Meet Our Academic Team
Jason Metzger, MA – Academic Director
For 20 years, I have had the privilege of helping young people maximize strengths, overcome struggles and reach their true potential. It is my belief that with high expectations, a supportive environment and rich instruction, each individual can be successful.
After beginning my career in education as a Teaching Fellow at the Dunn School in California, I have worked at three independent schools and one charter school as an English and Social Studies Instructor. I have also had the opportunity to mentor students and lead staff as the Assistant Principal at Oak Creek Ranch School.
For the past 9 years, I have helped hundreds of young ladies reconnect with their true selves as an Instructor and Assistant Principal here at Sedona Sky Academy.
Prior to my career as an educator, I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, I worked (I use that term lightly) at Park City Ski Resort and I furthered my education with a Maters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. But my greatest accomplishment was marrying my wife, Debbie, 12 years ago. When not at work, I love to spend time with my three boys Max, Ben and Luke enjoying life on the trails and playing fields of Sedona.
It is an honor and great opportunity to be entrusted with helping these young ladies, and I try to challenge each individual with a rigorous curriculum, humorous approach and a compassionate soul. As the poet William Butler Yeats stated, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I can’t think of a better life choice than to inspire the embers of these amazing minds.
Cherie Hanks – Mathematics & Music Teacher
I have earned aMastersDegree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Music. I have 21 years of teaching experience from grade school through college level. I am a certified teacher in Arizona and Washington State. My passion is teaching and I love to open student’s minds to all they can be and help them find their true selves. I love to learn, I have continued my education and have received a degree as a Holistic Health Practitioner with certifications in Massage Therapy, Nutritional Consultant, Iridologist, Essential Oil Trainer, Depression Recovery Trainer, and Master Gardener. I desire is to help people find a holistic approach to health and well-being.
I spend my free time with my wonderful husband, Don Hanks, and our three incredible children Alexia Hanks, Dakota Hanks, and Auli Hanks. My husband is a general aviation pilot and we share many adventures together.
It is such a privilege for me to have this opportunity to share my journey with these girls at Sedona Sky Academy.
“You cannot sit back and wait to be happy and healthy and have a great thought life; you have to make the choice to make this happen. You have to choose to get rid of the toxic thoughts and think positively. You can be overwhelmed by every small setback in life, or you can be energized by the possibilities they bring.”
― Dr. Caroline Leaf
Kathy McCabe – Science
I Love Science and the Arts. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters degree in Education Leadership both from Northern Arizona University. I am certified to teach both Science and English and have spent the past 18 years teaching high school Sciences, English, Ceramics, Art, Sewing and Psychology.
I spend my free time cooking, riding my horse, gardening, kayaking, dancing and sewing. Health and nutrition are very important to me and I work at staying active and eating quality food.
I treat my students as if they were my children. I teach them that it is more important to be able to research and find valid information than it is to memorize facts. This will enable them to make important life decisions based on self acquired knowledge. I ask them to “…Rise above low expectations and do difficult things.”
Bethany Becker – Spanish & Art Teacher
Bethany has earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and her Bachelor of Art in Spanish at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Bethany teaches Spanish and Health. She has been teaching for 11 years. Bethany enjoys witnessing the moment when students understand a concept that they have been struggling with and seeing the growth and change in our students. In class we use a variety of supplemental resources; movies, field trips, Internet, and smart board activities. Bethany believes that learning does not just take place in the classroom. In Bethany’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, scrap-booking, painting, running, hiking, reading, and baking. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. “Ralph Waldo Emerson”
Noel Marquis – Math Teacher
Noel brings a passion for the subject of math with a great sense of humor delivering this important material.
Noel graduated from Franklin College in Indiana with a BA in Mathematics and went on to the University of Utah to receive an MA also in Mathematics.
Mr. Marquis was an Instructor of Mathematics at Westminister College in Salt Lake City and then at Franklin College in Indiana. Noel decided to make a career shift working in human resources for two decades, but his love for teaching and working with young people soon brought him back to education. Noel was a math instructor at Oak Creek Ranch School for ten years before coming to join our faculty at SSA.
Math is not the only area of interest to Mr. Marquis. He is a volunteer policeman in the city of Sedona and a softball umpire for the local high schools.
Truly a versatile teacher, Mr. Marquis has taught several classes in one of his passions: History of Rock and Roll.
We are lucky to have such an accomplished instructor as part of our team here at SSA.
Lou Ann Maxwell Bruck – Yoga Teacher
Lou Ann Bruck was trained in Dahn Energy Meridian Yoga in 2002 and Kundalini Yoga in 1999.
She has had over 30 years experience in Hatha Yoga as well. She has taught yoga to all ages from 7 to 90 – from drug rehab facilities to school programs. Her intention is to teach Yoga so it can be a lifetime tool for peace, health and relaxation.
She received her Zumba certification in 2009 with several updates along the way. She loves the natural, energetic physicality that Latin dancing creates and imparts this to her students.