Upper School

Chris Ashbrook

Head of Upper School

cashbrook@wcsks.com

After graduating from Newman University in 1995, I spent three years as a Middle School teacher in the Wichita Public Schools. Over the last 18 years I have been an Upper School Administrator in independent Schools in Wichita, earning my Masters in School Leadership from Baker University in 2002.  I have spent the last 8 years as Head of Upper School at Wichita Collegiate, and consider myself very privileged to work at the premier school in the state of Kansas.  Each day, I marvel at the talented faculty and students I work with and am grateful for their dedication and kindness.  I sincerely love the work I do and appreciate that my wonderful wife Elaine and two beautiful daughters Maeve and Julia get to share the Collegiate experience with me.  I have always felt that my primary goal as Head of Upper School is to make sure students enjoy coming to school every day and that the faculty enjoy coming to work every day.  When those things are happening, excellence is sure to follow.

Tel: (316) 771-2235

Trent Nesmith

Dean of students

tnesmith@wcsks.com

 

Trent has been a familiar face around Collegiate as a former student, parent, coach and administrator since 2006.  Trent attended WCS up to the 7th grade.  Trent's children have been Spartans since day one.  Son Caleb, class of 2015; daughter Cayden, class of 2018; and son Canon, class of 2019.

 

 

 

An administrator since 2009, Trent is the Upper School Dean of Students. Prior to becoming the Dean, he served as the Athletic Director for the Upper School from 2007-2010.

 

Tel: (316) 771-2330
 

Shanna Ahmad

Upper School Counselor and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities

sahmad@wcsks.com

Shanna passionately serves as the Upper School counselor as well as the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). She considers the opportunity to engage, listen, encourage and counsel high school students a privilege. Objectively serving and advocating for others, in school and in the community, is the fuel that has ignited Shanna for nearly two decades. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) and a Master of Social Work from Wichita State University.

Tel: (316) 771-2239
Mrs. Ahmad's Blog

Staff Member

Troy Black

Strength & Conditioning

tblack@wcsks.com

 

I am a graduate of Bethel College with my undergrad in Physical Education and I received my Master’s from Wichita State University in Sports Management. I am the Speed & Strength Coordinator, teach strength training classes in the upper school, and teach 7th & 8th grade PE in the middle school. I am the defensive coordinator for the upper school football team and I am the sprint coach for the upper school track team. I also serve as the middle school athletic director. My step-son is a 2014 graduate of Wichita Collegiate and my youngest attends school here as well. I love sharing my passion for the weight room with my students and student - athletes. The commitment by the students to the programs I am involved in is second to none. I have had the opportunity to teach at other schools and there is not a better school in the state or country in my opinion.

 

 

Tel: (316) 771-2506
Coach Black's Blog

Gary Buettgenbach

Video, Photography, Video Magazine, Junior Class Sponsor

gbuettgenbach@wcsks.com

As a teacher, I want my students to learn and appreciate art and its history. It is my conviction that art is a subject worth knowing.  The most valuable lesson that an art student can learn is to pursue their own vision, defining and refining ideas while developing the material skills and craft necessary to execute them. I’ve been at Collegiate for twenty-six years because the school will give a teacher the time and the tools to pursue their goals. I graduated from Wichita State with a B.F.A. and a B.A.E. I was an Assistant Curator at the Ulrich Museum of Art. I’ve taught at the Wichita Art Association and I currently teach glass blowing at City Arts.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 507
 

John Bullinger

Physics

jbullinger@wcsks.com

After receiving a Masters in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Wichita State University, I found myself looking for a rewarding career that would utilize my passion for science as well as inspire others to think like a scientist. The obvious choice was to become a teacher and I’m lucky enough to teach at one of the best high schools around.  I have been teaching Physics since 2009 at Wichita Collegiate School and really enjoy sharing my passion for science. When I’m not at work; I enjoy camping and fishing in the great outdoors and spending time with my two-legged and four-legged family. Wichita Collegiate School has become a second family to me and I look forward to many more years.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 426
 

