Meet Our Kindergarten Teachers


Darali Paulus

Darali is a Colorado native and retired military wife. Early Childhood Education has always been her career passion and a way to support and give back to varied communities across the world while supporting her husband throughout his military career. She has contributed to the Early Childhood Education field as both a large center director for various corporations, as well as teaching for Frankfurt International School, the DOD’s school system, and most recently 10 years for Harrison School District as a Kindergarten, First, and Second-grade teacher. She holds her BA in Early Childhood Education and is close to completion of her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Darali brings knowledge and experience from diverse school systems and varied early childhood environments. She has great depth in leadership positions and is excited to be part of the New Summit Charter Academy.


Amy Tuning

Amy was born and raised in Central Oregon. She attended George Fox University, where she received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Social Work in 2006. After graduation, she and her husband Joel moved to Alaska where they lived for seven years. She taught Kindergarten in the Northwest Arctic School Borough for two years. She then took time off from full-time teaching to be a stay-at-home mom but continued to substitute teach from 2009-2013. In 2013, Amy and her family moved to Colorado Springs, where she continued to substitute teach for District 20. Amy and her husband have three biological children and are currently fostering three children. She is excited to dive back into full-time teaching!


Rachael RucciusRachael Ruccius

Rachel has lived in Colorado Springs for 14 years. She received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and Middle School Education in 2002. Her first teaching position was in an extended day Kindergarten classroom outside of Greeley, CO. Rachael also has 2 years of teaching experience in preschool-aged Montessori classrooms and has always loved teaching students of all ages. This past school year she substituted for various schools in District 11 which reignited her passion for teaching in a classroom. She also has a master certification in nutrition and has engaged in nutrition consulting for the past four years. As the mother of three beautiful children, Rachael realizes how important the early years are for children and the positive impact she can have on their growth as a learner. She looks forward to working in a nurturing environment where children can learn, grow and be supported to build confidence and foster curiosity.


  1. Pizza With a Purpose

    June 21 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  2. New Summit Summer Bash!

    June 30 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. New Summit Summer Carnival

    July 14 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Coffee Talk With the Principal

    July 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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