Elementary Staff

Mrs. Darla Blue
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. 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. Judy Schaap
Elementary Physical Education Teacher

Education BA from St. Andrews University Mrs. Schaap grew up in Georgia and has been around ECA for 16 years as a mother of 3 and many years as a coach of multiple sports. Along with her passion for sports, she brings a high level of energy and creativity. It is her desire to foster an environment where students learn and develop skills for lifelong physical activity. When she’s not involved in sports, you can find her laughing with her family, heading into the mountains, or enjoying good music.

Mrs. Amy Albright
Media Specialist (Library and Technology)

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. Jennifer Hoppe
Elementary Music Teacher

Jennifer Hoppe is a Colorado Springs native.  She attended Belmont University in Nashville to earn her K-12 Music Education degree. She was then hired to teach middle school and start a small band at Faith Christian School in Williams Bay, WI.  She got married and became a stay at home mom after 3 years of teaching.  She moved back to Colorado and has been working in the music department at the Get Set Preschool program at First Pres downtown for 11 years.  She loves teaching music to the preschoolers and is busy supporting her children in their musical and athletic activities.  She has 3 in college and 3 in high school. She considers it a blessing to be a part of ECA’s incredible team where we can love, guide, teach, and inspire the youth in the culture we live in.

Mrs. Natalie Jagers
Pre-K Teacher

Education BM in Church music from Ouachita Baptist University

Mrs. Jagers was an aide at ECA for several years prior to becoming the Pre-K teacher. Previously, she taught music in several D11 schools, was a preschool, music and Bible teacher in LA and has been the Preschool director for the last 4 ½ years for Circle Drive Baptist where her husband currently works as the youth pastor. She is a Colorado Springs native who was lovingly nurtured by her parents, church family and community. She thinks Pre-K kids are especially fun to work with because they are filled with awe and wonder for life! She hopes to partner with parents and churches to fulfill the mission statement of ECA by showing the love of Christ while educating, equipping and empowering these little ones to pursue their purpose in Christ.
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.

Miss Lindsay Geving
Third Grade Teacher

Education B.A. in Elementary Education from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA.

Miss Geving feels extremely blessed to have attended ECA as a student from Kindergarten through 12th grade. In fact, it is due to the love and the impact of her incredible ECA elementary school teachers that she was inspired to become a teacher. Miss Geving’s prayer is to impact the lives of her students for Christ.
Mr. Jesse Smith
Fourth Grade Teacher

Mr. Smith has lived in Colorado Springs for most of his life. He went to college and graduated from Saint Olaf College in Minnestota, with a B.A. in Philosophy. Having been in and around the ECA community as a spouse of a teacher, parent and board member, he is thrilled to be teaching 4th grade at ECA Elementary. Prior to teaching at ECA he taught special education for over 10 years in the public school system. Mr. Smith has a passion for Christian education and loves that the school is a place where students can be immersed in the beautiful, life-changing truths of the gospel every day.
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.