RENEE GOTCHER

Campus Owner & Director

Conservatory: English

Artios Plus: Writing Club

Renée Gotcher is a wife, mother of three daughters (9, 14 & 16), freelance writer/editor, and educator with a heart for sharing her homeschooling journey and faith walk with others as an encouragement and testimony to God’s amazing grace, unconditional love, and desire to continually shape us into the image of Christ.

Renée is a next-generation homeschooler: The eldest of eight children raised in California, she was homeschooled for her last two years of high school, and her family continued to homeschool her younger siblings through high school as well. Her husband of 22 years, Kenny Gotcher, was also homeschooled from 4th grade until college. He met Renée while they were both students at Oral Roberts University, and not long after graduating in 1994, they were married. They have been homeschooling their three daughters since 2010.

Renée’s career began in journalism. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Oral Roberts University. She was on the editorial staff of a national technology magazine for 7 years, her last position being Executive Editor. After leaving the magazine in 2002 to become a work-at-home mother, Renée also started an independent direct sales business and was a Sr. Sales Director until the spring of 2011, when she decided to focus on homeschooling her three daughters full time and pursue new writing and editorial opportunities.

Today, Renée is the editor and publisher of the blog NextGen Homeschool, a contributing writer for the Christian motherhood blog Today’s Frugal Mom, and a freelance editorial consultant through her business WriteWords Ink. This past year, Renée has also been teaching middle school and high school History and Literature (Grammar & Composition) at Artios Academies of Castle Rock.

As a next-generation homeschooler, Renée is passionate about whole-hearted education and helping her students develop a Biblical worldview. When Renée met Lori Lane and learned about her philosophy and mission for Artios Academies, she couldn’t wait for her daughters to participate. After being a part of the inaugural year for Artios in Castle Rock, she’s excited to continue to grow the Artios community here as the Owner and Campus Director and expand its reach into the community for God’s greater glory.

Currently loving life in Castle Rock, Colorado, Renée and her family are outdoor enthusiasts who love to travel and enjoy God’s breathtaking creations, for which Colorado is an excellent showcase. Camping, hiking, fishing, snowboarding, skiing, and biking are some of her family’s favorite activities.

JORDAN LANE

Conservatory Director

Academy of Arts & History: Music

Artios Plus: Middle/High School Ensemble; Drama Club Production Director

Conservatory: Worldview

Jordan Lane grew up in and around Artios Academies, began his arts instruction in their primary program, and continued at the Gwinnett, Georgia Artios location through the seventh grade. After his family moved to Colorado, the Artios Academies of Monument, Colorado was established, and he became a student there. In high school Jordan enjoyed playing baseball as a catcher with both the Buena Vista High School and South Park High School baseball teams; and in September 2010, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout from The Boy Scouts of America. In May 2011, Jordan graduated high school with a Fine Arts Major from the Conservatory program at Artios of Monument under the watchful eye of his mom, who just happens to be the Executive Director of Artios Academies!

Jordan’s college studies have consisted mainly of arts-related courses such as Acting, Music Theory, Elements of Production, Set Design, Voice, Piano, and many others. He is currently in his third year at Colorado Christian University, pursuing a B.A. in Music. Jordan is also the owner and founder of a Christian piano studio: ‘Set Apart Studios,’ where he is the lead instructor.  When he has free time, Jordan enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking, and other outdoor activities.

In the past, Jordan appeared in numerous theatrical productions with the High Country Fine Arts Association including roles as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Tommy in Annie Get Your Gun. He now enjoys serving as a member of the Production staff for the Artios Academies of Littleton Drama Clubs. His work there has included: acting as the Technical Director and Assistant Director for the fall 2013 production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; serving as the Technical Director and Assistant Music Director for the spring 2014 production of The Pirates of Penzance, and, most recently, fulfilling the role of Technical Director for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Our Town. He loves working with children and is striving to use his love for music, singing and acting as an opportunity to reach the hearts of the students for God.

JENN ANDERSON

Academy of Arts & History: Middle School Literature

Jenn’s passion for reading began early on, when at the age of three she lined all her dolls and stuffed animals up and “read” to them for hours on end. She was blessed to have several English and Literature teachers in elementary school, high school and college who fueled that passion and inspired her creativity, and Jenn is so excited for this opportunity to fuel and inspire the next generation!

