Mrs. Ashton Quattlebaum
University of Georgia, B.S.
Mrs. Ashton Quattlebaum hails from Augusta, Georgia. She attended Augusta Christian School and then earned a degree in human development and family science from the University of Georgia. Despite her deep Georgia roots, Mrs. Quattlebaum also has a close affinity for Jackson Hole. She has been visiting during the summer since childhood and her now husband proposed to her on the gondola at JHMR!
Mrs. Kate Rudolph
Providence College, B.A.
Oxford University, M. Div.
5th Literature & Composition, 5th European History & Geography, 8th Logic
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 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.
Mrs. Kimberly Nichols
Grand Valley State University, B.S., Film and Video Production
Regis University, M.Ed., Special Education, generalist
1st Homeroom Teacher
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."
Miss Sarah Grupp
Catholic University, B.Ph., Philosophy and Classics
2nd Homeroom Teacher
Miss Sarah Grupp graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelors of Philosophy in Philosophy and Classics. She has a strong grounding in French and the classical languages. While her studies have drawn her to complex literature, Miss Grupp also loves the opportunity to reread and reflect on the books she loved as a child. In her spare time, Miss Grupp enjoys martial arts, sewing, drawing, reading, and skiing.
“Being able to play a role in helping children grow as human beings, to watch their sense of wonder as they learn more about the world they live in, about themselves, and about other human beings and their ideas throughout history, is an honor and a delight.”
Mrs. Sarah Walter
Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., Classical Studies
3rd Homeroom, Language Arts, History & Geography, 1/2 Latin, 3/4 Latin
Mrs. Sarah Walter, a founding teacher at JH Classical Academy, is passionate about sharing her love of the Classics with students. As part of her education at Sewanee: The University of the South, Mrs. Walter had the opportunity to travel to Turkey and Greece to study the history of those regions. She enjoys bringing that knowledge and experience to her students. Additionally, Mrs. Walter has received specialized training in TPR (Total Physical Response) Latin, which brings Latin alive for her students. When she is not in the classroom, Mrs. Walter enjoys singing, traveling, reading, hiking, and running.
“I love working with a team of coworkers that truly devote themselves wholeheartedly to the students at our school - as well as to each other. There is such a strong sense of service here, and a great dedication to a shared purpose.”
Mr. Marc Powell
James Madison University, B.M.
Curriculum Officer; K-4th Music, 5-6th Strings, 7th Guitar & 8th Keyboard
Mr. Marc Powell was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He received a bachelor's degree from James Madison University in music education. Mr. Powell's main instrument is cello, but he also plays piano and other instrumental strings.
Mr. Kyle Botkin
Texas A&M, B.A.
5th Homeroom & Singapore Math; 8th Algebra, 9/10th Algebra II, 12th Calculus
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.
Mr. Zachary Hughes
Furman University, B.A., English
6th Homeroom, Literature & Composition, American History & Geography; 9-12th Civics & Government, 9-12th Theater
Mr. Zachary Hughes grew up in St Louis, Missouri. He attended Westminster Christian Academy in high school, and then Furman University for a B.A. in English, where he focused on 18th and 19th century American literature. Mr. Hughes believes that teachers should be mentors who live out what they teach. He says, "Thoughts and actions live hand in hand, and so we must model what we say for students and encourage them when they do the right thing." Mr. Hughes is a dynamic teacher who brings literature and history alive for his students.
Mrs. Rachel Hughes
Texas Christian University, B.S., Biology
Furman University, M.S., Community Engaged Medicine
4th Science, 5th Introduction to Life Science, 8th Earth Science
Mrs. Rachel Hughes was born and raised in Dallas. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Texas Christian University and a master's degree in community engaged medicine at Furman University. As someone who is naturally curious, energetic, and team-oriented, Mrs. Hughes is looking forward to stepping into teaching at JHCA. She says,"The world comes alive when we ask questions. I want to ignite the students' desire to learn and encourage them to be inquisitive. I also want them to consider how can they add to the beauty of the world around them."
Miss Sarah McWhorter
University of Oklahoma, BFA Graphic Design
4th Homeroom & 4th Language Arts; 1st-6th Art
Miss Sarah McWhorter has over ten years of teaching experience. Drawing on her own K-12 classical education and the wisdom of her mother’s teaching experience of more than 30 years, she strives to engender in her students a deeper sense of wonder in each of those disciplines and to create a rich experience in the classroom. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Miss McWhorter spent the first part of her teaching career there. She enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and all that life in Jackson has to offer.
“It is a privilege to be at JH Classical Academy. The material taught here draws students in and fosters in them a deeper curiosity about, and appreciation for, the world. Not only do I have the joy of witnessing this growth in students, but I am also constantly encouraged in my own intellectual and personal growth through my relationships here at the Academy.”
Ms. Kirby Feaver
Fresno Pacific University, B.S.
4th Singapore Math, 7th Pre-Algebra, 9th Biology & 10-12th Anatomy and Physiology
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.
