|Meet Our Teachers|
DeAnn Ailport - Spanish
DeAnn Ailport has been homeschooling for two years. Her son Jacob is attending CCA for the first year, as a sophomore. He has taken Latin, Japanese and Spanish, he is interested in languages. She also has two adult children, two grandkids and a daughter who is 11 years old.
DeAnn is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Trail Guide (Lay Counseling) for Pathway 2 Full Freedom. She is passionate for others to live in the freedom that Christ has shown her. When not homeschooling, she is equipping others with these tools to free them from past and present bondages.
She loves to facilitate and empower others to grow in learning. She is eager to teach Spanish and learn alongside the students.
Sarah Arthur - English Composition
Sarah Arthur graduated summa cum laude from Regis University with a degree in English. She loves sharing her lifelong passion for reading and writing with her students and is thrilled to work in such a positive, Christian setting. She was introduced to homeschooling through her mother-in-law, a former principal of Rock Solid High School who also homeschooled her eight children.
Sarah lives in Littleton with her firefighter husband Trent, seven-year-old daughter Grace and four-year-old son Caleb. She enjoys doing craft projects with her kids and taking trips to the mountains.
Evelyn Baker - Personal Finance
Evelyn is the wife of John Baker. They have been married for seventeen years and have seven beautiful children. They became grandparents in July. Their youngest children, John and Heather (twins) attend CCA. They relocated their business and moved from Michigan in December 2011. Their desire is for their children to have an awesome relationship with God. She is a college graduate and has been homeschooling for two years.
Keith Burns - Geometry, Physics
Keith is a native Coloradan. After high school, he moved to New Mexico to get a college education, serve in various ministries, and begin his career. After graduating from New Mexico Tech with a B.S. degree, he worked for three years at a charter school as a licensed math and science teacher, and at a Christian summer camp as a counselor. He has returned to the Denver area and is looking forward to working with homeschoolers. When not teaching, he tutors, helps provide people with legal and identity theft protection, and plays music and disc golf with his friends.
Danielle Carr - Anatomy/Physiology
Danielle Carr is a homeschool mom of six children. She and her husband Brian accepted the calling to homeschool in 1996 while pregnant with their firstborn Heather who is in her 3rd year at CCA as a junior.
Danielle is a Registered Massage Therapist with her Associates Degree in Occupational studies. She is passionate about holistic health and wellness and is excited to share her passion with students and their families this fall. In addition to teaching at CCA, she is developing a curriculum for Pastors and Christian therapists who want to have a biblical focus while working with clients.
She desires to teach this Anatomy and Physiology class from a biblical worldview in order to give students a foundation for college classes in that field as well as their future careers. Danielle is thankful for the opportunity to co-teach with Hilary Osborne.
Sandy Edwards – French
Sandy Edwards has been homeschooling since 1999. Her son, Sam, took two classes at CCA for each of four years, and graduated in May 2010. He then began studying Computer Science in the Engineering Honors Program at CU Boulder. Her daughter, Lauren, is a current student.
Prior to her career as a homeschooling mom, she was a Certified Public Accountant for 11 years, after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration. She has been married for 28 years to Eric, who used to be a business financial executive, and now runs a senior home care company.
Lizhi Gao - Chinese
Lizhi Gao is the mother of two boys. Her oldest son, Bobby, started at Crossroads in March 2013 and will graduate in 2014.
Lizhi received her medical master’s degree in China. She lived in Japan for five years before coming to the United States. She really enjoys teaching language, and began teaching Chinese in Denver in 2008. She attended the Great Wall Chinese Training Workshop at the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China, in 2010.
She has always loved working with students and she is passionate about developing a love for learning in each student. She loves Jesus and is willing to follow Him fully.
Sharon Grimes - Geography
Sharon Grimes, a mother of 5 beautiful children, has homeschooled for 10 years. She has been married to her husband, Andrew, for 18 years. After teaching in the public schools, Sharon and Andrew decided to take a leap of faith and homeschool their own children. She has been very involved in her local homeschool support group, completing two years in leadership. She also started a Christian group for girls called Keepers of the Faith, in which girls learn homemaking skills.
Sharon has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. She taught first grade and third grade in the public schools. She has also taught a variety of preschool, VBS, and Sunday School classes over the years. Sharon loves teaching and interacting with students. She is truly looking forward to sharing God’s love for the world while teaching Geography this year.