Jenny Chrisler

Mathematics Department Chair, Calculus AB, Geometry

jchrisler@wcsks.com

I am a passionate, enthusiastic teacher who loves working with students and helping them to see the beauty of mathematics. I have been teaching high school mathematics since 2003 and have loved every minute of it! I earned my bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in Secondary Education-Mathematics and my master's degree in School Leadership & Administration from Baker University.  I have taught every high school mathematics course, from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. I currently teach Geometry and AP Calculus AB. Math and teaching are my passions and I am so fortunate to be able to combine the two and work with such amazing students at Wichita Collegiate School. Every day I strive to help my students become problem solvers, independent thinkers, and to not see math in such a complicated light. I aim to be the best teacher I can be and to inspire my students in mathematics and life.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 483
Mrs. Chrisler's Blog

Staff Member

Amy Cunningham

Librarian, Spartan Voice, STUCO Advisor, Dance Team Faculty Sponsor

acunningham@wcsks.com

Born and raised in London, England. I went to high school in New York then attended Parsons School of Design. I received degrees through the Honors Program at KU:  Classics (BA), Classical Languages (BA) and English Literature (BA). I have been fortunate to study at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, and at UCLA as a Presidential Scholar in Classics. It is a privilege and enormous fun to be the Upper School librarian. The library welcomes questions of all kinds in an open and fun environment. I help facilitate student academic research through traditional and digital methods and students also benefit from our interlibrary loan program with WSU.

The Spartan Voice is our student newspaper. We publish sixteen issues a year both digitally and on paper! Students also have the opportunity to compete in state journalism contests. 

I also am the STUCO advisor and Faculty Coach to Dance Team. I have three amazing kids who are all Spartans and we love being part of the Collegiate family.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 573
Mrs. Cunningham's Blog

Ron Darmon

AP Government & Politics, Economics & Society

rdarmon@wcsks.com

A rare stroke of luck found me reentering education at Wichita Collegiate after almost twenty years in the business community. I hold a Masters from Wichita State in Educational Administration, a Bachelors in Education from Emporia State, and a couple of years of undergraduate work at Kansas University. Having spent half of my professional career in education and the other half in the private sector business world allows me to bring a unique, real-world, perspective to the AP Government and Economics classes I teach.  I feel honored to be on this faculty and respect the culture of academic achievement that has been nurtured at Collegiate since its exception.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 478
Mr. Darmon's Blog

Peter DeVries

AP Literature, Composition II, Scholars Bowl Coach

pdevries@wcsks.com

 

I enjoy books—a given, I suppose, considering the subject matter. I especially love those written by Neil Gaiman. And, I've recently started reading a lot of screenplays. Most of my early life was lived in Boise, ID. (For me, then, there will always be something uniquely great about the mountain west.) My professional work covers a pretty broad spectrum: fiction, copy writing and editing. Before coming to Collegiate in 2011, I spent eight years in the Andover School District teaching the concurrent credit courses Comp I and British Lit II. I earned my graduate degree from FHSU and my undergraduate degree from Sterling College. I’m also very grateful for the opportunities to participate in the Kansas Writing Project, various AP Training Courses, and—most recently—the Writing and Thinking Conference at Bard College.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 558
Mr. DeVries' Blog

Brooke Finan '92

French

brookefinan@wcsks.com

 

I am a WCS graduate and can attest to the high quality of a Collegiate education. It has been a special privilege to be a part of this community again as a member of its faculty. I began teaching at Collegiate in the fall of 2007, when my husband Brian (sixth grade science) and I moved to Wichita. I taught fifth grade English in the Middle School before moving to the Upper School to teach French. I earned my B.A. in English and French from Manchester College, and I earned my M.A. in English from the University of Kansas.  In addition to a junior year abroad in Strasbourg, France, I did a Fulbright year in Amiens, France, working as a language assistant in a French high school. I began teaching French in 1998, and since then I have taught English in various positions before returning to French. I want my students to become confident students of French and for them to experience first-hand how important and empowering it is to learn a second language. I value fostering connections with my students and want them to know I am always in their corner, supporting them and guiding them. My husband and I have two wonderful children, and it has been a blessing to have them at Collegiate with us.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 557
Madame Finan's Blog

