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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.
Jenna Adendorff

Jenna Adendorff

Titles: Admission Office Manager
Departments: Admissions, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A.- Communication

"I love being a part of the Admissions team because it gives me the opportunity to share Kent Denver's encouraging and welcoming community with prospective families."

Ms. Adendorff grew up in a small town in Connecticut after immigrating from South Africa. During her college years, involvement in urban outreach and mentorship led to an internship with The Hartford Project. She joined the KDS Admission office in 2018.

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 Department Chair
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. - 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.

Danny Barocas

Danny 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 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 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.

Mike Bausch

Mike Bausch

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

M.A. - Communications
B.A., - English and Secondary Education
Grier Family Distinguished Debate Chair

“I want students to feel like they had a teacher who cared about their lives, pushed them to try their best, and helped them to be better people.”

Prior to becoming Kent Denver’s Director of Debate, Mr. Bausch served as Director of Forensics at Bingham High School in Salt Lake City and coached Policy Debate at the University of Wyoming. Mr. Bausch appreciates that Kent Denver's administration and faculty are open to new ideas and perspectives in pursuit of the best educational practices. “I feel like I have the support to try new things to improve educational opportunities for the students that I teach,” he says.

Matt Bentley

Matt Bentley

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Departments: World Languages, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A.
M.A.
Ph.D.
Jane Horn Distinguished Teaching Chair

“I help students see the world, themselves and each other from a different perspective. I love the never-ending process of figuring out what works, and the yearly cycle of re-inventing myself and my classes.”

Prior to working at Kent Denver, Mr. Bentley was a professor at Wabash College. He also taught in the Humanities Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder and in the Languages and Literature Department at the University of Denver.

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