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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

  • Lisa Bahr Profile Photo

    Mrs. Lisa Bahr

    Teacher: High School Math

  • Beverly Beazley Profile Photo

    Ms. Beverly Beazley

    Teacher: Middle School History

  • 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

  • Kathy Cooper Profile Photo

    Miss Kathy Cooper

    Teacher: Middle School Science

  • Lynda Cox Profile Photo

    Mrs. Lynda Cox

    Teacher: First Grade

  • Kelly Cronin Profile Photo

    Mrs. Kelly Cronin

    Teacher: Middle School English/Language Arts

  • Hannah Dykstra Profile Photo

    Miss Hannah Dykstra

    Choir Director, MS Bible Teacher

  • Whitney Endres Profile Photo

    Mrs. Whitney Endres

    Teacher: High School: Spanish I and II

  • Jeanie Euler Profile Photo

    Ms. Jeanie Euler

    Teacher: Fourth Grade

  • Shari Felich Profile Photo

    Mrs. Shari Felich

    Teacher: Third Grade

  • 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

  • Matt Fox 2018

    Mr. Matt Fox

    Teacher: Visual Arts

  • Judy Foster Profile Photo

    Mrs. Judy Franklin

    Reading Specialist

  • Terri Fraser Profile Photo

    Mrs. Terri Fraser

    Director of International Student Program

  • 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

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    Ms. Jackie Grawe

    Executive Assistant

  • 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 Principal: Middle School

  • Ginger Houske 2018

    Mrs. Ginger Houske

    Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

  • Rick Jarvis Profile Photo

    Mr. Rick Jarvis

    Upper School Principal

  • 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

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    Mrs. Crissa Krikke

    Office Manager: Upper School

  • Lize Kuhn Profile Photo

    Mrs. Lize Kuhn

    Admissions Coordinator

  • Marla Lewis Profile Photo

    Mrs. Marla Lewis

    Librarian / Computer 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

    Physical Education Instructor

  • Jessica McCracken

    Mrs. Jessica McCracken

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

  • Keith Miller Profile Photo

    Mr. Keith Miller

    Director of College Guidance

  • Mary Morris Profile Photo

    Mrs. Mary Morris

    Administrative Assistant: East Campus

  • 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

    Chapel Coordinator, Worship Team Leader

  • Marsha Parr Profile Photo

    Mrs. Marsha Parr

    Teacher: English, Communications

  • Shelley Patterson 2018

    Mrs. Shelley Patterson

    Teacher: Extended Day

  • Susanne Pepple 2018

    Mrs. Susanne Pepple

    Lead Teacher: K3

  • Kim Petracek 2018

    Mrs. Kim Petracek

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

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    Mrs. Jenny Preston

    Teacher: Kindergarten

  • Dave Schenk Profile Photo

    Mr. David Schenk

    Activities Director

  • 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)

  • Norma Sorensen 2018

    Mrs. Norma Sorensen

    Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

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    Mr. Matt Stephens

    Communications Manager

  • 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

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    Mr. Shannon Wheeler

    Teacher: Fifth Grade

  • Heidi Wiens Profile Photo

    Mrs. Heidi Wiens

    Music Teacher

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    Ms. Heidi Wolf

    Teacher: Second Grade

  • Liza Zumbrunnen Profile Photo

    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

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Mrs. Lisa Bahr

Teacher: High School Math

About Mrs. Bahr

Lisa has been in the Olathe area for several years and has taught at several local schools in the Olathe district. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and her Master’s Degree from Rockhurst University. Lisa is married to Zach and they have two children. Lisa is excited to be sharing her love of Christ and her love of mathematics with her students at HCA.

Education

Bachelor’s – Oklahoma State University
Master’s – Rockhurst University

Courses Teaching

Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Geometry, & Geometry

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Ms. Beverly Beazley

Teacher: Middle School History

About Ms. Beazley

Beverly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BA 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

B.A. in History – University of Missouri-Kansas City

Teaching

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

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Mr. Anthony Brenchley

IT Director, Teacher

4About Mr. Brenchley

Mr. Anthony Brenchley has taught at HCA for 8 years. Middle school computer classes focus on programming with Scratch from MIT, typing and physical computing (programming basic electrical circuits and controlling them with a Raspberry Pi). Mr. Brenchley also teaches Introduction to Engineering Design. Students in IED learn how to solve complex problems using the PLTW Design model. Students digitally create their solution and evaluate the solution based on the designed problem constraints.

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

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Or submit an IT support request

Rochelle Brigham 2018

Mrs. Rochelle Brigham

Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

Mrs. Brigham is a graduate of K-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 Preston and has two children who attend HCA.