Troy Fischer

Band Director

tfischer@wcsks.com

 

I am a graduate of Wichita State University, where I completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Instrumental Music Education. I strive for passion and excitement in the instrumental music classroom, and hope the musical experiences of the Collegiate student lead them to a lifetime of Fine Arts Appreciation! When not in the classroom, I am active as a professional musician, performing on upright and electric bass in area jazz groups, musical productions, and with the pop/rock cover band, Lucky People.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 401
Mr. Fischer's Blog

Emily Goodpasture

Drama

egoodpasture@wcsks.com

 

Emily came to WCS from The Independent School where she served as the Director of Fine Arts, the Upper School Fine Arts Department Chair and the Upper School Drama Teacher for the past 13 years.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Acting and Design and two Master's Degrees, one in Elementary Education and the other in Theater Studies in Production and Design.  She has been an active leader both in her previous school and in the community.  Her numerous awards for producting, directing, costumes, graphic design, sets, costumes, and lighting are too many to list!  Our students are learning so much from this knowledgeable and passionate teacher.

 

 

Tel: (316) 771-2283
Mrs. Goodpasture's Blog

Sarah Gruetter

Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics

sgruetter@wcsks.com

 

I was raised on a farm in south-central Kansas. Growing up in a Jayhawk-loving household, I was thrilled the day I arrived on campus in Lawrence! After earning degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration, I spent a year working as a financial accountant for Raytheon Aircraft. I then followed a call into ministry and spent two years traveling and sharing my faith throughout the United States and Australia. I was very blessed by this experience, especially because this is when I met the man who would eventually become my husband. I have always loved studying mathematics and have always wanted to play an important role in caring for and nurturing young adults. And so, in 2005, it felt very natural to pursue a career as a high school math teacher. I began teaching in Toms River, New Jersey before moving back home to Kansas. I am honored to be a Collegiate Spartan and love getting to teach Algebra II, Introduction to College Algebra, and AP Statistics. My passion for teaching grows each year, as does my love for helping students discover their own joy of mathematics. 

 

 

Tel: (316) 534-0489 ext. 423
Mrs. Gruetter's Blog

Sam Hake

Drumline Director, Assistant Band Director, Music Technology

shake@wcsks.com

 

I graduated from Friends University with a Music Business Degree in 2008 where I was highly involved in the percussion department and jazz program. I have now been teaching instrumental music at WCS ever since and I love it! I strive to help each student find their own voice on their instrument, and with that find an outlet to be creative. Outside of work I perform professionally on percussion and drumset for local jazz concerts, musicals, and many other live music productions. I also enjoy going to concerts, composing, running, golf, roasting/drinking coffee, and most of all my family.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 576
Mr. Hake's Blog

Jackie Hall

Mathematics

jhall@wcsks.com

I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and attended Wichita State University where I played tennis for the Shockers. At WSU, I earned my degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics and recently I earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Southwestern College. Before arriving at Wichita Collegiate, I taught high school math for Wichita Northwest and Northeast Magnet. I have been coaching Spartan Tennis with Dave Hawley since 2009 and have enjoyed working with so many wonderful kids on the court as well as in the classroom. Wichita Collegiate is such a great place to be! 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 565
Mrs. Hall's Blog

Maricar Harris

Chemistry

mharris@wcsks.com

What a blessing it has been to be a part of the WCS family. Teaching here is a great privilege and I hope the students are feeling challenged to work to achieve their personal best. My family and I moved here in July 2014 as my husband joined an oral & maxillofacial surgery practice here in Wichita.  We moved here from Virginia Beach, where I was a middle school science teacher (for the past six years), teaching grades 6-8 at a parochial school. I have a BS Chemistry degree and love all things science and math. With no family in the area, we have enjoyed the warm welcome offered to us by fellow faculty members as well as Collegiate parents  & students and are thankful to be part of the community here. This is a great place to be!

