Education: PPSC Pre K Director License Program
Mrs. Atkins was born and raised in Colorado Springs and is an ECA alumni. She married her high school sweetheart, Luke, and together they are raising their 4 children and running their plumbing company. Justine was the pre-K aide at ECA for 6 years, and this year she is the Pre-K Director. She is so thankful for the way Biblical truth and character building are at the forefront of ECA’s education model. She also enjoys coaching volleyball and hiking and camping with her family.
Bible verse: Jeremiah 32:38-41. “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
Education: M.A., Teaching from Grand Canyon University; B.A., Elementary Education from Dordt University
Mrs. Stephens came to teach at ECA in 1987 as her first job after college and has been teaching here ever since. From attending elementary and high school in Denver to a Christian college in Iowa, she’s spent her whole life in the Christian school setting. Throughout those years as a student, Mrs. Stephens’ own teachers continuously modeled their love and commitment to the Lord. This was incredibly impactful as she grew into the teacher and leader she is today, and she desires to show that same love, commitment, and enthusiasm in her own classroom. Her favorite verse is from I Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. It is Mrs. Stephens’ continued prayer that each child who enters her classroom would find joy in learning and love serving the Lord in all that they do.
1st Grade Teacher
Education: Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington
Shoshana Boswell is new to ECA in 2023. She was married to her husband, Brett, in June of 2023 and moved to the Springs shortly after. Mrs. Boswell grew up in southern Virginia. She earned her degree in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington. This is her first year teaching, however she was the maternity leave teacher for a semester in Kindergarten at a Christian, classical school in North Carolina where the Lord showed her His will. She is passionate about theology and classical education. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 5:1-5. ‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.’
2nd Grade Teacher
Education: B.S., Elementary Education from Geneva College
Mrs. Morton is honored to be a part of the ECA family for another year. She has served the students in many roles over the years as a substitute, fourth grade teacher, fifth grade teacher, coach, and aide. Mrs. Morton and her husband Drew have four children who attend or have graduated from ECA. She believes that the solid Biblical foundation of classical Christian education is important in raising children to love the Lord and serve in the community to which they have been called. She strives to follow the wisdom found in 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Let all that you do be done in love.”
3rd Grade Teacher
Education: B.A., Elementary Education from Covenant College
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.
4th Grade Teacher
Education: B.A., Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado with minor in Earth Sciences
Mrs. Cupples considers it an honor and blessing to be able to teach God’s truth in the classroom here at ECA. She takes ECA’s mission to heart to “educate, equip, and empower students to pursue their purpose in Christ”. It is Mrs. Cupples’ prayer that her classroom be one of academic excellence to the glory of God and a place for students to grow in their relationship with Christ. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18
5th Grade Teacher
Education: B.S., Intercultural Studies. Certified TEFL instructor
Over the past 10 years, Miss Vann has taught both abroad in Southeast Asia, and in the States, as an ESL instructor and as a teacher in a Classical Christian school. This is her first year at ECA. Miss Vann enjoys teaching her students about the world and our place in it as followers of Christ. She feels privileged to work at a school that cares for every student, partners with parents, and keeps Christ at the center of everything. Her favorite verse is: Zephaniah 3:17, which says, “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a MIghty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Her prayer is that her 5th graders will love the Lord more as they gain a deeper knowledge of Him throughout the school year.
Librarian, Collegium Music Teacher
Education: B.A., Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
Mrs. Dokmo is our Elementary Librarian and Grammar Level Music Teacher for Collegium. Mrs. Dokmo is from Minneapolis and studied Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at St. Olaf College. She loves to read great stories out loud and engage children in expressive storytelling and music making. Mrs. Dokmo also enjoys writing music for the purpose of memorizing scripture, catechism, and more. She and her husband Chuck love to camp, hike, and ski with their kids Jack and Eden. A verse that has challenged and encouraged Mrs. Dokmo comes from Psalm 130: “If you kept a record of sin, Lord who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that in reverence we can serve you. I wait for the Lord; my whole being waits, and in your word I put my hope.”
