Grammar School Teachers (Grades K - 5)

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Mrs. Nancy Collins, BA
Mrs. Nancy Collins, BAKindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Collins degree in Education is from the University of Toledo in Ohio. She has extensive training in teaching literacy to young children. She has served as a Teacher Trainer for the Direct Instruction Method of teaching Reading. Mrs. Collins has over 35 years of experience in the classroom and is beginning her sixth year at Arma Dei Academy.
Holly Cory, BA
Holly Cory, BAKindergarten Enrichment Teacher

Mrs. Cory comes from a family of teachers and by the time she entered college she knew she wanted to teach as well. She loves to learn and is passionate about helping students discover the joy of learning.

She has taught K-6 Physical Education, middle school core subjects and many different electives.

When she is not teaching she is hiking, paddle boarding or spending time with her kids and grandkids.

Mrs. Cindy Holden, BA
Mrs. Cindy Holden, BA1st Grade Teacher

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” four years ago. 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 BA 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. While in PA she also served two years as director of an area preschool. She has extensive experience using Classical curricula and methodologies and has taught first grade in local Christian schools for ten years. Mrs. Holden feels blessed to be a part of the Arma Dei Academy faculty.

Mrs. Sally Butler, BS
Mrs. Sally Butler, BS1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Butler graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified K-8, from Oral Roberts University. Upon graduation, she worked as a substitute teacher and on board a prominent cruise line as the Youth Activities Director. She moved to Colorado after marrying her husband, Rob, and taught fourth grade at a Christian School in Fort Collins. She transitioned into a full-time mom and home-school teacher when her oldest daughter was born, and has served on a number of short-term mission trips and has a heart for sharing Jesus with others.

Mrs. Butler has learned much about Classical Christian education and the classical model through her experience both on the administrative side and as a parent. She has a special love for children and is honored to teach at Arma Dei Academy.

Mrs. Kara Rainey, BA
Mrs. Kara Rainey, BA2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kara Rainey is a second generation Colorado native. She ventured to the east coast for her college studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and enjoyed studying abroad as she earned her BA in History and International Studies. After graduating, she worked for a prison ministry in Virginia before coming back to Colorado to be with family and get an education in politics working at Governor's Owen's Office of Innovation and Technology.

Teaching has always been her passion. In addition to teaching at her local church she has been privileged to teach her own three children classically through the Veritas Press Diploma Program for the past three years. When not teaching, Kara enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and children doing every activity possible in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. She is blessed to be able to teach second grade here at Arma Dei Academy.

Mrs. Shawn Walker, DPT
Mrs. Shawn Walker, DPT1st & 2nd Grade Science

Dr. Shawn Walker is a recent 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 from the same school. She has assisted with teaching preschool to college level classes, including being a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association for physical therapy students. Shawn taught logic level science during Arma Dei's second year and returns to to teach grammar level science. Last year was her first year teaching movement to kindergartners to third graders.

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.

    Miss Lizzie Bolton, BA
    Miss Lizzie Bolton, BA3rd Grade Teacher

    Miss Bolton received her B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. She will graduate from the University of Colorado Denver in December with her masters in Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Literacy, and Culturally Responsive teaching. She has a passion for reading and instilling her love of reading in her students.

    Miss Bolton is a native of Colorado and is blessed to have a supportive family nearby. She has a younger brother and sister and a dog, Macy. In her free time, Miss Bolton enjoys being in the wonderful outdoors, as well as spending time with family and friends.

    Miss Naomi Toews, BS
    Miss Naomi Toews, BS3rd Grade Teacher

    Miss Naomi Toews has recently moved to Colorado from her hometown of Hesston, Kansas. Miss Toews earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Tabor College, a Christ-centered liberal arts college where she had the chance to participate in many aspects of campus life from student led worship and choir to service trips and mentoring. After graduating Miss Toews taught kindergarten for 3 years.

    In response to a sense of God's invitation, Miss Toews left her teaching position and spent 9 months training and serving alongside a church plant in Thailand. Miss Toews is passionate about helping people find hope in Christ and learn to live in the fullness of all that God has created them for. She is also excited about understanding people and how they learn and grow and believes that classical education effectively draws upon the strengths of children at each age.

    Mrs. Lani Whitley, BA
    Mrs. Lani Whitley, BAArt Teacher (1st - 8th Grade)

    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!

    Her teaching experience includes 10 years with Monart School of the Arts in Greenwood Village and four additional years at the same location with Artful Journey Fine Arts School. She also spent 2 years teaching art for Heritage Elementary School in Highlands Ranch. "I am very excited about the opportunity to work with fellow teachers and students who possess the desire to educate to glorify God. I am also glad to embrace the Classical Christian Educational philosophy of teaching and apply it to our learning experience in the art room."

