Meet Our Leaders
Rick has taught for 17 years in Colorado, 14 years with Harrison School District #2 (HSD2) in Colorado Springs. Rick has taught grades 5-12 in the disciplines of math, social studies, math/science reasoning, world economics and globalization, critical thinking, American government, information literacy, and global citizenship, and has organized over 100 experiential field trips, including seven international trips to 15 countries in four continents.
Rick obtained his undergraduate degree from Creighton University, a master’s degree in Education from Regis University, and a master’s degree in Administration from the University of Phoenix. In 17 years, Rick has served on many district-level committees and has served in various leadership positions including 7 years as the department chair of HSD2 21st Century Program.
My name is Noel Mercado and it is my pleasure to serve our students and ensure your child has great educational outcomes. This will be my 17th year in education and have been granted the opportunity of working in a variety of educational settings. I started my educational career as a Teacher Assistant at a residential treatment facility & eventually became a Math interventionist & Special Education teacher. This proceeded with an opportunity to lead the Special Education Department at Sierra High School & run the Affective Needs program. As a result, this created a stepping stone to work in conjunction with Third Future Schools. There are three things that drive my educational passion. 1. I’m here to serve your children. 2. I’m passionate about empowering our students and having them discover their potential. 3. I believe that we must work together to maximize student outcomes.