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Kindergarten Team

Rolater  Melissa Rolater, Team Lead

This is my 12th year teaching at RMCA.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado.  I worked for a credit union until I discovered my true passion is working with kids.  I went back to school at the University of Phoenix where I received my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

I am truly blessed to work here at RMCA.  My oldest child attended school here from 2nd-8th grade.  He is now a freshman at Pikes Peak Community College.  My youngest child is now in 8th grade and has been here since kindergarten..

My husband and I have just celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. In addition to having two boys, we have 4 dogs, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, fish and two leopard geckos at home.  In my free time, I love to crochet, read, listen to music, spend time with family and travel.

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I was born in Illinois but I have lived in Colorado since I was in mid-kindergarten.  I have a degree in Elementary Education from Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa.  I love elephants, purple, Pepsi, chocolate, crafting, animals, exploring new places, reading, and teaching.  This is my ninth year in education and seventh year teaching kindergarten at RMCA.  I absolutely love it! Kindergarten is so much fun and they grow so much throughout the year!   

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My name is Anna James and this is my second year teaching Kindergarten here at RMCA! My husband, son and I moved from Wyoming last May and we are so happy to be here in the Springs and to be apart of this wonderful community here at RMCA. When not teaching, I love spending time with my family enjoying the outdoors. I love hiking, running and photography. I am so excited about this year and to be here at RMCA!

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I was born and raised in Colorado, but my husband and I moved to Alaska in 2012. After 7 years of adventures there, my family and I moved back to be closer to our families J I have 3 little girls, Aurora (5), Ruby (3) and Kaitlyn (1). I have taught for 8 years in many different grades. I taught for a few years in Colorado, and then in five years in Metlakatla, Alaska and Anchorage. I received my degree at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, and my MA from Benedictine University.
I love to do most any activity outside but especially love biking, downhill skiing and hiking. It is so exciting to be teaching this year at RMCA!

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My name is Raeli Reyes and this is my first year at RMCA! This will be my second year teaching Kindergarten, which in my opinion, is the best grade! I am a Colorado native and could not imagine living anywhere else. I graduated from CSU-Pueblo with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. I have a one-year little boy named Silas. We enjoy spending time outside, camping, hiking, and playing in the water. I love staying busy, which is why Kindergarten is the grade for me. I am looking forward to this school year!
My name is Amber Gier and I am so excited to be part of the RMCA family. I am not originally from Colorado but I do consider it my home. I am originally from Florida but the mountains have won my heart. I have 4 children, a 14 yr old, 13 yr. old, 2 yr. old and a 1 yr. old. They keep me very busy but in a great way! We enjoy getting outside and just relaxing together as a family. I have been teaching for 6 years now. I have had the pleasure of teaching 3rd, 4th, 5th, and now Kindergarten. I love what I do and can't imagine not being in the classroom watching my students grow every single day!!
My name is Vanessa Joens. This is my first year teaching and I am excited to be a part of the RMCA family. I received my Bachelor's degree in Inclusive Elementary Education from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Prior to teaching I was in the Air Force and served for 8 years as a medic. I have lived in Colorado Springs most of my life and was excited to come home after the military. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, listening to country music, chocolate and pizza.