    Kendra Owsley, BA
    Kendra Owsley, BA4th Grade Teacher

    In pursuit of her calling as educator, Kendra Owsley earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Teachers. She was part of the Honors Program, Cumbres Leadership Program, and Reisher Scholarship Program. The passion she has for learning languages and traveling lead her to acquire an endorsement and some graduate coursework in Linguistically Diverse Education. The thesis she wrote included qualitative research, where she interviewed students who completed service projects for an English language program. Her instructional experience includes teaching within third grade, fourth grade, special education (in K-5 and high school), and English Language Development (K-5).

    Kendra nurtures enthusiasm about learning, leadership, and service with her students. She focuses on building character and growing strong men and women who reflect their Creator. It is her joy to integrate a Biblical worldview in all subjects and to turn her students to the hope of the gospel throughout the day.

    Rachel Senia, BS
    Rachel Senia, BS4th Grade Teacher

    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 BS 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.

    Mrs. Jen Wenger, BA
    Mrs. Jen Wenger, BA5th Grade Teacher, Curriculum Director

    Mrs. Wenger has her BA in Elementary Education from Grove City College in Grove City, PA and her graduate work in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Delaware. After graduating, Mrs. Wenger taught fourth and fifth grades in the Avon Grove School District in West Grove, Pennsylvania where she served as the grade level chairperson.

    Mrs. Wenger and her husband, Ashley, have been married for 23 years and have three beautiful daughters. She is committed to classical education and desires to see all children learn through a Biblical worldview. Mrs. Wenger, as well as her family, are thrilled to be part of Arma Dei Academy. When not teaching, Mrs. Wenger is passionate about mentoring and encouraging strong marriages and healthy families.

    Mrs. Karen Hein, BA
    Mrs. Karen Hein, BA5th Grade Teacher

    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 joined the Arma Dei Academy community in March of 2014. For the past three years she has served as the School of Logic Humanities teacher and the 8th Grade Home Room advisor. She looks forward to her new adventure in 5th grade where she is thrilled to be partnering with Mrs. Wenger.

    Mrs.Verity Schramm, BA
    Mrs.Verity Schramm, BALatin Teacher

    Mrs.Verity Schramm obtained her BA 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.”

    Mrs. Jenna Horstman, BA
    Mrs. Jenna Horstman, BAVersatile Teacher

    Miss Vogel is a Colorado native and has been teaching for the past five years. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She will graduate from Colorado Christian University with her masters in Curriculum and Instruction in the spring.

    Miss Vogel is blessed to have her family in Denver and loves spending time with them. In her spare time, she loves to be outside with family and friends. She is so excited to be a part of the Arma Dei Academy community

    Abel Caceres
    Abel CaceresPhysical Education Teacher (4th - 8th Grade)

    Mr. Cáceres comes to Arma Dei with over 15 years coaching everything from Pee Wee, Pop Warner, Grammar School and High School football to U.S. Marine Corps boxing, High School fencing and track. He has 10 years of teaching Social Studies, Physical Education & Health and Physics in both the Grammar and High School level.

    Mr. Cáceres, Coach Caz, strongly believes that the corner stones of any good Christian Educator, be it a teacher, coach or parent, are 3 fold:
    - Tradition-what are the histories behind what we do in our school, team or family.
    - Discipline-Immediate response to commands by our teachers, coaches, parents, mentors, etc.
    - Faith-In our teammates, our teachers, coaches, parents, ourselves and in God that He will not always give us what we want but, never fails to provide what we need.

    Coach Caz pledges every day to the Almighty that he will be a firm but fair representative of Arma Dei to each student that he interacts with whether it is on the athletic field, class room or common area. He has been entrusted with the care of your children, no matter what grade nor for how long a period of time and allows the Spirit of The Lord guide his actions. “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:1

    Mrs. Leah Ross, MA
    Mrs. Leah Ross, MAMusic Teacher

    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 B.A. in Elementary Education, followed by an M.A. in Elementary Education. She and her husband Kevin spent 8 years in Columbia, Maryland, where she taught Kindergarten and Fifth Grade. Leah also served as the Gifted and Talented Resource teacher for her school for two years.

    Leah and her husband have a deep passion for international missions, and they co-lead the Czech Focus Ministry at their church. Leah also teaches at the Children’s Music Academy of Colorado. Leah is thrilled to be the Arma Dei Academy Music Teacher!