Welcome Sand Creek Stars!
Meet the Sand Creek International Administrative Team!
Rachel Laufer, Principal
This is my 16th year with Harrison School District Two and 9th year as Principal at Sand Creek International School. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and a Master's Degree in Education from Whittier College in California. I taught for 3 years in California at a private school located on the Whittier College campus. When I moved to Colorado in 2005, I was hired to teach a Gifted and Talented 6th-grade class in Harrison School District. I then moved into coordinating the Gifted and Talented program for the district before becoming an Instructional Coordinator supporting several schools to improve instructional practices for students. During this time, I received a second Master's Degree from UNC in Special Education: Gifted and Talented, as well as my licensure in Educational Leadership from Adams State. Most recently, I completed a Superintendent's Licensure program at UCCS.
Outside of school, I have a passion for animals and love spending time with my two dogs, three cats, and one guinea pig and was a volunteer at the Humane Society for 8 years. In my free time, my husband and I enjoying taking RV road trips and camping with our dogs. With new school colors and a new mascot, we are ready for a great year, and continuing our expansion to become a full K-8 school!
Charley Ryder, Assistant Principal
Working at Sand Creek International is an adventure and a joy every day, as we have a fantastic community of curious students, supportive parents, and talented teachers! After working in education for over ten years, it’s clear that Sand Creek is a truly special school. My experience has ranged from classroom teaching at the elementary and secondary level, to instructional coaching and leading professional development for teachers in various school and non-profit settings. Nothing about this job is more exciting to me than seeing students become globally aware citizens through engaging with a rich curriculum. When not busy at school, I’m more than likely running, biking, or reading!
Tamie Hollon, Assistant Principal
Hello Sand Creek Yetis!!! I am so excited to be part of the Sand Creek International Family! Having graduated from Harrison High School, I truly believe our district is the best place to be as an educator and a student. This is my 18th year in Harrison School District as an educator. After graduating with two undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Public Relations from Colorado State University, I moved back to Colorado Spring to teach in HSD2. During this time, I taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade while coaching basketball at the high school and earning my first Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS. I then became an Assistant Principal at Harrison High School and Mountain Vista Community School while earning my second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Having taught 4th grade at Sand Creek previously, I am so thrilled to be back in an International Baccalaureate School, and to be back home at Sand Creek!
In my free time, I love taking photographs during long hikes and adventures in nature. I also spend a lot of time playing with my two dogs, Gizmo and Sassafras. I look forward to meeting each of you and your students as we continue to make Sand Creek International the best school for all of our Yetis!
Please call the Main Office at 579-3760 if there is ever anything we can help you with!