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Middle School Directory

    Karen Cromer

    Middle School Lead Upper Math Teacher

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    Phone Ext: 1319

    Mrs. Cromer has been teaching mathematics at Monument Academy since March 2006. When she first taught here, MA was a high school and in addition to teaching Algebra and Geometry, she taught the IB Math which included Calculus. Mrs. Cromer runs an after school Math Club and is the coach of MA’s MathCounts competition team. Mrs. Cromer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Grove City College, a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Wright State University, and a Master of Education degree from University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Her past work experience includes working as an Operations Research Analyst in the Air Force, several years working for TRW as a Logistics Engineer, and tutoring mathematics at a Sylvan Learning Center.

        Robert Kemble

        Middle School Math Teacher

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        Phone Ext: 1317

        Mr. Kemble joined Monument Academy as a 5th grade teacher in 2010. The following year, he moved up to Middle School to fulfill a passion for teaching kids math. Prior to MA, Mr. Kemble taught combined Grades 5-8 for three years at a small, rural schoolhouse in northern Montana. He received his teaching credentials from Montana State University – Billings and holds a Bachelor’s Degree earned in 1979 from the University of California, Irvine. As a second-career teacher, Mr. Kemble finds the experience and rewards as “more than he ever thought possible”, and looks forward to spending the rest of his golden years in the math classroom.

          Howard Bonser

          Middle School Math Teacher

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          Phone Ext. 1214

              Kimberly McKenna

              Middle School Math Teacher

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              Phone Ext: 1326

                Thomas Herndon

                Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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                Phone Ext: 1307

                Tom Herndon was born in Missouri, but moved to northeast Colorado during his middle school years. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. He has spent the last 17 years working in non-profits like Compassion International and Christian Booksellers Association (a trade association for the Christian products industry) until joining Monument Academy in October 2016. He considers the career move to teach as a pivotal moment in his life as he has found his calling in teaching. He loves spending time with middle school students and watching them discover what unique gifts they contribute to the community. He has found a home in Monument Academy and is excited about the change that comes with every new year of students.

                He lives in Colorado Springs, is married, and has four kids. He enjoys snowboarding and camping and has rappelled from arches in Moab, UT. He has been to Canada, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, United Kingdom (and Scotland J). His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars, and Field of Dreams. Favorite books include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Hobbit. His approach to these stories is that, ‘every story was written to a specific people, at a specific time, and in a specific place,’ so we must understand the context when we hear the story, or we can misunderstand the true message. He brings that desire to go beyond the text to the classroom and desires that every student have a chance to ask the best questions about the true message of any given story (including theirs).

                    Nathan Piotrowski

                    Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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                    Phone Ext: 1311

                    Nathan Piotrowski (aka Mr. Pio) grew up in the weird state of Vermont. He moved to Colorado in 1998 to attend the USAF Academy and graduated in 2002. After serving in the Air Force as an Airfield Operations Officer, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Theology. Following seminary, he served in leadership at various churches before moving back to Colorado in the summer of 2016. Very early on in his teaching career, it became apparent Mr. Pio has a heart for students. The thing he loves most about teaching is spending time with students, creating an atmosphere of love, joy, and encouragement in the classroom, and engaging in real-life classroom discussions. In addition to teaching, Mr. Pio enjoys coaching, running, playing guitar, church-planting, and staying connected with the students and families in Monument.

                        Virginia Gibney

                        Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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                        Phone Ext: 1309

                        Mrs. Gibney was born in Ontario, Canada. She moved to Boston with her family in third grade and lived there till her early twenties. She attended and graduated from Gordon College with a degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education. She has also lived in Texas, California, New York State and now Colorado for more than 15 years. Mrs. Gibney has taught many subjects and performed many roles in her 20 plus years of teaching and is glad to be back at MA! When she’s not at school she loves to go on adventures with her family and stop at Starbucks along the way.

