As any parent or teacher of a Junior High student knows, this particular age is unique and filled with joys as well as challenges. So what does it look like at Evangelical Christian Academy (ECA) to educate, equip and empower students of Junior High age to pursue their purpose in Christ? In the world of Classical Education, this age and stage is called the Logic-level or dialectic-stage and is defined as learning to reason and understand the truth. Therefore students of this age transition from the grammar level of elementary school and start to work with information in new and different ways. The word dialectic is defined as “the art of investigating or discussing the truth of opinions”, and so the Junior High classroom is a place of ideas, of investigation, of discussion, of asking and answering good questions, and of exploring God’s world and working to find what unites the facts and leads to an understanding of the truth.
Mrs. Kerry Singleton
Junior High (Logic) Principal
Dear Prospective Parent,
Thank you for your interest in Evangelical Christian Academy. I am so glad you are here! I know that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make, and that there are many choices out there. As a parent myself, I know you are not only looking for a place where your student can grow academically, but you are also looking for a warm, caring, environment that balances high academic standards with meeting your child’s spiritual and emotional needs. I believe the Junior High at ECA is that place.
The atmosphere at ECA is Christ-centered and focused on helping each student grow into who God is calling them to be both now and in the future. We are careful to partner with parents and their church to educate, equip, and empower our students. We take this partnership seriously and desire to help students grow in wisdom and virtue and love for God and their neighbor. We want them to love their studies, to delight in who God has made them to be, and to share God’s love with others through service in the community.
We have a dedicated staff of caring teachers who are trained to not only deliver a rich and vigorous curriculum, but to carefully consider how that curriculum is taught. We believe that all students are made in the image of God, and that makes each student unique. Junior High teachers consider this natural uniqueness as they plan and deliver engaging lessons designed to spark interest, maintain engagement, and help students love to learn. Our teachers love Junior High students and excel at caring for and helping each student to be successful and to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
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.
Thank you for taking the time to investigate what makes the Junior High at ECA so special. Please contact us for more information and a tour of our campus.
Junior High Principal
Dr. Jim Johnson
Superintendent and Rhetoric Instructor
Dr. Jim Johnson holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Geneva Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Business Administration. Dr. Johnson brings experience from the fields of university and seminary education, the pastorate, and public and private Christian education as he leads the administrators, faculty, and staff of ECA. Jim is a ruling elder at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Helen, have two grown children and three grandchildren. He prays that the nurture and growth of students will yield graduates who are well-grounded in their faith and fully equipped for the challenges of spiritual involvement, family responsibility, college achievement, and career success.
Mr. Bob DeRuiter
High School (Rhetoric) 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, Modern History/Literature 9 teacher, and ECA Baseball Coach. “My greatest joy is witnessing God’s handiwork in each student and watching them mature in their attitudes and beliefs.”
Mrs. Kerry Singleton
Junior High (Logic) Principal
Education: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Middle grades education with concentrations in Math and English
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. Mrs. Singleton serves as Junior High Principal in addition to teaching Algebra I, Logic 8, and Medieval History/Literature/Bible 8. “I love sharing my passion for God and my subjects with my students, 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 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.”
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. Marie Burley
Education BA, Ballet: University of Utah M.A., Production Management: University of Utah
Prior to teaching French I and II, American Literature, British Literature, AP Language/Composition, and AP 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Mrs. Leigh Jones
Junior High Mathematics, Literature, History, and Bible Instructor
Education B.A., Elementary Education: Calvin College.
Mrs. Jones attended Christian school 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 now teaches Language Arts 7, General Math, Pre-Algebra, and Ancient History/Bible 7. “I desire 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.”
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. 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, 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.”
Mr. Luke Lilevjen
Secondary Chemistry Instructor
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."
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. 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.’].”
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.”