TRANSFORMING EDUCATION

Enroll your PreK-8th child in the #1 Christian Expeditionary Learning school in Colorado.

OUR MISSION IS TO GUIDE STUDENTS IN KNOWLEDGE, CHARACTER, AND FAITH TO DISCOVER AN AUTHENTIC LOVE OF LEARNING AND A LIFE OF OPPORTUNITY.

WHAT MAKES DPCA DIFFERENT?

Besides being the only four day school in Buena Vista, only Christian school in Chaffee County,

and only Christian Expeditionary Learning school in the entire state of Colorado... 

INTENTIONALLY 

SMALL

By limiting our enrollment to 100 K-8th students, we are able to provide personalized care and instruction to meet the needs of each of our students and provide a safe, family centered environment.

RIGOR + JOY

Our rigorous academics are hands on, active, and engaging for all learning types. We work hard together, play hard together, and celebrate each other's growth and achievements with great joy.

ADVENTURE

Outdoor Expeditions such as climbing, backpacking, and xc skiing allow students to take their learning beyond the classroom and develop confidence, communication, and teamwork skills.

CHARACTER + FAITH

We care about who students are becoming, not just what they know. We emphasize character development and spiritual growth alongside academic knowledge in order to empower students to become agents of good in their local communities and our world.

OUR STAFF VALUES 

Our staff are truly what makes DPCA unique! In order for the school's mission to be translated from words into reality, we are committed as a team to modeling the following behaviors in ways that consistently cultivate a joyful, welcoming, Christ-centered culture. 

LEADERS IN LEARNING | As educators, our staff model a love of learning for their students not only by continuing to pursue professional development opportunities, but by remaining willing to grow and change in order to best serve their students. 

MOTIVATED BY LOVE | All the ways our staff serves parents, their children, each other, and our local community are authentically characterized by love, so that our actions may serve as an indicator of Christ's work in our hearts. 
 

BUILDERS OF COMMUNITY | Our staff is focused on developing personal relationships with students, a positive school culture, and a supportive work environment in order to unify our learning community and best serve the broader community of Chaffee County. 

 

ADMINISTRATION

Josh Drexler
Head of School 
jdrexler@dpcaweb.org

Josh Drexler graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in business and fine arts, later studying law at the University of San Francisco. As an attorney, Josh advised and trained management from large and small businesses and nonprofits throughout the United States. He has served in youth and young adult ministries his entire life. As a retreat and summer camp director, Josh provided exciting outdoor programming for children from around the world.

Josh sees the call to discipleship through a lens of adventure. He believes that our children need to understand the invitation to follow Jesus as a dynamic call to growth, creativity, service, and lifelong learning. He strives to empower DPCA’s teachers to engage students’ mind and hearts, nurturing academic excellence as well as deep connections to God, family, and community.  Most of all, Josh hopes that Darren Patterson is a place where God’s presence and love are experienced regularly. 

Tamara Carmell
Office Manager
office@dpcaweb.org
Becca White
Business Manager
tuition@dpcaweb.org

 ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL

Charity Courson

Kindergarten

Sara Moen
Afternoon Kindergarten
Jeff Forst
1st & 2nd Grade
Dawn Chambers

3rd Grade

Brenda DeWalt

4th / 5th Grade

Kristyn Collier

MS Math, Health & Bible

 

Philip Chase
MS English & Music
Brook Cervenka
MS Science
Diana Piefer

PE

Carole Barnes
Spanish K - 2nd

EARLY LEARNING

Beth Bowen
PreSchool Director
Roberta Rodriguez

Assistant Director/

Lead  Preschool Teacher

Laura Hart

Assistant Director/

Lead  Preschool Teacher

 

Interested in joining our team of passionate, adventurous, leaders in learning?

Check out our employment page to see if we've posted your dream job yet! 

BOARD MEMBERS

Anne Patterson
School Founder
Mark Arnold 
Board Member
Safe & Warm
Angela Lundy 
Board President
Lundy Excavation
Chris Nicewarner
Board Member
Buena Vista Mountain Adventures

The school board meets the third Monday of every month at 6pm. These meetings are

open to the public by appointment. The school board enjoys hearing from community members, 

our school families, students, and staff. Feel free to email to get on the monthly meeting schedule or with

any questions, concerns, feedback, or ideas you might have!

 

schoolboard@dpcaweb.org

 
The Role of the Board
 
The Board serves as a support and resource to the administrator and staff and as a advocate and voice for the school in the larger community. They oversee the decision making processes and provide accountability in guiding the mission and vision of the school. In addition, they oversee fundraising efforts. 
 
The Board meets monthly - these meetings are open to the public by appointment. The Board is open to hearing from students, parents, staff, and members of the community. If you are interested in attending a meeting or in applying to be a board member, please contact us for more information.