Design Team

Phone: (719) 495-1149 ext 4139


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Speech Communication MA in Educational Administration Google Certified Educator Level 1 PLTW Certification in Automation and Robotics PLTW Certification in Space and Flight PLTW Certification in Magic of Electrons State of Colorado Credential: CTE, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Mr. Rik Yantis


This year I am starting my 19th year here at Horizon, I am part of our school's CTE (Career and Technical Education) Team where I teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. We will be learning about engineering and the design process. If I have any parents that are engineers and are interested in sharing with my classes about your profession, please give me a call!

As an enrichment/elective teacher, I will be teaching the following courses to the following grades.

7th Grade: Pre-Engineering: PLTW Flight and Space and Magic of Electrons

8th Grade: PLTW Automation and Robotics

On a personal note: I am married and we have two boys. My youngest graduated from the University of Denver and now lives in San Diego. My oldest is married and lives in Fort Collins. Last year we celebrated the birth of my first grandchild! 

As a parent, I know how nerve-racking having a middle schooler can be for both the student and parents. DO NOT PANIC! While we might be confused at times, we will have fun and learn something at the same time.

I am a firm believer in the Teacher/Student/Parent team. We will work together.

Contact Information:

Phone Messages: 719.495.5210 ext 4139
Rik Yantis, MA
6th Grade Integrated Science

My favorite quote:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts!
----Winston Churchill

My second favorite quote:

The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.

---Walt Disney