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.
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.
Sarah Kirwan – English and World History Teacher
Ms. Kirwan is an Arizona native of Gilbert, AZ. She started riding horses at age 8 and competed in hunter/jumper schooling shows locally and was given her first horse Megan a Thoroughbred at age sixteen. Since she always enjoyed reading and writing, she decided after two years at Mesa Community College to pursue a degree in English Literature at Arizona State University in the hopes of becoming a teacher.
She made the Dean’s list in 2008 while taking several courses on teaching English. While in college, she was a habilitation and respite provider for children with Autism. This work was very close to her heart because she grew up with a brother with Autism.
In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from ASU and began teaching first at a credit recovery school for at-risk youth and then at the renowned charter school BASIS Phoenix.
Over the course of five years teaching sixth grade, she refined her craft and gained very valuable experience teaching gifted children a rigorous curriculum. She was an active member of the school community by putting on the annual talent show in collaboration with the music department, hosting multiple after-school tutoring hours, and sending out weekly newsletters to parents.
When Ms. Kirwan saw a teaching opportunity at a therapeutic boarding school with a horsemanship program in beautiful Rimrock, AZ, she jumped at the opportunity. She loves supporting the girls in their education and personal lives and is so glad to be a part of the Sedona Sky Academy family.