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Meaghen Briley 2018

Mrs. Meaghen Briley

Director of Preschool Education

Mrs. Meaghen (pronounced “MEE-gen”) Briley directs HCA’s early education program.

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Mr. Brett Busenitz

Teacher: Fifth Grade

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Kansas State University

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Mrs. Janna Carver

Teacher: Second Grade

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education – Calvary Bible College

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Miss Kathy Cooper

Teacher: Middle School Science

About Miss Cooper

Kathy Cooper 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

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Mrs. Lynda Cox

Teacher: First Grade

Master of Science in Education – Central Missouri State University

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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

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Miss Hannah Dykstra

Choir Director, MS Bible Teacher

About Miss Dykstra

Hannah Dykstra 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.

Education

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

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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, OK. She graduated from Baylor University with a BA 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

B.A. in Spanish, Minor in Religion – Baylor University

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Ms. Jeanie Euler

Teacher: Fourth Grade

Master of Arts in Elementary Education – Trinity International University

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Mrs. Shari Felich

Teacher: Third Grade

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Wichita State University

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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 (12th), Camille (10th), Caelyn (7th) and Courtney (K). She has a BBA with a concentration in Marketing, a BA 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

B.B.A. (Marketing concentration), B.A. in Mathematics

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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 nine years, and loves to share areas of study that she is passionate about with her students. She has a B.A. in Dance and Theatre from Kansas State University and a M.A. 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

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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’s Degree –Baylor University
Master’s in School Psychology – University of Kansas

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Matt Fox 2018

Mr. Matt Fox

Teacher: Visual Arts

About Mr. Fox

Matthew Fox is our Visual Arts teacher for both Jr. High and High School. As a student of both Central Bible College and Ottawa University, he brings a balance of Christ centered teaching and visual arts knowledge. He has been a visual designer for many companies in the KC area and designed The Plaza ornament in 1996. His focus is to teach students how to glorify God with their gifts, to see the world around them in a new way, and to creatively solve problems.

Education

B.A. – Ottawa University

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Mrs. Judy Franklin

Reading Specialist

Master of Arts in Education – MidAmerica Nazarene University

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Mrs. Terri Fraser

Director of International Student Program

About Mrs. Fraser

Mrs. Fraser is the international student director and grew up as an international student herself, living in a variety of countries in Latin America. She worked in corporate America, doing international marketing for over a decade. She began teaching Spanish at HCA in 2009, and has a passion for international students, other languages and cultures. She’s very excited to lead the path with our international student program.

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Jeron Gibbons 2018

Mrs. Jeron Gibbons

Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

Mrs. Gibbons is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She has worked in several group and individual counseling settings in Norman, Oklahoma. Jeron is married to Keith and has three daughters who attend HCA.

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Michelle Giudicessi 2018

Mrs. Michelle Giudicessi

Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

Angie Glenn 2018

Mrs. Angie Glenn

Teacher: Young Artists

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Ms. Jackie Grawe

Executive Assistant

About Ms. Grawe

Jacqueline Grawe received her Associate of Arts from Maple Woods Community College. A freelance artist who has created multiple portraits of historical interest, her commercial murals, portraits and fine art teaching have been her concentrated focus for the last decade. In addition to serving Mr. Lukianuk and the administrative staff, she is happy to share her artistic experience with the students of HCA.

Education

Associate of Arts – Maple Woods Community College

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Glenda Hamm 2018

Mrs. Glenda Hamm

Lunch Coordinator

Mrs. Hamm manages tuition and elementary lunch payments.

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Mrs. Michele Honeyman

Teacher: First Grade

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education – University of Kansas

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Mr. James Hoskins

Assistant Principal: Middle School

About Mr. Hoskins

James Hoskins serves as the Assistant Principal 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

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Ginger Houske 2018

Mrs. Ginger Houske

Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

Mrs. Houske is a seasoned educator. She has her undergraduate degree from K-State and her Master of Education from Mid-America Nazarene University. Mrs. Houske has recently been serving in early education ministry. She is marred to Grant and has two children who attend HCA.

