Heritage Christian Academy

Staff Directory

By God’s providence, Heritage Christian Academy is blessed with an extraordinary team of gifted teachers, coaches, administrators and support staff. Whether in the classroom, on the court or field, or in their administrative roles, HCA staff engage their work from a soundly biblical perspective. Our teachers actively integrate God’s Word into their classroom daily, showing students how God is sovereign over all aspects of His creation. Moreover, they desire to kindle and nourish a love for learning in their students by helping them find new ways to discover their God-given talents and potential in Christ.

  • Steve Adams Profile Photo

    Mr. Steve Adams

    Director of STEM Education

  • Beverly Beazley Profile Photo

    Ms. Beverly Beazley

    Teacher: Middle School History

  • Mrs. Jessica Berch

  • Anthony Brenchley Profile Photo

    Mr. Anthony Brenchley

    IT Director, Teacher

  • Rochelle Brigham 2018

    Mrs. Rochelle Brigham

    Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

  • Meaghen Briley 2018

    Mrs. Meaghen Briley

    Director of Preschool Education

  • Brett Busenitz Profile Photo

    Mr. Brett Busenitz

    Teacher: Fifth Grade

  • Janna Carver Profile Photo

    Mrs. Janna Carver

    Teacher: Second Grade

  • Mrs. Rachel Conner

    Teacher

  • Lynda Cox Profile Photo

    Mrs. Lynda Cox

    Teacher: First Grade

  • Kelly Cronin Profile Photo

    Mrs. Kelly Cronin

    Teacher: Middle School English/Language Arts

  • Whitney Endres Profile Photo

    Mrs. Whitney Endres

    Teacher: High School: Spanish I and II

  • Jeanie Euler Profile Photo

    Mrs. Jeanie Euler

    Teacher: Fourth Grade

  • Shari Felich Profile Photo

    Mrs. Shari Felich

    Teacher: Third Grade

  • Kathy Cooper Profile Photo

    Mrs. Kathy Felton

    Teacher: Middle School Science

  • Sonya Ferguson Profile Photo

    Mrs. Sonya Ferguson

    Teacher: Middle School Math, STEM

  • Laura Fischer 2018

    Mrs. Laura Fischer

    Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Abby Foster Profile Photo

    Mrs. Abby Foster

    Teacher: High School English, Dance

  • Jeni Foster Profile Photo

    Mrs. Jeni Foster

    Girls Mentoring Coordinator

  • Judy Foster Profile Photo

    Mrs. Judy Franklin

    Reading Specialist

  • Jeron Gibbons 2018

    Mrs. Jeron Gibbons

    Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Michelle Giudicessi 2018

    Mrs. Michelle Giudicessi

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

  • Angie Glenn 2018

    Mrs. Angie Glenn

    Teacher: Young Artists

  • Glenda Hamm 2018

    Mrs. Glenda Hamm

    Lunch Coordinator

  • Michele Honeyman Profile Photo

    Mrs. Michele Honeyman

    Teacher: First Grade

  • James Hoskins Profile Photo

    Mr. James Hoskins

    Assistant Dean: Middle School

  • Ginger Houske 2018

    Mrs. Ginger Houske

    Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

  • Mrs. Kristin Howard

    Teacher: Art

  • Gina Johnson 2018

    Mrs. Gina Johnson

    Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Heather Kingery Profile Photo

    Mrs. Heather Kingery

    Business Administrator

  • Debbie Kirby Profile Photo

    Mrs. Debbie Kirby

    Teacher: Fourth Grade

  • Haley Knudsen Profile Photo

    Miss Haley Knudsen

    Teacher: Performance/Theatre

  • Mrs. Crissa Krikke

    Office Manager: Upper School

  • Hannah (Dykstra) Kothmann Profile Photo

    Mrs. Hannah Kothmann

    Choir Director, MS Bible Teacher

  • Lize Kuhn Profile Photo

    Mrs. Lize Kuhn

    Admissions Coordinator

  • Mr. Steve Laughlin

  • Marla Lewis Profile Photo

    Mrs. Marla Lewis

    Librarian / Technology Teacher

  • Yaoli Lin Profile Photo

    Ms. Yaoli Lin

    Teacher: High School: Chinese I & ELL

  • Ashlee Lubeck 2018

    Mrs. Ashlee Lubeck

    Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Rick Lukianuk Profile Photo

    Mr. Rick Lukianuk

    Head of School

  • Ben Markley Profile Photo

    Mr. Ben Markley

    Teacher: Humanities

  • Floyd Mashek Profile Photo

    Mr. Floyd Mashek

    P.E. Instructor, Middle School A.D.