Elementary Band Director
Education: Bachelor of Music /Education- instrumental focus from Belmont University
Jennifer Hoppe is a Colorado native and always involved in music. She toured for four summers in high school and college. Her first teaching job was in WI at Faith Christian School where she birthed a small band program. After starting her family in WI, she returned to CO with her children. In 2009, she began working mornings as a preschool aide at a First Pres. In the fall of 2019 she returned to her passion of teaching beginning band at ECA.
Elementary Music, Latin, Art Appreciation
Education: M.Mus. in Choral Conducting, Butler University (1996);
B.S., K-12 Music Education with a concentration in organ performance, Eastern Nazarene College (1994)
Mr. Howard has been teaching at ECA since 2006. He teaches general music, handbells, choir, Latin, Art Appreciation, coordinates the elementary chapel program, and maintains a private piano teaching studio. He holds degrees in music education, choral conducting and organ and is the 2023 recipient of the ECA Ezekiel Award for Excellence in Teaching. Born in the South and raised in New England, Mr. Howard has called Colorado Springs home for 18 years. He loves hiking and exploring the wonderful outdoors Colorado has to offer, but does wish there was at least one beach close by. In addition to his teaching career, Mr. Howard has served as Music Director & Organist at St. George’s Anglican Church for the past 15 years. When not at school or church he can be found working in his yard or on home improvement projects or reading a good book on his front porch. He is father to two grown daughters and a son who are three of the greatest joys in his life.
Education: B.A., History from UCCS
Mrs. Hrdlichka was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up on a military base in Japan. She learned to love God with her missionary friends in Japan. She accepted Christ in the 2nd grade and has always loved to teach others about God. She moved to Colorado in 2000 after she graduated from high school and went to UCCS. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History in 2005. She married her husband, Robert, in 2004 and had her son Sabin in 2012. Sabin currently goes to ECA. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Elementary Art Instructor
Education: B.S., K-8 Education with concentrations in art and psychology: University of Maine
Mrs. O’Neill has over 25 years of teaching experience from kindergarten to high school in several Christian schools in various states. She feels blessed to now live in Colorado and teach at ECA where she has been teaching elementary art since 2018. She loves to engage children’s hearts and hands to discover God, His amazing creation, and their own creativity through art. A favorite verse is Psalm 9:1, “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” Mrs. O’Neill and her husband, a pastor, have lived all over the United States and traveled in Europe. Mrs. O’Neill enjoys time with her family, walking her corgi, horseback riding, and writing devotions and other articles for Christian publications.
Elementary Physical Education Teacher/Elementary Athletic Director
Education: B.A., Religion with a minor in Psychology from St. Andrews University.
Mrs. Schaap grew up in Georgia and was an ECA parent for 16 years. Her three children attended ECA and two graduated from ECA. She has coached multiple sports over the years and has taught 4th grade and aided, while also substitute teaching. She previously worked in children and youth ministries. Along with her passion for sports, she brings a high level of energy and creativity. It is her goal to foster an environment in Physical Education where students are engaged in challenging activities that team build, problem solve, and provide an outlet for movement and fun. She loves watching her students develop new skills and grow in the fruit of the Spirit. Her life verse is Isaiah 61:1-3. She loves John 8:36 “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
When she is not at ECA, you can find her playing pickleball, watching USWNT soccer, hiking in the mountains with her husband and dog, and enjoying good music.
Education: B.A, Biblical Counseling from Masters Divinity College
Mrs. Bundy is an Aide at ECA Elementary in Pre-K and 1st Grade (2023). She is a Colorado Native and came to live in Colorado Springs August of 2010. Her, her husband and two sons moved down here for her husband’s job and that is when the Lord led them to ECA. Both of their boys have attended ECA. The oldest, Levi, started in kindergarten and is now at PPSC. Josiah started in Pre-K and is currently at ECA starting his sophomore year. She is so thrilled that the boys have had a Christian, Classical education throughout their formative years. Mrs. Bundy says she was fortunate to be able to volunteer at ECA for many years, supporting teachers and staff in whatever they needed. Now she is thrilled to help out as an Aide. Her hobbies include reading and music and spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite passages of Scripture right now is Colossians 3:10-17. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 25:11. She is so thankful that she gets to be a light for the Lord in the lives of these kids.
