Staff + Leadership


Jeff Cooper

Head Administrator

Jeff received a computer science degree from Carson-Newman College and later received his Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Jeff served as the youth pastor at Pacific Church of Irvine for eight years. Jeff taught higher level mathematics and functioned as the Director of Student Life and Ministries in Southern California. Jeff and his wife Lessie helped start USCO in 2006 and has been in charge of the school since 2007.
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Ryan Hewitt


Ryan has received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, as well as a Colorado teaching license and M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS . He and his wife have lived in Sierra Leone, where Ryan mentored and tutored former child soldiers and street children. He has also worked at CSEC, where he served as the Math Department Chair, Summer Program Director, and Response to Intervention (RtI) coordinator. Ryan has been the at USCO since 2012.
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Julie Drago

Elementary Principal

Julie has experience as an elementary educator in both public and private schools. In addition, Julie has been a Teacher of the deaf for seven years in both Minneapolis and Colorado Springs. Her administration career started as a middle school assistant principal, then she moved to the oversight of K-12 instructional programing and delivering professional development for Harrison School District. Julie enjoys reading, hiking with her family and their pyrenes dog, Cooper (who is the size of a small Shetland pony). She also enjoys spending time with her family and checking out funky fun food establishments along the front range.
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Jake Busby

Vice Principal

Jake received a bachelor degree in biblical language from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He started working at the University School in 2013 as a teacher and has been involved in student ministry. Jake has a heart for engaging students at the heart level, and applying theological principles to daily life.
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Support Staff

Gemie Roeda 

Director of Administration and People Services and Assistant to Jeff Cooper

(719) 302-3751 Ex: 2

Contact For Help With:

  • Tuition
  • Donations

Guenna Mullet 

Admissions Coordinator

(719) 302-3751 Ex: 4

Contact For Help With:

  • Admissions
  • Shadow Days
  • Tours

Emily Puckett 

Contact For Help With:

  • Records Requests
  • Transcripts

Kella Paris 

Academic Advising & Curriculum

(719) 302-3751 Ex: 3

Contact For Help With:

  • Curriculum Rentals
  • Curriculum Ordering
  • Transfer Credits

Student Life

Kacie Busby

Mikey Jeffries

Avery Jeffries