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Team

Southeast Christian administrators and educators are singularly focused on providing personalized learning for all students in a kingdom focused atmosphere.

Preschool

Donna Ann Bell

Preschool Director donna.bell@sechristian.org

Degrees
Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Design

Bio
I grew up in New Jersey.  My husband and I have 3 adult sons who are all married. I graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Master’s in Education. I taught Preschool and was the Assistant Director for 16 years before coming to Southeast. My husband and I accepted Christ as our Savior through Campus Crusade for Christ and have continued to grow in our faith each year.

Leadership Roles
Executive Leadership Team, School Advisory and Leadership Team; ACSI Accreditation for Preschool

Alice Bolton

Preschool Office Coordinator alice.bolton@sechristian.org

Degrees
B.S. in Elementary Education

Bio
I grew up in a Christian Church. I graduated from Central Missouri State University. I worked in SECC’s children’s ministry for 2 years prior to joining the school.

Birgitte Baumann

Preschool 3’s Teacher birgitte.baumann@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS, Computer Science, 
State of Colo qualified with required ECE courses

Bio
I have been blessed to be able to teach in Christian preschools and to share my love of Jesus. I have been married for 35 years and have 2 grown children.

Shelley Buterbaugh

Preschool 4’s Teacher shelley.buterbaugh@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA, Early Childhood Ed

Bio
I was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home, and I became a Christian at an early age. I’ve been married to my husband, Tim, for 40 years and we have two grown daughters.

Amy Couch

Asst. to the Preschool Director amy.couch@sechristian.org

Degrees
Studies in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Development

Bio
It is a true joy to be back in a preschool environment. I love working with and getting to know all of our preschool families. I have lived in Colorado for the past twenty years, and along with my husband and two kids, I love exploring this beautiful state!

Dawn Degler

Preschool 4’s Teacher dawn.degler@sechristian.org

Degrees
Great Lakes Christian College

Bio
In high school I started teaching the 4s & 5s class at my home church. From that time on I knew God made me to be a preschool teacher.  He has placed me in churches/schools that give me the freedom to share His love and grace. I feel very BLESSED to have 2 grown boys, 2 beautiful daughters-in-law, 2 grandbabies, and a wonderful husband of 35 years. God is good.

Rocio Foster

Preschool 3’s Teacher rocio.foster@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA, Psychology and Criminology

Bio
I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at 15 years old and haven’t looked back. I love working with preschoolers and often times they teach me more than I teach them.

Paulette Gleason

Preschool 4’s Teacher paulette.gleason@sechristian.org

Degrees
MS in Ed; BS in Elementary Ed

Bio
I was born in Ohio and moved to Indianapolis where I taught 3rd and 4th grade.  My husband, son, and I relocated out here where God placed me at SECS. I feel so blessed to have found a home here. Teaching and sharing my love of Jesus openly each and everyday is a true and joyous gift.

Ronda Metzer

Preschool 4’s Teacher ronda.metzer@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA -Elementary Ed

Bio
I have had the joy of being part of the SECS Preschool staff for 15 years. It is a blessing to both work with women who love Jesus and to teach children.

I am married with three grown children and 1 adorable grandson.  

Katy Nelson

Preschool 4’s Teacher katy.nelson@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS, Christian Education & Children’s Ministry

Bio
What an  honor to be back at Southeast Christian! I was a student here for 10 years, and I have such a heart for Christian education and walking alongside students and families as they chase after Christ! Being a Colorado native, I love the mountains, Hobby Lobby, traveling, and all things pink!

Karen Osborn

Preschool 4’s Teacher karen.osborn@sechristian.org

Degrees
Qualified by the State of Colorado as an Early Childhood Educator (Lead Teacher) based on Early Childhood  Education Classes (ECE 101, ECE 103) and 17 years of accumulated in-classroom hours.

