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    Kassie GroszHead of SchoolYears at CHA: Since 2013Education: B.S. Elementary Education Minor in Middle School Language Arts, Social Studies, Developmental Reading M.A. in Education Ed.S. Degree in K-12 Administration Certifications: ACSI Professional Certification: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Principal, and Superintendent,Teaching Background: Middle School English/Social Studies (Edina Public Schools) 5th Grade (Chapel Hill Academy) Middle School English (Minnetonka Public Schools) Professor of Teacher Education (Crown College)Leadership Background: Kassie has served in leadership roles throughout her career. Beginning in 1992, she served on a Site-based Leadership Council in the Edina School system. In her years in the Minnetonka district, she served on the PreK-12 ELA Committee (English/Language-Arts) to design curriculum, scope and sequence, and vision for the district ELA department. She collaborated to develop and implement common assessments and started processes for departmental review. As a Professor of Teacher Education, Kassie served on numerous committees in leadership roles including regional accreditation, organizational steering, and departmental program development.My Family: My husband Greg and two adult children who attended Chapel Hill Academy from 2001-2008. Along with one sweet Granddaughter!Favorite Bible Verse: "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." - Psalm 18:2Why I chose to serve in Christian education: It is a blessing to be able to serve in my full capacity. . .body, mind and spirit. I have a passion for Christ; He has directed me to the field of education – what a blessing to be able to combine the two in service. I believe that God will use me for His divine purpose at CHA.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: The warmth and care that permeate through the walls of the school only come from God! It gives me great joy to be able to envelop our students in His Spirit.
    Todd KardellSchool Chaplain & Middle School Bible TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2016Education: B.A. in Physical Education (K-12) Masters of Divinity Seminary coursework in Marriage and Family TherapyTeaching Background: Pastoral Ministry specializing in children and youthMy Family: My wife, Charity, and four children.Favorite Bible Verse: "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!" - Philippians 2:5-8Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I am passionate about being a part of developing the faith of young people. The ability to encounter students on a daily basis in a Christian education setting is an exciting opportunity to help connect the many different pieces of their lives to the presence of a faithful loving Savior.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love having the privilege of getting a front row seat to watch God do a good work in students and to be a part of preparing them to further use their gifts to bring glory to God
    Debbie HansenExecutive Director of School AffairsYears at CHA: Since 1983Education: B.A. in Elementary Education M.A. in Instructional LeadershipCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: Married with 3 children (all of whom are CHA alumni) a wonderful daughter-in-law and a precious grandsons (future CHA students)Favorite Bible Verse: "I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips . . . Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." - Psalm 34Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I love the privilege of serving in Christian education, working with teachers, parents and children, where Gospel transformation and Biblical worldview development equips students to be salt and light in a dark and needy world.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Seeing growth in the children – academically, socially, physically and spiritually!
    Nina StultzExecutive Director of Business AffairsYears at CHA: Since 2017Education: B.A. Theatre ArtsMy Family: My husband, Ray, and our two daughters who attend Chapel Hill Academy.Favorite Bible Verse: " I have no greater joy than to know my children are walking in the truth." - 3 John 1:4 Why I chose to serve in Christian education: Education is the most valuable gift we can give our children. An excellent education coupled with a foundation of faith and a true relationship with Jesus, is irreplaceable. I serve in Christian education because I want to share my passion for Christ and love for education with our students, families, and community. My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: What I enjoy most about working in Christian education is hearing the word of God on the lips of our students and seeing His character come to life!
    Patti FergusonEnrollment and Family Relations CoordinatorYears at CHA: Since 2017Education: Coursework in Music Education and BusinessMy Family: My husband, Tony, our daughter, Kayla, is married to Brad. Joey, our son, is attending Taylor University in Indiana. We also have a chocolate lab named Murphy!Favorite Bible Verse: "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I love working with youth! It is a different world since my children were this age and I firmly believe a foundation rooted in faith at a young age is very important. It’s an honor and privilege to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a school environment!My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love to hear the kids singing and playing Christian music. I love to see teachers praying with their class. I love to see the different art projects reflecting the talents given by our Creator. I love to work with staff and parents who love the Lord and practice serving Him with love, mercy and grace.
