Meet Our New Deans of Students

We are excited to present our 2021-22 Deans of Students and provide you an opportunity to get to know each of them better.

Over the last couple of weeks we conducted getting to know you interviews with each of our new teams.  We hope that these interviews give you a deeper look into who our Deans are, why they have chosen this new path, and what their goals are as they move forward.  Please get comfortable, take some time to watch each video, and get to know our SVA Deans of Students better!

Please take a few minutes to read about each of our Deans below.  

Grace Maxwell:

My name is Grace Maxwell and I am so excited to be stepping into the role of Elementary Dean for the 2021-22 school year! I have taught kindergarten for nine years, most of which have been at SkyView, and I absolutely love being in the classroom. I strongly believe in a holistic approach to education, beginning first, by forming relationships with students and their families. Each of our students has a unique story and I consider it a privilege to be a part of their lives. It is one of my greatest joys to have a front-row seat to students’ learning and development in the classroom and I am excited to maintain that in a new way this coming school year.

I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but went to school in Indiana and received my BS in Elementary Education from Taylor University. In 2012 my husband and I moved to Colorado where I started teaching at SVA. We have three children: Parker (6), Ophelia (3), and Callahan (2). In our free time, we love to try new restaurants, get outside, and enjoy all the wonderful things that Colorado has to offer!

I look forward to getting to know more families this year and supporting our amazing students!

 

Kenzie King:

My name is Kenzie King and I am thrilled to serve as one of the 2021-22 Elementary School Deans! I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a Colorado native and when I am not at school, I love to ski, run, or anything to get me outside. I also love spending time with my family and friends trying new foods and restaurants.  

I attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education. My first teaching job out of college was at SkyView Academy and I have loved every minute of working here. I have taught for four years at SkyView, all in first grade!

My job as a teacher comes with big responsibilities to grow, not only great learners, but great people too and I am passionate about doing both. My favorite part of my job is the ability to build friendships with my students and watch them blossom into little humans who know they are important in this world. I am excited to work with, and continue to share my love for teaching, with my coworkers as well as build relationships with additional students that I was not able to in my classroom alone. I look forward to the new challenges and learning opportunities for myself in the upcoming year as Elementary Dean!


Christy Kloter:

My name is Christy Kloter, and this is my fifth year teaching at SkyView Academy.  For the past three years, I have had the privilege of teaching leadership to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.  Prior to that, I taught fourth grade in SkyView Academy’s elementary school for two years. I began my journey in education over 20 years ago at Colorado Christian University (where my oldest daughter is now working toward her education degree).  

The very best part of being an educator at SkyView is the students.  It is such a high honor to be a part of their stories, identify potential, and pour the drive for success over each of them.  Over the last five years, I have been able to support our students through many schoolwide and community service projects including food drives, coat drives, weekly trips to an assisted living community, and volunteering at the Winter Special Olympics.  I have helped several middle schoolers attain college scholarships.  Additionally, I have supported student-led positivity campaigns, after-school movie nights, and middle school talent shows.  One of my top achievements has been assisting with the inductions of over 80 middle school students into our school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending every minute possible with my family.  I am so blessed to be the wife of Warren and the mom of my four incredible kids, Rayna, Avery, Asher, and Selah.  We love calling Colorado our home and love exploring.  Most recently we have found a lot of fun paddleboarding and cannot seem to get enough of it when the weather allows.  My life is profoundly rich because of the people in it.  Being able to grow lifelong learners and honorable leaders at SkyView Academy consistently reminds me that the future is looking incredible!  

David Bow: 

My name is David Bow. I am honored to serve the SkyView Community as a Middle School Dean for the 2021-22 school year. I am excited about the opportunity and the new challenge. I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself to those of you I have not yet met.

