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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 to live in a beautiful place and to do good work with God's people.

Amanda Ginn

Assistant Principal/Middle School Specialist/Band and Choir

Amanda Ginn comes to RMCA with a passion for mentoring and teaching youth.  She holds a B.A. in PK-12th Grade Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as an MEd in Educational Leadership, Policy Studies, and Administration through the University of Texas at Arlington.  Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Christian Academy, Amanda served as the Director of Omaha & Elkhorn Schools Foundation in Nebraska and shifted to teaching after moving to Colorado.  Her teaching experience includes PreK-12th grade general music, elementary band, middle and high school choir, high school jazz band, competitive jazz choir, show choir, musical theater, mentoring, yearbook, Bible, cheer, and dance.  Having a passion for performing arts, she performed in musical theater and competitive choirs for 20 years as well as acted, directed, and choreographed for musical theater performance companies in Colorado and Nebraska.  She writes and directs the musical ministry titled ‘Ransomed’ each year with local youth.

Amanda loves spending time with her son, Elijah, doing various outdoor activities.  He will be joining the RMCA family in the fall and is excited to grow and learn with new friends.  Amanda enjoys traveling to new destinations with friends, attending concerts, kayaking, volleyball, being an Ambassador for Subaru of America, and participating in motorsports.

Erica Schaefer, M. Ed.

Director of Instruction 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.

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. 

Adriane Sullivan, M. Ed.

2nd Grade Teacher

Adriane Sullivan joined RMCA in 2021.  Adriane received her Bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Masters degree in Elementary Education.  Before coming to RMCA, Adriane taught second grade at Longmont Christian School, first grade at Tidewater Classical Academy (located in Virginia), and has over 16 years of teaching experience as a homeschooling mother.  Adriane has three children and in her spare time she enjoys running, hiking Colorado mountains, backpacking, traveling, and gathering with friends.  Adriane attends Salt and Light Reformed Presbyterian Church in Longmont.

Emily Thompson

3rd Grade Teacher

Emily Thompson joined RMCA in 2021. She received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and her Teaching Credential from Biola University in Southern California. Before coming to RMCA, Mrs. Thompson has taught kindergarten and first grade in private, Christian schools since 2013. She moved from California to Colorado with her husband, Zack, who is the Campus Pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Thornton. They have a rescue dog, Lando, who is very well loved. Together, they enjoy traveling, watching hockey, spending time with family, trying new restaurants and recipes, and exploring new hiking trails with Lando.

Megan Schaffer

4th Grade Teacher

Megan Schaffer began teaching at RMCA in 2018. She received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies from Northland International University in Wisconsin. Since 2008 Mrs. Schaffer has been teaching in some capacity either as a full time elementary teacher or part time as a Physical Education teacher and high school girls volleyball coach. Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Tyler and their three children. In her spare time she loves to run, play sports, bake, and spend time outdoors. She and her family attend church at Valley Community Church in Lafayette.

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.

Heather Adams

Classroom and Office Aide

Heather Adams has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Northern Colorado. Heather's children have been attending RMCA since 2011. After many years of being a parent volunteer in the classroom, Mrs. Adams joined the RMCA staff as a classroom aide and office aide in 2019. Heather enjoys spending time with her family, and cooking yummy gluten free food. Heather and her family attend Grace Church in Longmont, Colorado.

Sierra Caswell

Classroom Aide

Mrs. Caswell taught 2nd grade at RMCA from 2018-2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Elementary Education from MSU. Sierra loves spending time with her husband and two daughters camping, gardening, and reading. She and her family have attended Rocky Mountain Christian Church for over 20 years.

Christina Louwers

Classroom Aide

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.

Kirstin Scholberg

Classroom and Office Aide

Kirstin Scholberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies and a teaching license in K-6 education. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and previously taught second grade.  Kirstin was involved in Rocky Mountain Christian Church MOPS and served on the leadership team for 2 years.  Kirstin's husband, Ben, is a Firefighter Paramedic for the City of Lafayette and their daughter attends preschool at RMCA. They enjoy traveling, camping, and being outdoors together. The Scholbergs attend Calvary Bible Church in Erie, where they currently reside.