    Rick NarvaezDirector of Marketing and TechnologyYears at CHA: Since 2013Education: B.A in MarketingCertifications: Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft School AdministratorMy Family: My wife, Sara, and three children.Favorite Bible Verse: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." - Ephesians 4:29Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I feel it is a calling for me from God. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have had a K-12 Christian education and I realize how it has played a very significant part in my own spiritual growth and education. My hope is that other children and families can experience the same blessing.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Being in an environment that puts God first in everything and being able to see children learn and experience God’s transformational love as they grow.
    Beth HornerAccounting & IT AdministratorYears at CHA: Since 2001Education: B.B.A in Computer Systems My Family: My husband, John, and three boysFavorite Bible Verse: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I love working with staff who love Jesus. I also love the mission of CHA and being a part of passing on the knowledge of Christ to the next generation. It is a privilege to be able to pray for and with staff, students and families.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Three things: working with staff committed to Christ, being around kids, and walking in the Spirit.
    Kate WesenbergAccountant/HR AdministratorYears at CHA: Since 2017Education: B.A.cc and B.B.A My Family: My husband, Jason, son Orion, and baby girl on the way! Favorite Bible Verse: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I knew the team of people who chose to serve God’s children for a living would be different than those working for private business. Boy was I right! What a joy it is to work beside these wonderful individuals. They are warm and welcoming, and doing such important work for our future.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Family is the most important thing in my life. Just as your church family, this school is also a family and that is a great place for kids to be every day.
    Sue SuraSchool NurseYears at CHA: Since 1988Education: Registered NurseMy Family: My husband, Phil, and two children in college.Favorite Bible Verse: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I have enjoyed my years working in Christian education, although I am not in an official teaching position, for many reasons. My greatest pleasure is having the opportunity to pray for the students and their families on a one-to-one basis and to encourage them in the Lord. I am blessed to be in an environment where I am surrounded by fellow believers and prayer warriors who understand the power of prayer as well as those who mentor me and disciple me in my own daily walk with the Lord.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: My favorite aspect of my position at CHA is the students, who are a great delight to me, and I love them dearly! The Christian fellowship and discipleship with the staff and the CHA families has enriched my life beyond measure, and I am privileged to walk beside them as a sister in Christ.
    Darlene MoldenhauerAdministrative AssistantYears at CHA: Since 2000Education: High School Diploma GraduateMy Family: My husband, Ron, three grown sons, and our Yorkie-PooFavorite Bible Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6Why I chose to serve in Christian education: Knowing that the teachers are teaching the students to live for Christ and teaching them about God's word is a great thing. I also appreciate being able to work with staff that are Christians; it is nice to know that we have the same belief in God.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Knowing that the teachers are teaching the students to live for Christ and teaching them Bible verses is a great thing. I also appreciate being able to work with staff that are Christians; it is nice to know that we have the same beliefs in God.
    Maura BarnettReceptionistYears at CHA: Since 2009Education: B.S. in MarketingMy Family: My husband, Steve, and four children and a son-in-law.Favorite Bible Verse: "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." - Joshua 1:7-8My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love working with kids. I love that we can stop and pray any time.
    Zak PrechtCustodianYears at CHA: Since 2014Education: High School Diploma Graduate Coursework at Hennepin TechMy Family: My wife, Heather, and four children.Favorite Bible Verse: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13Why I chose to serve in Christian education: To surround myself with an incredible group of people to inspire my walk with the Lord and bring happiness into my life.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love working in this environment because the teachers and staff at CHA are so caring, kind and appreciative for all my work.
    Alyssa KasaharaJunior Kindergarten Teacher Years at CHA: Since 2017Education: Chapel Hill Academy alum and graduate of the University of Northwestern St. Paul with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Music and Bible. My Family: Older brother, Andrew, who also attended Chapel Hill Academy; and two younger brothers.