  • Jessica McCracken

    Mrs. Jessica McCracken

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

  • Mrs. Amber McElfresh

  • Keith Miller Profile Photo

    Mr. Keith Miller

    Director of Professional Development & College Guidance

  • Mary Morris Profile Photo

    Mrs. Mary Morris

    Administrative Assistant: Elementary

  • Brian Olson Profile Photo

    Mr. Brian Olson

    Physical Education Instructor

  • Penny Olson Profile Photo

    Mrs. Penny Olson

    Teacher: Third Grade

  • Jason Parr Profile Pic

    Mr. Jason Parr

    School Chaplain

  • Marsha Parr Profile Photo

    Mrs. Marsha Parr

    Dean of Faculty and Curriculum

  • Shelley Patterson 2018

    Mrs. Shelley Patterson

    Teacher: Extended Day

  • Kim Petracek 2018

    Mrs. Kim Petracek

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

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    Mrs. Jenny Preston

    Teacher: Kindergarten

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Pruitt

  • Mrs. Anna Reynolds

    Executive Assistant

  • Dave Schenk Profile Photo

    Mr. David Schenk

    Dean of Administration

  • Mr. Jason Schoff

    Director of International Student Program

  • Nathan Schwepler Profile Photo

    Mr. Nathan Schwepler

    Sixth Grade Teacher

  • Kathy Sievert Profile Photo

    Mrs. Kathy Sievert

    Elementary Principal

  • Carri Snedden 2018

    Mrs. Carri Snedden

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

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    Mr. Matt Stephens

    Director of Communications

  • Liz Stinson Profile Photo

    Miss Liz Stinson

    Teacher: Kindergarten / Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

  • Aaron Suber Profile Photo

    Rev. Aaron Suber

    Teacher: Bible

  • Karen Swearingen Profile Photo

    Mrs. Karen Swearingen

    Teacher: Art and Spanish

  • Jule Vantine Profile Photo

    Mrs. Julie Vantine

    Teacher: Chemistry, Algebra

  • Nichole Werbin 2018

    Miss Nichole Werbin

    Teacher: Science

  • Shannon Wheeler Profile Photo

    Mr. Shannon Wheeler

    Teacher: Fifth Grade

  • Heidi Wiens Profile Photo

    Mrs. Heidi Wiens

    Music Teacher

  • Heidi Wolf Profile Photo

    Ms. Heidi Wolf

    Teacher: Second Grade

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    Miss Liza Zumbrunnen

    Band Director/Teacher

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Mr. Steve Adams

Director of STEM Education

About Mr. Adams

Mr. Steve Adams, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (minor in Physics) and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration, has been teaching for 40 years. He currently teaches in the STEM department. Mr. Adams has attended international educational technology conferences (ISTE and FETC) and has presented sessions at FETC. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum at HCA’s elementary and upper school.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Physics minor) – Bob Jones University
Master of Science in Education – University of Kansas

Teaching

Honors Physics, MS Math Labs, Principles of Engineering, STEM Topics

Contact

Email Mr. Adams

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Ms. Beverly Beazley

Teacher: Middle School History

About Ms. Beazley

Beverly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri in Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in History and she has completed 24 credit hours towards her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently, Beverly taught at Grace Christian Academy in Shawnee. She also had the privilege of home educating her three children, all of whom are now in college and passionate about following Jesus. In addition, Beverly is involved in Children’s Ministry at a local church and has enjoyed teaching in Sunday School and Awana for many years. Beverly’s desire is to honor the Lord in her teaching and she feels incredibly blessed to be able to work with tomorrow’s leaders in a godly environment.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History – University of Missouri in Kansas City

Teaching

Ancient World History, U.S. History, Kansas History

Contact

Email Ms. Beazley

Mrs. Jessica Berch

About Mrs. Berch

Jessica Berch teaches Honors Geometry, Pre-calculus and Calculus. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning both her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Master of Math Education. Mrs. Berch loves spending time with her family as well as her local church family at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. She is excited for the privilege to teach at an institution where she can watch students grow academically and in their love and knowledge of Christ. 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics  – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Master of Science in Education – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Contact

Email Mrs. Berch

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Mr. Anthony Brenchley

IT Director, Teacher

About Mr. Brenchley

Mr. Anthony Brenchley serves as our Director of Information Technology—aka, our “Computer Guy.” He manages network administration, technology implementation, and IT support for both campuses. He has also taught at HCA for 8 years and continues teaching a variety of classes in our STEM Department including 7th and 8th Grade STEM, Pre-Algebra, and Introduction to Engineering Design.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Social Studies emphasis) – Calvary Bible College
Master of Science in Educational Technology – MidAmerica Nazarene University

Teaching

7th–8th Grade STEM, Pre-Algebra, Intro to Engineering Design

Contact

Email Mr. Brenchley

Or submit an IT support request

Rochelle Brigham 2018

Mrs. Rochelle Brigham

Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

About Mrs. Brigham

Mrs. Brigham is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is an experienced early education teacher with a love for children. We are excited to have her experience in the classroom. Mrs. Brigham is married to her husband Preston and has two children who attend HCA.

Contact

Email Mrs. Brigham

Meaghen Briley 2018

Mrs. Meaghen Briley

Director of Preschool Education

About Mrs. Briley

Mrs. Briley has over 10 years of experience in teaching and administration, along with serving on the school board. Meaghen has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with certification in Early Childhood Special Education from Emporia State University. She has a passion for young families and serving alongside them as they begin this exciting new chapter. Her goal is for students to begin laying a foundation in Christ that will last a lifetime. Meaghen has been part of Heritage since 2009. The preschool in 2013 had 32 students and today over 100 students are served. The preschool not only provides a solid education and safe environment, but a place where children can learn about Jesus Christ and His love for them.

