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

Ashley Blazer
Head of School 
admin@dpcaweb.org

Ashley Blazer studied at the University of Texas in Austin and received her Masters of Education in Higher Education and Administration from the University of Mississippi. She has taught at private, Christian schools as well as worked at the university level as an Outdoor Program Coordinator. She is passionate about pairing academics with experiential learning opportunities, especially in the outdoors. Since living in Buena Vista, Ashley has faithfully served her local community and church through many volunteer organizations. She has been a member of the DPCA community since her oldest daughter began here in 2013. 

Ashley hopes that students grow in their understanding of who God is to them personally and how He is present in the world around them. She wants students to learn to love learning and grow up to be people who are compassionate and want to serve others out of their love for the Lord. 

Tamara Carmell
Office Manager
secretary@dpcaweb.org
Terry Bartlow
Director of Donor Relations
bartlow_t@dpcaweb.org
Becca White
Business Manager
tuition@dpcaweb.org

 ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL

Amber Ellison
Kindergarten & Art
ellison_a@dpcaweb.org
Jeff Forst
1st & 2nd Grade
forst_j@dpcaweb.org
Dawn Chambers

3rd & 4th Grade

chambers_d@dpcaweb.org

Brenda DeWalt

5th Grade

dewalt_b@dpcaweb.org

Kristyn Collier

MS Math, History & Bible

collier_k@dpcaweb.org

 

Philip Chase
MS English & Music
chase_p@dpcaweb.org
Vangie Silcox
MS Science
silcox_v@dpcaweb.org
Diana Piefer

PE

piefer_d@dpcaweb.org

Carole Barnes
Spanish K - 2nd
Deanna Hathaway
Spanish 3rd - 8th

hathaway_d@dpcaweb.org

EARLY LEARNING

Beth Bowen
PreSchool Director
bowen_b@dpcaweb.org
Debbie Martinez

PreSchool Teacher

martinez_d@dpcaweb.org

Roberta Rodriguez

Preschool Teacher

rodriquez_r@dpcaweb.org

Charity Courson

PreSchool Teacher

courson_c@dpcaweb.org

Laura Hart

Preschool Teacher

hart_l@dpcaweb.org

EARLY LEARNING

 

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
Angela Lundy 
Board President
Lundy Excavation
Mark Arnold 
Board Member
Safe & Warm
Debbie Martinez
Board Member
Children's Minister
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.