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 412
 

Virginia Kehoe

Latin

vkehoe@wcsks.com

 

For over thirty years I have had the privilege of sharing my love of Latin with the students of Wichita Collegiate School. Together we investigate and analyze the essential grammar and vocabulary of Latin, the admirable prose of Caesar and the amazing poetry of Virgil. I love having the opportunity to work with the students over a number of years, and enjoy seeing them become such wonderful thinkers, learners and leaders of tomorrow.  Although I was raised in Massachusetts, Kansas has definitely become my home.  My two sons attended Collegiate, and my husband taught Latin and Greek at Wichita State University.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Latin, a master’s degree in Classical Studies and PhD course work in Latin.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 554
Mrs. Kehoe's Blog

Joanna Kerby

Biology

jkerby@wcsks.com

Joanna earned both her M.S. and B.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State University, where she also taught for two years as a graduate assistant and then two years as a Biology instructor.  We are fortunate to have her teaching WCS freshmen!

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 432
 

Staff Member

Jillian King

English I, Head Soccer Coach

jking@wcsks.com

 

The 9th grade English course is focused on developing both writing skills and literary analysis skills. There is nothing I love more than sharing my love of literature with students. With a Master's Degree in English Literature from Wichita State University, I bring knowledge of the material and a love of learning to my classroom each and every day. My husband Andy, my son Mason, and I are all active members of the Wichita Collegiate community and I currently serve as the Academic Dean for Freshmen, Yearbook Sponsor, and Head Lady Spartan Soccer Coach. In academics, activities, and athletics I work to provide all students with a positive and productive experience at Wichita Collegiate. Go Spartans!

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 566
Mrs. King's Blog

Bill Messamore

Computer

bmessamore@wcsks.com

 

Collegiate affords its students the best opportunity for academic, social, and athletic growth but it also creates an environment where teachers can be creative and work with some of the best minds in the city. All three of my children are Collegiate graduates, each was very different and Collegiate was able to meet their needs. This place is special and I am proud to be a member of its faculty. 

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 443
Mr. Messamore's Blog

Stephanie Moore

Mathematics

smoore@wcsks.com

I'm excited to be joining the Wichita Collegiate community.  I've recently relocated to Kansas after getting engaged.  Before my move, I was born and raised in Ohio and am a die-hard Buckeye and Indians fan.  I received a bachelors degree in mathematics and a masters degree in education from Wright State University and am expected to finish a doctorate of education in December.  After over a decade of teaching calculus and precalculus near Dayton, I'm excited to share my excitement of math and learning with students in the Wichita area.  I shamelessly confess to being a big nerd that loves Star Wars, trivia, and pi day a little too much.  I hope my geeky side is contagious and students learn to love mathematics as much as I do. 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 572
Mrs. Moore's Blog

Marilen Morales

Art

mmorales@wcsks.com

 

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I came to the United States with two purposes: To study art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and to stay in this beloved land. I hold a Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree from SAIC and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. I have taught art for the last 12 years at different schools and universities in the states of NM, TX and KS. It is my WCS goal of art education to facilitate a safe environment for meaningful exploration and creativity, where Spartan students can be awakened to the interconnectedness of themselves as individuals to the whole through real life experiences, current events, and creative ways of classroom interaction. 