Contact

Email Mrs. Briley

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Mr. Brett Busenitz

Teacher: Fifth Grade

About Mr. Busenitz

Mr. Busenitz has thirteen years of teaching experience. Brett has a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. He believes that student success is created through meaningful relationships. In addition, his goal is to instill in his students a desire to be lifelong learners. Brett has taught at Heritage Christian Academy (Westminster prior to 2010) since 2006 and is one of our Fifth Grade teachers.

Contact

Email Mr. Busenitz

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Mrs. Janna Carver

Teacher: Second Grade

About Mrs. Carver

Mrs. Carver has over 25 years of teaching experience. Janna has a Bachelor of Science from Calvary University in Kansas City, Missouri. She is grateful to the Lord for giving her a love for children and calling her to teach in a Christian school. Janna has taught at Heritage since 2007 (Berean prior to 2010) and is one of our Second Grade teachers.

Contact

Email Mrs. Carver

Mrs. Rachel Conner

Teacher

About Mrs. Conner

Mrs. Conner moved to Olathe two years ago from Springfield, Missouri, where she served as a technical writer, an editor and an online English instructor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English as well as a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Evangel University, and she will complete her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction this year through Liberty University. Rachel and her husband Scott have three daughters (ages 14, 12 and 9) and spend most of their weekends attending their girls’ various athletic events. She feels extremely blessed to be teaching the students at Heritage and is excited to build relationships with their families.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in English – Evangel University

Master of Education in Secondary Education – Evangel University

Contact

Email Mrs. Connor

 

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Mrs. Lynda Cox

Teacher: First Grade

About Mrs. Cox

Mrs. Cox has over forty-four years of teaching experience. She has taught first grade at Heritage since 2005 (Westminster prior to 2010). Lynda has a Master of Science in Education from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Missouri, plus 60 additional graduate hours from Webster University, Missouri University and Rockhurst University. Her passion is to help students develop a lifelong love of learning. Lynda’s goal is to be a “student” of her students. In addition, her goal is to challenge her students to allow God to mold their hearts in submission to Him so that He can equip them to be hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world.

Contact

Email Mrs. Cox

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Mrs. Kelly Cronin

Teacher: Middle School English/Language Arts

About Mrs. Cronin

Mrs. Kelly Cronin has been teaching for 15 years. She currently teaches middle school English, Creative Writing and English for Academic Proficiency with our international students. One of her goals is to have all her students fall in love with reading and writing so that they will become lifelong learners.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Education – University of Missouri
Master of Education – Mid-American University

Contact

Email Mrs. Cronin

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Mrs. Whitney Endres

Teacher: High School: Spanish I and II

About Mrs. Endres

Mrs. Endres was born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in Religion. Whitney met her husband Eric while at Baylor. They have 3 children: Will 16, Walker 14, and Griffin 5. The Endres family attends Grace Church in Overland Park.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Minor in Religion) – Baylor University

Contact

Email Mrs. Endres

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Mrs. Jeanie Euler

Teacher: Fourth Grade

About Mrs. Euler

Mrs. Jeanie Euler has over 15 years of experience in teaching. Jeanie has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. She also has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Bethel College in San Diego, CA. Her passion is to help students strive for excellence in all areas (not perfectionism). In addition, her goal is to guide students to be outward followers of Jesus. Jeanie has taught at Heritage Christian Academy since 2008 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is one of our Fourth Grade teachers.

Contact

Email Mrs. Euler

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Mrs. Shari Felich

Teacher: Third Grade

About Mrs. Felich

Mrs. Felich has over sixteen years of experience in teaching. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Wichita State University. Her passion is to find ways to integrate Christ into every part of the curriculum. Shari has taught at Heritage Christian Academy in several capacities since 1998 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is currently one of our Third Grade teachers. She enjoys playing piano for weekly Chapel and music programs and loves using creativity in classroom projects.

Contact

Email Mrs. Felich

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Mrs. Kathy Felton

Teacher: Middle School Science

About Mrs. Felton

Kathy Felton graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Biology. She has a passion for students, science, and the integration of faith and learning. She is excited to serve as the middle school science teacher at HCA. She also teaches seventh grade math.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Biology – Oklahoma Baptist University

Contact

Email Mrs. Felton

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Mrs. Sonya Ferguson

Teacher: Middle School Math, STEM

About Mrs. Ferguson

Sonya lives in Olathe with her husband, Kevin, and four children, Connor, Camille, Caelyn and Courtney. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree: Instructional Specialist with a STEM emphasis. Sonya has worked at HCA East Campus as the Spanish teacher for two years and most recently as the 6th grade math, science, computer and Bible teacher. Sonya enjoys family camping trips, going for walks, hot coffee and reading.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing concentration) and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics – Cameron University

