Secondary Staff

Administration

Mr. Bob DeRuiter
Secondary Principal

Education B.A., Business Education: Trinity Christian College Prior to coming to ECA in 2000, Mr. DeRuiter taught business classes at Chicago Christian High School. Mr. DeRuiter serves as ECA Secondary Principal, Academic Advisor, and ECA Baseball Coach, and he currently teaches senior seminar. “My greatest joy is witnessing God’s handiwork in each student and watching them mature in their attitudes and beliefs.”

Rev. Matt Holst
Director of Spiritual Life and Bible Faculty

Education B.A., Sec. Ed.: Washington Baptist College M.A., Hist. Theology: Westminster Theological Seminary M.Div.: New Geneva Theological Seminary In addition to teaching Bible classes at ECA and serving as Director of Spiritual Life, Mr. Holst is the father of four children and serves as pastor of High Plains Fellowship, a church plant of the PCA. “My goal for all of my students is that they will leave ECA with a true understanding of what it means to be saved by grace apart from works and will in turn live a life of gratitude for what God has done for them.”

Mrs. Sandra LaCerte
Librarian/Media Specialist & Assistant Dean for Female Students

Education B.A., Political Science: Colorado State University M.A., Educational Media: University of Northern Colorado Mrs. LaCerte began serving as full-time Librarian-Media Specialist at ECA in 1991 and currently serves in that capacity at the Secondary campus in addition to being Assistant Dean, Female Students. “I believe 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. Therefore, the library media program endeavors to assist students and teachers in developing important information skills and to discern and to use reliable, accurate and authoritative research resources.”

Mr. Don Steiner
Vice Principal and Athletic Director

Education B.S. Kinesiology: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo M.A., Sports Administration: University of Northern Colorado Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA):  National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Mr. Steiner serves as ECA Vice Principal and Athletic Director, as well as Physical Education instructor.  Prior to coming to ECA in 2004, Mr. Steiner worked at Lockheed Martin in the Learning and Development Department and coached football at Colorado Springs Christian School. “One of my favorite verses comes from 1 Tim 4:7-8. It speaks of physical training being of some value (perfect for a sports guy), but more importantly it talks about godliness being good in all things, both present and future. I desire that our students see the big picture and understand that their actions have consequences, both good and bad, and if you choose to be godly in those actions then those consequences will be blessed by our Lord.”

Faculty

Mrs. Traci Aragon
Secondary Technology Instructor

Education B.A., Psychology: University of Colorado Mrs. Aragon teaches Computer Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, and Yearbook. “I look forward to teaching students how enriched their lives can be by learning to use computers and how God has created all things, including the knowledge and desire for us to invent technology.”

Mrs. Marie Burley
French & Literature Instructor

Education BA, Ballet: University of Utah M.A., Production Management: University of Utah Prior to teaching French I and II, British Literature, American Literature, and A.P. Literature/Composition at ECA, Mrs. Burley taught at the University of Utah, substitute taught, and traveled the world. “The goal of Christian education is to glorify God by equipping students with necessary skills within the framework of Christianity. It is my prayer that our ECA students will embark on a lifelong love of learning about God and His creation.”

Mr. Jeremiah Hamer
Secondary Mathematics Instructor

Jeremiah grew up in northeast Kansas before he and his wife and moved to Colorado Springs in 2010. The Lord has blessed them with three beautiful daughters and they are members of the Tri-Lakes Reformed Church. Mr. Hamer has been teaching secondary math for many years and he is teaching our upper level high school math courses. “I love teaching high school age students because they love to dialogue, argue, and critique, as well as build relationships. High school students often demonstrate this both inside and outside of the classroom. One goal I have will be to capitalize on their ability to dialogue and incorporate it into a math classroom. I desire to manage a classroom where the students are comfortable discussing, asking questions, reasoning, and doing the work of learning together.”

Mr. Brent Holtcamp
Secondary Art Instructor

Education B.A., K-12 Education: University of Southern Colorado Mr. Holtcamp has been involved in the ministry of ECA since 1978 and is excited to see that at ECA the potential for glorifying God through the students and the school is limitless. In addition to teaching Junior High Art, Art I, II, III, Studio Art, and Photoshop, Mr. Holtcamp maintains a jewelry design and repair business in his home. “I hope to open the students’ eyes to this great and exciting world by looking, seeing, and doing. The students’ progress can be greatly enhanced by a positive curiosity to see and enjoy the wonders God our Creator has set before us.”

