About Us

Faculty

Jackson Hole Classical Academy is fortunate to have a dedicated and talented faculty. Academy teachers – with a rigorous, content-rich curriculum as their road-map – guide and mentor students with care and intentionality. Both in and outside the classroom, our faculty strives to fulfill our school mission: to cultivate within students the wisdom and virtue necessary to discover their God-given potential and contribute to a flourishing and free society.

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  • Mrs. Emily Fieser

    Hillsdale College, B.A., History

    Kindergarten Teacher
     
    A recent transplant to Jackson Hole, Mrs. Emily Fieser hails from Ohio and joins JHCA as the Kindergarten teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Previously, she worked at a Christian estate planning firm as an archivist, where she had the opportunity to meet many different people. She loves living in the Tetons and looks forward to building lasting relationships with her new colleagues and students.
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  • Mrs. Kimberly Nichols

    Regis University, M.Ed., Special Education
    Grand Valley State University, B.S., Film and Video Production
    State of WY Professional Teaching Certificate, Standard, Endorsements: Exceptional Generalist K-12
     
    1st Grade Teacher
    Acadience Coordinator

    Mrs. Kimberly Nichols brings more than a decade of experience to JH Classical Academy, having taught K-8 students in public, private, and Christian school settings. Mrs. Nichols’ students find her energy and joy for learning contagious from the moment they enter her classroom. With her roots in Michigan, Mrs. Nichols has lived in eight different states and also has spent time living in South Korea. Her passion for helping students rise to their full potential is reflected in her involvement with Young Life, where she has served as a leader for multiple years.
     
    "What I love about JH Classical is that I can really teach, encourage, and inspire my students. The literature-rich curriculum enables me to go deeper and foster an environment of thoughtful inquiry and deep wonder."
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  • Mrs. Tracy Court

    University of Dallas, B.A., Theology

    2nd Grade Teacher

    Mrs. Tracy Court is the 2nd grade teacher at JH Classical Academy. She grew up in Houston and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Theology from the University of Dallas. She has five years of experience teaching in public, charter, and private education. Most recently she taught 3rd grade at Founders Classical Academy near Dallas.
     
    "I love how children of this age are becoming independent thinkers. I get to help them form ideas by teaching them how to think. They are so excited to learn!"
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  • Ms. Frances Davis

    University of Dallas, B.A., English

    3rd Grade Teacher
     
    Frances Davis is the 3rd grade teacher at JH Classical Academy. Ms. Davis received her bachelor of arts in English from the University of Dallas. Prior to joining the faculty at JHCA, she taught 4th grade at a classical academy in Dallas for two years. 

    “I love getting students to ask the right questions—the questions that are motivated by their innate curiosity.”
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  • Ms. Alice Lyons

    University of Cambridge, M.Phil., Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic
    Claremont McKenna, B.A., Classical and Religious Studies

    4th Grade Teacher

    Ms. Alice Lyons comes from a family of teachers. She attended Claremont McKenna for a bachelor’s degree in classics and the University of Cambridge for a master's degree in Anglo-Saxon. She has since taught at classical and private schools. Ms. Lyons says her favorite thing about teaching is, "how quickly you can witness change."


    "Students begin a class not knowing a concept, and by the end of the class they know and apply it freely. Seeing students daily develop their minds and souls is rewarding."
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  • Mrs. Kate Rudolph

    Oxford University, M.St., Study of Religion
    Providence College, B.A., Theology, Minor in Dance

    5th Homeroom
    6th Informal Logic, 9th & 10th Rhetoric


    Mrs. Kate Rudolph grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and attended St Joseph's high school. Her liberal arts studies gave her an early taste for the value of classical education. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Providence College in Rhode Island, where she studied theology with a minor in dance. Upon graduation, she matriculated into Oxford University for a master’s in theology.

    "What I love most about teaching is to see students ask the right questions. My job is to encourage their curiosity and to guide their inquiry."
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  • Mr. Benjamin Corcoran

    6th Homeroom; 5th & 6th Math & Science
     
    Wyoming Catholic College, B.A. Liberal Arts
    Olympic College, A.S., Biology
     
    Mr. Benjamin Corcoran joins Jackson Hole Classical Academy as the 6th grade homeroom teacher, in addition to teaching 5th and 6th grade math and science. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College and an Associate degree in Biology from Olympic College in Washington. Previously, Mr. Corcoran taught and worked as an administrator, launched an intramural athletics program, and was a dean of students in a classical charter school network in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. He has taught 4th grade, 9th grade Literature and History, Euclidean Geometry, and physical education.
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  • Mr. Nathan Sparks

    6th Literature & Composition; 6th & 7th Latin, 8th Logic, 9th Latin III

    Columbia University, M.A., Classics
    Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, M.Div., Theology
    St. Mary’s University, B.A., Philosophy
     