Jenn earned her BA at Harding University in Arkansas, with a major in English and a minor in Theatre. Most of her career was spent in the publishing field, until God blessed her and her husband with two daughters and the opportunity for her to be a full-time Mommy. Caring for them, nurturing them, teaching them and watching them grow has been one of God’s biggest blessings in her life and has served to strengthen Jenn’s faith and foster her zeal for serving the Lord.

Jenn also serves as a Bible class teacher in the Children’s Ministry at her congregation and has been teaching children’s Bible classes since she was a teenager. She loves spending time with her family in God’s creation. Hiking, camping, snowshoeing, geocaching; any time spent in the mountains is a good time!

CANDACE DIXON

Preparatory: High School Biology

Candy has been teaching math and science for many years in the Denver area; serving in public, Catholic and Christian schools. About twenty-five years ago the Lord instilled in her a passion for Creation Science. She has studied at the Institute for Creation Research (when it was near San Diego, CA), has visited the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum in Kentucky and is an active member of Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship.

God’s creation is an awesome and magnificent reflection of who He is. Candy desires her students to learn to love science as they study it from a Christian worldview. Students need to learn how to distinguish “good science” from “bad science”. We all must learn the truth in order to discern the lies of the world regarding scientific origins, issues of life and death, and the supposed advances of science (i.e. stem cells and genetic engineering). We must decide whether to rely on God’s Word or human reasoning.

Candy and her husband, Ken, have been married 50 years and have 2 grown sons. Their elder son and his wife live in Canon City, CO and have an 19-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Their younger son and his wife are missionaries in Costa Rica and have 2 daughters (ages 14 and 8) and one son (age 12).  Grandchildren are truly a blessing and delight from the Lord.

Robin KellyROBIN KELLY

Academy of Arts & History: Art (K-8th)

Artios Plus: Art Club

Robin Kelly has enjoyed 33 blessed years with her husband Ken, who is a pastor at Foothills Bible Church. They have three lovely daughters, two phenomenal sons-in-law, an energetic three-year-old grandson and a delightful one-year-old granddaughter.

Robin’s love for art began at an early age, growing up in a home where art in many forms was always appreciated and valued.  Her father has been a semi-professional photographer from his youth and taught her about composition, color, and value. In school, she had the gift of having art instructors who were inspiring! They helped develop her skills and encouraged her to continue to enjoy art beyond the classroom and become a lifelong art student. She has taken several art classes over the years and desires to keep honing her skills as long as the Lord allows.

Robin has had the pleasure of teaching elementary art for four years at a Colorado Virtual Academy weekly homeschool group. Her greatest joy came from watching children start the year with a negative attitude toward art and end the year with an enthusiasm for art!

Robin has that same desire to foster the creative juices in each and every student at Artios, as well as to instill an appreciation for the artists and artwork they will be studying. Additionally, she wants to encourage your children to learn to look at the world around them as the beautiful and purposeful handiwork of our Creator God. God delights in His creation that is both wild and ordered at the same time. Being made in His image, we can learn to delight in our creations as well.

JEANETTE LANE

Conservatory Theatre Advisor

Academy of Arts & History: Theatre

Conservatory: Platform Arts; Musical Theatre History; Dance

Jeanette is a 2011 graduate of the Artios Academies of Gwinnett. She was involved in numerous productions while in the program and completed a double major of Music and Theater. For several years after graduation she had the privilege of serving as an intern, the musical theater director, and scriptwriter for the Artios Outpost summer camps. In May of 2016,  Jeanette completed her college degree at Colorado Christian University, a BA in Music Theater.

On January 8th of 2016, Jeanette married the love of her life, Jordan Lane. Together they are excited to see where God takes them and what new adventures He has in store. They both have a love for the arts and are passionate about equipping students to be excellent in their craft, but, more importantly, to be firm in their values, standards, and faith.

Throughout her college career, Jeanette had the opportunity to be heavily involved in the arts, particularly music and theater. In both 2012 and 2014, Jeanette received first place in the musical theater division of the National Association of Teachers of Singers competition. She has studied acting under Sanne McCarthy as well as Jenny Stafford and receives private vocal training from Steven Taylor, Dean of the School of Music at CCU. She has also been involved in producing the first CCU student led talent show, CCU’s Women’s Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and a Musical Theater Ensemble. In 2015 Jeanette was honored to receive the Hodel Prize Scholarship for Superior Performance in the CCU School of Music.