Amanda Ginn

Assistant Principal/Middle School Specialist/Band and Choir

Amanda Ginn comes to RMCA with a passion for mentoring and teaching youth.  She holds a B.A. in PK-12th Grade Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as an MEd in Educational Leadership, Policy Studies, and Administration through the University of Texas at Arlington.  Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Christian Academy, Amanda served as the Director of Omaha & Elkhorn Schools Foundation in Nebraska and shifted to teaching after moving to Colorado.  Her teaching experience includes PreK-12th grade general music, elementary band, middle and high school choir, high school jazz band, competitive jazz choir, show choir, musical theater, mentoring, yearbook, Bible, cheer, and dance.  Having a passion for performing arts, she performed in musical theater and competitive choirs for 20 years as well as acted, directed, and choreographed for musical theater performance companies in Colorado and Nebraska.  She writes and directs the musical ministry titled ‘Ransomed’ each year with local youth.

Amanda loves spending time with her son, Elijah, doing various outdoor activities.  He will be joining the RMCA family in the fall and is excited to grow and learn with new friends.  Amanda enjoys traveling to new destinations with friends, attending concerts, kayaking, volleyball, being an Ambassador for Subaru of America, and participating in motorsports.

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.

Lori Wurth, M.S.

Logic, Language Arts, & Citizenship Teacher & 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 plant in Longmont, with her husband and two kids.

Walker Bailey

Middle School Math and Science

Bio coming soon!

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, 1 who graduated from RMCA and is in high school, and 2 who went to RMCA and are now in college. Christy and her husband, David, and their family attend Christian Home Fellowship of Boulder.

Amanda Ginn

Assistant Principal/Middle School Specialist/Band and Choir

Amanda Ginn comes to RMCA with a passion for mentoring and teaching youth.  She holds a B.A. in PK-12th Grade Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as an MEd in Educational Leadership, Policy Studies, and Administration through the University of Texas at Arlington.  Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Christian Academy, Amanda served as the Director of Omaha & Elkhorn Schools Foundation in Nebraska and shifted to teaching after moving to Colorado.  Her teaching experience includes PreK-12th grade general music, elementary band, middle and high school choir, high school jazz band, competitive jazz choir, show choir, musical theater, mentoring, yearbook, Bible, cheer, and dance.  Having a passion for performing arts, she performed in musical theater and competitive choirs for 20 years as well as acted, directed, and choreographed for musical theater performance companies in Colorado and Nebraska.  She writes and directs the musical ministry titled ‘Ransomed’ each year with local youth.

Amanda loves spending time with her son, Elijah, doing various outdoor activities.  He will be joining the RMCA family in the fall and is excited to grow and learn with new friends.  Amanda enjoys traveling to new destinations with friends, attending concerts, kayaking, volleyball, being an Ambassador for Subaru of America, and participating in motorsports.

Jennifer Rieger

Art Teacher

Jennifer Rieger has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from CU Boulder. She has been teaching art to students of all ages for over 15 years. Jennifer has an extensive knowledge in art history, portraiture and has worked in most mediums. Jennifer specializes in drawing, composition, and color theory. She is excited to share her knowledge with her students. Outside of school, Jennifer enjoys skiing, hiking, attending museums, art, and cooking. She has two teenagers at Fairview High School.

