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School Administrators and Staff- 2016-2017

Head of School – Ramsay Stabler
Ramsay has worked in independent schools since 1979, as a teacher of History, Math, and English and a coach of various sports. He was Head of the Middle School at Greenwich Country Day School and then Headmaster of St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Denver from 1994 until 2006. He received his BA in History from Williams College in Massachusetts and his Masters in School Administration from Teachers’ College, Columbia University in New York. He has served on the board of a variety of local non-profits, including St. Elizabeth’s School. He and his wife, Holly, have been married for 36 years, and they have four grown sons.

Principal K-5 – Kim Frantz
Kim has years of successful classroom teaching. She was nominated for Colorado State Teacher of the Year by the Littleton School District, was selected by her district to teach in-service classes to fellow teachers, was selected as a master teacher to supervise student teachers, and served in many other impressive leadership roles. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, as principal, Kim oversees the coordination of the curriculum and the academic progress of the students in grades K-5.

Administrative Assistant- Danice Giles
Danice came to SES from Atlanta, GA where she taught at Holy Innocents Episcopal School for nearly 30 years. She has been involved with the Horizons Student Enrichment Program in Atlanta and Denver for 16 years. Since 2007, she has served in numerous jobs and responsibilities while at SES.

Dean of Students – Kristen Cooley
Kristen has a BA in American Studies from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Besides academic studies, she was named Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team and received the highly touted Coaches’ Award. She received her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver and earned her Colorado teacher’s license from the Stanley Teachers’ Preparation Program. She has teaching experience at Kent Denver, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, and Stanley British Primary School.

Development Director – Susan Bross

Susan has 18 years experience working with social entrepreneurial, non-profit organizations. Her experience includes strategic and operational planning, fundraising strategy and execution, board development, external affairs, and strategic partnership development. From 2004-2011, Susan was the Executive Director for College Summit Colorado, part of a national non-profit organization focused on increasing college access for low-income students. For the past 3 years, she has been an independent consultant working with various non-profit, educational organizations including KIPP:Colorado and The Achievement Network. Susan holds a B.A. from Baylor University. She and her husband, Lance, have 3 daughters — proud students at St. Elizabeth’s School!

Director of Admissions – Diane Grove
Diane Grove spent her elementary and middle school years in a private Episcopal school in Houston, Texas. She graduated with Honors from Texas A&M University with a BA in History and Geography. After graduating, she worked in marketing for the telecommunications and medical industries. She is a published illustrator of children’s literature, and author of a number of essays on parenting stepchildren. Diane is an experienced event coordinator, group leader, and fund-raiser in the areas of environmental sustainability and education. As the mother of four, she has had many years of experience in navigating the admissions and education process for her own children.

Business Manager – Kim Johnson
Kim received her BA in Political Science/Law and Society cooperative degree from the Univ. of California at Riverside. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer parent leader in her children’s schools, has extensive business and financial experience as a property manager for a variety of firms in California, and has held leadership posts with MOMS Club International. Kim lives in Arvada and is married with two children.

Faculty

Kindergarten Lead Teacher – Jessica Krueger
Jessica recently graduated cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds a BA in psychology, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She was our full-time Kindergarten assistant with Miss Rachel last year and completed student teaching hours to obtain her Colorado State Teaching License.  Following this she plans to pursue a Masters of Education degree. Jessica discovered her passion for teaching children through her experiences with her own children. She has two daughters who attend St. Elizabeth’s School. Hannah is in 8th grade and Hailey is in 5th grade. In her free time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. Jessica is full committed to the SES mission from many perspectives.

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher – Ami Crowe
Ami graduated from CSU with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and received a B.A. in K-6 Education from Colorado Christian University. She has taught for more than a decade in Aurora and Denver schools, and she has had great experience as a classroom literacy and ELS teacher at the middle school level. She will also be working with some of our middle school students when she is not in the Kindergarten. Ami is the mother of three SES students: Julien (Gr. 4), Maxwell, (Gr. 3), and Zoe (Gr. 1).

