Our Staff

Our teachers are devoted and passionate mentors, lovers of learning and of teaching young people.

Each member of our faculty and staff embraces the Classical methodology and works every day to inspire students to stand proudly in their love of Christ and themselves, to summit mountains, and to become who they are meant to be as the leaders of tomorrow.

Teresa Fraser, M.Ed.

Head of School

Teresa attended the University of Oklahoma for two years before transferring to Milligan College where she earned both her B.S. in Elementary Education and her Masters of Education. She has been a part of the founding of four different schools: Providence Academy in Johnson City, TN; Rocky Mountain Christian Academy in Niwot, CO; Flatirons Academy in Lafayette, CO; and Summit Classical Academy currently in Broomfield, CO.

Sarah Pfannenstiel

K-1st Grade Teacher

Sarah holds her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Secondary Education and Social Science from Benedictine College. Prior to joining SCA, Sarah taught middle school History and Theology at Frassati Catholic Academy.

Cindy Houghton

2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Cindy studied at the University of New Mexico where she received her bachelor and master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Throughout her teaching career, she has worked in public and private schools, but her heart and passion fit with classical Christian education.
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LAURA FOSTER

4th Grade Teacher

Laura has been an educator for over twenty years. She attended San Diego State University where she earned her BA in Elementary Education and her MA in Special Education.

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SOPHIE SEEHAUSEN

5th-6th Grade Teacher

Sophie majored in accounting at Houston Baptist University, and also completed the Honors College Core Curriculum, a Classical, Socratic, Great Books program focused on the canon of Western Literature.

Stephanie Fiechtner

Teacher Assistant

Stephanie holds an American Farmer Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
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Lana Peterson

Educational Support

Lana holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Illinois State University and has previously worked in various HR departments.

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Carrie Flaherty

Art Teacher

Carrie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. She has had the opportunity to teach, coach and substitute teach in various communities and schools.

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Whitney Kelley, DMA

Music Teacher

Dr. Whitney Kelley received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a BM in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a Suzuki teacher, Dr. Kelley has trained extensively in teaching young students through the Suzuki Method, including training with Japanese Suzuki Flute founder, Toshio Takahashi.

Lorene Wrapp

Athletics Coordinator

Lorene is a lifelong fitness and health enthusiast with a passion for Christian education and for growing in the love and knowledge of the Lord. She comes to SCA with 12 years of experience as a Physical Education teacher.

Mark Miller

Science and Mathematics Specialist

Mr. Miller holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in four states.

Addison Fraser

Special Education Consultant

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Laran Wilke

Head of Security

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Norma VanTol

Nurse Consultant

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Teresa Fraser, M.Ed.

Head of School

We believe that it matters greatly who teaches our children. For that reason, the founders of SCA have handpicked Teresa Fraser to serve as Head of School. She is a leader of principled character and gracious love. Her heart for families results in beautiful relationships and a profound impact on the students she disciples. Teresa attended the University of Oklahoma for two years before transferring to Milligan College where she earned both her B.S. in Elementary Education and her Masters of Education. She has been a part of the founding of four different schools: Providence Academy in Johnson City, TN; Rocky Mountain Christian Academy in Niwot, CO; Flatirons Academy in Lafayette, CO; and Summit Classical Academy currently in Broomfield, CO. As Head of School, Teresa has worked in planning, preparing, and producing an excellent classical Christian education for students and their families. She is fully committed to sharing the grace and truth of Jesus with children, supporting parents, training and equipping teachers, and building a strong community of families. The heart of her profession has been the relationships she has built through the years with students, parents, staff and colleagues. Teresa believes her role is to come alongside parents as a partner in their children’s education. She is especially devoted to building a strong network of support for single parents, and she has a unique passion for involving fathers as much as mothers in their children’s school, because she has seen evidence through the years that students enjoy even more success with the mom and dad team behind them. Teresa believes that academics are only one facet in the educating and raising of children and that children need time to play and pursue their passions, gifts, and interests outside of the classroom. For this reason, she strongly believes in minimal homework so as not to intrude on other important activities such as family time, music, sports, art, friendships, and freeplay. Teresa and her husband Jim have been married since 1992. They have raised two remarkable children, their daughter Sadie and son Addison. Though Colorado is their beloved home, Teresa still faithfully cheers for her football teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Buffalo Bills, proving that she is no fair weather fan but loyal to the core.

SARAH PFANNENSTIEL

K-1st Grade Teacher

Sarah holds her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Secondary Education and Social Science from Benedictine College. Prior to joining SCA, Sarah taught middle school History and Theology at Frassati Catholic Academy. Her passion for classical education, methodology, and curriculum began in high school when she attended Ridgeview Classical School in Fort Collins. Studying in Florence, Italy, in college further deepened her love for history, culture, and the Western Judeo-Christian tradition.

Sarah and her husband were married in January of 2020. They enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring new places together. Their faith, family, and friends are most important to them.

Sarah shares her love for Christ naturally with her students. Her joy of learning is contagious as she teaches.

