OUR STAFF

We are very pleased to introduce our staff to our Merit Academy families. The members of this team are amazing, highly qualified, passionate about children and education, and share Merit Academy's vision and foundational principles.

We strive to have the strongest and best educational team possible for not just this year, but in years to come. Get to know your staff! You will be so glad you did!

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aut viam inveniam aut faciam

I will  either find a way or make one

CHIEF ACTION OFFICER

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

24 years in Education/Higher Education

Specialty: Change Management, Organizational Development, Communication, Leadership Development, Team Cohesion, & Performance

DEAN OF SCHOOLS

DEAN OF UPPER SCHOOL

MA: School Counseling

CO License: K-12 Counseling &

Principals' Endorsements

5 years experience:

Counselor, Director of Alternative Education

Dean of Schools

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Somnia magna agite in hoc

Dream big, then act on it!

DEAN OF GRAMMAR SCHOOL

3RD GRADE

MA, CO Licensed: Early Education

Specialist: Early Education

10 years teaching elementary

6 years teaching at the college level

10 years as an administrator

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Magno animo opus est ad animos iuvenum docendos

It takes a big heart to teach little minds

KINDERGARTEN

BS: Elementary Education

M.Ed: Special Education; Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education

CO Licensed: K-6, ELL

15 years experience teaching ELL/K-6

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Surgimus elevando alios

We rise by lifting others

1ST GRADE

BS: Early Education

CO License in K-6, Read Act

30 years teaching experience in elementary education

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PARAEDUCATOR

primarily 6-8

AMOR ET SECUNDUM

SEMPER EO ORDINE

Love and success, always in that order

2ND GRADE

BS: Early Education

CO License in K-6, Read Act

1 year teaching experience in elementary education

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4TH GRADE

M.Ed: Special Education;

CO License: K-12 Sped, Elementary Ed

Principal's License

16 years experience: teaching, principal

Quod anima tua consumit

animam tuam

What consumes your mind controls your life

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confortare et esto robustus

Be strong and courageous

5TH GRADE

BA: Elementary Education

MA: History, Emphasis in Education

CO Licensed: K-6 Elementary Education

16 years teaching experience

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Ubi amor est vita est

Where there is love, there is life

PARAEDUCATOR, PRIMARILY K-2

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PARAEDUCATOR, PRIMARILY 3-5

BA: Theology

BA: Elementary Education

Licensed (AZ) Elementary Ed

7 years teaching elementary

7 years homeschool teacher

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Memento vivere

Remember to Live

SCHOOL OF LOGIC (6-8)

LANGUAGE ARTS

BA: Elementary Education

M.Ed: Literacy

CO Licensed: ESL, Language Arts, &

Social Science

5 years teaching experience at college level

5 years teaching experience secondary level

Numquam numquam numquam desistas

Never, never, never give up

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COGITO ERGO SUM

Do All Things With Your Best Effort

SCHOOL OF LOGIC (6-8)

MATH

BS: Elementary Education

CO Licensed: Math 6-8, Read Act

7 years experience: teaching

Middle School Math, PLC, Team Lead,

MTSS Coach/Interventionist

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COGITO ERGO SUM

I think, therefore I am

SCHOOL OF LOGIC (6-8)

SCIENCE & HISTORY

BA: Anthropolgy/International Studies

MS: Teaching Secondary Social Studies

CO Licensed; K-6 Elementary

6-12 Science, Social Studies

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beatius est magis dare

quam accipere

It is more blessed to give than receive

director of student support

special education

BA: Communication & Theater, emphasis in Secondary Education

M.Ed.: Special Education

CO LIcensed: Special Education I Moderate Needs, 5-21, ELA 7-12th grades

10 years teaching experience

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Omnes magistri sumus. Omnes discentium sumus

We are all teachers. We are all learners.

READING SPECIALIST

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Esto placidus et benignus

Be calm and kind

READING TEACHER

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MR. HUNTER

STUDENT SUPPORT

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MRS. PRATHER

Ora et Labora

Pray and work

STUDENT SUPPORT

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Laetare in itinere

Find Joy in the Journey

BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST

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MRS. MONTGOMERY

Rei benignitas

Kindness Matters

BEHAVIOR/KINDNESS COACH

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ART & THEATER

Nutrimentum creativity et integritas

Nurture creativity and integrity

BA: Liberal Arts & Elementary Education

CO Licensed: K-6, Reading

Writing, Communication

15 years teaching experience

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MUSIC/VOCAL

BS:Music Education

CO Licensed: Music K-12

10 years experience teaching Music

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scientia sit potentia

Knowledge is Power

6TH-8TH : ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY

BS: Science, Avian Science + 120 hrs

CO LIcensed: Secondary Science, Biological

31years experience teaching Science

Vacate et cognoscite

Be Still and Know

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LEARNING COACH

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MRS. CRAMER

MOTUS FACIT COGNITA

Movement Facilitates Learning

LEARNING COACH

MA: Counseling

Certified Teacher in

Education through Movement

Trained Consultant: Math in Movement

22 years teaching experience k-12

LEARNING COACH

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OMNE AURUM NON FULGET

All that is gold does not glitter

LEARNING COACH

BS: Electrical Engineering

Education Experience:

Private Tutor for 10+ years

Homeschooling: 14 years

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MRS. HALCOMB

HODIE MATERIA FAC

Make Today Matter

PARAPROFESSIONAL 6-8TH

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MRS. COOPER

TAMEN I ORIRI

Still, I Rise

COMMUNITY LIAISON LEARNING COACH

MA: Social Work

AAS: Health Occupations

10 years experience in education

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MRS. WRIGHT

LAETITIA

JOY

PARAPROFESSIONAL

MR. RICHARDSON

BELOVED FACILITIES MANAGER

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virtus, cor meum

Courage, Dear Heart

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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cura serve et sana

Care, Serve, and Heal

NURSE

BS: Nursing

Registered Nurse, Pediatric Unit

Chemo Certified, PALS Certified, ALCS Certified, BCS Certified

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Vide cor tuum, non oculos tuos

See with your heart, not your eyes

HEALTH AIDE

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Risus contagiosus

Laughter is contagious

HEALTH AIDE

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Numquam ne quis te coruscent hebes

Never let anyone dull your sparkle

LIBRARY/LEARNING COACH

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MRS. WHITE

Da hilari corde

Give with a cheerful heart

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY