Administration Directory

    Charlie Richardson

    Dean Elementary School


    Phone Ext: 1703

    Mr. Richardson has served as MA’s Dean of Elementary Students since 2016. He has been in education since 2006, and spent 9 of those years teaching 5th grade at Monument Academy. Mr. Richardson was elected by his peers to serve as the Teacher Representative for Elementary grades to the Board from 2013-2015.  Several of our current teachers were student teachers under Mr. Richardson’s mentorship.

    Prior to entering education, Mr. Richardson spent 22 years as part of the Corporate Leadership Team for a leading automotive parts supplier.

        Julie Seymour

        Dean Middle School


        Phone Ext: 1704

        Mrs. Seymour is beginning her 9th year at Monument Academy. Prior to accepting the role of Dean of Students for Middle School, Mrs. Seymour taught at Monument Academy for 8 years as a preschool teacher and a sixth-grade science teacher where she served as team lead and science department lead. Prior to teaching at Monument Academy, she taught in both Aurora Public Schools and Douglas County Schools as a middle school science, English, and history teacher. Mrs. Seymour graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Kansas.

        Julie is passionate about all things science-related and curriculum-related and she has a special place in her heart for the middle-school learner. She mentors students to compete in the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair and Colorado State Science Fair and has sponsored various science-related clubs, including Girl’s STEM and Aerospace Club. Julie has led curriculum development at Monument Academy since 2015.

            Nancy Tive, CPA

            Director of Finance


            Phone Ext: 1705

            Nancy Tive was appointed as Monument Academy’s Senior Accountant in 2009.  She currently serves as the Director of Finance for the school and on the board of directors of Monument Academy Building Corporation.  Prior to joining Monument Academy, Nancy served as the Accounting Supervisor for Lewis-Palmer District 38.  She has also had governmental accounting experience in four Denver area municipalities, as well as auditing experience while employed at a Lakewood, Colorado CPA firm.

            Nancy attends the Colorado Department of Education’s Financial Policies and Procedures meetings every year to stay abreast of public school finance issues and completes at least 80 hours of continuing professional education required for CPAs bi-annually.

            Mrs. Tive’s educational background includes a B.S. in Accounting from Regis University, as well as an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.  She also holds an active Colorado CPA license.

                Sharla Davis

                Admin Assistant


                Phone Ext: 1707

                Sharla is entering her 10th year in a school front-office role, nine of them were in ASD20. Prior to that, she was a homeschool mom and before that, an Air Force Personnel/Communications Officer. She earned her Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Florida. She is married to Mark, a CO native and retired Air Force Communications-Computer Officer/Army Warrant Officer, and they have two boys: Stephen is in the US Coast Guard stationed in San Francisco; and, Brian is attending CO School of Mines.

                    Sherry Buzzell

                    Director of Human Resources


                    Phone Ext: 1706

                    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 Ext: 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 Ext: 1710

                            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 Ext: 1712

                                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.

                                    Carol Skinner

                                    Director of Instruction and Evaluation


                                    Phone Ext: 1708

                                    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.

                                        Julie Shook

                                        Business Manager


                                        Phone Ext: 1709

                                        Julie has been the Business Manager at MA since 20015. 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 Ext. 1708

                                                Julie Ritschard

                                                Filing Clerk


                                                Phone Ext: 1100

                                                Julie Ritschard has been living in Colorado since 2002. She has manned the front desk of Monument Academy for over 10 years. 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, working with alpaca yarn and quilting.

                                                    Sara Molsen

                                                    Front Office / Administrative Assistant to Deans


                                                    Phone Ext: 1234

                                                    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.

                                                        Melissa Bergman

                                                        Front Office / Administrative Assistant to Deans


                                                        Phone Ext: 1100

                                                            Chelsea Pierce

                                                            Director of Health Services


                                                            Phone Ext. 1210

                                                                Courtney Mitchell

                                                                Health Clerk


                                                                    Erin Hastedt

                                                                    GT Coordinator


                                                                    Phone Ext: 1721

                                                                    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.

                                                                        Jessica Coote

                                                                        Director - ESS


                                                                        Phone Ext: 1318

                                                                        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!

                                                                            Karen Michael

                                                                            Director of Literacy & Intervention


                                                                            Phone Ext: 1720

                                                                            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.

                                                                                Jim Cunningham



                                                                                Phone Ext: 1722

                                                                                Jim Cunningham is a licensed school counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). He holds Masters Degrees in Counseling from UCCS and Public Relations from the University of Florida. Jim retired from the Air Force in 2013 after a 24-year career. He is married and has a son and daughter. Jim has been with Monument Academy since 2013.

                                                                                  Carrie Howarth

                                                                                  Social Worker


                                                                                  Phone Ext: 1322

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                      Phyllis McComb



                                                                                      Phone Ext. 1722

                                                                                      Phyllis and her husband Sean moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 with their three children and rescue dog. When she is not working, you will find her making memories with family, vacationing in the mountains, binge watching Netflix shows, reading and playing games. 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.

                                                                                      Phyllis is a licensed school counselor with the state of Colorado and joined the MA counseling department in 2018. 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.

                                                                                          Patricia Ross

                                                                                          IT Operations Manager


                                                                                          Phone Ext: 1215

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                              Marty Venticinque

                                                                                              Athletics Director/Assessment Coordinator


                                                                                              Phone Ext: 1227

                                                                                              Marty Venticinque was born in Chicago but has lived in Colorado since 1995. He received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the Metropolitan State College of Denver with a major in Meteorology, and a minor in Mathematics. During college, Marty began working as a Student Assistant at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and upon graduating was hired as an Associate Scientist. During the summer of 1999, he began working as a Meteorologist for KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs. In August of 2014 he began working at Monument Academy and currently serves as the Athletic Director and Assessment Coordinator. Marty has 3 children, all of whom began attending Monument Academy in kindergarten. In his spare time Marty runs his kids to their activities, works around the house, and enjoys being outdoors.

                                                                                                  Vinnie DeVincenzo

                                                                                                  Facilities Director


                                                                                                  Phone Ext: 1116

                                                                                                      Mia Phillips

                                                                                                      Preschool Director


                                                                                                      Phone Ext: 1503