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Laura King HEADMASTER
Toni Adler ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Traci Wilson ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Laura King HEADMASTERA New Mexico native, Mrs. Laura King moved frequently as a child, returning to the state in 1991. She accepted Christ as savior at the age of five, and rededicated her life to Him at age twelve. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, in 1994 with a BS in English. Mrs. King is a founding teacher of Imago Dei Academy, and has taught kindergarten through third grades, as well as fourth through sixth grade grammar and science, eighth grade English, beginning French, and senior literature. She has been headmaster of IDA since 2010. Mrs. King has twenty-one years’ teaching experience, including AWANA, Sunday School, and Jr. Church. She and her husband have been married for 21 years, and have three sons. They have been serving at Gateway Baptist Church for almost 20 years.
Toni Adler ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTMrs. Toni Adler has been involved at IDA since 2012, serving as a substitute teacher, kindergarten aide, and is currently a part-time administrative assistant. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she met her husband Rick. They have been married 25 years and have two children. Mrs. Adler has lived in Alamogordo since 1993 and has devoted her married life to the calling of wife and mother. She is a member of First Assembly Worship Center. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, gardening, and crafts.
Traci Wilson ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTMrs. Tracie Wilson has served as an administrative assistant at IDA for over four years. She handles all visitors coming to the school, creates and maintains new and current student records, accept payments, as well as many other duties. She is married to Wiley Wilson, an IDA Board member, and has two children, both who have attended IDA. Mrs. Wilson accepted Jesus Christ as her savior when she was 12 years old at a Nazarene Church camp in Ruidoso, NM. She currently attends Grace Baptist Church in Alamogordo and is the youth leader of Junior and Senior High students. Tracie is a licensed Cosmologist with the state of New Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, tennis, and walking.
Heather Bash KINDERGARTEN OMNIBUS DRAMA
Bethany Cooler KINDERGATEN OMNIBUS MARKETING DIRECTOR
Melissa Leslie 1st GRADE
Joanna Canard 2nd GRADE
Julie Bryant 3rd GRADE
Donna Winters 4th GRADE
Dee Ann Cason ORCHESTRA
April Maxey MATH SCIENCE HISTORY LITERATURE
Matthew Geary 7th - 12th GRADE
Chip Bryant LATIN
ELizabeth Brinegar KINDERMUSIK
Elizabeth James HISTORY LITERATURE OMNIBUS
Michelle Osborne KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT
Heather Bash KINDERGARTEN OMNIBUS DRAMAMrs. Bash was born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Mrs. Bash has served as kindergarten and drama teacher during her seven years at IDA. She has over 35 years experience in theater, including coordinating entire productions, acting, singing, storytelling, playing instruments, costuming, set design, set construction, audience participation, stage managing, prop mastering, script writing and editing, lighting and sound, directing, producing, program production, and all of the minutiae that goes with live theater. She has experience and training in acting for movies and television, and has worked both on-camera and behind the scenes on several movie and television projects. Out of this vast experience she has developed a curriculum for the Christian, classical drama classroom, spanning K-12th grades. Mrs. Bash has also studied and worked in photography, creative arts, and graphic design, and had her own home-based photography and graphic design business before teaching at IDA. Mrs. Bash loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, being raised in a Christian home that provided a firm foundation in God’s Holy Word. She attends Bible Family Fellowship where she serves as the worship team leader. Mrs. Bash has been married to Derrick since 1993, and they have two children, a son who attends IDA and one in heaven.
Bethany Cooler KINDERGATEN OMNIBUS MARKETING DIRECTORMrs. Cooler is a native New Mexican. She received her BS in Agricultural Economics and Business from New Mexico State University. A founding instructor of Imago Dei Academy, she has taught for over nine years not only specializing in literature and history of secondary students, but as a primary instructor in kindergarten. Mrs. Cooler has extensive training in speech, debate and parliamentary procedure, and loves assisting students in developing character and eloquence throughout their academic careers. She and her husband, Buck, have been married for 12 years and have three little ladies, two whom are students at IDA. They are active members at Bethel Baptist Church. In her free time, she is an accomplished seamstress who enjoys designing clothes for her three daughters.