Contact

Email Mrs. Ferguson

Laura Fischer 2018

Mrs. Laura Fischer

Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

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Mrs. Abby Foster

Teacher: High School English, Dance

About Mrs. Foster

Mrs. Foster teaches High School Dance and English. She has been teaching for twelve years, and loves to share areas of study that she is passionate about with her students. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theatre from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has been a dancer her whole life and it has taken her through college, touring with Dance Olympus and Dance America, performing with a professional company, and coaching at the secondary and collegiate levels.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Dance Concentration) – Kansas State University
Master of Arts in Secondary Education and English – Roosevelt University

Contact

Email Mrs. Foster

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Mrs. Jeni Foster

Girls Mentoring Coordinator

About Mrs. Foster

Jeni completed her undergraduate degree at Baylor University, and then attended the University of Kansas to pursue a graduate degree in School Psychology. She then worked in the Blue Valley School District as a School Psychologist for 9 years, at which point she decided to stay at home with her two children (who are now 7- and 5-years-old). While attending KU and while working in Blue Valley, Jennifer did a lot of work in the areas of girl friendships and bullying. Additionally, while staying at home with her children, Jennifer volunteered with a mentorship program for 2 years during which she oversaw a program of high school girls mentoring middle school girls. Jennifer greatly values mentorship and has a passion for helping girls to experience true and healthy community and to become who God designed them to be.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Psychology –Baylor University
Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology – University of Kansas

Contact

Email Mrs. Foster

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Mrs. Judy Franklin

Reading Specialist

About Mrs. Franklin

Mrs. Franklin has over 35 years of experience in teaching. Judy has a Master of Arts in Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska with emphasis in Child Development, Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has completed post graduate work in reading instruction. In 2006 she was honored by KAIRS as a Kansas Distinguished Teacher. Judy’s passion is assisting all children to become proficient readers. Her goal with every student is to instill a life-long love of words, stories and books. Judy began at HCA in 2015 as Reading Specialist.

Contact

Email Mrs. Franklin

Jeron Gibbons 2018

Mrs. Jeron Gibbons

Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

About Mrs. Gibbons

Mrs. Jeron Gibbons has been with our preschool since day one and has over six years of experience in teaching Jr. K. Jeron has a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern Nazarene University. Her passion is coming alongside young families and partnering with them as they enter into the school age years. Jeron’s deepest desire is that each student will leave her classroom with the knowledge that they are loved by their Creator.

Contact

Email Mrs. Gibbons

Michelle Giudicessi 2018

Mrs. Michelle Giudicessi

Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

Angie Glenn 2018

Mrs. Angie Glenn

Teacher: Young Artists

Glenda Hamm 2018

Mrs. Glenda Hamm

Lunch Coordinator

About Mrs. Hamm

Mrs. Hamm has been a part of the HCA family since 2008 (Westminster prior to 2010). She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She manages elementary lunches, oversees tuition agreements and supervises the Aftercare Program. Glenda enjoys the opportunity to interact with our students.

Contact

Email Mrs. Hamm

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Mrs. Michele Honeyman

Teacher: First Grade

About Mrs. Honeyman

Mrs. Michele Honeyman has had over twenty-two years of teaching experience. Mrs. Honeyman has a Bachelor degree in elementary education from the University of Kansas. She also has 50+ hours of graduate work completed in elementary education. Her passion is to help students attain a Christ-centered education while they develop a biblical worldview. Her goal is to help her students acquire a strong Christian character, partnering with parents as they raise their children up to be ambassadors for Christ. Mrs. Honeyman started in 2005 and is our First Grade teacher.

Contact

Email Mrs. Honeyman

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Mr. James Hoskins

Assistant Dean: Middle School

About Mr. Hoskins

James Hoskins serves as assistant dean for the middle school. He teaches 12th grade Bible (Worldview and Apologetics). James is also a published writer in philosophy and Christian worldview. He has recently contributed essays to ChristAndPopCulture.com (2013–present), the Christian Research Journal (2016), and the book Utmost Ongoing: Reflections on the Legacy of Oswald Chambers (Discovery House Publishers, 2017). In his spare time, James enjoys writing and playing music. This is his 10th year at HCA.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – University of Missouri at Kansas City
Master of Arts in Science and Religion – Biola University

Contact

Email Mr. Hoskins

Ginger Houske 2018

Mrs. Ginger Houske

Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

About Mrs. Houske

Mrs. Houske is a seasoned educator. Mrs. Houske comes to HCA with 20 years of teaching experience. She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University as well as a Master’s Degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She taught first and third grade in Olathe Public Schools for 13 years. She has also worked for Lawrence Virtual School as an Education Consultant. In addition, Mrs. Houske has worked as an ELL teacher and taught at a Parents’ Day Out program in Olathe. Mrs. Houske’s passion is to help her students fall more in love with Jesus every day. She loves listening to their sweet voices as they recite Bible verses they have memorized. Mrs. Houske has been working at HCA as a Lead Teacher in the preschool since 2017. Mrs. Houske has recently been serving in early education ministry. She is married to her husband Grant and has two children who attend HCA.

