary education from the University of Iowa and an MA in early childhood education with special education licensure from the University of Colorado Denver. Mrs. Bohn was a missionary for a time, training churches in the US and internationally on including individuals with disabilities in worship, discipleship, and service.

Mrs. Bohn is passionate about helping young children learn the foundational academic skills sufficiently to succeed throughout their academic careers. She desires to inspire children to become lifelong readers and learners. She is excited about shepherding young children’s hearts toward Jesus. Mrs. Bohn enjoys reading in her spare time, working in her bird, butterfly, and bee garden, and birdwatching.

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 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 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

Mrs. Samantha Waltz

Mrs. Waltz graduated from Western Governors University with a BA in Elementary Education. She spent two years teaching preschool while she finished obtaining her degree. She got married in October 2019 to her husband, Tyler, who is a Police Officer and serves in the National Guard. Mrs. Waltz enjoys spending time with her family (two older sisters, three nieces, and one nephew), shopping, and traveling. Mrs.Waltz enjoys her daily dose of coffee. She is excited to fulfill her passion for teaching and love for children, all while sharing her adoration for Christ.

2nd Grade

Miss Rebecca Loper

Miss Loper graduated from Colorado Christian University with a BA in Liberal Arts with specializations in Elementary Education, Biblical Studies, Reading Literacy, and Language Arts. From her earliest years, Miss Loper 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. Miss Loper is originally from Southern California but has since moved to Colorado for school, fallen in love with the state, and has decided to stay. Miss Loper loves to read, hike, camp, and spend time with friends and family in her spare time.

2nd Grade

Mrs. Megan Meyers

Born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Mrs. Meyers is thrilled to join the Arma Dei family. She graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Christian University with a BA in Elementary Education, specializing in Biblical Studies, Reading Literacy, Social Studies, English, and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Education. She desires to form meaningful relationships with her students while providing rigorous and engaging instruction through a biblical worldview. With her new husband, Mrs. Meyers loves exploring God’s beautiful creation from the Rocky Mountains to the Caribbean. Mrs. Meyers enjoys dancing, baking, and spending time with family and friends when not traveling or teaching.

3rd Grade

Miss 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.

3rd Grade

Mrs. Emily Winter

Mrs. Winter completed her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Coursework in 2005. As a life-long learner, she has continued her education and holds her Elementary Education K-6 Teaching Credentials in California and Colorado and a Math Endorsement in Colorado. Most recently, her formal studies have taken her deeper into the beautiful world of math. After graduating college, Mrs. Winter substitute taught for eight years (while raising her children) and has had her own elementary and middle school math classrooms for the past eight years. There is nothing she loves doing more than teaching children about God and His well-organized world, and thrilled to partner with parents in teaching children what it looks like to love God and bring glory to Him.

Receiving a Christian education through being homeschooled in elementary grades and attending Christian schools after that, Mrs. Winter firmly believes the truth of God’s word offers us all that we need and that love and respect for each other and God must be taught. To find wisdom, we must seek it out from the Word of God, for which there is no substitute.

Mrs. Winter grew up in California but moved to Colorado when her oldest of three children started kindergarten. She has never looked back, except perhaps to visit family, the beach, and of course In-N-Out! In her family time, she enjoys hiking, “date nights” with her husband and kids, and cruising the neighborhood with her two dogs Kenji (7-year-old Standard Goldendoodle) and Jasper (17-month-old Miniature Schnoodle).

4th Grade

Mrs. Rachel Senia

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

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

4th Grade

Mrs. Adrian Collins

Ms. Collins graduated with a degree in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University. For the past twenty years, Adrian has homeschooled her five children in literature-based learning and the classical teaching method. She started a managed co-op with several families and spent many years “road-schooling” in the United States. Ms. Collins is an active writer with numerous published articles and a guest speaker on podcasts and adoption conferences. She loves to go hiking, paddle boarding, and exploring U.S. National Parks with her children in her spare time. She is excited to share her love of Jesus, passion for classical literature, and natural curiosity for life-long learning with her students!

5th Grade

Mrs. Ally Tedrow

Mrs. Ally Tedrow received her teaching degree from the Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Idaho. Her teaching experience includes ages ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. She has taught for 20 years, with the last eight years immersed in classical Christian education. She is passionate about classical Christian education and integrating God’s truth into every subject through an unwavering Biblical worldview.

Ally and her husband, Arik, moved to Colorado in 2018 from Washington state with their three children. Mrs. Ally Tedrow loves the Lord, and she loves people. Ally is a lifelong learner who appreciates the truth, goodness, and beauty of discovering God’s majesty in all she teaches. In addition to her passion for teaching, she enjoys studying God’s word, running, hiking, baking, and spending time with her family. Soli Deo Gloria!

