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.

Administrative Assistant to Principal

Mrs. Kailyn Van Schooten

Mrs. Van Schooten and her husband, Daniel, are recent transplants to Colorado. She graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in International Relations and recently completed a Masters from Regent University in Pastoral Counseling. She has served in a number of administrative and customer service roles over the years, and brings this unique blend of experience to Arma Dei in order to support the community as a whole. Kailyn loves being able to “fill in the cracks” and make sure everything is running smoothly for each member of the Arma Dei team.

When not in the office, you will find Kailyn up in the mountains hiking or curled up with a good book. As a missionary kid herself, Kailyn also has a heart for supporting those in ministry, whether in the local church or cross-cultural ministry.

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 - 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 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. 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 will focus on family 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. 

Director of Strategic Initiatives

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 as a first-grade teacher. This year, Dr. Knedlik will utilize her gifts and talents as she leads the School of Logic Humanities Department, teaches Latin, and guides Arma Dei Academy through the accreditation process. Additionally, she is actively developing the curriculum for the Arma Dei Rhetoric School. Her oldest daughter, Evelyn, will be a first-grader at Arma Dei Academy. Evie’s two younger sisters will have to wait for a few years before they join her!

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 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.

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. 

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.

Facilities Manager

Mr. Christian Albrook

Mr. Albrook is a true Colorado native, born in Englewood and raised in both Lakewood and Littleton. He received a BA in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University, where he also worked as a maintenance technician apprentice for several years. Mr. Albrook has volunteered with YoungLife in both their middle and high school ministries in the Littleton area, where he learned that he is passionate about sharing the Gospel with younger generations. Christian, now serving Arma Dei as the Facilities and Operations Manager, will play an integral part in the maintenance of further beautifying our school and providing an environment for all to reason, discern, and aspire.

With his free time, Christian enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, writing, cooking, camping, and perhaps most of all: exploring the mountains of Colorado.

Preschool Teachers
Preschool Director

Brittany Conklin

Mrs. Brittany Conklin grew up in Colorado, has been married to her husband Travis for 13 years, and has two children Kylah (11) and Mitchell (8).

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 experience of school to be so special that when they enter the elementary grades, they are filled with excitement and are ready to learn.

Assistant Preschool Director

Kelli Tenneson

Kelli Tenneson has had her teaching certificate since 1989 and her Colorado directorship since 1999. Keli was a preschool teacher, assistant director, and the 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. Kelli loves the new preschool and believes it is an amazing school and opportunity to teach children about God. Kelli has been married to her husband Mike for 43 years. Mike is a retired Lieutenant from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department. Kelli has two children and three grandchildren and believes there is no better job than working with children and being a grandmother! 

Teacher - Three Year Olds

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 Katie 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. Katie returned to her native Colorado in 2019 after living in Indiana for the past 10 years, settling in Lone Tree to spend time with family and her two siblings. In 2020/2021, Katie served Arma Dei Academy as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant, and is excited to now be part of the Arma Dei Academy Preschool where she will continue to employ her God-given gifts and talents in teaching our littlest students.

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

Teacher - Three Year Olds

Ms. Sharon Yan

Miss Sharon graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Speech Therapy and is currently pursuing her Masters in Elementary Education at Regis University. With her energetic disposition, she has found her heart’s greatest joy is in the classroom with preschool-aged children. She has a personal love for learning with the understanding that her Creator is the author of all, and desires to instill that same desire in Arma Dei’s youngest students. YoungLife has been instrumental in Sharon’s faith journey, and she is eager to infuse her love and knowledge of the Lord into her teaching. Sharon makes time daily to study the word of God, as well as spend time with her family.

Teacher - Four's and Junior Kindergarten

Barbara Tornow

Mrs. Barbara Tornow is thrilled to be part of the Arma Dei family where learning is centered around Biblical teachings and the love of Jesus. Her passion has always been the youngest learners. She has been in the Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors of Science, Barbara began her teaching career as Lead Teacher at a Therapeutic Preschool in California. She then ran a home daycare center while raising her own girls. The past few years have been spent 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 be found reading, crafting, hiking or enjoying a cup of coffee!

Teacher - Four Year Olds

Ginger Popp

Mrs. Popp is excited to bring her two years of experience teaching preschool children to the Arma Dei Preschool faculty as an assistant teacher. She has called Colorado home since she was 10 years old, growing up in the Centennial area. Mrs. Popp earned her BA in Spanish with a minor in Communications from Colorado State University. Her husband, Shannon, is currently Lead Pastor at South Holly Church in Centennial. Together they have 3 children and a 7 month old golden retriever. She is passionate about providing little ones with a strong foundation in preschool readiness and a knowledge that they are all created in the image of God.

Teacher - Office Assistant

Megan Schmauder

Miss Megan believes that all teaching should be centered around the Bible, so 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. It was during her time working at Children’s Early Learning Center in Littleton that Megan realized her passion to teach preschool-aged children and lead them to have a deeper love of Christ. In her spare time 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

Kaitlin has worked with students nationally and internationally for six years. Over the course of those years she has worked with students 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 pursue working 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 be able 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, as well as, 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 U.S. and internationally how to include individuals with disabilities in worship, discipleship, and service.

