Principal – Nicole Wenger has over 20 years experience teaching, public speaking, and developing curriculum. Nicole is delighted to share her passion and work alongside parents to live life well. “Helping start Ambleside at Skylark has been one of the greatest rewards of my life. I have the privilege to work alongside and individually observe each child grow, in every area of their life, in a warm, joyful and challenging atmosphere.” Mrs. Wenger has a B.S. from Bridgewater State University and a M.S. in Environmental Studies / Conservation Biology from Antioch University in Keene N.H. Nicole and her husband, Chris Wenger, are co-founders of Ambleside at Skylark and they have two boys who attend the school.Administrator – Audrey Poindexter graduated from New Creation School of the Bible and is finishing her B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in sustainable business and an A.A. in Spanish. Before taking on the school’s Administrator role Mrs. Poindexter taught at Ambleside in grades 3-4. In her free time, Mrs. Poindexter enjoys the outdoors through hiking, running and other sports, soccer in particular. “It is an honor and a privilege to be part of Ambleside at Skylark where God is the center and children can flourish in learning”. Admissions and Parent Volunteer Coordinator– After graduating from Colorado State University Sage O’Neil worked as a Horticulturist manager in Golden and New Castle. She and her husband, Cody- Board President, have two daughters that attend the school. “As a family, it has been a blessing to partner with Ambleside at Skylark. The philosophy and teaching methods fit everything we want for our girls’ education while allowing God to stay at the center of it all. It truly is my pleasure to support the school as a parent and now in an administrative role. I find so much joy talking to prospective parents and students and look forward to watching the school continue to grow!” Skylark Scramble Golf Coordinator – Bev Wood is the Coordinator for Skylark’s annual fundraiser, The Skylark Scramble. She has served in this role for 5 years bringing a dynamic, organized, and energetic leadership to the Scramble Committee.
Teacher -Mrs. Rayzor was the school’s Kindergarten teacher for 4 years before moving into the Art and Music Specialist position. “I am so thankful to have an opportunity to teach in a place that reverences God above all else. The children learn in an atmosphere of joy and I absolutely love being here as they discover and learn about the world around them and the amazing God who created it all.” She graduated from Rhema Bible College with a Youth Ministry and Music degree.Teacher / Shakespeare Coordinator – Lori Keathley and her husband, Hampton, have five children, the youngest two having attended Ambleside at Skylark. A native of Texas, Lori and her family moved to Glenwood Springs in August 2015 so that they could be a part of Skylark. She trained with Ambleside Schools International in 2013 and has had an ongoing relationship with them ever since. Lori is passionate about Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy and enjoys sharing it’s message with others. For Lori, Mason’s message of “growth, not perfection,” is a breath of fresh air. As a teacher at Skylark, Lori has enjoyed getting to know the children and walking alongside them on their educational journey. “It’s a beautiful system and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”
Middle School – Matt Wilcox attended an Ambleside School from 2nd to 8th grade. He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, biking, and anything else outdoors that Colorado offers. Matt has been hearing and learning about Charlotte Mason his entire life and is excited to be part of a growing school where students are inspired by worthy ideas and encouraged to strive for excellence in all things.
Grades 1 and 2 – Carrie Bowen worked with significant support needs children for 8 years before coming to Ambleside at Skylark. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Education from Grand Canyon University. Carrie is an active member of her church choir as well as the media department. “I love that I get to work with wonderful people. God has brought me into the family here at Ambleside at Skylark and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity. It is a wonderful, blessed opportunity to nurture children in their walk with God as well as their education.”Director of Arrowsmith / Math Specialist – Jenn Zwickl is a native of Glenwood Springs and received her Associates of Arts degree from Colorado Mountain College, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Addictions Counseling from Liberty University. In the summer of 2016, Jenn received her Certified Arrowsmith Program Teacher credentials in Toronto, Canada. In her spare time Jenn enjoys reading, crocheting, being outdoors, golfing, camping and playing with her son. “I am truly blessed that my son and I are both able to be part of the Ambleside at Skylark community!”
Spanish Specialist – Lisa Hutchinson is a mother of two young children and has over 7 years experience working as a bilingual therapist with youth, adults and families. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2009 and studied Spanish in Mexico during her bachelor’s program at Metropolitan University of Denver. She is passionate about languages and learning. “I am very blessed to have found Ambleside at Skylark not only for our own children’s education but also so that I may serve God with the gifts and talents He has given to me for His glory.”
Kindergarten and K-Readiness– Paola Amengual has taught K-Readiness – Grade 2 and Spanish at Ambleside. Paola is completing her Bachelor degree of Education from Liberty University. In her spare time Ms. Amengual enjoys the outdoors through camping, hiking, and sports such as volleyball and snowboarding. ” It is a true privilege to work and serve at Ambleside at Skylark where God is at the center, and where the children can learn about all the great and wonderful things he made for us.”Grade 3 – Cara Pettinger has worked with children for the last six years in general education classrooms to significant support needs before coming to Ambleside at Skylark. Cara is graduating from Grand Canyon University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Elementary Education and Special Education. Cara grew up in the valley and enjoys hiking, as well as playing a round of golf. She’s excited to be a part of a growing community and the Ambleside team that supports each other to guide children on their path to learning. Grade 4/5 – Candace Eaton-Dixon is a graduate of University Oklahoma with a K-8 certification and a M.S. in Business from Regis University. She has one child at Ambleside at Skylark. Director of Arts– Trea Traver is a mother of three, all of which have attended Skylark, with the younger two currently attending. She attended CMC and the University of Northern Colorado to study music and art. She attended Bible college in Nashville, TN. Trea enjoys travelling abroad with her kids, composing music, playing the piano, flute and guitar. “I am honored to be a part of what God is doing through Ambleside at Skylark. Watching my children and their fellow students grow in their faith and education is beautiful. The school environment is kind, nurturing and full of rich ideas.”