Melissa Leslie 1st GRADEMrs. Leslie was born and raised in Alabama, where she accepted Christ as her Savior during a summertime revival. She served in the U.S. Air Force. Alamogordo has been her home for 17 years. Mrs. Leslie has been on staff at Imago Dei Academy for 7 years. She started as a kindergarten aide and now teaches 1st grade. Mrs. Leslie considers it an honor and privilege to be a part of the staff of Imago Dei Academy. She enjoys the fact that she gets to help the young children learn to serve their neighbors as well as their awesome God! Melissa is married to John, and has three daughters. Their oldest daughter was a member of IDA’s first graduating class and her younger two are in 9th and 6th grades. Mrs. Leslie is a member of Bethel Baptist church, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family, playing board games, scrapbooking, and on occasion participating in local theater productions.
Joanna Canard 2nd GRADEMrs. Canard is a native of Alamogordo. Growing up she attended First Baptist Church where she accepted Christ and later met her husband. Now married for 11 years they have two little girls, both of whom are students at IDA. They are now active members of Bethel Baptist Church teaching 3-6yr olds on Wednesday nights for the past three years. God called her to Imago Dei 2 years ago and in His pursuit she has been the bookkeeper for the last year. God moved swiftly and powerfully calling her to teach second grade this year at IDA! She is excited to partner with parents and staff while walking these precious babies through second grade!
Julie Bryant 3rd GRADEMrs. Bryant has been teaching full-time at Imago Dei Academy for six years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Missouri) in Biology and Theatre. She currently teaches 3rd grade, but has taught 2nd grade, Jr. High Algebra, High School Chemistry, Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. Mrs. Bryant and her husband Chip have been married for 22 years, and have three children, all whom attend IDA. She and her family attend Grace Baptist Church where she serves as the Worship Leader. Julie is actively involved in the Alamogordo Musical Theater, participating in numerous productions including Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz, Annie and The King and I. In addition to her love of theater, Mrs. Bryant is an accomplished musician on the harp.
Donna Winters 4th GRADEMrs. Winters was born in Louisiana and raised in South Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1982, majoring in Studio Art with an intensive in Advertising Design. Mrs. Winters worked in the newspaper business for 12 years, serving as the production manager of USA Today in Florida, and production manager for the Alamogordo Daily News. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in 1986 at the age of 24. Mrs. Winters is a licensed Children’s Minister, teaching children in church for over 25 years. She has also served as a substitute teacher in the Alamogordo and Tularosa Public Schools for over 6 years. In addition, Mrs. Winters served the community of Tularosa as a member of their Board of Education. Mrs. Winters began her association with IDA as the First Baptist Church liaison to the IDA board, eventually serving as a board member. She has been teaching at IDA for 8 years and has recently earned the title of MASTER teacher. Her favorite subject is art, every aspect of it, with math coming in a close second because she loves solving puzzles and problem. Mrs. Winters has been married to Art Winters for 29 years, and they have two adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. She attends Grace Baptist church.
Dee Ann Cason ORCHESTRAMrs. Dee Ann Cason is a Founding board member and orchestra teacher at Imago Dei Academy. She also taught orchestra in Farmington, Las Cruces, Ysleta (El Paso), the Alamogordo Public Schools and Community Christian School (Alamogordo). In addition she served as Headmaster at Imago Dei Academy in 2010-11. This 2017-18 school year marks her 38th year as an educator.Mrs. Cason has performed with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra for 38 years where she serves as Principal Second Violin. She was a featured soloist with Mr. Thomas Weber, the RSO Concertmaster, in 2000 and again in 2010.Born in El Paso and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Mrs. Cason graduated from Arizona State University. She has completed graduate work at NMSU and Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), as well as extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy, a method of teaching stringed instruments.While teaching at Community Christian School, her orchestras twice received TOP HONORS at Director’s Choice festivals in Durango, CO and Dallas, TX. Her orchestra at Community Christian School was selected as the 2005 New Mexico Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra and the Imago Dei Academy orchestra was selected for the same honor in 2014. Both groups performed at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus. Her orchestras have also received SUPERIOR ratings at all festivals they have attended.Mrs. Cason served as NMMEA (New Mexico Music Educators) Orchestra Vice President from 1998-2002 and President of NM-ASTA (American String Teachers Association) for one term. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Otero County NAACP as well as Teacher of the Year for NM-ASTA (American String Teachers Association), both in 2007. She was selected as a Woman of Merit by the Alamogordo Daily News in 2014. She recently served as Orchestra Vice President for the Southwest District- New Mexico Music Educators Association.Her greatest joy is definitely working with young musicians, a desire and talent that is truly God-given. Mrs. Cason is married to Dr. John Cason. They have two sons, Earl and Scott, and happily, a daughter-in-law Jess and a precious grandson – Ewan.
