- PreSchool teachers are group leader qualified in keeping with the Colorado Department of Human Services regulations.
- Elementary and Middle School teachers are certified by the State of Colorado and many hold Masters degrees.
- Many staff are specialized in the following fields: computer science, art, physical education, music, media, reading and educational therapy.
- All staff are encouraged to pursue continuing education.
- Every PreSchool and Elementary classroom has a part-time teaching assistant.
Before teaching at Cherry Hills Christian School, Gary worked in real estate brokerage and development here in the Denver area for several years. After that, he returned to school for his second degree and teaching certification. Gary has taught math and Bible at Cherry Hills for 18 years and was one of the two original teachers in the middle school with Evan Dalrymple. Gary and his wife Pranadda have four children who have all attended Cherry Hills Christian. Their home church is Highline Community Church, but don't let that discourage you from visiting or attending. Gary received his BS in Business Finance from Arizona State University, BA in History from Metropolitan State University, and Teaching Certification from Metropolitan State University.
Julie grew up in Colorado Springs and received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from CU Boulder. She also holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from CU Denver. Art is her passion and she has taught both elementary art and first grade as well as privately tutoring art students. She enjoys encouraging students to express their faith and the beauty of God's creation in their art. Julie is married to Brett and has three awesome children. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, travel, drawing and painting, photography and supporting her husband and children in their many sporting activities.
For Mr. Bignell's bio, please see our Meet the Superintendent page.
Tammie grew up in Highlands Ranch and has been teaching in the south metro area for 10 years, with experience in 1st and 3rd grades. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UNC in Greeley in 2002 and her Masters of Education in 2006 from CU Denver. She has been married to Richard since the summer of 2009 and is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Darlene Blood, 4th grade teacher at CHC.
Bill earned a BSBA at Washington University in St. Louis and then entered the field of insurance underwriting. Five years later he realized teaching was God's call on his life. Bill spent nine years in missions, primarily teaching English and helping to lead cross-cultural training schools before entering K-8 education. He received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Denver and has been teaching 5th and 6th grades since 2006. He loves teaching science because of the innumerable ways it points to our ingenious Creator. Bill and his wife Jodi live in Littleton with their daughter and two sons.
See Kathy's Bio on the PreSchool Meet the Director page.
After graduating from Harding University with a bachelors in Childhood Development Mrs. Callahan moved to New York City to serve at-risk youth for a ministry called Shiloh. During the school year, she taught Kindergarten for 8 years at The Buckley School, a private school for boys. Eventually receiving a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairments from Teachers College at Columbia University, she served in a public school in the Bronx for four years teaching in a self-contained K-2 class for students who were blind/visually impaired. In 2013 Mrs. Callahan and her husband moved to Colorado and had Lincoln and Autumn. In her free time, she loves to bake and enjoys spending time with her family.
Cheryl Carmichael received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska. This is her ninth year teaching reading at Cherry Hills Christian and she loves to watch each of her students burst forth in reading.
Prior to her appointment at Cherry Hills Christian School, Robyn was the Elementary Director for Grace Place at Cherry Hills Community Church. Her background includes development, sales, corporate training and performing as the children's character Sweet Tart. Robyn has a B.A.in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, 2001, and an M.A. in Youth & Family Ministry from Denver Seminary, 2006.
Wendy is a Colorado native, having lived here all her life except for 2 1/2 years spent with her family in Chicago. She received her Bachelor's degree in education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and her Master's degree in Education from Regis University. She has taught at Cherry Hills Christian Middle School since the fall of 1999. Wendy and her husband Fred have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family. Wendy loves to work in a school where she can help students grow in their faith as well as in their academics.
Yumiko Clark attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Secondary Education. She completed her course work at Colorado Christian University for her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2007. She started her teaching career in the Cherry Creek School District before getting the opportunity to teach abroad in Luxembourg and Paris. After teaching and traveling abroad for three years, she moved back to the great state of Colorado to be closer to family and the slopes.
Gisele Christian Conn is an Artist and Teacher. She began teaching at CHCMS in 1999 and holds a B.A. in Art, Spanish and Letters from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, an A.A. in Graphic Art & Design from the University of Puerto Rico, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University in 2014. Additional post-grad courses in Art, Spanish and History were completed in: Barcelona, Spain; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Samara, Costa Rica and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gisele is living her dream - sharing what she loves and teaching what God has so generously granted her the privilege to learn - in a school where He is exalted daily.
Prior to coming to Cherry Hills Christian, Ms. Craven taught freshman English at Upper Moreland High School in suburban Philadelphia and then held a position as an account executive for Clinique, a major cosmetic company. Recently, Ms. Craven attended Regis University where she earned a Masters of Education in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Ms. Craven earned her B.A. in English/Education from Pennsylvania State Universit;, M.A., Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Regis University.