USCO exists to ignite a passion for Jesus in students

through experiences in worship, academics, missions, leadership, and adventure.


Meet the Team


Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper

Head Administrator


Jeff received a computer science degree from Carson-Newman College and later received his Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Jeff served as the youth pastor at Pacific Church of Irvine for eight years. Jeff taught higher level mathematics and functioned as the Director of Student Life and Ministries in Southern California. Jeff and his wife Lessie helped start USCO in 2006 and has been in charge of the school since 2007.

Ryan Hewitt

Ryan Hewitt



Ryan has received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, as well as a Colorado teaching license and M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS . He and his wife have lived in Sierra Leone, where Ryan mentored and tutored former child soldiers and street children. He has also worked at CSEC, where he served as the Math Department Chair, Summer Program Director, and Response to Intervention (RtI) coordinator. Ryan has been the at USCO since 2012.
Deb Yoder

Deb Yoder

Elementary Principal


Deb has earned a BS Degree in Education and Art from Western Michigan University, a MA in Education from Indiana University, an Associates Degree in Interior Design from Northern Virginia Community College, and an MA in Leadership from University of Phoenix. She has taught pre-k through 6th grade and served 6 years as an elementary principal. She is the mother of 6 children and has 28 grandchildren, all living locally. She is married to her husband Den for 48 years, having lived in Taiwan, Norway, England and Turkey while he was in the Air Force. She also enjoys painting and knitting.