SUZANNE HENSON

Campus Director

Suzanne was born and raised on Long Island in New York. At sixteen, her family moved cross-country to Southern California. Soon after, she met her future husband, Corbin. They attended San Diego State University together, and she graduated in 1995 with a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Education. Suzanne intended to teach elementary and special needs education, but God called her in another direction. He called her to homeschool. Prior to starting a family, Suzanne held a wide range of positions from administration in the fields of hi-tech and biotech to Assistant to the Deputy Mayor of San Diego.

Suzanne became a mother in 2001 when her twin boys abruptly entered the world as preemies. As a new stay-at-home mom, she found her place volunteering in many organizations. Their family became “almost” complete when their daughter was added in 2003. The Henson family moved to Colorado in 2006. In 2012, they welcomed another girl and boy into their family through adoption.

Corbin and Suzanne have been married since 1996. They have five precious children and began homeschooling in 2006. Suzanne has been a board member for her Mothers of Twins group, MOPS group and Hearts at Home Homeschool Support group. Their “creative-type” daughter led them to find Artios Academies in 2012. Since that time, all of her children have become Artios students. She is passionate about her family, advocating for special needs, adoption and homeschooling. “We love Artios! It has been a blessing to every person in our family.”

Kathi Curtis headshotKATHI CURTIS

Program Director: Artios Academy of Arts and History, Preparatory

Instructor: 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.

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JEANETTE LANE

Program Director: Artios Conservatory, Artios Plus

Instructor: Academy Theater, Advanced Acting, Choreography Club, Drama Club Choreographer, HS Drama Club Director, Intro to Theatre

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)

LYDIA BALDRIDGE

Artios Academy of Arts & History: Music

Artios Plus: Chorale Accompanist

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NATHAN BLAIR

Artios Academy: Media Arts

Conservatory: Media Arts III, Media Lab, Photography II

Nathan began his creative career as a graphic designer, but a request from a client looking for a quality video for their website changed all that. Fast-forward several video projects later, and Nathan was on the doorstep of a life-changing decision. God had been calling him to transition into becoming a filmmaker. Nathan hesitated at first, unsure what that would mean for his family and design career. But after serious commitment to prayer and clear affirmation, he moved forward into the world of film and established Kingdom Sight Studios in 2013. Since that time, Nathan has written and directed three feature films and is in pre-production on his fourth.

After establishing Kingdom Sight, Nathan began praying for someone to aid him in the process. God had that already planned. Nathan and Mike Flack went to the same church in Golden, CO and began discussing first a music video, then a short film, then a feature, and during that time became great friends. With Nathan taking on the visuals and direction, Mike would take on the task of sound and score. Together they have created a high-quality product, and something that Nathan calls, “God inspired.”

Nathan’s main goal in filmmaking is to create Christian films that look Hollywood but carry a message of Christ. He has begun to teach film classes for high school students and has a vision for creating a place other Christian filmmakers, actors, producers, writers and movie lovers alike can come and share their vision for God’s stories. Nathan lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife and four children.

Film has the capacity to capture a person’s full attention. All of a movie’s elements work together to tell a story that for two hours catapults you to another time or place. The combination of the senses, with the mind and the heart, is what makes movies so powerful. We are free to imagine the “what if” and visualize how our lives could be different. They allow us to empathize with another person’s struggles, or realize we’re not alone. Movies are a powerful means of spreading God’s word. Movies move people. My desire is that they move people toward Him.”

CANDACE DIXON

Preparatory: MS Science; 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.

Daphne FineDAPHNE FINE

Artios Academy: Music

Artios Conservatory: Worldview

Artios Plus: MS/HS Chorale Director, Choreography Club, Drama Club Music Director

Daphne Fine attended Oklahoma Baptist University on a full academic and vocal music scholarship, earning a degree in Vocal Music Education in 1994. She worked primarily in church music from 1994-2000 while teaching voice and piano lessons at home. During that time, she directed children’s choirs all the way up to senior adult singers, performing choral literature and directing multiple musical productions with various age groups.

In 2000, with the birth of her first child, Daphne began a season as a stay-at-home mom. During that time, she received training in early childhood music education and taught “Babies Make Music” with Mars Music stores for one year. Following this, she directed choirs for a private homeschool preparatory program in Oklahoma City for two years. She married her husband Don in 1997, and they have three children, two of whom she homeschools and one homeschool graduate! Daphne is actively involved in ministry alongside Don, who is the Family Pastor at Orchard Church in Brighton, CO.

Her desire for students involved in Chorale is to assist parents in equipping their children both spiritually and musically for a life lived fully worshiping God. She is convicted that music should spring from a heart of love for God and be expressed with the best we have to offer Him – excellence!

Daphne offers private voice and piano lessons for those who are interested in pursuing music. This is encouraged for students who will be entering the audition process for colleges and other opportunities, such as the Bob Jones University Fine Arts Festival.

Robin KellyROBIN KELLY

Artios Academy of Arts and History: Art

Artios Plus: Elem/MS Art Club

Robin Kelly married Ken in 1982, who is a pastor at Foothills Bible Church. They have three lovely daughters, two phenomenal sons-in-law, and five delightful grandchildren.

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 each student 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.

JORDAN LANE

Artios Conservatory: Music Theory III

Artios Academy of Arts and History: Music, Theatre

Artios Plus: Elementary/MS Drama Club Director, Elementary Chorale Director, Drama Club Director

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 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.

IVY ODEN 

Teacher’s Assistant: Academy Class A

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MARY SORTEBERG LANGEWISCH

Artios Academy: Art

Conservatory: Drawing/Painting I

Mary Sorteberg Langewisch is an artist born and raised in Colorado. She is inspired by the light, colors and textures in nature. Her work consists mostly of oil, acrylic or watercolor painting, but she has worked in other mediums as well. To her, art is meant to be beautiful and leave an impression in your mind, much like nature does. Professors at the secular college Mary went to have described her work as having a light that seems to glow from behind the canvas. Her mission as an artist is to mimic the beauty that God created and also to teach others to do the same. She believes art can be directly used by God, and the possibilities are endless.

In 2004 Mary started her own business. Mary is the founder, owner, artist and teacher of Fragile Glory Impressions Art studio, which is devoted to bringing art classes to children and adults, as well as providing custom commissions, and selling art products (note cards, journals, etc.). She now teaches up to 100 students every semester out of her studio located in Littleton and at homeschool groups and home classes. She’s creating new art products every year and getting her artwork on display in the Colorado area.

Mary’s goal is to have a large studio and gallery location in an inspiring business savvy community where people of all ages can come to learn, make beautiful art, learn about business and display their creations. She believes art has a strong place in sharing the gospel and in missions. Her goal for herself is to continually find ways to directly use art to serve God. It is important to Mary that her students who consider pursuing art understand not only learn the techniques associated with the mediums they want to focus on, but also learn how to reflect God in their work and use it for His glory. In July 2016, Mary became Mrs. Langewisch.

VICTORIA STREATER

Artios Academy of Arts & History: Theatre; History

Artios Plus: Lower Elementary Drama Club

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.