Lisa Atkins

Elementary Music Teacher

Lisa Atkins was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and received a Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance from CU. She completed her Master's of Music and Voice Performance from Wichita State University. She has been teaching for over 20 years in K-12 music, most recently as the K-8 Music and Theater teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Denver. In addition, she has also been Director of Youth Theater at The Art Underground in Louisville. Along with music in the classroom, Lisa has been the Conductor of the Rocky Mountain Chorale in Boulder and Assistant Conductor of the Boulder Chorale.  She has also performed both the Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano solos with the Boulder Messiah Sing-Along and acted as the vocal coach for the same choir for the past 19 years. She is profoundly grateful to the Lord for providing a vocation that uses the joyous talent that He gave her. She has a passion for teaching music while making it relevant to students' lives, and connecting them to the Lord. She believes that music is where students can learn the intangibles that will make them better citizens, better creative thinkers and problem solvers, and more courageous individuals in their future endeavors. In addition to singing, she enjoys doing puzzles, sewing, and amateur interior decorating. Lisa lives in Erie with her incredible husband, Jason, and their two remarkable daughters. They attend Calvary Bible Church in Boulder, where she has been serving with the youth ministry.

Sonja Gifford, M.S. Ed

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Gifford's background includes five years in higher education, recruiting at a Christian liberal arts college, six years as school counselor at comprehensive public high schools, and academic advising at a state university. She has degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.) and Northern Illinois University (M.S. Ed). Sonja is from New England, but, after 13 years in Longmont, can't imagine living elsewhere.  Sonja has served at her church as a greeter, mentor to single moms, and Bible Study leader. She enjoys camping, hiking, and any type of skiing with her husband and two daughters. 

Stacy Lind

Early Education Director

Mrs. Lind joined RMCA in 2004 in the preschool program as a Teacher’s Aide and Lead Teacher. She then transitioned to Early Education Director and Health Liaison in 2014. She holds a degree in Applied Human Science from CSU and Early Childhood 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, Colorado in junior high. In high school, she met her husband, Rick. They have two grown daughters and have welcomed a son-in-law to their family. When she is not in the classroom, Stacy enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, camping, and traveling to Hawaii.

Amy Smith

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Amy Smith received her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Biblical studies with an emphasis in Women’s Ministry at San Diego Christian College. Mrs. Smith graduated in 2003 and married her husband right after graduation. Amy and her husband have served in ministry for the last 20 years working mostly with high school & college students. Over the years, Amy has held many different roles in the various churches she worked. Most recently, Amy was women’s ministry director for five years and volunteered with the high school ministry discipling women and youth. Amy had her three kids in a Christian private school in Hawaii where she substitute taught and volunteered for years.  Her hobbies are surfing and shell picking (which are hard to do in Colorado), reading, a yummy latte, and thrifting. She also enjoys paddle boarding, but most of all being with her family at home. Amy is excited to be at RMCA loving on our students.

Constance Abrams

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Abrams’ love for teaching stems from her love of God and the children He creates.

Constance received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from California Lutheran University. Afterward, she obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts at California State University, Northridge. During her Master’s program, she worked as a student teacher in the CSUN Theatre Department as well as their Outreach Coordinator, where she would coordinate field trips for grades K-12. Toward the end of her Master’s program, she had a revelation and realized that her calling was to teach children through the Word of the Lord. After moving to Colorado, she obtained her Early Childhood Education License from the Friends Teacher Preparation Program. Now she is at RMCA fulfilling that revelation. Still, her theatre side hasn’t completely disappeared - she loves to incorporate song and dance in her classroom.

Outside of school, Mrs. Abrams loves spending time with her husband, John, and their cat, Gus. She is a fitness enthusiast with a love of running, hiking, paddle boarding, and cycling. This year, she plans to add snow sports to her repertoire.

Elena Shiriaeva

Preschool Aide

Ms. Shiriaeva moved to the USA in March of 2019. Her Bachelor's degree is in Cultures Studies from Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg. Back in Russia, Ms. Shiriaeva was a graphic and web designer.  She has been volunteering in the Christian Transfiguration Brotherhood of the Orthodox Church since 2006; her ministry was a mission for adults and teens. Ms. Shiriaeva enjoys having conversations about life and God with children through works of art.  In her spare time, she likes reading, learning psychology and history of art, traveling, attending concerts, visiting museums, and making up events with and for friends. She is a parishioner of St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church in Erie.

