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Administration

Kevin Rouse
Principal
(970) 673.4546 ext. 802
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Jemiah Fowler
Assistant Principal/Athletics Director
(970) 673.4546 ext. 812
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Donna Hughes
Administrative Assistant
(970) 673.4546 ext. 832
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About Donna Hughes

Donna is the office manager and the athletics department secretary at Union Colony Preparatory School. Donna and her husband have four kids, five grandkids, a Great Dane, and an Old English sheepdog. When she is not busy working or spending time with her family, Donna enjoys gardening.

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Leslie Schafer
Administrative Assistant
(970) 673.4546 ext. 827
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About Leslie Schafer

Mrs. Leslie Schafer was born in New Mexico. Before moving to Colorado in 1995, Leslie and her family spent time living in Alaska, Montana, and Wisconsin. Leslie began working at Union Colony in the fall of 2006 as the school health clerk. In the fall of 2008 she started working in the front office were she currently works as the high school administrative assistant and school registrar. During her time at Union Colony, Leslie has been the assistant coach of the high school volleyball team, the girls basketball team, and the cosponsor of prom. When Leslie is not busy working or volunteering at Union Colony, she enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing.

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Ron Lamb
IT Director
(970) 673.4546 ext. 700
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About Ron Lamb

An Iowa native born in Sioux City and raised in Northwest Iowa, Mr. Lamb has taught math in Iowa, Colorado, and Wyoming at all levels from algebra 1 to AP calculus. Mr. Lamb graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and later received his M.A. in mathematics from the University of South Dakota. He has been teaching at Union Colony since we opened our doors in the fall of 1997. His job currently includes teaching AP calculus and serving as IT director for both Union Colony Elementary and Union Colony Preparatory School. He believes Union Colony is an awesome place to be and plans to stay for a while!

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Teachers

Joli Gentis
MS Language Arts
(970) 673.4546 ext. 808
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About Joli Gentis

Mrs. Gentis is a Hoosier by birth but a Coloradan at heart. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Purdue University and a master’s degree (M.A.T) in secondary English education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her past teaching experiences include college composition, high school language arts, and ESL. She enjoys traveling, visiting big cities, climbing mountains, and hiking with her husband and two children. Books and coffee are two of her most favorite things.

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Chantal Bouveron
MS Language Arts
(970) 673.4546 ext. 800
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About Chantal Bouveron

Ms. Bouveron is a Colorado girl at heart, but loves to get out of the country as often as possible. She was born and raised near Denver and continued her education at Colorado State University where she received simultaneous BAs in English education and French language and literature. After graduating, she pursued her dream of international teaching by teaching in Mexico City, Mexico for two years, and then in Istanbul, Turkey for another two years. You can usually find her reading, grading papers, or exploring something new in town.

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Rebecca Hoy
MS Math
(970) 673.4546 ext. 836
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About Rebecca Hoy

Ms. Hoy is from Solon, Iowa. She graduated from UNC where she earned a BS in mathematics with an emphasis in secondary education. She started teaching at Union Colony in 2015 currently and coaches middle school volleyball and girls basketball. She is also the sponsor of the middle school chess club.

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Lacie Mallander
HS Language Arts
(970) 673.4546 ext. 824
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About Lacie Mallander

Mrs. Mallander grew up in both the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming. She earned a BA in speech communications and secondary education with a minor in dance from the University of Northern Colorado. She then moved to Las Cruces, NM and earned an MA in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University. She has taught a variety of courses in both language and performing arts, and she currently teaches American literature and AP language and composition. She is also the senior class sponsor. In her spare time, Mrs. Mallander enjoys dancing, reading, traveling, outdoor activities, shoe shopping, and spending time with her husband and pets.

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James Rath
HS Language Arts
(970) 673.4546 ext. 807
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About James Rath

A Wyoming boy at heart, Mr. Rath has been in Coloradan since 1998. He worked in newspaper publishing for many years before pursuing a life-long dream of teaching. His bachelor's degrees are from the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University. Outside of school, Mr. Rath cooks, gardens, goes to the theater, and hikes in the Colorado mountains. His two children are now grown and based out of Virginia Beach, both with United States Navy careers.

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Jean Kubat
HS Math
(970) 673.4546 ext. 831
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About Jean Kubat

Ms. Kubat moved to Colorado from the land of Minnesota where she completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics education at University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Since that time she has received a M.A. of Education in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Northern Colorado and a M.A. in school counseling from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She came to Union Colony in the fall of 2012 to teach Algebra I and II after teaching in Sao Paulo, Brazil for five years. Prior to that she taught seventh grade in Loveland, Colorado and geometry in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is also the co-sponsor for high school student counsel. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, riding the backroads of Colorado on the Harley, cooking, and relaxing with family and friends.