Bio
My family has attended church at SECC since 1979! I have worked at SECS for 17 years, and my husband has worked at SECC for nearly 20 years. We have 3 children, all of whom attended SECS. I am passionate about 4 and 5 year olds as well as the struggling learner. I love not only helping children become prepared for kindergarten, but I also love planting the Word of God in their hearts.

Susan Schoene

Preschool 4’s Teacher susan.schoene@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS, Marketing, 
Early Childhood Education Requirements completed

Bio
I am a Colorado native and have been married for 27 years with three older children. I enjoy working with young people and have a heart for sharing God’s Word.

Laurie Schrader

Jr. Kindergarten Teacher laurie.schrader@sechristian.org

Degrees
Early Childhood Education Certificate. 25 years in Class experience

Bio
I began my personal walk with Jesus at the age of 14. I have been married for 33 years and have 3 adult children and 2 grandsons. My passion has been to plant seeds for Jesus in the hearts of God’s children.

Liz Suter

Preschool 4’s Teacher liz.suter@sechristian.org

Degrees
Bachelors in Art education from University of Northern Colorado,BA, Ed

Bio
I have loved working with small children and helping them become successful and confident in their education journey. My goal is for my students to leave my classroom with a love of Jesus and an excitement about school. I have been married for 12 years, and I have a 5 year old.

Nancy Thurman

Preschool 4’s Teacher nancy.thurman@sechristian.org

Degrees
State of Colo. qualified with required ECE courses & 20 + years in classroom

Bio
I am a Colorado native and have been married 30+ years with 2 grown sons. I have been teaching at Southeast since 1999. I love the curiosity and unconditional love of three year olds, as well as the opportunity to teach them that they are specially created by God.

Kelsey Zencey

Preschool 3’s & 4’s Teacher kelsey.zencey@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS, Secondary Education English and Language Arts

Bio
I moved back to Colorado in 2014 and have taught 4 years in preschool. I am blessed with my husband and 2 beautiful children.

Elementary School

Tamra Fris

Assistant Principal tamra.fris@sechristian.org

Degrees
Masters in Ed Leadership, working on Doctorate

Bio
I am a Colorado native and a mom of 3. In my career, I have been blessed with opportunities to teach in many diverse situations. I have taught: on the Navajo Reservation, in Japan, in Montessori, in Expeditionary Learning, in public ed, in a charter school one-room school house, and in private Christian ed. I believe that God has called me to missions, and I see my job as my mission field. It is my desire to guide and mentor future generations in the love, grace, and discipleship of Christ.

Leadership Roles
Executive Leadership Team, School Advisory and Leadership Team, Admissions, Curriculum Committee, MTSS Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction Advisory, ACSI Core Team Member

Pam Albin

Fifth Grade Teacher pam.albin@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS Education, 
Master of Science Computer Education

Bio
I grew up in a Christian family in Kansas. I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades. I also served as a children’s ministry director. Discipling children is my passion.

Leadership Roles
Teacher Training in Belize and Zambia, Young Girls Discipleship, Moms support group leader, Fasting and Prayer Group Leader 

Jennifer Budden

Fifth Grade Teacher jennifer.budden@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS Psychology and History, 
Endorsements: Elementary, Secondary Social Studies, Special Education

Bio
My true joy is to see the love of Jesus in each one of our children and show how His love is not separate from learning, but only enhances our love of learning and bringing glory to our Creator.

As a Colorado native, I love the outdoors and all it has to offer. I also enjoy photography, cooking, and traveling with my husband and two children (students at Southeast).

I have taught every grade from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Leadership Roles
Mentor teacher, organize Biography Brunch and Ameritowne coordinator

Pam Couch

Fourth Grade Teacher pam.couch@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA Elementary Ed

Bio
I am a Colorado native (I got in at the tail end of my dad’s military career). I have lived in Montana, Okinawa, and New York, but have been back in Colorado since I was 10 years old. I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. I have been a part of the SECS community for over 20 years. All 3 of my children attended Southeast.

