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Our "Living Curriculum"

When we refer to our faculty and staff as our "living curriculum," we are emphasizing the unique relationship they have with our students: They live out their walk of faith before our students every day and make a bigger impact on them than any textbook ever could. They pray. They mentor. They love. Our faculty and staff are what makes Dayton Christian School the unique place it is.

Preschool

 Edie Baker
Edie Baker Pre-Kindergarten
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Edie Baker

Pre-Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2011

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to know that I love the Lord and I want them to hear clearly how they can come to know Him as their Savior too.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I enjoy working with young children and also felt led to work a place that I could be free to teach and sing songs about God.  So becoming a teacher seemed like a good fit for me.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I try to explain everything well and then review it with the students again. Then I walk around the class while they are working to see if they are working on it correctly. I also think it is important to have set routines in listening while directions are being given and then telling them –Now you may begin.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Some of my favorite moments are: listening to kindergarten students learning to sound out words and READ! I also enjoy hearing them sing songs at Bible time or in chapel.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love to take part in Mission events, and listen to Missionary speakers. God has given us the Great Commission and want to be a part of help to fulfill that mandate.

 Linda Frye
Linda Frye PK-4th Grade Music
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Linda Frye

PK-4th Grade Music

Degrees held

Bachelor of Music Education, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2008

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My mom was a music teacher and I was greatly influenced by my school music teachers, band directors, and choir teachers my whole life.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that I can pray and share the Lord with the kids, and I love hearing the kids praising God together.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I strive to make music-making fun, playful, and joyful.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

That music is a gift of God, the Creator of all good gifts. He wants us to use the gift of music for His honor and glory.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy playing the piano and reading.

 Lori Hallock
Lori Hallock Art, PE, Girls Health
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Lori Hallock

Art, PE, Girls Health

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Grand Canyon University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2000

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

Hopefully, I want them to be able to reflect Christ in every aspect of their life – in class, on the field, in their family life, with their friends.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

When I first came to  Dayton Christian, I was the interim AD and I hired myself to coach junior varsity volleyball and softball at DCHS. I am currently coaching DCHS softball.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love talking about the Lord with them,  helping them see God move in their lives, praying with them.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want them to know that they can trust the Lord to guide them and to align their desires with what God wants from them.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I am the Queen of Useless Knowledge in my family. I can come up with actors, movie titles, or song lyrics whenever needed. My mantle is being passed on to my daughter, Melanie. I’ve got all the info prior to the 1990s and 2000, and she has the 1990s-on covered

 Alyssa Shafer
Alyssa Shafer Pre-Kindergarten
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Alyssa Shafer

Pre-Kindergarten

Degrees held

Elementary Education, The Crown College of the Bible

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

A good understanding of patience, love and consequences.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

Even as a teenager, I have always enjoyed taking care of and teaching children.  I have had some amazing examples of teachers in my own schooling.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I will continue to review and repeat what we are learning to keep it fresh in their minds.  As I continue this method, I attempt to use each learning method as well, i.e. visual, tactile, auditory, etc.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Those light bulb moments are my favorite! It’s so exciting when I am trying to teach them a topic and you can definitely tell that it clicked in their brains.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy making things, such as baking and crafts.  I also love anything Africa, tacos and purple!

 Wendy Tesmer
Wendy Tesmer Pre-Kindergarten
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Wendy Tesmer

Pre-Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Bowling Green State University

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to learn that God has a plan for them!  They are special!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

Previously I worked In the counseling/mental health field for government agencies, and  it was considered unethical to share your religious preferences for the purpose of guidance or teaching.  At Dayton Christian Preschool, I have a freedom that to not only share my religious beliefs, but to teach them!

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

The Holy Spirit’s continual guidance!

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love getting into stories with them whether it’s a Bible story or a fairy tale.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want to plant the seed that Jesus calls us to love others more than ourselves. That may mean allowing someone else to walk in line in front of me even though I got there first, or to share a toy even though I don’t want to.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy bike riding, walking my dogs, and crafting with recyclable materials.  My quirk is that I appear to be an adult, but I am very child-like at heart and I can be very silly. 

Elementary

 Alexandra Anders
Alexandra Anders 4th grade
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Alexandra Anders

4th grade

Degrees held

B.S. Middle Childhood Education (4-9) science, language arts, reading endorsement, Miami University – Oxford, Ohio

What year did you start your DCS career?