Mrs. Karen Leidecker
Secondary Science Instructor

Education B.A. summa cum laude, K-8 Education with a Psychology and Bible minor: Tennessee Temple University After teaching elementary through high school in several Christian schools in various states, Mrs. Leidecker joined the faculty at ECA in 1995 and teaches Life Science 7, Earth Science 8, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Algebra I, Business Math, and General Math. “For You are forgiving and good, O LORD, abounding in love to all who call to You.” Psalm 86:5  “I consider it a great joy to be able to minister Christ’s love to junior high and high school students through the subjects of science and math.”

Mrs. Sarah Perkett
Secondary Spanish Instructor

B.A., Secondary English Education: Grand Canyon University Mrs. Perkett grew up in Spain and continued to study the Spanish language and culture throughout high school. Mrs. Perkett was a homeschooling mom for twelve years; her daughter Tabitha and son Andrew graduated from ECA, and her son Samuel currently attends ECA. In addition to teaching Spanish I and II at ECA, Mrs. Perkett also serves as the Student Council Sponsor. “My prayer is that the students I touch may one day be able to use the Spanish language to reach others for God’s glory.”

Ms. Rebekah Saks
Secondary Music and English Instructor

Education B.A., Music: Belhaven University Miss Saks, who has worked with children, youth, and adult choirs and various capacities since 2006 and given private piano lessons in Colorado Springs and Jackson, Mississippi, since 2007, currently serves as Vocal Music Instructor at ECA, also teaching Language Arts 7 & 8 and Composition 9. ‘Renowned author Victor Hugo put it well: ‘Music expresses that which cannot be said with words and on which it is impossible to remain silent.’ I wish to help my students discover, explore, and refine this beautiful form of communication so that they may have a means of expressing the joy that God has placed in the hearts and become engaging worshippers, not only when they are in Choir, but in whatever they do.”  “I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:6

Mr. Aaron Sams
Secondary Chemistry Instructor

Education B.S., Biochemistry: Biola University M.A., Education: Biola University Ph.D. at Texas Tech University (in progress) Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000. He operates Sams Learning Designs, is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Vincent College, and is an advisor to TED-Ed. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Aaron has co-authored seven books on the Flipped Classroom concept. Aaron is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and has trained thousands of educators to integrate technology with sound pedagogy. He is a lifelong learner, reader, and maker. Aaron teaches our chemistry class.

Mrs. Leslie Schwager
Secondary Rhetoric Instructor

Education B.A., Literature major, Speech minor: University of Texas of the Permian Basin Mrs. Schwager has over 16 years of teaching experience in public, private, and home-based education with specialization in Classical Christian education, including Aristotle’s Rhetoric, Traditional Logic, Classical Writing and Poetry, Economics, and Dave Ramsey’s Personal Finance at Collegium Study Center. Since 2009, Mrs. Schwager has taught Rhetoric at ECA which includes competitive debate through the National Forensics League. “The wise in heart will be called understanding, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” Proverbs 16:21  “I desire to give our students the tools they need to write and speak persuasively for the glory of God.”

Mrs. Kerry Singleton
Secondary Math and Omnibus Instructor

Education B.A., Mathematics and English: Covenant College Prior to ECA, Mrs. Singleton taught 5th-7th grade students at a Christian school in Atlanta, tutored Math and SAT preparation for 15 years, and taught Math at a homeschool co-op and at ECA teaches General Math, Algebra I, and Omnibus I. “I love sharing my passion for God and my subjects with my students, and it is a joy to point students to their true identity in Christ and to the one, true God, the source of all truth.  I start my students off with Colossians 1:15-17, because it points directly to the fact that all things have been created by God and for His glory and that is the beginning, middle, and end for all subjects.”

Ms. Sandra Vollbracht
Secondary History Instructor

Education B.A., History: Covenant College/University of Colorado Before coming to ECA in 1991, Miss Vollbracht taught at and administered Covenant Christian School in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Miss Vollbracht currently teaches World History, U.S. History, Civics, AP US History, and Honors World Political Systems. “Scripture is the guide for all we study and necessary for understanding history and its importance. What a privilege it is to instruct young people in a biblical understanding of history. I believe that God has put me here to do just that.”