Education: B.S., Criminal Justice from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA
Ms. Gaines is a Colorado native and an ECA alumni who graduated in 2013. She has a deep love for ECA and the students who attend. Ms. Gaines is momma to the two best kiddos who hopefully one day, when they come of age, will attend ECA. She loves camping, football and spending time with her family. She also coaches the C Volleyball team at the secondary campus. One of her favorite things about being a Pre-K aide at ECA, is that she has the opportunity to share the gospel with every kiddo who steps foot in the Pre-K classroom.
Education: Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy/Paralegal certification through NALA [National Association of Legal Assistants]
Mrs. Hoover was raised in Colorado and is married to Lincoln, a licensed aviation maintenance technician. She loves working with children and has done so from a young age when she babysat for family and friends. She also teaches Sunday school in her church (Springs Reformed Church). Some of her favorite things to do in her spare time include ice skating, reading, writing, and working on crochet and knit projects. Linda is excited to be partnering with ECA and its staff to help nurture and grow the students’ understanding of Biblical truths and Godly character traits!
Education: B.S.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis
Mrs. Newton is thrilled to call Colorado home after spending most of her life moving as a military kid and then military wife. She has been married to her husband, Justin, for 20 years and they have 5 kids, 2 that attend ECA. She loves hiking and cheering her kids on at sporting events. Her favorite Bible verse is Job 42:2. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
Secondary Humanities Instructor
Education: M.A., Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Advanced Literature and English Certificate from CSU Boulder; B.A., Organizational Communications from Murray State University.
Mrs. Butler teaches CCU Dual Enrollment Courses for 11th Grade Humanities, AP Language and Composition, and Senior Thesis. With 20 years of experience in education, Mrs. Butler is passionate about teaching literature that allows students to experience models of virtue and God’s truth. “The beautiful truth begins and ends in these two statements: Humans are flawed and need a savior, and Jesus died for us. What a joy it is to discover beauty and truth alongside our students.
Math and Art Instructor
Education: B.S., Education from Baylor University
Mrs. Chance has a BS in Education from Baylor University with emphasis in secondary art and math. She taught for 9 years before moving into the admin and finance field for 12 years. She is overjoyed to be teaching again at ECA for her 3rd year. Her favorite mathematical concept is the golden ratio as its applications so perfectly reveal God’s beautiful creation as revealed in math, art, and nature.
Middle School Humanities and Latin Instructor
Education: Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
B.A., Theology and Philosophy from Quincy University, IL
Mrs. Evans has always loved learning, especially in subjects related to humanities and language. Her background includes studying Spanish, Koine Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. She loves reading/listening to classical works; one of her favorite books is Jane Eyre. Mrs. Evans sees teaching as a ministry. She strives to teach students knowledge as well as virtue and emotional awareness–to introduce students to truth, beauty, and goodness as a means of helping them to know God. She often prays with the words of Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom should I be afraid?”
Middle School Latin Instructor, Collegium Instructor
Mrs. Griffith and her husband live in Falcon with 12 chickens, two cats (and currently six kittens) plus one small dog. They have six adult children (one married son and two daughters living in Colorado, and one married son and two married daughters living out-of-state near three different *big* US cities). They have seven grandchildren (five in VA and two in CA). Mrs. Griffith enjoys doing a once a week English grammar and writing class online with her oldest granddaughter (age 9). A favorite Bible verse: For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV)
Middle School Assistant Principal; Mathematics and Writing Instructor
Education: B.A., Elementary Education from Calvin College.
