Kindergarten Lead Teacher (Full Day Class)
Phone Ext: 1202
Phone Ext: 1502
Kindergarten Teacher (Full Day Class)Email
Phone Ext: 1201
Mrs. Miller is a graduate of Regis University and has several years of experience working with and teaching children. She has been teaching Kindergarten at Monument Academy since 2013 and has three children who also attend the school. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Miller spent time in the technology industry working for MCI and EDS. A Colorado native and daughter of a military family, Vanessa has spent time all over the world, but considers Colorado home. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Miller enjoys camping, fly fishing, skiing and spending time with her family. Mrs. Miller’s goal as a teacher is to create a safe and warm environment in which her students will want to learn, discover, grow, laugh, and enjoy themselves.
Phone Ext: 1203
Phone Ext: 1205
Sandy Ward was born in New Orleans, LA and spent most of her childhood years living in Marble Falls, TX. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 1996 from Texas Tech University. Sandy has been married to her college sweetheart, Eric Ward for nineteen years. Eric and Sandy moved to Colorado Springs in 1996. Their children, Megan, Ethan, and Zachary, have all attended Monument Academy since kindergarten. Sandy worked in the IT industry for ten years before she decided to stay at home with her children for a season. She began volunteering at Monument Academy when her daughter began kindergarten in 2004. Over the past eleven years, Sandy has spent many hours serving Monument Academy as a parent volunteer, room mom, PTO Treasurer, Special Education Paraprofessional, Grade Level Paraprofessional, Grade Level Teacher, and currently as the Lead Fifth Grade Teacher. During this time at Monument Academy, Sandy attended courses through the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with her Master’s Degree of Science with an emphasis in Elementary Education in 2012. Sandy is truly passionate about teaching and enjoys celebrating “light bulb” moments with all of her students. In her free-time, Sandy enjoys watching her children play competitive soccer, camping and hiking throughout our beautiful state.
First Grade Lead TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1213
Mrs. Pendleton has been teaching at Monument Academy for twelve years in the first grade. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and has a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She enjoys being the courier for School Crossing and helping on the Sunshine Committee. Mrs. Pendleton homeschooled her own children for 10 years that prepared them for the private school they later attended and that she and her husband started. She enjoys overseas travel, decorating, gardening, walking, and baking as some of her hobbies. Her passion is to see students grow, develop, and thrive in her fun-filled classroom.
First Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1209
First Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1211
Kristen Sciacca is beyond excited to begin her first year teaching here at Monument Academy! Miss. Sciacca is Monument born and raised, and actually attended Monument Academy in her own elementary years. After high school she attended Fresno State on a full ride volleyball scholarship. Miss. Sciacca spent three years in Fresno, then moved back to finish her schooling at the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs. She graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership Communication, and then continued on to peruse her master’s at the University of Northern Colorado. Miss. Sciacca completed her master’s degree in Elementary Education on June 27, 2015. In her free time, Miss. Sciacca loves to play in mountain volleyball tournaments, spend time with her sisters, hike the incline, and run half marathons- not the full ones yet! Miss. Sciacca is very pleased to announce that she will be coaching the MA volleyball team this year as well. She is looking forward to returning to Monument Academy, and sharing her passion for education as well as volleyball with the Monument Academy community.
First Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1207
First Grade ParaEmail
Second Grade Lead TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1223
Krystina DiFabio was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1988 and moved to Colorado Springs in 1989. She went to school in Colorado Springs School District 11 from kindergarten through 12th grade, and then attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She majored in elementary education with an English emphasis and graduated in 2010. She was an aide and substitute in District 11 before teaching second grade at Monument Academy in 2012. Krystina has been in second grade at MA ever since. In addition to teaching, she is second grade’s curriculum committee representative, and in 2014, she took the position of elementary yearbook advisor. Her favorite part of teaching is talking and joking with her students, and watching them learn something new. She grew up dancing and now teaches at the dance studio she grew up at. She loves reading, traveling, listening to music, and watching Rockies baseball games. She hopes to one day teach gifted and special-needs students in England.
Second Grade Teacheremail
Phone Ext: 1219
Third Grade Lead TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1101
April Heidrich was born in Illinois and lived there until she was in sixth grade. She lived in California for a few years until she finally ended in Monument and graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School. She then graduated suma cum laude from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. Immediately following college, April joined Teach For America and taught third through fifth grade for two years in an underprivileged school in Mississippi. After sailing around the world working for a cruise line for a year, April settled back in Colorado and began teaching at Monument Academy. She got married in July 2014 and enjoys travel, weight lifting, writing silly songs for her class, and playing with her dog Blake. April Heidrich is the third grade lead teacher and the leader of the Elementary Student Council.
Third Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1103
Third Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1107
Third Grade Teacher
Phone Ext: 1105
Kelly is an old face around Monument Academy. This will be her eighth year serving Monument Academy. She has served on the PTO board in the roles of fundraising coordinator, vice-president and president. She has also volunteered in her kids’ classes in Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, First grade, Second grade, and Third grade. She has worked at Monument Academy as a para for the Third grade, Pre-K, and student taught in Fourth grade. This will be her third year teaching Second grade. She has been married for 18 years. She has two boys that attend Monument Academy. She has lived in Colorado Springs for 7 years and has lived in Colorado for 15 years.
Kelly went to school in St. Louis, MO at Missouri Baptist University and has a B.A. in Religious Education and a Minor in Sociology and Psychology. She also has Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from UNC Greeley. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, sewing, reading, biking and just basking in the sun!
Fourth Grade Lead Teacher
Carol Thomas was born in CA but moved all over as the daughter of a Navy captain and wife of an Air Force navigator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech. Carol taught 3rd grade for 2 years in the Philippines. After spending time at home with her two sons, she began teaching at Monument Academy in 1996, the first year it opened. She taught 4th and 5th grade for 7 years and then left teaching to spend time at home with her daughter. Carol returned to MA in 2008, back in 4th grade. She loves the families, students, and curriculum at MA. Carol and her family have lived in Monument for 19 years. When she’s not teaching, Carol loves to read, hike, and camp with her family.
Fourth Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1111
Mrs. Dickey has been teaching for 12 years in both Colorado Springs and Monument. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a dual teaching license in both Elementary Education and Secondary Science. She is also enrolling in a dual Master’s program through the University of Northern Colorado that begins this August. She has experience teaching kindergarten, fourth grade, and 6th – 8th grade math and science. The 2015-2016 school year will be Mrs. Dickey’s 3rd year teaching 7th grade science at MA. She is a Colorado native and enjoys hiking, singing, and spending time with her husband, two daughters (ages 4 and 6), and two dogs.
Fourth Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1109
Marissa Seabolt was born in West Virginia in 1969. She has lived the majority of her life in Southeastern states including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Virginia before moving to Colorado in 2012. You might still catch a bit of a southern accent when she says “hi y’all”. She earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University where she met her husband of 21 years. She received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Montevallo in 1993. After graduate school, she taught kindergarten and 4th grade before having her first child. She was blessed to stay home for 12 years while her 4 children were young before going back to teaching in 2009. She taught 5th and 6th grade in Georgia before coming to Monument Academy in 2013. She is happy to be teaching in a Character First school where she feels her heart and passion for reaching children is best served. She stays busy shuttling her children around to their various activities when she isn’t busy at school! She also enjoys hiking in the beautiful Colorado terrain with her family and dogs.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Phone Ext: 1115
Yvette Throgmorton has been teaching for 7 years, but this is her first year at Monument Academy. Yvette was born and raised in Northern California. She moved to Colorado in 1996 on a softball scholarship to play for UCCS. After marrying her college sweetheart, they moved around with the Army and have lived in GA, TN, and TX. Yvette graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B.S. in Corporate Communications with a minor in Marketing. She received her Teaching License EC-6th grade from the state of Texas. While living in Texas, Yvette taught Kindergarten and First grade. After staying home with her boys for five years, her family moved back to Colorado and she began teaching Kindergarten again. Yvette is very eager and honored to be teaching at Monument Academy. Her passion is to help children grow and develop to their full potential and become lifelong learners.
Aside from teaching, Yvette enjoys camping, hiking, boating, traveling, and photography
Fourth Grade ParaEmail
Fifth Grade Lead Teacher
Phone Ext: 1123
Mr. Hutto just finished his first teaching year at Monument Academy. He has degrees from the University of Northern Colorado in History and Economics and a Master’s in Elementary Education. He is currently working on his Master’s in History studying African American Gender Roles through the Evolution of Blues Music. Mr. Hutto grew up in an Air Force family and has traveled the world, a passion still quite important in his life.
Outside of school, Mr. Hutto enjoys hiking, yoga, working out, traveling, trying new food, drinks, and experiencing new cultures. He also enjoys cooking, brewing, and going back to visit his extended family in the South.
Fifth Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1119
Dana Caplinger is a native Coloradan, but spent some of her childhood years living in Fairbanks, Alaska due to her father’s work in the Army. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an emphasis in Elementary Education. Dana has taught third and fourth grade for the past seven years, but this is her first year at Monument Academy. She is very excited to be teaching in a classical environment that emphasizes excellence in character.
Dana and her husband, Robbie, love to travel, watch hockey, and spend time with their friends and family. Outside the classroom, Dana also enjoys reading, watching movies, shopping, and playing with her two cats, Izzy and Bella.