Adrienne Hanagan - Biology
Prior to becoming a mother, Adrienne obtained a Chemical and Petroleum Refining degree from Colorado School of Mines. After over two years of working in the aerospace industry, she left to get her Masters' degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University. During her Masters' work, she worked at Sandoz Crop Protection. When she graduated she worked for Synergen, a small biotechnology company in Boulder, then Supragen in Lakewood, and finally at CU Health Sciences Center for the School of Pharmacy. She worked as a protein biochemist for Professor Carlos Catalano for over two and a half years. She has 8 years of experience working in the biotechnology area.
When her son was born 16 years ago, she had a very hard time giving her child to someone else to care for. She thought she would go back to work when her son was a bit more independent, say, at age 3. Well, it didn't happen. She home schooled her two sons through COVA for seven years rather than send them to the local elementary school. It was a thrill to teach her eldest how to read and to do arithmetic. She decided to try homeschooling on her own using an umbrella program. She has been doing this for the past three years. She enjoys introducing kids to science and math. God is the most amazing scientist and engineer. She realized when getting her Masters' degree that God beat engineers and scientists hands down when he created the simplest bacteria.
Melanie Hockley - British Literature, American Government
Melanie Hockley is a homeschooling mom of two boys (16 and 13) and has been homeschooling for 5 years. Her older son will be attending CCA for his third year. She and her husband, John, have been married for 20 years and both are native Californians although they have recently moved here from Arizona. Both have spent approximately eight years in the USAF getting out in 1997 when their first son was born. Her education is broad and varied having been trained as an Aerospace Medical Technician for the USAF and attending leadership school for advancement within the military. When she separated from the service she became a stay-at-home mom. Homeschooling in Arizona gave her opportunities for various homeschooling roles: teaching PE, apologia science classes, and the learning that comes with teaching your own kiddos. When coming to Colorado two years ago she looked for similar opportunities and learned about Summit Ministries and AiG’s worldview curriculums and taught them at the Aletheia co-op in Aurora. What a year of learning that was!
She thoroughly enjoys seeing how God’s plans come to fruition especially through the path of homeschooling and co-educating other young people.
Hilary Osborne – Speech, Anatomy/Physiology
Hilary Osborne has been married to Marty for 27 years and is the mother of two sons, ages 17 and 15, who both attend CCA. She earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has home schooled both boys for 13 years and has taught several home schooling enrichment classes, including a ten-week purity class for teen girls, and Speech at CCA. She, Marty and their sons relocated from Michigan to the Denver area in 2010, following God's call to new ministries, friends, and adventures. Her passion is a sound education based on the Word of God, and discovering new things about Him along with her students. Her interests are baking, reading, writing, and eating. As a native of Michigan, she will always side with the Red Wings.
David Polhamus - Bible
David Polhamus grew up in South Carolina. He was saved at the age of 16 and right away felt that the Lord was calling him to be a pastor. He went to Bob Jones University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Bible in 2010. He is currently working on his Masters in Biblical Studies from Bob Jones Seminary and will graduate this May.
David met his wife Stephanie in high school and they graduated high school and college together. They got married in 2010 soon after graduation.
From 2010 to 2012 David interned at Trinity Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. In December of 2012, David came on staff as the Youth Director at Grace Baptist of Parker, CO. Stephanie is working as a nurse at a clinic in Parker.
David has a burden for teenagers seeing that he was saved as a teenager and knowing that the teenage years are so critical in deciding the path that the individual will take the rest of their life. His burden is that every teenager would know what it is like to walk with God and live for Him.
Tahla Stephens – Fine Art, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
Tahla Stephens has a passion for teaching. Before God blessed her with children, she taught in both public and private schools. She taught as a homeschool mom for 15 yrs, and in all has been a classroom instructor and/or tutor for 30 plus years. She has been involved in numerous homeschool programs, for which she has done administrative work and teaching. Tahla has been teaching math classes at CCA since 2005 and has recently added Fine Art & Worldview to her repertoire. She is a Watercolourist and Fiber Artist but enjoys experiencing the creative process in many art medias. Tahla strongly believes in mastery of mathematical concepts or art techniques, and will work tirelessly to make sure her students thoroughly understand the material she teaches. Tahla has a degree in elementary education from UNC with a minor in special education.