Middle School Directory

    Angela Duca

    Secondary Campus MS Assistant Principal


    Phone Ext: 431-8001 x1005

    Mrs. Duca was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and earned a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Mrs. Duca earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Additionally, she earned her Principal License from Adams State University. Mrs. Duca began her teaching career in 2005 and has experience as a classroom teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal. Mrs. Duca started at MA in December 2021, and she is very excited to be a part of the MA team!  She is delighted to work with such a caring staff and amazing students! She and her husband have two children who are both graduates of Colorado State University. During her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and hiking with family and friends.

        Dawn Bartlett

        Technology Teacher


        Phone: 431-8001 x2023

        Mrs. Bartlett grew up in Arkansas amid the chicks and tiggers, or maybe that’s ticks and chiggers. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Master’s Degree in School Library and Information Technologies from Mansfield University. The Colorado Springs area has been her home for over 20 years. She has taught Social Studies, English, and Library Technology for 17 years. She lives in Black Forest and enjoys riding bikes, ATVs, reading, and spending time with family. Her husband is a 5th generation Coloradan and she has a daughter finishing college and a son who attends MA. Mrs. Bartlett is looking forward to being a part of the Monument Academy team!

            Karl Brown

            Science Teacher, 8th Grade Team Lead


            Phone: 431-8001 x2060

            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….

                Kristin Chaney

                History Teacher


                Phone: 431-8001 x1051

                Kristin Chaney has been teaching for since 2018. She has been at Monument Academy since 2020. She has a BA in Liberal Arts and MS in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. She also has a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies with a minor in History and is currently working on her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS. Kristin grew up in a military family and served nine years (2006 – 2015) in the United States Air Force. Upon separating from the Air Force, she had the opportunity to homeschool her three oldest children where she realized her passion for education. She considers herself a lifelong learner and loves teaching and learning with her students. Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and four children outdoors, taking their labradoodle to the park, and traveling to see family in northern Idaho when possible.

                    Kelly Collier



                    Phone: 481-1950 x1220

                    Kelly Collier has been the Librarian at Monument Academy since 2009. She is the Battle of Books coordinator for D38 and the school. She is passionate about books and children having skills, knowledge, and information to understand the world around them.

                    She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, graduated from Colorado State University, and worked in broadcast television news. After moving to Monument in 1999 and volunteering at MA, she discovered her love of working in education pursued a second career as a Librarian.

                    When she’s not at school, you will find her doing her other many favorite pursuits with family and friends.

                        Spencer Colter

                        PE Teacher


                        Phone: 431-8001 x1031

                            Cathy Edwards

                            Science Teacher


                            Phone: 431-8001 x1054

                            Cathy Edwards has taught for over 25 years with experience in a combination of public and private schools. Over those years she has taught PK – 12th in a large variety of subjects.  Most recently, she has spent most of her time teaching science, elementary art and music, and secondary art. She went to Texas A&M University, where she majored in education. After raising their 4 children in Texas, she and her husband of 28 years came back to her home state of Colorado.  They have been living in Monument since the beginning of 2018.

                            Aside from teaching and learning, Mrs. Edwards also enjoys hiking, animals, spending time with her family, and watching sports.  She joined the Monument Academy team in 2019 teaching 6th grade science.

                                Zachary Engelman

                                Tech Electives Teacher


                                Phone: 431-8001 x1083

                                    Desiree Floyd

                                    Choir Teacher, Fine Arts Team Lead


                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1024

                                    Desiree Floyd is a Colorado native from Peyton and has a family tree full of teachers and musicians. For college, she attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and pursued a bachelor’s degree in music, double emphasizing in piano and voice and minoring in education. After graduating in 2013, she taught elementary general music, band and orchestra before arriving at Monument Academy in 2015 to teach middle school choir – her dream job! Miss Floyd is thrilled to be continuing her work this year at Monument Academy with incredible staff members and amazing students!

                                        Meg Folk

                                        Language Arts Teacher


                                        Phone: 431-8001 x1063


                                            Harry Grover

                                            Spanish Teacher


                                            Phone: 431-8001 x2054

                                            Señor Harry Grover was born in Glens Falls, NY, shortly after the Beatles completed their first United States tour. Señor Grover was raised in the tiny town of Brookline, NH. In 1986, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish. In 1990, he earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum Design and Instruction. Both degrees were earned at The University of Lowell (now known as University of Massachusetts-Lowell). Before entering the education profession, Señor Grover was a radio broadcaster and producer. Teaching has always been his dream profession and he is currently in his 30th year of doing the job that he loves. Señor Grover spent 22 years teaching in New Hampshire, before moving to Colorado in 2011. Señor Grover has been teaching at Monument Academy since August of 2018. The natural beauty of the state of Colorado is something that he never tires of experiencing.

