Faculty and Staff

Kelly Molinet, Head of School and Executive Director

KellyM1
Kelly earned a BFA in Art History and Music from Syracuse University. She began a lifelong career in education working with urban youth at the Rescue Mission. Over the past two decades, Kelly has worked with nonprofit organizations in the US, Honduras, Russia, and Costa Rica as an educator, advocate, fundraiser and program director. After teaching music, history, and Latin at a private school, she earned a Masters in Inclusive Special Education from Syracuse University while completing the prestigious Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residency. She taught in an inner city school in New York before moving to Colorado in the fall of 2015.

Kelly has lived out her personal passion for music as a performer, voice teacher, choir director and has written and directed numerous musicals for young people. In her free time, Kelly hangs out with her six children playing and coaching soccer, having dance parties in the kitchen and exploring her new home in Colorado.

 

“I am eager to combine my experience in nonprofit work and education to support and further the mission of September School: progressive, relational education in a supportive community which fosters lifelong learning.” —Kelly

Dan Beliveau, Mathematics Teacher & Academic Dean

Dan carries a BS in Traditional Mathematics from George Mason University, and he has years of experience as a tutor and an assistant teacher in mathematics.  Dan’s diverse interests and advanced knowledge also enable him to tutor students in a wide range of  other subjects including Science, Spanish, and SAT and ACT prep.  His contributions play a key role in helping keep students stay on track academically.

Too many students are taught to approach the subject with disdain and apprehension. Math can be a lot of fun if taught correctly.” —Dan

 

Angela Beloian, Art Teacher

Angela Beloian received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has exhibited her work throughout the United States.  Her paintings are included in public and private collections and her work has been displayed on the exterior of the Performing Arts Complex in Denver, CO.  She has served on the Visual Arts Committee for the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder and the Teacher Advisory Committee for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.  Her involvement in September School includes teaching Studio Art and Yearbook  as well as leading students on trips to Santa Fe, Chicago and Patzcuaro, Mexico.  Angela also leads our Visiting Artist Program.

Watching students grow as I coach them in their studio practice brings me an immense amount of joy and inspiration.” —Angela Beloian

Mia Davis, Director of Administration

mia2
After serving as a social studies summer school and substitute teacher, Mia is thrilled to now join us as an administrator.  She received her B.A. in history from Utah State University and her M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver.  She taught high school social studies and developed curriculum overseas before making her home in Boulder. She loves applying her skills and energy to her administrative position and retains her wonderment at the world around her by always learning new things.

 

Rob Donoho, Science Teacher

rob2Rob has a degree in Geology from the University of Colorado, and a BFA from Boston University.  He has been a big part of September High School since 1988, teaching courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Photography, Outdoor Education, and more.  Rob is a former mountaineering instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder through the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. In addition to providing reliably rigorous and engaging instruction, Rob has long shown his commitment to September High School by leading students on school trips around the country and the world.

We have a strong sense of community among the staff and students. Alternative educators need alternative students.” —Rob Donoho

Eitan Fire, Social Studies Teacher

eitanFireEitan earned his undergraduate degree in liberal arts at the nation’s third oldest school: St. John’s College. He lived in Israel where he had the opportunity to solidify his understanding of Hebrew. Eitan pursued his interest in teaching by working first at The Santa Fe Children’s Museum and then at a Boys and Girls Club in Portland, Oregon. Eitan gained critical tools to become the best teacher he could be by gaining his Masters in Teaching at Lewis & Clark College. Since then Eitan has returned to his hometown of Boulder and has spent the past five years teaching in the public school system including, most recently, three years in the Boulder Valley School District.

“I strive to ensure that all of my students feel supported and valued by me regardless of where they are in terms of understanding, their values, and/or beliefs. I work with all of my students to help them grow into confident adults and positive role models.” – Eitan Fire

Leslie Gustason, Guidance Counselor

Leslie brings an MA in counseling and 30 years of experience in counseling and education to September School. She focuses on genuine, authentic and trustworthy relationships. Leslie creates a safe, open atmosphere for students to freely discuss their thoughts and feelings in both one-on-one sessions and larger gatherings. In addition to providing psychosocial support to our students, Leslie also teaches classes such as Mind-Body Wellness and Group Class to promote positive growth, stress management and well being. While our students navigate the turbulent teen years Leslie offers support and encouragement. Leslie also works with students’ parents, guardians and therapist to better understand and assist our students.

Students begin to trust and share, explore their thoughts and feelings, and learn how to have compassion and respect for themselves and others.” —Leslie Gustason

Jeff Hamilton, PE, Health and Performing Arts Teacher

staffphoto-jeff-hamiltonJeff backs up his BA in psychology/anthropology with a black belt and twenty-five years teaching martial arts.  Our performing arts teacher since 1993, Jeff also offers basketball and weight lifting classes along with classes like Chi Kung, Art of the Sword,  and Human Issues.   Jeff’s wilderness and leadership trips often prove to be life changing for our students, and his daily all-school community class is part of the fabric of our school program.  “I have the freedom to be who I really am here and I love that I have the opportunity to form real, authentic relationships with my students.”

