Carbon Valley Academy Faculty and Staff

Faculty Grade/Position
Name (click name to view biography)
Contact Information
Teacher’s Page Link
Executive Director Tony Carey
Principal Julie Johnson Principal’s Page
Assistant Principal Hillary Miller
Business Operations/Human Resources Brandi Wilson
Receptionist Roxanna Larkins
Special Education Lauren Locke
Student Services Stephanie Kajcienski
Literacy Deborah Rucker Teacher’s Page
Kindergarten – Full Day Stacy Maughon Teacher’s Page
Kindergarten – Full Day Jeff Burns Teacher’s Page
Kindergarten – Full Day Jennifer Keysor Teacher’s Page
First Grade Hannah Fassett Teacher’s Page
First Grade Michael Oberding Teacher’s Page
Second Grade Lauren Sagner Teacher’s Page
Second Grade Catherine Linhardt Teacher’s Page
Third Grade Jamie Clifford Teacher’s Page
Fourth Grade Briana Moreland Teacher’s Page
Fifth Grade Stephanie Kmec Teacher’s Page
Fifth Grade Richard Schineller Teacher’s Page 
Middle School Math Chase Rambow

Teacher’s Page

Blog Page

Middle School Science Karie Farland Teacher’s Page
Middle School Social Studies Adam Crawford Teacher’s Page
MS Language Arts Chase Baker Teacher’s Page
Technology Kyle Valkema Teacher’s Page
Physical Education Ed McCray Teacher’s Page
Music Daniel Medina Teacher’s Page
Art Alicia Deselms Teacher’s Page
Spanish Angela Iafrate Teacher’s Page
Before School Director/Kindergarten Aide Teresa Wemple
1–5 Aide Hannah Frizzell
Aide Bethany Schroeder

Faculty and Staff Biographies

Tony Carey—Executive Director

“Mr. Tony” was a founding Board member and is our school’s current Executive Director. Originally from England, Mr. Tony was transferred to the United States in 1978 by Swiss multinational AGIE s.a. He brings more than 30 years of business and managerial experience to our school. The Careys are long term residents of Frederick where Mr. Tony also serves as Mayor. Along with 9th grader Nick, the Carey family likes to travel, and are long time Rockies fans.


Julie Johnson—Principal

Mrs. Johnson was the original 5th grade teacher when CVA opened it’s doors in 2005, and now serves as the school’s principal. A Midwesterner born and raised, Mrs. Johnson and her husband relocated to Colorado in the summer of 2004.  Prior to teaching at CVA, she held a teaching position at a charter school in Denver. After taking leaving from CVA she taught for 8 years in Ft. Lupton, returning to CVA in the fall of 2014.

Her BA is in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s in Educational Administration is from CSU.  As education is a 2nd career for Mrs. Johnson, she spent the first 20 years of her working life in event management and wedding planning.he and her husband Paul own a game shop (wooden, educational, family-friendly games) in Estes Park and reside with their cockapoo puppy, Reese, in Frederick.  Mrs. Johnson is thrilled to be back at CVA!  She views it as ‘coming home’!


Hillary Miller—Assistant Principal

Brandi Wilson—Business Operations/Human Resources

Mrs. Wilson is the Operations and Human Resource Manager at Carbon Valley Academy and will be celebrating her 10th year at CVA in the Spring of 2015.

Mrs. Wilson and her husband Lee, have three children, Ryan (20), BriAnna (17) and Garrett (14), along with two dogs (Bo and Huck). Bri and Garrett attended CVA when they were younger and currently attend Erie High School. As a family they enjoy watching Garrett play competitive baseball and Bri play competitive softball. They enjoy going camping when time allows and attending Rockies games.

Lauren Locke—Resource Director

Ms. Locke grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. She completed her undergraduate and first Master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, and then, after moving seven times with her husband and young daughter, landed in Boulder, CO and earned her Master of Arts in Special Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has been working with children and their parents for many years, as a teacher, tutor, mentor, and home-school liaison, and she’s excited to be a new member of the CVA community.

