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Administration & Faculty

Rocky Mountain Christian School Faculty and Staff

RMCA has exceptional and highly trained faculty and staff committed to the spiritual, academic, physical, and social development of each child. They model the virtues they teach. While they are passionate and capable of guiding each child’s growth, our teachers have a comprehensive method which informs their philosophy and practice. It is through the strength of this approach that we are able to maintain consistency across the variety of personalities and backgrounds leading our classes.

As a teaching environment for educators, we believe there is none more well-suited than a school like RMCA. Teachers love their pupils and get to share with them in a growing enthusiasm for learning.  Living, fruitful ideas are engaging at any age. For teachers and fellow learners, it’s an invigorating place to be.

Brandon Byrd

Executive Director/Principal

As Executive Director/Principal of Rocky Mountain Christian Academy, Brandon Byrd is responsible for curricular/instructional growth and integration, student discipline and faculty development and supervision for the school. In his position, Brandon draws on his wealth of education experience developed over his 17-year educational career in positions ranging from 1st grade through high school classroom teacher, classroom teacher and headmaster of the Rafiki Foundation, Inc. — a Christian non-profit for orphans and widows, and Dean of Students for Sterling Classical School in Leander, Texas (Pre-K through 12th). Brandon was a former fifth grade classroom instructor at RMCA in the 2008-2009 school year.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Union University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Covenant College. Brandon’s passion for school leadership, classroom instruction and student engagement helps to guide RMCA to its highest potential while he continues to pursue his mission of assisting others in life-learning.

Brandon hails from Tennessee and is married to Melissa; his oldest three of five children attend RMCA. Brandon is thrilled to live in Colorado as he loves waking up and seeing the mountains at his doorstep, every day.

Erica Schaefer

M.Ed., Lead Elementary and Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Schaefer joined RMCA in 2014. She is a Colorado University grad. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education. Her Master’s Degree is in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Literacy. She has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. She has been involved in Women’s and Small Group Ministry. Mrs. Schaefer was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She and her husband Tyler live in Longmont with their three children. She loves to read, attend sporting events, and scuba dive. She plays on a co-ed, indoor soccer league.

Cheyanne Dischinger

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Dischinger has taught first and second grades and has served as an autism paraprofessional. She enjoys leading a backpacking ministry with her husband at their church and loves to travel. Cheyanne’s degree is in Human Development and Family Studies/Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University.

Heidi Robinson, M.Ed.

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Robinson started teaching preschool at RMCA in 2010, and transitioned to 2nd grade in 2011. She has previous experience teaching 1st and 2nd grades, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Baylor University and a Master’s in Education from Regis University. Mrs. Robinson, who grew up in Alaska and has also lived in Texas and Washington, enjoys running triathlons, hiking, camping, and skiing. She and her husband, Todd, have three children, all attending RMCA. They are involved in the Boulder Outreach Homeless Overflow and attend Flatirons Community Church.

Danielle Depue

1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Depue received her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies and Elementary Education from Crown College in Minnesota. Previously she was a substitute teacher in northern California, taught kindergarten thru eighth grade at a country school in rural Nebraska, and was an instructional aide and tutor after moving to Colorado in 2008. Ms. Depue enjoys nature walks and camping as well as handwork and baking. She is excited to be back teaching in the classroom.

Randi Parrott

2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Parrott has experience in teaching first and second grades and in urban outreach programs for high-risk children. Her degree is in English from Sterling College and she is working on her Alternative Licensure for elementary education. Randi grew up in Lyons and has known about RMCA since her mother used to be a guest teacher in our preschool many years ago!

Karla Handley

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Handley and her husband recently retired from the music department at Ozark Christian College where he was the Head of the Department. She has many years of experience teaching children from birth through college and is excited to be living in Colorado nearer to family. Karla’s degree is from Manhattan Christian College with emphasis in Bible and music.

Teecy Statley M.Ed.

