Faculty & Staff

Sandy Hodgson

Carisa Carr

Office Manager
Eva Barton

Business Manager
Patti LaFond

Facilities Manager
Charles Pope

Marketing & Recruiting
Marsha Bartulec

Tech Support
Matt Jordan

Pre-K and Kindergarten
Sandy Hepp
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Sandy Hepp - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education
Sandy Hepp has been an Early Childhood teacher for over 20 years. She has worked for our Rocky Mountain Conference for over 15 years as a Director, Kindergarten teacher and preschool teacher-not all at the same time! Her passion and ability to see each child as a child of the King has kept her classroom a lively place over the years. Sandy is a state certified Early Childhood Education director and teacher. Colorado has always been her home. She was a student of BAA and Campion Academy before going off to college for her directorship. Sandy’s specialty is discovering how each child learns best and adapting the curriculum so that each child meets success. Sandy is very close to her family- all of whom live in the area. She has 3 sons from ages 15-24. Her family loves the outdoors, especially the mountains. In her spare time she loves decorating, reading, and loving her 3 dogs.

Grades 1-2 & Vice-Principal
Carisa Carr
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Carisa Carr - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education
Carisa Carr has been teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Vista Ridge Academy since 2009. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Union College and later completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education from East Tennessee State University. Carisa has a Professional Teaching Certificate from the Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and as of November 2013 completed her coursework and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). Carisa believes “each child has special God given gifts that, provided a safe environment, has the ability to grow and reach their full potential.”

Grades 1-2 Teacher’s Aid
Becky Barts
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Becky Barts - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education

Grades 3-4 & School Counselor
Shondra Cizek
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Shondra Cizek - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education
Shondra Cizek loves how the staff works together to help each student achieve their potential. She loves how kind and caring students are and how teachers do not just talk about how Jesus can be our best friend but show each student the Jesus loves them. Shondra is super excited about being the school’s counselor!  Shondra grew up in Colorado and loves the mountains. Shondra has a BS in Teaching from Union College and Master’s Degree in School Counseling from UNC. Shondra holds a Colorado State Teaching Degree and Professional Counseling Candidate License and has been teaching for 24 years!  Shondra loves her family and three boys, and Shondra loves her students and watching them learn. Shondra enjoys being in the mountains, at the ocean and lots of different animals. Shondra also enjoys hiking, snorkeling and reading.

Grades 5-6 & Principal
Sandy Hodgson
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Sandy Hodgson - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education
Sandy Hodgson has taught at Vista Ridge Academy since it opened in February 2004. She enjoys creating a safe environment for hands on learning for her students through simulation activities, science experiments and creative projects. Sandy holds a BS in Elementary Education, a Standard Teaching Certificate from the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, and a Teacher License from the State of Colorado. In her free time, Mrs. Hodgson enjoys traveling with her family. She has lived 10 years in Italy and Germany and has visited all continents except Antarctica. If she’s ever at home, you’ll find her reading, cooking, or gardening.

Grades 7-8
Courtney McLachlan
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Courtney McLachlan - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education
Courtney McLachlan or “Mrs. Mac” grew up in Colorado and has the unique opportunity to teach at the same school where she attended. Courtney attended Campion Academy all four years of high school and went on to Union College where she received a Bachelors in Elementary Education and an Associates in Pre-Allied Health. Courtney has endorsements for Junior Academy English, Fine Arts, General Science, Health/PE, Religion, and Social Studies. Courtney’s favorite subjects to teach are Language Arts, History, Math, Science, and Bible, and she has taught K-2 and Pre-K and now enjoys the junior high side of teaching. This is Courtney’s fifth year teaching. Courtney enjoys teaching all age groups and has a special place in her heart for special education. Courtney’s husband, Mark, is also a graduate of Vista Ridge Academy and Union College. The McLachlan’s live in Frederick with their two Chiweenie puppies and one kitty cat. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys exercising, traveling, spending time with family, photography, blogging, camping, and baking!

Art, P.E. & Technology
Marit Guild
Vista Ridge Academy Faculty & Staff - Marit Guild - Erie Pre-K Preschool Elementary Middle School Private Christian Education

Scott Bird
Scott Bird is a recent graduate from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Scott is originally from the Western Slope town of Bedrock, Colorado and has been a musician for most of his life.  Scott decided to formally study music in college when he was inspired by his Grandma Linda who used to say, “always make a joyful noise for The Lord!” Since then, his musical interests have expanded from gospel hymns and bluegrass to the classical music of the symphony orchestra as well as opera. Scott has performed with the Western State Chamber Singers and Concert Choir as a first tenor as well as playing double bass in the Western State Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Scott is pursuing an apprenticeship under conductor Devin Patrick Hughes who is the music director of the Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Boulder Symphony. There, he will study with Hughes in an effort to prepare himself for a career in orchestral conducting. Scott would eventually like to pursue a Masters and Doctorate degree in either conducting or musicology.