2010

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

Almost everyone who knows me knows that I am a dancer. I have danced since I was three years old, but it wasn’t until college that the Lord helped me really understand how I could use my dancing for Him. When I realized that, it completely changed everything in my life. I have been a part of a Christian dance company since 2011 and also help out with the junior company and studio associated with the company. Aside from dancing, I love to sing and worship. I am an avid reader and writer and I love to be outdoors in nature.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had many great teachers when I was growing up. Four that stand out to me are my fourth grade teacher, my eighth grade science teacher, and my freshman and sophomore English teachers in high school. All four women were very encouraging to me, made learning fun, and had such a passion for both their content areas and helping their students succeed. This passion and enthusiasm was very inspiring to me. My grandma was a kindergarten teacher for over 20 years and that instilled in me a passion for teaching at a young age. I wanted to become a teacher because I love to help students discover their strengths, develop their passions, overcome obstacles, and learn about the world around them. I love working with young children and watching as they begin to understand new concepts and master them.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that I am able to talk about my faith in Christ, pray with and for my students, disciple my students, and read and discuss God’s word in the classroom. I love that we have set times during the week for worship, and that we can worship in class and apply God’s truth to the lessons that we teach. The staff with which I work is encouraging and a great support system and the students are what make being a teacher at DCS such a great experience.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love the moments when I see a student who has struggled with a concept finally understand it. The expression of joy, accomplishment – and at times relief – after a period of wrestling with a content area that is difficult on a student’s face is encouraging to me. I also love watching the students go out of their comfort zones in chapel during worship. When they are so fully in God’s presence that everything else fades into the background and they don’t care what their friends are thinking as they clap or raise their hands in worship, I can sense the Holy Spirit moving. I love getting into the Word with them and talking about it with them. I also love taking prayer requests in my class because it helps me get a glimpse into the lives of my students beyond what I see in the classroom every day.

 Jodi Brown
Jodi Brown Computer Class/Librarian K-6
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Jodi Brown

Computer Class/Librarian K-6

Degrees held

Bachelors in Media and Library Sciences, Ashford University
Associates degree in Communications, Sinclair College

What year did you start your DCS career?

2001

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A radio, I love listening to music.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

That I love our Lord and I pray for the best for them.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the people I work with; they are my family.  They have been there for me many times when I needed them.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

When I am teaching them computer skills, I explain to them that it all takes time and eventually you will achieve it!

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love being able to discuss a book with a student. When I see that light bulb go off and see how much they have enjoyed a book I suggested – that’s the best!

 Christina Comer
Christina Comer First Grade
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Christina Comer

First Grade

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Asbury University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2003 as a student;
2016 as a teacher

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love music and singing. Reading is a hobby that I enjoy when I get the chance. Quirks? Oh goodness, my students could probably tell some stories! Whether it is rapping for my sixth graders or coming up with outlandish stories with my first graders, I enjoy a good laugh!

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to feel that they have gained a life-long cheerleader from knowing me. I tell my students that I will pray for them and love them even when they are old and have children of their own. I want them to know that there is at least one person that they can immediately name that is for them and believes in them.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with students are spent building relationships. Sometime it has been a first grader excitedly telling me about a planned sleepover at grandma’s house. Other times it has been a sixth grader that would like me to come to a ballgame. It is a special thing when a student invites you to be a part of his or her life. Relationship building has always been one of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching. It has allowed me to be a part of my students lives beyond the year I taught them!

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I inspire my students to love learning in a couple of ways. First, I am committed to being a life-long learner. I lead by example. Second, I have to know and understand my students. When I know what interests a student, I can tie that in to the concepts that we are learning in the classroom. That creates an environment where learning has meaning and purpose.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want my students to understand that with God anything is possible. He has such a beautiful and unique plan for each of my students. He created each one of them with an important purpose, and He will equip them to follow through with it. There will be so much in this world that wants to tear them away and distract them from His purpose, but following God will always be worth it in the end. Always.

 Brooke Fett
Brooke Fett Special Education, Resource
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Brooke Fett

Special Education, Resource

Degrees held

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Exceptional Needs Education, Indiana Wesleyan University… Go Wildcats!

What year did you start your DCS career?

2011

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

It is my hope and fervent  prayer that my students know that God has a plan for their lives. Every obstacle they face and overcome is set in place to mold and shape them into the person God desires them to become.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

The teachers I had as a student at DC inspired me to become a teacher. Their constant encouragement and support gave me the confidence and ability to succeed in school. Because of their dedication to their students (me), I knew that I wanted to become a teacher just like them.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that DCS partners with parents! We have wonderful, caring, dedicated parents at DC. I enjoy partnering with every single one of them.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

Each child is unique and since many of my students struggle academically, it is my job to reach them. As a school we are blessed with many resources. I use the resources and my training to help all of my students reach their academic goals.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moment is when I am given the opportunity to work with a student one-on-one.  During this time I am often helping a child learn a challenging or multi-step problem. It is pure joy to watch a student learn something that they previously had thought was beyond them. I like to call it the light bulb moment when everything clicks for them. The smile on their face is priceless.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

I would want to take my local Starbucks coffee shop!

