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Janet Freed Fifth/Sixth Grade
David Garrett Science
Christy Hill Social Studies
Jackie Johnson Third/Fourth Grade
Karoline Roome Special Education
Tamela Seipel Language Arts

Learners enrolled at Vision Charter Academy (VCA) headed back to school on Aug. 31, where some new faces greeted them in the classroom. VCA, with campuses in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia, serving the needs of K-12 learners in Delta, Montrose, Mesa and Gunnison counties, is excited to welcome several new teachers to its innovative and caring staff.

"We are so excited to welcome such a highly qualified group of individuals to Vision Charter Academy," said Willyn Webb, executive director of VCA. "The experience, education and heart for kids that each of these individuals bring will help us continue to be an exemplary model of education -- inspiring learners through relationships and interactive learning."

Janet Freed
Fifth/Sixth Grade

"What interests me in teaching for VCA is the parental support kids have and the small class sizes. I am also very interested in Expeditionary Learning and implementing it in the classroom.

"I am married to Robert, and we have two high school-aged sons, Logan and Grant. I enjoy hiking, biking and all things outdoors, playing the piano and organ, cooking, watching high school sports and all 4-H and kids' activities."

David Garrett
Science

"I like the small classes and that learners are encouraged and directed to be successful in both their studies and in life. This is why I wanted to teach at Vision Charter Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy all outdoor activities, especially in the mountains, as well as yard and garden work.

Christy Hill
Social Studies

"I am drawn to VCA because of the warm work environment and because the small class sizes allow me to make a more meaningful impact on the students I serve. I am married with two kids in elementary school. I enjoy spending time with my animals and pursuing my love of art."

Jackie Johnson
Third/Fourth Grade

"For me, it is a great and fulfilling challenge to tap into every learner's potential for success with VCA's mission and philosophy at the heart of my teaching. I am so blessed to be a part of the VCA team as the third and fourth grade teacher at the Delta campus. I started my teaching career out in Delta.

"My husband, my 2 year-old daughter and I are thankful to be home, where we get to be closer to family and enjoy the great Western Slope outdoors more!"

Karoline Roome
Special Education

"VCA has an amazing program that involves both the parents and the students. Vision Charter also allows me time to spend with my family as a new mother. My family means the world to me, and I love spending time with them. My husband is truly supportive with my teaching and my hobbies. I am currently the head coach for the Delta County School District swimming team and the Delta Barracudas swim team."

Carissa Scroggins
Seventh/Eighth Grade

"I'm most excited about the small class sizes and being able to devote more time to each student's needs. I have a background in music and an avid love of reading, both of which I'm going to be bringing to my classroom."

Tamela Seipel
Language Arts

"I love working at VCA because it gives me the opportunity to develop close relationships with my learners. I enjoy the small class size as it allows me to really know the learners in order to meet their academic needs more effectively. I feel blessed to be able to work with such great people and a wonderful company.

"I am the mother of four adult sons, with two daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and a grandson and a granddaughter on the way. l am an avid reader and foodie, and I enjoy travel, music, computers/technology, movies and writing. I also have a lovely husband. We live in Crawford and enjoy living in the mountains."

Vision Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school which emphasizes a learner-driven optimal learning environment that is tailored to each student's interests and needs. VCA is the regional expert in individualized education and the school is designed to meet the needs of the whole child by utilizing a variety of materials that address the Colorado Academic Standards while maintaining a focus on the individual child's needs. VCA offers a variety of learning paths, including parent guided, class based and online learning. If you are interested in seeing how your child can thrive at VCA, please call 874-8226 or visit visioncharteracademy.org.

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