5th Grade

Miss Naomi Toews

Miss Naomi Toews moved to Colorado from her hometown of Hesston, Kansas. She 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 children’s strengths at each age.

5th Grade Math

Mr. Justin Langley

Mr. Langley was born in Denver and was raised in the bitter cold of Chicago winters. He earned his BA in Mathematics at Greenville University, where he also studied music composition and drama. He recently returned to his home state of Colorado and completed an MA in Apologetics and Ethics at Denver Seminary.

Mr. Langley has taught music and musical theater for the past seven years and has enjoyed working with students in youth and camping ministries. He loves the piano, reading, and playing pick-up sports. He and his wife Heather enjoy the great outdoors together and have been foster parenting.

5th Grade Science

Mrs. Kathryn Vang

Mrs. Vang grew up in Colorado Springs, where she diligently studied and performed classical ballet for 16 years before deciding to pursue another of her passions, chemistry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. Afterward, Mrs. Vang graduated with her Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. She has since worked at National Jewish Health under the guidance of Dr. Donald Leung, researching the mechanisms and treatments of pediatric eczema.

Mrs. Vang is passionate about teaching the wonders of God’s incredible creation to students and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning. She hopes to give students a broader and deeper understanding of the marvelous way creation points to its great Creator. She is married to her sweetheart Andrew who is studying to get his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. They attend Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, where her husband serves as Middle School Director.

SCIENCE / STEM

Ms. Christa Barnard

Ms. 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, Ms. 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. Ms. Barnard loves exploring and going on adventures throughout Colorado with her family when she’s not teaching.

Latin

Mr. Tyler Gregory

Mr. Gregory earned his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from The Master’s University and two master’s degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies, respectively, from Westminster Seminary California. He also completed a three-year pastoral internship at Northcity Presbyterian Church, preaching and leading in worship regularly.

Tyler hopes to combine his pastoral and academic training – especially his love of language, history, and theology – to form the next generation of lifelong learners and followers of Jesus. You are likely to see Mr. G running, swimming, rock climbing, reading, or coffee connoisseur-ing outside of the classroom.

Latin

Mr. Jake Michel

Mr. Michel grew up in the desert of Hemet, CA. After completing high school, he attended College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, where he came to know the Lord. Mr. Michel went on to Reformation Bible College, where he grew in appreciation for literature and theology. After three years at RBC, he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to complete a Bachelor of Theology with Edinburgh Theological Seminary. While there, he enjoyed Psalm singing and playing in the Lothian Basketball League.

Upon completing his degree, Mr. Michel moved from Scotland to Syracuse, New York. It was there that he met his wife, taught history at a Christian high school, completed a year-long pastoral internship with Christ Church Syracuse, and preached around the NYS Presbytery.

In his free time, he enjoys playing pickup basketball, overly complicated and long board games, and a good conversation by the fire about literature, theology, history, or anything essential to a classically liberal society.

Logic

Miss Jessica Hartenbower

Miss Hartenbower graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. After graduating, Miss Hartenbower spent a year teaching Latin to 3rd-11th grade students at a private classical Christian school. Being classically educated throughout middle and high school, she decided to return to the classical model to pursue her deep love for and conviction of the benefits of classical Christian education. Jessica is passionate about teaching others how to think critically, understand what they believe and why, for the glory of God and the flourishing of humanity.

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 a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. She and her husband Kevin spent eight 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. 

Academic Support Specialist

Mrs. Debra Letsinger

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.

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 help students who struggle with learning become successful, independent learners!

Logic and Rhetoric School Teachers

Bible & Latin

Dr. Aaron Denlinger

Over the past 17 years, Aaron has taught Latin, Church History, and Christian Theology to students at every level 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 string of neurotic pets, and many treasured memories of seeing students grow in their understanding of language, their knowledge of Scripture, and their love for God. Aaron’s overarching 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 service to them. From 2019 to 2021, he pursued this passion as the Dean of Student Culture at Arma Dei. As of the 2021-2022 school year, Aaron is serving as Dean of Logic and Rhetoric Schools, in which role he continues to pursue a unique culture among Arma Dei students, ultimately spurring them to live purposefully and intelligently in service to God and others.

Aaron holds degrees from Colorado Christian University (BA), Westminster Seminary California (MA), and the University of Aberdeen (PhD). His hobbies include reading, writing, translating old Latin books into English, paddle-boarding, Lobster fishing, camping, and creating mythical kingdoms in an effort to cultivate his children’s imaginations and sense of wonder at the world. In addition to his role at Arma Dei, Aaron serves as Interim Pastor at St. Patrick Presbyterian Church in Denver and regularly provides adjunct teaching in church history to several seminaries around the country.

