Natalia Miller-Forrest is from Grand Junction on the Western Slope of Colorado. She has enjoyed teaching children for over 20 years in many capacities; private school teacher, home school parent, charter school teacher and was a Dean of Students. Natalia earned a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995 and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado Mesa University in 2014. She earned her principal license after working at a Classical Core Knowledge school for eight years.
In her free time, when she is not reading a book, Natalia enjoys hiking and baking. She keeps busy with her husband and four children and their sports and school activities.
Susan-Marie Farmen, “Sam,” is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has lived all over the United States. While she has enjoyed a variety of work outside of education over the years, she started her career in education as an art docent and math tutor, before working in early childhood Special Education. She holds a Bachelor of Humanities, a Master of Teaching, a certification in English Language Development, and a certification and in Educational Leadership. She is currently in the second year of her Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program at the University of Denver.
Mrs. Farmen taught in both public and private schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels for several years before leaving the classroom to coach teachers. She has been a district Teacher Effectiveness Coach, an Early Literacy Specialist, an ESL instructor, a math trainer, and a Dean of Instruction. She has served on a variety of committees ranging from Early Literacy curriculum review to district-level interim assessment design.
She is very excited to return to Heritage Heights Academy and support students, families and staff.