Sarah’s Philosophy of Education

Solid education combines classicalism, constructivism, and the philosophies of Thomas Aquinas. Classicalism incorporates Great Books curricula and the root beliefs of Western Civilization. This is taught in the Trivium of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric at appropriate ages of development in a pupil’s life. Constructivism postulates that all learning spirals back on previous learning, so that one’s education builds on itself naturally. Lastly, following Thomas Aquinas, humans ought to study what is good, true, and beautiful to reach their end goal of knowing intimacy with God.

Although differing in cultural expression, all humans are ultimately created by God to know, love and serve Him. In school, students and teachers might know God in part by seeking what is true, noble, and beautiful in their studies. For this, curriculum should be truthful and worthwhile, be that practical or appreciative, and balance the humanities, hard sciences, reason, faith, art, creative expression, and physical exertion. Teachers might incorporate images of great art, beautiful poetry, or the wonders of nature to inspire their students to seek beauty and truth in their lives. By constructing new knowledge on past learning, lessons might be deeply experienced and integrated. Curriculum and assignments should follow the order of the Trivium so the level of difficulty is appropriate to the student’s development.

Learning also comes from example. Teachers should model Christlike behavior and teach moral lessons with love and logic to demonstrate the dignity, love, and respect given to each person and exemplified by Christ to his contemporaries. This must be done consistently, both within and without the classroom; positive relationship building with students and the community is key. Implicit curriculum should promote Christian philosophy and virtues, such as sharing and respect. Lastly, opportunities for service and social interaction will foster cooperation and conscientiousness so students and faculty can love God by loving each other. Combined, these practices will help students and teachers cultivate a relationship with God, an undying love of learning, virtue, and respect for others.

Cindy Houghton

2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Cindy Houghton, and I’m thrilled to be a part of Summit Classical Academy. I have lived in Colorado for 26 years, but I grew up in Texas. I have been married to my college sweetheart, Richard, for 29 years, and we are blessed with four amazing children. We have entered the empty nesters phase of life, but enjoy having our children close by. Three live in Colorado, and one lives in Arizona. We also have a fur baby, Harley, who we spoil daily.

I studied at the University of New Mexico where I received my bachelor and master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Throughout my teaching career, I have worked in public and private schools, but my heart and passion fit with classical Christian education. It is my happy place. At Summit Classical Academy, we teach from a distinctly Christian worldview as faithful worshippers of the God who is at the center of every aspect of our lives. Children should be taught that there is no separation from God in any area of life. Deuteronomy 11: 18-20 reminds us to fix God’s Word in our hearts and minds and to talk of it with our children throughout the day. God is intertwined in all of work, school, home and play.

As a Christian educator, I can help students see that knowledge apart from scriptures is imperfect. I believe it is imperative to be a teacher who instructs with excellence; after all, we serve an excellent Creator. I trust that the parents of my students have given me permission to come alongside them in their role as their children’s primary educators. It is my goal to stimulate both a love of learning and good habit formation necessary for a student’s independent study.

Since God is the author of love, He gives me love for my students and a desire to be the best teacher I can be. The true goal of education is to love God in everything and in all ways. My deep desire is to elevate God in my classroom and to demonstrate how to love Him with heart, mind, body and strength.

Laura Foster

4th Grade Teacher

Laura has been an educator for over twenty years. She attended San Diego State University where she earned her BA in Elementary Education and her MA in Special Education. Throughout her career, Laura has worked in the elementary general education classroom, teaching second through fifth grades. She has also taught special education both online and in the classroom, working with Kindergarten through fifth grades and high school students. She has assessed and taught students with various disabilities. 

As a Christian, Laura’s faith has become the foundation of her work and goals for her life. She is excited to share her passion for Jesus and education with the community. She is committed to equipping students as lifetime learners and helping them to grow in their wisdom and godliness. She is excited to learn and grow alongside students and their families! 

Laura has two teenage daughters and Zach her fur baby. They enjoy playing and watching sports and traveling to and exploring new places.

Sophie Seehausen

5th-6th Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Sophie Seehausen. While I majored in accounting at Houston Baptist University, I also completed the Honors College Core Curriculum, a Classical, Socratic, Great Books program focused on the canon of Western Literature.  I have taught homeschool co-op classes, have designed and led SAT preparation camps, and I ran a home daycare for medically challenged foster children. For two years, I led “athlete study hall” three nights a week at the Houston Baptist University Academic Success Center, where I was responsible for both maintaining order for 10-40 members of the university athletics department, and also for leading tutoring sessions in all of their core subjects, including writing, Old and New Testament,  literature, and history. I was an “academic coach” who helped students from the athletics department and the First Generation Student program learn time management and study skills.  In 2015, I won the “Tutor of the Year” award for my work there.

