MS Drama TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1402
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!
Third Grade ParaEmail
Middle School Math TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1317
Mr. Kemble joined Monument Academy as a 5th grade teacher in 2010. The following year, he moved up to Middle School to fulfill a passion for teaching kids math. Prior to MA, Mr. Kemble taught combined Grades 5-8 for three years at a small, rural schoolhouse in northern Montana. He received his teaching credentials from Montana State University – Billings and holds a Bachelor’s Degree earned in 1979 from the University of California, Irvine. As a second-career teacher, Mr. Kemble finds the experience and rewards as “more than he ever thought possible”, and looks forward to spending the rest of his golden years in the math classroom.
Middle School Math TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1326
Middle School Language Arts TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1307
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).
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Phone Ext: 1309
Chris Jeub started teaching at Monument Academy in the spring of 2018. Chris grew up in the upper Midwest. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in English from St. Cloud State University and later summa cum laude with a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University. Mr. Jeub taught English in Minnesota and North Dakota before moving his family to Colorado in 2000 to serve as a senior editor for Focus on the Family. He left Focus on the Family in 2004 to start Monument Publishing, a local curriculum company specializing in source material for academic debaters. Mr. Jeub and his wife, Wendy, have 16 children and six grandchildren. Several of their children have graduated from MA and several are currently enrolled.
Middle School Language Arts TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1311
Nathan Piotrowski (aka Mr. Pio) grew up in the weird state of Vermont. He moved to Colorado in 1998 to attend the USAF Academy and graduated in 2002. After serving in the Air Force as an Airfield Operations Officer, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Theology. Following seminary, he served in leadership at various churches before moving back to Colorado in the summer of 2016. Very early on in his teaching career, it became apparent Mr. Pio has a heart for students. The thing he loves most about teaching is spending time with students, creating an atmosphere of love, joy, and encouragement in the classroom, and engaging in real-life classroom discussions. In addition to teaching, Mr. Pio enjoys coaching, running, playing guitar, church-planting, and staying connected with the students and families in Monument.
Middle School Science TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1313
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….
Middle School History TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1323
Christopher Menefee was born in Michigan and moved to Colorado in 2014. He graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in 2007 and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Chris joined the United States Air Force in 2007 and left active duty in 2014, but still serves as a reservist. While in the Air Force, Chris had the chance to operate in multiple theaters through out the world and was blessed with multiple experiences while traveling the world. Chris has been married to his wonderful wife since 2012, who is also in education. Chris has been teaching at Monument Academy since 2016.
Chris also enjoys coaching and all the outdoor life that Colorado has to offer. He currently coaches High School Football in Colorado Springs. He enjoys all the time he gets to work with his students and athletes. Chris believes teaching and mentoring our youth is the greatest career any person could ask for.
Middle School Lead Social Studies TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1328
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.
Middle School History TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1321
Eric Rocciola received his Associates degree in Culinary Management in 2007 and his Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Political Science from William Patterson University in 2013. Mr. Rocciola has lived in New Jersey, New Mexico, Arizona, New York City and for the last three years in Monument, Colorado. He started teaching at Monument Academy in 2017. Mr. Rocciola enjoys cooking, fishing and hiking with his wife Andi.
Middle School PE TeacherEmail
Phone Ext. 1525
Phone Ext: 1220
Kelly Collier has been the Librarian at Monument Academy since 2009. She is also the National Junior Honor Society Adviser (NJHS) at Monument Academy. Kelly was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University with a major in Speech Communication. After college, Kelly wrote and produced programs for CSU, Ft. Collins Cablevision for several years. She then worked for Denver’s ABC affiliate running Chyron Infinite for the nightly newscasts until 1999. It was during years of volunteering that she discovered her love of working with students and teachers that she pursued a second career as Librarian. When she’s not at school or reading a book, you may find her outside doing activities such as gardening, camping, walking tours or planning the next vacation.
Middle School Choir / Music TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1401
Desiree Floyd is thrilled to be continuing her work at Monument Academy. She is a Colorado native from Peyton, where she attended school grades K-12. For college, she attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in music education, double emphasizing in piano and voice. Upon graduating in 2013, Miss Floyd first taught elementary general music, band and orchestra before arriving at Monument Academy in 2015 to teach middle school choir. On the weekends, Miss Floyd travels to Pueblo to teach private lessons and serve on her church’s worship team. In her free time, Miss Floyd enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Middle School Spanish TeacherEmail
Phone Ext. 1319
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.
Middle School Technology TeacherEmail
Phone Ext. 1108
Mrs. Melissa Johnson joined Monument Academy in 2018. She serves as our middle school business and technology teacher as well as publishes the yearbook. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Educational Leadership. She has served in a variety of roles in education since 1998 ranging from preschool to post-secondary age students as well as different contents and responsibilities. She moved to the Pikes Peak region in 2009, most recently to a hobby farm in Black Forest. Hobbies include: raising chickens, horses and dogs with her husband and son. She enjoys teaching and is energized by student enthusiasm.
Strings / Music TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1110
Cristin Patterson is new to Monument Academy and Monument this year, teaching 4th and 5th grade Strings and Middle School Orchestras. She is a professional musician who has lived in Colorado since she was five years old. She attended Cherry Creek High School in Centennial, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Cristin has performed in numerous orchestras, chamber music groups, marching bands, and rock bands, across the U.S. and internationally. She has taught private piano, violin, viola, and cello lessons in her home in Highlands Ranch, to students of all ages and abilities, for 19 years. Mrs. Patterson is passionate about keeping the joy of music alive and growing in our homes and schools. She enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their two children.
Middle School Band / Music TeacherEmail
Phone Ext: 1403