Stephanie Texera - Band
Ms. Stephanie Texera is the Director of Bands and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy Co-Coordinator at Skyline High School, where she has taught since 2012. At Skyline, Ms. Texera directs the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Pep Band and also teaches Class Piano.
Ms. Texera received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her tenure at CU, she was active in the new music community conducting several premieres for the Pendulum New Music Concert series and CU Wind Ensemble. In the Fall of 2009, she had the honor of conducting “Night Music I” for the “George Crumb at 80 Celebratory Festival” under the guidance of the composer.
Ms. Texera has taught orchestra and band in Colorado and Florida for 19 years. With a strong belief that travel is an extension of the classroom, her ensembles have performed in California, Tennessee, Hawaii, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Most recently, Ms. Texera served as the Director of the Front Range Youth Symphony in Arvada from 2011-2015. She is highly sought after as a guest clinician and conductor throughout Colorado.
In her spare time, Ms. Texera enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband John, traveling, gardening, doing yoga, and hanging out with her cat Toby.
Jacob Gantz - Choir
Jacob Gantz is in his third year as the Director of Vocal Music at Skyline High School, where he directs five vocal ensembles, and teaches Music Technology.
Mr. Gantz earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with an emphasis in vocal music, from the University of Wyoming in 2010. He was a founding member of the Singing Statesmen mens choir, and a co-founder of the all-male vocal a cappella ensemble The Happy Jacks. During his time at the University of Wyoming, Mr. Gantz sang with UW’s Collegiate Chorale, Men’s Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Opera in a Gym program; singing on three concert tours throughout the state of Wyoming. Further performing credits include a tour with UW’s Collegiate Chorale throughout Italy, Austria, and Germany in 2006, a tour of Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia with the CSU Chamber in 2015, and various opera roles including the role of Betto in Gianni Schicchi.
Most recently, he spent a year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Colorado State University under the tutelage of Dr. Bonnie Jacobi. During his time at CSU, his duties included co-teaching undergraduate music education classes, co-directing the CSU Rammerchor men’s choir, and composing for the a cappella group BASSIC.
Beyond the classroom, Mr. Gantz spends much of his time arranging a cappella music for various ensembles, honing his rather imperfect piano skills, and watching endless amounts of sci-fi/fantasy films and television shows; the most important of which is of course, Star-Trek (TNG!!!!).
Amy Riddoch - Dance & Theater
Mrs. Amy Riddoch received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Musical Theatre along with her teaching certificate in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Amy has coached, directed and choreographed numerous dance teams, plays, and musicals in different high schools around the state including: Greeley West, Estes Park, University, Windsor, Dakota Ridge, Littleton and Skyline High School. She has directed and choreographed such musicals as Once Upon A Mattress, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Bye-Bye Birdie, Pippin, Hello Dolly, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, and Starmites. Straight plays under her direction include: The Butler Did It, Our Town, Rumors, Rest Assured, Improvisational Troupe: Without Warning, and Children’s Theatre: Magical Theatre.
In addition to her experience as a high school educator in English, Dance and Theatre, Amy has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry as an A.C.E. certified group fitness instructor in various athletic clubs within Colorado including Work Out West, Greeley; Lakewood Athletic Club, Lakewood; Bally Total Fitness instructor and performance team Denver, Littleton, and Lakewood, and the Longmont YMCA. In 2001 Amy won the National Aerobic Championship Fitness Instructor Challenge and was invited to attend the 2001 NAC Boot Camp in South Beach, Florida where she trained with champion fitness instructors and competitors from around the world. Amy Riddoch is living the dream as she teaches a diverse population of students through Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre, helping them discover their true potential and future success here at Skyline High School and beyond.
Liz Nelson - Choral Music Accompanist
Liz Nelson is in her second year as Accompanist for Vocal Music at Skyline High School. Ms. Nelson earned her Master of Music with an emphasis in piano performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Bachelor of Music, piano performance emphasis from California State University, Northridge. She has accompanied for several operas and musicals including Phantom of the Opera, The Love for Three Oranges, Carmina Burana, L’Forza del Destino, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She has also accompanied for choirs for over 40 years, with works that have included Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Ms. Nelson enjoys performing as a singer and accompanist with the local womens’ a cappella group Take Note. She also has experience in vocal and choral arranging, winning the Award of Merit in 1999 and 2007 for Hymn Arrangements in the worldwide church music contest for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ms. Nelson has taught private piano lessons for 37 years and is currently President of the Boulder Area Music Teachers’ Association and a member of CSMTA and MTNA.
