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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/Principall 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.

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 Christmas M.Ed.

4th Grade

Ms. Christmas 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 U.S. and internationally, in both public and private schools. Ms. Christmas 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 and 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.

Ashley Bayne

Bible, Technology, Organization, Study & Life Skills Teacher, Art 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.

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.

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.

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.

Dana Gray

Student Council Sponsor and 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.

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 & Apologetics 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.

Ashley Bayne

Bible, Technology, Organization, Study & Life Skills Teacher, Art 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.

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.

Lorene Wrapp

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Wrapp taught P.E. for RMCA from 2001-2010. She has 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.

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.

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.

Caprice Rushing

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Rushing has been an RMCA parent for three years and having fallen in love with our community, she has been patiently waiting for a teaching position to open. 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.

Sue Hamilton

Preschool Aide

Bio coming soon! 

Nicole Prike

Preschool Teacher 3/4

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.

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.

“You, dear people, are torch-bearers, bearing the lights. It is not because we are clever, not because we know more, but because it has been our good fortune that a philosophy of Education has come our way, our vocation has led us.”
Charlotte Mason