Since 1989, Mark Wood has been a fixture at Denver Academy. He served as a teacher in the Elementary and High School before his roles as High School Dean and now Head of the High School. Prior to his experience at DA, Mr. Wood worked as a counselor at a residential child care facility and as a drug and alcohol counselor. He works closely with his assistant, Diane Berry.
Mark earned his B.S. in Human Rehabilitation Services and his M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mr. Lindburg started teaching at Denver Academy in 1998. He has taught all high school math subjects—from Algebra I to Calculus—and held various titles at DA including, High School Math Chair and Learning Specialist. Chad likes the musical stylings of Radiohead and can't find a single bad thing to say about his job.
Mr. Lindburg holds a B.A. in Music from Colorado Christian University.
Mr. Roberts began working at Denver Academy in 1995 and has served as a teacher, grade-level coordinator, as well as the Faculty Representative to the DA Board of Trustees. In 2011, he was awarded the Wings of the Future Award for achieving a higher level of accomplishment in the classroom and manifesting an extraordinary dedication to students. Matt likens his role at DA to that of a "barn owl surveying the farm at daybreak, observing the activities of all critters in search of knowledge."
Mr. Roberts earned his B.A. in English from the University of Arizona.
After nearly 20 years of teaching in and administrating the Denver Academy Middle School, Mr. Butler became the 10th Grade Dean in 2012. An avid hiker, Perry frequently leads field trips and experiential trips to the wondrous state and national parks in our own backyard. He lives in Littleton with his wife, sons and golden retriever, Canyon.
Mr. Butler graduated with a B.A. in History from Providence College and an M.Ed. from the University of Bridgeport.
Originally from Oklahoma, Ms. Walker fell in love with Colorado while on camping trips as a teenager. She always knew Colorado would one day be her home. Ms. Walker has been a part of the Denver Academy family since 2002. She loves teaching her literature, English, Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, and Botany classes. An outdoor enthusiast, Jenni is working through her list of 14ers. While she has lived on a California wildlife refuge, she currently resides in Centennial with her two daughters and her dog, Gypsy. Ms. Walker was proud to be recognized as DA's Teacher of the Year in 2015.
Ms. Walker graduated with undergraduate degrees in Zoology and Botany from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Corbin has a decade of experience in both undergraduate and graduate admissions, institutional accreditation, and enrollment management. Additionally, while working at the University of Dallas, she oversaw the campus visit program, and admissions-related marketing and communications, as well as the admissions staff. As an admission counselor herself, she specifically worked with Colorado high school students applying to UD. Her passion lies in helping students to identify what they want to do “next,” be it college, launching a start-up company, creating art, or simply following their heart.
Jill earned both her B.A. in Film & Video Studies and her Master's in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Mindy Adair
Director of Mathematics & Technology Integration Specialist
Dr. Adair joins Denver Academy with almost three decades of experience in education. Prior to Denver Academy, Dr. Adair enjoyed working at a local independent school where she was the math department chair, college counselor, and dean of students. She is thrilled to join this community of learners.
Dr. Adair earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Education from the University of Colorado and an M.A. from the University of Phoenix in Education Administration and Supervision. She holds a Professional Teacher License and a Professional Principal License for the State of Colorado. Dr. Adair completed her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver.
Mr. Allen has been working with high school and college students since 2015. Through coaching, teaching, and mentoring, Scott is committed to building positive relationships with his students and learning about their interests. He is very curious and an avid reader who loves discussing literature. Outside of school, Scott spends his time with his dog, camping, fly fishing, and skiing.
Mr. Allen earned his B.S. in Adolescent/Young Adult Integrated Language Arts from Ohio University in 2015.
Since joining the DA faculty in 2003, Mr. Brookhart continues to amaze and delight his students, their parents and his fellow co-workers alike. In 2010, he was honored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as a Teacher of the Future. The prior year, Mr. Brookhart published a book, Globalistic, with his students, detailing life in a millennial classroom. Ramsey enjoys travelling and takes every opportunity to expose his students to the world through cultural themes and ecological concepts.
Mr. Brookhart earned his B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Mr. Duhamel began his journey as a teacher at the Denver Music Institute, where he taught piano, synthesizer and recording techniques. After working in Cherry Creek School District, teaching at an alternative high school for at-risk youth, Bobby found a home here at Denver Academy. He enjoys working at DA where teachers can thrive, learn and teach and where long-term relationships are valued and encouraged. In 2013, Bobby was honored as the Denver Academy Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Duhamel attended the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he studied English, Creative Writing, and Music.
Ms. Gafvert joined Denver Academy in 2018 and teaches Spanish language and culture. She is currently working on her master’s degree in secondary Spanish education with an emphasis on differentiated learning from Regis University. Ms. Gafvert lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina for six months and travels when she can to Latin and South America. Although Ms. Gafvert’s students groan at all of the cheesy songs she plays in class, she knows the students secretly love them, and she believes that incorporating different media into the classroom is important for engagement and retention.