Leadership Roles
ACSI Speech Meet teacher liaison, MS chapel speaker (when needed), ACSI certification, Social Studies curriculum team

Beth Debel

Kindergarten Teacher beth.debel@sechristian.org

Degrees
B.A. Liberal Studies (elementary education), 
Master of Science in Education emph Math

Bio
I grew up going to a Christian school and recognize the value it has played in my life. God has placed the desire within me to educate and disciple children. I have had the privilege to teach 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and now Kindergarten. I feel extremely blessed to work at SECS while my own children attend school here. My family loves living in Parker, CO and being a part of the SECS community.

Leadership Roles
School Advisory and Leadership Team, math curriculum committee, math club, Landsharks (in the past), organize Middle School Service Days (locations and volunteers)

Rachel Dyk

Third Grade Teacher rachel.dyk@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA Biblical Studies, 
BA Inner City Missions (emphasis social work), MA Elem Ed

Bio
I am a Colorado native who loves to enjoy the glorious creation God has blessed us with here! I have been in Christian education most of my life and believe in the power of excellence in academics coupled with training children in the knowledge and love of Christ in every aspect of their lives. I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and most recently 3rd grade.

Leadership Roles
School Advisory and Leadership Team member, SMART board trainer

Heather Fischbach

Second Grade Teacher heather.fischbach@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS Elem Ed, 
Minor Bible

Bio
I am a wife, mom to 2 teenage boys, daughter, and auntie to 5 nephews.

I am excited to see students grow in knowledge, insight, and in favor with God. I have taught in every realm of education: public, private, charter, and homeschool. I have also been a librarian and on staff in children’s ministry.

Leadership Roles
Chapel (3 years) co-coordinator and speaker, OCC coordinator 2 years, Principal hiring committee, School Advisory and Leadership Team.

 

Tonya Hensley

First Grade Teacher tonya.hensley@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA in k-6 Education

Bio
I have taught in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in several states (Georgia, California, and here in Colorado).  I have taught in public schools for 2 years. 16 years experience has been in private, Christian schools. I love to hike in our beautiful CO mountains with my husband in the summertime.

Leadership Roles
Math Curriculum Committee, Sunshine Committee, ACSI Speech Meet and ACSI Spelling Bee judge

 

Rachel Jensen

Kindergarten Teacher & MTSS Coordinator rachel.jensen@sechristian.org

Degrees
Masters of Education/Reading Endorsement 
Certified Academic Language Therapist

Bio
My teaching career began in Englewood Public Schools. I had thirty three children in my class that year.  I was thankful God called me out of the public school system as I became a missionary teacher in the inner city.  After having a taste of Christian school teaching, I never looked back. I have been enjoying integrating Christ into the classroom and the children’s lives ever since!

Leadership Roles
School Advisory and Leadership Team, one-on-one literacy interventions, MTSS team, Assessment Team, Admissions Committee

Kim Schweitzer

Second Grade Teacher kim.schweitzer@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA Bible and Education

Bio
I trusted Christ at an early age and grew up in the church. I went to Bible college, and it was there that God lead me to go into teaching. I have been teaching in one form or another since. Not only do I teach in school but I also teach children at  church. God has blessed me with 3 great children and 6 awesome grandchildren. I am passionate about teaching and learning from children. I have been at Southeast for 9 years. I have watched many students grow up and graduate from here.. I love the family atmosphere and working with a staff that love the Lord and want to impart God’s truth to their students.

Leadership Roles
Chapel speaker (3 years),Assisted in ACSI speech meet practice (2 years) , Assisted in ACSI spelling practice (2 years), ACSI speech meet and spelling judge

Kellie Warner

Third Grade Teacher kellie.warner@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS Elem Ed

Bio
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I did spend some time overseas in Australia and England for my dad’s job.  I became a Christian at age 16. I love my job here at Southeast Christian where I can teach the Word of God and also have my own children here at school with me. I feel called by God to be a teacher, and I so enjoy my position here!

