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Andie Romeo

Andie was born and raised in southern Arizona. As the youngest child in a military family, she spent much of her childhood moving around the United States, but always considered Arizona home. After attending Northern Arizona University, Andie joined Spring Ridge as a Community Coach in 2017. She loved working and getting to know the girls, so she leapt at the chance at filling in as a Transition and Alumni Specialist for a period of time and getting to work with and know their families more too.
In her personal life, she is an avid reader, dog-lover and runner- and is currently training to run a marathon. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and creating personal challenges and new experiences for herself.
As a life-long learner, she is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s Degree at Northern Arizona University, and is excited to gain experience and use her knowledge to help the families of Spring Ridge Academy. She is excited for this new role as a CLD, and being able to give back to girls and their families and help give them hope for the future.

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Matt Givens was born and raised in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming, which ignited a passion for the outdoors at a young age. He went to college in Oregon and studied criminal justice, and after college, he worked in the education field as a public school teacher in Bozeman, Montana and spent eight years leading wilderness trips for youth ages 10 to 20 for various organizations. These trips ranged from overnight trips to 40-day mountaineering trips.

After getting married, Matt spent the first year working as a corrections officer at a juvenile detention center in Arizona while his wife worked at Spring Ridge Academy. After talking with Amanda and working closely with the juveniles at the detention center, he decided he wanted to work with the kids before they were brought into the detention center, which is what brought him to Spring Ridge.

He is very excited about joining the Spring Ridge team and working with the girls. Amanda and Matt are also starting up an outdoor program for the school and can’t wait to share his passion with the girls.

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Amanda joined Spring Ridge Academy’s staff as a Community Life Director this fall. She grew up in small Iowa town and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in Fine Arts. Her focuses were painting and pottery. Prior to completing her undergraduate degree, Amanda studied abroad. While in Romania, she worked at an experiential education camp for kids with HIV and AIDS, where she realized the significant role experiential education played toward building confidence and leadership skills. Amanda’s passion for experiential education grew and continued through adventure-based schools in Montana, Korea and Nepal.

After getting married, Amanda and her husband wanted to be closer to family and warmer weather. She relocated to Prescott and immediately started working at Spring Ridge Academy. “Some of my favorite things about working with teenage girls are their energy, their depth, knowing that they have the ability to change their path, and their openness to allowing others to join them. I am thankful that I get to play a role in the lives of the girls at Spring Ridge Academy.”

Angie McFadin

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I was born in Springfield, Missouri and lived there for most of my life until moving to Arizona in 2005. I have raised three children, and I graduated from Drury College by bartending and serving before I went to work at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners as a Correctional Officer for nine years and Correctional Counselor for two years. After this time, I decided that I wanted to do something to give back and try to help others before they ended up in the criminal justice system.
After moving to Arizona and relocation from Phoenix to Cordes Lakes, I began work at Spring Ridge Academy and have held a number of different jobs here and have been a Community Life Director for over 4 years. I love working with our population of teenage girls and even though they can be challenging I find the work very fulfilling and rewarding. I have black belts in two different styles of martial arts, and my hobbies are exploring abandoned mines and ghost towns, camping and hiking.