4th Grade TEACHER

Mrs. Statley has a Master’s of Education from Framingham State College and did her undergraduate work at Liberty University. She brings twelve years of teaching experience in the U.S. and internationally, in both public and private schools. Mrs. Statley is excited to return to classroom teaching after serving most recently on the staff of a large church.

Tasha Tadewald

5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Tadewald began teaching third grade at RMCA in 2010. Previously she substituted, taught part-time, and taught full-time in various schools, including Longmont Christian, for many years. Mrs. Tadewald holds a Bachelors’ degree from Colorado State and a Post B.A. Elementary Education degree from University of Colorado in Boulder. Her family includes her husband, Tom, and two children (both RMCA alumni). She brings a varied background, volunteering in Sunday School, Day Camp and as a Homebound Communion server and companion. Mrs. Tadewald lived in Texas and North Carolina then moved to Colorado for college. She spent her early years in Lubbock, Texas. She and her family attend First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont.

Dana Gray

Student Council Sponsor, Middle School Community Coordinator, & Instructional Aide

Mrs. Gray joined RMCA’s staff in 2006. Her role as Teacher’s Aide has expanded into all aspects of the school community. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Memphis. She & her husband moved to Longmont in 1996 and their two daughters are RMCA alumni.

Karli Tinney

Classroom Aide

Karli Tinney joined RMCA in 2017. Originally from Naples, FL, Karli is the youngest of seven in her family. After graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University in Florida, Karli moved to Louisville, Colorado. Karli has spent two summers working as a camp counselor in the Rocky Mountains and enjoys hiking, climbing, baking, and studying nature. When Karli isn't at school she can be found reading, discovering recipes, or visiting new coffee shops! Karli is excited to work at RMCA and help foster a love for learning and lead students to know Christ more. 

Leslie Erickson

Lead Middle School, Bible and Math Teacher

Mrs. Erickson began teaching at RMCA in 2013.  She was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Colorado State University. Her emphasis was in secondary education. She has taught at the middle school level for several years. She and her husband Scott (also a middle school teacher) have four children and live in Longmont. Mrs. Erickson enjoys hiking, music, knitting and reading.

Sherrolyn Elmore

Science Teacher

Mrs. Elmore joined RMCA in 2014.  She was born in Missouri and grew up in Northern California. She holds degrees from Bethany Bible College and Western Governors University. She has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8. In addition she is a ministry/music major. She was a music teacher for eight years at Century Christian School in CA. She also taught three years at Jim Elliott Christian High School. Her husband, Steve, is a Pastor at Journey Church in Windsor. She has three grown children. Mrs. Elmore is involved in the worship ministry at her church and co-teaches a ladies bible study. She enjoys tennis and scrapbooking.

Sarah Overturf

Librarian, Bible, English, Composition and Literature Teacher

In the spring of 2007, Mrs. Overturf became the RMCA Librarian. She holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and is also a writer, with work published in Focus on the Family Magazine and in devotional Bibles for women and families, devotional magazines, and Bible studies. Mrs. Overturf was born in Idaho, raised in Utah, and also lived in Arizona before settling in Colorado. She volunteers in Sunday school and women’s ministry at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, which her family has attended for many years. She and her husband, Neil, have three children, all alumni of RMCA.

Lori Wurth, M.S.

Logic & Tech Teacher

Mrs. Wurth and her family have been at RMCA for many years. Lori has a love for helping people grow and develop and has mostly taught adults but has a love and a knack for understanding Middle School students. She has taught classes such as Speech Communication, Worldviews, and Leadership at Colorado Christian University. She has a Master of Science in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado at Denver and studied business at CSU for her undergraduate work.

Christy Glaze, M.A.

Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Glaze has been an RMCA parent for many years and joined our staff in 2016. Christy has a passion for helping Spanish speakers learn English and has a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) from CU Denver. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Seattle Pacific University. Christy stays active with four sons at home, three of whom attend RMCA and one who graduated on to high school. Christy and her husband David and their family attend Calvary Bible in Erie.

