Dr. Roland F DeRenzo


Biography of Dr. Roland F. DeRenzo


Dr. Roland F. DeRenzo has served as the Superintendent of Colorado Springs Christian Schools, (CSCS) since July 2000. Dr. DeRenzo is also the President of Handprints Early Education Centers, Inc. In 2002, CSCS opened a satellite campus in nearby Woodland Park, named CSCS of Woodland Park. In 2004, a beautiful $3 million building was purchased, renovated and now houses an Elementary campus. He also serves as President of the Lion’s Foundation, a non-profit ministry of CSCS.

Prior to moving to Colorado in 2000, Dr. DeRenzo was privileged to be involved in Christian education and ministry at Plymouth Christian Academy/Calvary Baptist Church in Michigan for 22 years. In his early years at PCA, he served as a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director.  After receiving further education, he was promoted to the Guidance Director at PCA, and then several years later to High School Principal of the growing K-12 school. In 1987, he was named Superintendent, while also serving as Executive Pastor of the founding church, Calvary Church.  In 1995, he became Senior Pastor of Calvary Church while retaining the responsibilities of Superintendent. God called Dr. DeRenzo and family to the present ministry at CSCS in the summer of 2000.

Dr. DeRenzo has a B.S. in Education from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s degree in Theology from International Seminary, and an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1990.

Roland met his wife, Sally, while at Grace College.  They have been married for 44 years and enjoy daily working together at CSCS.  They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Dr. DeRenzo teaches Leadership courses at Colorado Christian University-Colorado Springs as an Affiliate Instructor of Graduate and Undergraduate studies. He also has served as an Adjunct Professor at Michigan Theological Seminary. He has served as a Team Chaplain for 12 years for professional baseball. Dr. DeRenzo serves on various local boards and committees. He is a national speaker and consultant on leadership development, team building and education issues.


He can be reached at (719) 268-2141 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Colorado Springs Staff

Ms. Tammy Bray - Director

TammyTammy began working at the Colorado Springs Christian School Preschool, which later became Handprints Early Education Centers since 1995. She began as a substitute teacher, became a teacher's assistant, and eventually taught children in a four year old class. In 2006 she became an Assistant Director and is currently serving as the Handprints Early Education Director.

Her love is spending time with children and seeing them grow. It is a joy to see their love for God grow and mature.

Tammy and her husband, Doug, have been married over 30 years. They have four children and several grandchildren! Staying involved in their children and grandchildren's lives keep the Brays busy and happy!



Ms. Amy Johnson - Assistant Site Director

My name is Amy Johnson. I have my degree in Early Childhood Education. I've worked with children for about 20 years. I have 4 wonderful boys of my own. I am a Colorado native and enjoy camping and gardening in my free time. Children are amazing and full of joy.I have been working here at Handprints for a little less than a year and I love it. The children are great.

Ms. Kendal Martinez - Administrative Assistant

Kendal Martinez 2Welcome to Kendal, our new Administrative Assistant. She is doing a great job in the office, and we love having her on staff!

Ms. Erin Zay - Nutrition Specialist


My name is Erin. I work in the kitcher preparing meals. I accepted Christ when I was 10. I was going to a Christian school at the time. Both my parents are Nazarene ministers. I have a Culinary Arts degree and 8 years of cooking experience from the Broadmoor. Nutrition and children are something I feel very passionate about. I love that I can provide healthy meals to our families and their kids in this Christ centered environment. I started working at Handprints in September 2014. thanks for letting me feed your children.

Ms. Jenny Squibb - Early Preschool 1 Teacher

JennyMy name is Jenny Squibb. I have been at Handprints for a year now. I started working here in April of 2016 as the 1 year old teacher. I have always loved children and hold my Bachlor's in Elementary Education (birth - 8th grade). My husband, 2 year year old son and myself have lived here in beautiful Colorado for about 2 years. We are from the Pacific Northwest. We have 2 dogs, and I love being outdoors.

Ms. Benee Trempert - Early Preschool 1 Teacher

Benee school pictureHi,

My name is Benee Trempert. I am 25 years old and have been teaching for about 4 years. In the last year, my time has been spent with the 2 year olds. I love children and have always wanted to work with them since I was very little myself. I graduated in May of 2015 with my associates in Early Childhood Education. I am currently continuing my education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to get my bachelor’s degree. In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, snowboarding, and being in community with people. I am an extrovert so doing things with other people raises my energy level. I like to have free play for most of the day and I set out new activities for the children to do every day. I potty train and teach independence during my time with the children. They learn fine motor skills and gross motor skills. I love this age group because they are building their self-esteem and learning an incredible amount. It is fun to watch them grow and learn all sorts of new things just through playing.

