About Us


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.

Leadership Team

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  • Dr. Joseph Rudolph

    Thomas More College, B.A., Literature
    Fordham University, M.A., Medieval Studies
    Fordham University, Ph.D., English

    Upper School Dean of Faculty
    6th Latin, 10-12th Literature & Composition

    Dr. 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 Dr. 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. Dr. Rudolph's dissertation centers on the literature of eleventh-century Europe.

    "The wonderful part of teaching is to witness a student grasp something—when it 'clicks'—for the first time. It is a privilege to help someone come to knowledge and wisdom." 
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  • Mrs. Hillary T. Short

    University of Oklahoma, B.A., Humane Letters and French
    Abilene Christian University, M.Ed., Educational Leadership and Administration

    Lower School Dean of Faculty
    6th Literature, 9th & 10th French

    Mrs. Hillary Short comes to JH Classical Academy with a rich background in classical education. She attended the University of Oklahoma for a bachelor of arts degree in Humane Letters and French, and then received a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Abilene Christian University. She has over ten years of teaching experience, most recently at the Geneva School of Boerne.

    "Classical education equips our children with the ability to think well, and to examine ideas within a whole context. This goes against the grain of a sound-byte driven, emotions-led culture. It builds a foundation of understanding based on enduring concepts of the past so that students are best equipped to lead humanity forward. I love the focused nature of JHCA and its emphasis on excellence. I'm excited for my family to be a part of a small community with aligned goals for our children's educational formation."
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  • Mr. Samuel Lunz

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, B.S., Exercise Science and Biology
    Texas State University, M.Ed., Exercise Science
    Dean of Students & Athletics Director 
    7th Life Science; 7th and 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 nineteen 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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  • Mr. Ian Landis

    Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Elementary Education
    Director of Admissions, Faculty Mentor
    6th Math & Physical Science 

    Mr. Ian Landis, a founding teacher and the Director of Admissions 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 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.”
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Dean of Faculty Updates

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  • Thursday, July 1, 2021

    Mrs. Hillary T. Short
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents and Friends, 
    Our school is a proud member of the Society For Classical Learning (SCL). Mrs. Friess and I attended the annual SCL conference in person last week in the beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s conference focused on eudaemonia, Greek for “human flourishing.” Why is classical Christian education so effective at promoting eudaemonia in our current age? The simple answer is that it provides people with a robustly full education rooted in virtue formation. Tim Goodwin, teacher of a course conference entitled “Parent Teacher Conferences: Making the Most of our Interactions with Parents,” put it this way: “Classical Christian Education has a profound impact in that it allows us to pause, think, and reflect on whether or not we are joining God in His restorative, redemptive work on Earth.” In sum, classical Christian education seeks not to create a set of hoops through which students are asked to systematically jump, but rather it nurtures the whole person. This in turn cultivates a strong foundation for eudaemonia.
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Dean of Students Updates

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  • Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Mr. Sam Lunz
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
    Our school’s mission is to cultivate within our students the wisdom and virtue necessary to discover and fulfill their God-given potential and contribute to a flourishing and free society. The tasks involved in this process can be challenging at times but also very rewarding. Our students are balancing rigorous and in-depth studies, after school sports and activities, and time with family and friends all while trying to maintain a high level of excellence in their academic and behavioral habits. Our teachers help our students to manage high expectations with a tremendous amount of joy and happiness but that doesn’t mean all of the work is easy and fun. 
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Director of Admissions Updates 2020-21

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  • Friday, April 23, 2021

    Mr. Ian Landis
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 
    It is an exciting time in our community as we dive into the final seven weeks of school! I hope that you all had some relaxing moments during our much-needed Spring Break and are ready to finish the school year with vigor and enthusiasm. We are so blessed to have students on campus five days a week, almost the entire academic year. Students thrive when learning from their teachers alongside their peers in a classroom setting, not on a computer. 
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  • Mrs. Ashton Quattlebaum

    University of Georgia, B.S., Human Development and Family Science

    Kindergarten Teacher

    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!

    "I want a job with purpose and I want to teach. I love how the school approaches God's Truth and communicates it through loving action and education. The foundation of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness is a solid one! I've felt such a calling to be here."
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  • Mrs. Kimberly Nichols

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

    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 Homeroom

    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 Homeroom
    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

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

    4th Grade Homeroom, Literature & Latin, 2nd Grade Latin

    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

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

    5th Grade Homeroom, Literature & History, Upper School World Religions

    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. Ian McRae

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

    6th Grade Homeroom; 6th Grade History and Geography; 7th Grade Language Arts; 6th Grade Latin; 7th Grade Latin

    Ian McRae is the 6th grade homeroom, Latin, history, and geography teacher at JH Classical Academy, and will also be teaching 7th language arts and Latin. Mr. 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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  • Dr. Howard Short

    University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Anthropology
    Biola University, M.A., Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
    University of Oklahoma, Ph.D., Philosophy

    Scheduling, Testing & Reporting Coordinator
    7th Grade Homeroom & Math, 9–12th Grade Philosophy, Statistics & Logic

    Dr. Howard Short joined JH Classical Academy along with his wife and Lower School Dean of Faculty Mrs. Hillary Short, from their positions at The Geneva School in Boerne, where they have taught at since 2012. Dr. Short received his bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of arts in philosophy of religion and ethics from Biola University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.

    "Classical education is important because its focus is on teaching students how to think, not simply what to think. I am excited about the academic focus of JHCA, the small class sizes, working with likeminded colleagues, and my confidence in the character and vision of school leadership."
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  • Ms. Abigail Anderson

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

    8th Grade Homeroom, Medieval History, Language Arts; 1st and 3rd Grade Latin

    Abigail Anderson is the 8th grade homeroom, medieval history, and language arts teacher, and the 1st and 3rd grade Latin teacher. Ms. Anderson 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 is currently finishing her 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

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

    9th Grade Homeroom, Geometry, 8th Grade Pre-Algebra, 4th Grade Math, 5th Grade Math

    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

    Baylor University, B.A., University Scholars
    University of Notre Dame, MTS., Biblical Studies
    10–12th Grade Homeroom, 7th Ancient History, Ancient Humane Letters, High School Spanish, Latin III

    An Indiana native, Miss McMillion earned an MTS. from Notre Dame in Biblical Studies after studying 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.

    "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 Evansville, B.A., English
    Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A., Biblical Studies

    University of Dallas, M.A., English
    University of Dallas, Ph.D., Literature and Psychology

    9th Grade American 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

    Upper School Faculty Coordinator; 9-12th Chemistry, 8th Earth Science, 5th Science, Study Skills

    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

    Lower School Art Teacher

    Mrs. Tanya McDaniel is the K-5th 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

    Upper School Art Teacher

    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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  • Mr. Ralph Klein

    Wayne State University, B.S., Physics, minors in Mathematics and Secondary Education
    Wayne State University, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, concentration in Combustion Engines

    11th and 12th Grade Physics; 9-12th Grade Engineering

    Mr. Ralph Klein joins the JH Classical Academy faculty with 40 years of engineering experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, with minors in mathematics and secondary education, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a concentration in combustion engines, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to his career in engineering, Mr. Klein taught physics, physical science, and math at an all-girls Catholic school in Detroit.

    "My favorite part of teaching is introducing students to new concepts and the men and women who first discovered them. For instance, Newton’s Laws of Motion and Marie Curie’s discoveries of radiation."
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  • 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."
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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 Specialist & Mentoring Coordinator

    Mr. Chase Court is the Learning Support Specialist and Mentoring 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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