Director - ESSEmail
Phone Ext: 1316
Born in New Zealand, Jessica Coote has been given the opportunity to teach both in America and abroad after studying education and earning her teaching degree and licensure at the University of Northern Colorado. Over recent years traveling between the two countries, Ms. Coote has expanded her toolbox of approaches and practices to better educate all children. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities in a variety of schools. Ms. Coote has been teaching at Monument Academy since 2014 and has been a part of the school since its opening in 1996. On her off time, Ms. Coote loves to read, hike, and adventure!
Director of Literacy & InterventionEmail
Karen Michael is excited to be part of the Monument Academy learning community as the Director of Literacy and Intervention. She earned her B.A. in Social Science/Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.A. in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Additionally, Mrs. Michael completed her Principal Licensure through Adams State University.
Prior to accepting the position at MA, Mrs. Michael has been an Assistant Principal, Administrative Teacher on Special Assignment, School Assessment Coordinator, Technology Director, MTSS Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Data Analysis Leader as well as taught the various grades first through fourth all within the beautiful state of Colorado.
Outside of teaching she enjoys hiking, exploring the Colorado mountains, traveling, and watching the various professional sports that Denver offers with her family.
Andi Rankin joined the wonderful ESS family at Monument Academy in 2016. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2005 with a double major in English literature and performing arts. After college, she moved to New York City to pursue her love of acting, attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Alvin Ailey school of dance. Life as a struggling artist is difficult and seven years later she discovered her passion in teaching young students with special needs. Andi returned to her home town of Monument, Colorado in 2014 with her born and bred New Jersey husband, Eric. The call of the mountains and family had become too great! Andi enjoys exploring the great outdoors, snowshoeing, hiking, and biking with her friends and family. A little couch time with her hubby and two lazy cats isn’t too shabby either!
ESS Para/Occupational Therapy AssistantEmail
ESS Admin AssistantEmail
Phone Ext: 1508
Allison Wise has taught K – 8th grade English Learners at Monument Academy, part time and then full time, since 2008. She is also the coach of the MA Matchwits Team. Originally from California, Allison has lived in Monument since 2005. Starting at San Diego State University, Allison graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. She has taught English as a Second Language to adults, teens & children since 1996. Other accomplishments include appearing on Jeopardy! (twice) and hiking the Incline (once). Besides reading, Allison’s hobbies are genealogy research and hiking with her husband and two children.
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.