Staff Directory

Welcome to the SVA Staff Directory!

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Julia Ferre

Elementary School Teacher

As a 5th grade teacher I have had the unique opportunity to share my talents and experience from past careers with students for a career-focused preparatory experience that readies them for their next educational venture. I have a Master of Arts in Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement. I am a former Boettcher Teacher Resident and a career changer.…Read More
Elementary School
Biography

As a 5th grade teacher I have had the unique opportunity to share my talents and experience from past careers with students for a career-focused preparatory experience that readies them for their next educational venture. I have a Master of Arts in Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement. I am a former Boettcher Teacher Resident and a career changer. My past jobs in television news, corporate communications, and website design prepared me well for my time in the classroom. I share these career experiences with students and make job skills connections for all learning targets in my classroom. I’m also a mom to two teenage boys, who also attend Douglas County schools. This is my third year at SVA.

Favorite Things

College/University: Utah State University, University of Utah, and Adams State University
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Year started at SVA: 2017

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Lori Finnegan

K-12 Speech Language Pathologist, K-8 Director of Student Support Services, K-5 504 Coordinator

I am so excited and grateful to continue to be a part of SkyView Academy! I serve SVA as a Speech Language Pathologist, 504 Coordinator and the Director of Student Support Services. The best part about my job is working with students, families and staff to ensure success in the classroom as well as at home.…Read More
Elementary School Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x223
Biography

I am so excited and grateful to continue to be a part of SkyView Academy! I serve SVA as a Speech Language Pathologist, 504 Coordinator and the Director of Student Support Services. The best part about my job is working with students, families and staff to ensure success in the classroom as well as at home. Watching students confidence grow is the BEST! This is my 9th year here at SVA as well as my 9th year in beautiful Colorado. When Im not working you’ll find me hanging out with my 8 year old daughter, husband and puppy. I love to hike, cook, and travel!

Favorite Things

College/University: Northern Illinois University
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:00pm
Year started at SVA: 2010

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Andy Fish

High School Teacher

Born and raised in Iowa, I moved to Colorado in July 2018. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iowa State University in May 2016, taught at a private high school in Kosova (a country in eastern Europe) in 2016-2017 and a number of long term substitute positions in Boulder Valley School District as well as districts in Iowa (a flyover state in the USA) during the 2017-2018 school year. …Read More
Biography

Born and raised in Iowa, I moved to Colorado in July 2018. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iowa State University in May 2016, taught at a private high school in Kosova (a country in eastern Europe) in 2016-2017 and a number of long term substitute positions in Boulder Valley School District as well as districts in Iowa (a flyover state in the USA) during the 2017-2018 school year. I am teaching High School Ancient World History for the 2019/2020 school year, but I taught 7th grade Literature and Composition at SkyView Academy during the 2018/2019 school year. Who know what I’ll get into next! This is my fourth year teaching over all. I also coach 6th grade basketball and am actively working to bring tennis teams to SkyView. I love to read, write, play guitar and drums, hike, rock climb, travel, and teach.

Favorite Things

College/University: Iowa State University
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Year started at SVA: 2018

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Aaron Fontaine

High School Teacher

I'm an adventurous person who loves to rock climb and hiking up the mountains. I have two beautiful children. I love to cook and bake peach cobblers. I enjoy cycling across the state of Iowa. Teaching ASL is my passion. Favorite Things College/University: Lamar University Office Hours: Year started at SVA: 2018Read More
High School
Biography

I’m an adventurous person who loves to rock climb and hiking up the mountains. I have two beautiful children. I love to cook and bake peach cobblers. I enjoy cycling across the state of Iowa. Teaching ASL is my passion.

Favorite Things

College/University: Lamar University
Office Hours:
Year started at SVA: 2018

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Marlyn Forberg

High School Teacher

I began working at SkyView in the Special Education department in January of 2017. I started teaching math in the high school in the fall of 2018. I have two daughters, one who graduated from SVA in 2018 and one who is a senior this year. My husband and I love to travel with and without our daughters.…Read More
High School Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x418
Biography

I began working at SkyView in the Special Education department in January of 2017. I started teaching math in the high school in the fall of 2018. I have two daughters, one who graduated from SVA in 2018 and one who is a senior this year. My husband and I love to travel with and without our daughters. 😉 This summer we rescued two dogs and we are loving making them part of our family.

