Administration Directory

    Merlin Holmes

    Chief Operating Officer


    Phone Ext: 481-1950 x1702 and 431-8001 x1006

        Marc Brocklehurst

        Chief Financial Officer


        Phone: 481-1950 x1705

            Tamiko Thomas

            East Campus HS Assistant Principal


            Phone Ext: 431-8001 x1034


                Carol Skinner

                East Campus MS Assistant Principal


                Phone Ext: 431-8001 x1005

                Carol Skinner is beginning her 14th year at Monument Academy where she will be serving as the Director of Instruction and Evaluation.  Carol received her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and earned her teaching certificate and Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS.  Carol’s passion is for helping teachers reach their full potential and she enjoys helping first year teachers adjust to Monument Academy.  Carol is the mom of Cleone and Cydney and enjoys running, hiking, reading, and watching British T.V. shows.

                    Kurt Walker

                    West Campus 3-5 Assistant Principal (ES)


                    Phone Ext: 481-1950

                        Laura Barrette

                        West Campus K-2 Assistant Principal


                        Phone: 481-1950 x1704

                        Ms. Barrette has been at Monument Academy since 2015. She began her career at Monument Academy as a 4th grade teacher and then taught 1st grade. In 2020, Laura became the Assistant Principal for the Elementary School. Laura received her undergraduate degree from The University of Northern Colorado, and her Master’s degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. Laura grew up in Monument and has formed strong connections with the families and staff at Monument Academy. Laura loves to spend time with her family and is never too busy to say hi to current and past MA students when she’s out and about. You’ll find her hiking (or shopping) in her spare time.

                            Sherry Buzzell

                            Director of Human Resources


                            Phone: 431-8001 x1011

                            Sherry Buzzell has been employed at Monument Academy since 2005 and is currently the Director of Human Resources.  Sherry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Management and Human Resources from Colorado Christian University. Prior to coming to Monument Academy , Sherry worked for the Colorado Springs Police Department as a police officer for 12 years before staying home for four years with her three daughters, all of whom attended Monument Academy from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Sherry is a native of Colorado and married to her wonderful husband, Steve, also a Colorado native.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

                                Karen McKeown

                                Human Resources Administrative Assistant


                                Phone: 481-1950 1711

                                Karen McKeown has worked for over a decade in education – both as a para and a teacher in various grade levels. She received a B.A. from U.C. Davis in Economics with a minor in Organizational Studies and earned her teaching credential from Cal State Hayward. Karen and her family have been a part of the MA family since 2006. She and her husband, Jay, have 2 teenage boys. She loves to read, enjoy coffee with friends, camp, hike and spend time with her family. Her new position of Business Office Administrative Assistant allows her to combine her love for education with her enjoyment of administrative work and helping others.

                                    Amy Zarkovacki

                                    Director of Admissions


                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1012

                                    Amy Zarkovacki has been a part of the MA family since its inception in 1996. Her involvement began as an MA parent and volunteer. In 2003 she began her work at the Monument Academy front office, followed by Registrar in 2006 and finally Director of Admissions in 2017. Amy and her husband have 2 adult children who are Alumni of Monument Academy.  She enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and crocheting.

                                        Chandy Buckingham

                                        Admissions Assistant


                                        Phone: 481-1950 x1712

                                        Chandy Buckingham has been Monument Academy’s Admissions Assistant since 2016. She has been an active part of MA since moving to Monument in 2013, volunteering in the classrooms, serving as PTO Vice President and Spirit Wear Coordinator and substitute teaching. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Political Science from Colorado State University.

                                        Chandy and her husband have been married since 2003 and they have three children, all Monument Academy alumni. Chandy enjoys spending time with her family and menagerie of animals, cooking, gardening and horseback riding.

                                            Julie Shook

                                            Business Manager


                                            Phone: 431-8001 x1010

                                            Julie has been the Business Manager at MA since 2015. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma. She is married with two children and enjoys reading, volunteering, hiking and hanging out with family and friends.

                                                Rachel Walsh

                                                Business Management Assistant


                                                Phone: 481-1950 x1708

                                                    Julie Ritschard

                                                    Administrative Assistant to Secondary School Principals


                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1071

                                                    Julie Ritschard has been living in Colorado since 2002. She manned the front desk of Monument Academy for over 10 years and is now the Admin Assistant. She attended Northern Arizona University working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

                                                    Julie grew up in Southern California and worked at Disneyland. She is married with grown children. She has a second business of raising Suri alpacas. She enjoys ranching, giving alpaca tours, working with alpaca yarn and quilting.

