Meet our Staff
Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy teachers and staff members are highly trained, with a variety of diverse backgrounds. Click on the name of a teacher or staff member below to learn more about them!
+ Glenn Moses, Principal
+ Cathy Baune - Assistant Principal
+ Amy Reid - Enrollment Secretary
+ Viki Alonzi - Financial Secretary
+ Terrie Sklenar - Registrar
+ Erik Bailey - Social Studies
+ Kristen Boehm - Spanish
Erik Bailey is the Instructional Leader and teaches for the Social Studies Department of the Virtual Academy. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision. He has taught a variety of different social studies subjects for the past ten years including: American History, World History, American Government, Geography, and Economics. He taught in Southern California at Santa Fe High School and Beverly Hills High School before moving to Colorado in the Summer of 2004. Since moving to Colorado, Mr. Bailey has taught within Jeffco Public Schools. His experience with Jeffco Public Schools includes 5 years teaching for JeffcoNet Academy and 3 years with the Virtual Academy. Some of his awards include a Fulbright Scholarship to Egypt in the Summer of 2008 and he has achieved his Blackbelt in Taekwondo.
+ Tricia Cole - Math
This is Sra. Boehm's 13th year teaching and her 10th year teaching in Jefferson County. Although she has been an adjunct Spanish teacher with Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy for the past two years, this is her first year teaching full-time online. She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where she earned a B.S. in Kinesiology and CU-Denver where she earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has traveled extensively which spurred the change to Spanish. Although she studied Spanish formally after her undergraduate studies, she truly learned the language, and some of its associated culture, by living in a small community in southern Costa Rica for 20 months. She still visits there regularly with her daughter.
+ Jane Good - Science
Tricia Cole has been teaching math for 9 years, since graduating from DePaul University in Chicago. She brings with her experience in the brick and mortar setting as well as teaching in virtual settings before joining Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy. Tricia has experience teaching both at the middle school and high school level. She enjoys working with numbers and sharing her passion with students. Teaching online gives Tricia great opportunity to use modern day technology. She is always exploring new ways to present material, and continues to take classes to stay on top of emerging technology to take to her classroom and share with her students. Tricia's experience with online education has been rewarding and she looks forward to her career with Jeffco's 21st Virtual Academy. When Tricia is not teaching, she loves to take advantage of this great place we call home and spends lots of time hiking, biking, running and camping.
+ Jennifer Harr - Social Studies/Health
Jane Good started her career in 1990 teaching Science at Northglenn Junior High after earning a Bachelors degree in Biology from Metro State. Since then she has also taught at Horizon High School in Thornton, at Colorado Virtual Academy, and completed a Master's degree in education. She originally considered teaching as a career when she could not narrow her interest in science enough to fit most job descriptions! Teaching has allowed her to share her enthusiasm for biology, earth science and chemistry. She has been committed to helping students grow as learners by seeking options in education. She found early in her career that a "one size fits all" approach to education is ineffective and a great disservice to most students. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with students in the environment provided by Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy.
+ Kristin Kipp - Instructional Coach/English
Mrs. Harr has been involved with online education for the past six years. She has spent the last two years in the community and connection role at the high school level. She plans community events, coordinates field trips, and manages the multiple clubs offered at Jeffco Virtual Academy. Prior to moving to high school online education, Mrs. Harr spent four years teaching with the community colleges online. She has a Master's degree in nursing with a heath education focus. Mrs. Harr began her teaching with the Community College of Denver nursing program. Mrs. Harr has taught pharmacology, nursing fundamentals, nursing assessment, and medical terminology classes online.
+ Meghan Leadford - Social Studies
Kristin Kipp has been an English teacher for the last nine years and joined Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy in 2009. Ms. Kipp is the 2011 National Online Teacher of the Year
for K-12 education. In the past she has taught eighth through eleventh grades, both virtually and in a face to face classroom. Before coming to Jeffco's Virtual Academy, she served as an instructional coach and teacher at Evergreen High School. She has a Masters of Education in Secondary Education with a graduate minor in English from the University of North Texas.
While American literature is Ms. Kipp's passion, she enjoys reading all sorts of books, fiction and non-fiction. She became an English teacher because she absolutely loves to read and debate new ideas. She especially loves teaching online because it opens up so many new opportunities as well as giving students additional flexibility in their education. Ms. Kipp loves learning about new web 2.0 tools and incorporating them into her classroom. She lives in Evergreen with her husband and three children.
