The Skyline Education Foundation (SEF)

We are a nonprofit run by volunteers, that aims to encourage the growth of Skyline High School, along with the faculty and students. Volunteers come from many places in the Longmont and Skyline community, and there will be spots for any individual desiring to help the school and its students.

SEF’s Actions

We raise money for the use of the Skyline community. Both faculty and students receive the money we raise, through things such as teacher grants and scholarships. Students are presented with many opportunities, and one way we can help them seize those is to help fund their efforts.

SEF’s Board of Directors

Diane Bakel


Diane is a retired administrator from Skyline High School. She taught Business Education for many years in the Thompson School District in Loveland and served as an Assistant Principal at Skyline from 2004-2010. She earned her B. A. in Business Administration with a Teaching Credential from Colorado State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado. She is currently serving on several boards, including the Skyline Education Foundation, which involve supporting the post-secondary endeavors of students in the SVVSD and the Thompson School District as well as underserved populations in the Loveland/Berthoud communities. She is married with three grown children and five grandchildren.

Luis Chavez

Luis Chavez Photo

Luis Chavez arrived in Longmont in 1991, after moving from Mexico to Texas, and then on to Colorado. Shortly after his arrival , Luis was offered a job as a Child’s Specialist Assistant through a Substance Abuse Prevention Program at the Longmont Youth Center called “Familias de Base”. He developed his English skills during that time, and in 1992, joined the St. Vrain Valley School District as an employee and began furthering his professional career. Luis obtained a degree in behavioral science, along with a minor in Special Education, and now is the Homeless Educaation Liaison for SVVSD, as well as a varsity coach here at Skyline High School.

Jessica Corral


Jessica is a native of Longmont, Colorado, and an alumna of Skyline High School.  Currently she is working on her BA, works as an MA for House Call Physicians.  She likes to volunteer at local not-for-profit organizations that help out the Latino community.  Her family is from Chihuahua, Mexico and she was the first to graduate from high school and go on to college. She enjoys spending time with her family and three sons.

Matthew Dabney


Matthew S. Dabney spent 11 years mastering details of optics at Hyperfine, Inc. He fabricated and qualified most of the optics in the Hubble Space Telescope and other space flight optics. Matthew brought his optics and engineering experience with him to the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) National Center for Photovoltaics in Golden, CO, where he currently is an optical engineer. Upon his arrival at NREL as an engineer, he was encouraged to pursue first a Master’s and then a PhD in materials science at Colorado School of Mines, while working full time on optical processing of materials for photovoltaics.

Mateo Fortes


Mateo Fortes is the Skyline Junior Representative for the 2013-2014 school year. He actively participates as Junior President of the National Honor Society, leads the Pep Band as Drum Major, and competes on the Varsity Swim Team. Outside of school, he volunteers on the medical Ski Patrol at Winter Park Ski Resort, and during the summer he lifeguards and coaches young swimmers at Fox Hill Country Club. Mateo also pursues the study of piano and the practice of film photography in his spare time.

Rebecca Kissinger

Kissinger Senior Picture 2

Rebecca Kissinger is the current senior class representative on the Skyline Education Foundation board for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is in the STEM program at Skyline and wants to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. She is the goalkeeper on the Lady Falcon’s Varsity soccer team, and also the team captain this year. Rebecca enjoys volunteering for Odyssey of the Mind, and at Longmont United Hospital. All in all, she loves helping people. As if to drive home the point, she adds that, during the summer, she works for Lion’s Den Community School at Legacy Elementary. Next year she will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Vicki Maurer

Huan Nguyen


Huan grew up near Skyline, and spent his time there involved in various STEM-related activities, including promoting the Skyline STEM Academy to various governmental and industry entities. After graduating, he interned at a local radio tech company, Fidelity Comtech. He now studies electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Patty Quinones

Heidi Ringer


Heidi Ringer holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Heidi taught mathematics at Skyline High School for 10 years and was the mathematics co-department chair for five of those years. After accepting the job as an assistant principal in 2007, she coordinated the implementation of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and VPA (Visual & Performing Arts) Academies which began in the fall of 2009. Heidi was named Principal of Skyline High school in January of 2013.

LaVonne Stewart


LaVonne is a native of Colorado and grew up outside of Longmont.  She worked for many years at the City of Longmont before taking a ten year break to raise her two daughters.  She ended that break to join the Skyline staff in August 2007 as the Registrar/Counseling Secretary.  LaVonne enjoy sreading, watching basketball, and spending time with her family – especially her granddaughter.

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