Director - ESSEmail
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!
Director of Literacy & InterventionEmail
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.
ESS Teacher (4-5)Email
Phone Ext: 1316
Andi Rankin joined the wonderful ESS family at Monument Academy in 2016. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2005 with a double major in English literature and 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. Life as a struggling artist is difficult and seven years later she discovered her passion in teaching young students with special needs. Andi returned to her home town of Monument, Colorado in 2014 with her born and bred New Jersey husband, Eric. The call of the mountains and family had become too great! 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!
ESS Teacher (K-3)Email
Phone Ext: 1320
Megan Lawson joined the ESS family at Monument Academy in May 2018. She was born in Florida, but grew up in Monument, where she graduated from Lewis-Palmer and now calls home. She then went on to receive her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wyoming in 2016. After college, she returned home and started pursing her long-time passion of becoming a teacher. She is currently pursing her teaching licensure in Special Education with Elementary Education and Secondary English endorsements.
In her free time, you will likely see Miss Lawson out in the sun or on some sort of vacation (her favorite seems to be Hawaii). She also loves hiking, rock-climbing and, of course, snowboarding in the winter. Megan loves all sports, especially volleyball and football. During the NFL season, you will see her supporting the New England Patriots which she is an avid fan. She’s also seen around the school after hours and at most sporting events as she is the Assistant Cheer Coach.
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.
Audra Koning was born in Independence, Missouri. She graduated from Truman State University with her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders in 1994 and her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 1996. Audra has worked in a variety of environments including private practice, home health, early childhood preschool, elementary, middle, and high school settings. She moved to Colorado in May of 2012. She came to Monument Academy in February of 2017. She lives in Monument, Colorado with her husband, five children, and two dogs.
Phone Ext: 1114
ESS Teacher AssistantEmail
Teacher: Response to Intervention (RtI)Email
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.
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.