Sam Strickland

History Teacher

Mr. Strickland originally hails from Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Christian Thought and Tradition. He previously taught in Castle Rock for one year before coming to RMCA. Nothing pleases him more than a conversation about Saint Augustine or political philosophy over coffee.

Ashley Bayne

Art & STUDY SKILLS TEACHER

Ms. Bayne joined the RMCA staff in 2015. Her degree in Art Education is from the University of Northern Colorado. When she isn’t teaching, she is usually working on her own art. Ashley also enjoys hiking, cooking, photography and spending time mentoring high school and college students, particularly at her church, Calvary Bible.

Dana Gray

Student Council Sponsor, Middle School Community Coordinator, & Instructional Aide

Mrs. Gray joined RMCA’s staff in 2006. Her role as Teacher’s Aide has expanded into all aspects of the school community. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Memphis. She & her husband moved to Longmont in 1996 and their two daughters are RMCA alumni.

Luke Gray

Music, Band and Choir Director

Mr. Gray began teaching at RMCA in 2011. Having studied music business at Azusa Pacific University, Mr. Gray brings his passion of music to RMCA as the elementary music, band, and choir director. In addition to directing the three bands and two choirs of RMCA, Mr. Gray produces our yearbook and also teaches private piano lessons. Mr. Gray and his wife currently live in Longmont. He enjoys traveling, taking photos, experiencing new things with friends and family, and playing games after home-cooked meals.

Sarah Overturf

Librarian, Bible, English, Composition and Literature Teacher

In the spring of 2007, Mrs. Overturf became the RMCA Librarian. She holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and is also a writer, with work published in Focus on the Family Magazine and in devotional Bibles for women and families, devotional magazines, and Bible studies. Mrs. Overturf was born in Idaho, raised in Utah, and also lived in Arizona before settling in Colorado. She volunteers in Sunday school and women’s ministry at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, which her family has attended for many years. She and her husband, Neil, have three children, all alumni of RMCA.

Lorene Wrapp

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Wrapp taught P.E. for RMCA from 2001-2010. She returned again in 2014. Mrs. Wrapp was born in Chicago and has lived in New Jersey. Her degree is in Physical Education/Cardiac Rehab and Commercial Fitness. She graduated from the University of Wyoming. She and her husband Mark have two children, Blake and Brent, both RMCA alumni. They attend Flatirons Community Church. Mrs. Wrapp enjoys athletics, exercise, gardening, cooking and bible study.

Ashley Bayne

Art & STUDY SKILLS TEACHER

Ms. Bayne joined the RMCA staff in 2015. Her degree in Art Education is from the University of Northern Colorado. When she isn’t teaching, she is usually working on her own art. Ashley also enjoys hiking, cooking, photography and spending time mentoring high school and college students, particularly at her church, Calvary Bible.

Stacy Lind

Early Education Director

Mrs. Lind joined RMCA in 2004 as a Mom’s Day Out teacher, and in 2005 moved to the preschool program as teacher’s aide and lead teacher. She holds a degree in Applied Human Science from CSU and Early Childhood and Director qualifications from Front Range Community College. She has been a member of Rocky Mountain Christian Church since 1999, where she has been involved in leadership with MOPS and Sunday School. Mrs. Lind was born in the Chicago area and moved to Greeley in junior high. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Rick, and their two daughters.

Nicole Prike

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Prike is a Lead Teacher in our preschool program. She began teaching at RMCA in 2008. She and her husband Tyler live in Firestone with their two children who are both students at RMCA. She was raised in Lyons, CO and graduated from Lyons High School. She has completed classes at Front Range Community College for Early Childhood Education. Their family attends church at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette. Her hobbies include running, gardening, reading, listening to music, playing cards and spending time with family.

Tawny George

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. George started as a Lead Preschool Teacher in 2017. She has been a parent of RMCA students since 2015. She holds a degree in Religion from Belmont University and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Trevecca University. For the past two years, she has helped lead the preschool class at Discovery Christian Church, where she attends. Before that, she cared for young children in several settings, including after-school care programs and day-care settings. Tawny loves art, music, baking and being outdoors, hiking and camping, with her two children, Ansley and Norah, her husband Matt and their two dogs. 