                                                        Sara Molsen

                                                        East Campus Front Office


                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x1000

                                                        Sara has been a part of Monument Academy as a parent since 2010 years and as a front desk lady since 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and brings many years of office experience to the Front Desk position. She is a happy wife and mother of 5 boys; 2 are current MA students. Sara and her family have lived in Colorado since 2006. When she’s not smiling at the guests at Monument Academy, she enjoy’s hiking, many cups of coffee and family game night.

                                                            Megan Gardner

                                                            East Campus Front Office


                                                            Phone: 431-8001 x1001

                                                                Tina McLellan

                                                                West Campus Front Office, Admin Assistant to COO and Elem Principals


                                                                Phone: 481-1950 x1234

                                                                    Evangeline Rouleau-Glen

                                                                    West Campus Front Office


                                                                    Phone: 481-1950 x1100

                                                                        April Janzen



                                                                        Phone: 481-1950 x1210 and 431-8001 x1014

                                                                            Kari Annen

                                                                            Health Clerk


                                                                            Phone: 481-1950 x1210

                                                                                Amy Torrence

                                                                                Communications and Marketing Specialist


                                                                                    Vinnie DeVincenzo

                                                                                    Facilities Director


                                                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1039

                                                                                        Chuck Staiger

                                                                                        Facilities Team Lead - West Campus


                                                                                        Phone: 481-1950×1116

                                                                                            Patricia Ross

                                                                                            MS/HS Educational Technology Coordinator


                                                                                            Phone Ext: 431-8001 x1081

                                                                                            Patricia has been serving at Monument Academy since 2008 as a parent volunteer, classroom Technology teacher and IT support person. Prior to working at MA, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science while working as a software engineer.

                                                                                                Janyse Skalla

                                                                                                Distance Learning Specialist



                                                                                                    Elizabeth Weber

                                                                                                    Elementary Educational Technology Coordinator


                                                                                                    Phone: 481-1950 x1215

                                                                                                    Beth earned her BA at the University of Northern Colorado in Consumer and Family Science (Home Economics) Education. While living in Belgium with her family she earned her certificate in English as a Second Language and worked as an English Instructor and the English Language Assessment Coordinator at the SHAPE/NATO Language School. After leaving NATO, Beth began working for the UNHCR CRESL program in Colorado Springs, where she coordinated and taught English, Job Skills, American Culture, and GED classes. While working for the Colorado Refugee ESL program, Beth received her teaching authorization from the Colorado Department of Education in Literacy Instruction. Beth went on to accept a position with Colorado Calvert Academy Online as the Blended Learning Teacher and at Calvert Academy Online High School as a Fine Arts Instructor.  It was here that Beth discovered a love for technology, digital art, photography, and online education. While working for CCA, Beth completed coursework in Blended and Online Learning. Beth is passionate about learning and considers herself a lifelong student as well as a career educator. She is honored to be a part of Monument Academy as the Elementary School Educational Technology Coordinator.

                                                                                                        Chris Hale

                                                                                                        Athletic Director


                                                                                                        Phone Ext: 431-8001 x1032


                                                                                                            Erin Hastedt

                                                                                                            GT Coordinator


                                                                                                            Phone: 481-1950 x1312

                                                                                                            Erin Hastedt joined MA as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator in the 2019-2020 school year.  She brings over 20 years of experience in the field of gifted education, an endorsement in GT and is SENG trained.  Her approach to gifted education is personal, individualized and need-based.

                                                                                                            Mrs. Hastedt grew up and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Denver in 1994 to pursue a post-graduate degree in education at the University of Denver. In 2016 she got her K-12 endorsement in gifted education. While in high school and college, she was a dedicated and successful student-athlete with a decorated career in both soccer and track.

                                                                                                            In her free time she loves to read, workout, listen to music and watch sports of all kinds, especially soccer!

                                                                                                            Mrs. Hastedt is married, with two gifted teenagers attending Palmer Ridge, three dogs and lives in beautiful Woodmoor, Colorado!

                                                                                                            Please click here for more information about our GT program.

