a Private Academy in the Catholic Tradition

Ms. Luanne Baumann

First Grade, Wednesday Workout


My name is Luanne Baumann. I am the 1st grade teacher. I am originally from Northeastern Oregon and have been teaching since 2008. My first six years were spent in the Milton-Freewater School District, in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. I taught 1st grade for two years and the BESST (Behavioral Emotional Social Skills Training) classroom for four. After that, I taught 3rd grade at St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Sterling, CO and have been with PJP2A since 2015. I love my Catholic faith and teaching, and I am very excited to share both with your kiddos.

I also enjoy the outdoors (hiking, biking, camping, etc.), farming, karate, etc. May God bless you!

Mrs. Samantha Blake

Sixth Grade Homeroom; Middle School Math, Science, & Religion; 2nd - 8th P.E.


Hello! My name is Samantha Blake and I was born and raised here in Montrose, Colorado. I attended Colorado Mesa University and obtained a BS in Psychology in 2012. I have been a parish member of St Mary Catholic Church since my baptism as a baby. My faith is very important to me. I have been a part of Pope John Paul II Academy going on 4 years now, and I am blessed to be a part of the amazing staff now. I love learning and teaching. This year I look forward to teaching mathematics and science: two of my favorite subjects! I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students and outstanding staff at PJP2A for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Mr. Clay Patterson 

Maintenance Services


Mrs. Riyanon Keep 

High School Development Manager


Ms. Jen Tull

Kindergarten, 4-5 Art


My name is Jen Tull and I was born and raised in Southern California. I moved to Montrose six years ago and was one of the first teachers hired to teach at Pope John Paul II Academy when it opened in 2008. I am entering my 17th year of teaching and have taught 7th grade Social Studies, 5th grade, and 3rd grade. I currently teach Kindergarten, and I love working with the little ones. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in History. I am currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education program at Regis University. I am working on a degree in Special Education so that I can better help the students at PJP2. In my spare time I love to read, craft, and have game nights with friends. I also have three very spoiled basset hounds that keep me busy, and I am the primary caregiver for my elderly father. I am looking forward to a great school year and cannot wait to meet my new students. 

Mrs. Emily Baier

Vice Principal, 5th Grade


I was fortunate enough to have grown up in Montrose, where I was homeschooled by my parents. After high school I attended Christendom College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. Having spent the last several years teaching 7-8th grades at Pope John Paul II Academy, I am very excited to continue serving the school community as vice principal. I love to share my passion for the Faith, history, literature, and sports with the students at the Academy. When not working at the Academy, I can usually be found traveling or hiking with my husband, watching or playing basketball, studying history, or enjoying time with my friends and family!

Mrs. Chelsea Witte

After-School Program


Mrs. Marilyn Schmalz

Second Grade


I live on our family farm but I am originally from the Denver area. I have four wonderful children, two daughters and two sons and two grandsons. I enjoy traveling and country music, fishing, and being with my family. Some of my most memorable trips were to Nashville, Hawaii and Germany. I am a certified teacher for the state of Colorado and have a B.A. in Elementary Education with many hours devoted specifically to reading intervention. I am really looking forward to teaching at Pope John Paul II Academy and meeting all the students and parents! 

Mr. Brian Kittell

Middle School Woodshop 


PJP2A Staff and School Board:

The heart of our school is our teachers. Their service to our children is born out of their faith and their desire to see each child grow to his or her fullest potential. 

Ms. Jacinta Scheetz

Hot Lunches; 6th Grade History & Latin; 2nd-8th Music; 1st-3rd Art; 4th-5th Library & Computer


Jacinta Scheetz grew up in Montrose. After being homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade, she attended Christendom College in Front Royal, VA. There she obtained a B.A. in history. She has worked as a parent adviser and curriculum developer for two of the largest Catholic homeschooling organizations in the U.S. She has also taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, as well as Middle School and Junior High math and Latin, and high school Theology, Literature, and History seminars. In her free time, Miss Scheetz enjoys reading, agriculture and animal husbandry, hiking, dancing, sports (especially volleyball), and visiting with friends and family. 

