Dr. Aaron Denlinger, Ph.DLatin & Bible Teacher
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.
In addition to his role at Arma Dei, Dr. Denlinger serves as Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Research Fellow for the Puritan Studies Program of the University of the Free State (Blomfontein, South Africa).
Dr. Denlinger and his wife Louise have three children—Kaitrin, Geneva, and Austin—and a slightly neurotic but much loved dog named Oakley.
Mrs. Jen Hoos, BABible, Literature, and History (6th Grade)
Jennifer Hoos received her B.A. in History from the Master's University in Santa Clarita, California and studied Elementary Education at Biola University.
Jen was introduced to classical Christian education in the 1990's and developed The Classical Christian Schooling Network website to assist teachers in small classical schools and homeschools. She and her husband helped start two classical Christian schools, where she taught grammar, composition, literature and history to secondary students.
Her love of education has taken her to Oxford, England where she learned about the inculcation of virtue at the Oxbridge Conference, sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Jen loves to learn and is blessed with the opportunity to partner with parents and teachers in training the next generation of God-honorers at Arma Dei Academy.
Mrs. Amy Gonzales, MSMath Teacher (Grades 5, 7, 8)
Mrs. Gonazales attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, options in Special Education. While at OSU she met her husband, Mark, who is a civil engineer.
Amy has always had a heart for missions. She has done mission work in Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, and Ethiopia. She is excited to be teaching at Arma Dei Academy.
Mrs. Lani Whitley, BAArt Teacher
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."
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!
Mr. Warren Astler, MAScience Teacher
Mr. Astler graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Elementary Education and earned his MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver. He also holds a 7th-12th Grade Science Endorsement from the State of Colorado.
Mr. Astler has taught over 30 years, serving at both the elementary and middle school level. He taught third grade for ten years and middle school for nine years at a local Christian school helping develop their middle school science program. During the past seven years, Mr. Astler continued his work in the middle school by teaching science, technology, video production and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses. He served as the STEM coordinator at a science-based charter school and helped develop the technology program at a public middle school.
Mrs. Kristina Wright, BAHumanities (8th Grade)
Mrs. Wright is thrilled to join Arma Dei's family as the 8th grade Humanities teacher. She is a Christ following, passionate lifelong learner and educator, originally from southern California, and a Westmont College graduate with a double major in English Literature and Diversified Education, and a minor in African American Women Writers.
She and her husband, Chris, have been married for 23 years and they have three children: Ashley 17, Andrew 14, & Camden 12. She finds this season of life both comical and crazy-hard, but deeply rewarding.
Michael Shuman, BSHumanities (7th Grade)
A military kid who moved from one end of the country to other, Mr. Shuman called a lot of places home. His traveler’s spirit followed him into his twenties where he continued to move around landing all sorts of odd, illustrious jobs, such as a valet driver, a customer service representative, and a door-to-door salesman. He eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education from the University of Central Missouri and taught High School English for six years. Michael and his wife live in Littleton where he is working on a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics and Ethics from Denver Seminary.
Mr. Shuman's hobbies include Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, disc golf, book clubs, and hiking. He is excited to bring his passion for education and student spiritual formation to Arma Dei Academy.
Mrs. Rachel SeniaMath Teacher (Grade 6)
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.
Abel CaceresPhysical Education Teacher
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.