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1st Grade Team


Dawn Horak

Team Lead

Hello, my name is Dawn Horak and this is my 5th year teaching at RMCA. I graduated from Emporia State University in 2013. My husband and I moved to Colorado from Kansas shortly after. We have two amazing children at RMCA. My family and I love to hike and travel. I am looking forward to another amazing year.


Theresa Osborn

Hello, I'm Theresa Osborn. I am happy to introduce myself as a First Grade Teacher at RMCA. This is my 4th year with this amazing school. I started my teaching career in 1985 after graduating from UNC in Greeley. I have taught Special Education, First Grade, Second Grade, and Preschool. I am a Colorado native yet I have lived in a few other states through the years. I live in Peyton with my husband of 35 years and a sweet Golden Retriever puppy.


Serena Manigold

I’m a Colorado Springs native. I absolutely love being outside where I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and playing golf. I also love all things health and fitness, cooking, writing, and design. In 2014, I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Education from University of Northern Colorado with a Reading Minor. This will be my 4th year of teaching. My three beautiful children (5, 7, & 9) all attend RMCA. I’m looking forward to an amazing year!


Kayla Loomis

Hello! My name is Kayla Loomis and this my second year as a part of the First Grade Team. I was born and raised in Ohio where I attended Ohio Christian University and received my BA in Early Childhood Education. There I met Drew, my husband of 9 years. We have three beautiful children: Josias (5), Theo (2), and Clara (1), with another on the way! I am going into my 3rd year of teaching where I’ve had experience with the classical approach as well as character education. I have a special passion for teaching reading and am excited to watch my students grow in maturity, character, responsibility and relationships with others. Outside of school I enjoy baking, crafting, spending time outdoors, and spending quality time with my sweet family. I find pure joy in seeing students hit academic milestones and watching them discover that they too can develop a love for learning. I am so enjoying being a part of this amazing community here at RMCA!

Hello! My name is Vivienne Kelly, and I am excited to be back for my 6th year at RMCA! This is also my 11th year teaching, and I must say 1st grade is my favorite as I have taught it for 7 years! I am originally from Wyoming, and have lived in Colorado Springs since 2010.  My husband and I have been married for almost 14 years, and we have two littles who both attend RMCA.  We added a new member to our family this summer, and his name is Pickles!  He is a Mini Yorkie, and he is absolutely adorable!  We love it here, and when I'm not in school, I enjoy traveling, swimming, going to movies, and spending time as a family together. I look forward to working with you and your child this year as they will grow so much!