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Evan Gaffney

Evan Gaffney

Titles: Science Teacher
Departments: Science, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.S. - Physics

“As a physics teacher, I seek not to create a generation of engineers and nuclear physicists, but one of critical, logic-based problem solvers who reject simplicity and view the world through complex lenses.”

While earning his degree in Physics, Mr. Gaffney minored in Mathematics, Music and Education. He enjoys teaching because he is able to see the results of his efforts immediately reflected in students’ growing understanding of the topic.

“I choose to work at Kent Denver because I love the overwhelming support I receive from my colleagues, my students and their families,” he says. “My job here feels incredibly focused.”

Whitney Gaines

Whitney Gaines

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

B.A. - English and Political Science
M.F.A. - Creative Writing and Literature

"My goal is to inspire students to always pursue some kind of learning."

Already a familiar face on campus after serving as a long-term sub in the English department in 2016, Ms. Gaines joined Kent Denver in 2018 from Colorado Academy, where she was a seminar leader and Literary Journal Chair. She has also taught writing through Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop.


Kristy Garfoot

Kristy Garfoot

Titles: Science Teacher
Departments: Science, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.H.S. - Psychological Sciences

“I love being able to help students understand the world around them. It is pure joy when expressions of comprehension shine on their faces.”

Ms. Garfoot is delighted to help students learn material—and learn about themselves.

“I get to help them be their authentic, wonderful selves,” she says. “I grew up going to a private school where my Dad taught. My experience there made me who I am today, and I want to help others have the same wonderful experience I did. Kent Denver students put a smile on my face daily and reinforce why I am here.”

Kim Gatti

Kim Gatti

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

B.A. - Mathematics
M.A. - Mathematics

“Teaching allows me to spend my days sharing what I love with great people.”

Ms. Gatti enjoys teaching students who are motivated to learn, respectful of others and fun to be around. Prior to Kent Denver, she was teaching and living abroad.

Luis Gimenez

Luis Gimenez

Departments: World Languages, Faculty & Staff
Biography:
M.A. - Hispanic Literature
B.A., Spanish (Teaching)

"I create a classroom environment that allows students to communicate their feelings and inquires about the world in a different language."

Mr. Gimenez helps his students tap into the unique energy that comes from exploring new cultures through language. He has taught every level of Spanish from elementary school through high school, including AP Language, AP Literature, International Baccalaureate and Heritage Speakers. Mr. Gimenez came to Kent Denver School from the Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago, IL.
Judy Graese

Judy Graese

Titles: Director of Costuming
Departments: Arts, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

“I choose to work at Kent Denver because it is family!”

Ms. Graese began her Kent Denver career in the 1970s. Originally hired as a modern dance teacher, she applied her extensive artistic expertise in many other areas over the years, teaching drawing, painting, photography and a wealth of additional visual and performing arts courses. Today, she serves as the Upper School costumer and designs period-authentic costumes for plays as diverse as Argonautika, Oliver, Annie and Grease, to name just a few.

“I believe my role makes a difference in students’ lives,” Ms. Graese says. “Students observe a dedicated and hard-working member of the theater technical staff and they trust that I will absolutely do my job right."

Ms. Graese studied art at Augustana College and dance at the University of Colorado. Among her many accolades are recognition in “Who’s Who in American Art” and being a recipient of the University of Denver’s “Living Legend of Dance in Colorado” award in 2016.

Ryan Gray

Ryan Gray

Titles: Science Teacher
Departments: Science, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - Psychology
B.S. - Biology
M.A. - Curriculum and Instruction
M.S. - Biology for Teachers

“I enjoy interacting with young learners and motivating them to be future scientists.”

Mr. Gray says he finds it very fulfilling to show students how fascinating science is and how relevant is it to their lives. Prior to joining Kent Denver, he worked for a Somoan security company in New Zealand. “I'm thrilled to be at Kent Denver,” he says. “I love the people and the support I receive.”

Carrie Green

Carrie Green

Titles: Director of Middle School
Departments: Faculty & Staff, Administration
Biography:

M.A., Educational Leadership
B.A., English and Film Studies

"For me, middle school is the center of the universe. The habits of mind that are formed in middle school become the foundation for success not only in high school and college, but in life."

Carrie Green began her tenure as Kent Denver's Middle School Division Director in 2017. "Kent Denver is an incredible community—one that is grounded in history, yet forward-thinking as it considers its next chapter," she says. "Kent Denver's core values are more than just words. They are a practice. Kent Denver is Integrity, Respect, Personal Growth, Community and Wisdom."

Ms. Green previously served as Interim Head of Middle School, Assistant Head of Middle School and Dean of Students at St. John's School in Houston, TX. Prior to that, she was a teacher and advisor her alma mater, Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, CA.
Ginna Halverson

Ginna Halverson

Titles: Chair, History Department
Departments: History, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - History
M.A. - American History
Kurt D. McDonald Teaching Chair

“Teaching gives me space and time to work with teenagers at a critical stage in their lives—they are intellectually curious, driven and motivated to learn. They are also funny, sometimes even silly, and they make me laugh.”

Many students say that creating relationships with the faculty is the most important part of their Kent Denver education, and Ms. Halverson agrees. “I really enjoy my connections with kids that begin in the classroom and then continue into the halls, extra help meetings and beyond,” Ms. Halverson says. “I like building connections with students that last long after their college years.”

Annie Hansen

Annie Hansen

Titles: English Teacher
Departments: English, Faculty & Staff
Biography:

B.A. - English
M.A. - English
M.F.A. - Coursework
Inaugural Old Coach Yates Award
Fellowship, Kenyon Teachers' Workshop
Coca Cola Educators of Distinction

“I give students tools to express themselves. I listen to them and encourage them to discover their voices. I find it meaningful to be part of a community of learners.”

Before teaching at Kent Denver, Ms. Hansen worked at the Menlo School in California with Eric Chandler. She also played professional volleyball on the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association beach tour, and lived in France.

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