Favorite Things

College/University: UC Davis
Office Hours:
Year started at SVA: 2017

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Kirstin Funk

English Language Development (ELD) Teacher K-12

This is my first year teaching at SkyView and I am thrilled to be a part of the ELD team here! I moved to Colorado last year from Georgia, where I taught for 12 years teaching either Spanish or ESL. My two boys, my husband, and I all love the weather here and we are thrilled to be able to do so many outdoor activities together.…Read More
Administration/Office/Facilities
Biography

This is my first year teaching at SkyView and I am thrilled to be a part of the ELD team here! I moved to Colorado last year from Georgia, where I taught for 12 years teaching either Spanish or ESL. My two boys, my husband, and I all love the weather here and we are thrilled to be able to do so many outdoor activities together. We love to travel, hike, swim, and watch movies together as well as explore the many awesome things Colorado has to offer.

Favorite Things

College/University:  Berry College
Year started at SVA:  2019

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Debbie Gary

Middle School Teacher

Hello, my name is Debbie Gary and I have been a teacher for 14 years. I currently teach middle school math at SkyView and have been part of this wonderful community since it opened in 2010. I have taught kindergarten, 4th grade and middle school. I love teaching because I love to encourage students. I am married and have a daughter in high school.…Read More
Middle School
Biography

Hello, my name is Debbie Gary and I have been a teacher for 14 years. I currently teach middle school math at SkyView and have been part of this wonderful community since it opened in 2010. I have taught kindergarten, 4th grade and middle school. I love teaching because I love to encourage students. I am married and have a daughter in high school. We love to be outdoors, have big family gatherings, watch movies, and play games.

Favorite Things

College/University: I graduated from the University of Houston
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Year started at SVA: 2010

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Kali Gibbons

Assistant Speech & Language Therapist

I am a Colorado native and actually attended Douglas County schools growing up! It’s exciting to be back working in DCSD as a Speech and Language Therapist for my 4th year at SVA. I live with my husband on acreage in Elbert County and am working hard to convince him that we need to add a miniature cow to our family!…Read More
Administration/Office/Facilities Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x205
Biography

I am a Colorado native and actually attended Douglas County schools growing up! It’s exciting to be back working in DCSD as a Speech and Language Therapist for my 4th year at SVA. I live with my husband on acreage in Elbert County and am working hard to convince him that we need to add a miniature cow to our family! We enjoy hosting dinner parties with friends, camping and boating with our dog, and watching sunsets on our patio.

Favorite Things

College/University: University of Colorado at Boulder
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Year started at SVA: 2015

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Jill Gildehaus

Elementary School Teacher

Music has always been a part of my life since I was a young child - now I have the blessing and privilege of sharing music with students. I am honored to start my seventh year at SkyView teaching K-5th grade music and directing the Sounds of the Sky Elementary Choir. I grew up in Littleton, CO, and now live in Parker with my husband and three boys.…Read More
Elementary School
Biography

Music has always been a part of my life since I was a young child – now I have the blessing and privilege of sharing music with students. I am honored to start my seventh year at SkyView teaching K-5th grade music and directing the Sounds of the Sky Elementary Choir. I grew up in Littleton, CO, and now live in Parker with my husband and three boys. Dan and I have been married for 23 years and our three boys are 19, 16, and 13. I enjoy golfing, walks, participating on my church worship team, coffee, and spending time with my family (we play lots of games and outdoor activities).

Favorite Things

College/University: Oklahoma Baptist University
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Year started at SVA: 2013

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Becky Graffis

Elementary Literacy Specialist

I have taught both Reading Intervention and Kindergarten in my career. I have my Masters degree in Reading. My husband and I moved to the Denver area a little over a year ago. Favorite Things College/University: B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz and M.A. University of Northern Colorado Office Hours: 7:45 - 8:30 (M,W,F),12:40 - 2:40 and 3:30 - 4:00 (except Wed.) Year started at SVA: 2016Read More
Elementary School Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x216
Biography

I have taught both Reading Intervention and Kindergarten in my career. I have my Masters degree in Reading. My husband and I moved to the Denver area a little over a year ago.