                            Karl Brown

                            Middle School Science Teacher

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                            Phone Ext: 1313

                            Mr. Brown received his Bachelor’s Degree in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a brief stint as a rocket scientist, he decided he wanted to focus on things a little more down to earth and pursued a Master’s Degree in health and rehabilitation sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. While designing a variety of assistive devices, he got involved in robotics and STEM education programs for youth with disabilities, which led to coaching the robotics team at MA starting in 2015 and teaching 8th grade science in 2016. When he’s not teaching, you might find him hiking, building robots, making up songs, or reading books with his kids again and again and again and again….

                                Christopher Menefee

                                Middle School Science Teacher

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                                Phone Ext: 1312

                                Christopher Menefee was born in Michigan and moved to Colorado in 2014. He graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in 2007 and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Chris joined the United States Air Force in 2007 and left active duty in 2014, but still serves as a reservist. While in the Air Force, Chris had the chance to operate in multiple theaters through out the world and was blessed with multiple experiences while traveling the world.  Chris has been married to his wonderful wife since 2012, who is also in education. Chris has been teaching at Monument Academy since 2016.

                                Chris also enjoys coaching and all the outdoor life that Colorado has to offer. He currently coaches High School Football in Colorado Springs. He enjoys all the time he gets to work with his students and athletes. Chris believes teaching and mentoring our youth is the greatest career any person could ask for.

                                    Kristin Goodman

                                    Middle School Science Teacher

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                                    Phone Ext: 1104

                                    “Kris”tin Goodman started teaching at Monument Academy in 2017.  She previously was the fifth-grade paraprofessional at Monument Academy as well as a substitute teacher.  Mrs. Goodman has also worked as a pre-k paraprofessional in Valdosta, Georgia.  She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1995 with a Biology degree.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force, she worked as a defense contractor before staying home to raise her children.  Mrs. Goodman received her Masters of Education in 2013.  She and her husband, Steve, have moved 14 times with his military career.  Her older son, Jack, graduated from Monument Academy in 2017 and her son, Ben, is currently a student at Monument Academy.  Away from school, she can be found mountain biking, backpacking, and skiing with her family.  She is very excited to finally call Colorado home permanently.

                                        Michael Herbert

                                        Middle School Lead Social Studies Teacher

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                                        Phone Ext: 1328

                                        Mr. Herbert grew up the son of a Navy helicopter pilot, so naturally he moved around a lot.  Nearly 20 times, in fact.  Colorado, Texas, California, Washington, D.C., Florida, New Mexico, and Virginia have all been called home at some point in his life.

                                        Mr. Herbert began his teaching career at the age of sixteen when he became a swim instructor for elementary students at his local pool.  Upon graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara with his undergraduate degree, he went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Mr. Herbert has been at Monument Academy since 2013.

                                        In his other life, he enjoys fly fishing, cooking, gardening, and planning his motorcycle trip around the world.

                                            Tiffaney Alexander

                                            Middle School Social Studies Teacher

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                                            Phone Ext: 1323

                                            Tiffaney Alexander was born in Colorado Springs in 1983. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. After college, Tiffaney was a paraprofessional at a middle school in Kansas. She moved back to Colorado Springs in 2007 and began teaching at a small Christian school in the Springs. She also got involved in coaching basketball which has been her lifelong passion in life. Tiffaney has been at Monument Academy for two years teaching 6th grade history and also coaching the middle school girls basketball team.

                                                Eric Rocciola

                                                Middle School History Teacher

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                                                Phone Ext: 1321

                                                Eric Rocciola received his Associates degree in Culinary Management in 2007 and his Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Political Science from William Patterson University in 2013. Mr. Rocciola has lived in New Jersey, New Mexico, Arizona, New York City and for the last three years in Monument, Colorado. He started teaching at Monument Academy in 2017. Mr. Rocciola enjoys cooking, fishing and hiking with his wife Andi.

                                                    Natalie Chabot

                                                    Middle School French Teacher

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                                                    Phone Ext: 1324

                                                    Natalie Chabot began teaching at Monument Academy in August of 2016. She received her bachelor’s in Foreign Language Education from the University of Kansas after growing up speaking French at home. At Monument Academy, she teaches French as well as character classes. In her free time, Ms. Chabot enjoys drinking coffee, exploring Colorado, traveling to different countries, and wishing her cat Tubs could be on those adventures as well.

