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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@sechristianschool.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@sechristianschool.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@sechristianschool.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.

Dawn Degler

Preschool 3’s & 4’s Teacher
dawn.degler@sechristianschool.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@sechristianschool.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 Junior Kindergarten Teacher
paulette.gleason@sechristianschool.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@sechristianschool.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.  

Susan Schoene

Preschool 4’s Teacher
susan.schoene@sechristianschool.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.

Liz Suter

Preschool Assistant Director
liz.suter@sechristianschool.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 3’s Teacher
nancy.thurman@sechristianschool.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.

Elementary School

Pam Albin

Fourth Grade Teacher
pam.albin@sechristianschool.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 

Jayme Blaire

Third Grade Teacher 
jayme.blair@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
Coming Soon

Bio
Coming Soon

Beth Debel

Kindergarten Teacher 
beth.debel@sechristianschool.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)

Robert Harvey

Fourth Grade Teacher 
robert.harvey@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
Coming Soon

Bio
Coming Soon

Tonya Hensley

First Grade Teacher 
tonya.hensley@sechristianschool.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

 

John Hodorek

Fifth Grade Teacher 
john.hodorek@sechristianschool.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

Sarah Scholer

First Grade Teacher 
sarah.scholer@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
Coming Soon

Bio
I grew up in Albuquerque, NM with two older brothers and a twin sister. My parents were very faithful in raising us in a Christian home, and I was baptized when I was six years old. I went to a Christian high school and then I started teaching at a Christian preschool after I graduated. I found out then that I wanted to make teaching my career. I have been an educational assistant, lead teacher, student interventionist, and sub in Preschool-8th grades. I truly love seeing what SECS has done in the lives of its students!

Kim Schweitzer

Second Grade Teacher 
kim.schweitzer@sechristianschool.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@sechristianschool.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

Jose Baca Jr.

Middle School Bible
jose.baca@sechristianschool.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

Middle School Science / Leadership 
mark.bogner@sechristianschool.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.

Pat Howes

Middle School Leadership / History
pat.howes@sechristianschool.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.

Michael Monte

Middle School STEM / Math
michael.monte@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
BS in Engineering Technology, completed over half of my MA in Curriculum & Instruction

Bio
I have been blessed to have led, mentored, coached, tutored, and taught children and adolescents for over 18 years.  For the past 5 years, I have taught Middle School math at a charter school and am a former engineer of 16 years. I am grateful to be married for over 21 years and am a father of 3 children.

Katy Nelson

Middle School Bible / Spanish / Leadership 
katy.nelson@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
BS, Christian Education & Children’s Ministry

Bio
What an honor to be back at Southeast Christian School! 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, traveling, and all things Hobby Lobby! My fiance is on staff at our church and we are heavily involved in the youth ministry program there! We can’t wait to get married in November!

 

Trish Wingert

Middle School Language Arts
trish.wingert@sechristianschool.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

Vicki Amen

P.E. Teacher 
vicki.amen@sechristianschool.org

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.

Beth Betz

Librarian / Resource Coordinator 
beth.betz@sechristianschool.org

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.

Alisha Gallegos

Art Teacher 
alisha.gallegos@sechristianschool.org

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.

Amanda Howard

Educational Aide 
amanda.howard@sechristianschool.org

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!

Candace McDuff

MTSS Coordinator & Interventionist
candace.mcduff@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
BS Community Health, MS Human Development Early Childhood Disorders

 

Bio
I am honored to be able to serve the students and families of Southeast Christian School. I am originally from Texas and recently moved to Colorado. I love all things Texas including my alma-mater Texas A&M and the Cowboys. I have been married 5 years and love exploring all this great state has to offer. My background is mainly working with children that have special needs/talents and I love helping these wonderful students reach their greatest potential.

Jennifer Melvin-Oge

Fine Arts Director 
jen.oge@sechristianschool.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

Administrative

Michelle Davis

Head of School 
michelle.davis@sechristianschool.org

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

Jen Buss

Office Coordinator
jen.buss@sechristianschool.org

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.

Joy Brien

Assistant to the Administration 
joy.brien@sechristianschool.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

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.

Jonathan Lee

Director of Safety & Security 
jonathan.lee@sechristianschool.org

Degrees
Coming Soon

Bio
Coming Soon

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

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

K-8 Principal / Technology Director
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