About Us


Jackson Hole Classical Academy is extremely fortunate to have dedicated and talented teachers, and we are thrilled to be guided by the experience and insight of the Great Hearts leaders as we expand our teaching staff.

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  • Mrs. Kathleen Patrick

    Asbury College, B.A., Elementary Education
    University of Kentucky, M.A., Early Childhood Education


    Mrs. Kathleen Patrick’s years of teaching experience form the foundation for future success of students at Jackson Hole Classical Academy. With a background in classical education, Mrs. Patrick’s love for her young students is evident in every aspect of how she conducts her classroom. Born in New York, and most recently living and teaching in Texas, Mrs. Patrick and her husband are enjoying living in the Wyoming mountains. Outside of teaching, she finds joy in gardening, bird watching, and spending time with her grandchildren.

    “I love teaching at JH Classical because of the amazing support parents give. Here, I have parents taking the initiative and coming to me to ask how they can best help their child succeed. JH Classical parents are the best!”
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  • Mrs. Kimberly Nichols

    Grand Valley State University, B.S., Film and Video Production
    Regis University, M.Ed., Special Education, generalist
    1st Grade, DIBELS Instructor

    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 internationally in Asia. 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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  • Miss Anna Dewald

    Rocky Mountain College, B.A., Elementary Education
    2nd Grade

    A native to Montana, Miss Anna Dewald embraces her love for the outdoors and passion for teaching children at Jackson Hole Classical Academy. In the classroom, Miss Dewald’s calm presence and joyful nature provide students with a supportive and encouraging learning environment. A competitive collegiate volleyball player, Miss Dewald continues to coach and mentor in the Jackson community. Miss Dewald enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, and fishing.

    “Our positive atmosphere and academic expectations are inspiring to students, and the cohesive flow of the curriculum from year to year gives them a steady path to follow. The faculty climate is unique, too: it encourages us all to grow academically, spiritually, and personally.”
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  • Miss Katherine Mix

    Lynchburg College, B.A., Elementary Education
    Central Virginia Community College, A.A. Education

    3rd Grade

    Miss Katie Mix hails from West Virginia and joined the Jackson Hole Classical Academy faculty as the third grade teacher. She joyfully embraces the classical approach to teaching and believes that it is essential to instill virtues such as humility, perseverance, and compassion in children at a young age. Raised in a family of educators, Miss Mix attributes her love for teaching to her father, who has had an extensive career as a college professor. In addition to her previous teaching experience, Miss Mix has received professional training in Singapore Math and Spalding Phonics. Miss Mix’s participation in global Christian missions organizations provided her the opportunity to teach in Chile in recent years, and in Romania this past summer. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and other outdoor activities.

    “What most excites me here is the sense of wonder we seek to instill within our students. The faculty works to inculcate a passion for life-long learning in students. We deeply value educating the mind, but also the heart: proper attention is given to the formation of well-rounded students, and virtuous character traits are reinforced.”
  • Miss Sarah McWhorter

    University of Oklahoma, BFA Graphic Design
    4th Grade Language Arts, 4th Grade History, 1st-4th Grade Art

    Miss Sarah McWhorter has over ten years of teaching experience. At the Academy she teaches in multiple disciplines including art, literature, and history for Lower School students. 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.”
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  • Mrs. Sarah Walter

    Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., Classical Studies
    5th Grade Homeroom, 5th Grade Literature and Composition, 7th Ancient History, 1st-5th Grade 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.”
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  • Dr. David Wagner

    Hillsdale College, B.S., Mathematics and French
    Indiana University, M.A., French
    Indiana University, Ph.D., French Literature and History
    6th Grade Homeroom, 6th Grade Literature and Composition, 8th Grade Algebra I, and 10th Grade Algebra II

    An Ohio native, Dr. David Wagner’s extensive experience includes teaching a variety of French language courses and English literature courses for six years at the university level. He also taught high school English near Bordeaux, France. Dr. Wagner’s inspiration for teaching and love for learning come from his parents, both of whom were educators. At JH Classical Academy, Dr. Wagner’s knowledge and gift for teaching are put to good use in many areas. In recent summers, Dr. Wagner has managed programming for a Boy Scout camp near Cody, Wyoming. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Wagner enjoys hiking, travel and is active in his church as music director and organist.

    “At JH Classical Academy, I have the opportunity to share my love of both literature and mathematics with my students. Each discipline gives us a unique ability to understand God, man, and creation, and it is a privilege to bring both subjects to life for middle- and high-school students. It thrills me to teach this range of ages, because I get to watch students deepen their critical thinking skills in exciting ways as they mature."
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  • Mr. Ian Landis

    Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Elementary Education
    7th Grade Homeroom, 5th Grade Science, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Bridge Math, 7th Grade Pre-Algebra

    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 everyday, connecting with families in our community, and pointing students to what is true, good, and beautiful.
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  • Mr. Benjamin Walter

    Haverford College, B.A., Latin and Greek
    University of Oxford, M.St., Latin and Greek
    8th Grade Homeroom, 8th Grade Literature and Composition, Latin I, 6th Latin, 5th-10th Grade Art

    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 Classica Academy."
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  • Mr. Theodore Sawyer

    Hillsdale College, B.A., Greek Language and English Literature

    7th Grade Literature and Composition, 7th Grade Latin, 6th Grade Latin, 10th Grade Latin, 5th Grade British History

    With a double degree in Greek and English literature, Mr. Teddy Sawyer brings a strong classical background and a passion for literature to Jackson Hole Classical Academy. Mr. Sawyer has fully embraced living in the Jackson area, where he enjoys running, climbing, and other outdoor activities. In the community, Mr. Sawyer plays oboe in the Jackson Hole Band and sings in the choir at the Episcopal Church. He also spends time reading and translating to expand his multi-language proficiency that includes Spanish, Old English, Latin, and Greek.