Contact

Email Mrs. Houske

Mrs. Kristin Howard

Teacher: Art

About Mrs. Howard

Mrs. Howard received her degree in Theater and Writing from Millikin University in Illinois. She has been painting and taking art classes for twelve years now. She has shown and sold her artwork in several local art shows. Kristin taught elementary and middle school art over the past five years at Bethany Lutheran School. She loves to create and is thrilled to share the creative process of many art forms with students. Her previous jobs include serving as an Intervarsity Staff Worker (college ministry), Pre-school Teacher, Children’s Ministry Director and Tennis Pro. Kristin and her husband have 4 children.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Writing – Millikin University

Contact

Email Mrs. Howard

Gina Johnson 2018

Mrs. Gina Johnson

Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

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Mrs. Heather Kingery

Business Administrator

About Mrs. Kingery

Mrs. Kingery joined HCA in February 2017 as Business Administrator. She earned her degrees from McPherson College and has worked in accounting/human resources for 20+ years. She currently handles all of HCA’s financial matters including budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, and accounting duties such as accounts payable and payroll. Heather also manages our staff benefits. Her greatest pleasure is spending time at her children’s various activities and traveling as a family.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Design – McPherson College

Contact

Email Mrs. Kingery

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Mrs. Debbie Kirby

Teacher: Fourth Grade

About Mrs. Kirby

Mrs. Kirby has been teaching for over 19 years. Debbie was also an adjunct professor in the teacher education department at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Mrs. Kirby completed her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and her Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from MidAmerica Nazarene University. As one of our Fourth Grade teachers, Debbie loves working with the staff and students at Heritage Christian Academy and being a part of this Christ-centered community.

Contact

Email Mrs. Kirby

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Miss Haley Knudsen

Teacher: Performance/Theatre

About Miss Knudsen

Since graduating college, Haley has been blessed to be working with talented and wonderful kids at HCA. Outside of teaching drama and acting at Heritage, Haley works as a director and stage manager for StageRight Performing Arts, participates in musical theatre around Kansas City, and is a barista at Starbucks! She believes teaching theatre and the fine arts not only encourages students to embrace their creative side, but to also become more comfortable with necessary social skills and development—things we often take for granted.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre (Musical theatre emphasis) – Loyola University

Contact

Email Miss Knudsen

Mrs. Crissa Krikke

Office Manager: Upper School

About Mrs. Krikke

Mrs. Krikke began working as HCA’s west campus office manager in January 2019. She has been married to her husband Eric for 22 years and they have 3 kids that currently attend HCA. Prior to that, she taught Pre-School music at HCA. 

Contact

Email Mrs. Krikke

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Mrs. Hannah Kothmann

Choir Director, MS Bible Teacher

About Mrs. Kothmann (Dykstra)

Hannah Kothmann graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in vocal music education. Hannah sings with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and is active in the music ministry at her church. She has a passion for music and children, and is thrilled to teach junior high and high school choir, as well as junior high Bible at HCA. Her goal as an educator is to encourage her students to do everything to the best of their ability for God’s glory. Hannah was recently married to Andrew (March 2019).

Education

Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal) – University of Central Missouri

Contact

Email Mrs. Kothmann

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Mrs. Lize Kuhn

Admissions Coordinator

About Mrs. Kuhn

Mrs. Lize Kuhn (pronounced “LEE-zuh KEEN”… She’s from South Africa!) handles the school’s admissions paperwork. Her office is at the east campus.

Contact

Email Mrs. Kuhn

Mr. Steve Laughlin

About Mr. Laughlin

Steve received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State University in 1999 with a focus in Visual Communications and Graphic Design. After working in print media, he added website design to his repertoire and worked as a web and graphic designer for many years. In 2008 he began designing wrist watches as a side job with a friend from Germany who recently started his own watch brand. Since then, Steve has been designing wrist watches and has his own brand, Ravenwatches. Steve is an avid photographer and uses his gifting daily for his business. In addition, Steve takes photos for his church’s social media and special events. In his free time, he leads middle school boys in a local Trail Life Troop (Troop KS 1199) and spends time with his family.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Communications and Graphic Design Focus)– Kansas State University

Contact

Email Mr. Laughlin

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Mrs. Marla Lewis

Librarian / Technology Teacher

About Mrs. Lewis

Mrs. Lewis has 17 years of elementary teaching experience. Marla has a Master of Education with an emphasis in Reading from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Tulsa University. She loves to introduce students to books by exploring authors, genres and series with each class. Marla’s goal is to help match students with books that they love and promote a lifelong love of reading. She has taught at Heritage since 2008 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is the Librarian and Technology Teacher for K–4.