Leadership Roles
Math Curriculum Committee

Middle School

Nathan Teigland

Middle School Assistant Principal / 8th Grade Bible; 7/8 American History nathan.teigland@sechristian.org

Degrees
M.S. Education (Leadership) – 2018 completion, 
M.A. Youth and Family Studies, B.A. Biblical Studies/ Sociology

Bio
I have served in administrative positions in the private, Christian school arena since 2006. It is my desire to use my gifts and strengths to serve and advance the kingdom of God through the field of education.

Leadership Roles
Executive Leadership Team, School Advisory and Leadership Team, Social Studies Curriculum Comm, MS Chapel, ACSI Core Team, Technology Committee Lead

Jose Baca Jr.

Sixth / Seventh / Eighth Grade Teacher jose.baca@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA Bible, MA Ed, started MDIV program, but only completed a few classes

Bio
I have more than fifteen years’ experience teaching, training, ministering, and inspiring people of all ages. I have traveled the world and found: with the proper education and the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible to transform one’s perspective, job, and even life. So, it is my joy and honor to utilize my passion, education, and experience to bring about change in perspectives, organizations, and people’s lives all for the glory of God.

Leadership Roles
In the future I would like to help with Chapel, Missions, retreat/camp, community service/outreach, sports: possibly soccer, cross country or track

Mark Bogner

Seventh / Eighth Grade Teacher mark.bogner@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS in Industrial Engineering Technology (University of Dayton); MA in Biblical Studies (Dallas Theological Seminary)

Bio
I grew up in Ohio and became a Christian at age 23. I’ve worked in the business world as an engineer, buyer, and manager until God led me into teaching at a Christian school. I enjoy teaching science and the Bible, but I also enjoy challenging students to grow in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve been married for 26 years, have 5 children, and (just recently) 1 grandchild.

Leadership Roles
Camp Elim planning and devotions; occasional chapel speaking; developing the Leadership class.

John Hodorek

Sixth Grade Teacher john.hodorek@sechristian.org

Degreees
Master of Arts in Teaching

Bio
I have had experience in overseas missions, both in Christian service as well as in a teaching capacity. My teaching career began at a school that was started for missionary families.  Later, I taught fifth grade in the Chicago area. I love being active in the outdoors!

Leadership Roles
Math Curriculum Committee, Ameri-Town Coordinator

Pat Howes

Sixth Grade Teacher pat.howes@sechristian.org

Degrees
BS in Education

Bio
I began teaching in 1985. I have been blessed to teach in both public and private schools. It was such an honor to be a part of 10 women that went on a mission trip to Afghanistan. I have been married 33 years and have 2 children, one of whom is getting married in October!

Leadershp Roles
Camp Eim planner, Sonshine committee.

Trish Wingert

Seventh / Eighth Grade Teacher trish.wingert@sechristian.org

Degrees
BA Psychology and Communication, BS Secondary Social Studies Education

 

Bio
After beginning my teaching career at a public school, I was blessed to be called into Christian education. I am so grateful to be at a school with a Biblical worldview that teaches students who God is, who they are, and His purpose for each of us. I have been married for 35 years and have two wonderful sons.

Leadership Roles
Admissions Committee, Belize Mission Trip Coordinator, Washington DC leader, Camp Elim planning, Sonshine Committee.

Specialists

Degrees
Master of Science

Bio
I am a Colorado native and grew up in Loveland. I have had the opportunity to teach Kindergarten through University level. I have a passion for children to succeed, and I enjoy moving and being active. I gave my life to Jesus when I was 19 years old and have been blessed to be able to teach in a Christian school.

Leadership Roles
Coaching volleyball, Gymnastics: tumbling team, flip team, Field day.

Degrees
AA in Nursing Science / Child Development classes

Bio
I have lived in Colorado for 11 years and have worked at Southeast for 7. I have had the honor to come alongside teachers and help educate children. It is a complete blessing.