    "After recieving a copy of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, I was thrilled to share this book with students and colleagues. Their excitement demonstrates a love of learning that our community seeks to cultivate."
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  • Miss Molly Porter

    University of Notre Dame, B.A. Liberal Studies and Russian

    4th Grade Homeroom, 6th Grade American History, 4th Grade Mathematics, 5th Grade Literature and Composition, 8th & 10th Grade Choir

    Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Miss Molly Porter is a third-generation educator. Miss Porter graduated from the Glynn Family Honors Program at the University of Notre Dame, and she has particular interests in English and Russian literature, history, and music. Miss Porter is excited to share her love of history and literature with students at Jackson Hole Classical Academy. Miss Porter enjoys hiking, reading, singing, and recently performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival’s production of West Side Story.
    “I relish being a part of our wonderful learning community: a group of passionate, curious teachers and students who inspire me to learn more every day.”
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  • Mrs. Rachel Greb

    Hillsdale College, B.A., Christian Studies
    Knox Theological Seminary, M.A., Christian and Classical Studies

    Dean of Academic Affairs
    10th Grade Homeroom, 10th Grade Humane Letters, Practical Arts Coordinator, Latin 1

    A Midwest native and cofounder of a classical Christian school in the Detroit area, Mrs. Rachel Greb brings her experience and love for teaching to JH Classical Academy. Mrs. Greb’s commitment to the ideals of the true, the good, and the beautiful inform her vision for excellence in the classroom as well as in leading professional development for educators. An avid reader, Mrs. Greb’s particular interests in literature are the exploration of human nature through story, and man’s relationship with his Creator. Mrs. Greb and her husband have five children, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, baking, walking, and playing the piano.

    “I was drawn first to JH Classical by the rich curriculum in every academic discipline. But what sets it apart is the commitment of the faculty, staff, and administration not only to instilling virtue in the students, but also their commitment to modeling virtue in their personal and professional lives. My experience here so far has exceeded my expectations!”
  • Mrs. Christa Carson

    Messiah College, B.A. Physics, with Secondary Teaching Certification

    10th Grade Chemistry, 8th Grade Earth Science, 5th Grade Singapore Math
    Relocating to the Jackson Hole area from Pennsylvania, Mrs. Christa Carson joins Jackson Hole Classical Academy to teach math and science. Having previously taught physics and chemistry to high school students, as well as summer courses with Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Mrs. Carson embraces science and math as sources for inspiring wonder in students. Mrs. Carson and her husband, Thomas Carson, an engineer with the National Parks Service, share a love for the outdoors.
    “I was attracted to Jackson Hole Classical Academy by the intentionality with which the educators, administration, and staff approach their roles. I am excited to be a part of a team that cares for the whole child, and creates an atmosphere of learning and curiosity.”
  • Ms. Manjola Koci

    Anna Maria College, B.M., Music Education
    New England Conservatory of Music, M.M., Musicology
    8th Grade Medieval History, 1st – 6th Grade Music, Admissions

    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 Grant 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.”
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  • Mr. Samuel Lunz

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, B.S., Exercise Science and Biology
    Texas State University, M.A., Exercise Science
    7th Grade Life Science, 4th Grade Science, K-8th Grade Physical Education

    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.”
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  • Mrs. Elizabeth Birnie

    Wheaton College (Massachusetts), BA
    Montana State University, MA Ed

    Marketing and Communications

    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.
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  • Mrs. Lisa Landis

    Ithaca College, B.M., Piano Performance and Music Education


    As one of the founding faculty members of JH Classical Academy, Mrs. Lisa Landis enjoys sharing her love of music with students at the Academy. Preceding this, as the Choir Director of Cactus Canyon Junior High School and Apache Junction High School, Mrs. Landis taught 7th through 12th Grade students both choir and piano. Prior to that, she taught pre-K through 6th Grade general music at Four Peaks Elementary School in Arizona. Mrs. Landis earned a Bachelor of Music degree, double majoring in Music Education and Piano Performance from Ithaca College of New York. 
  • Mr. Timothy Grupp

    Chess Instructor
    Mr. Grupp shares his lifelong passion for playing and teaching chess at Jackson Hole Classical Academy. Learning to play chess at only four years old, he became the Southern California elementary state champion in 6th grade. Mr. Grupp began teaching chess privately in 8th grade. As a black belt in multiple martial arts, Mr. Grupp is assisting in instructing students in personal defense in the Practical Arts curriculum. Outside the classroom, Mr. Grupp trains in personal defense and enjoys being a solo world travel.

    "I am blessed to have the privilege to teach chess, one of my passions, to such a gifted and joyous group of students. I love having the ability to share a unique set of skills to the students of Jackson Hole Classical Academy; they are both eager to learn and rewarding to teach."
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Jackson Hole Classical Academy
P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
Enrollment Inquiries:
Polly Friess
(307) 690-8396
All Other Inquiries:
School Office
(307) 201-5040


Nondiscrimination Policy: Jackson Hole Classical Academy admits students of any gender, race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Jackson Hole Classical Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, athletic, arts or other school administrated programs.