Meet Our Fifth Grade Teachers!


Jane ArnoldJane Arnold

Jane grew up in the San Luis Valley and graduated from Sangre de Cristo High School. She received her Bachelor and Masters Degree in Elementary Education and has taught for thirty plus years. She has taught several different grade levels and subjects but has found fifth grade and science the most rewarding. Most of her teaching career was spent with Houston I.S.D. with Shadowbriar Elementary where she established the outdoor garden and habitat as well as the robotics club. Since moving back to Colorado, she has been substitute teaching K-12 at the different campuses for The Classical Academy.



Jamie Pluemer

Jamie was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Woodland Park High School and received her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Jamie has a Master’s Degree in Reading from Regis University. With eleven years of teaching experience in the fifth grade, Jamie has found that her passion and commitment to teaching has only grown with every group of students that have passed through her classroom. She is looking forward to the new summits that are going to be explored at New Summit Charter Academy.


Cheryl Lyn SandbakkenCheryl Lyn Sandbakken

Cheryl was born and raised in Minnesota where she received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Bethel University in St. Paul. In 1997, she moved to Colorado Springs to become an inaugural staff member at The Classical Academy. After teaching fifth grade at TCA for eleven years, she joined a dual active-duty military family as their nanny and lived, moved, and traveled with them for eight years. Cheryl Lyn has always loved working with children and has taught in public, charter, and Christian schools as well as homeschooling pre-kindergarten through fourth grades. She has eleven years experience teaching and writing curriculum from the Core Knowledge Sequence and fifteen years applying classical methodology. For the past 3 years, Cheryl Lyn has taught Math in Focus, a Singapore math curriculum, for grades kindergarten through fourth grade. She enjoys teaching all subjects, with a special heart for helping students see their strengths and use these to grow in areas of weakness; all while making learning fun and mentoring students to become youth with strong, positive character. She is excited to return to Colorado Springs, her friends, the mountains, and to teach fifth grade at a school that matches her heart and philosophy better than she dreamed was possible.


  1. Pizza With a Purpose

    June 21 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  2. New Summit Summer Bash!

    June 30 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. New Summit Summer Carnival

    July 14 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Coffee Talk With the Principal

    July 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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