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 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, Assistant Principal - 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 currently teaches middle school as well as serving as Assistant Principal 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, and is currently pursuing her Master's in Counseling at Colorado Christian University. 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.
Matthew Adams, Middle School Teacher - Matthew Adams joined the Crossroads staff in the fall of 2019 as Middle School teacher, focusing on History, Bible, and Life Skills. Matthew holds a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies and History from Southwest Baptist University and a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a ParaProfessional, a Long-Term Substitute Teacher, and a Summer School Teacher, where he discovered a passion and aptitude for teaching. Matthew is a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Longmont.
John Archibold, Jr, Science Teacher - Johnny studied Linguistics at Colorado University Boulder, then transferred to Metro State University, where he studied Physics. He spent several years tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth through inner-city after-school tutoring programs. He has also been involved in choir and supporting youth group through his church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He says that "one of the most fulfilling things ever (is) guiding a student from a place where they are struggling with a concept to a place where they have a complete grasp of it." He looks forward to many of those fulfilling moments with the students at Crossroads, where he began teaching science to both middle and high school in the fall of 2019.
Desirae Vannorsdel, High School 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."
Wesley Wicklund, English and History Teacher – Wes Wicklund comes to Crossroads with a wealth of varied experience, from teaching and coaching at Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, working as an arborist for the City of Boulder, to working with at-risk youth through inner-city ministries in Camden, NJ, Denver, and Kansas City. He loves to give teens space to be themselves, taking part in what they enjoy and celebrating it, in order to earn the right to genuinely speak into their lives. Wes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Incarnational Ministry from Sterling College, Kansas. Beginning in the fall of 2019, Wes will be teaching high school English and History. He and his wife, Marissa, and their two children live in Longmont and attend the United Church of Christ.
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.