Leadership Team


Cullen McDowell

Executive Principal

Principal Mac has been a resident of Colorado over the last ten years. Starting his teaching career as a preschool para while earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, he has been in educational roles in some form for the last 17 years.  He has been a teacher, department chair, instructional leader, program coordinator, Dean, Adjunct Professor, and administrator in Colorado Springs Districts 2, 11 and now 49 over the last nine years.  During this time, he has leadership roles in the Elementary, Middle School, Alternative School, High School, and the post-secondary levels. He has master’s degree in history from CSU Pueblo and a master’s degree in educational leadership from UCCS.  Mac strives to uphold the values of the Classical Movement and the impact charter schools have on families and communities. He has a strong support system of his wife Rebecca and three beautiful daughters. 

To contact Principal Mac, email his Executive Administrative Assistant Bridget [email protected]


Mako Winston

Assistant Principal

My name is Mako Winston and I have been a part of the RMCA family since the 2017-2018 school year. I am currently an Assistant Principal overseeing grades 3-5 and Building Safety and Security.  Prior to moving to the Colorado Springs area, I was an educator in Las Vegas for 13 years. I have loved being a part of this school and all of the wonderful families that make us who we are.


Chad Cullers

Assistant Principal Middle School

Hello, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Community! I am honored and privileged to join the RMCA family and serve its students, staff, and community as the Middle School Assistant Principal. I am a proud dad of two beautiful daughters, Sophie (4) and Ella (1) and have been married to my wonderful wife, Clare, for six years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing and watching sports, hiking, and enjoying the great Colorado outdoors! I look forward to meeting and working with all of our students and families. Please stop by and say hello!


Debbie "Smitty" Smith

Middle School Counselor

Aloha!  What an honor to be in my third year here at RMCA!  This is my 17th year as a school counselor, and RMCA Middle School is still the PERFECT place for me to meet and work with the most incredible young people and their families!!  When I'm not at school, my husband and I enjoy watching football, baseball, and an occasional hockey game.  (I'm also a big Disney fan!)  AND, we LOVE being Puna and Papa to five beautiful grand-babies (two here in Colorado Springs and three in Arizona)!  I am SO excited about this 2019/20 school year!


Tanner Humphrey

Dean of Students/Athletic Director

Hello, My name is Tanner Humphrey. I am going on my 4th year at RMCA as the Athletic Director and I feel so honored to be working with all of our great families! I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and attended Palmer High School located downtown. I went on to attend Colorado State University, where I earned a degree in Economics... Go Rams! While up in Fort Collins, I met my wife and we have now been married for 3 years. Sports are my life and always has been. I still play basketball and golf regularly and have been known to watch anything that involves competition. I love it here at RMCA and I look forward to a great school year!


Elgin Fitzgerald

Learning Services Coordinator
I am Elgin Fitzgerald and I am very excited to join the RMCA team as the learning services coordinator.  I am a native of Colorado Springs and attended Palmer High School before attending Dartmouth College.  I later received a Masters degree in Special Education.  I have spent the past 12 years in special education at all levels as a teacher and coordinator.  I love to watch and play all kinds of sports and enjoy spending time with my wife and family.  
Hi there! This is my first year here at RMCA and I am so grateful to be a part of this awesome team. My husband and I have two daughters who will be in 3rd and 6th grade this year. We are a military family and have previously lived in Florida, Las Vegas, and northern Virginia, but Missouri is home. I love travelling, photography, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and being with my family.
Dean of Students
My name is Mrs. Kettinger and this is my 6th year at RMCA. I am thrilled to be one of the Instructional Coaches and S2S sponsor. I am originally from Tampa, Florida where I attended the University of South Florida for my Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. I then attended the University of Phoenix, Tampa Campus, for my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and am currently obtaining my Master of Science in Educational Leadership. My husband is a helicopter pilot in the United States Army Reserves and a civilian Air Traffic Controller here in Colorado Springs. We have two wonderful children, Mackenzie (10) and Jackson (9), who also attend RMCA. We are a family that loves being outdoors, soaking up the sunshine, attending sports games, and traveling the world while immersing ourselves in new cultures and making lifelong memories.