 Linda Frye
Linda Frye PK-4th Grade Music
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Linda Frye

PK-4th Grade Music

Degrees held

Bachelor of Music Education, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2008

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My mom was a music teacher and I was greatly influenced by my school music teachers, band directors, and choir teachers my whole life.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that I can pray and share the Lord with the kids, and I love hearing the kids praising God together.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I strive to make music-making fun, playful, and joyful.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

That music is a gift of God, the Creator of all good gifts. He wants us to use the gift of music for His honor and glory.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy playing the piano and reading.

 Sarah Griffiths, Ph.D
Sarah Griffiths, Ph.D Special Education Director, Dual Enrollment Psychology
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Sarah Griffiths, Ph.D

Special Education Director, Dual Enrollment Psychology


Bachelor of Science, .S., M.A., and Ph.D. from Kansas State University and The University of Arizona

What year did you start your DCS career?

2014

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to incorporate God’s word into my lessons, partnering with parents, teaching alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ, and seeing my student’s grow spiritually and academically.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Some of my favorite moments with students are as follows:

  • When my elementary students have been struggling to learn a new math concept and it finally begins to click, the joy that radiates across their faces is priceless. We do a happy dance to celebrate the accomplishment.
  • When my language arts students don’t want to stop writing because they are excited about getting their thoughts on paper.
  • When a student shares a joy or hurt in his or her life and the other students want to stop and pray for him or her.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

There are many life lessons that are learned in the classroom, but one of the most important life lessons that I want my students to learn while in my class is that God has created them each in His image and that they are all special. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each of my students has been given unique gifts, talents, qualities, and abilities that make them special. There are too many children/youth in this world that feel inadequate and unimportant. I want my students to know that they matter not only to me, but to the King of Kings. They are special and they are loved.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

My special hobbies and interests include singing, scuba diving, antiquing, and reading a multitude of books.

 Heidi Hahn
Heidi Hahn
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Heidi Hahn

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A lifetime supply of Hershey bars!

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to see what it means to love Jesus and live like Him and for Him.  Hopefully they see this in the way I treat others, in my attitude and in my love for them.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the opportunity to get real about Jesus every day in every way.  I truly love the care and camaraderie of the staff.  I’ve worked in many different environments and there’s no place like Dayton Christian.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try to make it personal and show them how excited I am about their learning as well as my own (they teach me a lot!)  I hope that being flexible to their needs and saying yes to different learning opportunities and styles of learning helps to keep them inspired.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Invite God to change you every day.  Welcome opportunities to grow.  Be intentional about living for Him!

 Lori Hallock
Lori Hallock Art, PE, Girls Health
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Lori Hallock

Art, PE, Girls Health

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Grand Canyon University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2000

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

Hopefully, I want them to be able to reflect Christ in every aspect of their life – in class, on the field, in their family life, with their friends.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

When I first came to  Dayton Christian, I was the interim AD and I hired myself to coach junior varsity volleyball and softball at DCHS. I am currently coaching DCHS softball.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love talking about the Lord with them,  helping them see God move in their lives, praying with them.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want them to know that they can trust the Lord to guide them and to align their desires with what God wants from them.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I am the Queen of Useless Knowledge in my family. I can come up with actors, movie titles, or song lyrics whenever needed. My mantle is being passed on to my daughter, Melanie. I’ve got all the info prior to the 1990s and 2000, and she has the 1990s-on covered

 Tavie Holliday
Tavie Holliday Third Grade
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Tavie Holliday

Third Grade

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts (Bible and English),Baptist College of Charleston
Currently  working on Master of Religious Education, Southwestern Theological Seminary

What year did you start your DCS career?

1998

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I pray that students will gain from me a desire to know Jesus.  I would want student to live committed using all of their individual talents and gifts to bring others to know the hope and forgiveness in Jesus.  I pray that as they learn, they will continue to be amazed at our great and wonderful God.  I pray my students will leave my room thirsty for Jesus.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I feel the pleasure of my God when I open up The Word and bring individuals to the well of forgiveness.  I am motivated by the calling I heard very early in life to teach children.  When I am teaching, you are seeing me in “My Happy Place,” teaching the living, breathing, and sovereign Word of God through  science, math, English, reading, and history.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

Children are individuals created by God.  Our God makes no mistakes, and He is never caught by surprise.  To get the best results in a child, we must see them as God sees them.  I begin with prayer.   I first try and get to know each child,  how each child learns, what makes them excited, what makes them curious, and what makes them dream about tomorrow.  If I can have a glimpse into a child’s “tomorrow” window, I can encourage, motivate and push them to open up that window of unending possibilities. 

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

You will fail, but failing isn’t failing unless you quit.   Pull out your courage,  keep at it until you say, with Jesus’ help, “I did this!”

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

First of all, I am praying this is a tropical deserted island with warm breezes, lots of white sand to put my toes into, and calm waters.  Washed ashore are necessary items to build an amazing tree house! The one thing I would take with me is my family.  We could become the Swiss Family Hollidays! 

 Jamie Krumlauf
Jamie Krumlauf Kindergarten
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Jamie Krumlauf

Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science  in education, University of Akron

What year did you start your DCS career?

