MEET THE STAFF
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Danielle Gibbs - Math Instructor
Mrs. Gibbs is new to the Delta/OLA but not Monte Vista School District or even Colorado. She grew up in a small town close to the Kansas border before moving to the San Luis Valley for college at Adams State University. She loved it so much she has never left.
Mrs. Gibbs started her teaching career as a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Monte Vista Middle School, then switched to 6th Grade Math for a few years before transferring. She is excited to be working as the Delta/OLA Math Instructor!
Outside of school, you can see Mrs. Gibbs at the bowling alley where she is on two leagues, or taking a stroll with her husband, son Kael, and dog Bentley! She loves to fish, hike, and play softball and volleyball.
Dave Davoudlarian - School Counselor
Counselor Dave has been with MVOLA and the Delta Center since 2017. He and his family were previously in Alaska, where they had many adventures. Before that they lived in Minnesota. Dave and his wife are both from the Washington, DC area where they spent more than 3 decades before deciding to move on.Dave enjoys being outside with his wife, 3 daughters, and more than enough pets for a small petting zoo. Dave and his wife also own Alamosa Small Animals where they spend their spare time tending to reptiles, various arachnids, amphibians, and small rodents.
Dirk Oden - Science Instructor
Dirk Oden is a semi-retired former science teacher and prior director of
the DELTA Center and On-Line Academy. In addition to fifteen years of
teaching in the traditional classroom, he has worked in the online
environment as a teacher, curriculum developer, or administrator for
over twenty years. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking,
canoeing, and wildlife photography, and is an avid pickleball player.
thrilled to be teaching science this year for the DELTA Center and
Ethan Huff - Social Studies Instructor
Mr. Huff began teaching with the
On-Line Academy in 2009. He enjoys getting to know students as
individuals and the creative aspects of online teaching and learning.
Mr. Huff also enjoys leading an annual field trip for OLA students to
the State Capitol building in Denver each year in February. Mr. Huff
grew up in the small town of Marshall, Missouri, before attending
Colorado College where he earned a Bachelor's degree in History, with an
emphasis on African history. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Huff served as a
volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps, living with a host family in a remote
village in the country of South Africa. On returning to the U.S., Mr.
Huff earned a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and a
Master's in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University. Mr. Huff loves
travel and has visited 47 states and 32 countries. He also enjoys
spending time with family, listening to all types of music, running,
hiking, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, and bicycling. He lives in
Portland, Oregon, with his wife and daughter.
Jenny Noonan - Elementary Instructor
Mrs. Noonan is brand new to the
Online Academy and is excited for the new experiences/challenges that
come with being an online teacher. She considers herself a lifelong
learner. She looks forward to getting to know her students and building a
positive, supportive and productive relationship with each individual.
Mrs. Noonan is a native of Colorado. She grew up in Littleton, Colorado.
She attended Metropolitan State College in Denver where she received a
BA in Psychology and Minor in Human Services in 1994. She married her
husband in 1996 and became a “military wife” while they were stationed
at Fort Bragg, NC until 2003. Her and her family moved to the Monte
Vista, CO in 2004. She was a preschool teacher at Sargent Early Learning
Center from 2006-2009. In fall of 2009 she went to Adams State College
where she received her Interdisciplinary Degree (Elementary Education
Degree). She intended to teach elementary aged children, but landed a
preschool teaching position, which she loved, within the Monte Vista
School District from 2012-2018. She has also created a summer art
program over the past three years for elementary aged students. She is
passionate about art and what it does for the well being of people. She
also loves gardening, hiking, spending time with family and friends as
well as renovating her 1903 house with her husband, their two sons, and
their cat, Bubbles.
Julie Romero - Administrative Paraprofessional
Ms. Romero has been with the
Monte Vista On-Line Academy/Byron Syring Delta Center for many years.
She says this about the staff, " I work with a wonderful staff that
always goes above and beyond to help students succeed and achieve their
goals for the future." She enjoys spending time with her family. Her
other interests include sewing, drawing, bike riding and going on walks.
Rebekah (Sparks) Johnson - Director
Mrs. Johnson is a Colorado native who has been
an educator for more than 15 years, working with students from
Kindergarten through 12th grade. The majority of her teaching career was
in secondary mathematics but she also has experience teaching reading,
writing, and health classes. After completing her masters degree in
Educational Leadership at Adams State University and receiving her
principal license, she chose to pursue a career in administration. Mrs.
Johnson was the district Instructional Math Coach for two years before
accepting the position as the Principal at Byron Syring Delta Center and
Director of Monte Vista On-line Academy.
Tish DeHerrera - Office Manager
Tish was born and raised just
outside of Dallas, Texas. She has been married for 20 years to her San
Luis Valley native husband. They have four children, three boys &
one girl. Her husband's medical practice has brought them back to the
Valley. She is a city girl living a farm life, living on ten acres with
an ever growing population of animals.
Tracy Simon - Special Education Instructor
Mrs. Simon is a native of
Tennessee but has lived in Colorado since 1995. She earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the
University of Tennessee, in 1992. The natural beauty, cultural history,
and quiet living brought her to the San Luis Valley in 1999. After
moving to Colorado, she felt the need to have a greater purpose in life
and decided to return to school, earning her teaching certification and
Master's Degree in Special Education from Adams State College in 2003.
Since that time, Mrs. Simon has been passionate about serving at-risk
students who face multiple life challenges. During her tenure with the
Monte Vista School District, she has served as a middle school Special
Education teacher, the district Instructional Coach, district New
Teacher Induction Coordinator, and currently as the Special
Education/Literacy teacher at Byron Syring Delta Center and Online
Academy. "Empowering students to realize the greatness they all possess
brings me great joy!" In her spare time, Mrs. Simon loves to mountain
bike, garden, and spend time along the creek with her husband and furry