MEET THE STAFF . . .
It takes a team of adults to effectively teach and mentor the students at Crossroads. Here's a little about some of these wonderful people. In addition to these "every-day" teachers and staff, we have many volunteers who come once or twice a week to mentor students, teach enrichment classes, and more.
Barb Bulthuis, Executive Director - Barb’s experience in education includes teaching high school English, coaching varsity basketball, and serving as Athletic Director and Administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Calvin College with a secondary teaching credential, and a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University with an emphasis in administration. For twelve years she was an administrator at Rocky Mountain Christian Academy. Among other things, she handled admissions and was increasingly concerned about the students the school was unable to accept because of their learning difficulties or other needs. As one of the founders of Crossroads School, she is excited about the opportunity to provide for these students.
Connie Nourse, Principal - Connie has taught school for over 20 years. She graduated from Milligan College in 1990 with a B.S. degree in K-8 education. In 1994 she served as “Team Leader” during the formation of a new middle school, where she continued teaching until 2006. In addition to teaching she also served as athletic director and assistant principal, and coached soccer, volleyball, basketball and track. Her son attended the school as well. When that school closed in 2006 so did her son’s opportunity for private school education. It was at that time that she caught the vision for opening a school that would meet the needs of students who are not otherwise “served” in a typical school. Several years later, she became one of the founders and the first teacher at Crossroads School, and continues to lead the school as Principal.
Konni Keuter, Lead Teacher- Konni Keuter has over 20 years of corporate experience in the demanding energy industry. She was a Director at Ventyx, Inc., the industry leader in energy databases. After deciding to make a career change, she graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.S. degree in Education Theory. Along with this experience, she has raised seven children and fostered several teenagers. She is active in her church as Outreach Chairperson and is passionate about meeting the needs of teens. She loves the opportunities she has to challenge and encourage students in her classroom at Crossroads. As one of the founders of Crossroads School, she serves as Lead Teacher and mentor to other teachers.
Wendy Allen, Student Services Coordinator – Wendy is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has extensive experience with youth, from teaching Sunday school, to helping with youth group, to working with her own children who span the academic spectrum from gifted to special needs, to volunteer tutoring for many years in public schools. She has participated in a variety of seminars and learning opportunities related to various disabilities for her own son and other students she has encountered. Wendy volunteered at Crossroads for three years, demonstrating her ability to encourage and motivate students and build relationships with them, before she joined the staff in 2015. It is her desire to support students and help each of them find success.
Allyson Damick, Science Teacher - Allyson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began tutoring adolescents in science in high school and loves making science fun for others, including teaching a homeschool chemistry class. As a mother of two children with unique needs she homeschooled for several years. In recent years she has served at Grace Church as a children's ministry volunteer and interim children's ministry director. Through her own children and her service at church she says she has discovered her passion for encouraging students who need extra attention.
Geoffrey Gould, Middle School Teacher - Geoff graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and an emphasis in Computer Engineering. He worked 27 years at Intel, creating the computer memory chips and firmware used in phones, digital cameras, and solid-state disk drives. Geoff became concerned about at-risk teens while mentoring in a church youth group, and came to Crossroads in 2016 to help students overcome their past, enjoy the present, and prepare for a better future.
John Salmeron, English/Social Studies Teacher - John joined the Crossroads staff as a teacher in 2018. He holds a Bachelor's in History and Political Science from Texas State University and a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has 22 years of experience in the education field, 10 years as a middle and high school social studies teacher and 12 as an assistant principal. He has also coached soccer, basketball, and track. He is particularly known for his ability to connect with students, especially the "tough kids." He is excited to return to the classroom after some time away from education. John and his family live in Longmont.
Desirae Vannorsdel, Math, Bible, and Life Skills Teacher – Desirae earned her Associate's degree from Front Range Community College, and was recognized for advanced achievement in mathematics. She continued her studies at CU Boulder, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors, and then at Washburn University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor, again with honors. She has since worked as an attorney, serving children as a Guardian Ad Litem, and in a variety of residential settings for both adolescent girls and senior citizens. In her church she has been a Sunday school teacher, bus ministry helper, administrative support, and more. She and her three-year-old daughter, Violet, live in Lyons. She joined the Crossroads staff in August 2017, and says that she wants to "make a difference in these kids' lives that will last beyond teaching them math."
Doreen Johansen, Office Manager - Doreen is a graduate of Colorado Christian University. Her career has spanned over 25 years working in medical offices in many roles. She is the mother of two, including a current student. She is also involved in Children's ministry and has led Women's Ministry in the past at her church, Summit Foursquare Church in Longmont, and is an avid quilter and crocheter. She started at Crossroads in 2017.