1994

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My mom.  She was the best example of what a great teacher is. 

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

Sewing, quilting, walking, reading, University of Kentucky basketball, and Zumba

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

Being able to talk about the Lord, praying with my students, discussing Bible verses that we are learning in class and applying them to our live I love my co-workers.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

In the kindergarten world we say “Be a first time obeyer.”  Learn to obey.  If you don’t learn to obey, you will never obey the Lord.

 Sarah Landfair
Sarah Landfair Intervention Specialist
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Sarah Landfair

Intervention Specialist

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Mild Intervention

Where did you get your degree?

Grace College

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to understand that knowing and following Christ is the greatest gift.  I also want them to know that making mistakes is okay.  I try to be honest about the mistakes I make so I can show them that our mistakes do not define us.  I think that acknowledging and letting go of my mistakes is a simple way to demonstrate God’s faithfulness in our everyday lives.  He loves us despite our mistakes and even uses them for good.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have always loved kids.  I started babysitting and volunteering in my church nursery as soon as I was old enough.  As I have gotten older, I have also realized my passion for teaching.  I love watching students learn and grow.  I wanted to become a teacher so I could love and invest in children.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I am new to DCS, but I am so thankful for the opportunities to share Christ with my students.  I love that I can pray and discuss the Bible with students during class time.  I also enjoy the welcoming family atmosphere.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I celebrate when students work hard and figure something out. It is so fulfilling to see a student “get it.”  I love those moment!  I also love to laugh with students.  Goodness, my students are hilarious and laughing with them just makes my day!

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?
  • I love calligraphy and hope to open my own small business one day.
  • Watermelon is my favorite food.  I could eat a whole one by myself.
  • My favorite drinks are coffee, Coke Zero, and flavored water.
  • I enjoy going outside, reading, singing, and spending time with the people I love.
  • I have a lot of “blonde” moments!
 Amanda Lesniak
Amanda Lesniak Intervention Specialist
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Amanda Lesniak

Intervention Specialist

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts from Miami University

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to learn that their value is not found in what they accomplish but in who they are because of Jesus Christ. I want them to know that God has given us unique personalities, abilities, and talents, and it is our job to manage them and utilize them to honor God and serve others.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

Loving learning is a heart and mind issue. We can use outside motivators, but ultimately, the student’s desire for learning is personal. I want my students to accomplish their tasks and view the results of their learning. I want to be an encouragement. I offer positive feedback (I always loved positive feedback from my professors and my students are no different).  When my students get off track, I work to get them back on track. I don’t want them to spend their days discouraged in the classroom. I want to help them to dream. They have life plans beyond middle school and high school. When they want to give up, I remind them that  they can’t get where they want to go without completing certain levels of education first.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

Hands down – I would take a hair brush. I don’t like tangles! My father is 63 years old and he still carries a brush around with him, so technically, always having a hair brush is not an obsession: It is genetics!

 Natalie Lewis
Natalie Lewis 4th Grade
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Natalie Lewis

4th Grade

Degrees held

Masters, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2011

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to know that God has a plan for their lives. We may not understand why He lets things happen sometimes, but He always has a plan.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I wanted to be a teacher like some of my former teachers here at DC. I wanted to make an impact on my students’ lives like Mrs. Hanks, Mr. Kurtz, and Mr. Pyle did on my life.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to share my faith with my students. I love being able to share what Christ is doing in my life on a daily basis.

What are your favorite moments with students?

One of my favorite moments with my students is prayer time. I love hearing their requests and then to hear them praying. I also teach how to do a personal quiet time at the beginning of the year, so I love seeing them dig into God’s Word and pray on their own.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy reading, tutoring, babysitting, going to Christian concerts, and selling merchandise at concerts.

 Kim Mantz
Kim Mantz 2nd Grade
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Kim Mantz

2nd Grade

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have always enjoyed working with children, especially at the lower elementary level, where most are eager to learn and eager to please their teachers. Early on I was encouraged by adults in my life to pursue teaching as I had a good rapport with children.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I would like them to come to the conclusion that loving Jesus and living for Him is the most rewarding path to choose.  It’s not always easy, but it pays to serve Jesus.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I absolutely love it when, after teaching a difficult lesson, the “light bulb” goes on and the joy lights up in a child’s eyes as they get it! Priceless! Also, reading aloud to children is special to me. Getting lost in a book together brings me joy!

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want them to learn to make choices in life that would make Jesus happy.  This includes the shows they watch, the books they read, how they interact with their peers, etc.  In fact, to help cement this concept in their lives, I read a book called Let’s Make Jesus Happy.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I really enjoy spending time with family – our kids as well as our grandkids.  I also enjoy music, playing games, and hiking on trails.