Contact

Email Mrs. Lewis

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Ms. Yaoli Lin

Teacher: High School: Chinese I & ELL

About Ms. Lin

Yaoli was born in Taiwan and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. After high school, she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Education at Ohio State University. Upon completing her degrees, Yaoli worked as a resource teacher in public schools for 10 years in addition to teaching an adult class in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Her favorite subject is Social Studies because she loves to learn about diverse cultures and languages. In her non-working hours, Yaoli and her family enjoy being part of Emmanuel Chinese Baptist Church.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Education – Ohio State University

Contact

Email Ms. Lin

Ashlee Lubeck 2018

Mrs. Ashlee Lubeck

Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

About Mrs. Lubeck

Mrs. Lubeck is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Special Education. Ashlee was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. Ashlee has a passion for creating a love for learning in her classroom. Ashlee is recently married to her husband Alex. Ashlee and Alex attend Journey Bible Church.

Contact

Email Mrs. Lubeck

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Mr. Rick Lukianuk

Head of School

About Mr. Lukianuk

Mr. Rick Lukianuk (“Mr. L”) is a summa cum laude, Phi Bet Kappa graduate of Duke University and the Duke University Law School with a dual undergraduate major in History and Religion. His first career focused on International Law where he served as VP and General Counsel of a Fortune 500 corporation. While serving on the Board of a Christian school he discovered his passion for passing God’s wisdom down to the next generation and HCA is the third school he has helped to lead. In addition to serving as Head of School, he teaches two law classes—Intro to Law and Honors Law 2—which are focused on teaching critical thinking, problem solving and life skills including personal finance, negotiation, the global marketplace and God’s sovereignty in all things.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion – Duke University
Summa cum Laude, Phi Bet Kappa
Juris Doctorate – Duke University

Contact

Email Mr. Lukianuk

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Mr. Ben Markley

Teacher: Humanities

About Mr. Markley

A Lawrence native, Ben has spent four years ministering to teenagers in both church and school settings. After graduating Boston College with his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, he spent two years teaching at the Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington. There he served the high school humanities department, teaching world history, rhetoric, philosophy, theology and church history. He and his wife Maddie love hiking, board games and making music together.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – Boston College

Teaching

High School: U.S. History, Western Civilization; Middle School: Logic

Contact

Email Mr. Markley

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Mr. Floyd Mashek

P.E. Instructor, Middle School A.D.

About Mr. Mashek

Floyd Mashek teaches middle and high school physical education and strength training courses. Mr. Mashek has spent the last 11 years globetrotting around the USA following his wife’s career and is excited to be back in his home state. He is in his ninth year of teaching, including five years of physical education and three years of business education. In his free time, Mr. Mashek enjoys playing and watching sports and is a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Blues fan. He also loves spending time with his wife Kera and son Drake.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, K–12 (Minor in Business) – University of Missouri in St. Louis

Contact

Email Mr. Mashek

Jessica McCracken

Mrs. Jessica McCracken

Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

Mrs. Amber McElfresh

About Mrs. McElfresh

Amber and her husband Darren live in Olathe and are recently empty-nesters. Their son Jordan is serving in the Army, while their daughter Mara is attending UMKC’s Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining the HCA family, she taught fifth and sixth grade for twelve years in the Olathe School District. She also serves in Children’s Ministry at her church. Amber is passionate about teaching and learning. She is thankful that the Lord has given her the opportunity to work with future generations in this godly environment.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Biology – University of Kansas
Master of Business Administration – University of Missouri – Kansas City
Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Emporia State University
Master of Education Administration – Emporia State University

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Mr. Keith Miller

Director of Professional Development & College Guidance

About Mr. Miller

Mr. Miller serves as director of professional development and college guidance for HCA. He went to school at Liberty University in Virginia, so many of the places he teaches about he has seen and can relate those experiences to the students. His uses a cooperative teaching style in the classroom so the students can learn by making projects, discussion and acting out history. He has an Master of Arts in history and has been a teacher for 22 years.

Education

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History – Liberty University

Contact

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Mrs. Mary Morris

Administrative Assistant: Elementary

About Mrs. Morris

Mrs. Morris has over 30 years of experience in secretarial/office management. Mary has an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Johnson County Community College. Mary began serving HCA in 2016 and enjoys her role as Elementary Office Secretary.

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Mr. Brian Olson

Physical Education Instructor

About Mr. Olson

Mr. Olson has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State Teacher’s College in Emporia, Kansas. His teaching career spans over 45 years, the majority as a physical education instructor. He also enjoys coordinating field days, Jump Rope for Heart and other fun events. Brian’s goal as a P.E. teacher is to lead young people in being physically active while developing Christ-like character. Brian has also coached varsity basketball for over 25 years as well as other sports. He was awarded Coach of the Year in the Western Reserve Conference. He started teaching at Heritage Christian Academy in 1992 (Berean prior to 2010) as the elementary P.E. teacher. He also teaches the preschool Mini Movers class.

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Mrs. Penny Olson

Teacher: Third Grade

About Mrs. Olson

Mrs. Olson has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and an Elementary Reading Specialist degree from Kansas State Teacher’s College, Emporia, Kansas. She has taught elementary students for 40+ years including ten years in public school and 30+ years in Christian school. Penny is passionate about helping students achieve their fullest potential academically and, with God’s leading, guide them to develop a strong relationship with our Savior. Mrs. Olson has taught at Heritage since 1991 (Berean prior to 2010). She serves as a Third Grade teacher.

