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, BA
    University of Kentucky, MA


    Mrs. Patrick adds years of teaching experience to the JH Classical faculty. With a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Asbury College, a Masters in Early Childhood Education from University of Kentucky, and a background in classical education, Mrs. Patrick brings her experience to further strengthen the foundation of the school. Born in New York, most recently living and teaching in Texas, Mrs. Patrick and her husband are thrilled to experience the mountain west. She especially looks forward to gardening, bird watching, and hosting her grandchildren.
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  • Mrs. Kimberly Nichols

    Grand Valley State University, BS
    Regis University, MEd

    1st Grade, DIBELS Instructor 

    Mrs. Nichols brings more than a decade of experience to JHCA, having taught K-8 students in public, private, and Christian school settings.  Born in Michigan, she  has lived all over the U.S. (Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, and Wyoming) as well as overseas, in South Korea.  Her master’s degree in education from Regis University in Colorado provides her insight into K-12 generalist and special education.  Her passion for helping students grow and mature is also reflected by her involvement with the Young Life organization, where she has served as a leader for 6 years.  
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  • Miss Anna Dewald

    Rocky Mountain College, BA

    2nd Grade 

    Miss Dewald is a native to the great west and was drawn to Jackson jointly by her love of teaching children and love for the outdoors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where she also played competitive volleyball, something she continues to pursue in the Jackson community. Miss Dewald has spent her last three summers working for Teton County Weed and Pest Control, and she is very excited to explore the outdoors activities—including hiking, backpacking, and fishing—year round.
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  • Miss Katie Mix

    Lynchburg College, BA EEd
    Central Virginia Community College, AA Ed

    3rd Grade
  • Miss Sarah McWhorter

    University of Oklahoma, BFA

    4th Grade Homeroom, History, and Literature, LS  Art, Yearbook  

    Moving north this year from Dallas, Texas, Miss McWhorter will be teaching the fourth grade humanities as well as a variety of art and art history to the younger students. She has eight years of experience teaching art at West Dallas Community School, and she is especially excited to teach the history and literature surrounding the visual arts. Miss McWhorter spends her time gardening and hiking and intends to expand her experience with both in the new climate.
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  • Miss Sarah Rock

    Sewanee: The University of the South, BA

    5th Grade Homeroom, 5th Grade Latin, 5th Grade Literature and Composition, 7th Ancient History, and 2nd and 3rd Grade Latin

    Miss Rock will be teaching for her fourth year at JH Classical, and this year she is excited to be teaching Literature and Composition as well as Ancient History and Latin. She studied at Sewanee: The University of the South, earning her BA in Classical Studies. During her time there, she took the opportunity to visit and study historical sites in Turkey and Greece, and she applies her experiences to her teaching of these subjects. Apart from school, Miss Rock is an avid runner, recently placing in the local Jackson Hole Marathon. She also loves to read, hike, and explore the mountain west.
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  • Dr. David Wagner

    Hillsdale College, BS
    Indiana University, MA and PhD

    6th Grade Homeroom, 6th Grade Literature and Composition, 8th Grade Algebra I, and 9th Grade Geometry

    Dr. Wagner, an Ohio native, received a B.S. in Mathematics and French from Hillsdale College.  He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French from Indiana University, where he specialized in 17th-century French Literature and History. While completing his graduate studies, he taught a variety of French language and English literature courses at the university level for 6 years.  He also spent a year teaching high school English in a public school near Bordeaux, France.  In recent summers, Dr. Wagner has managed programming for a Boy Scout camp near Cody, Wyoming.  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Wagner has enjoyed serving as a church pianist and organist.
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  • Mr. Ian Landis

    Pennsylvania State University, BS Ed

    7th Grade Homeroom, 5th Grade Science, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Bridge Math, 7th Grade Pre-Algebra

    Mr. Landis has been teaching science and mathematics to the Academy’s 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students for the last three years. Mr. Landis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to JHCA, Mr. Landis taught 6th grade mathematics at Superstition Mountain Elementary School in Arizona for two years, and prior to that he taught at the Pierre Indian Learning Center in South Dakota. Mr. Landis and his wife love the outdoors and beauty of Jackson, and they look forward to growing their family and exploring Wyoming further.
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  • Mr. Benjamin Walter

    Haverford College, BA
    University of Oxford, MSt

    8th Grade Homeroom, 8th Grade Literature and Composition, US and LS Art, and 6th Grade Latin 

    Mr. Walter, a Pennsylvania native, joined the Academy after tutoring in the Philadelphia area in Latin and English. Mr. Walter also developed a love for rowing and coached a youth team in the area. He received a B.A. in Latin and Greek from Haverford College, and an M.A. in the same field from Oxford, England. Mr. Walter was drawn by the beauty of Wyoming, as he enjoys hiking, skiing, and landscape painting with pastels.
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  • Mr. Theodore Sawyer

    Hillsdale College, BA

    7th Grade Literature and Composition, US Latin, 5th Grade British History

    A graduate of Hillsdale College in Greek Language and English Literature, Mr. Sawyer has a background in Greek, Old English, Spanish, Latin, Music, and Journalism. Before teaching at Jackson Hole Classical Academy, he lived in Arizona teaching Latin and Ancient History to middle school students and English Composition to high school students. In his spare time, Mr. Sawyer runs, climbs, reads, and translates to expand his multi-language proficiency.
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  • Miss Molly Porter

    University of Notre Dame, BA

    US Choir, 6th Grade American History, 5th Grade Literature and Composition, 4th Grade Mathematics

    Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Miss Porter is the daughter and granddaughter of teachers. She honed her love of learning with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in the Program of Liberal Studies and Russian, through the Glynn Family Honors Program, and she has particular interests in history and music. Miss Porter is excited to share her academic enthusiasm this upcoming year.
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  • Mrs. Rachel Greb

    Knox Theological Seminary, MA
    Hillsdale College, BA

    10th Grade Homeroom, 10th Grade Humane Letters, Dean of Academics
  • Miss Christa Cohen

    Messiah College, BA

    8/10th Grade Science, 5th Grade Mathematics
  • Ms. Manjola Koci

    Anna Maria College, BM
    New England Conservatory of Music, MM

    Student Affairs, 8th Grade Medieval History, LS Music, Admissions

    Born and educated in Albania, Miss Koci moved to the United States in 1995 to escape a society struggling with the aftermath of Communism. She joined the Academy after teaching music for nine years at Veritas Preparatory Academy and at Archway Veritas Academy. In addition, she served as a Music Curriculum Advisor for Great Hearts Academies in Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts and a graduate degree in Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music. While earning her degrees, Miss Koci also taught music and history for five years in Auburn and Boston, MA.
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  • Mr. Samuel Lunz

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, BS
    Texas State University, MA Ed

    7th Grade Life Science, K-8th Grade Physical Education 

    Mr. Lunz is from San Marcos, Texas. This will be his 16th year teaching.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Biology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas and a Master's degree in Exercise Science from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He and his wife Becky have been married for 12 years. They have 2 children, Fox and Lincoln. In addition to his work at the Academy, Mr. Lunz will also be the head boys basketball coach at Jackson Hole High School.
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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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  • Mr. Timothy Grupp

    Chess Instructor

    Mr. Grupp returns JH Classical Academy this year as  as the school’s primary chess instructor. Playing and teaching Chess have been a lifelong passion for Mr. Grupp; he started playing at only four years old, and became an elementary school champion in southern California. He began teaching chess privately in high school and has been pursuing opportunites to do so ever since. Mr. Grupp, a black belt, is assisting personal defense for Practical Arts at the academy in addition to his chess instruction.
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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.