                                                                                                                Karen Michael

                                                                                                                Director of Literacy & Intervention


                                                                                                                Phone: 481-1950 x1720

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                    Jessica Coote

                                                                                                                    Director of ESS


                                                                                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x2029 and 481-1950 x1318

                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                        Drew Stevenson

                                                                                                                        PE Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director


                                                                                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x1031

                                                                                                                        Coach Stevenson has 20 years of head lacrosse coaching and program administration experience. Most recently, a Division III Head Coach, he has lead the start of two collegiate programs, founded his own youth program in Chicago and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2006.

                                                                                                                        Stevenson has coached more than 50 collegiate and high school all conference players, lead Saint Ignatius College Prep (IL) to the 2009 Class B State Title, and regularly works with all ages and skill levels of lacrosse players.

                                                                                                                        As a long time lacrosse and strength coach, some of the best players he has seen play the game have been multi-sport athletes. With lacrosse encompassing so many tactical and technical skills included in other sports, he believes that youth through high school players are best served experiencing multiple sports and activities. Equally important as playing multiple sports/activities he stresses physical literacy through strength and conditioning allowing athletes to better understand what they can do to help themselves be and feel their best.

                                                                                                                            Mia Phillips

                                                                                                                            Preschool Director


                                                                                                                            Phone: 481-1950 x1506

                                                                                                                                Carrie Howarth

                                                                                                                                Social Worker


                                                                                                                                Phone: 431-8001 x2030 and 481-1950 x1322

                                                                                                                                Carrie started volunteering in the counseling department at Monument Academy in 2015 and presently is the school’s Social Worker. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Psychology, Master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas San Antonio, and is a licensed Social Worker with the state of Colorado. Carrie brings many years of experience and enthusiasm to the students and staff at Monument Academy. She has a long history working with children and adolescents in the areas of crisis intervention, running elementary and middle school groups, developing, and maintaining mental health programs. Her focus has been on anger management and suicide awareness as well as working with high-risk adolescents and teaching them social and life skills.

                                                                                                                                Carrie has been married since 1999, she and her husband have 5 daughters with 4 of them attending Monument Academy and the other previously acting in a teaching capacity. They have been a part of the military community for the last 19 years, have lived in many places and are happy to call Monument home! Carrie enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, watching her girls play soccer, basketball, gymnastics, cheer, and track while creating lasting memories with family and friends.

                                                                                                                                    Emily Davis

                                                                                                                                    Counselor/Concurrent Enrollment Advisor


                                                                                                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x2027

                                                                                                                                    This is Emily Davis’ first year at Monument Academy as the High School Counselor serving the 9th and 10th grades. Emily’s favorite part about being a School Counselor is helping students realize their potential as they prepare for life after high school. School Counselors support students in three domains including Academics (Credit Tracking, Transcript Audits, Scheduling), College/Career (Concurrent Enrollment, Naviance: ICAPs, Scholarships, College/Job Applications & Resumes, etc.), and Social Emotional Development (Crisis, Grief, Character, Friendships, Mental Health Support & Resources).

                                                                                                                                    Emily is in her 6th year as a School Counselor and comes to MA with counseling experience at all grade levels in varying school sizes and community types. She earned her Master of Science in Professional School Counseling at Minnesota State University – Mankato. Prior to earning her master’s degree, she worked as a Civil Engineer earning her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University, Go Bison! Since moving to Colorado over 4 years ago, Emily, her husband, Trent, sons, Braden & Jaxon, and pup, Beau, together enjoy backpacking, hiking, camping, and paddleboarding.

                                                                                                                                        Jo-Anna Halvorson



                                                                                                                                        Phone: 481-1950 x1722

                                                                                                                                        Jo-Anna Halvorson was born in Philadelphia. She graduated with a BA at Millersville University in Pennsylvania in 2001 with a major in English and a minor in philosophy. After college, she moved to CA and started her teaching career as a 6-12 English teacher. She joined the US Air Force in 2005, and has lived in Turkey, England, and South Korea. In 2011, she completed her Master’s in Education and a certification in special education at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is currently in her second master’s program for school and mental health counseling at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She will graduate this May 2022. She plans on completing her LPC licensure and becoming a registered play therapist. She is excited to be at Monument Academy and loves working with the elementary kids.

                                                                                                                                            Phyllis McComb



                                                                                                                                            Phone: 481-1950 x1721


                                                                                                                                            Phyllis is a licensed school counselor with the state of Colorado and joined the MA counseling department in 2017. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and received her M.A. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. After having spent many years in the public school system, Phyllis is thrilled to call Monument Academy home and appreciates the enthusiasm and dedication of her colleagues.