Heritage Christian Academy

Meet the Preschool Staff

By God’s providence, Heritage Christian Academy is blessed with an extraordinary team of gifted teachers, administrators and support staff. Our teachers actively integrate God’s word into their classroom daily and share the love of Christ in a nurturing environment. Our goal is to lay a foundation of social and emotional wholeness, knowledge of God’s truth and love, and skills that are essential to future success in both school and life. And our staff team is key to making that a reality.

  • Rochelle Brigham 2018

    Mrs. Rochelle Brigham

    Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

  • Meaghen Briley 2018

    Mrs. Meaghen Briley

    Director of Preschool Education

  • Laura Fischer 2018

    Mrs. Laura Fischer

    Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • 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

  • Ginger Houske 2018

    Mrs. Ginger Houske

    Lead Teacher: K3 (MWF)

  • Gina Johnson 2018

    Mrs. Gina Johnson

    Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Ashlee Lubeck 2018

    Mrs. Ashlee Lubeck

    Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Rick Lukianuk Profile Photo

    Mr. Rick Lukianuk

    Head of School

  • Jessica McCracken

    Mrs. Jessica McCracken

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

  • Brian Olson Profile Photo

    Mr. Brian Olson

    Physical Education Instructor

  • 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)

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Pruitt

  • Carri Snedden 2018

    Mrs. Carri Snedden

    Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

  • Norma Sorensen 2018

    Mrs. Norma Sorenson

    Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

  • Matt Stephens Profile Photo

    Mr. Matt Stephens

    Director of Communications

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. 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.

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Laura Fischer 2018

Mrs. Laura Fischer

Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

Jeron Gibbons 2018

Mrs. Jeron Gibbons

Lead Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

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 along side 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.

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Michelle Giudicessi 2018

Mrs. Michelle Giudicessi

Assistant Teacher: K3 (MWF)

Angie Glenn 2018

Mrs. Angie Glenn

Teacher: Young Artists

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.

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.

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Gina Johnson 2018

Mrs. Gina Johnson

Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

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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Rick Lukianuk Profile Photo

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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Jessica McCracken

Mrs. Jessica McCracken

Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

Brian Olson Profile Photo

Mr. Brian Olson

Physical Education Instructor

Mr. Olson has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State Teacher’s College, 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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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)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pruitt

Recently hired. Info coming soon!

Carri Snedden 2018

Mrs. Carri Snedden

Assistant Teacher: K3 (T/Th)

Norma Sorensen 2018

Mrs. Norma Sorenson

Assistant Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

Matt Stephens Profile Photo

Mr. Matt Stephens

Director of Communications

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, 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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