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Mr. Jason Parr

School Chaplain

About Mr. Parr

Mr. Parr serves as chaplain for HCA. In this role he coordinates weekly chapel services, leads the student worship team, provides biblical guidance to students and faculty, teaches Bible classes, and oversees biblical worldview integration into curriculum school-wide. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas. He has since been in two local bands and a professional Octet called Octarium. He has also had the opportunity to sing with various touring artists. Jason is proud to have been leading in full-time church ministry for over 21 years. He is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He is married to Marsha Parr, and together they have three children: Simon, Elise and Juliana.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance – University of Kansas

Contact

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Mrs. Marsha Parr

Dean of Faculty and Curriculum

About Mrs. Parr

Marsha Parr serves as dean of faculty and curriculum for the upper school. She also teaches 9th grade and 12th grade honors literature and composition. She graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas where she earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees of Curriculum and Instruction in English and Social Studies education. While at KU, she ran Varsity Cross Country for the Jayhawks and participated in University Theater. Mrs. Parr began her teaching career at Blue Valley High school where she taught Honors and Advanced Placement English and coached cross country for several years. She and her husband, Jason, have three children who attend HCA, and they are all thrilled to be a part of the HCA family.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Middle Secondary Education (English) – University of Kansas
Master of Science in Education – University of Kansas

Contact

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Shelley Patterson 2018

Mrs. Shelley Patterson

Teacher: Extended Day

Kim Petracek 2018

Mrs. Kim Petracek

Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

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Mrs. Jenny Preston

Teacher: Kindergarten

About Mrs. Preston

Mrs. Preston has over 15 years of experience in teaching. Mrs. Preston has a Bachelor degree in social work and a Bachelor degree in elementary education. Her motivation is to see students not only grow and soar in academic areas, but also to see them learn more about Jesus and grow in their faith. In addition, her goal is to show the love and grace of God in her classroom each day. Mrs. Preston has taught at Heritage since 2002 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is one of our Kindergarten teachers.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Pruitt

Recently hired. Info coming soon!

Mrs. Anna Reynolds

Executive Assistant

About Mrs. Reynolds

Mrs. Reynolds joined HCA in June 2019 as Executive Assistant. She completed her degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Applied Organizational Leadership. Anna gained administrative experience through participating in a variety of college internships, working for a year and a half at a school for individuals with special needs and supporting a sales team at FedEx for the past five years. Anna values leading the Young Adult Ministry at her church with her husband Bryce, spending time with her Australian Shepherd Shadow and being an aunt to four nieces and nephews.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Organizational Leadership – MidAmerica Nazarene University

Contact

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Mr. David Schenk

Dean of Administration

About Mr. Schenk

Mr. Schenk serves as dean of administration for HCA. In this role he functions as activities/athletics director, facilities coordinator, dean of students, accreditation supervisor, and scheduling supervisor. He has over 28 years of experience in Christian education, both teaching and coaching. Schenk has coached soccer at the high school (19 years) and college level (7 years: Dordt) and holds an Advanced National Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches. He also coached HS basketball (10 years) and track (5 years) in Pittsburgh, PA. Dave and his wife Liz have two grown children and two that currently attend HCA. A native Canadian, he is now a U.S. citizen and has lived in the states since graduating from college.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education –Dordt College
Master of Education (School Leadership) – Dordt College

Contact

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Mr. Jason Schoff

Director of International Student Program

About Mr. Schoff

Jason Schoff serves as the International Student Director where he uses his cross-cultural experiences and training to equip students and families. He worked overseas in Uruguay for two years and then returned to work for a local immigrant ministry for seven years. He spent the last five years teaching Spanish at an area middle school. Mr. Schoff enjoys sharing his love for languages and heart for foreigners and is excited to lead our international student program. He and his wife, Megan, have two boys and enjoy all sports. 

Education

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (Focus in Tesol) – University of Kansas

Master of Divinity – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Contact

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Mr. Nathan Schwepler

Sixth Grade Teacher

About Mr. Schwepler

Nathan is familiar to many HCA families as he has served as a teacher at the East Campus (and Westminster before that) since 2002. He holds an Associate Degree in practical theology from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Sterling College. He taught 15 groups of third grade students before shifting to sixth grade. Nathan is beginning his second year of teaching sixth grade history and English at HCA. Nathan and his wife, Rachel, have five children.

Education

Associate Degree in Practical Theology – Christ for the Nations Institute (Dallas, TX)
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Sterling College

Contact

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Mrs. Kathy Sievert

Elementary Principal

About Mrs. Sievert

Mrs. Sievert has over 25 years of experience in education including administration, teaching and serving on school boards. Kathy has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from William Jewell College. Her passion is to help scholars to know Jesus and to see them transformed by the gospel. In addition, her goal is to partner with parents and teachers to create an educational environment in which each child can realize his or her academic, social and spiritual potential. Kathy has worked in administration at Heritage since 2000 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is our Elementary School Principal. Notable among her accomplishments is forming the “Culture of Kindness.” The Culture was developed to teach the gospel of Jesus to our children and to support a calm, focused learning environment. This initiative has been very successful as a discipleship tool and was awarded a Commendation from the ACSI.