                                                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.

                                                    Barb Hemmer

                                                    Math Teacher


                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1062

                                                        Michael Herbert

                                                        History Teacher, 7th Grade Team Lead


                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x1061

                                                        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.

                                                            Thomas Herndon

                                                            Language Arts Teacher, 6th Grade Team Lead


                                                            Phone: 431-8001 x1053

                                                            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).

                                                                Christine Hopkins


                                                                Phone: 431-8001 x2062

                                                                Christine Hopkins has been with Monument Academy since 2011 with the exception of a three year break. She is the mother of two sons and she’s lived in Colorado since 1993. Her favorite thing about Colorado is the beautiful summer weather. She has a passion for education and even homeschooled her own children for six years. She is thrilled to be back at Monument Academy!

                                                                    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.

                                                                        Guy Lord

                                                                        Language Arts Teacher


                                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x2063


                                                                            Lindsey Mateos

                                                                            Latin Teacher


                                                                            Phone: 431-8001 x2052

                                                                            Ms. Hullinger moved to Colorado in 2009. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder and her Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been teaching since 2016. Before becoming a teacher, she coached gymnastics for many years. Ms. Hullinger has taught Latin to students from sixth grade through seniors in college. Her love for teaching is fueled by student curiosity. She loves that students of all ages ask questions she had never thought of before, challenging her to dive deeper into her field and learn more. The biggest reward of teaching for her is when her students surprise themselves in the classroom, discovering what they can achieve, and growing in confidence. Ms. Hullinger started teaching at Monument Academy in 2020.

                                                                                Cristin Patterson

                                                                                Strings Teacher


                                                                                Phone: 431-8001 x1043 (East Campus) and 481-1950 x1110 (West Campus)

                                                                                Cristin Patterson is a professional musician who has lived in Colorado since she was five years old. She attended Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has performed in numerous orchestras, chamber music groups, marching bands, and rock bands, across the U.S. and internationally. Mrs. Patterson taught private music lessons for 19 years in Highlands Ranch and moved to Monument in 2015 to pioneer a Strings program at Monument Academy. She teaches 4th and 5th grade Strings and Middle and High School Orchestras. She enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their two children.

                                                                                    John Patterson

                                                                                    Band Teacher


                                                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1044 (East Campus) and 481-1950 x1403 (West Campus)

                                                                                        Andi Rankin

                                                                                        Drama Teacher


                                                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x1042

                                                                                        Andi Rankin is thrilled to join the fine arts department as the new Drama Teacher! She graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2005 with a double major in English Literature and The 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. Returning to Colorado in 2014, Andi pursued a career in special education and joined Monument Academy as an ESS Teacher in 2016. While she loved her position with ESS, her students, and families, Andi is excited to begin this new journey. 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.

                                                                                            Sarah Scaling

                                                                                            Math Teacher


                                                                                            Phone: 431-8001 x2061

                                                                                            Born in Massachusetts into an Air Force family, Ms. Scaling spent her childhood in a variety of locations and schools throughout the US and world, including Turkey and Germany, until her family ended up in Oklahoma. From there, she attended Oklahoma State University (NOT OU), majoring in Elementary Education, with emphasis on middle school education. She completed her student teaching at the Pan American School in Costa Rica before receiving her degree and transitioning to Colorado Springs. She began her professional teaching journey in a 7th grade science classroom, and then moving on to teaching 5th grade, 6th-8th grade math and 6th-8th grade science. When she’s not teaching, Ms. Scaling spends her time either with her two children, Evie and Sebastian, or exploring anywhere and everywhere. She is known for getting “intentionally” lost in order to find someplace new and exciting.

                                                                                                Crystal Sebastian

                                                                                                Art Teacher


                                                                                                Phone: 431-8001 x1023

                                                                                                Crystal Sebastian is from a small town called Rifle on the western slope of Colorado. She started teaching middle school art at MA in 2019 previously teaching in Pueblo and Castle Rock, Colorado for a total of 10 years. She has two degrees one in Art and one in Art Education K-12 specializing in Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, and Design from Adams State University. Mrs. Sebastian has great appreciation of the lakes and wildlife since she moved to Monument and looks forward to many years at Monument Academy.

                                                                                                    Terri Sheppard

                                                                                                    Math Teacher


                                                                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x1082

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                            Kimberly Whitacre

                                                                                                            Science Teacher


                                                                                                            Phone: 431-8001 x1081


                                                                                                                Peter Wise

                                                                                                                Long Term Sub - Math


                                                                                                                Phone: 431-8001 x1052


                                                                                                                    Sandra Wood

                                                                                                                    RtI/Reading Specialist


                                                                                                                    Phone: 481-1950 x1523

                                                                                                                    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.