I am very familiar with the principles of classical education. I was homeschooled using the classical method, and then attended a university that used the classical method for our core classes. After all these years, I still remember my Latin! As a devoted Christian, I love that Summit integrates biblical teaching across all subjects, as the light of Christ shines into every area of study and of life.  I have always loved teaching, and am looking forward to engaging in the great work that Summit is doing in the lives of its students.

On weekends and evenings, I enjoy spending time outside with my husband, Daniel, and our three year old son, Ender, soaking up all the beauty Colorado has to offer.

Stephanie Fiechtner

Teacher Assistant

Stephanie taught kindergarten for four years. She then helped to found SCA, teaching a combination of 1st and 2nd graders in the initial homeschool co-op. Originally from a farm in Iowa, Stephanie moved to Colorado for her first teaching position. Along with her excellent work ethic, she has a gift for showing her love for her students, which, in turn, helps her to draw out their highest potential as daughters and sons, friends, and most importantly, children of God. Stephanie holds an American Farmer Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Central College in Pella, Iowa. She also owns and operates a small business, Wilderness Paper Products. She and her husband love to be home, play board games, hike, and go on road trips.

Lana Peterson

Educational Support

Lana holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Illinois State University and has previously worked in various HR departments. After staying at home for many years to be with her children, she enthusiastically accepted when the Lord presented her with the opportunity to work at Summit Classical Academy.

Aside from professional work, Lana has been involved in helping lead Women’s Ministries in churches as well as serving in Children’s Ministries. She feels God has led her to share the importance of studying His Word and His love with those around her, and she was immediately encouraged by SCA’s mission, vision and biblical stance. 

She believes that SCA provides students with an amazing opportunity rarely offered anymore: a chance to combine their natural love of learning with the stage of their cognitive development, and, most importantly, synthesize it all with the knowledge of our Creator. To be taught “how” to learn and not just “what” to learn will foster a love of learning that will be impactful for a lifetime.

Carrie Flaherty

Art Teacher

Carrie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. She has had the opportunity to teach, coach and substitute teach in various communities and schools. Over the years, Carrie has developed a passion for Classical Christian Education; her life mission is to be a tool of the Lord, introducing youth to His great Kingdom.

Carrie and her husband, Kelly, enjoy raising their three children. When they aren’t in town, they can be found exploring the Rocky Mountains, hiking with their pup, foraging, and fort building.

Whitney Kelley, DMA

Music Teacher

Dynamic performer and teacher, Dr. Kelley is the principal flutist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. She received Masters and Doctorate degrees in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a BM in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a Suzuki teacher, Dr. Kelley has trained extensively in teaching young students through the Suzuki Method, including training with Japanese Suzuki Flute founder, Toshio Takahashi. Her research has focused on the effectiveness of many different teaching strategies and has been published in the NFA Pedagogy Anthology, American Suzuki Journal, Colorado Flutist, and Flute Examiner. She has served as president of the Colorado Flute Association and coordinated summer music institutes and chapter affiliates for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She actively teaches in the Denver metro area.

In addition to her orchestral position, Dr. Kelley has performed with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and many area orchestras across the Denver metro, and she performed for many years with the Airde Ensemble, a woodwind sextet based out of Boulder, CO. She has performed in multiple summer music festivals, including the Ravinia Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Performance Festival. She additionally performs and teaches as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for music programs and competitions across the country.

She and her husband, Shawn, have two young girls and love to hike in the Rocky Mountains, tackle home DIY projects together, and enjoy music as a family. Whitney and Shawn are the founders of Resound Music Academy.

Lorene Wrapp

Athletics Coordinator

Lorene is a lifelong fitness and health enthusiast with a passion for Christian education and for growing in the love and knowledge of the Lord. She comes to SCA with 12 years of experience as a Physical Education teacher.

Lorene and her husband Mark raised their two sons in Boulder, where they still live. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, walking, running, all sports, gardening and raising chickens.

Mark Miller

Science and Mathematics Specialist

Mark Miller is an engineer by training, and has a passion for figuring out how something works, or how to fix it when it doesn’t. Mr. Miller started his engineering career with AT&T and Bell Telephone Laboratories, but left after 10 years to start his own consulting engineering firm. During his 25 years in private practice, he wrote and taught continuing education seminars on computer communication topics to working engineers and computer scientists all over the world, basing his seminars on the 20 books that he had published on those subjects (his writing skills being a credit to his late mother, who taught high school English and Latin). When he retired from the engineering business, he missed teaching, and obtained a substitute teaching license, assisting the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont. In SVVSD, he has taught every math and science class from 6th grade through Advanced Placement levels, and also has a very active tutoring business, with students that have ranged from elementary grades through AP Calculus. Mr. Miller holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in four states.

Mark and his wife, Holly have two sons and five grandchildren, and enjoy life in the Boulder County foothills. Mark is also a trumpet player that performed for 15 seasons with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and since 2000 has been a member of the Denver Municipal Band, the oldest fully professional band in the United States. In addition, he is a member of several nationwide amateur (ham) radio organizations, including SATERN, the Salvation Army organization that supports emergency radio communication during times of natural disasters.