Degrees
BA – Interdisciplinary Studies- Emphasis Art, 
MA- Curriculum and Instruction

Bio
This will be my 9th year of teaching. I taught for 8 years in a rural area in Southern Colorado in a classroom and in an art room. I have 2 wonderful children that I love spending time with. This is my 1st year at SECS. I am blessed to be here to foster, teach, and encourage creativity while having the opportunity to incorporate the love of Jesus into artwork.

Degrees
BS in Health and Human Performance

Bio
I was born and raised in Texas. I was blessed to attend college on a full-ride soccer scholarship. While at school I was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. My family and I attend Southeast Christian Church, and it is such a blessing to be a part of Southeast Christian School!

Jennifer Melvin-Oge

Fine Arts Director jen.oge@sechristian.org

Degrees
BM- Piano Performance, Voice and Organ Performance; MM- Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance, Sacred Music

Bio
I am a wife, mom to a child that attends SECS, worship leader, private music instruction coach, and teacher. I have taught in Arkansas, Texas, Japan, and Colorado. I believe that we were created to worship, and I am passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and the grace of God with others!

Leadership Roles
School Advisory and Leadership Team, Chapel Lead, Director of Fine Arts, Principal Hiring Committee, Asst. Coach for Flip Team, Girls Tumbling Team, and Boys Exhibition Gymnastics Team

Degrees
BA English and History

Bio
This school has been a part of my life since 1994 when our daughter started Kindergarten at Christian Way School. I now am thrilled to be a grandma!  I have worked in two Christian bookstores and actually met my husband in one of them. I have been “churched” my entire life with an adult commitment to following Christ in my late teens. I take great joy in helping our students find books they enjoy and can use as they learn and in teaching our young ones to use the computer!

Leadership Roles
Accelerated Reader coordinator, Scholastic Book Fair chairman, converted library to digital circulation, after-school release of students to parents who walk-up.

Larry O’Reilly

Educational Technology Specialist larry.oreilly@sechristian.org

Degrees
Physics; MS Human Relations; MDiv Biblical Studies

 

Bio
I am now enjoying grandparenting, and I am a USAFA graduate and retired (20 yrs) officer. I  have passionately taught/discipled others and love continually learning since 1973. My relationship with our school began in 1994 and includes parenting a graduate and two terms as a board member.

Leadership Roles
School Advisory and Leadership Team, Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, Technology Integration and support, Technology Committee

Brittany Teigland

Preschool – Second Grade Music Teacher brittany.teigland@sechristian.org

Degrees
B.M.- in Music Education

Bio
I have been a music educator for the past 16 years. It has been my pleasure to join such a talented team of teachers in a Christian school setting for the past 3 years. I believe in the importance of music education for brain development and encouraging well-rounded students. It is such a joy to integrate my Christian faith while teaching music!

Leadership Roles
Yearbook, Fine Arts program support

Administrative

Degrees
Masters in Education Administration

Bio
I have loved serving school communities for the last 21 years of which 15 were in administration, most in Texas. I have a passion for ministry and am thankful to combine my two callings of education leadership and ministry. I love our SECS Family and appreciate the unity in Christ in our amazing staff.

Leadership Roles
Executive Leadership Team, School Advisory and Leadership Team, ACSI Core Team, Curriculum Committee, Parent Advisory Council Lead, Parent Led Organizations Coordinator, School Board Team Member

Degrees
AA degree in Business

Bio
I grew up in Missouri and moved to Colorado where I met my husband and was blessed with 3 children. They went to Christian Way School which is now SECS. I have had several positions at SECS and love being part of this community as we serve God together.

Leadership Roles
Administration Leadership Team, ACSI Events, Parent Volunteers, Sonshine Committee, Safety Committee.

Joy Brien

Assistant to the Administration joy.brien@sechristian.org

Bio
I have been an administrative support to this amazing school since 2008. It’s a privilege to serve the faculty and parents of Southeast!