+ Travis Macy - English
Meghan Leadford currently teaches Economics, Geography and Government with the Virtual Academy. A Jefferson County graduate, Mrs. Leadford attended Golden High School then moved to Kentucky and earned a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Kentucky. After moving back to Colorado, Mrs. Leadford attended the University of Colorado at Denver to complete her teacher licensure and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught social studies at Aurora Central HS, Gateway HS, and Ralston Valley HS before joining the Virtual Academy in the fall of 2010. Mrs. Leadford enjoys teaching Social Studies courses because she views the content as a challenge for students to become informed citizens that analyze the world around them. Meghan is excited to work with the students and staff at the Virtual Academy and is looking forward to exploring all the opportunities available with online education.
+ Jason Neely - Math
Mr. Macy is an Evergreen native who teaches English at Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy. Macy ran on the varsity track and cross country teams at the University of Colorado at Boulder before graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He later earned a Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction from California Coast University. Macy has published numerous articles on teaching in the 21st century, presents regularly at conferences, and received the International Reading Association's Award for Technology and Reading. Travis competes professionally in adventure races around the world; stories are at www.followtravismacy.blogspot.com
. A lifelong learner, Macy is passionate about helping students make the most of their education. Macy enjoys spending time with his wife Amy, Director of College Counseling at Denver Academy and founder of The College Coach, LLC (www.mycollegecoach.org
), and son, Wyatt.
+ Phil Noble - Special Education
+ Ryan Self - Instructional Technology Coordinator
Jason Neely received his B.A. in Mathematics in 1997 from Western State College. In 2005, he received his M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from American Intercontinental University. Mr. Neely has been teaching math for 14 years. The last two years have been online at Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy. He has been a Jeffco teacher for nine years and has taught math classes at all levels including: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Integrated Algebra Geometry, Pre IB 9th grade, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus AB.
+ Lucy Sopiarz-Rianda - English
+ Gwen Stroup - Math
+ Jacqueline Swearingen - Science and Physical Education
Mr. Self was born in Canada and moved around a lot as a child, ending up in Bellingham, Washington for middle school, high school, and college (where he was an East Asian Studies major focusing on Chinese). From 1999 - 2001, Mr. Self taught English at Shanghai University, subsequently marrying another American teacher from Shanghai U. and moving to Colorado to pursue an elementary teaching license. Over time, he completed a master's degree in Information and Learning Technologies from CU Denver and received additional endorsements in technology, school library, and social studies. He has worked as an elementary literacy teacher, a middle school technology teacher, and a middle school librarian before beginning this year as the Instructional Technology Coordinator at J21VA (where he hopes to help students and staff with all sorts of educational technology awesomeness).
Outside of school, Mr. Self likes to spend time with his family, he likes creating audio and video projects using technology, and likes playing music (He is currently playing bass for Denver band "The Raven and the Writing Desk").
He also thinks he's pretty funny.
+ Marcee Taylor-Westwood - English
Mrs. Swearingen has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, a M.A. in Secondary Science and is highly qualified in science and physical education. She has taught high school or middle level science for 10 years and recently earned the honor of being named a National Board Certified Teacher, a rigorous process where teachers analyze their teaching craft. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor with the Community College of Aurora for 2 years now; teaching Anatomy and Physiology and College Level Biology. She is new to online education, but has incorporated web 2.0 and 21st Century Technology skills into her courses for so many years that the transition has been easy. She really enjoys teaching science because students are naturally curious about nature and how our world works! It is her goal to make all of her students critical thinkers about science, society and human impacts.
Mrs. S also teaches outdoor recreation and as an outdoor enthusiast loves cycling, snowshoeing, snowboarding, camping and hiking. She grew up camping with her family and is now creating memories with her children (ages 6 and 7) as she engages them in all the sports her husband and her enjoy.
+ Lynée Zajac-Beck - Science
Marcee Taylor-Westwood serves as one of J21VA's English teachers. She has taught at the middle and high school level for the last 19 years in both the traditional and online educational environments. Her major areas of research and instruction regard issues related to struggling readers and writers. She began her career at Standley Lake High School where she taught English, creative writing, journalism and yearbook. In 1998, she transitioned to the online educational environment where, at Colorado Virtual Academy, she worked as the English department lead and middle school English teacher. She is now in her third year with J21VA. Recently, Ms. Taylor completed her graduate work with honors at Colorado University where she received her Master's degree in Teaching Writing with a minor emphasis in Literature and English as a Second Language.