Along with teaching and getting to know students and their families, Ms. Locke enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking and hiking, reading, listening to music, traveling and exploring new places and coffee shops. She and her daughter have recently taken up a new hobby inspired by her father’s Junior Golden Gloves championship award, earned before she was born.

Stephanie Kajcienski—Student Services

Mrs. Kajcienski is a native of Colorado and attended Metropolitan State College for Marketing. Before coming to Carbon Valley Academy, she spent five years working in Children’s Ministries. Her past experience also includes customer service, office administration, and sales. Mrs. Kajcienski takes care of CVA’s Student Services. She tracks attendance and enrollment, heads up the lunch program, and is our health clerk.


Debbie Rucker—Fifth Grade

Mrs. Rucker, originally from New York has spent most of her life in Colorado. In fact, she attended St. Vrain Valley schools, graduated from Longmont High School and earned her BA in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University. Mrs. Rucker is enthusiastically looking forward to her first year as a Literacy Teacher at Carbon Valley Academy. Helping children learn to read is her life-long passion.

Mrs. Rucker and her husband, Nick, enjoy NASCAR racing, cheering for the Broncos and Rockies, riding their motorcycle and adoring their three grandsons.


Stacy Maughon—Kindergarten Full Day

Mrs. Maughon grew up in sunny Burbank, California where she attended California State University, Long Beach and earned her BA in psychology. She comes from a family of educators and soon decided to continue her education at CSU Long Beach to earn a teaching credential with an emphasis in Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development. With over 17 years of experience working in childhood education including preschool, kindergarten, first and fourth grades, Mrs. Maughon has developed a strong connection with young children and their educational needs.

Mrs. Maughon moved to Colorado, where her husband has lived and worked, and now, too, enjoys all that Colorado offers. When she isn’t teaching, she and her husband are most likely busy trying to keep up with their 5 year old daughter and two dogs! During her free time, Mrs. Maughon likes to read, craft, bake and shop!

Jeff Burns—Kindergarten Full Day

Mr. Burns has been teaching since 1999. He attended CU Boulder where he graduated with a psychology degree. After working with youth in a rehabilitation facility for a few years, Mr. Burns went back to school and earned his teaching license from Metro State in Denver. Mr. Burns has taught at a private school, charter school, and a public school. He has been at Carbon Valley since 2012. He feels lucky to teach such a well rounded group of students here at CVA.

Mr. Burns and his family live in Erie. He keeps busy with his two daughters, ages 6 and 8, attending their soccer games and ballet recitals.

Jennifer Keysor—Kindergarten Full Day

Ms. Keysor was born and raised in Longmont and graduated from Longmont Christian High School. She has always wanted to work with children. Right out of high school she worked as a nanny and as an assistant in a preschool. In eight years working in preschool, she was both a preschool teacher and an assistant director. When she decided that she wanted to be able to work with older children and become a teacher, she went back to school and received an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Front Range. She then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a BA in May of 2015. Ms. Keysor’s student teaching was completed in a second grade classroom and she is very excited to be teaching her own second grade class this year. Ms. Keysor looks forward to the upcoming school year and helping her students to learn and grow.

In her free time, Ms. Keysor enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to music.

Hannah Fassett—First Grade

Mrs. Fassett grew up in southern Indiana and earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  This will be her sixth year teaching first grade at CVA, and she is so happy to be a part of CVA’s team.  She is very passionate about teaching children and watching them grow throughout each year.  She is looking forward to another great year at CVA!

Mrs. Fassett loves being outdoors and always enjoys time spent with family and friends. She lives in Denver with her husband and their dog.

Michael Oberding—First Grade

Lauren Sagner—Second Grade

Mrs. Sagner was born and raised in Georgia, and she received her BA in Elementary Education from Trinity College in Jacksonville, Florida. She has always had a passion for teaching, and she was able to teach 3rd grade in Georgia before getting married and relocating to her husband’s home in Colorado. Mrs. Sagner is very excited to have this opportunity to teach at CVA. She is looking forward to this upcoming school year in 2nd grade.

Mrs. Sagner enjoys spending time on the lake, reading, and being with friends and family. She also has two dogs that she enjoys taking on walks.

