Meet the Leaders of Learning for our Raven Learning Community
Our Elective Teachers
Mr. Judd Farner
Teacher Lead Learner/Electives
Drama & English Learning Leader
Prior to joining the RRHS team, Judd served as an English teacher at Brighton High School where he was selected as the 2016 Rookie of the Year.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, he led the creation of a student run theatre company that provided additional opportunities for students to produce and perform theatre. After graduating from CSU, Judd became General Manager for the Bas Bleu Theatre Company in Fort Collins, CO. While he worked as GM, Judd also attended the University of Northern Colorado to obtain his Master of Arts in Theatre Education. He was selected as the UNC Outstanding Graduate Student for his class and was invited to speak at graduation.
Judd is focused on arts education advocacy, specifically on preparing emerging artists for the workforce after education. He is also the founder of The New Commedia, a small theatre company that creates original, local-grown productions across the front range.
If he has down-time, you'll find him at the movies.
Ms. Susan Ritter Forsyth
Vocal Music Learning Leader
Mrs. Susan Ritter Forsyth was raised in Aurora, CO. where she graduated from Overland High School. Mrs. Forsyth then went on to a collegiate career in athletics where she played volleyball at Winthrop University and the University of Denver.
After graduating from college, Mrs. Forsyth starting working in Steamboat Springs, Co as the 6th-12th grade choir teacher. She loved snowboarding in Steamboat and coaching volleyball for 10 years. During this time, she then continued her education and obtained a Master's Degree from New York University in Educational Theater.
In 2005, Mrs. Forsyth moved from Steamboat to Highlands Ranch, Co where she taught choir and drama at Rocky Heights Middle School. After a successful tenure in Douglas County, Mrs. Forsyth moved to Prairie View Middle School in SD27J.
Mrs. Forsyth has served on different leadership teams where academic and cultural changes were highlighted. She has directed several plays, musicals, coordinated several New York City trips during the summer, and loves singing with people.
She is excited to bring her experience and energy to the wonderful work that will be seen at Riverdale Ridge High School can’t wait to fill the halls with music.
In addition to teaching, Mrs. Forsyth enjoys spending her time with her husband, Scuba Steve, her step kids, Sadie, Scott and Shelby. She is very much in love with her beagle, Bella and snuggling with her. Outside of teaching she also enjoys camping, cooking, watching Arvada West girls’ soccer, watching movies, musicals and NYC. She is honored and excited to have the opportunity to help create a place where a tradition of excellence and achievement will be established for years to come.
Ms. Caroline Martin
Art Learning Leader
Ms. Caroline Martin is thrilled to join the Riverdale Ridge High School Art Department. She grew up and graduated high school in Maryland and then lived all up and down the east coast. She attended college at Rochester Institute of Technology and received her BFA in Design & Illustration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She loves ink drawing, making comics, and playing with watercolors; her favorite museum is the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
For the past several summers, she ran a summer camp in San Francisco teaching children how to use power tools and getting to build giant things with them. She also spent time in New York City working with Vimeo and later helping to design apps for Fortune 500 companies at a software development company.
In January 2018, she drove across the country in a small car with a large anxious dog and a big chill cat to settle in Louisville, Colorado. She loves it here. She spends her free time playing roller derby and exploring her new home state.
Mr. Scott Neitenbach
High Schools of Business Learning Leader
Mr. Neitenbach teaches business education and is the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor. He graduated from Boulder High School and attended the University of Colorado, Oklahoma State University, and Colorado State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting at Oklahoma State University. In 2014, he completed the teacher certification program at Colorado State University in Business Education. Mr. Neitenbach is a former certified public accountant and business owner.
Additionally, Mr. Neitenbach is the head wrestling coach Riverdale Ridge High School. He was a Big 8 Conference finalist and a two time NCAA qualifier. His coaching experiences include positions as head coach at Boulder High School and assistant coach at Nederland High School, Highland High School, and Brighton High School. He is also a former Chairman of Colorado USA Wrestling and has been a member of several Colorado National Freestyle Team coaching staffs.
Mr. Neitenbach has been happily married for 25 years and has three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and reading.
Mr. Scott Robles
Spanish Learning Leader
My name is Scott Robles and I am born and raised in Longmont Co. I currently live in Firestone with my wife of almost 20 years and 2 of our four children. We have 3 grandchildren with a 4th on the way. I graduated from Niwot high school and attended UNC for 4 years. I worked in the business field as a Human Resource Manager, District manager, and Training manager and was an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years.
I returned to college at Metropolitan State University and finished my Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and a teaching certificate K – 12 in modern languages. I am currently working on obtaining my Master’s Degree in Secondary Educations emphasis in teaching Spanish.
I have taught middle school Spanish in Loveland in Thompson school district and most recently I taught at my alma mater Niwot where I taught business and Spanish. I am excited to start the next chapter of my teaching career at Riverdale Ridge and look forward to working with great colleagues, students, and parents. I feel fortunate to have been chosen to teach in a brand new school with great promise!!
In my free time, I have coached high school football for the last 8 years and at the youth level for almost 15 years. I have also coached track as a throwing coach and as a sprinting coach. I also enjoy spending time with my family by going to the mountains on the weekends and unplugging from all social media and cell service.
Mr. Nate Shaver
Art Learning Leader
Mr. Shaver was born and raised in Rockford, IL, where is parents and younger brother still live. Both his father and brother teach and coach in the area and his mother works for the school district. He started college at Southern Illinois University, concentrating on the visual arts for two years, but switched to Illinois State University when he decided to become an art teacher, as they had the best program in the state. While there he joined the Ultimate Frisbee team and got into Glassblowing. He also met his future wife and fellow Art Ed/Glass major, Jen. He graduated with degrees in Art Education and Glass Art. (He would love to start a glassblowing program, but it’s a little dangerous)
After graduating, Mr. Shaver and his now wife found jobs teaching in Colorado, a state Mr. Shaver had always wanted to move to after visiting as a kid. Mr. Shaver helped open Prairie View Middle School’s art program and is there currently after 10 years. In addition, he was the Distance Track Coach at PVHS for 8 years and the Head Cross Country Coach for 10, bringing home two leagues titles in his last 3 years. He has had some wonderful experiences in the last 10 years, but is very excited to start a brand new high school art program, a goal of his since he started teaching. He is planning to work diligently to create a top notch program and give students creative outlets and possibilities for futures in the visual arts.
When out of the classroom, Mr. Shaver gets to spend time with his beautiful wife and wonderful son Matthew, who is now 2, going quickly on 3. He likes to take long walks with his chocolate lab, Sammie Sprinkles. He recently learned to fly fish and plans to keep working at it. He can be found running around the area or in his basement, working on art late at night.
Ms. Megan Swanson
Computer Science Learning Leader
Mrs. Swanson was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Teacher Education with an endorsement in Computer Programming from Illinois State University. There, she was given the honor of Outstanding Senior in Business Education. Mrs. Swanson then went on to get her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and an endorsement in English Language Learners. She was also lucky enough to meet her husband at ISU and together they decided to uproot their lives and move to Colorado in July of 2019. They are very excited to explore the beautiful state of Colorado.
Before moving to Colorado, Mrs. Swanson worked at Naperville North High School for her first full time position and East Leyden High School for the last four years. During her teaching career in Illinois, Mrs. Swanson was the sponsor for Future Business Leaders of America and App Development Club. She is very excited to get involved at Riverdale Ridge and hopes to have the opportunity to start clubs students would be interested in!
When Mrs. Swanson is not in the classroom, she loves spending time with her husband and their adorable kitty, Opie. Together they are very active and enjoying hiking, camping, swimming cooking and trying new things. She looking forward to meeting all the amazing students and teachers at RRHS! Go Ravens!
Mr. Michael Vallez
Instrumental Music Learning Leader
Mr. Michael Vallez is excited to join the community of learners at Riverdale Ridge High School as its band teacher and is looking forward to working with all the amazing students, teachers, and parents in our new learning community! Mr. Vallez grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and spent his summers in beautiful Colorado visiting his grandmother in Estes Park, and loves calling Colorado home.
Mr. Vallez previously taught at Westminster High School, Wheat Ridge High School, and Baldwin-Woodville High School (WI), and is excited to collaborate with student musicians and the community to build a program at Riverdale Ridge High School from the ground up! He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree magna cum laude with University Honors from The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and completed his Master of Music Education degree with a Cognate in Conducting from The University of Colorado–Boulder.
A passionate advocate for lifelong musicianship, Mr. Vallez performs on euphonium as a regular member of The Colorado Wind Ensemble and has recently performed with the Pikes Peak Brass Band, Denver Philharmonic, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Littleton Symphony Orchestra, and The National Repertory Orchestra. He has presented at numerous conferences, clinics, and workshops, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Wind Ensemble and as Technology Chair for the Colorado Music Educators Association.
In his free time, Mr. Vallez loves getting out to the mountains, going to concerts, and enjoying all the great scenes and experiences that Colorado has to offer. He is incredibly excited to work alongside the RRHS community to create a place where music empowers students to express themselves and learn to lead fulfilling lives!
Mr. Wayne Voorhees
Health/Physical Education Learning Leader
Coach Voorhees serves as our Health and PE Learning Leader in addition to being named head football coach at Riverdale Ridge on February 22. He comes over from Legacy where he was the head football coach since 2003 and was the defensive coordinator for the 1st 3 years Legacy was open. He was named Front Range League coach of the Year twice. And Denver Broncos Coach of the week 3 times. He has been a teacher at Legacy as well teaching Business, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Prior to that he coached at Horizon High School in various capacities. Coach Voorhees has also coached basketball and track at the high school level.
Coach Voorhees has also worked with the Denver Broncos serving on their youth and high school task force since 2003 and also running the NFL HSPD technique camps for them for 12 years. He has taken a Colorado team to the NFL 7 on 7 tournament as the head coach 8 times. He is also a regional master trainer for USA Football traveling the country teaching clinics in coaching education to all levels of coaches. In those clinics the topics covered are; proper tackling and contact techniques, concussion protocol, safety and emergency management, heat and hydration, equipment fitting, and practice organization. Coach V was also an assistant coach on the U16 USA Football team that defeated Canada, in Dallas, at the 2016 International Bowl. He has also served on the CHSAA football committee and been asked to present information to a few other CHSAA committee's on health and safety.
Mr. Voorhees also enjoys playing golf when he isn't on the field or weight room.