Lynée Zajac Beck has been teaching science for 15 years at the middle and high school levels. In addition to Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy, she also works at Arvada West High School, where she teaches Astronomy and Earth Science and serves as the Online Learning Coordinator. Mrs. ZB grew up in Detroit, then moved to Tucson for a scholarship to twirl baton and play soccer at the University of Arizona where she earned an undergraduate degree in Geosciences. After relocating to Colorado, she earned a Master's Degree in Science Inquiry: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. Mrs. ZB has two daughters, is an animal advocate and avid reader and loves to incorporate new technologies into the classroom.
+ Suzanne Jimenez
+ Marya Wilson
Suzanne Jimenez has been a school counselor since 2001. Prior to joining the Virtual Academy, she was a counselor at Elizabeth High School and Columbine High School. Mrs. Jimenez was with the Virtual Academy during its inaugural year and is happy to be back, now as a full-time counselor. Mrs. Jimenez received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Counseling from the University of Colorado-Denver. Mrs. Jimenez enjoys helping students through their challenging teen years and reaching the goals they set for themselves. In May 2012, Mrs. Jimenez received the Online Counselor Recognition Award from the Colorado Department of Education for her work with online students. Mrs. Jimenez moved to Colorado for graduate school and loved Colorado so much she decided to stay. She lives in Littleton with her husband and enjoys hiking, biking, writing, and traveling.
+ Jamie Wooldridge
Marya Wilson is a part-time high school counselor at Jefferson County's 21st Century Virtual Academy. She was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia but has lived in Colorado since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She received her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2006. She worked at Columbine High School as a counselor from 2006 to 2010. She took a break to stay home with her son from April 2010 to December 2011, and is pleased to be back helping students meet their goals and achieve their dreams. She lives in Lakewood with her husband, Brian and their son, Landon. She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and doing arts and crafts with her son.
Jamie Wooldridge is a counselor at Virtual Academy. She has received a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Prior to counseling, Ms. Wooldridge worked in sports and media with the Denver Broncos, Kroenke Sports, 850 KOA, and Clear Channel Colorado. A native of Colorado, Ms. Wooldridge loves to be outdoors hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and gardening, and spending time with her two little boys and husband. Helping students find their true potential, achieve successes in school, and happiness in life is one of her true passions and brings her much joy.
+ Tracie Apel - Community Liaison - Student Last Names H-R
+ Corinna Montoya - Community Liaison - Student Last Names S-Z
+ Kelly Swindell - Community Liaison - Student Last Names A-G
Tracie Apel joined Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy in 2012 as a Community Liaison. She was born in Parsons, Kansas but moved to Colorado when she was 3 years old. She grew up in Broomfield and currently lives in Arvada. After obtaining her degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado, she worked in the Healthcare field as an auditor. Tracie is married with two children who are in middle and high school. When her children were in elementary school, she devoted time to volunteering as well as serving as PTA President. Working for J21VA gives her the opportunity to help students and parents make the best decision for their school career.
Kelly Swindell is a Community Liaison for Jeffco's Virtual Academy. She joined the Virtual Academy in 2010 as the registrar. Prior to joining, Ms. Swindell was a K-12 substitute teacher for three years in Jeffco and served as the Curriculum Assistant for Jeffco's Outdoor Education Lab Schools. Before entering the education field, Ms. Swindell applied her passion for writing, graphic design and business operations to positions in Corporate Communications and Marketing. She earned a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from Colorado State University. Ms. Swindell is a Colorado native and Jefferson County graduate from Pomona High School.
+ Jennifer Brooks – Social Studies
+ Alex Chick - Art
+ Brandy Erholtz - Health/PE
+ Ann Evans - Math
+ Bill Heldman – Math
+ Mari Hobkirk - Instructional Technology Coordinator / Computer Science
Brandy Erholtz is a special education teacher and grew up in the "Icebox of the Nation" (I. Falls, MN). She attended the University of MN-Duluth and earned undergraduate degrees in health education and exercise science with minors in coaching and psychology. She went back to school and earned a degree in special education with emphases in learning and behavioral disorders and eventually a Master's degree from St. Mary's University in teaching and learning. Most recently, she completed a career and technical education licensure. In her eleven years of teaching special education, she has taught in a variety of places and settings encompassing all grade levels K-12 and most subject areas, including a self-contained behavioral classroom! Love of the mountains and an outdoor lifestyle brought her and her husband to Colorado in 2006. Mrs. Erholtz is a competitive mountain and snowshoe runner. She has represented the U.S. three times at the World Mountain Running Championships. She is a vegetarian and loves chocolate! In her free time, she enjoys baking, cooking and reading. Mrs. Erholtz and her husband spend their summers traveling, hiking, and camping, usually with their two dogs. Mrs. Erholtz is looking forward to another ground-breaking year with the Virtual Academy!