 

 

Tel: (316) 771-2303
Mrs. Morales' Blog

Kevin Mykel

Dean of Upper School, Humanities

kmykel@wcsks.com

One of the great joys of my life has been the opportunity to work as a member of the Wichita Collegiate School community, and the school has been at the center of my life since August 1988. During my years at WCS, I have served as Head of Upper School (twice), Director of College Counseling, and as a teacher. Currently, I have the best job in the school, serving as the Dean of Upper School and, most importantly, as the teacher for the senior Humanities course. In addition to the pleasure of working with our wonderful students, parents, teachers, and administrators, WCS has provided the opportunity for me to work with my wife, who teaches sophomore English and Advanced Composition, and for my son (Class of 2005) to receive the benefits of being a Spartan.

Tel: (316) 771-2248
 

Tammy Mykel

English II, Advanced Composition, Honor Council Sponsor

tmykel@wcsks.com

 

Collegiate has the educational and social environment that I wish every teacher and student in our country could experience. It is a delight to teach in a school community which celebrates the love and power of learning. My B.S.E. degree is in English and social studies, and my M.A. degree is in European history. I love both areas of study but particularly enjoy teaching English. I currently teach sophomore English and advanced composition, and I am the faculty sponsor of the Honor Council and the Literary Club. The following G. K. Chesterton quotation sums up the reason I teach: “Education is the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another.” Our department’s mission is to share with our students the great thinkers and ideas of the ages, to foster an appreciation of the artistry of great literature, and to help students develop confidence in themselves as thinkers and writers. I believe that the traditional liberal arts curriculum at WCS is vital to the transmission of our collective heritage and cultural values, and I love being part of a school where such a curriculum is our foundation.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 484
Mrs. Mykel's Blog

Jerry Nixon

Globalization & History, History Seminar, Modern History

jnixon@wcsks.com

I have spent fifty-four of the last fifty-five years in school. I have studied in nine schools (ten if I include boot camp and seamanship school). The best of those was Southwestern College, in Winfield, from which I graduated in 1977. I have taught in five schools, the best of which is Wichita Collegiate School. During my twenty-six years at WCS I have taught a variety of cultural and social studies classes, and still do. I came to WCS as a result of coincidence too complicated to explain here. Like many, my WCS experience immediately became a family affair. Our immersion was complete, with a child in Early Childhood, another in the Lower School, a spouse teaching in the Middle School, and myself in the Upper School (although two of my classes were freshmen, which don't qualify for that). Yes, WCS is a family, and you can never leave your family.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 561
 

Shane Phillips

History Department Chair, AP History

sphillips@wcsks.com

Being able to share my passion for history and learning with the Wichita Collegiate School community has been one of the great joys of my life.  In my career, I've had the opportunity to teach subjects ranging from United States History, World History, and Government, to Macro and Microeconomics, Psychology, and Sociology; all of which have given me a unique range of experience and knowledge to integrate into my classroom.  With both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Wichita State University, along with National Board Certification (2006), I currently serve as the Head of the History Department, the Academic Dean for the Sophomore class, the Pro-Humanitate sponsor, and I am the head coach of the Lady Spartan Golf team.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 407
Mr. Phillips' Blog

Ruth Powell

Fine Arts Department Chair, AP Music Theory

rpowell@wcsks.com

 

My husband and I moved to Wichita from the United Kingdom in 1997 for a three year job opportunity and I am pleased to say we loved Wichita so much that we decided to stay. I graduated from the University of North Wales, Bangor with a B.Mus(Hons.) and also completed my Post Graduate Cerificate of Education. Prior to WCS I worked at Clifton College and Redmaids in Bristol and Wycombe Abbey School just west of London. We have two boys who have both attended Collegiate and who thrived on the ethos that ‘at Collegiate you can do it all’. Currently I teach the AP Music theory class, vocal music in the Middle School and I am the Fine Arts Department Chair. I enjoy sharing my love for music with my students both in the classroom, on the stage and in the community. Music should be fun!

