Meet Our Leaders


Carrie Dewaters

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Carrie DeWaters has been in education for over 20 years. She has classroom and administrative experience in New York, Texas, and Colorado. Mrs. DeWaters’ educational experiences have afforded her many opportunities to collaborate with diverse groups of people in order to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is grounded in her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given an engaging learning environment, dedicated and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, and strong community engagement.


Carrie graduated from Roberts Wesleyan University in Upstate New York with her Bachelors in Education. She has Masters Degrees in Reading Instruction, and Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education from New York as well.  Her PhD is in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment from Ashford University. She is passionate about education, and is committed to developing the potential within each child. She believes that education is a partnership between family, school, and community, and works tirelessly to build positive relationships among all stakeholders. Carrie is thrilled to be part of Third Future Schools, and its commitment to academic excellence.


Rick Freehling

Assistant Principal

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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.