Christine has a background primarily in behavior analysis, working with individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders. Over the years, Christine has worked as a behavioral respite caregiver, early interventionist and CBT/Crisis counselor, and most recently, Christine worked as a case manager within the homeless youth system. While working in this position, Christine worked with therapists to create behavioral and therapeutic interventions, primarily with transitional aged youth. It was during this time that Christine chose to change her career direction and apply for a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Christine is excited to be a CLD at Spring Ridge Academy and learning more about providing therapeutic services to young people.
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. 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 to be on the Spring Ridge team and working with the girls and to share his passion for the outdoors.
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.
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.