Teacher Bios

Dave Nichols - dnichols@psdschools.org  

Dave Nichols has been teaching at Poudre since 2006. He has a B.A and an M.A. in art education and has taught every grade at some point in his career. He was a graphic designer in a former life and later moved to South Korea for ten years, teaching art at an international school to students from over fifty countries.

He wanted to be an art teacher ever since high school and enjoys torturing students with assignments cleverly devised to reduce mere mortals into a hollow husk of their former selves.

He enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Tracy (who is also an art teacher), and his two daughters, Annaleta, and Emily. In his spare time he enjoys playing instrumental guitar, fly-fishing, playing squash, drawing and doing freelance graphic work.

Mr. Nichols
Sarah Harris - sharris@psdschools.org  

Sara Harris is a native of Fort Collins and attended CSU receiving her Bachelors of Art in Painting, Art History, and Educator Licensing K-12.  Classes she has taught include Design, Photography, Drawing, IB Visual Arts, AP Studio Art, and Yearbook.  She has been teaching in the Poudre School District since 2006.

Ms. Harris
Rick Ney - rney@psdschools.org  

Rick has been teaching at Poudre since 1997.  His has a B.A. from C.U. Boulder and a M.A. from U.N.C.  Before becoming a teacher, he was a photojournalist for almost 10 years, working for community based newspapers. 

He teaches photography 1, creative photography, advanced photography and videography.   His love of photography is rooted from growing up in a basement darkroom, developing and printing with his father, starting at the age of 6. 

In his spare time he enjoys skiing, boating and spending time with his wife and three children. He also dedicates time to owning a wedding and portrait photography business.

He truly enjoys the daily interaction and problem solving with young adults and hopes his expertise and passion about photography challenges and opens the eyes of students far beyond the darkroom experience.

Mr. Ney
Julie Lynam - jlynam@psdschools.org  

Julie has been teaching art since 1987 and has been at Poudre High School since 2003. She completed her undergraduate work at CSU (B.F.A in Fiber Design) and she is currently working on her master’s degree in education.

Teaching art is the best job in the world, according to Julie. Communicating with students about their creative ideas makes a fun and challenging occupation. She loves to work with a wide variety of artistic mediums and enjoys the creative problem solving inherent in her career. At Poudre Julie teaches Drawing, Painting and MYP Art and Design.

In her spare time, Julie loves spending time with her family, horseback riding, and running with her dog. She is also passionate about portraiture and is a freelance portrait artist. In addition to the visual arts, Julie is a musician and plays guitar, bass and mandolin with her bluegrass/country band.

Mrs. Lynam
Craig Moyer - cmoyer@psdschools.org  

Originally from suburban Philadelphia, Craig Moyer earned a BA in Economics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA in 1994. After five years of managing two running stores in the Philadelphia area, he moved to Fort Collins to pursue a BA in Art Education at CSU, which he completed in 2002.

From 2004-2009, he taught k-6 art at Putnam Elementary School. After earning an additional teaching endorsement in English, he began teaching at PHS in 2009. He currently teaches Design Foundations of Art, ninth grade English, African/Latin American Humanities, and serves as the staff sponsor for Poudre’s student-published literary and fine art magazine, Kaleidoscope. He has also served as the head coach of the boys’ and girls’ cross country programs since 2007. His various duties at Poudre give him the unique and enriching opportunity to share his passions for art, reading, writing, running, and learning with his students.

When he’s not teaching or coaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily Richards Moyer, who teaches IB English at PHS, playing with their Great Dane, Daisy, running, reading, rock climbing, writing, drawing, traveling, and eating. He is also pursuing a Master of Arts in English Education from CSU.

Mr. Moyer