At the Rhetoric level, students are expected to grow in their capacity in both writing and speaking to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. Students in Rhetoric level classrooms will be expected to practice these skills as they debate, discuss, and write while interacting with ideas and concepts of increasing complexity. The instructor in the Rhetoric classroom will give more and more responsibility to the student in their discussions, giving opportunity to express their thoughts clearly, encouraging students think creatively, and interact with their peers respectfully.
MRS. KERRY SINGLETON
Secondary School Principal
From the Secondary School Principal
Thank you for your interest in Evangelical Christian Academy. I am blessed to be a part of this ministry for over 11 years and two of my children are now ECA alumni. God has given me the opportunity to serve in Christian education all of my life as a homeschool mom, tutor, co-op teacher, and classroom teacher and administrator. My greatest joy is witnessing God’s handiwork in each student as they mature academically and grow spiritually to “Love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and love their neighbor as themselves.” (Luke 10:27)
The Rhetoric level of education is about learning to persuade in the truth. ECA’s Rhetoric department encourages students to articulate their faith, wrestle with and persuade in the truth of God’s word, and develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue their purpose in Christ in the world. Some of the important things we use to accomplish these goals are teaching formal Rhetoric, practicing debate, teaching Apologetics and the study of all religions, using discussions, oral presentations, and other tools of rhetoric level learning, and challenging students academically and spiritually. We also encourage our rhetoric students to serve as house leaders and to set an example of service in the community. The Rhetoric stage prepares students to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation”. (Mark 16:15)
I am honored to partner with parents as they teach and model God’s Word and the Gospel message of forgiveness in Christ to their children. Parents have such an important role and responsibility in the lives of the children God has entrusted to them. I welcome the opportunity to partner with parents in fulfilling this calling. As we prepare students for life after graduation, we desire for them to be equipped to articulate and defend their faith and “pursue their purpose in Christ.”
Faith is integrated into each subject that we teach, and we view faith as the foundation of all knowledge, wisdom, and truth. Together God, parents, students, and teachers work as partners in every student’s growth. This partnership forms a powerful community united in the belief that the gospel of Jesus Christ and excellent academics will best prepare your student for the future.
As you consider your responsibility as a parent, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss further how Evangelical Christian Academy might partner with you.
Thank you and God bless,
Secondary School Principal
Mr. Stephen Sprague
Head of School
Mr. Stephen Sprague served 20 years as a Naval officer before transitioning to a second career in classical Christian education. Since then, he has been the Head of School for two previous classical Christian schools. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Art in Military Art and Science, and is working on a Master of Divinity from the Reformed Theological Seminary. Stephen is a member of Forestgate Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Andrea, have two children in the school: Lydia (14) and LeighAnna (17). Stephen grew up in a family of educators, and he has long sought to work in education, but the specific application of classical Christian education both inspires him and touches his heart. He loves to work with students, families, teachers, and administrators to advance the God-glorifying mission of the school.
Mrs. Kerry Singleton
Secondary School Principal
Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Math and English: Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA
Mrs. Singleton has been teaching at ECA for 10 years, and was the Junior High Principal for 5 years before becoming the Secondary School Principal. She has taught Algebra 1, Medieval History, Lit, and Bible, Logic, and a number of other classes for the past 10 years at ECA and now teaches Geometry.
Prior to ECA, Mrs. Singleton taught at a Christian school in Atlanta, tutored math and SAT preparation for 15 years, and taught math at a homeschool co-op. She and her husband, Kirk, have been married for 28 years and have 4 children: Rachel (25 and a 2014 graduate of ECA), Kendra (23, attended ECA until 2014), James (19 and a 2020 graduate of ECA), and Kenny (18, attended ECA until 2018). Mrs. Singleton is a member of Village Seven Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Singleton comes from a long line of teachers and loves combining her passion for teaching with the opportunity to mentor teachers, disciple students, and connect with families to advance the gospel and help everyone “reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)
“I love sharing my passion for God with my students, staff, and families, and it is a joy to point them to their true identity in Christ and to the one, true God, the source of all truth. I start my students off with memorizing 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 He is the beginning, middle, and end for all subjects.”