    Teri SingerJunior Kindergarten TeacherYears at CHA: Since Education: B.A. in Elementary EducationCertifications: ACSI Certification in processMy Family: Five daughters! My husband, Paul, has gone home to be with the Lord.Favorite Bible Verse: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I am grateful to be able to teach in a Christian school where God is known to be the author of all that is true.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love having the privilege of integrating my faith, the most important part of my life, into all aspects of our learning.
    Betsy BohligKindergarten Teacher Years at CHA: Since 2016 Education: B.S. in Elementary Education Emphasis in K-6My Family: My husband, Alan, and four children (Annie, Emily, Justin, and Megan)Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I am thrilled to say that the Lord chose me and I am honored and blessed to be here! I am excited to share His love with these children and their families!My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love being able to freely share the love of Jesus with my students and integrate His teachings into all areas of the curriculum throughout each day. I am excited to watch them grow in the Lord as they learn more about who He is and how to serve Him.
    Crystal ThompsonKindergarten TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2014Education: B.S. in Elementary Education & Bible Minor in Pre-Primary EducationMy Family: My husband Danny and our two daughters.Favorite Bible Verse: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." – Deuteronomy 6:5Why I chose to serve in Christian education: God called me here! Over the past seven years in education, God continued to press on my heart to be educating His children both academically and spiritually. Chapel Hill Academy is the place I can fulfill God’s call on my heart. My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Working in a Christ centered environment with the opportunity to declare Christ’s love.
    Britta Nelson1st Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2018Education: Graduate of the University of Northwestern St. Paul. B.S. in Elementary Education, Emphasis in Spanish, Minor in Biblical Studies My Family: Parents, three brothers, two sisters-in-law Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Why I chose to serve in Christian education: As an educator, not only do I want to instill in my students a passion for learning but also a love for God and His creation. My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love sharing God's love with my students and their families.
    Joni Cagney1st Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 1980Education: B.S. in Bible and Elementary EducationCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, Tim, three grown children, two stepdaughters and five grandchildrenFavorite Bible Verse: "For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does." - Psalm 33:4Why I chose to serve in Christian education: It chose me. I wasn’t interested in Christian education when I graduated from college, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that God is working here, and I am so thankful to be part of what He is doing at CHA.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Freedom and the support of my “family” here.
    Allison Stewart2nd Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2018Education: Bachelor's degree from Northwestern College (St. Paul) in K-6 Elementary Education and 5-8 Communication Arts/Literature Education. Master's degree from Concordia University (St. Paul) in K-12 Reading and Curriculum & Instruction.Certifications: Minor in Bible from Northwestern CollegeMy Family: My husband Ian and baby daughter Faye live in St. Paul with our two kitties, Lupin and Tonks. Favorite Bible Verse: Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her. Luke 1:45Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I am excited to be a part of helping today's students be Christian leaders in the world.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I am looking forward to working in the Christian community and partnering with parents to help students learn their God given strengths and find their identity in Christ.
    Nicole Thuente2nd Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2017Education: B.S. in Elementary EducationFavorite Bible Verse: "Truly I say to you, 'If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain to move from here to there and it will. Nothing will be impossible for you.'" - Matthew 17:20,Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I love partnering with parents as they raise their children to know and love Christ.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I enjoy helping my students grow into independent and responsible learners; developing their ability to use reading to learn; and watching them grow in their confidence, knowledge, and love for the Lord.
    Kris Tewinkel3rd Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 1999Education: B.S. in Elementary Education and Bible Minor in MusicCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My family is both teachers and principals, I come from a long line of educators. We have all loved working with students (various ages: college down through elementary)Favorite Bible Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11Why I chose to serve in Christian education: My dad was a teacher at Crown College for many years, and I got an up-close look at how instrumental a Christian teacher can be in a student’s life. As a Christian teacher and mentor, I count it such a joy to be able to share my faith with my students daily. I can’t imagine a day when I can’t integrate the Lord into anything we are learning.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I think the freedom we have to share our faith is so wonderful. I love when the kids ask deep questions, and we struggle through an issue while using our Bibles to come up with the answer.