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Carrie Leffler
HS Math
(970) 673.4546 ext. 829
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About Carrie Leffler

In the fall of 2012, I began teaching math at Union Colony, and I love it! I currently teach Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Math Support. I am one of the co-sponsors of student council, and I serve as the faculty council president.

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Kansas, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in secondary math education with a minor in French and my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. I began my teaching career in a suburb of Kansas City where I taught Geometry and Algebra 2 for four years before moving to Greeley.

I am very passionate about teaching and enjoy helping all students succeed. I believe all students can learn math, it is just a matter of finding a way for them to understand it, something I enjoy helping all of my students do.

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Eileen Duncan
HS Science
(970) 673.4546 ext. 801
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About Eileen Duncan

Mrs. Duncan was born and raised in Denver and joined the Navy after high school. During her 20 years of service in the Navy, she worked as a helicopter mechanic and then as a meteorologist. She holds two degrees from UNC. She has two grown children and plays for a competitive ice hockey team in Greeley. She is also addicted to learning. Most summers, you can find her on a college campus taking as many science classes as she can.

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Cathy Hoyt
HS Science
(970) 673.4546 ext. 814
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About Cathy Hoyt

I came to Union Colony in 1998, one year after the school was founded. I currently teach biology and chemistry. Prior to teaching at Union Colony, I taught at the University of Northern Colorado.  

I grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas and graduated from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas with a B.A. in biology. After moving to Colorado, I earned an M.A. in biology/botany at the University of Northern Colorado. I later returned to U.N.C. to complete my teacher licensure. In addition to Kansas and Colorado, I have lived in Falmouth, Massachusetts and Sydney, Australia.   

I am passionate about teaching. I love working with students and collaborating with the staff at Union Colony. When I am not teaching, I enjoy learning to speak Spanish and spending time with my family. I am also the mother of three Union Colony graduates.  

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Sarah Hiett
HS Social Studies
(970) 673.4546 ext. 803
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About Sarah Hiett

Born in Greeley, Mrs. Hiett graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in history. She obtained her teaching license from the University of Northern Colorado and recently completed her master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Colorado. At Union Colony, she teaches world history, and US history. In her spare time, Mrs. Hiett enjoys reading, hiking, going to the theater, antiquing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son, other family members, and friends. 

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Sabra Vigil
HS Social Studies
(970) 673.4546 ext. 805
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About Sabra Vigil

Sabra teaches a variety of social study classes including modern history and civics, world geography, sociology/psychology, personal business finance, and nutrition at Union Colony.  She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s degree in history at UNC. She has lived in northern Colorado for the past 30 years and loves to run, practice crossfit, and do anything with her family and friends.

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Cindy Trevizo
Art
(970) 673.4546 ext. 821
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About Cindy Trevizo

Born in Greeley, Colorado, Cindy attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a BA in art education. She began teaching at Union Colony in the fall of 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, biking/walking outdoor trails, baking, creating ceramic pieces, and listening to live music.

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Gaylen McQuown
Art
(970) 673.4546 ext. 809
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About Gaylen McQuown

Although born in California, Mrs. McQuown claims to be a Coloradan. She grew up in Boulder, and has lived in northern Colorado since 2001. She holds both a BA and an MFA in art/art history with an emphasis in ceramics. She enjoys teaching teenagers how to paint, draw, take photos, and mess around with clay. She lives for the “aha” moment that every student eventually has. Her husband is an art professor at the University of Northern Colorado, and their two daughters spend much of their time in the water for swim team. Her household consists of humans, four parrots, a Boston terrier, and a very large saltwater reef tank. In her spare time, Mrs. McQuown loves reading, relaxing with her family, tropical vacations, SCUBA diving, antiquing, skiing, sleeping in, and baking. However, most of her time is spent doing laundry, driving her daughters to their various activities, grocery shopping, cleaning up parrot poop, and not sleeping in.

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Robert Borger
Band
(970) 673.4546 ext. 806
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About Robert Borger

From State College, Pennsylvania, Mr. Borger earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State. He moved to Colorado in 2003 to study at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a master's in jazz. He is an avid disc sport player (think ultimate frisbee and disc golf). He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Rosemary, and son, William.