Catherine Linhardt—Second Grade

Mrs. Linhardt grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, IA) with a degree in elementary education in 2010. She earned her master’s degree in 2012 from the University of South Dakota.

Mrs. Linhardt and her husband have 2 dogs and live in Firestone. Her hobbies include reading, drinking coffee, and watching baseball. She is looking forward to a productive and positive year with your child.

Briana Moreland—Fourth Grade

Mrs. Moreland was born and raised here in Colorado. She earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. She has volunteered her time working with kids since high school, and after receiving her degree she spent a year substituting with Boulder Valley School District. She is excited to have joined the CVA family!Mrs. Moreland lives in Commerce City with her husband, and their two dogs and cats. She loves camping, hiking, reading, gardening, and spending time with her loving family.


Stephanie Kmec—Fifth Grade

Ms. Kmec is originally from New Jersey, but relocated to Colorado to be closer to family and to continue her teaching career. She earned her BA degree from University of Richmond with a double major in Journalism and French and a minor in Art History. After working in the field of writing, she decided to make a change and return to school to receive her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Rutgers University. She has been teaching for the past five years with experience in both first and fourth grades.  Ms. Kmec could not be more excited to be teaching fifth grade this year at CVA and continue inspiring and teaching young minds. Ms. Kmec lives in Thornton and enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Richard Schineller—Fifth Grade

Mr. Schineller grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After being inspired by classroom volunteering he returned to college and received his teaching certification from Regis University in Denver. He is excited to share his love of learning with his students here at Carbon Valley Academy.

Mr. Schineller lives in Longmont with his wife, two high school aged children, and two cats. When he isn’t teaching he enjoys the outdoors, visiting museums, and spending time with his family.

Chase Rambow—Middle School Math

Mr. Rambow moved from Minnesota last June to Colorado and is thoroughly enjoying this wonderful place. He has spent the last 2 years teaching in multi grade classrooms at the middle school level. Teaching technology will be a exciting new stop in his career. Chase graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN with a degree in elementary education and math science focus. He is very excited to join the amazing Carbon Valley team! Collaboration is the key for success with students and this is a staff who does that so well! Growing up, Mr. Rambow enjoyed playing sports, especially football, baseball, and basketball. He hopes to coach in one or all three of those sports sometime in the future. Coaching and teaching are two great ways to become a integral part of a community and that is exactly what he desires.

Karie Farland—Middle School Science

Mrs. Farland is excited to be joining Carbon Valley Academy as the Middle School Science teacher. She is originally from Kansas, but has lived in the great state of Colorado since 1988.  She has a passion for her adopted home and loves all things Colorado from the Broncos and Rockies to camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains along with my husband, two sons and dog.

Mrs. Farland holds two degrees from Colorado universities.  Her first degree is in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and her second is Biology with Secondary Education from University of Northern Colorado.  The combination of these degrees has afforded her the expertise to teach Middle Schoolers about the four realms of science, (Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics), as well as insight into the unique challenges students in Middle School face.

Adam Crawford—Middle School Social Studies

Mr. Crawford grew up in the Midwest in the state of Indiana. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where he studied history, philosophy and met his wife. Upon getting married, he moved to Durango, Colorado where his wife and he enjoyed everything that is great about living in the mountains. After earning his Master’s degree in teaching from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, his family and he moved back to Colorado to the Denver area.

This will be Mr. Crawford’s first year at Carbon Valley Academy after teaching last year at Noel Community Arts School in Denver. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, Lyla, 5 and Max, 2 as well as playing outside doing various activities that include camping, hiking, biking and running.


Chase Baker—Middle School Language Arts

Mr. Baker discovered his love of working with kids while working as a camp counselor at Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Ranch from 2004-2010. Following his love of teaching children, he then received a certificate in Secondary English Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is immensely excited to join the team at Carbon Valley Academy and impact the lives of many students.


