Welcoming New Staff
While the halls may be quieter at MCA, the rooms are still filled with busy preparation. God has been working, and we are excited to share that He has brought several new teachers to our MCA family this fall.
17,000 hours is how many hours students will spend in school with teachers before graduating. Our ultimate goal is not for our students to be like us, but to be like Christ. Through an intentional and authentic relationship, we are committed to guiding students to discover God’s purpose in their lives.
Our teachers are a living curriculum, spiritual mentors, building relationships with a belief that every child is created in God’s image. We praise God for leading them to where they are today:
Becca Lunde, Upper School Principal:
Becca has experience serving in the MCA community for the past four years, teaching English, History, AP, and CCP courses.
“I want each student that walks through MCA’s doors to know that they are loved and that the only way to be truly fulfilled is to seek God in all things.”
Melanie Timco, Upper School English & Psychology (AP/CCP/Honors):
Melanie is an experienced teacher, administrator, curriculum writer, and much more!
“Teaching literature and psychology from a biblical perspective is my privilege, and loving kids is my passion.”
Jessica Loyer, Upper School Math & Academic Advisor:
As a former Lower School Sixth Grade teacher, Jessica is excited to put her upcoming Masters degree in School Counseling to use as MCA’s Academic Advisor.
“Being a teacher at MCA has allowed me to witness the power of Christ. I have often seen Christ on display in my students’ lives…”
Lyndsey Longley, Second Grade Teacher:
Lyndsey is transitioning from Fourth Grade at the Lower School after two years in that position.
“My classroom is modeled on kindness, forgiveness, and truth. I love that I have the opportunity to pray with and for my students each day.”
Stacy Farrenholz, Lower School Reading Specialist:
Stacy formerly taught as a Lower School Third Grade Teacher and has been a member of the MCA staff for 10 years.
“Some of my most precious memories are of students who have received Jesus as their Savior in class. What a joyous moment to be able to share with a student!”
Chelsea Longsdorf, First Grade Teacher:
Despite her original interest in music performance and sound engineering, Chelsea became licenced as a teacher and joined the MCA family in March 2021.
“I love to use each student’s gifts and talents that the Lord has blessed them with to create a classroom culture of inclusion, engagement, and fun.”
Anna Young, Upper School English:
After experiencing Christian education in her own life, Anna is excited to teach at MCA.
“I look forward to helping students develop their reading, writing, and speaking abilities while they seek to understand God and His will and develop a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ…”
Stephen Suglio, Upper School Science:
An experienced teacher and wrestler, Stephen is beginning his fourth year as an educator, but this will be his first at MCA.
“I believe that working in a Christian educational setting is about teaching and meeting the needs of the whole student, of which the spiritual is the most important.”
Nicole Doeringer, Upper School AP U.S. History & Bible:
Nicole’s experience is eclectic, teaching as a homeschooling mom and co-op teacher, holding multiple ministry positions, and even writing several books!
“I seek [Christ] to fill me so I can have a life that is lived out of an overflow, embracing my human limitations, and leaning into His great power and grace.”
Corey Beckett, Upper School Health & Nutrition/Lower School Physical Education:
With past work within the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation at The College of Wooster, Corey is now following his calling to teach.
“Very simply put, my Christian Education Philosophy is most easily summed in a single sentence: In all that is done, God and Christ should be at the center.”
Lindsay Fink, Lower School Sixth Grade Teacher:
Lindsay’s education at St. Petersburg College in Florida has prepared her for her new role as teacher at MCA.
“My goal is to lead by example, help students reach their full academic potential, and cultivate a loving, Christ-centered environment where grace and forgiveness are prevalent.”
Rosie Thomas, Lower School Sixth Grade Teacher:
With past work experience as a paraprofessional, Rosie is ready to continue in her passion for education.
“As a Christian educator, my goal is to not only teach my students the traditional
subjects, but [to teach them] that each of them is a blessing, a unique creation of God, who will have a personal relationship with Christ that will continue throughout their lifetime.”
Paige Fladda, Lower School Fifth Grade Teacher:
Paige has two years of experience teaching at a local Christian school, but she will start her third year teaching with MCA.
“As a Christian educator, I believe that I am called to partner with the school and the families to raise each child up to love Christ and to love others the way that He loves us.”
Caitlin Bowers, Lower School Fourth Grade Teacher:
Caitlin is excited to have her own classroom after having been an aide in special education and a substitute teacher.
“My Christian education philosophy is one of helping children make their faith their own and showing each child Christ-like love and respect.”
Sarah Shamburger, Lower School Fourth Grade Teacher:
Sarah worked for two years in public schools, and is now trusting God’s plan that led her to MCA.
“I … believe that my call is to teach students academically, but first and foremost
to point them to Christ, and that their relationship with Him comes before everything else in life.”
Caitlyn Chappel, Lower School Third Grade Teacher:
Caitlyn holds several certifications beyond her Early Childhood and Intervention Specialist licensure, including an American Sign Language Certificate and a
Parent and Family Education Certificate.
“It is my hope that I can inspire my students to be lifelong learners and teach them that with Christ they can do anything.”
In addition to the new faculty, we are blessed to have Vanessa Finan directing our foodservice operations this year.
Please join us in praying for our staff and their influence in the lives of our students for the 2021-22 school year. Thank you!