Elementary Staff

Mrs. Darla Blue
Interim Elementary Principal

Education B.S. in Elementary Education, Minor in Music: Chadon State College Mrs. Blue has been a part of ECA since 1988; both of her daughters attended the elementary and secondary schools.  Mrs. Blue became our 3rd grade teacher in 2006.  She enjoys being in the classroom setting, where she feels like she can impact her students personally, spiritually, and academically.  Mrs. Blue sees it as a privilege to work with children, helping them develop as a whole person, to reach their fullest potential, and to be an integral part of His kingdom.

Mr. Joseph Friedly
Assistant to the Superintendent

Education BS Mathematics: University of Northern Colorado MS Educational Leadership: Northern Arizona University Master of Divinity: Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (in progress) Administration Certification Mr. Joseph Friedly has been with ECA since the fall of 2012.  Before transitioning to serve as our Elementary Principal, Mr. Friedly served as our Junior High Principal. Mr. Friedly loves teaching and learning and has a passion for applying the truth of God’s Word to every facet of life. He is taking a sabbatical in the 2016-2017 academic year to complete his Master of Divinity at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Mr. Rob Howard
Elementary Music Teacher

Education B.S. in Music Ed: Eastern Nazarene College Masters of Music M.M. in Choral Conducting: Butler University Mr. Howard began teaching general music, choir, and handbells at ECA in 2006.  Prior to moving to Colorado, Mr. Howard taught elementary music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Maryland from 1997-2006, where he created a comprehensive music curriculum for his Kindergarten through 8th grade classes.  Mr. Howard believes that music permeates the senses, captivates the mind, and opens the door to the soul, and that God’s love, His Word, and the traditions of faith and worship can be brought into the classroom in order to develop a biblical worldview.

Mrs. Susan Hart
Elementary Physical Education Teacher

Education B.S. in Education: Emporia State University Mrs. Hart taught high school science for one year and spent three years teaching in elementary school prior to working with the Athletes in Action staff from 1986-1990.  She was coach of the ECA varsity girls’ basketball teams from 1987-1991 and has volunteered as a youth sports coach for many years.  Mrs. Hart has been the elementary athletic director and P.E. instructor since 2002; she is thankful for the opportunity to teach, and she desires to use the P.E. program at ECA to develop and foster Christian character and appreciation for effort, teamwork, and sportsmanship in each of the students she works with.

Mrs. Sandra LaCerte
Librarian and Technology Specialist

Education B.A. in Political Science: Colorado State University M.A. in Educational Media: Univ. of Northern Colorado Mrs. LaCerte began working at ECA as our full-time Librarian-Media Specialist in 1992; she manages both the elementary and secondary libraries/media centers.  Mrs. LaCerte believes that biblically, the main premise of teaching in a Christian school begins with the foundation that all true knowledge and wisdom comes from God.  Because the written word can be a powerful medium to proclaim knowledge and wisdom, it is important to use God’s standard, His Word, as the measure of truth.  Since this holds true at ECA, she has developed a library media program that will encourage good reading, develop information skills, and assist our staff in doing their best.

Mrs. Amy Albright
Elementary Technology Teacher

Education B.A. Spanish and Psychology: Muhlenberg College M.A. Spanish, teaching emphasis:  University of Maryland Amy Albright has been an ECA parent since 2008 and is honored to be a part of the faculty, teaching keyboarding and computer applications, aiding in Pre-K and compiling the yearbook for the elementary campus. Previously Amy taught overseas as a missionary, at the University of Maryland and at an independent K-12 school in Kensington, Maryland. She has also worked at the Institute for International Education and The Peace Corps headquarters in Washington DC.   Amy is grateful to be a part of the ECA team, sharing both her love of learning and her love for the Lord with her students.

Mrs. Stacey Dyer
Elementary Music Teacher

Education B.S. in Music, emphasis in Music Education: Biola University Mrs. Dyer has lived in Colorado Springs for most of her life. After graduating from Biola, she taught band, orchestra and choir in public school and then band at ECA. She enjoys playing a variety of instruments besides the oboe, including piano, guitar and saxophone. For the last 12 years, she owned her own web design and development company, which remains an interest of hers.