Jenn Patterson

Preschool Aide

Ms. Patterson attended Bob Jones University and graduated in 2005 with her Associates in Office Administration and a Bachelors in Practical Christian Training. She has been part of the RMCA community since 2012 and is excited to be part of the Early Education team! Ms. Patterson grew up in Colorado and can't imagine living anywhere else - she still finds the mountains amazing! She has 3 kids who attend RMCA. In her free time she loves playing with her kids and enjoying new adventures together. She attends FaithPoint church in Longmont.

Janae Besch

Preschool Aide

Janae Besch lived most of her life in Colorado where she met and married her husband, Tyler, in 2018. The two moved to Dallas where she obtained her Associates in Theology at Christ for the Nations Institute and Tyler graduated with a Bachelors in Business. They’ve since moved back and are settled in Mead, Colorado. In her spare time you can find her training her dog, hiking, refurbishing furniture, and soaking up time with family. She is excited to join RMCA and live out a dream of working with children and fostering relationships in a healthy work environment.

Wendy Hunt

Junior kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Hunt joined RMCA staff in 2018 and became an RMCA parent in 2019. Mrs. Hunt holds a degree in liberal arts and has completed certificates in Early Childhood teaching and directing. She is currently continuing her education at Colorado Christian University working on an additional Early Childhood Education degree. 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. In her spare time she loves to knit, fold origami, bake, hike, and spend time with her family.

Ryane Drochner

Junior Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Ryane Drochner joined RMCA staff in 2020 as a Junior Kindergarten teacher aide.  She completed her Undergraduate and Masters Degree, with a Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology, from Indiana State University. Mrs. Drochner and her family moved to Colorado in 2015. Her three daughters have attended RMCA since 2015. Ryane was involved in Rocky MOPS and was on leadership for 3 years. Ryane and her family attend Rocky Mountain Christian Church, where her husband and herself serve in guest services, RockyKids, and Special Friends (Special Needs Ministry). Ryane enjoys running, hiking, reading and any outdoor activities. She feels it is a privilege and joy to work at RMCA.

Ruxy Papineau

Junior Kindergarten Aide

Ruxy Papineau has lived in Colorado most of her life, which is an easy place to explore her love of Photography. She and her husband, Andre got married in 2009 and have since lived in 4 states! They are now settled in Erie, Colorado, with their 3 girls who attend RMCA. She is excited to be part of the RMCA Family and currently serves in the Junior Kindergarten classroom. On the weekends, you can usually find her exploring the outdoors with a camera in her hand, cuddled up with a good book, or enjoying game night with close friends and 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/HR

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 19-yr old son, a 16-yr old daughter, and a domestic farm containing 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 turtle and 6 chickens.  Both children attended RMCA.  Melissa worked at the school in various roles until she transitioned into her current role in Accounting/HR in 2016.

Alison Sullivan

Executive Assistant

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 Firestone with her husband and son. 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.

Emily Frink

Office Manager

Emily Frink started working as the Office Manager at RMCA in March 2020. Mrs. Frink got her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. She worked in the field of adoption as a caseworker for about five years before starting at RMCA. Mrs. Frink is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time outdoors and camping with her husband, Daniel. She also loves reading, baking, watching movies, and traveling.

Heather Adams

Classroom and Office Aide

Heather Adams has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Northern Colorado. Heather's children have been attending RMCA since 2011. After many years of being a parent volunteer in the classroom, Mrs. Adams joined the RMCA staff as a classroom aide and office aide in 2019. Heather enjoys spending time with her family, and cooking yummy gluten free food. Heather and her family attend Grace Church in Longmont, Colorado.

Kirstin Scholberg

Classroom and Office Aide

Kirstin Scholberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies and a teaching license in K-6 education. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and previously taught second grade.  Kirstin was involved in Rocky Mountain Christian Church MOPS and served on the leadership team for 2 years.  Kirstin's husband, Ben, is a Firefighter Paramedic for the City of Lafayette and their daughter attends preschool at RMCA. They enjoy traveling, camping, and being outdoors together. The Scholbergs attend Calvary Bible Church in Erie, where they currently reside.

“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