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Carri Snedden 2018

Mrs. Carri Snedden

Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

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Mr. Matt Stephens

Director of Communications

About Mr. Stephens

Matt Stephens is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Master of Divinity ’11) and Southwest Baptist University (Bachelor of Communication Arts, ’04). After serving God in a variety of contexts including non-profit work, technical sales and pastoral ministry, Matt joined the HCA staff as Communications Manager in July 2017. In this role, Matt’s responsibilities include school-wide marketing and communication strategy, brand management, social media management, graphic design, web design, public relations, and editorial oversight for all non-curricular publications. He completed the development of the school’s website in 2019 and will begin teaching graphic design starting in Fall 2019. Matt lives in Lenexa, KS with his wife and three children.

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Miss Liz Stinson

Teacher: Kindergarten / Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

About Miss Stinson

Miss Stinson has over five years of teaching experience. Miss Stinson has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Benedictine College. She is passionate about sharing her love for learning with each of her students. Her goal, one of HCA’s Kindergarten teachers, is to help build a strong foundation in reading and math. She has been teaching at Heritage since 2015.

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Rev. Aaron Suber

Teacher: Bible

About Rev. Suber

Aaron Suber serves as the 9th–11th grade Bible teacher at HCA. He also serves as an Assistant Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church where he works with the high school youth. Reverend Suber has 15 years of preaching, teaching and youth ministry experience. He has worked with all ages of people from nursery to nursing home. He has a heart for ministry and a passion for sharing the gospel.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Relations emphasis) – Mississippi State University
Master of Divinity – Reformed Theological Seminary

Contact

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Mrs. Karen Swearingen

Teacher: Art and Spanish

About Mrs. Swearingen

Mrs. Swearingen has over 15 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Her passion is to inspire students to become lifelong learners and reflect the love of Jesus. Karen has been at Heritage since 2001 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is our Art and Spanish Teacher.

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Mrs. Julie Vantine

Teacher: Chemistry, Algebra

About Mrs. Vantine

Mrs. Vantine has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and worked as an environmental chemist, then as a nuclear chemist. She has also worked for Tri-Fuels, a research facility, working on ethanol production from biomass. In the classroom, Mrs. Vantine feels that lab work is one of the most crucial elements in a chemistry curriculum. Therefore, she spends approximately 25% of class time in lab.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Minor: Math) – Harding Christian University

Teaching

Chemistry, Algebra I & II

Contact

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Nichole Werbin 2018

Miss Nichole Werbin

Teacher: Science

About Miss Werbin

Miss Werbin graduated summa cum laude with degrees in both Biology and Chemistry. Throughout her education she was involved in ecology research and is a co-author of a published ecology paper. Immediately after college, Miss Werbin spent a year in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at Kansas University Medical Center. During her time in this program, she worked in biomedical labs helping further research in developmental biology and neuropharmacology. In that time, Miss Werbin felt God calling her to education. She will finish a graduate program this year.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Benedictine College
Master of Education – Fort Hayes State University

Teaching

Biology, Health, Physical Science, Anatomy & Physiology

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Mr. Shannon Wheeler

Teacher: Fifth Grade

About Mr. Wheeler

Mr. Wheeler has over 20 years of experience in teaching. Shannon has a Master of Arts in Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University. His goal is to help each student to reach their God-given potential in Christ. Shannon has taught at Heritage since 2002 (Westminster prior to 2010) and is one of our Fifth Grade teachers.

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Mrs. Heidi Wiens

Music Teacher

About Mrs. Wiens

Mrs. Wiens has 37 years of teaching experience. She has a Master of Arts in Music Education from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Her passion is to bring the joy of music to every student who walks into her classroom. Heidi has taught at Heritage since 2007 (Berean prior to 2010) and teaches elementary classroom music, Heritage Choir, Academy Choir and beginning band. She is lifetime certified through ACSI and is a member of MTNA, NAME, KMEA, KMTA, KCMTA and OMTA.

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Ms. Heidi Wolf

Teacher: Second Grade

About Ms. Wolf

Ms. Heidi Wolf has over ten years of experience in educating adults and children. Heidi has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Winona State University. Her passion is to help students fulfill the purpose the Lord has for them and to lead them into a growing relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Heidi has been at Heritage since 2016 and is one of our Second Grade teachers.

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Miss Liza Zumbrunnen

Band Director/Teacher

About Miss Zumbrunnen

Liza Zumbrunnen (“Miss Z”) teaches Band. She has taught trumpet and piano lessons for over 8 years and has played trumpet for 18 years. She still teaches private music lessons as well as arranges music, performs at her church and plays with her brass group, “Gaelic Brass,” at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music Pedagogy – Mid-America Nazarene University
Master of Music in Music Education – University of Florida

Contact

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