    Mr. Nathan Sparks joined JHCA in 2022 and teaches 6th Literature & Composition, 6th and 7th Latin, 8th Logic, and 9th Latin III. He holds a Master of Arts in Classics from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Divinity in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Most recently, Mr. Sparks was a paraeducator in the special education department at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. He previously taught high school courses in philosophy, scripture, and classics at St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, South Dakota and Boston College High School in Boston, Massachusetts. 
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  • Mr. Ian McRae

    University of St. Andrews in Scotland, MLitt., Intellectual History
    Hillsdale College, B.A., History & Politics

    9th Homeroom
    6th American History and Geography; 7th Literature & Composition; 9th Humane Letters

    Mr. Ian McRae hails from the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Oregon near Seattle. He holds a bachelor of arts in history and politics from Hillsdale College, where he also studied Latin, and a master of letters in intellectual history from University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he also studied seventeenth century natural law.

    “My favorite part about teaching is sharing the best stories from history and getting students interested in the past, and its significance in the present. The look in their eyes when they have their ‘a-ha’ moments is the best.”
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  • Mrs. Abigail McRae

    University of St. Andrews in Scotland, MLitt., Intellectual History
    Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, B.A. Liberal Arts


    8th Homeroom
    8th Literature & Composition; 8th Medieval History; 1st Latin; 3rd Latin; 5th Intro to Latin I

    Mrs. Abigail McRae hails from New York, where she taught skiing for over ten years, and most recently taught at a K–12 classical school in Connecticut. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire and a master’s degree in intellectual history through the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

    "I’m most excited to be working with faculty and students I admire towards the common goal of forming minds in truth and virtue."
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  • Mr. Kyle Botkin

    Harvard University, ALM, Mathematics Education
    Texas A&M, B.S., Youth Development


    10th Homeroom
    8th Algebra I; 9th Geometry; 11th Calculus; High School Elective Practical Arts


    Mr. Kyle Botkin is a Texan with family roots in Houston and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M. His background has always oriented around education, though it has developed over time. His undergraduate study in the agricultural department of Texas A&M focused on parks and recreation management and youth outdoor programming.

    "The best part of teaching is meeting new students every year and making a positive impact on their lives. While I love math in its own right, I also view it as a powerful way to mentor students."
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  • Ms. Laura McMillion

    University of Notre Dame, MTS., Biblical Studies
    Baylor University, B.A., University Scholars
     
    7th Homeroom
    2nd & 4th Latin; High School Spanish I; 7th Ancient History; 7th Typing; 11th Latin IV

    An Indiana native, Miss McMillion earned a master of Theological Studies from Notre Dame in Biblical Studies after earning her bachelor of arts from Baylor University. A fan of the out-of-doors who explored the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, where she previously taught, Miss McMillion had visited Jackson several times and was always struck with the beauty of the mountains and tranquility of the lakes. JHCA is a place where she can combine her passion for teaching the classics along with her outdoor interests. Miss McMillion is a competitive cyclist, an aspiring skier, an avid hiker, and when not pursuing athletic endeavors, loves to curl up and read a book.

    "I love working with the outstanding faculty at JHCA. My goal is to always help students encounter - and hopefully fall in love with - literature and Latin the way I did!"

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  • Dr. Daniel Russ

    University of Dallas, Ph.D., Literature and Psychology
    Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A., Biblical Studies
    University of Dallas, M.A., English
    University of Evansville, B.A., English

    10th & 11th Humane Letters

    Dr. Daniel Russ has four decades of experience in education and leadership. He retired in 2015 as a professor of English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where he also served as academic dean and the director of the Center for Christian Studies from 2003-2015. Dan is a Senior Fellow with The Trinity Forum where he served as a project director and resource scholar. He has contributed to a number of books on classics, biblical studies, and cultural leadership. He holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas, as well as a Ph.D. in Literature and Psychology from the University of Dallas. He also serves on the JHCA Foundation Board.

    "Having been involved in school education for over 40 years, I can truly say that Jackson Hole Classical Academy is the most impressive and transformative school I have experienced. The students are alive to learning and the faculty to teaching and learning with them. The faculty and administrators share the dual love of all great educators: the love of truth and the love of their students."
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  • Ms. Kirby Feaver

    Fresno Pacific University, B.S., Biology

    Faculty Coordinator
    7th Science; 8th Science; 9th & 10th Conceptual Physics; 11th Anatomy & Physiology; 7th & 8th Study Hall

    Ms. Kirby Feaver was born and raised in California. She attended Fresno Pacific University, where she earned a degree in biology. She has twenty-five years of teaching experience at private, charter, and public schools in California and Colorado.

    "I love working with young people. They fill me with hope and keep me sharp with their inquisitiveness."
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  • Mrs. Tanya McDaniel

    K–5 Art Teacher

    Mrs. Tanya McDaniel is the K–5 grade art teacher at JH Academy and has lived in Jackson for ten years. She teaches private art lessons to adults and children, and has previously taught at children’s art camps. Mrs. McDaniel attended Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia as a pre-med student with a minor in art, and studied abroad in Cortona, Italy through her college's art program. She has spent many years in international mission work, including when she taught at a K–8 Christian school in Kenya.

