|Mrs. Ellen Baumann||Librarian and Testing Coordinator||BA, Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin; JD, Southern Methodist University (Dedman) School of Law, Dallas, TX,
This is my third year as librarian. I have several years of experience classically homeschooling on both a full-time and part-time/collaborative basis, and am trained as a childbirth educator. My vision is to assist students and adults alike as we all grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. As part of that, I hope to teach students life-long research and library skills.
My husband, David, and our family moved here from Texas in 2009, and we have four boys at The Ambrose School. The older boys previously attended a classical Christian school in the Dallas area; having a school like Ambrose near Boise was one of the factors which influenced us to relocate here. We love living in the Treasure Valley, especially the mild winters, the cool[er] summers, and the beautiful surroundings.
|Mrs. Julia Kapsoff||4th-6th Grade Music, Cantavi, Devoveo, Chimes, Gaudeo||MM, Music Education, Boston University; BMUS, Voice Performance, University of British Columbia
I began teaching music at The Ambrose School in 2013 but my musical journey began at age three through violin lessons. Over the past 20 years, I have taught violin, voice, and piano privately, and have been involved with church music in various capacities. Before joining The Ambrose School faculty, I developed curriculum and taught Music Education, Physical Education and Computer Technology in a Christian school setting. Since arriving at Ambrose, I have immensely enjoyed the wide and varied role of teaching in both the grammar and high schools.
I value education that encourages one's best effort, that demonstrates how to think critically and debate, which embraces challenge, which pursues possibilities that lie beyond what is readily apparent, and that searches for God's fingerprint in all places. Although I am still discovering how deeply music fits within the classical Christian view, I believe that a classical Christian education provides the best framework to pursue life-long learning goals as well as spiritual growth and stability in a secular environment.
I moved to Idaho in 2007 with my husband, Dan, and two children, Sasha and Devon. Both attend The Ambrose School. We love to travel, and I enjoy sports, especially hockey.
|Mr. William Bryant||Orchestra, Devoveo, Hand Chimes, Music Arrangement||M.A., music history, California State University Northridge; B.A., music, Lubbock Christian College; private trumpet study with Claude Gordon; private study in music arranging with Ira Hearshen; diploma in band instrument repair technology, Western Iowa Tech Community College
I’ve been teaching in Christian schools for over twenty years. I came to Ambrose in the fall of 2013.
I’m thrilled to be serving at a classical Christian school. Where else do students read the great books and wrestle with the great ideas? Where else do they move beyond a mere acquaintance with the true, the good, and the beautiful to a love of these ideals? Where else do they press past the mere recognition of a properly ordered life to its embodiment? Where else are young lives truly calibrated to eternal norms?
In the classroom I measure my success by the extent to which my students come to love great music as much as I do.
My wife Neva and I have two children, a daughter who lives with her husband and their three boys here in the Treasure Valley, and a son serving as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps infantry. We love everything about the Idaho outdoors—hiking, camping, photography, hunting, picnicking, weekend road trips, you name it. I love to play tenor saxophone, shoot pistols in the desert, and cook slow-smoked ribs for my lucky friends.
Church Affiliation: Westside Bible Church, Meridian
|Mrs. Kate Stillman||K-6th grade Physical Education||B.S. in Environmental Studies. I have been in Children’s Ministry for 15 years and am currently the Nursery Director for All Saints Presbyterian Church. I have been a swim instructor for over 20 years, specializing in the young and special needs. I have been a substitute teacher and tutor at the Ambrose School for 3 years, and I am very excited to be teaching PE this year.
I chose to leave my career in Environmental Regulatory Compliance so that our family could move to Boise and attend the Ambrose School in 2010. I have been married to my husband, Mark, for almost 15 years, and we have two children at the Ambrose School. We chose a classical Christian school for our family to grow in the love and knowledge of their Lord and Savior. I believe strongly in educating the whole student: Mind, Body, and Soul. I am looking forward to challenging my students physically, cultivating the Seven Virtues within their hearts, and growing with them this year.
Church Affiliation: All Saints Presbyterian Church
|Mrs. Kathy Shaner||Elementary Art and Homework Club||B.A., Liberal Studies, CSUChico, 1987. Continuing education, including training in Classical methodology. I have taught in California public schools, Dept. of Defense schools in Europe, and private Christian schools since 1989; I started at the Ambrose School in 2007 and can honestly say this is the most dynamic, exciting place I’ve ever worked!
My introduction to Classical Christian education came through family whose daughter attended Ambrose; I saw immediately that this model of education reaches deep inside students, nurturing and stimulating much more than just their minds. Our students attain astounding levels of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth through their interaction with centuries of great ideas. They learn to think honestly and with great skill and confidence, and they are uniquely prepared to make an impact on the people around them for the cause of Christ.
