Office Team

Christina Austin


Austin Photo

Christina Austin moved to Colorado in 1993 to be with her entire family. Christina has three highschool aged boys; Sam is a freshman at CU, Henry is a Junior and Will is a Sophomore! They also share their home with our dog, Danny and a cat named Ellis.

Christina has served in education for over 20 years in a variety of capacities which anchor her belief that we must care for children from birth until eighteen. Christina is entering her sixth-year as Kendallvue principal; previously she served as assistant principal, instructional coach, literacy specialist, owner of a national private tutoring company, and elementary classroom teacher. Her passion to provide a natural, loving community is what began her desire to create a school that partners with parents to support their child from 3 years to ten years of age. Christina says, “It is amazing to be a part of the developmental milestones of a child, alongside their families. This is my favorite part of my job!”

Christina graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s in elementary education. Christina earned a masters in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She earned her licensure in educational leadership and administration through the University of Northern Colorado.

Nick Ophaug

Assistant Principal

Nick in a tie                 Fire fighter Nick

Hi! I'm Nick (Mr. Ophaug)

This will be my second year at Kendallvue as the assistant principal. I have been working as an educator in Jeffco for five years now. Prior to joining the Kendallvue Community, I was the Program Director at Mount Evans Outdoor Lab for four years, one of Jeffco’s two Outdoor Lab sites. Before coming back to my hometown school district, I taught 5th grade in a rural village in Alaska. I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and my Masters in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University. 

When I am not working at school, I am usually working on something for wildfire. I work as a wildland firefighter in the summer so free time is often occupied with prepping for a season, whether its equipment, training or teaching wildland fire. I also enjoy spending time with my family or laying on the couch with my dogs. I have three younger siblings that all live in Colorado, and we see each other often, usually at our Grammy’s house!

As an educator, I have had the privilege of working in outdoor and experiential learning for a long time. I have always appreciated the value experiences offer students because it provides learners with real-life learning. Learning in an environment that offers students the opportunity to engage in problem-solving, develop skills to work with others and foster responsibility, all of which help offer a well-rounded education. I am excited that we are able to bring this type of learning to Kendallvue, and increase the number of field trips and overnight trips for our students because of the value it adds to the learning environment!

Darlene McCluskey

Business Manager

  Darlene and Jim             

My name is Darlene McCluskey. My husband, Jim and I have 2 grown sons, Tyler and Kurt. All four of us are baseball fans. We “Root, root, root for the Rockies” and have watched The Sandlot many times.  I am a Colorado native and enjoy visiting my favorite mountain town, Grand Lake where my sisters have a lovely cabin.  One of my favorite activities is boating on the lake of that beautiful little town.

I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  I try to make it to Ft. Collins every year to visit the campus, wander around downtown and attend a football game. Go Rams!

I have worked in Jeffco schools for 17 years. The last five years have been here at Kendallvue working as the financial secretary. This year, I will move into the role of Business Manager. The organization of the office has changed, but I am still here to help with anything you need! I am excited to be starting another fun year at Kendallvue.

Dana Faykosh Smith

Health Room Aide


  My Name is Dana Faykosh Smith (AKA: Miss Dana) and I will be your health Aide this year. 

I have been involved in healthcare for most of my life, as a medical Assistant, a Health Tech at school in another district, and currently as an EMT for motocross and as an instructor. 

Outside of school, I spend time with my 3 boys; Blake (College) Gavin (recent HS graduate) Luke (8th grade) and our dog Yoda. I grew up in Colorado, attended Jefferson County schools, and love this area so much. I enjoy skiing, hiking, downhill mountain biking, dirt bikes, glamping, and exploring all the areas around our beautiful state.

Jillian Fahringer

Community Liaison