Mrs. Julie Branch
Business Office Manager
9 yrs at ECA
Mrs. Jen Castro
Business Office Administrative Assistant
3 yrs at ECA
Mrs. Shaunna Holst
4 yrs at ECA
Mrs. Marcia Iverts
34 yrs at ECA
Mrs. Debra Rohrer
20 yrs at ECA
Mrs. Michelle Butler
Secondary Literature and Composition Instructor
Education: BA, Organizational Communications: Murray State University. MA, Organizational Leadership: Regent University
Before teaching World Literature, British Literature, American Literature, AP Literature/Composition, and AP Language/Composition at ECA, Mrs. Butler partnered with homeschool families to teach classical literature and composition classes in hybrid settings. Mrs. Butler is passionate about teaching literature that offers students the opportunity 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.”
Mrs. Bethany Chance
General Math, Advanced General Math, Algebra 1, and 6th grade Art Instructor
Education B.S. in 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. Her favorite mathematical concept is the golden ratio as it’s applications so perfectly reveal God’s beautiful creation as revealed in math, art and nature.
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
Rev. Holst serves as Bible Instructor and Director of Spiritual Life at ECA, as well as Pastor at High Plains Fellowship (PCA) in Falcon, Colorado. “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.”
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 teaches Junior High Art, Art I, II, III, and Studio Art; and he is still excited to see that the potential for glorifying God through the students and ECA is limitless. “I hope to open the students’ eyes to this great and exciting world by looking, seeing, and doing with a positive curiosity about the wonders God our Creator has set before us.”
Mr. Nicki Imperato
Old & New Testament Survey Instructor
Education Master of Divinity from Sangre de Cristo Seminary
Nicki grew up in New Jersey, but moved to Colorado in 2018. While in Colorado, he went to Sangre de Cristo Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity. Not only did he find an excellent seminary, but he also found the love of his life, Kimia. They were married in August of 2019, and have been enjoying their early years of marriage. As a part time teacher of Old and New Testament Survey, Nicki is also pursuing licensure and ordination exams in the RPCNA (Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America) in the hopes of one day becoming an ordained minister of the Word of God. Nicki and Kimia both love playing pickleball, getting together with friends and family for food and games, and they also enjoy meditating on Christ by singing the Psalms. The Imperatos have a passion for raising up the next generation and are grateful for Nicki’s opportunity to serve at ECA.
Mrs. Leigh Jones
Assistant Principal - Middle School; Mathematics, Literature, History & Bible Instructor
Education B.A., Elementary Education: 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, Language Arts 7 and Ancient History/ Bible 7. “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. “
Miss Katie Keith
Secondary Computer Instructor
Education B.A., Communications: Grand Canyon University.
Prior to teaching at ECA, Miss Keith worked as a marketing manager and substitute teacher. Miss Keith graduated from Evangelical Christian Academy, attending from Pre-K through 12th grade. Miss Keith teaches Junior High Computers, Photoshop, InDesign, Yearbook, and Composition 9. “The Westminster Shorter Catechism declares that the chief end of man, which I learned as a student at ECA, is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ My ambition is to teach with this in mind, diving into the fascinating world of technology with a Christian perspective and inspiring students to create God-honoring content.”
Mrs. Carrie King
Algebra II Instructor
Mrs. Karen Leidecker
Secondary Science and Earth 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, Physical Science, Biology, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, and Business Math. “It is a great joy to be able to minister Christ’s love to my students through the subjects of science and math.”
Miss April Matovich
Secondary Choir Instructor
Miss Matovich has served as the Secondary choir instructor since 2020. She previously served as the Secondary choir accompanist from 2016-2019. She has worked extensively in church music since 2009; as a piano instructor since 2012; as an accompanist since 2013; and with choir programs in the Colorado Springs area since 2016. “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our
salvation!” – Ps. 95:1
Mr. Travis McDowell
Secondary Band Instructor
Education B.A. Music Composition and Sound Design: 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."