Mrs. Leigh Jones
Pre-K Teacher

Education B.A. in Elementary Education: Calvin College Mrs. Jones taught 6th grade for three years at Excel Charter Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then moved to Fort Collins to teach Pre-Kindergarten for three years at Harmony Christian Preschool.  Mrs. Jones attended Christian schools from Kindergarten through college; she wholeheartedly values the importance of Christian education and the impact it can have on the children in our society.  Mrs. Jones is thankful for the path that has led her to ECA and for the doors God has opened for her to be part of our Pre-Kindergarten program.  She desires to be a teacher who can open up each child’s heart to learning and to loving the Lord so that they may continue to grow day by day.

Mrs. Theresa Becker
Pre-K Teacher

Education B.A. in Elementary Education: Fort Lewis College Mrs. Becker taught 1st through 4th grades in the Aurora (Denver) Public Schools prior to joining the ECA staff in 2002 as our 5-Day Kindergarten teacher.  Mrs. Becker is transitioning this year to serve as our second Pre-K teacher.  She loves children and considers it an awesome privilege to be a teacher at ECA, where daily she can share God’s love with the students she works with.

Mrs. Karen Stephens
Kindergarten Teacher

Education B.A. in Elementary Education: Dordt College M.A. in Teaching: Grand Canyon University Mrs. Stephens came to ECA in 1987 and has been teaching kindergarten since 1993.  From kindergarten through twelfth grade, Mrs. Stephens was a student at a Christian school in her hometown; she went on to graduate from a Christian college.  Mrs. Stephens still remembers many of her own elementary school teachers and knows that the impact of their love and commitment to the Lord has played a huge part in becoming the person and teacher she is today.  Because of that impact, Mrs. Stephens consistently desires to teach with the same love, commitment, and enthusiasm that her teachers gave to her.  It is also her prayer that each child who enters her classroom will thoroughly enjoy learning and that they will love serving the Lord in all that they do.

Mrs. Pam Gergen
First Grade Teacher

Education B.A. in Education: University of Northern Iowa The military brought Mrs. Gergen and her family to Colorado Springs in 2006.  She started teaching first grade in 2007, and she is honored to be a part of the ECA staff.  Mrs. Gergen has had many years of teaching experience, and she consistently desires to be a positive influence on today’s young children and help to build godly character in each one of them.

Mr. Dale Hart
Second Grade Teacher

Education B.S. in Elementary Education: Michigan State University M.A. in Education Technology: University of Colorado Mr. Hart has taught at ECA since 1989. As a teacher, Mr. Hart thinks it is critical to cultivate godly character and to teach the “whole” child: spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. He loves to be involved in his students’ lives and strives to minister to children’s hopes, fears, accomplishments, and challenges.

Mrs. Erika Counts
Fourth Grade Teacher

Education B.S. in Elementary Education: University of South Carolina Upstate Mrs. Erika Counts has been involved at ECA since 2008 as a parent, and is so grateful to have the opportunity to teach at the school.  She has previously taught fourth grade at a public school in South Carolina and at a private Christian school in St. Louis, MO.  Her heart is for her students to know the love of their Heavenly father and to see that all things that we learn about are ultimately from His hand.

Mrs. Tricia Harbach
Fifth Grade Teacher

Education B.A. in Psychology and Business: Hardin Simmons University Mrs. Harbach has been part of the ECA family since 1990; her four children all graduated from ECA. Mrs. Harbach has been employed by ECA since 2004; she has substituted for various grades and has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. She is excited to be back in 5th grade and is thankful for the opportunity to invest in the lives of her students. Mrs. Harbach’s prayer is that her heart for children and her love for our Lord will be evident on a daily basis in her classroom.

Mrs. Sarah Goldschmid
Sixth Grade Teacher

Education B.S. in Business Administration: University of Tennessee/Knoxville Mrs. Goldschmid began working as a kindergarten aide at ECA in 2001 and began teaching 6th grade in 2002. Our 6th grade curriculum and Mrs. Goldschmid’s classroom programs are a vital part of preparing our 6th graders for the realities of junior high and high school. Mrs. Goldschmid considers it a privilege to teach at ECA and desires that her classroom be one of academic excellence and a place for her students to grow in their relationship with God.