Middle School Directory

    Shawn Stamper

    Technology Teacher


    Phone Ext: 431-8001 x1032

    Shawn Stamper spent 20 years in the Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst; a systems administrator; an equipment tester, fielder, and integrator; and a trainer and mentor. After retiring, Mr. Stamper spent one year as a substitute teacher, including an entire semester with a fourth-grade class, before gaining employment as an IT specialist, server administrator, and network engineer. Mr. Stamper has a bachelor’s degree from American Military University and dual associate’s degrees in Computer and Networking Technology and Information Security and Assurance.

    While not technically a Colorado native, he spent a considerable amount of his childhood growing up in Greeley. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, and grilling.

        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

            Secondary Campus Ed Tech Coordinator, Yearbook Advisor


            Phone: 431-8001 x2023

            Mrs. Bartlett grew up in Arkansas. 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 18 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 her new role in the Technology Department at Monument Academy.

                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

                                Michael Svendson

                                Science Teacher


                                Phone: 431-8001 x1054

                                    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!

                                            River Outlaw

                                            Language Arts Teacher


                                            Phone: 431-8001 x1063

                                            River Outlaw was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but spent much of her childhood in Pueblo, CO. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Rhetoric & Writing with double minors in Graphic Design & Marketing/Management. She leveraged her talents for many years in the nonprofit community, most recently as a Director of Strategic Development for an international nonprofit that supports grandparents taking care of their grandkids. Since she was raised by her grandma, this is still a work she supports. Ms. Outlaw served as a student mentor for over eight years, before shifting to full time ministry as a small group pastor for the Vineyard. However, international volunteering with Destiny Rescue, an organization that rescues kids from trafficking led her to a crisis of faith and her getting an M.A. in Theology from Denver Seminary with an emphasis in Counseling.  Ms. Outlaw won a Kern Foundation grant to develop a Theology of Work curriculum, earning her the title of Academic Scholar while in Seminary, which she taught at Colorado Community Church before moving to the Monument area. She then went on to develop a cross cultural coaching program for high risk students that she was able to implement in a school in the township of Tumahole, South Africa. Ms. Outlaw is excited to be a new member of the Monument Academy staff.

                                            Ms. Outlaw is also a certified life coach, writer, speaker and artist, in addition to being a Rhetoric & Theology geek. She has 5 children ranging in age from 26 to 9. She enjoys being outside rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and paddle boarding to name a few of her adventures. She is also an avid fan of live music, dance and Broadway. Ms. Outlaw has a huge passion for exploring the world and engaging in other cultures. She has been to 10 countries and anticipates adding to that list soon. She is a lifelong learner and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in the near future.

                                                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).

                                                                    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.

                                                                        Winston Shumaker

                                                                        Language Arts Teacher


                                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x2063

                                                                        Winston Shumaker grew up in Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Central Arkansas. Upon graduating he went to live in China, where he earned a TEFL certificate from Peking University and taught English as a second language, literature and history for 14 years. During his time there he also became fluent in Mandarin and studied then later taught tai chi. After returning to the US he has now settled in Colorado Springs and is excited about teaching English at Monument Academy as well as enjoying the natural beauty the area has to offer. His hobbies include hiking, camping, reading and practicing martial arts.

                                                                            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)

                                                                                    Emily Vieira

                                                                                    Physical Education


                                                                                    Phone: 431-8001 x2053
                                                                                    Emily Vieira was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. During college it was always her dream to move to Colorado and shortly after graduation, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Emily is excited to join the Monument Academy staff and to meet her students and their families! She is a dedicated Health and Physical Educator with the goal to deliver relevant learning experiences that engage, challenge, and inspire student to become the best versions of themselves.
                                                                                    In her free time she loves to read, workout, hike, snowboard, be with her dog, and spend time with family and friends!

                                                                                        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

                                                                                                        Debbie Kappel

                                                                                                        Science Teacher


                                                                                                        Phone: 431-8001 x1081


                                                                                                            Natalie Martin



                                                                                                            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.