Interim Head of School
Jesseca Toovey studied Biology at Colorado Mesa University of Grand Junction Colorado where she received her Bachelors of Science with a minor in Chemistry. Jesseca has been an active part of Ambleside for over 3 years now and has served as a board member for 2 years. Jesseca helps lead worship at New Creation Church in Glenwood Springs and is very involved with her church life. Jesseca grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and has called this place home for over 27 years. You will find Jesseca singing, hiking, and spending time with family. Jesseca is married and has 4 boys, 2 of which attend Ambleside. She and her family consider it a gift to be part of the Ambleside community and their commitment to growth of mind and spirit to everyone they influence.
Assistant Dean of Students / Grade 7/8
Matt Wilcox studied Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Science. Matt’s childhood memories include nature painting in the woods behind his home, reading and narrating Treasure Island in the living room, and mental math with his mom who homeschooled his family using Charlotte Mason’s methods. He attended an Ambleside school in Virginia from 2nd through 8th grade. When the opportunity arose to move to Glenwood Springs to become a middle school teacher at an Ambleside school, he moved west. He is now in his fifth year of teaching and is known for his relationships with his students and rigor in the classroom. This is his third year in Ambleside Schools International’s Master Teacher Training Program, a three-year study of all subjects and an intensive study of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy.
Dean of Students/3-4th Grade Teacher
Carrie Bowen is in her fifth year at Ambleside School. A native of Grand Junction, Carrie heard about the school from a friend and co-worker in the valley. After teaching first and second grade for four years, she made the switch to third and fourth grade this school year. She loves spending the day with her students and observing the joy and fervor they experience as they read and learn. This is her second year in Ambleside Schools International’s Master Teacher Training Program, a three-year study of all subjects and an intensive study of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. Previously, she studied Early Childhood Education at Grand Canyon University. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her dog, cat, and fiancé.
2020-2021 marks Paola Amengual’s seventh year at Ambleside School at Skylark. She has been with the school from the start, working in many different roles including Art teacher, office assistant, first and second grade breakout teacher, substitute, Spanish teacher, and Kindergarten teacher. This is her fourth year teaching Kindergarten as a lead teacher and her first year teaching first grade. Originally from Puerto Rico, she has lived in the valley for 12 years and likes to snowboard, read, and spend time with her family. She studies Elementary Education with a focus in Interdisciplinary Studies at Liberty University in Virginia. Paola found out about the school through her church. Here she is known for her enthusiasm and joy in the classroom.
Cara Pettinger holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University where she is currently working on a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Trauma. She strongly believes that learning is a lifelong endeavor and finds much joy in watching the wonder and curiosity of her students. This is her third year at Ambleside at Skylark where she has taught second and third grade. Cara was born and raised in Rifle, Colorado and considers the mountains her home. She is struck by God’s beauty that she finds so readily in the school community in families, books, ideas, and students. She is known in the classroom for her kindness and peace.
Director of Arts
Trea Traver has been a part of Ambleside School at Skylark from the second year of its inception as a parent and teacher. This year, she teaches Art, though she has served as a breakout teacher, math teacher, music teacher, and Director of Arts over the years. She heard of Charlotte Mason through a homeschool group and was attracted to the living education offered by Mason’s philosophy. Trea grew up in Glenwood where she continues to live with her family. She enjoys traveling abroad with her children and exploring new places. She studied Music at the University of Northern Colorado and went on to serve in the mission field in India for several years. At Ambleside, she is known for her kindness and joy.
Audrey Poindexter teaches the fifth and sixth grade class this year. She has worked at the school as the Administrator as well as the third and fourth grade teacher for five years. She first heard about Ambleside years ago at her church, and when a good friend started working here, Audrey became more curious and interested. She loves the philosophy that emphasizes a rich atmosphere, the discipline of good habits of character, and texts that are full of living thoughts and ideas. She holds an Associate Degree and certificate in education from Colorado Mountain College where she continues to study. Audrey has lived in the valley for 25 years and enjoys outdoor activities with her family. She is known for her diligence and quality of work as a teacher and her consistency with her students.
Admissions and Parent Volunteer Coordinator
Sage O’Neil came to Ambleside at Skylark at its year of inception. She was drawn to the school for its small classroom sizes, familial atmosphere, and joy from learning. Sage received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Colorado State University. A Colorado native, she has lived in the valley for over 14 years. You will find her trail running, camping, hiking with her family, and enjoying all that the mountains have to offer. Her two daughters attend Ambleside and this year marks her seventh year as Parent Volunteer Coordinator and her fourth as Admissions Coordinator. Sage is known and valued for her vast knowledge of the inner workings of the school and her deep care for the community.
Frances Wilcox holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia where she also received a master’s degree in Secondary English Education. She taught sixth grade at an Ambleside school in Virginia for six years. Frances appreciates Ambleside’s emphasis on good books, reading, and viewing the child as a whole person, and notices the kind and thoughtful community that a Charlotte Mason school attracts. In her first year in administration, she loves greeting the students each morning and working to make the logistics of the school year as smooth as possible. She moved to the valley this summer after getting married and is thrilled to make Colorado her new home.