Mrs. Libby Pinson
6th Grade Lead Instructor
Education B.A. in Education, with concentrations on Secondary Science and English; M.A. in T.E.S.O.L: Cornerstone University
Prior to arriving at ECA, Mrs. Pinson taught for two years at Falcon Middle School in D49. She so enjoyed her student teaching experiences at private Christian schools in Uganda and Michigan, that when the opportunity to teach at ECA arose, she very excitedly accepted. Mrs. Pinson loves teaching as she loves to interact with and get to know her students. Mrs. Pinson's desire is to have her students recognize God's kingship over creation and to encourage her students to be in awe of God as the creator of all things. She just recently became "Mrs. Pinson" this summer and enjoys hiking, running, reading, and cooking (...and of course eating that food too!)
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” ― Abraham Kuyper
Mr. Will Pinson
Secondary Math and Physics Instructor
Education B.S. Physics: Geneva College
Mr. Pinson teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, and Honors Physics. Before joining ECA he built decks for about 9 years. Mr. Pinson loves math and science, and considers it is 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. “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” Psalm 19:1
Mrs. Kelly Poirier
Education B.A., English: Santa Clara University; M Ed.: Cal State Fullerton
Mrs. Poirier was born and raised in southern California. She has served as an educator and administrator throughout her 25 year teaching career. She has been married to her husband, Mark, a physician at Fort Carson, for 17 years. They have two teenage daughters. She enjoys traveling, writing, reading, gardening, and outdoor adventures with her family.
Mrs. Cristy Ross
Education B.A. Theater: University of Colorado-Boulder.
Mrs. Ross previously worked at our Elementary campus and has joined our Secondary faculty to teach Spanish I, II, and III. “I had my life wonderfully changed by God in college, and He led me to Spain as a missionary. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach my students the language God has used in my life, and I hope it will be a blessing to them as well!”
Mrs. Beth Saks
Junior High Latin Instructor
Education B.A., Elementary Education: University of South Carolina; Continuing Education: Multnomah Bible College.
Mrs. Saks has invested over 30 years in the education and discipleship of our Covenant children. Believing language is given to us alone in the creation to reflect God’s image, she is committed to teaching our students to steward this gift well. She is privileged to introduce our students to Latin, a language which provides insight into the world of Jesus’s day, context for our own nation’s history, and perspective for the study of western civilization. “I believe there are few means more beneficial to the training of young minds than the study of Latin; the resulting virtues of discipline and understanding are great gifts to be pursued. ‘…diliges Dominum Deum tuum…in tota mente tua.’ Matthew 22:37, Latin Vulgate [‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…with thy whole mind.’].”
Mrs. Heather Smathers
Middle School Grammar & Writing, Informal Logic, and Study Skills Instructor
Education B.A., History, minor Print Journalism from Shepherd College
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.
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
Before joining ECA in 2004, Mr. Steiner worked at Lockheed Martin in the Learning & Development Department and coached football at CSCS. Mr. Steiner currently serves as ECA Vice Principal, Athletic Director, and Physical Education Instructor. He has been the Black Forest League President and a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) since 2009, served on numerous committees, and has recently been nominated for the CHSAA Board of Directors. “I desire that our students see the big picture and understand that their actions have consequences, both good and bad; and that if they choose to be godly in those actions, then those consequences will be blessed in our current life as well as our life to come.”
Ms. Sandra Vollbracht
Secondary History Instructor
Education B.A., History: Covenant College/University of Colorado
Before coming to ECA in 1991, Ms. Vollbracht taught at and administered Covenant Christian School in Los Alamos, New Mexico; and she currently teaches World History, U.S. History, Civics, AP U.S. 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 God has put me here to do just that.”