Ms. Nelson has five children who all attended Skyline High School and five grandchildren. She enjoys quilting, biking, and is a technology geek. Ms. Nelson loves traveling and hopes to see London and Hawaii someday.
Sara Fadenrecht - Visual Art
Ms. Sara Fadenrecht is a Skyline graduate, (class of 1993), and has been teaching at Skyline since 2001. Throughout her tenure, she has taught Drawing, 3D Cultural Art, Jewelry, Computer Graphics, Crafts, Explorations, Yearbook, 2D Design, 3D Design, and AP Studio Art.
In addition to her art courses, Sara has coached track, basketball and cross country, including Skyline's 2004 State Championship basketball team.
She attended the University of Denver on a basketball scholarship where she earned a BA in Graphic Design, and was inducted into the DU Athletics Hall of Fame in October of 2010. Sara earned a Masters degree in Education from Lesley University in 2005.
Her passions outside of school lie with her 4 legged children, being a handy'woman', creating art, and playing in many different mediums; from painting to woodworking, glasswork to sewing, drawing to silversmithing.
"I love what I do and I'm a Falcon through and through!"
Jennifer McLees - Visual Art
Ms. Jennifer McLees teaches all levels of Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Ceramics and 3D Design and as well as the Advanced Placement 3D Design teacher. She serves as one of Skyline’s VPA coordinators and as the primary sponsor for Skyline’s chapter of NAHS (National Art Honor Society).
Ms. McLees graduated from CU Boulder in 1996 with a double major in psychology and fine art, as well as a certificate to teach K12 Art. As part of her undergraduate studies, she also traveled for one year internationally with the national youth service organization, Up With People. She came to Skyline in 1998 and since has also completed her graduate studies in Art and Art Education at UNC, Greeley. Her thesis, titled “Igniting the Creative Process: A Contemporary Approach through Play, Personal Narrative and Universal Themes” was published in the fall of 2010.
Outside of teaching, Ms. McLees continues her practice as a professional artist and hopes some day, when her daughter is older, to display her artwork more regularly and have her ceramic sculpture displayed on the national level in “Ceramics Monthly” magazine.
Justin Warren - Visual Art
Mr. Justin Warren grew up in Longmont, and graduated from Longmont High School (his wife of 8 years is a Skyline grad). He enjoys snowboarding, and rollerblading (yes, I still rollerblade! I do tricks!)
He received his Bachelors of Arts from UNC in Greeley. While there he gained a passion for more art media including jewelry and sculpture. Justin enjoys drawing and playing around on the computer with Adobe software. He won 2nd place on Gizmodo.com for one of their monthly challenges.
Carolyn Root - Visual Art
Ms. Carolyn Root has been a St. Vrain teacher since 2009. She is married with two sons. Her oldest graduated from Skyline in 2015 and her youngest is currently in the VPA program. She is certified for both art and music and has taught all grades from kindergarten through 12th.
Ms. Root teaches 2D design, 3D design, and Drawing classes. She enjoys singing and playing the guitar, rollerblading (yep, another one), and practicing tae kwon do. She also loves drawing people. Her favorite mediums are colored pencil, pastels, watercolors and acrylics.
Priscilla Arasaki - Orchestra
Priscilla Arasaki recently completed her Masters degree in Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before moving to Colorado, she worked in Austin, Texas as a middle school orchestra director, while also maintaining a private violin and piano studio.
Priscilla received her Bachelor degree in music studies from the Sara and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. During her time there, she was a faculty member of the University of Texas String Project in which she created a piano theory curriculum, taught private lessons and group classes using a Suzuki model. At this time Priscilla was encouraged to receive Suzuki certification through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed training in violin books 1, 2, 3 and 5. Priscilla is interested in incorporating new ideas into her teaching and hopes to continue collaborating with different music educators to provide positive environments for her students.