Meet Our Special Education Team!

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Staci Kapphan

Special Education Coordinator

This is my 4th year at RCA and my 2nd year as Special Education Coordinator.  I have been teaching for 7 years.  In my previous life, I was a certified veterinary technician for 15 years and decided I wanted a change, so I went big.  I am heavily involved in 4-H with my children and spend a lot of time doing that.  When I have a few minutes to myself, I enjoy horseback riding, scrapbooking and crafting. 

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Angela Henley

Special Education Teacher

Hello, my name is Angela Henley.  I am a Special Education Life Skills Teacher and case manager for grades 1, and 3-5.  I am in my 3rd year of teaching at RCA.  I enjoy teaching here because it embodies a teamwork mentality; Our principal, Julie TeNyenhuis, is an all-around terrific, well-balanced, and mindful leader who leads by example, and encouraging words.  I am honored to work among the best teachers, support services staff,  administrative staff, and maintenance staff, and, of course, our parents.  I am on quite an interesting journey at Roosevelt, and I embrace the character building challenges that await me as this year moves forward. After a vigorous and challenging day at the office, I enjoy a relaxing bicycle ride in my neighborhood, where the streets are just steep enough to increase my heart rate.  I am accompanied by the soulful sounds of Sade, and the upbeat vibes of Marieme, Yuna and Indila.  And then, I am ready for another day at the office.   Happy New 20-21 school year!!!!!  

S. Rowland

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Jill Hoover

Speech Therapist

I have been in the field of Special Education for the last 45 years as a Speech Pathologist and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher.  I started my career in Summit County where I was able to teach and ski which is one of my passions.  Most of my career was spent in the Woodland Park School District for 25 years where I worked as a Speech Pathologist.  I also established and taught in the PAL Program, a program  for 3-5 year old children with special needs.  In my retirement years, I have gone back to being a Speech Pathologist and was blessed to be hired on at Roosevelt Charter Academy 7 years ago.    This is a wonderful place to work because of the administration, colleagues and most importantly, the kids!  In my spare time, I play lots of tennis, ski, travel, scrapbook, spend time with my three grandkids and teach Sunday School.

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Kamil Baker

Occupational Therapist

Hello, my name is Mrs. Baker and I am the school occupational therapist. I have been working here for 4 years, and love being a part of the special education team here at RCA! My job brings me joy when I see the kids' smiling faces and know that I've made a difference either in their day or progress in school. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family enjoying the outdoors, traveling, reading, or exercising. 

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Sandra Jones

School Psychologist

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Marjorie Chisholm

School Social Worker

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Pam Merrick

Speech Aide

After working as a medical account manager for 15 years, I needed a happier and more satisfying focus for my career energy. I began studying Early Childhood Education and discovered a fascinating subject that I hadn't known existed before. Upon relocation from San Diego, CA to Woodland Park, CO in 1991, I was excited to continue my studies and began as a volunteer, then as paraeducator for Jill Hoover, director of the preschool program . In 2003 I left school to spend more time with my family but we remained great friends. I returned to school life in 2013 at RCA as a volunteer for Jill, then became her paraeducator again as Speech/Language Aide. It was a new field to learn, but also familiar because it incorporated the philosophy of developmentally appropriate education for young children. The last 7 years have been an honor and pleasure to work with Jill again plus the dedicated, professional and friendly staff at RCA!

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April Dickinson

Special Education Para-Educator

I have worked at RCA for 25 years. I love to take pics of my dog: Castiel. I love to hike. I love to craft.

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Robin Bainer

Special Education Para-Educator

I have been at Roosevelt Charter Academy for seven years in the SPED Department and also the Life Skills room. I have lived in Colorado Springs for 20 years. I am originally from Texas and visit there often. I have a 25 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. I like to snow shoe in the winter and travel in the summer. I love to read and go for walks with my dog, Duke.

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Chad Bregg

Special Education Para-Educator

I have been in the Special  Education  Department for 7 years now. I enjoy helping students reach their goals. I enjoy hiking and soccer outside of work.

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TinaSue Friel

Special Education Para-Educator

My name is TinaSue Friel.  I was born in Anchorage Alaska but was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado since I was four..  I have been a Special Needs Para Professional here at RCA since 2017.  I started with School District 11 in 2002 - 2007 and then took 10 years off to raise my four kids.  I enjoy being around my family and my animals when I'm not at school.  

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Esmeralda Lara

Special Education Para-Educator

I've worked at Roosevelt Charter Academy for 4 years in Special Education. I enjoy working here because of my team and the kids. I especially like that we push kids to do the very best and support them to achieve their goals and become independent. Some fun facts about me are that I love the beach and my favorite to visit is Baja de kino in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. I also enjoy going to Arizona to visit my family. My favorite time of the year is fall. I have 3 dogs and a baby boy who will be one in February.