Having been involved in so many aspects of the arts at Colorado Christian University, Artios Academies, and more, Jeanette has been blessed to not only develop the skills and gifts God has given her but to realize a passion for teaching the next generation those same principles she has been privileged to learn. As Conservatory Director for the Littleton campus, Jeanette is excited to develop, grow, and equip this program and the students involved to be first and foremost reflections of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, second, excellent in the skill sets God has gifted them with, and lastly, “thoroughly prepared for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:17)

MEGAN LAWRENCE

Preparatory: SmartStart History & Literature

Megan grew up in a small town in Southern Kansas. It was there that she met her high school sweetheart, Jason. She and Jason were married in 2000 and have 2 kids, J.T. and Heidi. They all lived in Wichita, KS for 8 years before moving to Castle Rock, CO in 2012. They all love living in Colorado and enjoy spending time outdoors and in the mountains.

Megan graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 with two degrees. She earned her BS in Mathematics and a BA in Secondary Education. She then started teaching high school math at her alma mater in Winfield, KS. She began homeschooling her children in 2009 and has enjoyed it for 9 years. Her daughter, Heidi, attends Artios of Castle Rock.

Megan is on the Children’s Ministry team at her church and loves sharing her love of Jesus with the 4-5th grade kids. Their insight into the love and power of God continually fills her heart with joy! She is excited to share that love and joy with the SmartStart kids at Artios of Castle Rock.

CHARITY MORINE

Academy of Arts & History: History & Literature (K-5th)

Charity believes that learning happens all the time. An educator’s job is to discover their students’ passions, encourage them to explore them, and show them how it all points back to our Father! Her passion has always been for children, and she has been educating them since she was 15 years old, starting as a preschool art teacher for her church’s Tuesday School program. That job inspired her to go to Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, TN, and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with an emphasis on kindergarten through eighth grade. She also directed Makin’ Music, the university’s annual spring musical/theatrical production.

Immediately after graduating, she took a job at Christian Home and Bible School in Mount Dora, FL, where children live in a foster home environment and also receive a Christian education. She absolutely loved her time there, but God had other plans: during that time she met her husband, Matthew, and moved to Tennessee to be with him. She continued to teach first grade and kindergarten until the birth of their first child, Gabrielle. She knew instantly that she wanted to educate her children Gabrielle and Noah at home and has been doing so since 2010. Their home is filled with projects, messes, books, experiments, and nature. While that keeps her busy, she also enjoys co-leading the children’s ministry at church, where she gets to work closely with dear friends.

Charity loves being active with her family, doing anything that gets them outside and together. She also has a large extended family and cherishes her time with them too. They are often found singing and playing music together, which fills many of Charity’s fondest childhood memories. She loves new projects and is discovering new interests all the time. Her life feels most fulfilled when she is enjoying time with her loved ones.

Most importantly, Charity is a child of God and is constantly reminded of how deep the Father loves us as He lavishly pours His blessings down on us. She hopes to be able to share those blessings with those she meets on this earthly journey. She is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to teach history and literature this year at Artios, and she can’t wait to make it all come alive for these precious children!

VICTORIA STREATER

Academy of Arts & History: Art & Theatre

Artios Plus: Art Club

Conservatory: Drawing & Painting I

Victoria Streater was born and raised in Georgia, the eldest of what eventually came to be ten children. Her love for the arts began at a young age and was fostered and supported by her parents, who enrolled her in several art classes over the years. When they were led to Artios, Victoria knew she was home. In 2013, she graduated from Artios Gwinnett Conservatory, having majored in Art. This love carried on into college, where she continued to study art at Valdosta State University. The Lord called her to move back home at the end of 2016 to help care for her three youngest siblings, an experience she wouldn’t have traded for the world. When the Lord again called her to move, it was this time to the lovely state of Colorado. She is looking forward to sharing her love of art, creativity, and imagination with her students this year. But most of all, she looks forward to sharing God’s immense love and teaching her students how to glorify Him in all they do, no matter their age.