Ms. Autumn Dillavou - Early Preschool 2 Teacher


My name is Autumn Dillavou. I graduated from the Vanguard School in May of 2013. I went to school for a semester at Arizona College and came back to Colorado. I started working at the YMCA child care and sports for about a year. I have always enjoyed working with kids, especially the 1’s and 2’s with the goal of becoming a toddler teacher. I married my husband at the end of 2015 and I am enjoying the married life.

Ms. Heather Ivy - Early Preschool 2 Aide

Heather Ivy2Hi,my name is Heather, I work in the 2 year old room with Ms. Autumn. Kids have always been such an important piece in my life, regardless of the age. I love seeing kids grow and make friends with each other. No matter what a child does in life, I always want to be a light to them Seeing them laugh is one of the most rewarding moments.

Ms. Robyn Nicholls - Enrichment Preschool 3 Teacher


My Name is Robyn.I was born in Maylasia and grew up in Taiwan as a missionary kid. Growing up in another country has given a great outlook on life and the world around me. I feel as if my experiences make me a better teacher. This is my first year at Handprints. I love working with Preschool kids. They are so innocent and real. They make me smile and laugh with the way the see the world. I have worked in education for several years in all grade levels.  Many of my years were working with Special needs children. I have a lot of experience meeting the needs of all children and look forward to loving your child.  

Ms. Alicia Elledge - Enrichment Preschool 4 Teacher


My name is Alicia Elledge. I am the lead teacher in the 4 year old room. My passion has always been two things, God and children. That is why I became a teacher. I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Language and literacy. I began tutoring for  Americorps but then God moved me from California to Colorado. I have been working for Handprints since 2005 in every age level but Pre-K is my favorite. I am a hands on type of teacher. Getting messy and exploring with Art, Science, Technology, Math and Reading is my favorite time of the day. I also have a read at home program in place to promote early literacy. I look forward to meeting you soon. 

Ms. Bri Manis - Enrichment Preschool 4 Aide

I am the teaching aide in the 4's classroom. My position here at Handprints is my first official job in early childhood education. However, I have been working with kids for several years through volunteer work. I am 20 years old and have been married 2 years. I am excited to work with the kids this year and enjoy watching them grow and learn new things. 

Ms. Katie Gray - Preschool Traditional 3 and 4 Teacher

KatieI am Katie and I teach the fabulous 3 and 4 year old classroom at Handprints. I have a Bachlor's degree from Miami University and a Master's degree in Reading and Writing from Marygrove College. I also hold certification in Special Education. I have taught preschool, first grade, second grade and third grade. The little ones are by far my favorite! My husband Rodney , my daughter Lilly (4), my son Charlie (2), and I moved to Colorado Springs in April of 2016. We love where God has called us and are thankful for the families at Handprints.

Ms. Elisabeth Walsh - Preschool Traditional 5 Teacher

ElizabethMy name is Elisabeth Walsh. I went to college for Early Childhood Education and have worked at Handprints for four years. I have been married for 13 years to my high school sweetheart and have two beautiful daughters. I love spending time with my family, sailing, and skiing. 

Ms. Paula Enos - Preschool Traditional 5 Aide

Paula 2016-7My name is Paula Enos. I have been blessed to have served at Handprints on and off for several years. I have worked in different jobs over the years whether as a heat teacher, aide, or substitute. In whatever capacity, I have always enjoyed working with preschoolers. I have a degree in Elementary Education and a degree in Special Education. I have been married to my husband, Greg, for almost 31 years! We are blessed to have 2 wonderful sons, Nathan and Joel. In my spare time, I love to read mysteries and watch mystery series. 

Ms. Goi Thienparsert - Lion's Pride Afternoon Teacher


My name is Goi. I work in the afternoon with the Lion's Pride program. This is the program for school age kids from Colorado Springs Christian School.

Mr. Zach Ringling - Afternoon Aide


My name is Zach. I work in the late afternoons as an aide for all ages. I am currently attending a local college here in Colorado Springs. I graduated from Colorado Springs Christian School and attended Handprints myself as a child.This is a great place to work and a great place for children to learn.