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Elementary Faculty


Sarah Case has worked for Heritage Christian Academy is the director of our pre-kindergarten program.  She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming in Marketing. She has taken additional classes to attain her Early Childhood Teaching certificate and director qualifications.  Prior to working at Heritage, Sarah worked for The Gathering Church in Windsor, CO for six years as Director of Family Ministries.  


Rachael Auch is HCA’s kindergarten teacher.  Mrs. Auch earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a youth ministry minor from Frontier School of the Bible, holds a second bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry with an education emphasis, and is Colorado Early Childhood Teacher Qualified.  Mrs. Auch has years of experience working with children, having spent four years working in a preschool/childcare setting.

FIRST GRADE – Alicia Lans


Alicia Lans is HCA’s first grade teacher. Ms. Lans earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and has previously assisted with HCA’s first grade class as a student teacher and as the Pre-K assistant. 

SECOND GRADE – Doyleen Miller

Doyleen Miller has taught second grade at Heritage for seventeen years.  Mrs. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Mid-America Nazarene University.  Prior to teaching at Heritage, Mrs. Miller taught for six years in the Leoti, Kansas public schools, and for ten years at Choice City Christian School. 

THIRD GRADE – Rhonda Howeth

Rhonda Howeth teaches third grade at HCA.  She holds a BSE from Ouachita Baptist University and has continued on with upper-level master’s classes.  Mrs. Howeth is certified with ACSI and licensed by the State of Colorado.  Mrs. Howeth has taught a range of grades, including Pre-K, first, second, third and fourth grades.  

FOURTH GRADE – Denise Pogue

Denise Pogue is in her twentieth year of teaching at HCA.  Mrs. Pogue earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development at Colorado State University, and her Teaching Certification from the University of Northern Colorado.  Prior to teaching at Heritage, Mrs. Pogue also spent three years teaching third grade and substitute teaching in the Poudre School District, and also worked as the assistant director of a Montessori preschool.  

FIFTH GRADE – Nancy Chambers

Nancy Chambers is in her nineteenth year of teaching fifth grade at HCA.  Mrs. Chambers holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master Education from the University of Illinois.  Before teaching at Heritage, Mrs. Chambers spent nine years teaching grades five and six in Illinois, and five years teaching fifth grade at Skyview Elementary in Windsor.  

SIXTH GRADE – Russ Bruxvoort

Russ Bruxvoort is Heritage’s sixth grade teacher.  Mr. Bruxvoort has a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University, a Masters in Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.  Along with sixth grade, Mr. Bruxvoort has taught high school social studies and eighth grade Bible for three years at HCA, one year jr high/high school social studies and English at Loveland Christian High School.

ART – Christine Hansen

Christine Hansen is currently in her seventeenth year as HCA’s pre-K through senior high art teacher.  Ms. Hansen has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Individual Development from Kansas State University, and a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphics from Colorado State University.  Prior to teaching at Heritage, Ms. Hansen spent three years teaching at Spring Creek Country Day School and eight years teaching at Children’s Workshop. 

MUSIC – Myra Emslie


Myra Emslie is returning to HCA to teach music to our elementary students. She has over two decades of experience with Heritage students, and has previously taught music to our elementary students. 

LIBRARY – Monica Sheppard

Monica Sheppard serves as HCA’s librarian, oversees our lunch program, and manages before and after care.  She attended Colorado State University and trained under a pastry chef.  Before becoming part of the Heritage staff, Mrs. Sheppard spent over thirty years in food service, with jobs ranging from prep cook to European cake baker.