April Maxey MATH SCIENCE HISTORY LITERATUREMrs. Maxey is in her second year of teaching math and science in the logic and rhetoric school at IDA. She began teaching when she was 15 in her church. It was only a natural progression that she would attend the University of New Mexico and graduate Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Elementary Education in 2006. Mrs. Maxey has taught for 4 years in private and public schools in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, and at Holloman Air Force Base. In addition, she has coached track and cross-country for the Alamogordo Public Schools for 3 years. Mrs. Maxey and her husband, Tim, have been married for 12 years. They moved to Alamogordo so he could accept a position as manager of the local Wells Fargo offices on HAFB and in Alamogordo. They have three children that were homeschooled for 3 years with Mrs. Maxey serving in leadership of the local homeschool co-op. She and her family attend Bethel Baptist church where she is involved in teaching the 3 year olds class, singing in the choir, and serving with her husband as a small group leader. Mrs. Maxey and her husband have been on several mission trips throughout the United States and Mexico. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, crafts, restoring furniture, decorating, running, singing, playing with her children and traveling.
Matthew Geary 7th - 12th GRADEMr. Matthew Geary was born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico, to two God-fearing parents and two older brothers. His dad was a P.E. teacher at Chaparral Middle School for thirty years, so the boys were introduced to a lot of sports growing up, which created a passion for playing. Mr. Geary’s parents also ran Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Chaparral. He grew up learning a lot about the Bible, and it was in sixth grade that his faith was authenticated for himself. In eighth grade, Mr. Geary evangelized to his soccer teammates for the first time, and that was when he first really felt his call to ministry and teaching. He has had a burning passion to share the hope of the Gospel with the lost since then. In high school, Mr. Geary started a Bible study to reach his classmates for Christ and was truly humbled how God moved through that group. This created an opportunity to serve at church as the youth pastor for two years. He is passionate about relating to students and seeing churched students experience God’s heart-transforming power and move beyond just head knowledge but apply it to become disciples who make disciples. He is also passionate to see un-churched students experiencing the love and grace of Jesus for the first time. After his time working as a youth pastor, God directed his path to Imago Dei. He is truly grateful to be a part of a staff that is just as passionate about students and to be in such a spiritually edifying experience. When he is not working, he enjoys time with his wife, family, spending time outdoors, and playing sports.
Chip Bryant LATINMagister Bryant was born in 1968 in Alamogordo, NM and was raised in High Rolls, NM. He graduated from Alamogordo Senior High School in 1986. He earned a Bachelor’s in Religion from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX in 1992. From there he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary receiving a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages and an emphasis in Old Testament Studies in 1997. He married his wife Julie in 1993. From 1997 to 2005 Mr. Bryant pastored 4 different churches in Texline, TX, Shamrock, TX, Estancia, NM and Woodrow, CO. He and his wife Julie have three children, all attending Imago Dei Academy. Mr. Bryant returned to Alamogordo in 2005 to help care for father who had Parkinson’s and has remained in Alamogordo since his death. He joined IDA the faculty of IDA the first year that it opened teaching Latin part-time. Over the past 8 years, he has continued to teach and expand the Latin program at IDA. Mr. Bryant has enjoyed watching the school grow, and its ever expanding commitment to providing a Christian, classical education to families in the Tularosa basin. Mr. Bryant and his family attend Grace Church in Alamogordo, NM. He enjoys reading the works of Tedd Decker, is actively involved in all aspects of the Alamogordo Music Theater, and is a fan of Duck Dynasty.
ELizabeth Brinegar KINDERMUSIK
Elizabeth James HISTORY LITERATURE OMNIBUSMrs. James, a native Texan, fell in love with an Air Force pilot to whom she has been married for 20 years. She came to the saving knowledge of Jesus at a very young age and strives daily to become more like Him. Elizabeth graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and a minor in Business. This is Mrs. James's third year teaching at IDA, where her love for children is evidenced through the joy and enthusiasm she exudes as she opens her students’ eyes to the world around them, especially through the literature they read. She and her husband have enjoyed watching the hearts and minds of their 4 children grow and become more like Christ through the education received at IDA. Mrs. James is a member of Bethel Baptist church. Coffee and a good book are never far from her reach, nor is the next adventure her family is scheming to go on!
Michelle Osborne KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT