Middle School Coaches

CO-ED CROSS COUNTRY and Track & Field

Head Coach: Tyler Haughness
Tyler has been coaching at Shining Mountain since 2010. He has a great approach and bases his coaching on having fun first. “I stress controllable outcomes, and learning from experiences during competition as well as practice.” Other coaching experience includes revolution-running coaching adults in running and Multisport. He has also been a running coach for first descents a nonprofit for marathon and half marathon training. “This in addition to working with youth has been the joy and passion of my life.”

Assistant Coach:  Sherry Lewis-Ramirez

Sherry was first drawn to Waldorf education when visiting a Winter Fair at the Austin Waldorf School in 2009 with her husband and AWS alumnus, Benjamin Ramirez, and Mother-in-Law Ana Ramirez, a former long-time assistant in the kindergarten. Sherry found the Waldorf school there to be healing and inviting. She began to learn more about Waldorf education when she was expecting her first child in the same year. Prior to her interest in Waldorf education and having children she attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where she ran on the Track and Cross Country Team and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Communication Studies. She went through a one year Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Yoga and was teaching classes around town and at her home yoga studio, including children’s yoga. She completed the Pleiades Initiative Teacher Training in May of 2015. She has a passion for learning and a love for working with children. She began working as the Lower Grades Assistant in the Fall of 2015 at AWS; assisting in Kindergarten through 6th grades and substituting in Kindergarten through high school classes. Sherry moved to Lyons in mid-August of 2017 and is enjoying making her home in CO with her family – her husband, Ben, four-year-old Banyan and seven-year-old Lily. She finds it inspiring to see children loving to learn. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family exploring in nature, seeing family-friendly live music, cooking delicious, healthy meals, crafting and gardening.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Head Coach: Mike Hawkes

Assistant Coach: Denise Topping
Denise recently resigned for her management job to get back in the classroom and on the court.  Denise has a Master’s degree in Secondary education with an emphasis in History.  Denise has taught at Fort Lupton High School, for the St. Vrain public school district and at Boulder High.  She has been an assistant coach for the middle school volleyball team and looks forward to the head coaching role.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Head Coach: Denise Topping
Denise recently resigned for her management job to get back in the classroom and on the court.  Denise has a Master’s degree in Secondary education with an emphasis in History.  Denise has taught at Fort Lupton High School, for the St. Vrain public school district and at Boulder High.  She has been an assistant coach for the middle school volleyball team and looks forward to the head coaching role.

Assistant Coach: Maggie Wilkens

Maggie was born and raised in Seattle and recently moved to Boulder to work for Backflip Studios. She studied sociology and ethnic studies at Willamette University, where she played basketball and volleyball. Maggie has coached youth sports for over six years. She’s an avid sports fan and cheers on the Seahawks.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Head Coach:  Michael Janzen

Assistant Coach:  Andy Horning