Favorite Things

College/University: B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz and M.A. University of Northern Colorado
Office Hours: 7:45 – 8:30 (M,W,F),12:40 – 2:40 and 3:30 – 4:00 (except Wed.)
Year started at SVA: 2016

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Yvonne Gray

With a passion for math and science, the creativity of an inventor, insight of a poet, vision of an artist and the heart that cares for each student, I bring energy and excitement to the classroom. New to SkyView but a veteran teacher in other ways, I come from a varied background of experience and expertise.…Read More
High School, Middle School
Biography

With a passion for math and science, the creativity of an inventor, insight of a poet, vision of an artist and the heart that cares for each student, I bring energy and excitement to the classroom. New to SkyView but a veteran teacher in other ways, I come from a varied background of experience and expertise. I enjoy reading, writing, painting and most of all, time with family and friends.

Favorite Things

College/University: Graduate of MSU (Denver), NLU, WTU & PGCC 
Year started at SVA: 2019

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Drew Greer

Elementary School Paraprofessional

After a few years of being a touring musician, I discovered a passion for kids while working with children in the foster care system in Colorado Springs. After that time, I moved to Denver and took a position at SkyView in the preschool. I am currently the 5th grade para. Favorite Things College/University: PPCC, Arapahoe Community College Office Hours: Year started at SVA: 2014Read More
Elementary School
Biography

After a few years of being a touring musician, I discovered a passion for kids while working with children in the foster care system in Colorado Springs. After that time, I moved to Denver and took a position at SkyView in the preschool. I am currently the 5th grade para.

Favorite Things

College/University: PPCC, Arapahoe Community College
Office Hours:
Year started at SVA: 2014

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Shelby Hamlin

Elementary School Paraprofessional

Originally from California. Proud Poms/cheer mom. Love to rhinestone uniforms and costumes. It is my happy place. Played collegiate soccer. Was a ballet dancer. Favorite Things College/University: Cypress College Office Hours: Year started at SVA:Read More
Elementary School
Biography

Originally from California. Proud Poms/cheer mom. Love to rhinestone uniforms and costumes. It is my happy place. Played collegiate soccer. Was a ballet dancer.

Favorite Things

College/University: Cypress College
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Year started at SVA:

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Samantha Hansing

Elementary Learning Specialist

My name is Samantha Hansing, and this is my second year teaching at SkyView Academy as an Elementary Learning Specialist. The best part about my job is watching students achieving their academic goals. Besides helping students achieve their goals, I especially enjoy giving students strategies and tools that they can take with them throughout their journey into adulthood.…Read More
Elementary School
Biography

My name is Samantha Hansing, and this is my second year teaching at SkyView Academy as an Elementary Learning Specialist. The best part about my job is watching students achieving their academic goals. Besides helping students achieve their goals, I especially enjoy giving students strategies and tools that they can take with them throughout their journey into adulthood. In my free time, I enjoy playing competitive volleyball, hiking, sporting events, and spending time with family, friends, and my Siberian Husky, Aurora.

Favorite Things

College/University:
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Paula Harrison

K – 5th Assistant Principal

I have been teaching for 20 years all in Colorado Charter Schools. I am the mother of two wonderful children, and I have a beautiful granddaughter. The outdoors are where I like to be when I am not at school. I love to hike, camp, go to sporting events, and hang out with friends and family.…Read More
Administration/Office/Facilities
Biography

I have been teaching for 20 years all in Colorado Charter Schools. I am the mother of two wonderful children, and I have a beautiful granddaughter. The outdoors are where I like to be when I am not at school. I love to hike, camp, go to sporting events, and hang out with friends and family.