                                                        Richard Hart

                                                        Middle School Art Teacher

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                                                        Phone Ext: 1308

                                                        Richard Hart has been teaching at Monument Academy since 2007 and has enjoyed being an art educator since 1984. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1981 with a Master’s in Education. Previously, he graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a Master’s in Fine Art. He has resided in Colorado since 2000, a beautiful mountain setting that provides for his love of hiking and skiing. His experience includes working as a free-lance artist in Aspen and a few lucrative years with real estate in his home state of Wisconsin. After realizing, that once again, his true calling was teaching, he returned to the Front Range to continue his career in education at Monument Academy. He loves his students and is inspired every day by their genuine, positive enthusiasm. As well as an educator, Richard is an active artist with exhibitions in Denver and Santa Fe. Richard is proud of his son who is stationed in Oahu with the Air Force and has no problem making a commitment to visit his son on a yearly basis.

                                                            Benjamin Honeycutt

                                                            Middle School Technology Teacher

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                                                            Phone Ext: 1257

                                                                Collin Vinchattle

                                                                Middle School PE Teacher

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                                                                Phone Ext: 1226

                                                                Collin Vinchattle has been at Monument Academy since 2014, teaching physical education. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport and Exercise Science with a focus on physical education. He has his Master’s degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in Leadership with a principal licensure. Collin has been teaching since 2007 in education with six years at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy and two years at Space, Technology, and Arts Academy. Collin’s passion for teaching is to help students become physically active for a lifetime.

                                                                    Desiree Floyd

                                                                    Middle School Choir / Music Teacher

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                                                                    Phone Ext: 1401

                                                                    Desiree Floyd is thrilled to be continuing her work at Monument Academy. She is a Colorado native from Peyton, where she attended school grades K-12. For college, she attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in music education, double emphasizing in piano and voice. Upon graduating in 2013, Miss Floyd first taught elementary general music, band and orchestra before arriving at Monument Academy in 2015 to teach middle school choir. On the weekends, Miss Floyd travels to Pueblo to teach private lessons and serve on her church’s worship team. In her free time, Miss Floyd enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

                                                                        Christy Inama

                                                                        Middle School Drama/TV/Dance

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                                                                        Phone Ext: 1402

                                                                        Christy Inama teaches Drama, TV Production, and Theatrical Dance at MA, and is the Student Council Advisor.  Originally from the Philadelphia area, she went to college at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma and studied Drama/Television/and Film Performance.  Before beginning her teaching career in 2015, Christy and her husband travelled extensively, leading teams of youth and adults in international service projects.  She is a mama of five sons and a daughter, all who have or do attend Monument Academy.  Christy is passionate about helping young people discover their creative gifts, and giving them opportunities that challenge them to mature and grow and lead within a safe and encouraging environment.

                                                                            Cristin Patterson

                                                                            Strings / Music Teacher

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                                                                            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.

                                                                                John Patterson

                                                                                Middle School Band / Music Teacher

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                                                                                PHone Ext: 1403

                                                                                    Kelly Collier

                                                                                    Librarian

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                                                                                    Phone Ext: 1220

                                                                                    Kelly Collier has been the Librarian at Monument Academy since 2009. She is also the National Junior Honor Society Adviser (NJHS) at Monument Academy. Kelly was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University with a major in Speech Communication. After college, Kelly wrote and produced programs for CSU, Ft. Collins Cablevision for several years. She then worked for Denver’s ABC affiliate running Chyron Infinite for the nightly newscasts until 1999. It was during years of volunteering that she discovered her love of working with students and teachers that she pursued a second career as Librarian. When she’s not at school or reading a book, you may find her outside doing activities such as gardening, camping, walking tours or planning the next vacation.

                                                                                        Pam Cassady

                                                                                        Library Assistant

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                                                                                        Phone Ext: 1520