Leadership Roles
Administration Leadership Team, Finance Committee

Amy Couch

Assistant to Preschool Director amy.couch@sechristian.org

Degrees
Studies in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Development

Bio
It is a true joy to be back in a preschool environment. I love working with and getting to know all of our preschool families. I have lived in Colorado for the past twenty years, and along with my husband and two kids, I love exploring this beautiful state!

Tamra Fris

Assistant Principal tamra.fris@sechristian.org

Degrees
Masters in Ed Leadership, working on Doctorate

Bio
I am a Colorado native and a mom of 3. In my career, I have been blessed with opportunities to teach in many diverse situations. I have taught: on the Navajo Reservation, in Japan, in Montessori, in Expeditionary Learning, in public ed, in a charter school one-room school house, and in private Christian ed. I believe that God has called me to missions, and I see my job as my mission field. It is my desire to guide and mentor future generations in the love, grace, and discipleship of Christ.

Leadership Roles
Executive Leadership Team, School Advisory and Leadership Team, Admissions, Curriculum Committee, MTSS Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction Advisory, ACSI Core Team Member

Trevor Garrett

Director of Advancement trevor.garrett@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
B.A. Communication / Business, Completing M.S. Finance

 

Bio
I am a husband and father of 3 children. I have worked over 17 years in a business development role charged with growing sales, personnel, and giving. After enjoying early success in the “corporate” world, I desired to have a more intimate impact on local communities. A change in career path came after much prayer and thought. I have now worked with schools in a development role for the past 5 years and am so blessed to have the opportunity to impact the youth of our community in a Christ-centered environment.

Leadership Roles
Executive Admin Team, ACSI Core Team

Heather Klusek

Human Resources Specialist heather.klusek@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
BS in Theology

Bio
I have worked in HR for 8 years. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve alongside brothers and sisters in Christ. I am a recent transplant to Colorado from Connecticut.I love being outside and hiking with my husband and son! I look forward to using the talents God has given me to bless the staff and students at Southeast.

Darla Nelson

Assistant to Administration darla.nelson@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
B.A. Business Administration

Bio
What a privilege to serve at Southeast for the past 14 years. I have seen God’s hand and provision over the years. What a blessing to be a part of this ministry!

Leadership Roles
Administration Leadership Team, ACSI Core Team, Enrollment, Admissions

Adam Pierson

Technology Services Administrator adam.pierson@sechristianschool.org

Bio
I first came to Southeast as an A/V tech for the youth group and special events. Before joining the school staff I spent 2 years working as an audio engineer for large scale corporate events and festival concerts. Outside of Southeast, I enjoy spending time with my family and am active in the Episcopal Church in Colorado.

Leadership Roles
Administration Leadership Team, Technology Committee, Technology Sustainment Plan Lead

Keaton Pope

Campus Security Director keaton.pope@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
Completing M.S. in Criminal Justice

Bio
Prior to coming to Southeast, I served as a Virginia State Trooper in the Washington DC/ Northern Virginia area for 5 years. During that time I took part in many dignitary protection assignments and served on the State Police’s tactical team conducting high risk arrest and search warrants. I look forward to using my skills and abilities to honor God by protecting others. I hope to serve Him and the members of this school as faithfully as I can.

Leadership Roles
Lead, ACSI Core Team

Degrees
B.S. in Finance

Bio
I obtained 7 years of finance industry experience before joining the staff at Southeast Christian School. It is an honor and privilege to serve alongside the incredible faculty and staff that have so greatly  impacted the lives of my two daughters.

Leadership Roles
Administration Leadership Team, Finance Committee

Nathan Tiegland

Middle School Assistant Principal nathan.teigland@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
M.S. Education (Leadership) – 2018 completion, M.A. Youth and Family Studies, B.A. Biblical Studies/ Sociology

 

Bio
I have served in administrative positions in the private, Christian school arena since 2006. It is my desire to use my gifts and strengths to serve and advance the kingdom of God through the field of education.

Leadership Roles
Executive Leadership Team, School Advisory and Leadership Team, Social Studies Curriculum Comm, MS Chapel, ACSI Core Team, Technology Committee Lead