Falcon Homeschool Program Principal

Phone: 719.494-8985


Degrees and Certifications:

Katie Boal

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Falcon Homeschool Program!  I feel so fortunate to have just finished my 20th year in education, and my sixth year at the Falcon Homeschool Program!  A little about me...I have always worked in education, mainly as an English teacher, though I have taught most grade levels K-12.  I found my way to the Falcon Homeschool Program after writing my thesis for my first Master's Degree in gifted education.  I combed through tons of research on homeschooling (did you know that a lot of homeschoolers are gifted learners?) and found it fascinating!  A good friend then took me under her wing and before I knew it, I was teaching at the Falcon Homeschool Program.  I am thrilled to now be in a leadership position, and I have just finished my fourth year as the Program Manager.  I believe that homeschooling is an invaluable gift that parents give their children.  The time, dedication, energy, and zest for learning is unmatched in any other educational setting that I have found.  I love my job, our families, and our staff!

Patriot High School Principal

Phone: 719-495-5508


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Steve Gard

Steve is a Colorado native who grew up in the Denver area before moving to Greeley to attend the University of Northern Colorado in 1993.  He earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education from UNC in 1997 and promptly began teaching math in an alternative charter high school, Colorado High School of Greeley, in Greeley-Evans School District 6.  After 11 years of service at Colorado HS, he was approached by his principal with the idea of joining him in creating a new alternative diploma program in the District.  He was appointed the position of "Dean of Students" for the Greeley Alternative Program (GAP).  His Master's in Educational Leadership was completed in August of 2010 and he remained at GAP through the 2018-19 school year before accepting the principal position at Patriot High School and relocating to Colorado Springs. 
Steve believes in always offering second chances and celebrating the power of redefining who you are and how people see you.  He encourages all people (children and adults alike) to embrace their individuality, dreams, and strengths, and to "not talk about it, BE about it!"  

Pikes Peak Early College Principal

Phone: 719.494.8906


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in English with a General Science Minor MA in Curriculum Instruction and Technology Secondary Science Endorsement

Mrs. Rochelle Kolhouse

Rochelle Kolhouse has been a teacher in District 49 for the past twenty years and has been an online adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix for the past ten years.  She was the blended high school science teacher for Springs Studio for Academic Excellence and was named Online/Blended Teacher of the year in 2013 for the state of Colorado. Most recently, she worked as an Instructional Coach for the iConnect Zone, developing training courses for best practices in blended learning and creating professional development opportunities for teachers working in blended learning environments. 

Blended learning truly is her passion and area of expertise.  She has enjoyed being an integral part of starting both Springs Studio for Academic Excellence as well as Pikes Peak Early College. She looks forward to continuing to open young minds to different ways of thinking and learning.  She is excited to be the Principal of Pikes Peak Early College, where she can continue the success of this fantastic school and all the opportunities it affords students.

Springs Studio For Academic Excellence Principal

Phone: 719-495-1175


Degrees and Certifications:

BA History BA Social Sciences MA Educational Leadership and Program Management

Mr. David Knoche

Mr. Knoche is one of the founding staff members of Springs Studio.  He has guided the transformation from a full virtual school to the hybrid model we see today. Mr. Knoche also was the founding Principal for Pikes Peak Early College. As Executive Principal he provides leadership and management on The Campus which houses Springs Studio, Pikes Peak Early College and our Falcon Homeschool Academic Program. He is a strong believer in the enormous benefits of flexible, relevant, and individualized educational models that meet the needs of non-traditional learners. His passion is centered around the blended school environment as well as being an ambassador for online and hybrid learning models. His experience in the hybrid learning model combined with the rigor and opportunity of an early college creates a campus focused on innovation and opportunity.