I have been a teacher at SVA for six years and I have been teaching for nine years. I have loved teaching eighth grade history, but I am excited to jump into teaching Leadership next year. I graduated from Metro State University with a BA in History with a secondary education license. Additionally, I just completed my Master’s in School Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Prior to coming to SVA, I taught at Excelsior Youth Center, a girls’ residential treatment center, for three years. My wife and son are both members of the SkyView community. My son, Logan, is going into second grade, and my wife, Miranda Bow, teaches sixth grade.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family. I love Colorado and spend much of my time away from school camping, fishing, and hiking. I am a big sports fan and can’t wait until I can go to games and spend time with my friends and family rooting for the Avs, Broncos, and Rockies.

Kirsten Schuman:

I am excited and humbled to embark on my next chapter at SkyView Academy as Dean of Students for the high school. I started at SkyView in 2014, and have been teaching freshman history, honors, as well as various Advanced Placement classes. I have loved working with an incredible student body and staff during my time at SVA, and I look forward to continuing to work with such a great community as Dean of Students for the High School.

I graduated from Northern State University in 2010 with my Bachelor’s of Science in Education with an emphasis in seventh-twelfth grade social studies education. While at Northern, I also competed as a Division II athlete for the women’s soccer program. In 2018, I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with my Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Supervision. Before my time at SkyView, I taught K-5 English overseas in South Korea. After returning from South Korea, my husband and I moved to the western slope where I taught seventh-twelfth grade social studies at Paonia Junior/Senior High School.

Most of my time outside of school is spent chasing two amazing, strong-willed daughters (four and nineteen months), and cheering on my husband’s basketball team. I love hiking, pretending I can still play soccer, listening to live music, and spending time with my family.

During the time of COVID, the world of education has been challenging for all parties involved–administration, teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. In my new role, I hope I can continue to support your students’ social-emotional goals, help to re-engage students in their learning and help challenge them both personally and academically. I will work hard to help students achieve their academic goals, but I also hope that I can help students become more resilient, more compassionate, and stronger human beings motivated to serve their communities honorably. I look forward to this opportunity and the 2021-22 school year. Go, Hawks!

Chris Bridgham:

I am honored to begin serving the SkyView High School community as Dean of Students for the 2021-22 school year.  This will be my sixth year working in the high school, as a history teacher and Student Council advisor.  It has been an amazing experience and I love the great community that SkyView possesses… It is truly unique.  I am beyond excited to step into this new role in the high school and serve the student population.  I earned my undergraduate degree in Family Life and Community Service from Kansas State University, and then went back to gain my teaching credentials from Rio Salado College in Phoenix, Arizona.  I began my education career teaching middle school history and coaching basketball, football, and track in Texas in 2006.  

In 2012, I completed my master’s degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University.  I then served as an instructional coach in a middle school setting in Frisco, Texas for two years, before my family and I moved to Colorado where I started at SkyView in the summer of 2016.  My wife, three kids, and I love traveling any chance we get, as we love exploring the world.  I enjoy all things music and sports and getting out in the beautiful creation here in Colorado.  

I believe that the experiences of the past year, as frustrating as they have been, provide a great opportunity for students to develop resilience and grit. I look forward to the chance to help them build on those important skills to reach their academic and personal potential.  I love the relational aspect of education and believe that I can come alongside the SkyView students to help them develop into well-rounded adults who are prepared to head out into the world, ready to make a positive impact!

Miles Martin:

Hello, my name is Miles Martin and I’m truly honored and excited to be named Dean of Middle and High School Student Athletes.  I’ve taught and coached at SkyView Academy for ten years now and I’m thrilled and anxious to start my new role here at SVA.  

A little about me, I’m originally from upstate New York in the high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.  I completed my undergraduate studies in Physical Education at Cortland State University in central New York and my Master’s in Special Education at CU Denver.  Upon moving to Denver 15 years ago, I instantly fell in love with the many things Colorado has to offer including the great people and amazing sites.  My wife, Laura and I love hiking and the beauty the Rockies have to offer, along with watching live music and sports!  Go Hawks!!!