Mrs. Jones attended Christian schools from Kindergarten through college and has taught in Christian schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Fort Collins, CO, and she wholeheartedly values the importance of Christian education and the impact it can have on the children in our society. After working in the ECA Pre-Kindergarten program, Mrs. Jones currently serves as the Assistant Principal, Middle School in addition to teaching Pre-Algebra and Middle School Writing. “I desire to be a teacher and administrator who can open up every child’s heart and mind to learning and to loving the Lord so that they may find their purpose in the Lord.” Favorite verse: Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Communications Coordinator and Middle School Drama Teacher
Education: B.S. from Berry College
Mrs. Hill is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA. She spent many years in non-profit communications before transitioning into classical education. Mrs. Hill currently teaches drama in our Middle School in addition to her role as our Communications Coordinator. Mrs. Hill is a married mother of two children, one a current ECA student and one an ECA graduate.
Reverend Matt Holst
College and Career Counselor; HS Bible; Dual Credit Program Director
Education: M.Div from New Geneva Theological Seminary; M.A., Historical Theology from Westminster Seminary California; B.A., Secondary Education from Washington Baptist College
Mr. Holst originally taught at ECA from 2000-2022, where he taught numerous Bible classes, coordinated Chapels, Discipleship Groups, and service projects. After a brief “retirement” he is now back teaching 11th Worldviews, 12th Senior Seminar, College & Career, and a CS Lewis elective. Mr. Holst is also serving as the College & Career Counselor and helping with our Dual Credit program.
Mr. Holst is married to Shaunna, the Receptionist at ECA. They have four children, all of whom are ECA graduates. Mr. Holst is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served as Pastor of a PCA congregation in Colorado. He has also taught Apologetics at Sangre de Cristo Seminary in Westcliffe, CO, and Old Testament Survey at New Geneva in Colorado Springs.
Mr. Holst loves to read and watch Sherlock Holmes, is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoys reading theology and history, and watching thought-provoking movies.
“My hope is that ECA students will grow in their love for the Word of God, that they will agree with the Psalmist who wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). By loving God’s Word, they will see more clearly the Person and glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
HS Humanities and Rhetoric Instructor; Director of Campus Safety & Security; Collegium Instructor
Education: Masters of Human Relations from University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; Masters of National Security Strategy from National Defense University, Washington, D.C.; B.A., History from Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO
Mr. Hopper joined the Evangel Christian Academy and Collegium Study Center team in 2022 and returned for the 2023-2024 academic year. He has the honor of teaching Rhetoric and Humanities-Modern Era and serving as the Chief of Safety & Security for ECA. Prior to ECA, Mr. Hopper served 30+ years in the U.S. Army. He has lived in multiple locations across the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
Mr. Hopper is married to Mrs. Christina Hopper, and they have four children, of which one is a junior at ECA. The Hoppers are members of Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church where Mr. Hopper is serving as a Ruling Elder.
Mr. Hopper enjoys time spent with family and friends and has way too many hobbies. He loves reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy, particularly all things Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. A longtime student and enthusiast of classical Christian education philosophy, Mr. Hopper is excited to serve the church, parents, and students at ECA and the Collegium Study Center. Isaiah 40:31-“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Director of Spiritual Life; HS Bible & Personal Fitness Instructor
Education: Master of Divinity from Sangre de Cristo Seminary; B.S., Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University
If there’s one thing that Mr. Imperato is passionate about, it’s the Bible. You may find him in his classroom catechizing his students with memory verses and shorter catechism questions, perhaps even singing with his students! You may also find him downstairs training students to take care of not only their minds, but also their bodies in personal fitness. Outside of school Mr. Imperato enjoys hikes, pickleball, and almost any backyard game. Mr. Imperato plans on pursuing licensure and ordination exams to become a pastor in time. However, ECA is where the Lord has called him at this stage in life to invest in the lives of the future—our children.
