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Pueblo Classical Academy Classrooms

ADMINISTRATION

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Mr. Buchanan, M.Ed
Principal

Kevin Buchanan is a Pueblo native and the proud father of two middle school aged daughters.  With over 12 years’ experience as an educator in Pueblo, Mr. Buchanan has an extensive background in education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Health Sciences, Recreation, and Promotion, a Master’s degree in Special Education, 4 collegiate level engineering curriculum certifications, and a Colorado Principals license.  Aside from classroom teaching, Mr. Buchanan served as a Gifted and Talented Coordinator, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club STEM Education Committee, Board of Directors for the IWILL projects, a local educational non-profit, and is a professional development facilitator for Project Lead the Way.  Creating and delivering high quality, researched based instructional strategies for teachers, Mr. Buchanan has presented at educational summits in Orlando, Anaheim, Kansas City, Indianapolis and Baltimore. 

 

He has a long standing commitment to serving the Pueblo community and is excited to join the Pueblo Classical Academy in the PSAS network. Buchanan’s proven leadership in developing, managing, and growing STEM education coupled with his title as a national facilitator of professional development is complimented by his new leadership role at the Pueblo Classical Academy in the PSAS network. He is excited to branch out of the classroom and serve his community in a new capacity and welcomes all interested families to the Pueblo Classical Academy, Home of the Tojans.

EDUCATORS

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Ms. Laumbach
5th Grade

Ms. Vanessa Laumbach is a ninth year Certified Elementary Teacher in the state of Colorado.  She has achieved her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education K-6 and is presently acquiring a Masters in Education through Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is currently endorsed in Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners (English Language Learners) K-12. She abridges the experience here at Pueblo Classical Academy with various backgrounds which encompass a combined twelve years of educational experiences ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as specified reading instructional experience as a Title I Interventionist for K-5.  Ms. Laumbach is a dedicated educator who is enthusiastic and well-versed in her position as a fifth grade teacher here at Pueblo Classical Academy. She is excited for the opportunity to engage and motivate students to fulfill their individual and collective potential as lifelong learners and contributing members within our communities.

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Mrs. Abeyta
History (6-9)

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English / Language Arts (6-9)

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Mr. Dikeman
Music & STEM (5-9)

Ms. Hall
Mathematics (6-9)

Mrs. Abeyta is your 6th-9th grade History teacher. This will be her 10th year with the PSAS network and has been in education since 2001. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History, a Master’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, and post-masters courses in History.  She has a dual license in Elementary Education and secondary Social Studies.

Out of school, Mrs. Abeyta loves to read and is a mother of 3, all of her children have attended PSAS and the youngest will be joining Pueblo Classical Academy this fall. Mrs. Abeyta is excited about the opportunity to teach in a school that will “develop responsible citizens and critical thinkers through a classically based liberal arts program that focuses on truth, beauty, and virtue while emphasizing leadership and a passion for learning!" She can be reached at jabeyta@psas.ws.

 Ms. Berger-Knorr (BK) is the English/Language Arts Teacher for grades 6-9 here at Pueblo Classical Academy. This will be her second year as an instructor in Colorado. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and enjoys sharing her love for reading, writing, and analysis with her students. She has participated in mock trials, led first-year seminars, tutored Spanish and writing, and served as the president of IC Intercambios, a club which teaches ESL. Ms. BK is thrilled about the opening of Pueblo Classical Academy, and finds the tenants of a classical education to be incredibly important. These tenants, among others, include logical reasoning, student-centered learning, and diving into challenging texts. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her ten year old cat, Anastasia.

Mr. Seth Dikeman will be teaching music and STEM for Pueblo Classical Academy, teaching from his decade of experience as a professional in the arts communities of Nebraska and Colorado.  Mr. Dikeman has done contractual performing, teaching, and consultations for the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Northern Colorado, Loveland Academy of Music, Music & Arts, Cambridge Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Woodriver Public Schools, Grand Island Northwest Public Schools, and Kearney Public Schools. Mr. Dikeman worked as a Remote Learning Center Facilitator for Chavez-Huerta Preparatory Academy in Spring 2021, helping online students from 3rd-7th Grade to develop best practices for succeeding in an online context in all academic subjects. Mr. Dikeman is excited to give students the opportunity to experience the arts academically and in practical applications.

Ms. Hall has taught and worked for the PSAS network for 16 years.  She is a Pueblo native, and graduated from Central High School and then Colorado State University-Pueblo.  Prior to becoming a teacher she received my degree in Mechanical and Civil Engineering.  She then returned to school to become a teacher.   She taught 5th and 6th grade at PSAS Jones for 16 years.  She then moved to the Pueblo Classical Academy at PSAS to teach math in grades 6th through 9th.  In her time at PSAS, Ms. Hall has hosted the annual PSAS Winter Craft Fair, cosponsored Student Council, and worked on the  yearbook.  In her free time Ms. Hall loves to craft, walk, read, watch movies, and spend time with her pet dog and cat. 

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Ms. Leyh
Science (6-9)

Ms. Leyh is the 6th-9th grade science teacher at Pueblo Classical Academy.  This will be her 20th year in education.  She has been a proud member of the Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences network for the past 16 years teaching middle school science and reading.  Ms. Leyh was in charge of the Southern Colorado Regional Science Fair for many years and is a proud co-coach of the multi-year award winning PSAS Design and Engineering team. Ms Leyh coached PSAS and Pueblo Ranger soccer for many years.  She loves spending time with her friends and family, watching sports, traveling, and watching movies. 

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Mr. Prescott
Art & P.E. (5-9)

Mr. Jason Prescott is a Texas native and a 14 year transplant to the Pueblo community. After retiring from the Army at Ft. Carson in 2012, Mr. Prescott obtained a B.S in Mass Communications and a B.A. in Art from CSU-Pueblo. Mr Prescott has coached youth sports and served as a football coach at Liberty Point Middle school during his time in Pueblo. After completing his degrees at CSU-Pueblo, he began his work in education with GOAL High School as a Recruiting and Retention Specialist for the southern region of Colorado, stretching from Cortez to Lamar, and most recently as a Recruitment/Retention advisor with the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Pueblo Community College. Mr. Prescott has a passion for helping students find their way and achieve their educational goals.

 

Away from the classroom Mr. Prescott enjoys being outdoors, making videos of his outdoor adventures, watching football, and doing podcasts. He also enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife, two adult children and a granddaughter.