Kyle Valkema—Technology

Mr. Valkema is originally from Freeport, Illinois (Go Pretzels). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Education in 2007 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. After graduation, he moved to Fort Collins and was employed as a Software Trainer that supported Infinite Campus. In 2008, Mr. Valkema accepted a position in Estes Park as the Middle School Technology Teacher. During his time in Estes Park, Mr. Valkema coached both boys/girls basketball and track as well as help sponsor several other school organizations and clubs. In 2013, Mr. Valkema graduated from Colorado State University with his Masters of Education: Human Resource Studies- Organizational Performance and Change. After receiving his master’s degree, Mr. Valkema moved to Chicago, IL where he was employed as an Online Academic Advisor for Colorado Technical University and also worked for the Noble Network of Charter Schools. In July of 2016 Mr. Valkema got married to his best friend Tiffany who also works in public education in Denver.  In his free time, Mr. Valkema likes hiking in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains and is also a huge Chicago Sports fan.

Ed McCray—Physical Education

Mr. McCray is increasingly grateful that his journey has led me to this extraordinary learning community here at Carbon Valley, of which he is honored to be a part of, and thrilled for the opportunity to get to work in creating a Physical Education program that is alive with a zest for fitness, thinking and life.

Here are some things to know about Mr. McCray and his travels.  He and his wife moved to Colorado almost twelve years ago from Seattle so his wife could take a choral music position at CU Boulder (she has since left that fine institution to return to her roots and teach middle school at Trail Ridge).  Mr. McCray then took the occasion to return to school and get his teacher’s license (to go along with a Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Washington). He is now beginning his ninth year at this most venerable of institutions and is especially excited to be embarking upon his new P.E. adventure. Besides working with children, Mr. McCray’s passions include being a dad (his daughter Graciela is eight and will be attending Third Grade here), writing (children’s stories and poetry), painting, running (his seventh marathon is coming up in the Fall) and digging around in their backyard.

On a final note, Mr. McCray is a great believer that the boundaries of the learning community we create in our classrooms and gyms extend well-beyond our walls and into your homes and even the greater world around us. So, he will be communicating often, and encourage you to contact me with any questions, concerns and healthy cooking recipes.

Daniel Medina—Music

Mr. Medina grew up in Houston, TX, and first went to school at Baylor University for his bachelors in music education and then to Southern Methodist University for his masters in music performance. This will be his first year at Carbon Valley and first year teaching in Colorado, and he is very excited to share this new experience with all the kids and staff! Mr. Medina loves teaching and playing music whenever he can; you can catch him regularly in the percussion section of the Lakewood, Arapaho, and Boulder Symphony.

Mr. Medina lives in Boulder with his wife, Chelsea, who attends CU, and loves staying active outdoors with their two shiba inus.

Alica Deselms—Art

Mrs. Deselms (Mrs. D.) is from Los Angeles California where she graduated from Woodbury University with a BFA in Interior Architecture and a Masters in Art education from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. D. has worked over a decade in everything from Kinder to twelfth grade in various capacities. She competed her student teaching at Northridge Academy High School and is very excited to be joining the Carbon Valley Academy family this 2016/2017 year.

Mrs. D. has a passion for art and design and enjoys creating mixed media art in her spare time. She feels fortunate to be sharing her passion for her discipline with her students and gain new perspectives from her classes.

Mrs. D. is married and has three children; Gavin (8), Morgan (3), and Tyrion (8 months). As a family, they enjoy taking long drives to new places, going to the park, and enjoying a good movie!

Angela Iafrate—Spanish

Mrs. Iafrate is from Bogota, Colombia where she graduated with a degree in Speech Language Pathology.  In 2007, she went to Washington DC to study English. While she was studying, she started doing Spanish tutoring in DC area.  Also, she worked as a Spanish Substitute, summer camp instructor and in the after school program at Washington International School.  In 2014, Mrs. Iafrate came to Colorado and  worked as Spanish teacher at Mountain Vista Community School teaching K -8.  She is really excited to be part of this awesome school and staff.

Mrs. Iafrate came to Colorado because her husband got a job in Lafayette. They live in Bloomfield and are happy of what the city offers.  The family loves to do exercise,cook, and watch Colombian Soap operas.

Teresa Wemple—Before School Director/Kindergarten Aide
Hannah Frizzell—1–5 Aide