 Ginger May
Ginger May 1st Grade
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Ginger May

1st Grade

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2015

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I would like my students to learn how to show patience, kindness, grace and mercy to everyone they encounter. I hope that I have shown my students some of these qualities through my actions throughout the year.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I love working with young, inquisitive minds. I love helping children develop one of the best gifts God has ever given them – their brain.  God has given them a beautiful gift to think and learn with, and I want to help them develop it to their fullest potential.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love teaching at DCS because it has such an amazing support system full of prayer warriors. The school system’s Christian ethics and morals match my own. It is a refreshing place to call a second home.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I am a distance runner by nature (although you probably wouldn’t know it by looking at me). Running gives me a chance to get out and clear my head and have a quiet moment with God. It is also a great stress reliever!

 Tracy Miller
Tracy Miller 5th - 12th Grade Vocal Music
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Tracy Miller

5th - 12th Grade Vocal Music

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Music Education/Secondary Instrumental Education, Hope  College
Masters of Vocal Music Education, VanderCook College of Music

What year did you start your DCS career?

2004

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy scrapbooking, cross stitch, and other various crafts.  I enjoy reading when I have the time, and the best way for me to think through things is through journaling, conversation, and prayer.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want young people to become lifelong participants in and appreciators of music.  I want them to know how difficult it is to make music well, to recognize great musicianship when they hear it, and to support the Arts in its various forms.  I want students to develop their God-given talents in the Arts and to use them to glorify God rather than themselves and to continue to be creative, lifelong worshippers in their churches and communities.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I enjoy being with people.  I like forming relationships with people and learning what makes them tick.  While I enjoy making Music on my own and in and with groups, I much prefer spending time focusing on relationships through the vehicle of Music over spending time in a practice room by myself honing musical skills.  I would rather hear and see students pull off a great performance than do the performing myself.  That leads to the natural combination of my three passions; people, music, and combining the two to bring glory to God.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Drama through plays and musicals take place outside the school day.  We spend hours a day for 10-12 weeks at a time working to polish and perfect a living breathing organism known as live theatre.  Theatre productions have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times of my life.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing students worship through music.  When they reach the place where they get past trying to remember the lyrics, forgetting that they’re in front of an audience and they enter into a place where the lyrics are sung from their hearts, carried on the emotion of the melodies and harmonies, sung in sync with fellow worshippers to an audience of One  — that is a truly beautiful moment to experience.

 Donna Rogers
Donna Rogers Third Grade
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Donna Rogers

Third Grade

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Baptist Bible College

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

My greatest joy is for my students to trust God and His Word. I pray that as we share our lives throughout the school year that students would see God is working in my life and theirs. I also want my students to see that faith is not blind, but that God has given us evidence through creation, science, history, etc., that proves He is true and that His Word is true.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” III John 1:4

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

We work and play hard in our classroom. Students rise to the expectations that are placed before them.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with students are those when you can see that they are grasping a concept that they previously had been struggling to understand.

It is also a joy to laugh and play with them as we learn. Their enthusiasm can be contagious.

 Vicki Schindler
Vicki Schindler 6th Grade Math and Science
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Vicki Schindler

6th Grade Math and Science

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education/Middle School Math Endorsement, Taylor University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2005

What are your favorite moments with students?

In math class, I love what I call “lightbulb moments.” This happens after a student has struggled to understand a concept and all of a sudden they say, – usually, with excitement – “ Oh, now I get it!” I also love the great discussions we have in science and being able to point my students to the Creator in all of it.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want my students to know the value of hard work. Too often students want to quit or give up when something is hard. God expects us to always do our best. Working hard develops so many great character qualities!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to teach from a Biblical perspective and having the freedom to share God’s Word and pray with my students. I enjoy having supportive parents, a terrific student body and colleagues I truly love working with.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy being outside and being active. I also love to read, and cook. Sewing used to be a big hobby, but there’s not much time for that these days!

 Janet Shaeffer
Janet Shaeffer Kindergarten
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Janet Shaeffer

Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science from Southwestern University and Cedarville University

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love working alongside fellow believers, training young people from a Biblical basis.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Singing. Integrating scripture into what we are learning. Seeing the “Aha!” moments when my students put knowledge into action.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I heard this once and loved it. “First I learn to love my teacher. Then I learn to love my teacher’s Bible. Then I learn to love my teacher’s God.”

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love my grandkids, collecting childrens’ books, finding or making up songs to sing that coincide with what we’re learning in class.

 Barbara Stover
Barbara Stover Second Grade
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Barbara Stover

Second Grade

Degrees held

Bachelors of Arts/Science, Cedarville College

What year did you start your DCS career?

1985

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to know that I love the Lord and want to obey Him as much as I want them to obey Him.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments are when the light comes on and you know they get what you are saying.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I enjoy the Christian fellowship among my peers. I love being able to know I work in a place that is anchored in God’s Word.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love scrapbooking! I probably have made 40 scrapbooks.

