Director of ESSEmail
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!
ESS Teacher (K-3)Email
Phone: 481-1950 x1315
ESS Teacher (6-8)Email
Phone: 431-8001 x2028
Thorin mostly grew up in Colorado and was always actively playing different sports. Now days he get out of the house by taking his amazing dog, Macy Grey,a sweet pit bull mix, on walks every day no matter the weather. He found a passion in helping people reach their goals and live their healthiest lives by receiving a degree in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in 2019. He previously started at Monument Academy as a para for ESS to see if he wanted to go into education. In this position Thorin saw how well the ESS and middle school staff worked together to help students pursue their dreams. He returned to Monument Academy after going back to school to finish his degree so that he could be a part of the middle staff and use the education environment to help students live their healthiest lives in as many as the nine dimensions of wellness as possible.
ESS Teacher (4-5)Email
Phone: 481-1950 x1316
Phone: 481-1950 x1117
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: 481-1950 x1322
Phone: 481-1950 x1114 and 431-8001 x2029
Phone: 481-1950 x1114 and 431-8001 x2029
ESS Teacher AssistantEmail
Phone: 431-8001 x2032
Sarah Thompson was born in Southern California and moved to Monument, CO in 1991. She graduated from Lewis Palmer High School and went on to get her degree in nursing. After working in the nursing field for several years, an opportunity arose to work with some very special students in the ESS department at Monument Academy. Sarah jumped at the prospect of changing career paths and has truly enjoyed working in the ESS department since 2011. She is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and has her WRS Level 1 Certification. In addition to teaching, she is also the head cheer coach at MA. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, singing, photography, and spending time with her amazing family.
Tracey (Shay) Ray
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.
Elementary ESS CounselorEmail
Phone: 719-481-1950 x1316
Meghan joined the Monument Academy staff in August of 2021 as a Counselor in the ESS department. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she received her Master’s of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! Meghan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience in outpatient therapy, residential treatment facilities, group homes, day treatment, school-based services, partial hospitalization, and therapeutic foster care. Meghan has been providing services and developing innovative programs for children and adolescents with severe mental health and behavioral problems since 2004.
Meghan and her family moved from Norman, Oklahoma to Colorado Springs in December of 2020. Living in Colorado has been a longtime dream and the family enjoys exploring all it has to offer. She has four children, all of whom attend MA, and they love playing sports, hiking, skiing, fishing, and just spending time together.