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Secondary Science and Math Instructor
Education: B.A., K-8 Education with a Psychology and Bible minor from Tennessee Temple University
After teaching various grades and subjects in several Christian schools in various states, Mrs. Leidecker joined the faculty at ECA initially in 1995. All four of her children graduated from Evangel Christian Academy. She enjoys gardening, exploring God’s creation in the beautiful state of Colorado, and swimming. Investigating God’s orderly design in creation with students is such a blessing. A thought provoking book that was read is Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su. This year, she is exploring Creation principles and its orderliness while teaching Physical Science to 8th grade and 9th grade children, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, and Advanced Financial Algebra. Isaiah 40:28: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Secondary Band Instructor
Education: B.A., Music Composition and Sound Design from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Before joining ECA, Mr. McDowell worked both as a freelance composer for film/television and a before-and-after school childcare director. “God fulfilled a lifelong desire of being able to share the process of creating music through teaching here at ECA. While watching concert pieces come together certainly is the goal of directing a band, watching students consider and develop their character is the best part of teaching! I want my students to use their skills, talents and drive for their Godly purpose; my hope is that they will use the bandroom as a practicing ground for that.”
MS and HS Science Instructor
Education: B.S., Education; K-12 Vocal/Instrumental Music: Concordia University
Mrs. Meinz is excited to join the ECA team! In college she double-majored in Music and Biology. Her dad taught 7th grade Life Science for 30 years in Loveland, Colorado, where she grew up. After college, she and her husband lived in Illinois for 10 years, serving in camp ministry at a Christian camp.
She has been married to her husband Jeffrey for 25 years and they have six children. Mrs. Meinz followed God’s calling to homeschool their children for 17 years. Now, God has provided for, and led Mrs. Meinz to be a teacher at ECA, where her three youngest also now attend. Mrs. Meinz enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, and backpacking, (so far she has completed over 100 miles on the Colorado Trail!) visiting anywhere with a beach, missions trips, playing volleyball and pickleball, and serving the Lord playing her oboe and piano. We have an awesome Creator God! What a blessing to explore many aspects of Life and Earth Science with students at ECA.
“The Lord is my Light and My Salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1-2
Secondary Math and Economics Instructor
Education: M.S., Industrial Engineering: St. Mary’s University; B.S., Mathematics: University of Denver
Mr. Murphy is in his second year teaching at Evangel, but he is anything but new to ECA. Mr. Murphy has been a part of ECA sports for over 8 years working as Elementary, Middle and HS soccer coach, and assistant MS track coach.
Mr. Murphy is a 23 year veteran of the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. During his military career, Mr. Murphy spent time at the Air Intelligence Agency at Kelly AFB, TX and the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center and NORAD and US Northern Command at Peterson AFB, CO. For approximately 17 years, he served in various capacities at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. During that time, he taught numerous mathematics, economics, and operations research courses to hundreds of future Air Force officers. He held the titles of Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Assistant Professor of Economics, and Deputy Department Head. Finally, Mr. Murphy wrapped up his time at the Air Force Academy as the Department Head for the Department of Economics and Geosciences.
Today, in addition to teaching and coaching, Mr. Murphy owns his own small business and spends his days doing minor home construction, landscaping, and handyman work. He teaches youth and adult Bible and apologetics courses in his church – recently leading a study entitled “A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.”
Mr. Murphy and his wife, Holly, have 9 children including one ECA graduate so far.
Mr. Murphy loves teaching math and economics as they help students understand the world God has created and how to maximize use of the Earth’s scarce resources to enable human flourishing.
