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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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.


Kristen Garfoot

Kristen 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 about the scientific world—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.
Judith Graese

Judith Graese

Titles: Director of Costuming
Departments: Arts, Faculty & Staff
Biography:
"When students work with me, they observe a strong, dedicated theater person in a responsible position."

Since joining the Kent School for Girls in the fall of 1969 as a dance teacher, Judy Graese has inspired countless students, faculty and parents with her creativity and artistic passion. In her current role as head costumer for the Upper School's Kent Denver Players, Ms. Graese helps students bring characters to life on stage. "I love working here because it brings me into contact with positive young people," she says.

In addition to her work at Kent Denver, Ms. Graese is also an accomplished artist, serving as an illustrator for several books and doing one-woman shows at galleries across the nation. Prior to her arrival at KDS, Ms. Graese was a dancer and costumer with the Murray Louis Dance Company in NYC. In 2016, she was named a Colorado Living Legend of Dance.

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 Samoan 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

"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.

Over her career as an educator, Ms. Hansen has received several notable awards including Coca Cola Educators of Distinction, Kenyon Teachers' Workshop Fellowship and was the first recipeint of Kent Denver's Old Coach Yates Award.

Randal Harrington

Randal Harrington

Titles: Head of School, Science Teacher
Departments: Science, Faculty & Staff, Administration
Biography:

B.S. - Environmental Science
B.S. - Physics
M.S. - Physics
Ph.D. - Physics

"As a teacher, I enjoy helping students to navigate complexity and to see that the world is far more interesting and mysterious than it first appears. As Head of School, my role is to create the best possible learning environments for all our employees and students to thrive."

Dr. Harrington was named Kent Denver Head of School in 2014. In Kent Denver, he sees a vibrant community of deeply committed learners and teachers. Dr. Harrington loves discussing ideas with others. He believes education is the most powerful mechanism through which we can improve ourselves and our communities.

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