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Christopher Adams-Wenger
Music
(970) 673.4546 ext. 810
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About Christopher Adams-Wenger

Chris Adams-Wenger is happy to be part of the UCPS team after six years of teaching orchestra and other music classes in Peoria, Illinois. He has been a musician his whole life, starting the cello in kindergarten and singing since he can remember. His family has always been musical and theatrical, which is why he was excited to take over the Theater Department at Union Colony. He and his wife Krystal are very excited to have such a wonderful opportunity working with the students here.    

An instrumental music education graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Chris enjoys anything with motors, rock climbing, improvisation comedy theater, playing instruments with friends, analogies, video games, and playing with his cuddle bug Trixie, the cutest corgi mix.   

Chris looks forward to the success and pride he and the students will feel after taking the already stellar musical ensembles at Union Colony to the next level of wonderful.

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Beverly Anderson
Foreign Language: French
(970) 673.4546 ext. 822
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About Beverly Anderson

Mrs. Anderson was born in eastern Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in education/French with a minor as a library and media specialist. She has a master’s in ed tech with certificates in school technology coordination and integration. She teaches all levels of French at Union Colony. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her three children play ice hockey, traveling, and learning about other cultures. Her first language was Basque; her second English. She studied in France on two separate occasions and took her first teaching job in Paris.

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Marissa Hutchins
Foreign Language
(970) 673.4546 ext. 825
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About Marissa Hutchins

Marissa always wanted to be a language teacher. Her family immigrated to the United States from England (where they speak English), but she struggled to understand everything at school. She thought about how difficult school must be for kids who came from non-English speaking homes, and ever since has wanted to teach second-language learners. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC and began teaching elementary school. She moved to UCS in 2007. When not at school, Mrs. Hutchins enjoys riding her horse, working in the garden, and helping out with church activities. She, and her husband also enjoy traveling to national parks and learning the history of her "new" nation. 

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Velia Olivas
Foreign Language: Spanish
(970) 673.4546 ext. 804
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About Velia Olivas

Velia Olivas is from Juarez City, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1994, her family moved to Colorado and became US citizens. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the University of Alcala de Henares and the University of Salamanca in Spain. She taught the GED program in Spanish with both the Community College of Denver and Island Grove Village Neighborhood Network. She now teaches at Union Colony. She loves sharing her native culture with her students and desires for each of them to discover the wonderful world of opportunities available through education. 

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Lynnette Veik
Physical Education/Health
(970) 673.4546 ext. 820
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About Lynnette Veik

A Colorado native who grew up in Greeley, Mrs. Veik graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1986 where she played volleyball and earned a BA in physical education with a minor in language arts. Her first teaching job included teaching language arts, as well as teaching night school and coaching volleyball, basketball, and track at Greeley Central, the same high school from which she graduated. In 1992, she got a job teaching language arts and coaching volleyball at Dayspring Christian School. In the fall of 2000, a language arts position opened at Union Colony, and she has been teaching and coaching at Union Colony ever since. She currently teaches physical education, health, a few elective language arts classes, sponsors National Honor Society, and coaches at both the middle and high school levels. In her spare time she enjoys camping, watching various sports, and spending time with family and friends.

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Nan Lee
Health Clerk
(970) 673.4546 ext. 818
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About Nan Lee

Originally from Sterling, Mrs. Lee moved to a military base in Texas to serve out her enlistment. For 20 years after her military service, she and her husband John worked as paramedics there. They moved back to Colorado in 1993 and were foster parents for 15 years. After closing their home to foster care, Mrs. Lee came to work at UCPS as the health clerk.

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Kristina Wagner
Counselor
(970) 673.4546 ext. 819
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About Kristina Wagner

Born and raised in Longmont, Colorado, Mrs. Wagner currently lives in Milliken with her husband and three daughters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in 1996 and her master’s degree in school counseling in 2010. She began working at Union Colony in the fall of 2013. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and spending time with her daughters.

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Mike Gilliam
Building Maintenance
(970) 673.4546 ext. 898
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Liberty Nichols
MS Math/Tech
(970) 673.4546 ext. 834
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About Liberty Nichols

Ms. Nichols teaches 6th grade math, middle school technology, and middle school study skills. She is a Fort Collins native who discovered her passion for teaching math while at Front Range Community College. She graduated from UNC with a degree in mathematics and an emphasis in secondary education. She lives in Fort Collins and loves to sleep in and/or travel when school is not in session. She is also an avid (and very amateur) photographer and baker.

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Yolanda Trujillo
Para: Counselor
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