About Us


Jackson Hole Classical Academy is thankful for its experienced and dedicated staff. Working hand-in-hand with our faculty, our staff supports our school in more ways than one, always with the goal of fostering a learning environment in which our students can thrive.

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  • Ms. Dena Mertz

    Armstrong State University, B.A, Health Services and Administration

    Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Mertz owned and operated her own dinner and sight-seeing boat by the age of 21. This early experience laid the foundation for her eventual ownership of a boating company of 250+ employees. Following her experience in the boating industry, Ms. Mertz served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). At SCAD, Ms. Mertz quickly learned higher education protocol, and dedicated her time to ensuring SCAD met the rules and regulations pertaining to higher education.  Ms. Mertz enjoys spending time outside--especially by the water--at her home in Alpine, WY.
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  • Mr. Geoff Berger

    University of Houston, B.S., Biology
    University of Indiana, M.S., Finance
    University of Indiana, MBA

    Mr. Geoff Berger’s varied experience in finance and management prepare him well for his leading roles in the Finance and Human Resource Departments of JH Classical Academy. Geoff served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy for six years, and after completing his service, earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. From there, he spent significant time in Durham, NC, where he occupied leadership positions for a large biotech company at the forefront of human-plasma based therapies. Following his experience in Durham, NC, Geoff earned his M.S. in Finance and M.B.A. from the University of Indiana. Most recently, Geoff managed a custom home builder office in Bozeman, Montana. Geoff is excited to contribute his diverse skill-set to the Academy’s furtherance of education centered on the true, the good, and the beautiful.
  • Mrs. Kayanne Yarrow


    Born and raised in Wyoming, Mrs. Kayanne Yarrow joins JHCA with almost two decades of teaching experience. Her degrees and experience show her dedication to Christian education. Mrs. Yarrow is excited to continue to live in Jackson Hole and to be a part of a vibrant, faith-filled community at JHCA. Mrs. Yarrow and her husband have four children and nine grandchildren. When she is not at school, you can find Mrs. Yarrow reading, fishing, or enjoying the outdoors.
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  • Miss Sarah Knight

    University of Georgia, BS


    Miss Sarah Knight was born and raised in Georgia, having lived in both Columbus and Atlanta.  She studied childhood development at Ole Miss and then transferred to the University of Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science. She then spent the next seven years in Atlanta teaching kindergarten and spending most of her summer breaks working in Jackson. During that time, Miss Knight learned what is now one of her favorite hobbies, fly fishing and in 2016, she moved to Jackson to live year-round. Miss Knight also enjoys skiing, cooking, and traveling.

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  • Ms. Deb Bentlage


    Ms. Deborah “Deb” Bentlage was born in Casper, Wyoming and her childhood was throughout the Equality State. After graduating high school in Jackson, she studied for a year at Central Wyoming College and a year in Laramie before entering the U.S. Army and becoming a paratrooper, serving in Korea and Germany. Ms. Bentlage’s experience is varied and strong for her position at JHCA. She started as a cook at her grandmother’s café at the Teton Gables hotel and has not looked back since! Ms. Bentlage lives in Jackson with her two beautiful children, Sarah and Jacob.
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  • Mr. Dean Rossi


    Mr. Dean Rossi joins JH Classical Academy as the Facility Manager. Coming from Wellsville, Kansas, he has 35 years of construction as both a carpenter and superintendent. He will oversee the maintenance of the current building and the construction of the future campus, as well as housekeeping, security, and snow removal. Dean and his wife Tina have six children and thirteen grandchildren.
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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


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