First Grade Lead Teacher – Georgia Grey
Georgia received her BA in English Literature from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She completed the SMU Elementary Education teacher internship program and holds a Texas teaching license, EC-6. Outside the classroom Georgia loves to study nutrition through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition program, run, and practice yoga.

First Grade Teacher Assistant – Alexandra Alfaro
Alex graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She has studied abroad, and she worked in summer camps in Texas prior to her teaching career. She has taught grades 1 and 3 in North Carolina and most recently in Texas. She brings a great deal of experience, talent, and enthusiasm to the 1st grade classroom!

Second Grade Lead Teacher and Lower-School Principal – Kim Frantz
(see Principal K-5 above)

Second Grade Teacher Assistant – Dan Brown
Mr. Brown graduated from Lakeland College with a BA in Philosophy in 1988.  After working in several different fields, he spent a decade working in the emergency telecommunication field training people and managing the databases that make 911 work.  Mr. Brown fell in love with teaching while living in Seoul, South Korea.  He is finishing a Masters in Educational Psychology currently.  In his free time, that he vaguely remembers, he loves to cook Korean and Italian food, meditate, and spend time with his wife, Carla, and daughter, Brigitte.  He did not write the “DaVinci Code”.

Third Grade Lead Teacher – Stevens McClure
Stevens graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and went right into sales and fund-raising. In 2009 he found his calling to education and entered the Boulder Friends’ School Teacher Preparation Program, which is partnered with the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program. He’s currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Education. Stevens and his wife Karen are proud parents of their children, Isaac and Seth.

Third Grade Teacher Assistant – Carolyn Milburn
Carolyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Spanish. She has worked in the world of marketing as marketing coordinator and a sales/marketing manager both in Wisconsin and Denver. She has been an Enrichment Spanish instructor for a number of years and a leader and translator for service trips in Puerto Rico.

Fourth Grade Lead Teacher – Chelsea Byrnes

Chelsea graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in English and later completed her MS in Teaching:Inclusive Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. She has worked as a learning and reading specialist and a lead first and fourth grade teacher in both public and private schools. Chelsea will also coordinate all of our after-school programs.

Fourth Grade Teacher Assistant – Jenn Thomas
Jenn Thomas is a California native who has lived in both ‘NorCal’ and ‘SoCal’.  After graduating from Long Beach State with a Bachelors degree, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in North Charleston, South Carolina.  Family ties brought her to Colorado, where she met fantastic friends and her husband.  The two were married last year, and enjoy camping, fishing, creating art, and cruising on their bikes around Cap Hill. Jenn worked with the third graders at St. Elizabeth’s last year, and she is pursuing her degree in teaching.

Fifth Grade Lead Teacher – Tracy Wittmer
Tracy graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan in English and Psychology along with her secondary teaching certification in 1988. She taught middle school language arts and writing at University Liggett School in Michigan before staying home to raise her family. After moving to Colorado, Tracy worked part-time managing the Kent Denver Credit Union from 2007 until 2011. She earned her Elementary Teaching Certification through the SBPS Teacher Preparation Program in 2012. Following her certification program, Tracy taught pre-kindergarten at Willows Child Learning Center from 2012 – 2014. She is currently working on completing her master’s degree in elementary education. For the past 20 years, Tracy has tutored children from upper elementary through high school in all subjects. She has been married to her husband, Marty, for 22 years, and they have three sons: Sam, Mark and Brian. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys taking long walks, reading, and spending time with her family.

Fifth Grade Assistant Teacher – Lexie Cobarrubias
Lexie is currently working towards her degree in social work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Working with children is her passion. For the past four summers she has worked as a teacher’s assistant in the Horizons Program at Colorado Academy and has coached middle school basketball and volleyball since high school. She has also been very active in SES’s extended day program. In her spare time, Lexie enjoys being active in activities like hiking and eating!