    Megan Dyck3rd Grade Teacher Years at CHA: Since 2017Education: Attended Bethel University and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters's Degree in Literacy Education. Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I love working with students and appreciate the privilege of expressing the love of Jesus in and out of the classroom.
    Traci Lahner4th Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2006Education: B.S. in Elementary EducationCertifications: Orton Gillingham Level Two Certified ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, Jim, one adult daughter, one adult son, and one teenage sonFavorite Bible Verse: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering god’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen". – 1 Peter 4:10-11Why I chose to serve in Christian education: It is a privilege to be able to serve Him daily by doing what I love: teaching children and sharing the love of Christ!My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Being able to hold everything we see, hear, read, experience, and discuss up to God’s Word to learn what He has to say!
    Taylor Schull4th Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2017Education: BA in Biology and Elementary Education K-6 LicensureMy Family: My husband, StevenFavorite Bible Verse: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I chose to serve in Christian education after being inspired a few years ago when God sent me on a short-term missions trip to Africa. I was able to teach students in Kenyan classrooms about the Lord and loved being able to share and discuss God’s Word with them. This led me to pursue teaching at a Christian school upon returning home.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love being able to freely talk about Jesus with students and being able to pray with them. It truly is a blessing to be able to incorporate faith into learning each and every day!
    Danielle Mandich5th Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2016Education: B.S. in Elementary Education Minor in Broad Field Social StudiesMy Family: My parents, brother, sister, and sister-in-lawFavorite Bible Verse: "Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of dawn, if settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."- Psalm 139:7-10Why I chose to serve in Christian education: God gave me a desire and talent for teaching and has placed me here at Chapel Hill Academy.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Having the unique opportunity to live my faith in a community that loves Jesus; and use His word to develop the minds, bodies, and spirits of the learners.
    Tanya Logslett5th Grade TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2014Education: B.S. in Elementary EducationMy Family: My husband Kyle, Sydney and SamuelFavorite Bible Verse: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love." - John 15:9Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I believe God put a spark in my heart to train up disciples via teaching.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love that I can share Jesus with the students openly, talk about him, sing praises with the students, and relate various subjects to the Bible.
    Katelyn FreitasMiddle School English and Study Skills TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2014Education: B.A. in Elementary Education Emphasis in Middle School Language ArtsMy Family: My husband, Zach, our children, Selah and Judah, and our vivacious Labradoodle, TuckerFavorite Bible Verse: "Do not be anxious about anything; but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I believe it is important to train up servant leaders, who are well-established in their faith, to spread Christ’s love to those in their community and in their world.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love being surrounded by those who strive to do God’s will in everything. In addition, watching students grow in their faith is so rewarding.
    Linda Houston6th Grade Social Studies, Bible, and Math TeacherYears at CHA: Since 1998Education: B.S. in Elementary EducationCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, Tom, three adult children, two daughter-in-laws, and one grandchildFavorite Bible Verse: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I chose to teach in Christian education because it was such an honor and a blessing to have my first child attend Chapel Hill, that I wanted to teach here and have my other two children attend as well.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love to help my students grow in their relationship with Christ as they discover who He is in a more personal level. It’s so sweet to see their love and passion for Christ at such a young age.
    Darla OlsonMiddle School Math TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2000Education: B.A. in Mathematics Education M.A. in MathematicsCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, Jim, and three grown childrenFavorite Bible Verse: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." - Psalm 91:1-2Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I am committed to the mission of Christian education and am serving where God has called me to serve in this season of my life.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: The word of God is our absolute Truth, and we can train the body, soul and mind.
    Lindsey PalmbergMiddle School English & Jr. K - Grade 3 SpanishYears at CHA: Since 2014Education: B.A. in Elementary Education Minor in SpanishCertifications: ACSI Certification in processMy Family: My husband, TrentFavorite Bible Verse: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I have a passion for the Lord and for teaching and want to infuse these two passions directly and explicitly together.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Being able to have conversations about God and how He works actively in our lives EVERY DAY!
