Lower School Counselor
Rev. Alwen Bledsoe
Lower School Chaplain & Faith Studies
Director of Development
4th Grade Co-Teacher
3rd Grade Co-Teacher
Middle School Chaplain & Faith Studies
Lower School Principal & 2nd Grade Lead Teacher
4th Grade Lead Teacher
Director of Admissions
Middle School Math Teacher
Kindergarten Lead Teacher
2nd Grade Co-Teacher
1st Grade Lead Teacher
3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Middle School Dean & 6th/8th Grade ELA
Lower School Learning Support
Dena Harry Saleh
Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion
Spanish Teacher & 7th Grade Social Studies
Middle School Counselor
Head of School
1st Grade Co-Teacher
5th Grade Co-Teacher
7th Grade ELA & Middle School Learning Support
5th Grade Lead Teacher
MS Science & 6th Grade Social Studies
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 37 years, and they have four grown sons and two grandchildren.
Principal K-5 and 2nd Grade Lead Teacher – 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- Loree Lindsey
Loree Lindsey graduated from Indiana University @ South Bend with a B.S. in General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral and Social Studies and a Minor in Women's Studies. She will manage the Front Office and EDP. Loree spent 9 plus years working at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN as a Ward Clerk/Unit Secretary and Nursing Assistant. Loree moved to Denver in 1999. She has been an SES parent for 8 plus years; her son, Quinn Pack, is a St. E’s alum and her daughter, Peyten Pack, is a St. E’s middle schooler.
Development Director – Susan Bross
Susan has 18 years of 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 — two proud students at St. Elizabeth’s School, and one recent graduate of SES!
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 area of education. As the mother of four, she has had many years of experience in navigating the admissions and education process for her own children. She also has just short of a decade of experience assisting families with this process.
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.
Middle School Dean; Gr. 6 and 8 Language Arts- Kari Nichols
Kari graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Education. She coordinates the myriad school activities of our middle school students and keeps all of the many teachers and moving parts working together smoothly. She also teaches our English Enrichment classes in the middle school. Kari spent seven years teaching at Cherry Creek Academy, and she spent two years teaching middle school Language Arts and Social Studies at SES before the arrival of her son, Foster. Kari and her husband, Chad, spent a short time in NYC prior to their return to Denver and SES.
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: Hannah is a freshman at Colorado Academy, and Hailey is in 6th grade at SES. In her free time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. Jessica is fully committed to the SES mission from many perspectives.
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher – Missi Erskine
Missi received her BA in Elementary Education from Calvin College in Michigan and was a lead teacher in Preschool for four years. She also served as the Preschool Director at Children’s Day Preschool in Wheatridge. Missi’s great talents with children will only be enhanced by her total commitment to our mission. (And for the record, both of her children, Josie and Guthrie, are thrilled to have her working here!)
First Grade Lead Teacher – Ashley McCollum
Ashley graduated from the California State University with a BA in Psychology and will receive her Master of Education in Reading from Regis University in 2019. She homeschooled her two children from kindergarten to sixth grade and has been a lead or co-teacher for a number of years in the lower elementary grades in Denver and Aurora public schools.
First Grade Assistant Teacher – Bella Stachowski
Bella is moving to Denver this summer after her July wedding, and she has just completed her K-12 Teacher Certification Program in Lebanon, NH. She is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, where she graduated with honors and a BA in International Studies. She has worked with students from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and much of her earlier professional work has been as a community health, housing, nutrition, and related services coordinator.
Second Grade Teacher Assistant – Rebecca Marx
Rebecca Marx joins Kim Frantz in the 2nd-grade classroom as Co-Teacher in the morning and lead teacher in the afternoons when Kim takes over as our LS principal. She graduated from Scripps College in California with a BA in International Relations and Politics. She has been teaching at Ashley Elementary School in their lower school, and she has been active in theater and Project C.U.R.E.
Third Grade Lead Teacher – Laurie Nakaguchi
Laurie has close to twenty years of experience teaching in grades K through 4, in both public and private schools. She has spent the past 12 years at the Friends’ School in Boulder, which is a sister ACIS school. Laurie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Mathematics, Emphasis in Elementary Education, and she has been actively engaged in mentoring teachers in her schools. Laurie has completed the Leadville 100 running race many times, played ice hockey, and she has been involved in protecting Jeffco Open Spaces. Laurie also founded a fresh produce delivery company, and she was recently married on the top of Mount Elbert!
Third Grade Teacher Assistant - Kristin Davis
Kristin graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in English. She is presently working on her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction of Reading and Writing and has worked as a special education paraprofessional in the Cherry Creek School District and most recently as a classroom assistant at Rise School of Denver.
Fourth Grade Lead Teacher – Chelsea Byrnes Grantham
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.
Fourth Grade Teacher Assistant – Hannah Cashel
Hannah Cashel is a graduate of independent schools and received her BA in Fine Arts with a minor in Education and African Studies from St. Lawrence University in NY. She has worked in elementary schools in Korea and NY, and her recent work in the business world has reminded her how much she misses the school world. For the record, our own Mrs. McCoy was her third-grade teacher!
