Campus Owner & Director
Conservatory: English & History/Worldview
Academy of Arts & History: History & Literature (Middle School)
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.
Conservatory: Fundamentals of Music
Academy of Arts & History: Music (K-8th)
Artios Plus: Choir
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.
Program Director: Artios Academy of Arts and History
Instructor: Elementary, MS & HS Literature and Composition
Kathi graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in English Literature in 1994. She then pursued her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from The Pennsylvania State University, where she met her husband, Steve. After graduation in 1997, she worked in colleges as a career counselor and academic advisor. During a three-year secondment in London for her husband’s work, they decided to start a family. Kathi fully intended to return to work once her children began school, but God had other plans. It was then that she felt called to homeschool her kids, and they’ve been at it ever since. After living in the greater metro New York area for eight years, they packed up and moved cross country to Castle Rock in 2013. She loves living in Colorado with it’s beautiful sunsets and plentiful sunshine. She is passionate about teaching literature and loves helping kids to think critically about what they read. Their family is grateful to have found the Artios community, which provides an excellent musical and artistic education for their two creative daughters.
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.
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!
Artios Academy of Arts and History: Music (K-2nd); Theater (K-8th)
Artios Plus: Drama Club Choreographer
Maria graduated in May 2016 from Colorado Christian University, where she had the opportunity to study Business Administration, Musical Theatre, and Political Science. She has, over the course of the last few years, developed a two-fold passion.
First, she has fostered a love for music, theatre, and the performing arts. Maria grew up in music and dance lessons, and was actively involved in choir, musicals, plays, handbells, vocal jazz, and other various performing opportunities during her time at Colorado Christian University. This also included being the University Women’s Choir Assistant Director for two years and the student Assistant Director for the musical this past spring. She studied acting under Sanne McCarthy, as well as under Jenny Stafford, and receives private vocal training from Steven Taylor, the Dean of CCU’s School of Music. She also has enjoyed teaching ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre at a studio in Castle Rock and performing as a Character Actress for the Denver-based company Wands and Wishes Occasions.
Second, she enjoys marketing, logistical planning, and leveraging business opportunities to further a given company’s goals and mission. Both through her degree and real-world experience, she has enjoyed work on marketing strategy and development, social media management, organizational leadership, and business finance. She has served as an intern in the Colorado State Senate, a project manager for an esteemed Denver-based PR firm, an administrative assistant for several companies, and a freelance marketing consultant for several small firms. Maria is excited to join the Artios family and is looking forward to investing in the next generation of leaders and furthering the mission and values of Artios!
Conservatory Student Teacher: Intro to Media Arts; Digital Photography I
Zach Miller knew at the age of seven that God was calling him to media and storytelling. He has been involved in the arts and media production since 2009 when he helped on the production of a television series. Since then he has worked on the sets of two movies and mentored under several filmmakers.
He graduated from Artios Conservatory in 2017 as a Fine Arts Major. His involvement with Artios included several theater productions such as The Pirates of Penzance, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Our Town, Comedy of Errors, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women, and Seussical.
Growing up, Zach attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2013, served in many different ministries in his church (including an Israeli and hip-hop dance team), helped lead a worship team/bible study, and this past summer, worked on staff at Faith Bible Chapel coordinating a bible school alongside 12 high schoolers.
He now manages a DJ business with his brother called Authentic Event Services, works as a character actor for a children’s birthday party company, teaches Intro to Media Arts and Photography at Artios Academies of Castle Rock, works as a teacher’s assistant for drama club at Artios Academies of Littleton, and is going to school almost full time through an online college program, Integrity College Solutions. He is also working to graduate from Tomas Edison University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
One day Zach plans to start a media production company based off his life verse, Zechariah 1:3: “Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.”