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 the Bible, along with a pastoral heart, to the students of Arma Dei.

Michael is newly married to his wife Catherine, and they will be moving back to a 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.

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, serving as department chair, and coaching football and track & field 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, and their son, Bear. They enjoy cooking together, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

Math

Mr. Justin Langley

Mr. Langley was born in Denver and was raised in the bitter cold of Chicago winters. He earned his BA in Mathematics at Greenville University, where he also studied music composition and drama. He recently returned to his home state of Colorado and completed an MA in Apologetics and Ethics at Denver Seminary.

Mr. Langley has taught music and musical theater for the past seven years and has enjoyed working with students in youth and camping ministries. He loves the piano, reading, and playing pick-up sports. He and his wife Heather enjoy the great outdoors together and have been foster parenting.

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 joined the staff to assist in all things technical. Additionally, she teaches advanced-level math.

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. Melanie Plourde

Mrs. Plourde earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from Jones International University. Early in her career, Mrs. Plourde worked as an engineer for the Boeing Company, where she gained firsthand experience and knowledge of space shuttle engines, including restricted viewing clearance for shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. Over the past 10+ years, Mrs. Plourde has continued to employ her knowledge of math and science in a successful career in International Business Development while fostering her love of teaching as she tutored local students. She is a self-described life learner, enjoying daily readings of topics ranging from aerospace to Christian living and theology. Mrs. Plourde has served as a long-term substitute math and science teacher at Arma Dei Academy, and we are thrilled she has accepted a more permanent position!

Science Teacher & Curriculum Lead

Dr. Kristen Ault

Dr. Ault received her BS 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. Previously at Arma Dei, Dr. Ault served as a Grammar Science teacher and a 2nd-grade teacher and is now thrilled to infuse her love of Science to further deepen the integration of Science into the classical Christian curriculum.

Science

Mrs. Kathryn Vang

Mrs. Vang grew up in Colorado Springs, where she diligently studied and performed classical ballet for 16 years before deciding to pursue another of her passions, chemistry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. Afterward, Mrs. Vang graduated with her Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. She has since worked at National Jewish Health under the guidance of Dr. Donald Leung, researching the mechanisms and treatments of pediatric eczema.

Mrs. Vang is passionate about teaching the wonders of God’s incredible creation to students and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning. She hopes to give students a broader and deeper understanding of the marvelous way creation points to its great Creator. She is married to her sweetheart Andrew who is studying to get his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. They attend Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, where her husband serves as Middle School Director.

Humanities

Dr. Janine Knedlik

Dr. Knedlik and her family moved to the Denver area in 2019 after a decade in Philadelphia and a brief stay in San Francisco. Two years ago, Dr. Knedlik 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. Knedlik served as one of six founding partners of the first classical Christian school in that city. She joined the Arma Dei community in 2019, served as a first-grade teacher, taught Logic, Latin, led the School of Logic Humanities, helped to develop the School of Rhetoric curriculum, and began guiding Arma Dei Academy through the accreditation process. This year, Dr. Knedlik will utilize her gifts, talents, and passion for classical Christian education as she leads the School of Grammar.

Humanities

Miss Danielle Saba

Miss Saba graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a BA 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. Soli Deo Gloria!

Humanities and Bible

Miss Leslie Richardson

Miss Richardson joined Arma Dei Academy in the fall of 2020 and joyfully taught 3rd-grade. While she loves teaching children of all ages, Miss Richardson is excited for the opportunity to teach in the School of Logic, marrying her passion for creative, Christ-centered teaching with her love for History and Literature. Additionally, Ms. Richardson will teach the 9th-grade Theology I: Christ and Creeds.

Miss Richardson graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado, with a BA in History and an MA in History of Christianity from Wheaton College. In the summer of 2017, Leslie taught English and Art at the Josiah Venture Fusion Arts Camp in the Czech Republic. While at Wheaton, she participated in academic conferences such as the Conference on Faith and History held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and helped moderate the Wheaton Inheritance Conference.

Humanities

Ms. Lauren Pagnard

Ms. Pagnard joined Arma Dei in the fall of 2020 and taught 6th-grade Latin, 7th-grade Logic, and 8th-grade Apologetics. We are thrilled to announce Ms. Pagnard will be serving in the role of 8th-grade Humanities teacher, where she is excited to employ her academic specialties in Rhetorical Studies and Secondary English.