 Randy Sweigart
Randy Sweigart Physical Education
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Randy Sweigart

Physical Education

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, Wright State University

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love working with these kids!

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I have coached  Wrestling for about 15 years at Dayton Christian, Vandalia Butler, and I Started the Troy Christian Wrestling Program.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

Repetition and Patience.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing students accomplish skills and succeeding with their goals in class.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love to fish and watch old westerns, mainly John Wayne.

 Cheryl Watkins
Cheryl Watkins 6th Grade Bible and History
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Cheryl Watkins

6th Grade Bible and History

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2006

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to have seen the gospel in my life and I want it to look attractive to them.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

Not sure. I’ve just always wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember.  (My daughters and students might say it’s because I wanted to boss people around. 🙂

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

Getting to know great families. Teaching students, getting to know their parents, and then teaching their siblings is so much fun!

I also LOVE that I can teach history from a Biblical perspective and help students see the connections between the Bible and history and see how God is at work.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I’m in charge of the elementary/middle school yearbook.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love laughing with students.  Whether it’s a corny joke, something funny that happens in class, or some silly mistake I’ve made, laughing together connects us and makes a good memory.

I also really love seeing a student think through and use something that we’ve learned in class, especially something from the Bible.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want them to see and savor Jesus.  I want them to see how God is at work in all of history, sovereignly working out his plan. 

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I like to read, shop, and organize things. 

 Betsy Westendorf
Betsy Westendorf 5th Grade Language Arts and Bible
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Betsy Westendorf

5th Grade Language Arts and Bible

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Miami University.

What year did you start your DCS career?

2015

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

My goal is that students grow educationally but more importantly, spiritually!  I strive to make learning fun and for students to feel loved, respected and prayed for. 

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school.  I enjoyed school, thanks to some wonderful teachers, and I wanted to be able to pass on that feeling to students.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to pray with and for my students.  I love being surrounded by fellow believers that help strengthen and build my personal walk with God.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try to make learning fun.  Classifying sentences and spelling are not always the most entertaining subjects, but by adding creativity to those lessons, I hope the students are able to enjoy learning.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

The ultimate learning comes from God.  Turn everything over to God – praise Him for the good and seek guidance from Him through the bad.  My ultimate goal is not only to improve their skills from an educational point, but to build their relationship and walk with God.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy reading, adult coloring books, shopping, and spending time with my family.  I have quirks with food – far too many to list here! 

 Beth White
Beth White 5th Grade Math/Science
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Beth White

5th Grade Math/Science

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Summit University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2007

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to develop a stronger love for God, a greater appreciation for each person in the class, and a more positive attitude about themselves.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

By trying to make every day interesting and fun.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want them to know that God’s plan for their life is perfect and that they are amazing exactly how God made them!

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love singing, playing the piano, and planting flowers in my yard.

Junior High

 Christina Baker
Christina Baker Middle School History
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Christina Baker

Middle School History

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Business, Xavier University

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love connecting the dots using God’s Word as our foundation. Knowing God’s character and the way He works gives us a fuller, clearer picture of whatever we are studying. Praying with the kids and knowing we are truly a “family” is an amazing bonus!

What are your favorite moments with students?

It is wonderful when students feel comfortable enough to share things that are going on in their own lives! I love hearing their good news and I love praying with them with life is tougher.

The moments when students ask insightful questions about what we’re learning is a favorite moment of mine as well. It shows me that they are imagining what it what was like to live in that time in history and that they are thinking about what they would have done or thought if they were living at that time.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

My hope is to convey that we can trust God’s heart. Whether or nor we understand what is happening in life, we know God’s character and his love for us. I pray my students will love the Lord and seek His special plan for their own lives.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love learning about improving our health and cooking new healthy recipes that actually taste good! Overall, I love learning about anything that shows God’s creativity and power in how He has made us — history, the starts, animals, the earth, etc.

 Jackie Berlean
Jackie Berlean Middle School Math
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Jackie Berlean

Middle School Math

 Ryan Bostater
Ryan Bostater Junior High Bible
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Ryan Bostater

Junior High Bible

Degrees held

MCED (Middle Child Education) graduate – M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction
Cedarville University and American College of Education

What year did you start your DCS career?

2011

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to know that Mr. Bostater cares and loves them and to want them to be His hands and feet by serving and loving those around them.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had an amazing teacher in fourth grade at DC (my first male teacher ever). He made such a huge impact in my life and I wanted to be able to do the same thing for at least one of my students!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that I can try to make my curriculum come alive by serving and loving those around us outside of the classroom. We have been able to serve at many local ministries here in Dayton and Cincinnati as well as serving for a week in Chicago.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I want to be able to pour into the lives of my students. I believe I can accomplish this through prayer, opening my classroom up for special lunches with my students, supporting them at their sporting events, and spending lots of time talking and getting to know them before, during and after school hours.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try my best to be positive and enthusiastic in the classroom; so, that my students would feed off of my good energy and love for the school.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

A cookbook – so I know how to eat the crazy food I find!