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 590
Mrs. Powell's Blog

Charlie Ramseyer

World Cultures & Geography, Yearbook Sponsor

cramseyer@wcsks.com

 

In 2004 I started dating my future husband, who happened to be a Wichita Collegiate graduate. I spent the next few years getting familiar with the people of Wichita Collegiate. In fact, I remember thinking the community reminded me of my own small-town high school experience. However, it wasn’t until I was lucky enough to get hired at Collegiate in 2011 that I truly understood what WCS is really about. Their expectation of excellence and focus on community is bar none. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Kansas. I currently teach the freshmen history course, World Cultures and Geography. I feel blessed to work in such an academically driven environment where both teachers and students are granted many opportunities to showcase their passions and creativity. 

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 540
Mrs. Ramseyer's Blog

Amy Reisner

Administrative Assistant

areisner@wcsks.com

I became a part of the Collegiate community in 2000 when I joined the Early Childhood division as the Administrative Assistant.  I’ve had also had the pleasure of working in the Middle School for over ten years.  I am currently the Upper School Administrative Assistant and also assist the Athletic Department.  I have such a sense of pride to be able to work every day with such great students, faculty, and staff!

Tel: (316) 771-2237

Byron Ruhter

Mathematics & Physics

bruhter@wcsks.com

 

I was born and raised in Hastings NE, a town in southcentral Cornhuskerland.  After graduating from high school and Hastings College, I moved to Wichita and began a 30 year career teaching calculus and physics at Heights High.

I am married to Elaine Ruhter, a native Kansan, and have two children and two grandchildren. My hobbies include motorcycling, weightlifting, and caring for our beautiful collie dogs.

It is wonderful teaching here at Collegiate in the warmest, kindest atmosphere imaginable.  The high level of academics are second to none. 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 435
 

Staff Member

Annette Shamas

Director, Department of College Counseling

ashamas@wcsks.com

 

Annette holds a BA from Oklahoma State University, UCLA Certification in College Counseling, Harvard Summer Institute College Admissions Counseling, and Naviance Summer Institute. She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Great Plains Association of Admissions Counselors, and the Association of College Counselors of Independent Schools. 

 

 

 

Annette’s family moved several times including international postings in London and Perth, Australia before settling in Wichita in 2002. Counseling Collegiate students for the past 10 years, she find the trends ever-changing but her goal remains constant: understand the student’s aspirations, affirm the student’s strengths and find the best bridge to college for the student’s long-term success.  Annette brings specific expertise in the arts, aiding students who will be completing audition or portfolio-based applications.

 

Tel: (316) 771-2359
 

Daneen Simoneau

Associate Director, Department of College Counseling

dsimoneau@wcsks.com

Daneen holds a B.S. in Sports Information Communications from Temple University.  Prior to joining Collegiate she was the career and  He is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Great Plains Association of Admissions Counselors, and the Association of College Counselors of Independent Schools. Andrew brings extensive professional and personal expertise in the area of student athletes.

Tel: (316) 771-2250
 

Barbara Stokley

English Department Chair, AP Literature, Composition I Seminar

bstokley@wcsks.com

 

I have enjoyed teaching at Wichita Collegiate since August of 1988. Throughout those years, I have relished the opportunity to discuss great literature with students and to watch them develop as thinkers and writers. The way our language works to convey meaning and move people has intrigued me ever since I earned my BA in English Literature at Manchester College long ago, and I have found ample ways to explore and share this fascination with my English students at WCS. As chair of the English department, I have also had the good fortune to work with a group of language arts teachers who are exceptionally talented, knowledgeable, and caring. My two daughters graduated from WCS, so I know firsthand the power that this community has to nurture each individual learner (teacher as well as student). It is my privilege to be part of that.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 420
Mrs. Stokley's Blog

