Our Administration

Jeff Cooper

Head Administrator → jeff@the-us.co

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.

Ryan Hewitt

Principal → ryan@the-us.co

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.

Deb Yoder

Elementary Principal → dyoder@the-us.co

Deb has earned a BS Degree in Education and Art from Western Michigan University, a MA in Education from Indiana University, an Associates Degree in Interior Design from Northern Virginia Community College, and an MA in Leadership from University of Phoenix. She has taught pre-k through 6th grade and served 6 years as an elementary principal. She is the mother of 6 children and has 28 grandchildren, all living locally. She is married to her husband Den for 48 years, having lived in Taiwan, Norway, England and Turkey while he was in the Air Force. She also enjoys painting and knitting.

Jake Busby

Student Life Director → jake@the-us.co

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.

Support Staff

Gemie Roeda 

Executive Assistant to Jeff Cooper
Tuition And Family Accounts

(719) 302-3751 Ex: 5

Contact For Help With:

  • Tuition
  • Donations

Guenna Mullet 

Admissions Coordinator

(719) 302-3751 Ex: 2

Contact For Help With:

  • Admissions
  • Shadow Days
  • Tours

Emily Puckett 


(719) 302-3751 Ex: 1

Contact For Help With:

  • Records Requests
  • Transcripts

Kella Paris 

Academic Advising & Curriculum

(719) 302-3751

Contact For Help With:

  • Curriculum Rentals
  • Curriculum Ordering
  • Transfer Credits