Anastasis Academy

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Anastasis Academy​​​​​​​
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6495 S Colorado Blvd
Centennial, CO 80121
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Mission Statement

Our ambition is to help kids live an abundant, unforgettable, honest, meaningful story- one clearly defined by faith, hope, and love and book-ended by redemption. We do this by apprenticing children in the art of learning through inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, discernment and wisdom. We strive to provide an educational model that honors and supports children as the unique and creative individuals that God created them to be. We work to shape the development of the whole-child by engaging the mind, body and spirit while inspiring each to personal excellence.

Organization History

The Idea:
Anastasis Academy began as a bold idea: to create a new paradigm in education where children are challenged and encouraged as unique individuals to fall in love with the joy of learning.  

The Timeline:
February 2011: Kelly Tenkely and Jason Martinez meet and cast a vision for teaching, learning and pedagogy. A timeline is created to implement this vision and open a school in August 2011.

April 2011: Kelly Tenkely invites Matthew Anderson to contribute to this new venture as an administrator and lead teacher.

May 2011: Anastasis Academy is incorporated with a board of 3 founding families: Matt and Kim Amen, Barry and Melissa Clark and Brad and Amy Whitehouse. Anastasis Academy finds a building space to lease at Word of Life Christian Center in Lone Tree, Colorado.

July 2011: A team is built that includes:
Matthew Anderson as co-founder, lead teacher and administrator
Kelly Tenkely as co-founder and head of curriculum and instructional design
Jason Martinez as head administrator and counsel
Nancy Babbitt, Michelle Baldwin, Lindsey Lauer, Morgan Scott as teachers
Kim Amen, Camille Hart and Jancy Simon as office support staff

August 2011: Anastasis Academy opens with 50 students.

July 2012: We grow and move to Littleton Church of Christ, where we lease space

August 2013: A new assessment model for education with a whole-child approach

August 2014: Kelly Tenkely becomes Head of School

February 2015- First-annual 5Sigma Education Conference


"Mr. O'Brien is inspiring. The way he looks at the kids and validates what they say, is a gift given to them. He listens with his whole being, and looks them in the eyes. With his words and actions, he tells these kids over and over again during the day that they matter. That they can be game changers. That they can go into the world and make a difference. " - Amy, parent

"This school is fantastic. We have sent our two sons here. I would highly recommend this place because of the focus on Jesus and a fantastic teaching approach. I am thankful for the amazing teachers. Well done!" - John, parent

"We are so happy to be at a school that embraces the individual and God's design for them. Learning is inquiry based and focuses on teaching kids how to think. The teachers are simply incredible. Thankful!" -Susanne, parent

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