Ms. Pagnard graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from Colorado State University and an MA from Regis Jesuit University. She spent several years teaching high school English at a local high school before joining Arma Dei’s team. Ms. Pagnard is passionate about imparting the truth of God’s word to students through historical evidence and logical reasoning. She studies apologetics in her spare time along with history and literature.

Latin

Mr. Tyler Gregory

Mr. Gregory earned his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from The Master’s University and two masters degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies, respectively, from Westminster Seminary California. He also completed a three-year pastoral internship at Northcity Presbyterian Church, preaching and leading in worship regularly. 

Tyler hopes to combine his pastoral and academic training – especially his love of language, history, and theology – to form the next generation of lifelong learners and followers of Jesus. Outside of the classroom, you are likely to see Mr. G running, swimming, rock climbing, reading, or coffee connoisseur-ing with his lovely wife, Karen. 

Bible

Mr. Jake Michel

Mr. Michel grew up in the desert of Hemet, CA. After completing high school, he attended College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, where he came to know the Lord. Mr. Michel went on to Reformation Bible College, where he grew in appreciation for literature and theology. After three years at RBC, he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to complete a Bachelor of Theology with Edinburgh Theological Seminary. While there, he enjoyed Psalm singing and playing in the Lothian Basketball League.

Upon completing his degree, Mr. Michel moved from Scotland to Syracuse, New York. It was there that he met his wife, taught history at a Christian high school, completed a year-long pastoral internship with Christ Church Syracuse, and preached around the NYS Presbytery.

In his free time, he enjoys playing pickup basketball, overly complicated and long board games, and a good conversation by the fire about literature, theology, history, or anything essential to a classically liberal society.

Logic

Miss Jessica Hartenbower

Miss Hartenbower graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. After graduating, Miss Hartenbower spent a year teaching Latin to 3rd-11th grade students at a private classical Christian school. Being classically educated throughout middle and high school, she decided to return to the classical model to pursue her deep love for and conviction of the benefits of classical Christian education. Jessica is passionate about teaching others how to think critically, understand what they believe and why, for the glory of God and the flourishing of humanity.

Music and Versatile Teacher

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. After graduating, she taught kindergarten through eighth-grade general music at Pinewood Christian Academy and led the children’s choir program at Pinewood Presbyterian Church. Combining her love of music and missions, Mrs. Kochie worked at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand, teaching elementary music, middle school orchestra, and coordinating their 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 is married to Michael Kochie and loves serving with him at Arma Dei Academy. Mrs. Kochie also took on the role of Versatile Teacher, serving all the students, K-8th grades, and teachers at Arma Dei.

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. Bethany DeVries

Mrs. DeVries was born and raised in the outskirts of Chicago before attending Hillsdale College in Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and English Literature. She moved to the Denver area to participate in a year-long discipleship/internship at a Christian residential treatment center for teens and then joined Young Life staff in central Denver for five years. After her time with Young Life, Mrs. DeVries opened a small art business for several years with the intent to glorify God through the beauty of art. She has recently devoted her time to caring for her three small children, who attend Arma Dei.

Aside from spending life with her wonderful husband and children, Mrs. DeVries loves to create and teach art and endeavors to use visual arts to help elucidate Biblical truth.

Homeschool Collaborative Teachers

Director

Mrs. Kristina Wright

Mrs. Kristina Wright loves all things classical and passionately seeks to exemplify what it means to be a lifelong learner. Kristina graduated from Westmont College with a BA in English Literature and has taught and tutored middle school and high school students ever since. She has shared her passion for learning and teaching in various venues, including public, private, and homeschool settings. Mrs. Wright classically home educated her own three children for 13 years and previously taught 8th Grade Humanities at Arma Dei Academy. She is excited to do what she loves – consulting, guiding, and supporting homeschool parents to thrive in their educational journey. As the Arma Dei Collaborative Director, she is excited to engage classically home educating families in cultivating wisdom and virtue through the culture, community, and curriculum of Arma Dei Academy.

Mrs. Wright has been married to the love of her life for 26 years. They are nearing an empty nest with a thriving college daughter north of Pittsburgh and high school senior and sophomore sons. When not teaching, Kristina enjoys traveling with her husband and can be found reading, sipping hot tea, enjoying good friends, tending living things, and pursuing the One who is True, Good, and Beautiful.

