About Us

Administration




Mr. Paul Harrell

Head of School

University of Minnesota, B.S., Math Education
University of Louisville, M.Ed., Secondary Education 

Paul Harrell’s 44-year tenure in private education encompasses a multitude of roles, as a master teacher, Math Department Head, Varsity Football Coach, Admissions Director, Advancement Director, and Head of School, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our community. Throughout his career, which has taken him across the country at premier private educational institutions from North Carolina to Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, and California, Paul has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to academic excellence, community engagement, and the nurturing of virtuous habits in students. His track record is unparalleled, most notably
during his tenure as Interim Head of School at Seven Peaks School in Bend, Oregon, where he orchestrated significant financial and cultural growth, leaving a lasting legacy of unity and academic excellence.
 
During his 10-year tenure as Head of School at Vacaville Christian Schools in Vacaville, California (2007–2017), Paul led a transformative era of expansion and innovation. Overseeing over 800 students and 140 faculty and staff members, he managed a $10 million annual operating budget with precision. Paul spearheaded a groundbreaking $16 million bond project for a state-of-the-art high school and athletic complex, successfully renegotiating the bond to $6 million for fiscal responsibility. Paul fostered a cultural shift, promoting collaboration and empowerment among the administrative team, leading to consecutive 6-year accreditation renewals by Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). Beyond academics, he contributed to student development by teaching AP Calculus and AP Statistics, coaching elementary football, and initiating Positive Psychology into the curriculum. Paul’s visionary leadership and tireless dedication positioned Vacaville Christian Schools as a beacon of educational excellence in Northern California.

Paul and his wife, Krista, are the proud parents of six children.
 
"My family and I are incredibly honored and blessed to have received this opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team and community. I will use every experience God has afforded me to support the students, faculty, and parents. I am beyond excited to be a part of such a talented and driven team." – Paul Harrell



Ms. Synthia Laura Molina

Director of Business Management

Claremont Graduate University, M.B.A., Drucker School of Management
University of La Verne, B.S., Management and Organizational Behavior 

For more than 30 years, Ms. Synthia Laura Molina has helped social-benefit pioneers in the education, social services, and healthcare industries improve their performance, outcomes, and impacts by (1) delivering unparalleled value to mission-aligned individuals, organizations, and communities; (2) building honorable, hyper-scalable, and high-performing enterprises; and (3) engaging stakeholders in support of the greater good, a better-functioning society, and human flourishing.

The middle child among seven siblings—and the daughter of a college English professor and a painter-pianist-performer turned homemaker—Ms. Molina developed a love for the classics, humanities, and liberal arts at an early age. With her academic studies funded by merit-based scholarships, grants, and employment, she (1) focused on the premedical sciences and arts as an early undergraduate at UC Berkeley and Pomona College; (2) pivoted to business and organizational psychology while fully employed by Johnson & Johnson and completing her bachelor’s degree at University of La Verne’s evening program for working adults; and (3) embraced transdisciplinary philosophies, principles, and practices in studying strategy, leadership, and general management with Peter F. Drucker at Claremont Graduate University (a member of The Claremont Colleges consortium near Los Angeles, California). Top-ranked in her graduating class—and known for celebrating excellence from the frontlines to the boardroom—she was recruited to lead the Drucker MBA Program in the mid-1990s, head the Drucker School Alumni Association in the early 2000s, and serve on the Advisory Board for every dean of the Drucker School of Management for more than three decades.

A successful serial entrepreneur—and an expert in corporate jumpstarts, turnarounds, and transformations—Ms. Molina has led mission-critical initiatives for dozens of organizations (including new ventures, small-to-midsize businesses, multinational corporations, nonprofits, and public-private collaboratives). Her client list includes now-prominent startups like Medical Data International (IMS Health–IQVIA), Neoforma (GHX), and WebMD (that needed to survive the dotcom crash); biopharma, medtech, and digital-health companies like Bayer, Philips, and Kooth (that wanted to document increasingly favorable real-world results); and world-class nonprofits like the American Red Cross, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of California (that sought to protect and enhance their roles as industry thought and practice leaders).

With years of ministry support work for Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, Ms. Molina joined the leadership team of Jackson Hole Classical Academy to (1) help the community focus on strengths; (2) create digitally enabled learning systems that support a culture of continuous improvement; and (3) apply management as a liberal art to counter distracting principalities. Her methods reflect the digitally remastered thinking, techniques, and tools of Peter F. Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, and Will Durant (among others). She is accountable for business policies, systems, and processes in marketing, finance, and operations—as well as human resources, information technology, and special programs (like JHCA campus expansion inclusive of design-build-manage considerations).

“The purpose of a social-benefit enterprise is to create a more enlightened, empowered, and effective customer who is glorifying God by contributing to the greater good, supporting a better-functioning society, and promoting human flourishing.”





Mr. Ian Landis

Director of Admissions; Dean of Faculty, Lower School

6th Grade Math

Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Elementary Education


Mr. Ian Landis, a founding teacher at JHCA, has enjoyed teaching science and mathematics at multiple grade levels at JHCA for ten years. Drawn to Wyoming to be near extended family, Mr. Landis has previously taught in Arizona as well as South Dakota. Mr. Landis’s logical approach to his teaching disciplines makes him a model of excellence in the classroom for his students. Mr. Landis enjoys riding his motorcycle, studying his Bible, and exploring the beauty of Wyoming with his wife and two children.
 