Jorge Trinchet

Spanish

jtrinchet@wcsks.com

I have been teaching Spanish 01 and Spanish 03 (Language and Culture) at Wichita Collegiate School since Fall 2011. As a teacher, one of my main goals is to create an interesting, dynamic and challenging classroom environment.  I stay informed on current methods and incorporate new ideas into my classes in order to teach more efficiently and creatively.  As a native speaker of Spanish (I was born and raised in Spain), I am able to provide my students with an authentic exposure to the culture, history and language of my home country. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alcalá de Henares in Madrid (Spain), and two graduate degrees from Illinois State University: a Master of Spanish and Master of Communication.  I started teaching Spanish in 1996. I acquired most of my experience at different colleges such as Illinois State University, Murray State University and Wichita State University. Transitioning from College to High School has been a truly enriching and exciting experience.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 556
 

David Trombold '71

Science Department Chair, Chemistry, Environmental Science

dtrombold@wcsks.com

I first attended Collegiate as a sixth grader and went on to graduate. It has been my distinct opportunity to return to teach in 2008 after completing masters degrees in science and systematic theology, working in the chemical supply and hazardous waste industries, and teaching for thirteen years in middle and high school. I have thoroughly enjoyed my return to Collegiate where I can help high school students develop their study and reasoning skills and become mature young men and women prepared to succeed in college. Outside the classroom, I have been able to interact personally and provide unique experiences with students as they become involved with the Collegiate Vegetable Garden and accompany me on the annual wilderness canoe trip that I take with students each summer to the border lakes of Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. I have very much appreciated the atmosphere here at Collegiate where I can flourish as a teacher and be a part of seeing young people prepare to meet life's challenges and have a well-rounded exposure to many interests that they will carry beyond their experience here.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 568
 

Matt Webber

Vocal & Music Director, Music Theory, Dynamics & Madrigals Director

mwebber@wcsks.com

I am a graduate of Wichita State University, where I received both my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Vocal Music Education.  I am in my 12th year of teaching vocal music.  I joined Wichita Collegiate in 2014 and I look forward to carrying on the rich tradition of high quality Performing Arts.  When I am not teaching I am participating in the Barbershop Harmony Society.  I direct the South Central Kansas SmorgasChorus, and I sing in several quartets in the Wichita area.  Also, I help lead worship at Central Christian Church and I keep a very busy schedule as an honor choir and youth barbershop chorus clinician.  My wife Kim and I have three beautiful children: Jordan, Natalie, and Lilian.  We are so excited to be a part of the Wichita Collegiate family.

Tel: (316) 771-2232
 

Gabriele White

Foreign Language Department Chair, Spanish

gwhite@wcsks.com

 

I was born and raised in the Canary Islands, Spain where all of my family still lives. I came to the United States to attend college, receiving both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Wichita State University. I have had the privilege of teaching at Collegiate since 2004 while also watching my daughters’ receive a Collegiate education.  I love teaching Spanish and sharing with my students the language and the cultural diversity of all the Spanish speaking countries. Observing the growth of students through their year’s in the Upper School and their ability to communicate, love and appreciate the language and culture is the greatest reward I have as a teacher. I currently teach Spanish 2, Spanish 3 and AP Spanish Language and Culture. I also serve as Head for the Foreign Language Department, and Junior Class Academic Dean.

 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 555
Señora White's Blog

Staff Member

Rodney Wren

Forensics & Debate

rwren@wcsks.com

I have either been competing or coaching debate & forensics since I was fourteen. As a competitor, I amassed numerous State and National Championships. As a coach, I have taken students to the pinnacle of success at both the State and National level. I have been certified by the National Speech & Debate Association as a Professional Forensic Educator. I also hold elected office to the leadership committee at the district level (NSDA). My undergraduate studies are in Communication & Business, and my graduate studies are in History & Political Science. My classroom is experiential; focusing on research, critical thinking, argumentation, & persuasion. I lecture around the country on a wide variety of issues, but notably on non-verbal communication. I also am humbled by my role as a political commentator; I have my own radio show and am a frequent contributor on KAKE Channel 10’s This Week in Kansas.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 550