 Jodi Brown
Jodi Brown Computer Class/Librarian K-6
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Jodi Brown

Computer Class/Librarian K-6

Degrees held

Bachelors in Media and Library Sciences, Ashford University
Associates degree in Communications, Sinclair College

What year did you start your DCS career?

2001

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A radio, I love listening to music.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

That I love our Lord and I pray for the best for them.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the people I work with; they are my family.  They have been there for me many times when I needed them.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

When I am teaching them computer skills, I explain to them that it all takes time and eventually you will achieve it!

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love being able to discuss a book with a student. When I see that light bulb go off and see how much they have enjoyed a book I suggested – that’s the best!

 Brooke Fett
Brooke Fett Special Education, Resource
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Brooke Fett

Special Education, Resource

Degrees held

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Exceptional Needs Education, Indiana Wesleyan University… Go Wildcats!

What year did you start your DCS career?

2011

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

It is my hope and fervent  prayer that my students know that God has a plan for their lives. Every obstacle they face and overcome is set in place to mold and shape them into the person God desires them to become.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

The teachers I had as a student at DC inspired me to become a teacher. Their constant encouragement and support gave me the confidence and ability to succeed in school. Because of their dedication to their students (me), I knew that I wanted to become a teacher just like them.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that DCS partners with parents! We have wonderful, caring, dedicated parents at DC. I enjoy partnering with every single one of them.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

Each child is unique and since many of my students struggle academically, it is my job to reach them. As a school we are blessed with many resources. I use the resources and my training to help all of my students reach their academic goals.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moment is when I am given the opportunity to work with a student one-on-one.  During this time I am often helping a child learn a challenging or multi-step problem. It is pure joy to watch a student learn something that they previously had thought was beyond them. I like to call it the light bulb moment when everything clicks for them. The smile on their face is priceless.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

I would want to take my local Starbucks coffee shop!

 Melissa Gaston
Melissa Gaston Jr/Sr High School Librarian
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Melissa Gaston

Jr/Sr High School Librarian

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

1980 as a student
1995 as an educator

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

My family

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My mission trip through Dayton Christian to the Dominican Republic when I attended high school here had a huge impact on me.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love knowing that the administration and my coworkers all share a passion for Christ and teaching His Word to the students.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Being able to laugh with them.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Being a person of integrity is more important than book knowledge.

 Lori Hallock
Lori Hallock Art, PE, Girls Health
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Lori Hallock

Art, PE, Girls Health

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Grand Canyon University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2000

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

Hopefully, I want them to be able to reflect Christ in every aspect of their life – in class, on the field, in their family life, with their friends.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

When I first came to  Dayton Christian, I was the interim AD and I hired myself to coach junior varsity volleyball and softball at DCHS. I am currently coaching DCHS softball.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love talking about the Lord with them,  helping them see God move in their lives, praying with them.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want them to know that they can trust the Lord to guide them and to align their desires with what God wants from them.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I am the Queen of Useless Knowledge in my family. I can come up with actors, movie titles, or song lyrics whenever needed. My mantle is being passed on to my daughter, Melanie. I’ve got all the info prior to the 1990s and 2000, and she has the 1990s-on covered

 Tracy Miller
Tracy Miller 5th - 12th Grade Vocal Music
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Tracy Miller

5th - 12th Grade Vocal Music

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Music Education/Secondary Instrumental Education, Hope  College
Masters of Vocal Music Education, VanderCook College of Music

What year did you start your DCS career?

2004

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy scrapbooking, cross stitch, and other various crafts.  I enjoy reading when I have the time, and the best way for me to think through things is through journaling, conversation, and prayer.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want young people to become lifelong participants in and appreciators of music.  I want them to know how difficult it is to make music well, to recognize great musicianship when they hear it, and to support the Arts in its various forms.  I want students to develop their God-given talents in the Arts and to use them to glorify God rather than themselves and to continue to be creative, lifelong worshippers in their churches and communities.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I enjoy being with people.  I like forming relationships with people and learning what makes them tick.  While I enjoy making Music on my own and in and with groups, I much prefer spending time focusing on relationships through the vehicle of Music over spending time in a practice room by myself honing musical skills.  I would rather hear and see students pull off a great performance than do the performing myself.  That leads to the natural combination of my three passions; people, music, and combining the two to bring glory to God.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Drama through plays and musicals take place outside the school day.  We spend hours a day for 10-12 weeks at a time working to polish and perfect a living breathing organism known as live theatre.  Theatre productions have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times of my life.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing students worship through music.  When they reach the place where they get past trying to remember the lyrics, forgetting that they’re in front of an audience and they enter into a place where the lyrics are sung from their hearts, carried on the emotion of the melodies and harmonies, sung in sync with fellow worshippers to an audience of One  — that is a truly beautiful moment to experience.