Ms. Ireland joined Denver Academy in the fall of 2018 as the Sophomore Divison's TA. She now teaches 10th grade English and Humanities. Beyond her role as a mentor in the classroom, Ms. Ireland enjoys coaching cheerleading after school. She is known for her love of poetry, grammar, and creative writing. Outside of academics, you can catch Ms. Ireland walking her dogs and spending time with her family!
Ms. Ireland graduated with honors and her BSBA in Marketing from the University of Arizona in 2016.
We welcome Ms. Mackenzie back to Denver Academy this year after her previous work at our school from 2000 to 2004. During her four-year tenure at DA as a Prep High School Teacher, Ms. Mackenzie taught multiple science and math classes, mentored five homeroom classes in grades 9 to 11, and organized college visitations for 11th graders. She has also worked as a teacher for the Denver Public and Jefferson County School Districts and as an adjunct professor for Salt Lake City Community College. Ms. Mackenzie has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center.
Mr. McMillin taught freshman composition courses at the University of Dayton, adult education classes at Sinclair Community College and AP English classes at a charter high school—all in Ohio—before relocating to Denver in 1996. He began his career at Denver Academy in 1997, where he helped launch the Progressive High School Division. He also taught in the Prep High School Division division for several years. In 2013, Gary was honored with Denver Academy's Wings of the Future award. Currently, Gary teaches junior and senior Language Arts classes.
Mr. McMillin earned his B.S. in Secondary Education and his M.A. in English from the University of Dayton.
Since being appointed to Denver Academy in 1986, Mr. Miller has made a positive difference in the lives of countless students. Currently an 11th grade homeroom and History teacher, Fred has held various coordinator roles in the high school and drama departments. In 1989, Fred directed DA's first musical production: The Ransom of Red Chief.
Mr. Miller graduated with a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and earned his M.A. from the University of Denver.
Ms. Mitchell believes that we are all mathematicians. Before coming to DA, she was a course assistant and undergrad tutor for the Math Department at CU Boulder. Now she aims to help her students see the beauty in math and identify how they can become successful problem solvers. When she’s not teaching, Jill loves running on the beautiful trails of Colorado, indulging in some vegan brunch in downtown Denver, and laughing at lame math puns.
Ms. Mitchell earned her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a license in Secondary Math Education.
A native of Denver, Mrs. Mulligan-Weekley came to D.A. in 2019. She started her teaching career in 2001 with Teach for America in Phoenix, after which she spent five years traveling and working in other areas. She returned to teaching in 2008 and aside from three years at home with her young children, has taught high school Spanish at two other independent schools. She loves the Spanish language and the different cultures that she has been fortunate to learn about in her travels through Spain, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Ecuador. She believes that above all, Spanish class should be a fun and interactive place for learning.
Mrs. Mulligan-Weekley earned a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from Occidental College and a Master's Degree in Education from Northcentral University.
This year is Lucy Prewitt's first year at Denver Academy. Lucy is originally from Texas, where she studied Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Texas A&M University. After graduating, she taught high school math in Eastern Kentucky for a number of years through the Teach For America program. After Lucy moved to Colorado, she began her masters in Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Math Education from Johns Hopkins University and finally made her way to DA. She is thrilled to join our team and can't wait to see what the year has in store!
Mr. Price spent the first 16 years of his career working as a counselor, teacher, and administrator at a residential treatment facility for youth. In 2005, he came to Denver Academy to teach science and in 2008 became the High School Science Chair. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Price, "the science guy," thinks that everyone should read, The Greatest Show on Earth: Evidence for Evolution, by Richard Dawkins.
Alan earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and is pursuing his M.A. in Special Education from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Mr. Sledge has almost a decade of higher education admissions, having worked for institutions in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. He is excited to bring this knowledge to DA and help students in their transitions for after graduation in his Senior Seminar classes. In his spare time, Mr. Sledge enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with his family.
Mr. Seldy earned his B.A in Secondary Education from Oaklahoma State University.
Ms. Warneke says the best part of her job is building relationships with students. Indeed, it's not surprising that parents and students alike can't help being won over by her bright, good-natured personality. At Denver Academy, you'll find Ms. Warneke teaching Spanish and Literature and acting as a 9th Grade Homeroom Teacher. Outside of school, Cayla loves being with her family and teaching dance.
Ms. Warneke earned her B.A. in Secondary Education (English and Spanish) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mr. Williams has worked with youth in many capacities including teaching, mentoring, and service learning. At DA, Aaron teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Precalculus. He is passionate about getting to know students and helping them retain the knowledge they learn in class. Outside of DA, Mr. Williams enjoys fishing, camping, and running.
Mr. Williams earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his MAT in Secondary Teaching from Louisiana Tech University.
Twenty years in the IT sector provided Ms. Zimmermann with a solid foundation of applied mathematics as well as managing diverse groups of personalities. Wanda celebrates her inner geekdom and enjoys bonding with her students over their shared love of programming languages and breadboards. Now in her second career, she's still having fun.
Ms. Zimmermann earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Binghampton University.
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