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Administration & Faculty

Rocky Mountain Christian Academy 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 RMCA, Brandon Byrd has the privilege of serving our community through growing the opportunities that a meaningful atmosphere, discipline, and life have for each individual. Key aspects of his role include staff development, student discipleship, parent engagement, and campus enhancements. Brandon’s desire is to see RMCA's community continue to grow as its children and adults realize their unmeasurable potential as persons created in the image of a loving, good God. 

Brandon holds a B.A. in history and English Literature from Union University and a M.Ed degree from from Covenant College. He has also participated extensively in Ambleside Schools International's training.  In his role, Brandon draws on his 18 years of K-12 instructional and administrative experience, including teaching 5th grade at RMCA in 2008-09, and in a number of schools in the U.S. and East Africa. 

Brandon hails from Tennessee and is married to Melissa. They are grateful for the opportunity to have all five of their children at RMCA. They are also grateful to live in a beautiful place and to do good work with God's people.

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.

Christina Louwers

Kindergarten teacher

Mrs. Louwers began teaching at RMCA in 2018. She received a Bachelor's of Science at Michigan State University. Shortly after, she met her husband, Bob, and they moved to Colorado where they raised their 5 children. She homeschooled all of her children in Charlotte Mason for 14 years. Mrs. Louwers loves to garden, cook, hike, and spend time with her family and church community.

Danielle Depue

1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Depue joined RMCA in 2017. She 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. 

Sierra Caswell

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Caswell joined RMCA in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Elementary Education from MSU, and previously has been a guest teacher for Adams 12 Five-Star schools. Mrs. Caswell loves spending time with her husband and daughter camping, gardening, and reading. She and her family have attended Rocky Mountain Christian Church for over 20 years.

Sarah Sandstrom

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Sandstrom received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. She comes from a classical teaching background and is passionate about working with children ages first through third grade. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading, traveling, camping in the mountains, and training her German shepherds.

Kylie Jones

4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kylie Jones began teaching 4th grade at RMCA in 2019. Originally from the Chicago area, Kylie most recently worked as Administrative Assistant to the pastor of Discipleship and Director of Women’s Ministries at College Church in Wheaton. Prior to her role at College Church, Kylie was the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at a Korean American Church outside of Chicago. Kylie graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She and her husband, Christopher, now live in Westminster, Colorado. Kylie is passionate about all things Swedish, horseback riding, coffee, and scones.

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 adult children (both RMCA alumni). She and her family attend First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont.

Heidi Robinson, M.Ed.

Science & Math Teacher

Mrs. Robinson started teaching preschool at RMCA in 2010. Before joining our Middle School staff, she taught 1st and 2nd grades. Mrs. Robinson 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 reading, traveling, hiking, and skiing.

Sam Strickland

Humanities 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 in 2017. Nothing pleases him more than a conversation about Saint Augustine or political philosophy over coffee.

Amy Booth

English & Math Teacher

Mrs. Booth enjoys teaching middle school students and helping them develop habits that lead to personal maturity and lifelong learning. She has been at RMCA since 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver, as well as a Professional Teaching License with endorsements in Secondary Social Studies, Elementary Education, and School Librarian. Mrs. Booth attends LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont and enjoys playing tennis, riding her bicycle, reading, following racing and baseball, and spending time with her family.

Lori Wurth, M.S.

Logic Teacher and Student Culture

Mrs. Wurth and her family have been at RMCA since 2008.  Lori’s passion is helping people grow and develop, and she has a heart and a knack for understanding and relating to Middle School students.  She teaches classes such as Christian Leadership, Communication, and Human Resource Management at Colorado Christian University.  She has a Master’s of Science in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado and studied business and psychology at CSU for her undergraduate work.  She attends church at Trailhead, a new church in Longmont, with her husband and two kids.

Christy Glaze, M.A.

Spanish Teacher

Christy Glaze has been an RMCA parent for many years and joined our staff in 2016. Mrs. Glaze has a passion for helping students grow in their demonstration of Christ's love for the Spanish speakers in our community and throughout the world through learning some of their language and culture. She 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, 1 of whom still attends RMCA, 2 who graduated from RMCA and are in high school, and 1 who went to RMCA and is now in college. Christy and her husband, David, and their family attend Christian Home Fellowship of Boulder.

Ashley Bayne

Art TEACHER

Miss Bayne joined the RMCA staff in 2015. Her degree in Art Education is from the University of Northern Colorado.  Miss Bayne attends Calvary Bible Church in Boulder, where she volunteers with the high school student ministry and women's ministry. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking/baking, playing ultimate or volleyball or having game nights with friends, and, of course, Miss Bayne loves to spend time drawing or painting in her studio.  

Megan Schaffer

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Schaffer began teaching PE at RMCA in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and she has seven years of coaching experience. She was born and raised in Colorado and after college she and her husband, Tyler, moved to Idaho to teach at a Christian school for 9 years. Currently, Mrs. Schaffer and her husband live in Frederick with their three children, Everett, Easton, and Bailey. In her spare time, Mrs. Schaffer loves to run, play sports, bake, and spend time with family and friends. She and her family attend church at Valley Community Church in Lafayette. 

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

Ms. Prike is a Lead Teacher in our preschool program. She began teaching at RMCA in 2008. She lives in Firestone with her two children. 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. Her 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. 

Mary Tallman

Preschool Aide

Mrs. Mary Tallman joined RMCA in 2007 as a substitute in the Momʼs Day Out and Preschool programs, becoming an Aide for Early Education 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.

Caprice Rushing

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Rushing joined the staff of RMCA in 2016. She was born and raised in Colorado and has been teaching children in both private and public school settings since 2002. Ms. Rushing attended University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Mountain College and Front Range Community College where she earned her Associates in General Studies and her Directors Certification in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, Ms. Rushing likes to spend time with her three daughters, hike, fish, camp, knit, bake pies, study rocks/fossils and travel.

Wendy Hunt

Pre-kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Hunt joined RMCA staff in 2018 and became an RMCA parent in 2019. She and her husband live in Erie with their two sons. Her family attends Calvary Bible Church where she directed both the MOPS Kids program and the Thursday morning Kids Bible Study. Mrs. Hunt holds a degree in the arts and has completed the Early Childhood Professional Credential. She is currently continuing her education at Front Range Community College. In her spare time she loves to knit, bake, hike, and spend time with her family.

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.  Both of their daughters attended 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 married her high school sweetheart and they have a son, a daughter, and a domestic farm containing 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 guinea pig.  Both children attended RMCA.  Melissa worked at the school in various roles until she transitioned into 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 and a minor in Elementary Education. Before joining RMCA staff, she served overseas on college campuses. Mrs. Sullivan lives in Erie with her husband, Thomas, and their son, Beckett. They enjoy going to the movies and cooking together, as well as hanging out with their friends. The Sullivans attend Calvary Bible Church in Erie.

Sarah Hadders

Executive 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 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. 

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.     

Dawn Hudson

Classroom Aide

Mrs. Hudson joined the RMCA staff in 2018.  In addition to homeschooling her children, Mrs. Hudson has worked for My Father’s World, Focus on the Family, Christian Bookseller’s Association, and as a Colorado state legislative aide. Now Dawn works in her favorite environment: first as a wife, mom, and a homeschooling teacher; then as a voice of support to homeschooling parents, and now as an aide for RMCA.

“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