Secondary Art Instructor
Education: M.F.A., Ceramics from Fort Hays University; B.F.A., Visual Arts and a business minor from Georgia Southern University
Miss Panhorst grew up in various places in the eastern half of the United States before moving to Kansas to study ceramics. Most recently, Miss Panhorst moved to Colorado Springs to teach art at ECA in order to better share the gift of creativity and love of God’s beauty with students. Outside of school, Miss Panhorst spends time hiking, reading, cooking, completing,and, of course, creating art.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Secondary Math and Science Instructor; Collegium Instructor
Education: M.A., Mathematics Education from University of Northern Colorado
B.S., Physics from Geneva College
Mr. Pinson teaches Geometry, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Chemistry, HS Computers and Honors Physics. Before joining ECA he built decks for about 9 years. Mr. Pinson loves math and science, and considers it a joy to explore these fields with students, seeking to unfold a little bit of the mystery and wonder as well as the orderliness of God’s creation. Mr. Pinson has a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter.
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” Psalm 19:1
MS and HS Humanties and Speech and Debate Instructor
Education: M.A., Curriculum and Instruction with Technology emphasis from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; B.A., Political Science
Prior to arriving at ECA, Mr. Poole taught junior high and high school in Widefield District #3 for 32 years. Mr. Poole also coached junior and high school track for fifteen years and girls and boys basketball for over fifteen years. Mr. Poole enjoys working with young people and interacting with students in their roles as athletes and people. He wants to see his students reach their potential as people and fulfill their purpose in God. He believes that God calls us to “good works in Christ Jesus and that we should labor as unto the Lord and not as unto men because our labor in the Lord is never in vain.” Mr. Poole enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, hiking, mountain biking, and photography.
MS and HS Humanities
Education: M.A., Humanities from California State Dominguez Hills, B.A., European and American History from The Masters University
Mrs. Rodarte is thrilled to be a new member of the teaching team at ECA! A little about Mrs. Rodarte: she received her BA in history from the Masters University in 2004 and her MA in the Humanities from California State Dominguez Hills in 2017. She will be teaching 7th and 10th grade Humanities with an emphasis on Ancient History and Literature through the Reformation period. She has been married for 16 years to her husband, Hector, and they have two beautiful boys-Marcus (12) and Vincent (9). As a family, they enjoy hiking, attending their boys’ taekwondo demonstrations and hanging out with their puppy, Cicero. She enjoys reading in her spare time; her favorite book is Exodus by Leon Uris. Her favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” She loves this verse because it was the verse that God used in her life the most when she first came to know Him in her early twenties.
HS Spanish and MS World Cultures Teacher; Collegium Instructor
Education: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Applied Linguistics from University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.; B.A., Spanish, Secondary Education from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.
Mrs. Sánchez has taught Spanish and English for 20 years to learners of all ages. She was a missionary in Spain for 4 years, and is excited to be teaching at ECA. She hopes to inspire students to love languages and language learning, and to use their abilities to extend Christ’s kingdom to all peoples, tribes and languages.
MS Logic, Computers, and Geography; Yearbook & House Council; Collegium Instructor
Education: B.A., History from Shepherd University
Prior to transitioning into teaching, Mrs. Smathers spent many years writing professionally for newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. She has a passion for Classical education and helping students grow into disciples of Christ.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Attributed to Socrates. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves! Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Secondary Choir Director; Collegium Instructor
Mrs. Strand started loving music at a very early age. She started singing at 4, piano lessons at 5, and formal vocal training at 11, singing her way through high school, college and beyond. She attended St. Mary’s College of California and University of California, at Berkeley. Mrs. Strand’s love of singing has been a true gift from God. She has been on countless worship teams and choirs of all kinds for nearly 40 years. She has decades of experience working with all kinds of kids- counseling Christian summer camps, working with kids in her church, and working in the public schools with special needs students. She dearly loves her husband of 15 years, and they have two daughters who attend ECA. Her life verse is Lamentations 3: 21-24 “This I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, GREAT is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion”, says my soul, “therefore, I will hope in Him.”
Study Skills for 6/7, Grammar for 6/7, Writing 7
Education: B.S., K-8 Education from Grand Canyon University
Miss Wingett is an ECA graduate from 2021 but she has been connected with the school for many years. Through ECA she found her future husband who she is getting married to next year. She feels so beyond blessed to return to ECA and help grow the minds of our Middle School students. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33