    "Everyone has the ability to be an artist; they just need to break down that initial barrier.”
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  • Ms. Tamara Callens

    Studies in Masters Techniques, New York City Art Students League
    Munn Fellowship Artist Residency, Versailles Foundation, Claude Monet's Home and Gardens in Giverny, France


    6th–12th Art Teacher; High School Art Elective

    Ms. Tamara Callens joins the faculty at JH Classical Academy with a lifetime of experience in the world of classical art. An award-winning and widely published artist, Ms. Callens studied techniques of the masters at the New York City Art Students League. In 2018, she was awarded the Versailles Foundation’s prestigious Munn Fellowship Artist Residency Award, which allowed her to spend three months living and painting in the gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, France, with an honorary exhibition at the end of the fellowship. She was the Oil Painters of America National Award Winner in 2006 and was selected for the National “Art for Parks” Top 100 Best Paintings in 2002.
     
    “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to share with students my knowledge of the masters, art history, and techniques in hope of passing on a love and appreciation for the process and discipline of visual art. I love classical training because it instills a solid foundation that enables a student to pursue a lifetime of learning and achievement.”
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  • Dr. Evan Campbell

    McGill University, Ph.D., Music Theory
    McGill University, M.A., Music Theory
    McMaster University, B.Mus. with Honors

    McMaster University, Performance Diploma, Classical Guitar

    K–12 Music Teacher; Choir Director


    Dr. Evan Campbell is the K–12 Music Teacher at JH Classical Academy. He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Music Theory from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a performance diploma in Classical Guitar from McMaster University in Ontario. Most recently, Dr. Campbell was a visiting professor of Music Theory at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in New York. He has eleven years of teaching experience, and twenty-five years of vocal experience. His Ph.D. research into Claudio Monteverdi’s psalm and canticle settings was partly inspired by his Christian faith.
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  • Mr. Andrew Vitale

    Concordia University Irvine, M.A., Coaching and Athletics Administration
    Eastern Connecticut State University, B.S., Mathematics


    Athletics & Community Relations Coordinator
    7th Math; 10th Algebra II; 11th Study Hall; 7th–12th P.E.

    Mr. Andrew Vitale is the Athletics & Community Relations Coordinator at JH Classical Academy. Mr. Vitale was born and raised in Connecticut, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia University Irvine. He spent the last sixteen years at Marianapolis Preparatory School in teaching and advisory roles, and as the director of athletics.
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  • Mr. Jeff Eckart

    Concordia University, M.A., Teaching, Health and Physical Education Emphasis
    Portland State University, B.S., School of Community Health

    K–6 P.E.; Clubs, Programs & Camps Manager
     
    Born and raised in small-town Oregon, Mr. Jeff Eckart earned a Bachelor of Science in the School of Community Health at Portland State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in health and physical education from Concordia University. He joins JHCA as the K–6 physical education teacher, having previously taught and coached in both Oregon and Arizona. He will also manage our clubs, programs, and camps.
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  • Mr. Jay Stallings

    University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Business

    K-6 Chess Instructor


    Mr. Jay Stallings was born in Florida, grew up in Texas, and lives in California, where he and his wife Michel raised two sons, Ryan and Jackson. He graduated with a B.S. in business from the University of Texas, Austin, and began his coaching career in 1994 at the age of twenty-seven. Since then he has coached over 40,000 students as a private coach and in intercity programs, hospitals, and summer camps. He has taught chess and chess pedagogy around the world. Mr. Stallings describes his teaching philosophy: “I want students to be able to play chess confidently and use the skills they learn in all aspects of life. Most of all, I hope that students love the game and use it to build relationships and community wherever they go.”
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  • Mr. Jozef Benko

    University of the Slovak Republic at Nitra, M.S., Environmental Ecology
    University of the Slovak Republic at Nitra, B.S. Environmental Science

    K–5 Chess Instructor; Maintenance Manager

    Mr. Jozef Benko hails from Czechoslovakia, where he studied environmental science and environmental ecology.
     
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  • Mr. Chase Court

    Texas A&M University, B.S., Psychology and Sociology
    Texas A&M University, M.A., Psychology
    Licensed Specialist in School Psychology


    Learning Support Coordinator

    Mr. Chase Court is the Learning Support Coordinator at JH Classical Academy and joins us along with his wife and our second grade teacher, Tracy Court. Mr. Court previously worked for six school districts near Dallas providing student psychology and support services. 
     
    After earning a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University Mr. Court received his master’s degree in psychology. He also has a specialized degree to work in schools as a psychologist. 

    "The rewarding aspect of my job is the ability to build relationships with students and work with them to help them develop the social and emotional skill sets to become successful."
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