Our Faculty & Staff



Kent Denver faculty are life-long learners who are passionate about inspiring their students. Both inside and outside our classrooms, our teachers create, innovate, connect, collaborate and nurture our community of scholars.

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Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas

Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
Departments: Communications, Faculty & Staff, Administration
Biography:

B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.

Justin Adams

Justin Adams

Titles: Producer of Commercial Music
Departments: Arts, Faculty & Staff
Biography:
B.A.- Music
M.M.- Jazz and Commercial Music Performance

"Music is an art form that teaches that mistakes are a welcome part of life. I regularly see students adopting a tenacious ability to integrate all of their life experiences, both planned and unplanned, into a mature outlook that gives birth to real adulthood."

Mr. Adams joined Kent Denver from the University of Colorado and Metro State University, where he taught jazz, classical, pop, Latin music, composition, improvisation, ear-training, songwriting and piano. He is currently the musical director and pianist for Lannie Garrett and performs regularly with nationally known artists.
Chelsea Ammons

Chelsea Ammons

Class of 2009
Titles: Interim School Counselor
Departments: Faculty & Staff, Student Wellness
Biography:
B.A.- Psychology and Spanish
M.A.- Counseling
Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate

“Helping students understand how their emotional development makes them a more rounded community member is one of the great privileges I have as a school counselor.”

A proud Kent Denver alumna, Ms. Ammons joined the school’s Student Wellness team in 2019. She has previously served as a Postsecondary Coach in Denver Public Schools and school counselor intern at Chaparral High School and Sabin World School.
Leah Anderson

Leah Anderson

Titles: Upper School Math Teacher
Departments: Math, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.S.- Secondary Mathematics Education

"What might seem simple to me may be complicated for a student. Then I have the journey of finding out how they learn best. It keeps me searching for the best solution."

Prior to joining the Kent Denver faculty, Ms. Anderson was a math teacher and Math Team Lead at Denver Discovery School and taught high school math at Oshkosh West High School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Cheryl Askay

Cheryl Askay

Titles: Math Teacher
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.

Wesley Ballantyne

Wesley Ballantyne

Titles: Dean of Students Class of 2023
Departments: History, Deans of Students, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - History
M.A. - Social Studies Education

"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.

Adrian Barnes

Adrian Barnes

Titles: Middle School Dean of Students, Diversity Coordinator
Departments: Deans of Students, Admissions, Faculty & Staff, Student Wellness
Biography:
B.A. - History
M.Ed., - Educational Leadership

“Working with youth bring so much joy to my life. When students understand a concept and grow on a social and emotional level it tells me that I am making a difference.”

Mr. Barnes joined Kent Denver as a Dean of Students in 2019 and is excited to be part of a team of educators who research, dissect and provide opportunities for professional growth. He previously served as a social studies teacher, coordinator of diversity and global awareness and multi-sport coach at an independent school in Tampa, FL.
Daniel Barocas

Daniel Barocas

Titles: Dean of the Class of 2022, English Teacher
Departments: English, Deans of Students, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - English
M.A. - Holocaust and Genocide Studies

"Kent Denver has a rich tradition of both academic excellence and real-world preparation for its students. I look forward to immersing myself in the Sun Devil community and to fostering impactful and lasting relationships with students and faculty members alike."

Mr. Barocas joined Kent Denver after 12 years at Overland High School, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2017. At Overland, he served as an English teacher, yearbook advisor, boys' lacrosse coach and Student Council sponsor among other duties.

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, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - Spanish

"I believe that learning another language is one of the richest learning activities we 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.

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