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. She earned her Elementary Teaching Certification through the SBPS Teacher Preparation Program in 2012. 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. Tracy enjoys taking long walks, reading, and spending time with her family.
Fifth Grade Assistant Teacher – Sue Swanson
Sue comes to us most recently from the corporate world where she was a manager, VP, or President of various insurance companies. She received her B.A. in K-12 Education from Gustavus Adolphus College, and taught health and physical education for four years prior to moving to business. She is thrilled to be coming back to the school world!
Sixth and Eighth Grade Language Arts- Kari Nichols (see above)
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!
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Math; Seventh and Eighth Physical Education - Ike Harvey
Ike Harvey graduated from George Washington HS and Metro State University. He worked in the corporate world for a couple of years and joined the formal teaching ranks working through Americorps in DPS. He has also worked for many years with Open Door Fellowship and Young Life, and he has coached middle school sports at Dora Moore. Ike is happiest when he is able to ride his bike to school!
Seventh Grade Language Arts; Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade English Enrichment- Gail Weller
Gail was a long-term sub for SES in 2016, she has been a regular member of our substitute teacher crew, and she was the Fifth Grade Co-Teacher and Eighth Grade social studies teacher in 2017-2018. Gail has taught middle and high school English for over twenty years, mostly in private schools in South Carolina. She graduated cum laude with a BA in English and a minor in Philosophy from Our Lady of the Elms (MA). Gail has two grown daughters and loves her new Colorado life.
Music and Choir Director – Jackolyn Ives
Jackie joined us as a 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 seventeen 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.
Physical Education/Health- Grades K through Six– Niko Viglione
Mr. V. holds a BA in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland, and a 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 a 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.
Kindergarten through Grade Eight Spanish; Seventh Grade Social Studies- Naimah Simonson
Naimah Simonson received her BA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and will soon complete her Master of Arts in Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learner Endorsement from Adams State University. Naimah taught Spanish in both Minnesota and Wisconsin before moving to Colorado. She has recently completed her work at the Stanley British Prep Program, and she has two school-aged children.
Lower School Chaplain / Faith Studies – Rev. Alwen Bledsoe
Mother Alwen is an ordained Episcopal priest who graduated from Iliff School of Theology with her Masters of Divinity in 2012. She is presently working as the Curate and Minister of Youth and Family Ministries at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial and has had a variety of experiences as a youth and family minister at St. Joseph and St. Barnabas Episcopal Churches here in the Denver area. Alwen is a writer and a poet, and she and her husband, Chris, have a ten-year-old daughter, Jaydn. She enjoys rock climbing, dancing, reading, and collecting stray animals!
Middle School Chaplain / Faith Studies – Tory Doerksen
Tory has led a local program of 100-120 youth and children, ages infant to eighteen, for the past eight years, and in Oregon, he has worked as an Associate Pastor of Youth and a Co-Leader of Service Adventure, which helped high school graduates volunteer for mission work. He graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Religion, Bible, and Youth ministry, and he completed his Masters of Divinity in 2008. Tory is a close neighbor to SES, and he not only understands and believes in our mission, but he also loves middle school kids!
Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion- Dena Saleh
Mx. Dena Harry Saleh graduated from The New School in 2008 with a degree in both Fiction and Nonfiction writing. Originally from Denver, their nine years in New York City were formative, especially under the tutelage of the late Sekou Sundiata, with whom they began their work in issues surrounding racial and gender equity in America. They now also hold a Masters Degree in Human Learning and Development, with a focus on culturally responsive classroom practices. Equity is their passion, and they are thrilled at the opportunity to help bring these practices to life at such an amazing school. In their free time, they love to be with their friends and family, including their wife, Lydia, and their son, Kian.
Library – Stephanie Paolucci
Stephanie is no stranger to our library; indeed she has been over the past few years a non-stop volunteer! She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, and she brings with her an amazing love for and knowledge of great children’s literature. She will now take on the formal leadership of the library program. She also has three sons who have been at SES for a number of years; her son, Joey, was a recent graduate (Class of 2018).
Lower School Learning Support- Elaine Oxenbury
Elaine connected with SES as a long-term substitute teacher when our chaplain was on maternity leave last year. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in French, and since 1989 she has been working with schools and as a private tutor as a Reading Support teacher specializing in Dyslexia, a Speech Language therapist, and writing and math support teacher. She will be able to bring a broad array of approaches to our children who need this kind of support.
Lower 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 9 and 12, and enjoys cooking, reading and learning more about the latest research in the mental health field.
Middle School Counselor- Amber Smith
Amber attended Loyola Marymount University and received her BA in Theater. She has numerous graduate degrees from Regis University and New York University, in curriculum, assessment, drama therapy, child and adolescent counseling, and EMDR therapy. She has been at the Mental Health Center of Denver for the past few years and has worked as the restorative justice coordinator at East High School.
Extended Day Program Director- Loree Lindsey (See above.)
Art Assistant- Rachel McKee
Rachel received her BA from the University of Denver and completed the Post Baccalaureate Elementary Education Program at Metro State. She has worked as an assistant and paraprofessional in local charter and public schools and has worked as a Youth Program Coach for the Special Olympics. Rachel has two young children.