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Secondary Staff

Leigh Moore M.A.
Language Arts 
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I am a Colorado native who was raised in Texas and finally made it back home five years ago. My husband, Brendon, and I have four children, and we love to take road trips, go camping, and watch movies together.

I graduated with a degree in English from Texas A&M University. After completing my M.A. at Baylor University, I taught composition classes there for the next eleven years. I've also homeschooled my own children since our oldest began kindergarten in 2008. We thought we would "try it out" for one year, but have never looked back since!

I am passionate about reading good books and teaching effective writing skills, and I truly love serving the families of Everest Point!

Jim Rittenhouse
Monday History
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Mr. Jim Rittenhouse has a BA in Political Science with minors in math and English, with more than 60 post-graduate hours. He has been teaching for 30 years in public schools and homeschool enrichment programs.   

Mr. Rittenhouse’s involvement for the National Endowment for the Humanities has included: working with grant assessment, facilitating in special programs, co-presenting a workshop at the state convention with the NEH Director of Education, and attending numerous workshops. He also served as Director of the NEH-funded program for teachers called The New Great Plains: A Colorado Perspective.

Mr. Rittenhouse has given over 15 years to non-profit work, including serving on the Board of Yuma County Economic Development Corporation, the Board of Idalia Vision Foundation (a community development 501 c 3), Adviser for Idalia Youth in Community Service (a student-run non-profit), various boards of El Pomar Foundation, East Yuma County Telecommunications Committee, Vision Foundation Medical Clinic Committee, and others.

When not working with the humanities, Mr. Rittenhouse enjoys coaching baseball, girls basketball, strength training, and track. He has been a journeyman electrician for 30 years. Above all, nothing is more important to him than his wife of many years and his four grown children.

Deanna Marcy
Tuesday Spanish, History, Theatre Teacher
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Deanna Marcy has worked with homeschoolers for many years. She homeschooled both of her own daughters all the way through high school; she’s also an experienced teacher, particularly in the context of homeschool enrichment programs, where she has taught, counseled, and assisted for more than 18 years. She is almost a native Spanish speaker; she grew up a missionary kid in Central America and learned to love the language, the culture, and the people. Over the years she has taught multiple subjects (speech, writing, literature, Spanish, music, history), to all grades from first through twelfth. In addition, she has been involved in community theatre for the past 9 years, playing in the orchestra, acting, singing, and directing; she is a member of the Pearl Street Jive swing dance team; and in 2018 she became the choir director for the BrightonMusic Choir and Orchestra. Mrs. Marcy’s gift and her passion for teaching have been repeatedly affirmed by those who have observed them. She is excited to see how her experience and her talents can be used to encourage and teach young people at Everest Point Homeschool Academy.
 

Ashley Reid (de los Santos)
Science and Math

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Hello! My name is Ashley Reid, and I am so happy to be teaching at Everest Point again this year! 

I have a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Colorado Mesa University and am passionate about all things science and math. I absolutely love learning and hope to share my fascination with the world around me with my students.

I have been homeschooling for six years, and my three amazing children also attend Everest Point. We all love the staff and students here - the homeschooling community is the best!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, doing anything outdoors, swimming, jogging, playing games with my kids, teaching children’s church, reading, and gardening. 

Jeanine Roybal
Secondary ASL
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Education
Regis University, UNColorado, Front Range Community College: Graduated
DU Certificate: Disability Advocate
PI GAMMA MU, PHI THETA KAPPA
National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Volunteer
Colorado State Commissioner Auxiliary Services CCDHHDB 2018- present
Colorado (Signing) First Responder 1999 - present

Accomplishments
Stewart for National Teachers Association (NTA) Jeffco 2016-2017
ESP Union Rep Jeffco 2013-2017
UNColorado Specialization in Education 2005-2008
Colorado State Registered Lobbyist for:
“Disability Access” 2012- 2018
“Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights” 1996
Colorado State Disaster Team: First Responder- 1998 - present
VIP Award: Rocky Mountain Deaf School, Colorado. Initiated the school fundraising and wrote the Inception Credo and Mission Statement for MSD with Jerry Moers.
Principal's Award; Pecos Middle School
(In process) Published Author.

I am a lifelong learner who enjoys Camping, Gardening, Cooking/Canning/Preserving, Crafting, Water Sports, Music, The Arts and Volunteering.
 


Michael Adam
Physical Movement Teacher
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Hello.  My name is Mike Adam.  Throughout my 15 years of teaching, I have learned the power of family and community.  Everest Point has been a family and community to us and I am excited to be here as a teacher, not just as a parent.

I love teaching because I get to help kids rise to their potential. That’s how I feel about my own kids and it is how I feel about my students too.

Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my family, being overseas, and enjoying the outdoors.  I never want to stop learning and I hope to be a blessing as much as I have been blessed.

Ruth Downing
Secondary Variety Teacher
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Hello! My name is Mrs. Ruth Downing. I have a BA in Psychology with a minor in Music and a cross-disciplinary study in Interpersonal Communication. Occupationally, I have dabbled in design, marketing, office work, business writing, jazz performance, nannying, and teaching. I teach classes on music, writing, public speaking, art, and life skills!

As an avid learner myself, I L-O-V-E teaching others how to have fun with learning and with life! My teaching style is enthusiastic and conversational. I believe empathy and encouragement are essential components in gaining new skills. Above all, my heart is to empower others with a long-lasting desire to grow and learn!

I can't wait to get to know you all more in class!

Mrs. Downing

P.S. A fun fact about me is that I have two baby guinea pigs named Clarkie and Poppy!