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Academic Team

Academic Team

Boulder Creek Academy Academic Team

Kenton Clairmont – Academic Director

With an extensive background in coaching and personal training, Kenton specializes in helping students overcome limitations and regain a sense of hope. He holds a master’s degree in physical education and an undergraduate degree in education, health and kinesiology. His certification in K–12 physical education and 6–12 health has enabled him to coach baseball, football, wrestling, softball and basketball.

Kenton’s varied work experience includes working at two therapeutic boarding schools, owning a CrossFit gym and working as a cowboy on a large cattle ranch for seven years. He enjoys helping students learn to thrive in a community and, in his spare time, especially loves spending time camping, hiking and recreating with his family in the great Northwest.

Valerie Thompson

Valerie Thompson, M.Ed. – English Teacher

In her sixteen years at Boulder Creek Academy, Val has had the privilege of organizing and developing curricula for our English and literature courses. Her role as Curriculum Coordinator provides her with the opportunity to collaborate with Clinical Services and Life Skills to create an integrated, dynamic approach that challenges and empowers our students to reach their academic potential. She approaches teaching as a straightforward, honest, talkative, and empathic mentor who provides a roadmap for students as they navigate the academic world. Valerie enjoys research and presentation opportunities, sharing classroom strategies and approaches with educators, administrators, and consultants in regional and national presentations and workshops. Her favorite modes of teaching include what she refers to as a “guided constructivist” approach to Socratic inquiry, presentation, direct instruction, and role-playing. She works with individuals to change their perspectives on learning, focusing on each student’s unique needs and literary “story,” while delivering an anchoring curriculum to the class as a whole. Val received a bachelor’s degree in English from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho.

Robert Gonzales

Robert Gonzales – Social Science Teacher

Robert has been working with children for 10 years and enjoys bringing humor and advice into the lives of his students. As a substitute teacher in California, he has taught kindergarten to high school and enjoys hearing all of the kids’ stories and insights. Robert has his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and his credentials include secondary schools teaching certificate, trauma-informed care training, attachment disorder training and CPR certification. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son and doing all things outdoors. Robert also enjoys coaching basketball and loves to check out new recipes for inspiring home meals.

Frank Foderero

Frank Foderero , M.S – Science and Music Teacher

Frank carries himself with an open and honest demeanor which allows for students to trust and develop meaningful relationships with him. His cumulative of 25 years which encompasses working with teenagers and adults in both the education and management avenues; Frank has depth to the tools in his back pocket. When teaching both Science and Music he is proficient in computer-based learning, technical writing and multimedia presentations. He is also an excellent communicator and loves to collaborate on business, academic and healthcare topics. Frank’s experience and credentials allow him to be able to support our students at Boulder Creek to maximize learning from a plethora of instructional materials.

Troi Morris – Orientation Counselor, Animal and Special Project Manager

After having worked in the education field for over two decades, Troi joined the BCA team nine years ago. She has filled a number of roles during her time here, with the most recent being our Animal Care Specialist and Orientation Manager. Troi is a certified EAGALA (Equine therapy) facilitator and teaches the canine class utilizing the Pawsitive Works Curriculum for Shelter Dogs. Troi holds an A.S. degree in Child Development and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in special education. Troi’s days are full at our school—in addition to teaching, she assists Student Life staff with facilitating recreational and community service activities for BCA students. At home, Troi enjoys trail riding, camping, gardening, quilting and stained glass crafting.

Cassie Hettinga – Math Teacher

Cassie Hettinga is our math teacher at Boulder Creek. She loves working with students from all different backgrounds. Cassie graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in mathematics and a degree in secondary math education. Cassie brings a fresh teaching perspective and specializes in integrating culturally relevant experiences into the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Cassie spends her time camping, hiking and rowing. Her other interests include baking, embroidery and cribbage.

Learning Center Team

Cynthia Stoval-Sanders

Cynthia Stovall-Sanders, M.Ed. – Special Education Generalist

Cynthia came to Boulder Creek Academy after teaching special education for 25 years in both the California and Idaho public school systems. With a passion for seeing students succeed, Cynthia continuously searches for new interventions to meet their needs. Throughout her career, she has also mentored many student teachers and paraprofessionals. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Communicative Disorders from California State University and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. Given her extensive background and understanding of how academics can incorporate a multitude of approaches, Cynthia is a valued asset to the Boulder Creek Team and is an incredible resource for each and every student.

Reach out to Boulder Creek Academy Today

We feature strong academics, small class sizes and dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and clinicians. For more than two decades, Boulder Creek Academy has been helping students all over the United States and internationally to reach their full potential. Call us today at 877-348-0848 to begin the admissions and enrollment process.