“I love seeing students mature in their learning, whether it be coming to love mathematics or science, or just deepening their understanding of the world around them. To love to learn is one of our highest aims, and to be able to guide students to this love through proper training and habit formation has been a blessing. I love coming to work every day, connecting with families in our community, and pointing students to what is true, good, and beautiful.”

Mr. Landis sees wonderful results from this course. He says, “The students appreciate being able to apply the math they are learning to practical, everyday life. They realize that what they’re learning will benefit them both immediately and in the future.”
 
The thing Mr. Landis loves most about teaching is how it reveals the interest and understanding of the students. “I love to see students excited about math and science,” he says. “There is nothing like seeing them have the ‘aha’ moment.” The shared experience and excitement Mr. Landis has with his classes is evident; he is a cheerful presence at school and clearly loves being in the classroom. “I always enjoyed being in school, even as a kid.” He says he will never forget his pre-calculus teacher who inspired him in high school. Math was Mr. Landis’ favorite subject. What he liked then is still what interests him now: “I’m fascinated by the patterns of math. Students can get the same solution in different ways.”
 
After earning his bachelor's degree in education at Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Landis immediately began teaching mathematics. He taught at Mifflinburg Elementary in central Pennsylvania, at the Pierre Indian Learning Center in South Dakota, and at Superstition Mountain Middle School in Arizona.
 
Mr. Landis says teaching on the reservation was an excellent learning experience. “The school had really tough kids from broken homes, but it was wonderful to be an influence for good in their lives,” he says. Likewise, the school in Arizona was an impoverished Title 1 school in a challenging environment. Mr. Landis says that these teaching experiences taught him how to relate to students from all backgrounds and ability levels. He brings this range of experiences to bear when evaluating, tutoring, and creating placement tests.
 
As a child, Mr. Landis loved the outdoors, exploring the woods of his native PA. He played tennis in high school, as well as soccer and basketball. Moving to Jackson provided him the opportunity to experience the grandeur of nature in an amazing way. He incorporates local nature into his science classes as much as possible.
 
It had been Mr. Landis’ dream to move to Jackson for years, since the majority of his extended family moved to Jackson in the 70’s. The scenery has not disappointed. “I love being able to see God’s handiwork when seeing the Tetons and all the wildlife,” he says. “There’s never an ugly day in Jackson.”




Coach Samuel Lunz

Dean of Students

10th Grade Homeroom
9th–12th Personal Fitness

Texas State University, M.Ed., Exercise Science
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, B.S., Exercise Science and Biology

Coach Samuel Lunz is originally from San Marcos, Texas, where his father has been a headmaster of a private school for over 40 years. His twenty years of teaching experience have given him a deep love for the art of teaching. In particular, Coach Lunz is eager to see his students embody the same virtues on the field or court that are incorporated into every aspect of the classroom at JHCA. Prior to taking on a leadership position at JHCA, he served as the head basketball coach of Jackson Hole High School for five years. Coach Lunz and his wife have embraced life in Jackson Hole and are enjoying raising their family in this community.

“I love teaching at Jackson Hole Classical Academy because of the high character and quality of the faculty, staff, leadership, and families. It is by far the best place I have taught because of the focus on in-depth curriculum and teaching, the pursuit of truth, and the development of each student as a whole person created in the image of God.”

Coach Lunz says, “My dad is my biggest influence as far as teaching goes. I watched many of his former students come back and tell him how much of an influence he had on them. I got to see firsthand the long-term rewards of teaching.” The family dedication to teaching shines through in Coach Lunz’s enthusiasm with his students at JH Classical Academy.
 
Coach Lunz moved to Jackson Hole from Buda, Texas, where he coached 6A high school basketball—the highest level in the state. He’s been enthusiastically welcomed by both JH Classical Academy Coach as physical education teacher, and Jackson Hole High School, as the new high school basketball coach.
 
Despite a successful coaching career in Texas, Coach Lunz and his family longed for the mountains and a small, welcoming community. “I love everything outdoors,” Lunz says, “and all our holidays were spent in the mountains. We really wanted to live in the mountains someday.” Lunz is an avid fly-fisherman and hunter. Jackson Hole has everything he and his family was looking for. Now he and his wife Becky are focusing on doing activities with their young daughter and son. “It’s a wonderful place to raise our children in the kind of healthy lifestyle that we want for them.”
 
When Coach Lunz heard about the positions open at Jackson Hole High School and JH Classical Academy, he and his wife made a decisive choice. “Moving from Texas was a real leap of faith,” he says, “but we definitely decided to move.” Not only was the location perfect, but his two roles as coach and teacher provide outlets for his many talents.
 
Coach Lunz has expressed enthusiasm to further discover JH Classical Academy, saying, “The philosophy of classical education just makes sense. It’s wonderful to work at a school where tried-and-true methods that work are still being used.” He is excited to continue in his position as physical education instructor, teaching students the fundamentals of health and fitness, while making exercise engaging at all levels.



Mr. Anthony Marlow

Director of Operations

The Ohio State University, B.S., Forestry & Wildlife

Mr. Anthony Marlow joins Jackson Hole Classical Academy as our Operations Manager. Prior to his position at JHCA, Mr. Marlow served in the U.S. Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”) as an Engineer Sergeant and as a Park Ranger with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He holds a B.S. in Forestry & Wildlife from the Ohio State University.
 
Mr. Marlow brings extensive logistics, operations, and security experience to JHCA and is thrilled to join the school, where he hopes to help instill the importance of education and faith into future generations. He is proud to be married to his beautiful wife, Ana, our Executive Assistant to the Head of School. The Marlows enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors together.