Administration

Dr. Roland F DeRenzo

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Biography of Dr. Roland F. DeRenzo

 

Dr. Roland F. DeRenzo has served as the Superintendent of Schools of Colorado Springs Christian Schools, Inc. (CSCS) since July 2000. CSCS is one of the larger Christian schools in Colorado, serving almost 800 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade on two campuses.  An independent, non-denominational school, CSCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).  Dr. DeRenzo is also the President of Handprints Early Education Centers, Inc., which has over 150 students from infants to Pre-Kindergarten.

 

CSCS was named the #1 Private School in Colorado Springs by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Approximately 97% of CSCS graduates attend higher education.  The U.S. Department of Education honored Colorado Springs Christian Middle School with the Blue Ribbon Award for 2010 which recognizes excellence in education; CSCS was just one of 50 private schools selected in the United States. CSCS was also selected as “2010-2011 School of the Year” by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education for exemplary work achieved by our staff and students. In athletics, over 16 state titles have been won since 2000.

In 2002, Dr. DeRenzo, along with the CSCS Board of Directors, opened a satellite campus in nearby Woodland Park, Colorado named CSCS of Woodland Park. In 2004, a beautiful $3 million building was purchased and renovated and now houses nearly 80 students enrolled from kindergarten through fifth grade.

In 2007, Dr. DeRenzo created the Lion’s Heart Celebration, the school’s premier fundraising event. Since that time, various speakers such as Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Michael Reagan, former President George W. Bush, Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Tim Tebow, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Nichole Nordeman and Peyton Manning have all headlined the Lion’s Heart event.   The Lion’s Heart Celebration not only raises needed funds to supplement tuition annually, but it also is a unique way to include the community, and is also a good public relations tool.

Dr. DeRenzo, the CSCS Board of Directors, and a small group of business leaders, created an organization called the Lion’s Foundation in 2008. The Lion’s Foundation is part of an overall strategy to change the traditional funding model from tuition-based to a third source model that would make Christian education more affordable.  Dr. DeRenzo and the Board of the Lion’s Foundation are currently working with various businesses and corporations in order to help fund the rising cost of tuition for the families of CSCS.  Dr. DeRenzo has served as the President of this Foundation since its inception.

Prior to moving to Colorado in 2000, Dr. DeRenzo was privileged to be involved in Christian education and ministry at Plymouth Christian Academy (PCA) and Calvary Church in Canton, Michigan for 22 years. In his early years at PCA, he served as a physical education teacher and athletic director.  After receiving his master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, he became the Guidance Director at PCA, and then was promoted to high school Principal.  The last fourteen years in Michigan, Dr. DeRenzo was Superintendent of PCA’s pre-school through twelfth grade school.  While Superintendent, he also served as Executive Pastor of the founding church, Calvary Baptist.  In 1995, he was named Senior Pastor of the church while retaining the responsibilities of being the Superintendent of the Academy until God called Dr. DeRenzo to the present ministry in Colorado.

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 in 1990, an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Roland met his wife, Sally, while both attended Grace College.  They have been married for 40 years and enjoy working together in ministry.  They have a grown son and daughter.

Dr. DeRenzo teaches Leadership courses at Colorado Christian University as an affiliate instructor of graduate and undergraduate studies at the Colorado Springs campus. While in Michigan, he also served as adjunct professor at Michigan Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan.  He also serves as the chaplain for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the triple A team for the Brewers baseball team.  Dr. DeRenzo also serves on various local boards and committees and 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


Tammy BrayTammy 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

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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 a Colorado native and enjoy camping and gardening in my free time.

Ms. Catrina Threats - Administrative Assistant

CatrinaHi, my name is Catrina Threats. I have worked at Handprints since 2003. I am currently the administrative assistant but I have had the opportunity to work in many different positions here at Handprints. I am a Colorado native and enjoy living here, especially with all the fun activities and scenery. I enjoy being in the mountains and hiking. I have a lot of interests from cooking to music and have taken college classes for these subjects and I have completed my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. I enjoy working at Handprints and making a difference in the lives of children and families. 

Ms. Erin Zay - Nutrition Specialist

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.Erin Zay

Ms. Jenny Squibb - Early Preschool 1 Teacher

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My 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. Autumn Dillavou - Early Preschool 1 Aide

Autumn DillavouHi. 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. Benee Trempert - Early Preschool 2 Teacher

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My name is Benee Trempert. I am 24 years old and have been teaching for about 3Benee 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 hope to further my education at some point, and 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. Mikaela Peninger - Early Preschool 2 Aide

Hi,my name is Mikaela, I work in the 2 year old room with Ms. Benee. 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 moMikaelaments.

Ms. Katie Gray - Preschool Traditional 3 Teacher

I am Katie and I teach the fabulous 3 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 Katiewhere God has called us and are thankful for the families at Handprints.

Ms. Sam McDonald - Preschool Tradtional 3 Aide

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I am Ms. Sam, I'm the aide in the 3 year old classroom. I have enjoyed working for Handprints since June 2016. I am pursuing my lead teacher certification and my degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University. I recently got married. My husband, David, and I met on a missions trip to Brazil. We both love working the youth group at our church and exploring coffee shops.

Ms Myrna Delgado - Preschool Traditional 4 Aide

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My name is Myrna. I really enjoy working at Handprints because I get to play with the children all throughout the day. I also enjoy seeing the children learn and interact with each other. One main reason I enjoy Handprints is the experience of working in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Ms. Elisabeth Walsh - Preschool Traditional 5 Teacher



Elisabeth WalshMy 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

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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 - Late Afternoon Aide

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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.

Ms. Morgann Schafer Closing Aide

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My name is Morgann Schafer. I work as an afternoon closing aide here at Handprints. I am a senior at Colorado Springs Christian School. I have a little brother who attends Handprints all day and I attended Handprints as a child many years ago. This is a great place for children to learn and grow.