    Lisel StempelMiddle School History TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2014Education: B.S. in Elementary Education Minor in Middle School Social Studies My Family: My parents, two younger sisters and a younger brotherFavorite Bible Verse: "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."- Galatians 2:20Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I chose to serve in Christian education because I can joyfully proclaim the Good News about Jesus Christ every day.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: My favorite aspect of working in Christian education is the ability to be open about my love for the Lord as I teach and interact with staff and families.
    Mary StudeMiddle School STEM and Math TeacherYears at CHA: Since 1992Education: B.S. in EducationCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, David, a grown son and daughterFavorite Bible Verse: "For the joy of the Lord is your strength." -Nehemiah 8:10bWhy I chose to serve in Christian education: This is my calling from the Lord.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: We all can express our faith with each other every day all day long while learning academics.
    Dane CarlsonPhysical Education TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2015Education: B.A. Physical Education K-12 My Family: My dad, mom, sister, and brotherFavorite Bible Verse: "But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31Why I chose to serve in Christian education: It is a great opportunity to do life with other believers and to encourage and point students to Christ.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Being able to incorporate faith into lessons and being surrounded by a wonderful staff and students.
    Andrew CraigDirector of Vocal Music and Worship ArtsYears at CHA: Since 2016Education: B.A. in Music Education M.F.A in Music Performance My Family: My wife, Liz.Favorite Bible Verse: "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 8:38-39Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I am strongly passionate about teaching students about and showing them God’s amazing love.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Seeing students mature in faith and grow in their relationship with Christ.
    Kate JohnsonSpecial Education and Resource TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2016Education: B.A. in Special Education Emphasis Specific Leaning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, and Developmental Cognitive Disabilities. Extensive coursework in Autism Spectrum Disorders through Hamline CollegeMy Family: My husband, MattFavorite Bible Verse: "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." - Ephesians 3:16-21Why I chose to serve in Christian education: Having worked in a public school for thirteen years, it was difficult to not be able to share with my students and their families the most important part of my life: my relationship with God. I love being able to incorporate that part of my life into my teaching.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: I love being able to pray with students and families and provide deep, spiritual help as well as practical, academic help.
    George RunyanBand TeacherYears at CHA: Since 1994Education: B.A. Fine Arts and Music EducationMy Family: My wife, three children and five grandchildrenFavorite Bible Verse: "When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus." - Matthew 17:8 Why I chose to serve in Christian education: The need is there.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Freedom to use biblical quotes and standards in every day life.
    Jessica SantjerAthletic DirectorYears at CHA: Since 2001Education: B.A. in Physical EducationCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, John, a daughter and a son.Favorite Bible Verse: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." -Numbers 6:24-26Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I believe this is where God has called me. I love Christ with all my heart, and he has given me a passion for children and sports. It is a blessing to be able to bring the two things together to serve Him!My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: Being surrounded by people who have a passion and love for Christ.
    Lisa SweeneyArt TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2006Education: B.S. in Art & Design M.A. in TeachingCertifications: ACSI CertificationMy Family: My husband, Ryan, two sons, a daughter, and our dog.Favorite Bible Verse: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." - Psalm 139:13-14Why I chose to serve in Christian education: I felt a calling to serve God in a way that brings glory back to Him in the discipline of Art.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: The kids’ creativity!
    Becky WintersLibrarian & Teaching AssistantYears at CHA: Since 2009Education: B.A. in AccountingMy Family: My husband, Shawn, three sons and a daughterFavorite Bible Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6Why I chose to serve in Christian education: God led our family to CHA. I am blessed to have a job working in a school that honors God above all else.My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: The community, support and friendships.
    Marisa ZarateSpanish TeacherYears at CHA: Since 2017Education: Graduated with a Master's Degree in Literacy Education with a concentration in Second Language Learning from the University of Southern Maine. Teaching Background: Taught Spanish, French, and English for more than 20 years at both high school and college levels. My favorite aspect of working in Christian education: It is an honor to freely share the love of Jesus with my students and integrate His teachings into all areas of the Spanish curriculum.