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Language Arts and Eighth Grade Social Studies- Emily Baker
Emily is a Denver native and received her BA in Classics from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was awarded the Ann Nichols Classics Scholarship. She completed the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program and holds a Colorado Teaching Certificate. Most recently, she received her MA in Educational Psychology from CU Denver. When she’s not teaching, Emily works as a freelance writer for Denver Life Magazine. Emily was also the fourth grade teacher assistant for two years working with Ms. Foster. Outside of school, she enjoys horseback riding, volleyball, travel, reading, and writing.

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science and Sixth Grade Social Studies- Taras Wynar

Taras has taught science, social studies, religion, and math to middle schoolers for the past nine years, both in parochial schools and most recently in the Jeffco Public Schools. He is a graduate of Regis University, with a BA in history and fine arts, and he has two Masters degrees, in Education and History. Taras has two young children, and he loves volleyball and ice hockey!

Hammel Monroe- Director of Technology, Seventh Grade Social Studies, and Seventh/Eighth Grade P.E. 

Hammel Monroe, a Colorado native, has attended and worked at independent schools his entire career. He has lived in Italy, New Orleans, Tennessee, and Bozeman. After earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University, Hammel began teaching 4th grade at Graland Country Day School here in Denver. Three years later, he was asked to be the Director of Technology at SES. This year, Hammel has also taken hold of 7th grade social studies, as well as 7/8th grade PE. Hammel has coached MS sports, tutored, and has been a Gates Invention Lab mentor; he also has a Master’s Degree in Education from Regis University.

Specialty Teachers

Music and Choir Director – Jackolyn Ives
Jackie joined us as music teacher and choir director in August of 2011. She taught for ten years in Adams County elementary schools and has been the Director/Teacher of the Early Childhood Music Program at Trinity United Methodist Church for the past sixteen years. After serving for five years as the Director of the Primary Joyful Voices choir at Trinity, she has taken the coming year off, as that program goes through a revisioning process. Jackie has a BA in Human Development and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and has done two years of graduate work at the University of Colorado, Denver leading to her teaching credentials. Additionally, she has completed her Level 1 Kodaly coursework in the graduate school of the music department at Colorado State University, as well as the first level of training in World Music Drumming at their summer institute in Oconomowoc, WI.

Art – Karen Kelly

Karen is a gifted artist and teacher and is ideally suited to foster our mission and focus on the arts. She has extensive experience teaching art to students ages three to adult. She has established highly successful art programs for over twenty public and private schools in the metro Denver area. Karen has created and implemented art curricula and age-appropriate art projects centered around famous past and present artists, cultural studies, architecture, landscapes, animals, still life, and many other subjects. For seventeen years, Karen was the owner/director/instructor of a fine arts school in Littleton, which she sold in 2007. She has an undergraduate degree from Colorado State College and a graduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado and has studied ancient architecture and sculpture in India.

Theater- Reggie Gwinn

Reggie Gwinn graduated from Kent Denver School, where he was the starting quarterback and a real theater buff. He graduated from U. of San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and Theater, received his MA in Elementary Education from U. of Denver, and has just begun his doctoral studies at DU, which makes this very part time job a great option for him. He has taught theater to grades K through 8, and he has been a lead teacher in 2nd and 4th grade in DPS. What I can promise all of you is that he is a truly passionate young man who believes that theater can be transformational for all kids, as it was for him. He enjoys music, writing, yoga, dance, golf, and playing the guitar.

Physical Education/Health – Nico Viglione
Mr. V holds a BA in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland, and an MAT in Physical Education: Curriculum Design from Manhattanville College. After teaching both Math and Physical Education in New York for 5 years, he decided to move westward to better pursue the outdoor activities that he loves so dearly. After spending a year with AmeriCorps Public Allies at the Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, Colorado, he decided to make the move down to Denver to return to his roots as an primary school teacher. During the fleeting moments of freedom he can find, he passionately pursues mountain sports of all kinds as well as his love of vegan cooking and photography.

