ESS Directory

    Jessica Coote

    Director - ESS


    Phone Ext: 1320

    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.

          Carrie Howarth

          Social Worker


          Phone Ext: 1721

          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.

              Allison Wise

              ELL Staff

              Phone Ext: 1508

              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.

                  Sarah Thompson

                  ESS Teacher Assistant


                      Kim Cavanagh

                      Teacher: Response to Intervention (RtI)


                      Phone Ext: 1203

                      Mrs. Cavanagh lives in Castle Rock, but is originally from California. While living in Southern California, she taught for 11 years before moving with her family to Colorado in 2006. She took a year off from teaching to get her family settled in their new life in Colorado and then returned to teaching for Douglas County School District. In 2010, she completed her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading from Grand Canyon University. After nine years of teaching in Douglas County, she chose to join the Monument Academy family in 2017 to teach first grade, the grade that is closest to her heart. At the end of her first year at MA she was presented with an amazing opportunity in the RtI department where she will be able to work with students in all grades.

                      She has been married to her husband Brad for 24 years and they have two children who are 19 year-old boy/girl twins. Her son Tanner attends CU Boulder and her daughter Jamison attends Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Now that she is an empty nester, she spends all her free time with her husband and their black and tan furry kids, Kobe and Kali. Kobe and Kali are the most adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who love to cuddle and keep this CA girl warm. Her hobby is traveling whenever and where ever she can. Her favorite place is the South Pacific. A few summers ago her family traveled to Australia and then last summer she and her husband went to New Zealand and Fiji to celebrate his birthday.

                          Sandra Wood

                          RtI Specialist


                          Phone Ext: 1117

                          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.

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