Fifth Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1112
Fifth Grade TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1121
Ragan Sasaki has been teaching for seven years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. In 2011, she earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Colorado Teaching License from Regis University. Ragan was born in Davenport, Iowa. At age 2, she began her travels around the word because her father was an officer in the Army. She has lived in Germany, Illinois, Panama, Maryland, and California. In 1998, her family moved to Colorado Springs. When not teaching, she enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors, and taking her 7 year-old Goldendoodle (Ichi) on hikes.
Fifth Grade ParaEmail
Phone Ext: 1102
Pamela Piper has taught at Monument Academy for nearly 8 years. In addition to teaching Art, she has taught preschool, 3rd and 4th grade. Prior to teaching at Monument Academy, Pam worked as a reading tutor and taught 2nd grade at Copper Creek Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. Pamela started her teaching career in Jefferson County, Colorado. During a 12 year tenure in Jefferson County, Pam taught at all intermediate grade levels. Pamela graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. Her passions outside of the classroom include biking, hiking, skiing and anything to do with being creative.
Phone Ext: 1106
Suzy Benz was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. She loves nature and spending time at her cabin, which her dad built in 1968, in Beulah, CO. Unlike a lot of people, Suzy likes Colorado’s unpredictable weather. “It’s not boring!”
Suzy attended Cottey College, the University of Redlands and graduated with a B.A. in music education from the University of Colorado in 1975. She also did some grad work in Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She taught her first 8 years in District 11 in Colorado Springs.
Suzy has 2 children. After being a “stay at home mom” for years, she went back to work teaching in Douglas County schools, Sunshine Village Preschool, and Family of Christ Preschool. She then taught music for 2 years at a charter school in Widefield, CO. She feels very fortunate to have been hired as the K-5 music teacher at MA which is a much shorter commute. She has taught at MA for 8 years. Over the years she has added 5th grade choir, the elementary Talent Show, MIDI for Kids keyboard program, and piano lessons. Suzy loves teaching at MA because “our students are respectful and have good character.” She also thinks the students at MA are very creative, talented, and lend new ideas to the music program.
Phone Ext: 1225
Mrs. Anna Vroom comes from Northern Minnesota where she graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2001, she completed her Master’s degree from Webster University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been teaching and coaching elementary, middle school and high school students since 1993. Mrs. Vroom has lived and taught in Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona and Colorado. She has lived in Colorado for the last eight years and has officially claimed it as her home. Mrs. Vroom loves Colorado for the change of seasons, and she will never miss a snowfall for it reminds her of home. She has been teaching at Monument Academy since 2009. While at Monument Academy, she has taught in the elementary classroom, coached Odyssey of the Mind, as well as middle school basketball and volleyball and now loves her newest position as elementary physical education teacher.
Phone Ext: 1324
Janette Olson has been teaching Spanish and Character Education at M.A. since 2012 and at other area charter schools since 2000. She was born and grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to Dutch parents. Her love of foreign languages grew as she studied both French and Spanish and traveled in Latin America with Youth with a Mission. After graduating from Bethany Global University with a B.A. in Missions and Biblical Studies, she married a classmate and they worked together in Honduras, Ecuador and Costa Rica for several years. After moving to Colorado in 1993, her husband’s career as an international director afforded her the opportunity to travel with him extensively; of the 21 officially Spanish-speaking countries, she has spent time in 19. These experiences and familiarity with various cultures provide extra depth to her Spanish and character lessons. Raising 3 children has given her extra insight as well. Janette is excited to share her knowledge and build relationships with the middle school students at M.A.
Phone Ext: 1117
Sandra Wood was born in Colorado in 1972. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. After college, Sandra married and worked for a non-profit organization assisting children and their families. After having two children, Sandra pursued her Master’s in Education. She graduated from Regis University in 2012. Mrs. Wood has enjoyed teaching at Monument Academy since 2012.
RtI Specialist ParaEmail
Strings / Music TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1110
Cristin Patterson is new to Monument Academy and Monument this year, teaching 4th and 5th grade Strings and Middle School Orchestras. She is a professional musician who has lived in Colorado since she was five years old. She attended Cherry Creek High School in Centennial, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Cristin has performed in numerous orchestras, chamber music groups, marching bands, and rock bands, across the U.S. and internationally. She has taught private piano, violin, viola, and cello lessons in her home in Highlands Ranch, to students of all ages and abilities, for 19 years. Mrs. Patterson is passionate about keeping the joy of music alive and growing in our homes and schools. She enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their two children.
Middle School Technology TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1257
Phone Ext: 1720
Phone Ext: 1720