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Cheryl Askay

Cheryl Askay

Titles: Interim Math Department Chair, Community Service Coordinator
Departments: Math, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.S. - Mathematics
M.S. - Mathematics

“I truly love working with my students. They energize me! I'm passionate about math and enjoy sharing my love of the subject with the students.”

Ms. Askay taught high school math at The University of Denver High School before coming to Kent Denver. She hopes her students realize that regardless of their past experiences, they can all learn and succeed in mathematics.

Wes Ballantyne

Wes Ballantyne

Titles: Dean of Students Class of 2019
Departments: History, Deans of Students, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A.
M.A.

“My role makes a difference in students’ lives because it supports them so they can grow personally and academically.”

Mr. Ballantyne says he chooses to work at Kent Denver because of the professional opportunity and chance to live near the Rocky Mountains. Prior to joining Kent Denver he taught first at Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, CT then at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lee Barrow

Lee Barrow

Class of 2003
Titles: History Teacher
Departments: History, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - History
M.A. - International Studies and Comparative Politics
Kelley Award for History, Davidson College

“I can help students re-think how they think.”

Prior to joining Kent Denver, Mr. Barrow taught AP European History in Houston for four years before returning to Denver to study democratization and electoral systems. Highly motivated students, highly engaged faculty and extraordinarily supportive administration are three of the reasons he likes teaching at Kent Denver. “Overall, I enjoy teaching because I get to participate in students’ analytical development,” he says “I want to be remembered as a teacher who created engaging, entertaining and effective classrooms.”

Samantha Baumgarten

Samantha Baumgarten

Titles: Spanish/Latin Teacher
Departments: World Languages, Parents 2022, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - Spanish

“I try to open students' eyes to our connection to classical culture and Latin. I love making kids aware of classical culture all around us.I believe that learning another language is one of the richest learning activities was can undertake. I love helping kids "crack the code" of how to understand and communicate using Spanish.”

Ms. Baumgarten enjoys working at Kent Denver not only because of her students, but also the faculty community, which she appreciates for its deep care and concern for all of our students.

Mike Bausch

Mike Bausch

Titles: History Teacher and Debate Director
Departments: History, Faculty & Staff
Audra Benjamin

Audra Benjamin

Titles: Learning Specialist
Departments: Faculty & Staff
Biography:

M.S. - Special Education
M.S. - Master's in School and Mental Health Counseling

“I try to help people see that there is value in difference and that there is a whole world outside and after school. I hope my students, parents and teachers will feel supported, informed and empowered to talk about their strengths and struggles.”

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