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, BA 6th Grade Bible, Literature, and History
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
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 (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."
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 is entering his 30th year as a teacher 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, BA8th Grade Humanities
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.
She and 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.
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