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Mr. Rick Jarvis

Upper School Principal

About Mr. Jarvis

Mr. Jarvis serves as the Upper School Principal at the West Campus of HCA. He is working on completing his dissertation for his doctoral degree from KU in Educational Leadership. Mr. Jarvis has 22 years of experience in Christian education and is passionate about partnering with parents in helping develop biblical worldview thinking in students. His multiple roles have included serving as a principal, athletic director, teacher, and basketball coach. Currently, Mr. Jarvis serves as the accreditation leader for HCA and teaches one section of Algebra 2 and supervises the Math Lab class for junior high students.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History – Covenant College
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Covenant College

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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 degree 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’s – McPherson College

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Mrs. Debbie Kirby

Teacher: Fourth Grade

Master of Arts in Elementary Education – MidAmerica Nazarene University

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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

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Mrs. Crissa Krikke

Office Manager: Upper School

Mrs. Krikke began working as HCA’s west campus office manager in January 2019.

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Mrs. Lize Kuhn

Admissions Coordinator

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.

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Mrs. Marla Lewis

Librarian / Computer Teacher

Master of Education in Reading – Northeastern UCAT

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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

B.A. in Education – Ohio State University

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Ashlee Lubeck 2018

Mrs. Ashlee Lubeck

Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

Mrs. Lubeck is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with 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 Alex. Ashlee and Alex attend Olathe Bible Church.

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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

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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 B.A. 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

B.A. in Philosophy – Boston College

Teaching

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

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Mr. Floyd Mashek

Physical Education Instructor

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 (Business minor) – University of Missouri-St. Louis

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Jessica McCracken

Mrs. Jessica McCracken

Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

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Mr. Keith Miller

Director of College Guidance

About Mr. Miller

Mr. Miller is HCA’s full-time college counselor. 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 M.A. in history and has been a teacher for 22 years.

Education

B.A., M.A. in History – Liberty University

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Mrs. Mary Morris

Administrative Assistant: East Campus

Mrs. Morris is the secretary for the east campus.

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Mr. Brian Olson

Physical Education Instructor

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education – Emporia State University

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Mrs. Penny Olson

Teacher: Third Grade

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Emporia State University

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Mr. Jason Parr

Chapel Coordinator, Worship Team Leader

About Mr. Parr

Mr. Parr organizes the weekly chapel service for the upper school. He received his Bachelor of Fine 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

Teacher: English, Communications

About Mrs. Parr

Marsha Parr teaches 9th grade and 12th grade Honors Dual Credit English and British Literature and Communications. She graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters 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

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Shelley Patterson 2018

Mrs. Shelley Patterson

Teacher: Extended Day

Susanne Pepple 2018

Mrs. Susanne Pepple

Lead Teacher: K3

Mrs. Pepple recently moved to the area from Virginia. Mrs. Pepple received her Bachelor of Science degree along with graduate studies in teaching elementary education from Virginia Commonwealth. Mrs. Pepple has extensive experience in early education. She is passionate about teaching young learners and we are excited she has joined our team. She is married and has two children.

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Kim Petracek 2018

Mrs. Kim Petracek

Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

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Mrs. Jenny Preston

Teacher: Kindergarten

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education – Ottawa University

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Mr. David Schenk

Activities Director

About Mr. Schenk

Mr. Schenk is the Activities Director for HCA. 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) 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

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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 AA in practical theology from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX, and a BS 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

AA in Practical Theology – Christ for the Nations Institute (Dallas, TX)
BS in Elementary Education – Sterling College

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Mrs. Kathy Sievert

Elementary Principal

Master of Arts in Educational Administration – University of Missouri, Kansas City

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Carri Snedden 2018

Mrs. Carri Snedden

Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

Norma Sorensen 2018

Mrs. Norma Sorensen

Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

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Mr. Matt Stephens

Communications Manager

About Mr. Stephens

Matt Stephens is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div. ’11) and Southwest Baptist University (B.A., 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, web design, public relations, and editorial oversight for all non-curricular publications. He recently completed the development of the school’s website and plans to teach courses in graphic and web design starting in Fall 2019. Matt lives in Lenexa, KS with his wife and three children.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Southwest Baptist University
Master of Divinity – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Miss Liz Stinson

Teacher: Kindergarten / Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education – Benedictine College

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Rev. Aaron Suber

Teacher: Bible

About Mr. 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

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Mrs. Karen Swearingen

Teacher: Art and Spanish

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education – MidAmerica Nazarene University

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Mrs. Julie Vantine

Teacher: Chemistry, Algebra

About Mrs. Vantine

Mrs. Vantine has a B.S. 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

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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 KU Medical Center. During her time in this program she worked in biomedical labs helping further research in developmental biology and neuropharmacology. During this time Miss Werbin felt God calling her to education, and will finish a graduate program this year.

Education

B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. 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

Master of Arts in Education – MidAmerica Nazarene University

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Mrs. Heidi Wiens

Music Teacher

Master of Arts in Music Education – Wichita State University

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Ms. Heidi Wolf

Teacher: Second Grade

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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

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