September School offers the chance to help students establish and solidify their values at a time when they’re questioning the reality of everything in their lives.” —Jeff Hamilton

Eve Halpern, Spanish & English Teacher

Eve Halpern completed her undergraduate degree in 2000 at Tulane University in New Orleans where she double majored in Spanish and Gender Studies.  She continued in interdisciplinary studies, receiving her MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research in NYC in 2004, and subsequently completed 30 credits at UC Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness PhD program.  Currently, Eve is enrolled full-time in Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology MA program.  Eve has worked extensively with adolescent, and children.  She has run leadership camps for 10-16 year-olds for almost 2 decades, has worked with undergraduate college students as a TA in the UCSC Education Department and has taught at High School for almost a decade over the past 15 years.  She has lived abroad in both Spain and Mexico and has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and beyond.   She loves to teach at September School and enjoys the creativity of her position and the deep connections she gets to form with students.

Sarah Leversee, Finance and HR Manager


sarahSarah has extensive nonprofit management experience, and years of success in providing finance, marketing and organizational support to a variety of small businesses and nonprofits.  Sarah holds a BS in Advertising, a BA in Studio Art, and a Minor in Dance from CU Boulder. Her diverse resume includes: Communications/Events Specialist for Dairy Center for the Arts; Operations Manager for Griff/SMC Communications and Adjunct Professor in Dance at Red Rocks Community College.  Sarah is the Artistic Director of Art as Action, a collaborative community of performing Artivists in the Denver and Boulder communities, which she founded in 2002.  Striving to be a “functional artist”,  Sarah places a high value on passion and creativity in process and is also deeply committed to efficiency and excellence in results.

 

Liz Rhodes, English Teacher

Liz Rhodes earned her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill anlrd completed her MA in Education at CU-Boulder. Prior to finding a home at September School, Liz taught secondary English in St. Vrain Valley School District and in Mapleton Public Schools. Liz chose to teach English because she believes studying literature has the power to help readers contemplate diverse points of view and explore new ways of viewing and living in the world. While she believes that the ability to read and write effectively is crucial to students’ future success, Liz’s primary reason for becoming a teacher is to be a positive, reliable, and deeply caring presence for students fighting through difficult school years. She loves teaching at September School because of the community’s focus on meeting each student where they are and because of the close, genuine student-teacher relationships. In addition to teaching, Liz loves to travel, read, and go on outdoor adventures with her dog.

“Students learn best in an accepting environment that allows them to explore, take risks, and try new ways of living in the world. September School community members give one another permission to show up as their authentic selves, allowing deep learning and personal growth to occur. ” – Liz Rhodes

Robyn Trent, Development Coordinatorrt-1

Robyn earned a B.A. and M.A. in English.  After teaching in independent schools and colleges, she began working in the corporate world. She was an Assistant Vice President for an investment banking firm and Corporate Communications Manager for a publicly held company.  After leaving the corporate world, she returned to education, where she was Director of Development for several schools.  In addition, she has been a development consultant for schools, a hospital, a library, and start-up nonprofits.  Robyn and her husband moved to the Boulder area in 2013.

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with September School’s outstanding faculty and staff.”– Robyn Trent

Suzanne Hillier, Math Teacher

Suzanne Hillier graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.  She completed an alternative licensure program in Secondary Education (Math) at the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the Santa Fe Public Schools.  She has been teaching math and science for the last 14 years at the middle and high school levels.  She has taught in public, independent, and boarding school environments.  She currently teaches Algebra I and Geometry here at September School.

Art Atkison, English Teacher

Art earned a BA and MA in English.  After teaching English in independent schools and colleges for 30 years, Art became headmaster of a large, independent school.  Upon retirement, Art and his wife moved to Florida before moving to Boulder in 2013.

“Education is life itself…the self is not ready-made but something in continuous formation through choice of action..the person who thinks learns as much from failures as from successes.” -John Dewey

Sean Kloppenburg, Health and Social Studies Teacher

Sean is working on a master’s in education at Naropa and has a BS in heath and exercise science from Colorado State University.  He is a certified Health Education Specialist and has taught in BVSD.  He will be teaching a health course called Life Skills around health and financial literacy and a Cultural Geography course.

“My peoples shall pry into no book… till they’re able not only to comprehend what they are to read, but also distinguish perfectly well, good from bad; truth from falsehood, reality from chimera; and probabilities from absurdities… my pupils shall never believe what I tell them because I tell it them, but because their own senses and understandings convince them that is true.”  -Joseph Neef

 

teachers