+ Sheila Humphries - Math
Mari Hobkirk teaches Video Game Design at Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy. Too old to be labeled a 'Digital Native', she considers herself a 'Digital Resident'. Mari uses the face-to-face and online environments to teach both students and adults how to use technology in their world.
Mari has been a teacher in Jeffco for 20 years, teaching at three area high schools (Green Mountain, Jefferson, and Wheat Ridge). She also spent a year teaching internationally in Melbourne, Australia. She has also taught professional development classes since 2008 in Jeffco.
At the high school level she has taught many subjects; Biology, Earth Science, Algebra 1, Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Web Design, Keyboarding , and Video Game Design. Classes involving technology are by far the ones she enjoys most.
When Mari is not teaching she enjoys many outdoor activities here in Colorado such as; cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing. She also enjoys traveling with her husband to US and international destinations.
+ Brita Letvin - Health
+ Ji Liu - Chinese
Phone: 303-982-3271 (voicemail)
Sheila Humphreys joined the Standley Lake High School staff in August of 2000 and has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Geometry Principles, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Principles, Math Analysis/Trigonometry, Statistics, and AP Calculus. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in December of 1977 and her M.S. in Mathematics from Lamar University in August of 1979. Prior to her arrival at Standley Lake, Sheila taught high school and college for two years in Texas, spent six years in the Oil & Gas industry and nine years in the Aerospace industry before returning to her first love, teaching. She joined Jefferson County Public Schools in 1995 and taught at the middle school level for 5 years. In addition to her teaching duties, Sheila has been a sponsor of the National Honor Society where she has been involved in numerous community service projects. Her most prized award was her inclusion in the 2005-2006 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
+ Lisa Porter - Russian
Ji Liu was born in Harbin, China and lived there until she graduated from college, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering. She went to Tokyo afterwards, and lived in Japan for nearly 10 years. She received her first Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering there and taught Chinese at the college for 5 years. Liu moved to the U.S. 12 years ago, and received her second Master's degree in Computer Science. She worked as a software engineer for 7 years before teaching in public schools. Liu is a full time Chinese teacher at Cimarron Middle School at Douglas County, and taught at Cherry Creek and Jefferson County before that. She is very excited to teach online and believes that with her experience and help, her students will have a wonderful year.
+ Janet Villani - Math
+ Craig Westwood - Music
After earning Bachelor of Arts in English, Russian and Russian Studies from St. Olaf College, Lisa Porter was simultaneously teaching Russian to students at three different high schools through interactive television. Twenty years later, learning in the virtual environment has changed significantly!
After the Cold War ended, the demand for learning Russian dwindled, so Ms. Porter accepted a job to teach English at D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School where she taught eighth through twelfth grades in a traditional face to face setting. Seven years later, after receiving a Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University, she opened The Manning School's library, eventually to return to D'Evelyn as the Teacher Librarian. Helping students find and evaluate information and use technology is her passion.
Ms. Porter dedicates her extra time to spending time with their her two children and supporting them in their many activities, as well as coaching the D'Evelyn Cross Country and Track & Field teams.
+ Missy Wingard - Physical Education
Craig Westwood is in his second year at J21VA serving as an adjunct music teacher. He currently teaches full time at Cherry Creek West Middle School as the Band Director. Prior to taking the position at West, Mr. Westwood was Director of Bands at Wheat Ridge High School for 9 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from CCU and a Master's Degree in Conducting from Southern Oregon University. He is an active performer in the Denver/Boulder area as a percussionist, primarily playing drumset. Craig has performed with a variety of artists including Bo Diddley, Brian Wilson, "Pinetop" Perkins, Big Bill Morganfield, Don Lanphere, and The Boulder Philharmonic. He is a member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu. A native of Colorado, Mr. Westwood grew up in Littleton and graduated from Columbine High School.