Brian Chastain, Head of Schools/High School Principal
It is my honor to continue to prepare tomorrow’s leaders with the accomplished leadership at SkyView Academy. I am privileged to share all that I have learned from my 22 years as a school administrator as well as my personal lifelong learning pursuits through my Masters of Science in Educational Administration and my Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D). During my career as a teacher and coach, I enjoyed watching students perform in athletics, the arts, academics, and other extra-curricular opportunities, and know first-hand, the impact these activities bring to the learning environment. My wife Kelli is starting her 33rd year as an elementary educator. We moved to the beautiful state of Colorado in July of 2018 and we enjoy the numerous outdoor activities and events. We have two adult children, Cierra and Carson. Cierra is a Registered Nurse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Carson lives and works in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This year SkyView Academy is celebrating 10 years of excellence. I am grateful to serve as your Head of Schools and excited to continue to build upon SkyView’s Principles, Mission, and Vision as we prepare for the next ten years. I know our staff will continue to build relationships with parents, students, and other stakeholders in a manner that develops trust in a collaborative environment where excellence is expected.
Lori Bachtel, Head of Operations
I’m excited for another year in this leadership role as Head of Operations, overall this is my 7th year at SVA. I bring to SkyView an extensive background in Accounting, ranging from Corporate Accounting and Banking to Project Accounting at the Douglas County School District. While at Douglas County, I managed funds from Bonds and funds from Certificates of Purchase for Construction projects. One of the many projects that I oversaw funding for was the original purchase and construction of SkyView Academy. I am extremely excited to be working in the education field supporting the staff and students of SVA. I look forward to providing all that I can to make SkyView Academy a leading charter school. In addition to my work hat at SVA, I also serve as the MS Girls Basketball coach, which is very rewarding. I am originally from Kansas, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Business Administration. I love being in beautiful Colorado but also enjoy traveling to new places. Outside of the office, I enjoy skiing, hiking, reading, watching sports and spending time with my husband and two children.
Gerald L Stueven, Leadership Team Member
Dr. Gary Stueven has joined the SkyView Academy leadership team, as a Board employee, to assist in a very important transition period for the next 14+weeks. Dr. Stueven is respected as an educational leader having served in Jeffco Schools for 30 years and then extended his career at Platte River Academy, Highlands Ranch, for ten more years as Principal.
Since 2014 he has also served as a charter school consultant and advocates doing part-time contract work with the Colorado Department of Education (Schools of Choice Unit) as a mentor in the Administrator Mentor Cohort Program. Additionally, he has worked with the Colorado League of Charter Schools providing training sessions/workshops for charter school board/leaderships.
Dr. Stueven has a proven track record of leadership experience and he will provide additional support, guidance, and direction through this important transition period for our leadership team.
Linda August, High School Assistant Principal
I graduated from NYU with my MA in Counseling and I’m not sure what it taught me. There were lots of theory and good conversation but I didn’t learn anything until I graduated, worked in the college setting, quit the college setting, and started working in a high school in lower Manhattan. I thought I would be there for a couple of years and stayed there for twelve. It was at this high school that I really learned something. I learned to be more patient, to laugh, and to work toward something I believe in. I learned that teenagers thrive when adults are structured, believe in them, say sorry when we make mistakes and are flexible. I’ve worked on the non-profit side of education, in youth development, student activities, teaching, advising, and counseling. It’s a unique perspective. As the Assistant Principal, I hope I can support the high school and our students by supporting the educators who work tirelessly in the classroom. I am proud to work along side such caring, dedicated people. When I’m not working, I’m with my husband and my daughters, a 6-year old who is smarter than me and a 7-year old foster child who is helping me find the resolve to forgive, grow and be more patient than I thought I was capable of. Random things: I am a triplet, I didn’t love my high school experience with 4,000 people, and any sitcom with people yelling at each other makes me laugh.
Janet Worley, PreK – 8th Principal
John C. Maxwell said, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I subscribe to this claim completely. Further, I believe and fully support the vision and mission of SkyView. During my time at SkyView, I have had the privilege of investing in the lives of our students and families in a tangible way. I serve the community alongside some of the most amazing educators in the field, and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the SkyView community in the role of middle school principal. My educational journey led me to SkyView in 2013. I graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in 1992, then went on to attend Bethany College in Scotts Valley, California in 1994 where I completed graduate school for Curriculum and Instruction. Before moving to Colorado with my husband Paul, whom I have known since elementary school, I taught middle school English for five years. I taught in Colorado for five years before deciding to stay home for a few years with my two beautiful children, Maddy and Hunter. Maddy committed to Northern Arizona University on early decision in September 2015 and is enrolled in honors college and intends to double major in Criminology and Photography. Hunter continues to pursue his passions of sports broadcasting and baseball.
Javier Negron, PreK – 8th Assistant Principal
I am so fortunate to be part of the leadership team at SkyView Academy and honored to work alongside an amazing team of educators. My journey of working in education has not been traditional, but education has always been at the core of all that I have done. I was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Orlando, Florida in the middle of 7th grade. My Puerto Rican heritage has provided me with a love of family, music, food, language, and culture. After earning my undergraduate degree from Florida State University, I had the great opportunity to teach in a small school in Panajachel, Guatemala. My experiences in Central America inspired me to pursue graduate studies in Psychology. My internship brought our family out to Denver where I had the privilege to work at Children’s Hospital Colorado. I worked for nearly ten years in a neurological rehabilitation setting helping infants, children and teenagers recover from brain and spinal cord injuries. In my pursuit to return to education, I landed a dream job here at SkyView Academy teaching Spanish and Leadership in Fall of 2014. SVA’s vision to prepare students to be lifelong learners and honorable leaders exemplifies what I value in education for my own children, who both attend and will graduate from SkyView Academy. Sebastian is now a sophomore in our high school and Siena is an 8th grader in our middle school. My lovely wife of 17 years works at Craig Hospital and we love our pet-filled home in Roxborough, Colorado. Most weekends we are either at soccer games or anything outdoors. I am so excited about this school year and humbled to be in my new role as assistant principal.
Paula Harrison, PreK – 8th Assistant Principal
It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with the Leadership team at SVA. I graduated from Southern Illinois University after having two children, Nicolas and Jenna, and then moved to Colorado. For the past 20 years, I have been working at charter schools in the South Metro area mostly as an elementary teacher serving students in grades 3-5, as well as being a literacy specialist for a few years. I believe in the the vision and mission here at SkyView and look forward to working with the amazing staff here. Back to my children: Nicolas, a graduate of Metro, is married to my wonderful daughter-in-law, Katie, and they blessed me with two adorable granddaughters, Mallory and Lucy. My daughter, Jenna, is attended grad school at Metro and graduated with a Masters in Social Work. I spend my free time with my kids, traveling to college football games, and hiking and camping during the summer.
Kim Ellis, Preschool and BASE Director
Hello Preschool Families! My name is Kimberly Ellis. I am so excited to be heading into my third year with SkyView Academy. I am so excited to be working with all the amazing teachers here at SkyView. I love that you can feel their passion for teaching, right as you walk in the door. I studied at Colorado State University, obtaining my Bachelors degree in History in May, 2007. My original dream was to become a History teacher but fell in love with the “littles” and Early Childhood Education. I then continued my education in Early Childhood and obtained my Director’s licence in 2013. I have taught Preschool for eight years and was an Assistant Director for three years. I am thrilled to be continuing in my career and calling SkyView Academy my home. I can’t wait to meet the students and families I will be working with this school year. I am looking forward to putting my skills and knowledge into practice, to continue on in my journey of being an effective Early Childhood Educator so your students get the high quality education they all deserve.