Miss Laura McMillion
Baylor University, B.A.
University of Notre Dame, M.A., Biblical Studies
12th Christian History, Rhetoric & Senior Thesis; 7th Grade Ancient History, 9/10th LAtin IV, 12th Spanish II
An Indiana native, Miss McMillion earned an M.A. from Notre Dame in Biblical Studies after studying classics at 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.
Mr. Ian Landis
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Elementary Education
6th Math & Physical Science
Mr. Ian Landis, a founding teacher at JH Classical Academy, enjoys teaching science and mathematics at multiple grade levels. 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 young son.
“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. Benjamin Walter
Haverford College, B.A., Latin and Greek
University of Oxford, M.St., Latin and Greek
Writing Officer; 8th Homeroom, Literature & Composition, Latin II, 7th Art & 9-12th Oil Painting
Mr. Benjamin Walter, a native of Pennsylvania, has been teaching at JH Classical Academy for four years. Mr. Walter strives to develop virtue in young men and women he teaches. As the oldest of six children who were classically homeschooled, Mr. Walter developed a deep love for art, ancient languages, and English literature. His approach to teaching in the classroom is inspired by his father, who has helped found and lead two classical schools. With a wide range of interests that include hiking, skiing, and landscape painting, Mr. Walter feels very much at home in Wyoming.
"I love having the opportunity to pursue truth, goodness, and beauty by being both a student and teacher of my disciplines. Seeing students challenged and transformed by books, art, or language is the most rewarding aspect of working at JH Classical Academy."
Miss Sarah Boss
Wheaton College, B.A. English Literature / Minor: History
Károli Gáspár University, M.A., English Literature & Linguistics
Writing Officer; 9th Homeroom, 9th American Humane Letters; 4th Grade History & Geography, 9-12th Creative Writing
Miss Sarah Boss comes to JH Classical Academy from her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Wheaton College in Illinois and gained a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history. She then studied in Budapest for two years for a master’s degree in English.
Dr. Joseph Rudolph
Thomas More College, B.A.
Fordham University, M.A.
Fordham University, PhD
Dean of Faculty
6th Latin, 10-12th Literature & Composition
Mr. Joseph Rudolph grew up in the rural town of Conesus in New York state. He majored in literature at Thomas More College and then taught at New England Classical Academy in New Hampshire. Teaching made Mr. Rudolph realize how much he loved language, especially ancient language. He decided to continue his education and received an MA in Medieval Studies and a PhD in English from Fordham University. Mr. Rudolph's dissertation centers on the literature of eleventh-century Europe.
Ms. Manjola Koci
Anna Maria College, B.M., Music Education
New England Conservatory of Music, M.M., Musicology
Director of Admissions & Faculty Mentor
8th Medieval History, 9-12th Culture History of Jazz
Born and educated as a child in Albania, Ms. Manjola Koci moved to the United States in 1995. Ms. Koci’s rich experience in teaching previous to JH Classical Academy includes over a decade of music instruction. She also worked as a Music Curriculum Advisor for a large charter school network in Arizona. In her free time, Ms. Koci enjoys reading, attending the Grand Teton Music Festival, and traveling.
“I love working at JH Classical Academy because, through the mission and vision, we represent a culture, and our task is to pass on the wisdom of the Western Tradition to our students. We all, as students and teachers, are challenged to fully understand and embrace truth, goodness and beauty.”
Mr. Samuel Lunz
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, B.S., Exercise Science and Biology
Texas State University, M.A., Exercise Science
Dean of Students & Athletics Director
7th Life Science; 7/8th PE
Coach Samuel Lunz is originally from San Marcos, Texas, where his father has been a headmaster of a private school for 40 years. His sixteen 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 JH Classical Academy. In the community, Coach Lunz serves as the head basketball coach of Jackson Hole High School. 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.”
Mr. Seth Rutt
Colorado Christian University, B.A., Elementary Education
University of Arkansas, M.A., Physical Education
Student Athletics Officer; K-6th PE, 3rd Singapore Math & Science
Mr. Seth Rutt grew up in Phoenix Arizona and graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from University of Arkansas with an M.A. in Physical Education. Mr. Rutt has taught physical education since 2010, both at Great Hearts and JHCA. He also worked in K-6 administration at Great Hearts. Mr. Rutt, his wife Katilyn, and their young son Bryson, are excited to once again work at JHCA and live in Jackson Hole.
"I love teaching because I have the privilege of showing students the love of Christ on a daily basis. While their physical health and development is important, having the opportunity to guide students in their spiritual health is an even bigger blessing."
Mrs. Elizabeth Birnie
Wheaton College (Massachusetts), BA
Montana State University, MA Ed
Director of Advancement
Kindergarten & 8th Art Teacher
Mrs. Birnie, an Atlanta, Georgia native, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she double majored in studio art and art history. She has taught pre-school in Wilson as well as ski school at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. She completed teacher certification for K-12 Art Instruction through Montana State University's Northern Plains program and earned her M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University.