Spanish- Beth Malcolm
Profesora Malcolm has been teaching Spanish for over 20 years and loves to get her students excited about speaking Spanish. Profesora has taught students of all ages, from kindergarten to college level classes. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from Virginia Tech and Universidad de Granada (Spain), respectively. Beth also helps in the business office with our HR program and other tasks. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, skiing and spending time with her family.

Chaplain / Faith Studies – Lower School- The Rev. Susan Greenwood
Mother Susan came to Colorado in 1969 to begin a teaching career. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Reading for Second Language Learners. She retired from her career as a bilingual elementary art and reading teacher in 2003 in order to follow her calling to the Episcopal ministry. She attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned a Master’s of Divinity degree. She was ordained priest in the Diocese of Colorado in 2006. Mother Susan loves spending time with her family, playing with her pet bunny, and reading.

Chapel / Faith Studies Middle School- The Rev. Amy Lythgoe
Amy has been a chaplain and youth minister at the middle and upper school level at a number of churches and organizations over the years. She recently completed her Master of Divinity at the Iliff School of Theology, with a focus in pediatric chaplaincy, youth ministry, and pastoral care. A graduate of The College of William and Mary in psychology and English, Amy has three daughters, one of whom is off to college for her freshman year this fall.

Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion- Dena Saleh

Dena Harry Saleh graduated from The New School in 2008 with a degree in both Fiction and Nonfiction writing. Originally from Denver, her nine years in New York City were formative, especially under the tutelage of the late Sekou Sundiata, with whom she began her work in issues surrounding racial and gender equity in America. She now also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Learning and Development, with a focus on culturally responsive classroom practices. In her free time she loves to be with her friends and family, including her wife, Lydia, and their son, Kian. She very much looks forward to another year at St. Elizabeth’s and Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion. Equity is her passion, and she is thrilled at the opportunity to help bring these practices to life at such an amazing school. Dena will teach a class called Social Justice Studies to students in grades 4 through 8.

Library – Jane Baker and Hazel S. Price
We’re very fortunate to have these highly qualified educators for this key position at St. Elizabeth’s. Jane and Hazel have volunteered to oversee all library duties. Jane graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Early Childhood Education and Hazel graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Elementary Education. They have a combined 31 years of experience as librarians in ACIS schools. Jane recently retired as librarian at the Stanley British Primary School, while Hazel still works at SBPS one day a week. They have exciting plans for our library, and we all look forward to its growth and development.

Lessons in Character – Sue Johanning

Sue is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a BS in Commercial Physical Education. She has a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado, Health Science Center and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Sue instituted our initial PE program, and after teaching three years at SES, Ms. Jo, as she is widely known, volunteers to assist Mother Susan Greenwood and volunteer parents with our “Lessons in Character” program once a month.

Individualized Literacy Program (ILP) – Elenora Archie
Eleanora has an English Degree from Colorado State University and a Masters of Teaching from Chatham University in Pittsburg, PA. She is also certified to teach K-6th grade in Colorado. Eleanora has over 14 years of experience volunteering, teaching, coaching and working with young people in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Belgium. She has been a fifth grade teacher at DPS, an assistant teacher, and a substitute teacher in many schools (private and public) with ages ranging from Pre-K to High School. Eleanora is very active with the non-profit organization Horizons at Colorado Academy where she manages most of the marketing and communications for the yearly auction, as well as teaching for the program, and serving on the board. She has three kids ages 8, 11 and 14, and enjoys spending time with her family and husband. Her hobbies include cooking, education reform, reading and writing.

School Counselor – Kirsten Barnard
Kirsten’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Her counseling career has included in-home family counseling, school counseling and parenting education. Before becoming the St. Elizabeth’s School counselor, she was a school counselor at Florence Crittenton High School in Denver. She has two children, ages 6 and 8, and enjoys cooking, reading and learning more about the latest research in the mental health field.

Updated 11.28.16