I am honored to be part of the work that God is doing at Ambrose.
My husband and I moved to Boise in 2006, and we love our beautiful surroundings— the four seasons, the abundant sunshine, the variety of outdoor activities available, the friendly people, and so much more. We can’t think of a better place to be!
|Mrs. LeAnn Schiebout||3rd and 4th Grade Latin, 5th and 6th Grade Art, Upper School Art||B.A., English, ASU West; ESL Tutor, Glendale Community College; Substitute Teacher, Ambrose, 2014-2015; 4 years of Art in high school; self-taught artist.
We discovered Ambrose through Bill Stutzman when we were looking to enroll our oldest child in kindergarten. We realized that classical education wove Christ into the lives and conversations of its students in a organic, loving way. We have been impressed by how well the classical model dovetails with the development of children and engages the whole person: Heart, soul, mind and strength. I am heartened by what our children are memorizing and able to apply to their walk with the LORD.
I love knowing that each time I meet with my students I can share my love for God and the joy He has given us, enabling us to reflect His glory through Art.
I pray that my students learn to love God better through studying the gift of beauty. He is the Master Artist. I desire that they learn a deeper gratitude to the God who made us and gave us a world full of so much beauty. I want to help them slow down and appreciate the detail that He designed for His glory and our pleasure.
I am a wife to my best friend Mark Schiebout, mother of 3 children whom I love fiercely, friend, artist, and servant to the King.
Church Affiliation: United Reformed Church, Nampa
|Mrs. Amy Johnson||Athletic Director, Events Director||B.A., Business Communication, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
I grew up in Wisconsin, met my husband at college and when we graduated we moved to Chicago so he could attend graduate school. During that time Target entered the Chicago market. I was involved with opening new stores and making sure the stores were staffed.
Our oldest child started kindergarten at The Ambrose School. We now have two graduates and three children enrolled at the school.
The Ambrose community is our family here in Boise and we have been blessed to be involved. Besides being the school's athletic director, I coordinate the major events at the school including Feed the Need, Christmas program, annual auction, and various other events.
Church Affiliation: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
|Mrs. Kara West||College Counselor||B.A. in Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University, 1990; M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 1994
I have been blessed to be a part of the Ambrose community for the past 15 years as parent, coach, art volunteer and substitute teacher. Taking on the challenge of College Advisor was like finding my natural calling outside of motherhood. Using my academic background and involvement with students I have come to know and love, has been a perfect fit. It is my desire to help students consider and maximize their unique strengths and giftedness and to connect them with available resources as they seek God’s direction for their lives. “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Our family has thrived in this outdoor community that we have grown to love. My husband Tim and I have three children in college and one high school student at The Ambrose School.
|Mrs. Larissa Davis||K-2 Music||B.A., Music and Art, The College of Idaho.
I began teaching at The Ambrose School in 2013, after a few months experience as a long-term substitute teacher at a public charter school. After years of brushing shoulders with Ambrose students, hearing about their classes, and watching their performances, The Ambrose School was the first place I applied to teach. It was only when I began to experience the community for myself that I came to fully appreciate the value of the classical Christian education. Being that I am still relatively new to the community, I still continue to let this wonderful school shape and inform my teaching philosophy. The support that I have in this community is simply invaluable as I strive to grow as a teacher, a role model, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. This state of learning is something I hope to always retain as a teacher.
As a third-generation Idaho native, I am still finding new roads, activities, and destinations in Boise (and Meridian). Even as a young adult, the impulse to move away has never crept in, and the desire to stay near to my family—geographically and otherwise—has continued to keep me close.
|Mrs. Molly Blakeman||Publications and Communications Manager||B.S., Marketing, University of Idaho
I have worked for a variety of organizations managing advertising, communications, and PR. I switched careers to be a full-time mom, which then grew into being a homeschooling mom for 10 years. I had followed the growth of The Ambrose School since it first began, and after a time, saw a need in my children's lives for not just the academic challenge, but the opportunity to participate in a loving, Christ-centered community. The education at Ambrose is secondary to the character training that happens through the tremendous, sacrificial love that the teachers and administrators here show the students and families. They are concerned about their hearts, not just their minds.
I am married to the best graphic designer in Boise and we have four lovely girls. We all like to go on adventures around Boise, which can mean a hike in the foothills or trying out the newest restaurant.
Church Affiliation: The King's Congregation
|Mrs. Heather Hughes||Uniforms and Logo Wear Coordinator|
|Mrs. Crystal Montano||Lunch Program, International Student Coordinator|