Favorite Things

College/University: Southern Illinois University
Office Hours: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Year started at SVA: 2015

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Karin Heywood

Business Assistant

I am the Human Resources Associate and have been at SkyView for 6 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and have experience in Corporate, Public and Tax Accounting. I have 2 wonderful boys who are in college and in my spare time I enjoy running, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.…Read More
Administration/Office/Facilities Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x250
Biography

I am the Human Resources Associate and have been at SkyView for 6 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and have experience in Corporate, Public and Tax Accounting. I have 2 wonderful boys who are in college and in my spare time I enjoy running, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Things

College/University: University of Phoenix
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Year started at SVA: 2012

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Kimberley Holland

Elementary School Teacher

My name is Mrs. Holland and I’ve been teaching for 10 years. I grew up in Madison, Mississippi but I love living in Colorado! I graduated from Mississippi State University (Go Bulldogs)! Garett and I got married two years ago and just had our first child! Holden was born May 15th and being a mom is the best thing ever!…Read More
Elementary School
Biography

My name is Mrs. Holland and I’ve been teaching for 10 years. I grew up in Madison, Mississippi but I love living in Colorado! I graduated from Mississippi State University (Go Bulldogs)! Garett and I got married two years ago and just had our first child! Holden was born May 15th and being a mom is the best thing ever! I am so excited for this year!

Favorite Things

College/University: Mississippi State University
Office Hours: 7:45am -8:00am & 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Year started at SVA: 2015

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Tifiny Howard

High School Teacher

This is my 7th year at SkyView. I teach high school math and absolutely love it! The staff and students are so great. Students enjoy learning and we have so much in class. I have a wonderful husband and 3 amazing sons. Two of my boys have graduated from SkyView and my third is currently a freshman.…Read More
High School
Biography

This is my 7th year at SkyView. I teach high school math and absolutely love it! The staff and students are so great. Students enjoy learning and we have so much in class. I have a wonderful husband and 3 amazing sons. Two of my boys have graduated from SkyView and my third is currently a freshman. We enjoy camping, waterskiing and atv-ing. Love my job, love my life!

Favorite Things

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Dwight Humphrey

Technology Director

I love the challenge of providing and maintaining an innovative learning environment that makes a difference for our students, staff and our entire SVA community. I have had wonderful opportunities for over 20+ years working with great educators and technology professionals along the front range. My passions include my faith, family and friends enjoying every minute of our precious time together.…Read More
Administration/Office/Facilities Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x245
Biography

I love the challenge of providing and maintaining an innovative learning environment that makes a difference for our students, staff and our entire SVA community. I have had wonderful opportunities for over 20+ years working with great educators and technology professionals along the front range. My passions include my faith, family and friends enjoying every minute of our precious time together. I have been married to my wonderful wife, Terri for over 30 years and have three children and 2 grandchildren. Life is good!

Favorite Things

College/University: Colorado State
Office Hours: 7:30am – 2:30pm
Year started at SVA: 2015

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Cynthia Hurtado

Elementary School Teacher

Welcome SVA families! My name is Cynthia Hurtado and this will be my 8th year at SVA! I will be teaching Technology to our elementary students! I am originally from Mexico City. My family moved to the United States when I was eight years old and I am very lucky to call Colorado my home.…Read More
Elementary School
Biography

Welcome SVA families! My name is Cynthia Hurtado and this will be my 8th year at SVA! I will be teaching Technology to our elementary students!
I am originally from Mexico City. My family moved to the United States when I was eight years old and I am very lucky to call Colorado my home. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver and I started my teaching career as a homeroom teacher in Aurora Public Schools. After three years I decided to get an endorsement in Spanish and I found a home here at SVA! I taught Spanish at SVA for five years and I enjoyed having the opportunity to share the Spanish language with my students. Throughout my teaching career, one of my passions has always been using technology in the classroom and figuring out educational ways to integrate it into every lesson. I love that Technology has the potential to give every student a voice by offering a digital platform to collaborate and to learn. I earned my Technology K-12 endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education. This will be my third year serving as your child’s Technology teacher. My goal is to motivate students to engage in deeper learning, help them become agents of their own learning and to inspire them to lead in this digital age. I will incorporate Google Classroom at the elementary level and use it as a tool for my students to build community and collaborate with one other! I am excited for this upcoming school year and I look forward to working and learning with your child! Feel free to contact me via email at: churtado@svak12.org

Favorite Things

College/University:  Colorado University
Year started at SVA: 2011