About Us
Leadership

List of 6 items.

  • Dr. Kenneth R. Calvert

    Board President

    Dr. Kenneth Calvert joins Jackson Hole Classical Academy as President of the Board. He holds three advanced degrees in history and theology. Dr. Calvert is currently a professor of history at Hillsdale College. From 2000-2018, he was the Headmaster of Hillsdale Academy, a K-12 classical Christian school and has helped found other classical Christian schools around the country. Dr. Calvert looks forward to sharing his experience and wisdom with JH Classical Academy.
  • Mrs. Amy Edmonds

    Amy grew up in Nebraska and now lives in Cheyenne. Her passion for education choice inspired her to serve six terms in the Wyoming legislature. She also worked for the Wyoming Liberty Group, championing educational causes in Cheyenne and Washington DC. As a supporter of classical education and herself well-read in literature and history, Amy looks forward to helping guide JHCA as it establishes its new campus and continues to launch its high school.
  • Mr. Steve Friess

    Co-Founder

    Steve works to advance the ideals of liberty and limited government at the Lynn and Foster Friess Family Foundation.  Steve is an active participant in the national policy battle for education reform.  Together with his wife, Polly, he founded Jackson Hole Classical Academy, modeled upon the public charter schools developed by Great Hearts Academies of Arizona and Texas. Steve was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California.  Steve and Polly are active in the growth and development of their beloved community, Jackson Hole. They have four children, Cotter, Ginger, Thatcher, and Sarah. 
  • Mr. Jason Ochs

    Jason Ochs joined the JHCA board in 2018. His two sons attend the school. As a lawyer, Mr. Ochs' litigation involves issues that affect young people, such as opioids, e-cigarettes, harmful chemicals in pesticides, and sex-trafficking. Mr. Ochs considers a great education the primary way to ensure that children have the tools to flourish in the present and future. You can find Mr. Ochs and his family outdoors most days either hiking, biking, fishing or skiing.
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  • Dr. Kevin Roberts

    Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., has twenty years of experience as a teacher, professor, headmaster, and college president, and has been involved in a number of education reform initiatives around the country. After earning his Ph.D. in American history from The University of Texas, Roberts served as a history professor in New Mexico before starting his own K-12 classical school, John Paul the Great Academy, in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Prior to accepting his current position as Executive Vice President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Texas, Roberts served as president of Wyoming Catholic College. As a former school founder and leader, and a scholar of the Constitution, the history of American education, and school reform, Roberts looks forward to applying his experience and insight to Jackson Hole Classical Academy. Roberts and his wife, Michelle, have four children, one bird-hunting dog, and a lifelong addiction to fishing. 
  • Mr. Michael Smerklo

    Mike received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and a BS in Business at Miami University. He serves on the board of many technology companies and enjoys sharing his experience as an entrepreneur, father and CEO on his blog MikeSmerklo.com. Mike was the Co-Founder of a venture capital firm called Next Coast Ventures. He also ran a small technology services company, ServiceSource (SREV), and in 12 years took it from a small startup to a public company with over 3,000 employees around the world. Mike was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist in Northern California in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys enjoys fishing, skiing, hiking and trying to keep up with his four active children.

Contact

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






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