Ms. Lindsay Perry

Seventh & Eighth Grade Homeroom; Middle School English & Literature 


My name is Lindsay Perry and I was born and raised here in Montrose. I completed my B.A. in English Literature at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA in 2010—an educational experience that instilled in me not only a love of knowledge in the service of mind and heart, but also a passion for travel, thanks to a year of studying abroad in the U.K. and Ireland. After spending time as an au pair in Switzerland and trying out at a few other vocations, I decided to return to my favorite place: school! I enrolled in a Master’s program at the University of Northern Colorado to study Early American Poetry while also teaching College Composition and Research Methods. Upon completing my M.A. in English in 2015, I knew I wanted to stay close to the beautiful Colorado mountains and to continue inspiring students to love learning, asking, and reading. I am blessed and excited to be returning to the community of Pope John Paul II Academy this fall. When I’m not teaching I enjoy reading, cooking, and hanging out with my walking buddy, the family golden retriever. 

Mrs. Diana Ridgel

Secretary & School Library



School Board Members:

Dr. Michael Brezinsky, M.D. – President
Mr. Pete Baldwin – Secretary
Mr. Andrew Schmutzler – Treasurer
Mr. Michael Ceniceros – Member
Dr. Lou Dwyer, M.D. – Member
Mrs. Amy Nelp – Member
Mr. Chris Warren – Member

Mr. Eric Haynes 

Accounting Services


Totus Tuus

Mr. Thomas McMullin

Third Grade


Hello, my name is Thomas McMullin. I am a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. I have over 10 years of experience working with children: 4 years of teaching experience at Catholic schools - grades 5 & 6, one year as a teacher's aide in a 4th/5th special education classroom, two years of involvement in parish youth ministry, and three years as a professional child care worker. Most recently, I worked as private tutor and child care provider in St. Louis, MO, while studying for the Missouri state licensure for elementary education, which I earned in May of 2018. 

This past summer I walked across the country, from the west coast to Washington, D.C., with Crossroads Pro-Life to witness to the sanctity and dignity of every human life. While on Crossroads, I applied for and was offered the position as the third-grade teacher at Pope John Paul II Academy. I am excited to be a part of the faculty this coming school year, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with our School Board, administration, my colleagues, and our parents and families to fulfill the school’s mission.

Mrs. Tricia Hartman

K4, Spanish, K-1 P.E. & Music


My name is Tricia Hartman and I have lived in Western Colorado most of my life.  After graduating from Ouray High School, I went to Caracas, Venezuela as an exchange student for one year.  My educational path took me to the University of Northern Colorado where I obtained my bilingual elementary education degree in Spanish.  I have over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of different grade levels and subjects. I have been blessed with a wonderful family.  Two of my daughters are attending college while the other two go to Montrose High School.  When I am not busy being a teacher and a mother, I enjoy photography, biking, snowshoeing and generally anything outdoors.  I look forward to teach not only academic subjects but introduce little people to God, His love for them, and the goodness of the Catholic Church. 

Mr. Patrick Gordon

Principal, 7th-8th Latin


Mr. Gordon is beginning his fifth year as principal in the 2018-2019 school year.  Having grown up in the Montrose community, he is now honored to serve the families within the Pope John Paul II Academy.  Mr. Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Ave Maria University and a Master’s in Education from Western State Colorado University.  Mr. Gordon began his education career by teaching middle school grades, and he has managed to stay connected to the classroom through teaching various courses in his tenure as principal.  This year, he will be teaching Latin to our middle school students.  In his time outside of school, Mr. Gordon enjoys hiking and camping in  the beautiful state of Colorado, playing the piano and organ, studying philosophy and theology, and spending quality time with his family and friends. 

Ms. Emily Bot

Fourth Grade


Miss Bot grew up on a farm in Southwestern Minnesota.  She attended Christendom College in Virginia and majored in Theology.  She has always loved being with children, and after college was very excited to begin teaching.  She has taught 4th grade at Pope John Paul II Academy for two years and is happy to be back for another year.  She is eager to start another year of discovering all that is true and beautiful with her students.  In her free time she enjoys reading, playing piano, running, knitting, and sewing.