Sue Hamilton

Preschool Aide

Mrs. Hamilton joined RMCA in 2008. She and her husband Robert moved to Colorado after they married, and have raised two grown children. After running her own business and working in retail sales she completed classes at Front Range Community College for Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Hamilton has taught Sunday school for many years and attends Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette. Her favorite free-time activities include spending time with her granddaughters and riding motorcycles in the mountains with her husband.

Missy Sinclair

Preschool Aide

Mrs. Sinclair started as Preschool Teacher Aide at RMCA in 2017. She and her husband live in Niwot with their four children and attend Rocky Mountain Christian Church. Mrs. Sinclair has completed courses in early childhood education, and has over twelve years experience working with preschool children. In her spare time she loves to read, walk, hike, and spend time with her family.

Caprice Rushing

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Rushing was an RMCA parent for three years and, having fallen in love with our community, she was excited to join our staff. Caprice brings over ten years of Early Childhood experience, much of which she taught in the Aspen public schools. She has completed coursework through Colorado Mountain College, CU and Front Range Community.

Mary Tallman

Pre-Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Mary Tallman joined RMCA in 2007 as a substitute in the Momʼs Day Out and Preschool programs, becoming an Aide for Pre-K in 2008. Mary holds Early Childhood qualifications from Front Range Community College. Mrs. Tallman has triplets who attended RMCA until graduating from 8th grade in 2017. She and her family attend Rocky Mountain Christian Church where Mary has facilitated a Pre-K Sunday school class since 2004. Mrs. Tallman enjoys attending all the different sports games her children are involved in, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

Betsy Weber

Admissions Coordinator/Registrar

Mrs. Weber transitioned to her current position as Admissions Coordinator/registrar in the summer of 2015.  She began her time at RMCA as a fourth grade teacher in 2005.  She taught third and fourth grades at RMCA for 10 years. Mrs. Weber grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Estes Park, Colorado after graduating from Hanover College where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught third and fourth grades for six years in Estes Park before moving to Erie with her family.  She and her husband, Derek, attend Rocky Mountain Christian Church.  Their oldest daughter is an RMCA alumni and their youngest daughter is currently in eighth grade at RMCA.

Melissa Young

Accounting

Melissa Young grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado in 1991.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in Personnel/Human Resource Management.  Melissa has been married to her high school sweetheart for 26 years and has a 15-year old son, a 12-year old daughter, and a domestic farm containing 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 guinea pig.  Both children attended RMCA from the age of 2 years old and her daughter is currently in 7th grade.  Melissa has worked at the school for 4 years in various roles transitioning to her current role in Accounting in 2016.  

Alison Sullivan

Office Administrator

Alison Sullivan grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Communication. Before joining RMCA, she served overseas on college campuses. Mrs. Sullivan lives in Erie with her husband, Thomas. They enjoy going to the movies and cooking together, as well as hanging out with their friends. They attend Calvary Bible Church in Erie.

Jennifer Turner

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Turner has a Master's Degree in reading and taught Kindergarten for 12 years before joining the office staff at RMCA.  She lives in Longmont with her husband, Trey and her two children (both former RMCA students).  She enjoys reading, playing the piano and walking her dog. She grew up in Wisconsin and lived in Texas before settling in Colorado.  Jennifer and her family attend First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont.     

Sarah Hadders

Administrative Assistant

Sarah Hadders moved to Erie, Colorado in 2005 with her husband, Jonathan. Mrs. Hadders and her family have been part of the RMCA family since 2009, and both of their children continue to attend RMCA. Prior to joining RMCA staff, Sarah practiced occupational therapy at Longmont United Hospital.  She enjoys hiking, quilting, watching her children practice judo and spending time with family.  Mrs. Hadders and her family attend Westside Church of Christ. 

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Charlotte Mason