Mrs. Bohn is passionate about helping young children learn the foundational academic skills well so they can be successful 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. In her spare time Mrs. Bohn enjoys reading, 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 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

Mrs. Samantha Waltz

Mrs. Waltz graduated from Western Govenor’s 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 of teaching and love for children, all while sharing her adoration for Christ.

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.

2nd Grade

Therese Spoerl

Mrs. Spoerl is a fourth generation native of Colorado, earning her BA in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her MA in Education with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist from Regis University. Therese comes to Arma Dei with over 24 years of teaching experience ranging from Kindergarten through 4th grade, in addition to serving as a reading interventionist. Most recently, Mrs. Spoerl has enjoyed being a guest speaker at Colorado Christian University where she also served as a teacher coach in a clinical situation. Mrs. Spoerl truly believes that teaching is a vocation given to her by the Holy Spirit, and it is a privilege each and every day to serve out her calling for the glory of God. Mrs. Spoerl and her husband, Jim, have three wonderful children.

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

Miss Leslie Richardson

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 which awakened her passion for creative, Christ-centered teaching. 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. A Colorado native, she returned to her home state after receiving her MA, trading Bears for Broncos! She now lives in her childhood home with her Mr. Darcy-esque brother and her canine partner-in-crime, Betty Lou. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys drawing, writing, and taking thoughtful walks around her neighborhood. She is a coffee connoisseur and a sports enthusiast. Most importantly, she is a follower of Christ and is thrilled to be teaching at Arma Dei Academy.

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.

4th Grade

Mrs. Adrian Collins

Mrs. 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 Classical method of teaching. She started a managed co-op with several families and spent many years “road-schooling” in the United States. She is an active writer, with numerous published articles and a guest speaker on podcasts and adoption conferences. Adrian is married to her high school sweetheart where they currently reside in Denver, CO. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking, paddle boarding and exploring U.S. National Parks with her family. 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. 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.

5th Grade Latin

Mrs. Lauren Harper

Mrs. Harper graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from Colorado State University and an MA from Regis Jesuit University. Her academic specialties include Rhetorical Studies and Secondary English. She spent several years teaching high school English at a local high school before joining Arma Dei’s team.
Mrs. Harper 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. She loves to travel around the world and spend time with her family in the great outdoors.

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 since the new year.

3rd & 4th Grade 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.”

K-8 Science 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.

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.

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. Tiffany Foley

Mrs. Tiffany Foley grew up in Connecticut and went to Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. After attending a Christian summer camp following her junior year, she experienced God for the first time, and felt the Lord leading her make a change and finish her schooling at Colorado State University studying Fashion Apparel and Merchandising. After graduating, she and her husband, David, moved to Silicon Valley where she worked as a jewelry designer for Stella & Dot Corporate. David and Tiffany began growing their family and working together in full time ministry running a non-profit called 2nd Mile, inspired by the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. As an interior designer, Tiffany worked for nearly 4 years renovating underfunded schools, churches, and ministry facilities in the Bay Area. Six years and four children later, the Foleys decided to move back to David’s hometown of Denver.

Since that time, Mrs. Foley has enjoyed a season of being home with her children and feels very blessed to now be teaching art to the Grammar students. Her husband, David is a commercial real estate broker and her four children Noah (11), Marshall (9), Whitney (8) and Brooks (6) all attend Arma Dei Academy.

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.

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

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.

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.

6th Grade Latin, 7th Grade Logic

Mrs. Lauren Harper

Mrs. Harper graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from Colorado State University and an MA from Regis Jesuit University. Her academic specialties include Rhetorical Studies and Secondary English. She spent several years teaching high school English at a local high school before joining Arma Dei’s team.

Mrs. Harper 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. She loves to travel around the world and spend time with her family in the great outdoors.

6th 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 since the new year.

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.

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.

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! 

Humanities

Mrs. Ally Tedrow

Mrs. Ally Tedrow received her teaching degree from the Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters in Educational Administration from University of Idaho. Her teaching experience includes ages ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. She has taught for 20 years, with the last 8 years being 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, with their three children, moved to Colorado in 2018 from Washington state. 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 also enjoys studying the God’s word, running, hiking, baking and spending time with her family. She is excited to teaching at Arma Dei Academy. Soli Deo Gloria!

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher

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

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!

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 a variety of 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 6 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, prior to 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 Colorado outdoors.

Homeschool Collaborative Teacher

Mrs. Lydia Curtis

Mrs. Curtis comes to us from a joyfully large home educating family of 9 and she recently graduated with honors from Reformation Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Her homeschool experience, lovingly and intentionally prepared her well for the rigors of a classical college education and instilled in her a passion for teaching children to love the Lord by seeking His good, true, and beautiful in their learning. Lydia has nine years of experience with children in a variety of settings having taught and tutored all ages with varying learning styles. Lydia is thrilled to share her own experience as a home educated K-12 student, supported by her classical training in college, and to come alongside parents and their children to cultivate and encourage their love of learning, knowledge of Christ, and joy of community.

Lydia’s husband James works for Lockheed Martin, and they were thrilled to move to Colorado from Florida in July. While growing up in Arkansas, Lydia’s family spent many special summers vacationing in the Colorado mountains and several of her siblings now live here as well. Lydia delights in classical singing, writing poetry, studying law, hiking, sewing, cooking, playing volleyball, and the taste of home-brewed kombucha.

Art Teacher

Mrs. Pam Vansteyn

Bio coming soon.