Homeschool Collaborative Teacher

Mrs. Kara Rainey

As a six-year Arma Dei teacher and former Dean of Humanities, Mrs. Kara Rainey is thrilled to return to her original passion of teaching students in the classroom as our Collaborative 3rd/4th-grade teacher and Curriculum Liaison. Years ago, before teaching at Arma Dei, she classically homeschooled her three children, two of whom are Arma Dei graduates, and her youngest in Arma Dei’s seventh-grade class this year. Returning for a 7th year at Arma Dei to classically teach homeschooling children and to partner and collaborate with their homeschooling parents is a fitting full-circle application of Mrs. Rainey’s experience and passion. Mrs. Rainey looks forward to using her gifts and experience to help advance the mission and vision of the Collaborative program by teaching, supporting families, and developing an integrated curriculum that best equips parents to classically home-educate their children for the Glory of God.

Kara 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. When not teaching, Kara enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and children doing every activity possible in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.

Homeschool Collaborative Teacher

Mrs. Sunny Weiner

Mrs. Sunny Weiner is delighted to join Arma Dei’s Collaborative community to teach first and second-grade students. Originally from Alaska, she attended and played basketball for Kansas State University and graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Business, Psychology, and Christian Counseling. For the past 18 years, she has homeschooled her 4 children in the Atlanta, Georgia area, where she also partnered with and taught in established University Model homeschool programs, in which she also coached middle school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and a high school girls basketball team as well.

Miss Sunny’s passion is teaching students that Jesus is Life and everything is made for Him and through Him. Her deepest desire is that all her students would fall passionately in love with Christ at their tender age, see His magisterial wonder in the world around them, and experience His unconditional love for them in everything they study and learn. When Miss Sunny is not teaching or coaching, she can be found traveling with her family, cooking and baking, or adventuring outside.

Homeschool Collaborative Teacher

Mrs. Karen Hein

Mrs. Hein has been teaching Arma Dei students for over seven years, starting as the humanities teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth grades with just nine students, and was a beloved fifth-grade teacher for four years. After homeschooling her two sons for six years using a classical Christian approach and teaching in a private Christian homeschool co-op for two years, Mrs. Hein is thrilled to return to her teaching roots as the Homeschool Collaborative’s first full-time teacher for 4th and 5th-grade students. She is a welcomed addition to this emerging program, working alongside and collaborating with homeschool families in the holy, challenging, and redemptive work of educating children.

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. 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 about sharing it with her students.

Homeschool Collaborative Teacher

Mrs. Anna Austin

Mrs. Austin was in her thirteenth year of teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools when the first of her two sons stepped onto the scene. Having received her Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado Christian University in Liberal Arts with an Elementary Education Emphasis and her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction, she has pursued teaching for over twenty years. She has worked in public and private Christian schools as both a classroom teacher and a substitute teacher and took off some years to raise her young sons.

Mrs. Austin’s passions surround stories: reading, having adventures (creating stories), digging into God’s Word, and getting to know the stories of those God puts in her path. She spent seven summers as a volunteer backpacking guide with Young Life, one summer in Kenya at a Christian children’s home, and many summers playing baseball in the backyard with her boys. She and her husband are “almost Colorado natives” and celebrated their wedding anniversary by hiking Pikes Peak.

Mrs. Austin highly values bringing all of life into the bigger picture of God’s story. She is excited to partner with families at Arma Dei Academy as they raise their children in Jesus’ name for the glory of His Kingdom.

Homeschool Collaborative Science Teacher

Mrs. Heather Langley

Mrs. Langley graduated from Greenville University in Illinois, where she earned her BS in Elementary Education. After graduation, she worked as the Tutoring Director for a Youth Development Center, developing and establishing its tutoring program for K-12th grade students. Mrs. Langley also spent a year working as a House Manager at a safe home for survivors of human trafficking.

After marrying the love of her life in 2018, Mrs. Langley moved out to Colorado, where she currently works as the Program Administrator for Whiz Kids Tutoring. Heather and her husband Justin love spending time outdoors, spending time with friends and have been foster parents since January 2020.

Homeschool Collaborative Art Teacher

Mrs. Pam Vansteyn

Mrs. Pam van Steyn is teaching her second year of art for the Homeschool Collaborative Program after spending nearly twenty years teaching preschoolers in a Christian education program. Her love of art began as a college student when she went abroad to visit many of the best-known churches and museums in western Europe, including the British Museum, the Louvre, Van Gogh’s Museum, the Prado, theToledo Cathedral, Notre Dame, the Parthenon, and all of Rome and Florence, Italy.

Pam graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and resource development from the University of California, Davis. She spent ten years working in developing renewable energy resources. After marriage and raising a wonderful son and daughter, she found her passion in teaching as she discovered God’s greatest renewable resource, children! Exploring and experiencing art with children is her dream job.