 Allison Misere
Allison Misere Intro to Spanish, Spanish I
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Allison Misere

Intro to Spanish, Spanish I

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Bible, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

1995

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

More than anything, I want my students to know that they are LOVED exactly the way they are. God made us all unique and individual…and that uniqueness and individuality should be embraced wholeheartedly!! As a language teacher, I want my students to be exposed to different cultures and different kinds of people and to see that being different is not something to be ashamed of or ridiculed for, but instead something to be proud of and celebrated!  We can all become better people by learning to accept and appreciate other people’s differences.  There is definitely beauty found in variety.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

The summer after I graduated from high school in 1990, I went on a two week missions trip to Mexico.  That trip literally changed my life! Through my time spent in Morelia, Mexico, I fell in love with the language, the culture, the music, the people, the food, well, everything! As a result, I completely changed my major when I entered college in the fall.  As for my interest in teaching, that part was all God! Teaching was actually never on my radar as a career choice until God lead me to Dayton Christian. My first year of teaching gave me a love for high school students, teaching and discipleship.  It’s amazing to see how God has put all the puzzle pieces together over the years and blessed me with a career that I never would have imagined for myself but now one that I could never imagine my life without.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

To put it simply, I love my students! People tell me all the time that they “could never teach high schoolers because…ugh, teenagers.” My reply to comments like that is always “Well, you haven’t met MY students.  They ROCK!” I am humbled yet thankful that I have been entrusted with such a huge honor and responsibility to help shape and influence today’s youth.  I don’t ever want to take that lightly.  How I pray that God will remind me of this each day before I walk into my classroom, and may He grant me grace, humility and wisdom so I can be the kind of leader and example that each one of my 96 students needs.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with my students are when we are making “connections” with each other.  Whether it’s the “light bulb moments” when the subject matter that I’m teaching on a particular day finally clicks and they understand or when they feel comfortable enough to share something personal with me that they’d like me to pray for or when we are just sharing something about ourselves that helps us to get to know one another.  For me, teaching is all about making many different kinds of connections.  I count it an honor and privilege that I get to spend my days with so many wonderful students here at DCS.  They are what makes getting up and coming to work each day totally worth every ounce of energy and effort.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love baseball and I love the Indians.  Growing up in Cleveland and spending lots of time with my grandpa and my uncles who were die hard Indian’s fans, I couldn’t help but grow up to be a fan too.  Of course, it has also increased my love for my favorite team as I have gotten to know more about the players, especially so many who are from Spanish speaking countries.  It’s so fun for me to be able to combine two of my loves, baseball and Spanish, and have them collide into one amazingly awesome team that is totally on fire this season! Go Tribe!

 Carolyn Pummill
Carolyn Pummill 8th Grade Language Arts
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Carolyn Pummill

8th Grade Language Arts

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Education, Miami University
Master of Science, Education, University of Dayton

What year did you start your DCS career?

1997

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to know that they are special, loved by God and by me, and that doing work and communicating with excellence is one way to serve the GOD of EXCELLENCE.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

It’s a privilege to teach biblical principles as I teach the subject matter and to pray with my students. It is wonderful to teach with such an amazing and fun staff. Being on the same campus as my former students is a blessing, especially when they come back to visit (and sometimes apologize for their 8th grade selves!)

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

GOD is so HOLY, and we are so NOT! Let’s rely on Christ’s sacrifice, follow Him, and extend GRACE to each other!

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love beaches, lakes, and waterfalls; walking in nature; tennis; crossword puzzles; and of course, our first grandbaby!!

 Ben Riggs
Ben Riggs 7th Grade Language Arts
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Ben Riggs

7th Grade Language Arts

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, The Ohio State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

My heart’s desire is that students will cultivate a deep, robust infatuation for writing and story-confidence with grammar, punctuation (Oxford comma in particular), the rhythm of rhetoric, and what makes a good story.  More so, I hope their comprehension of story translates into new, creative ways to learn their own story, to honor their neighbor’s story, and to know The Storyteller from whom flows The Story that makes sense of all our stories: the Gospel.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

The Dayton Christian faculty and staff truly embody the concept, ‘living curriculum’. I’ve learned a lot from the other staff on how to dwell in the tension Christ provides of maintaining high educational standards while pursuing the primacy of healthy, mentoring relationships.  The opportunity provided at DC to be able to not only teach the “what” of our curriculum, but the “why” of the Gospel unifying it all together in Christ is a rare thing to be a part of as an educator.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Advisor for the national Junior Honor Society
Junior High Spelling Bee Committee

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Their story matters. Period.  As much as I want them to see sentences are more than a means to share an idea, I want them to know the sentences of their lives matter – even the confusing, difficult, seemingly boring, or over-the-top dramatic ones – because God is not only the Author, He’s the Author who stepped into the world’s story as a character to show how deeply He cares for our stories.  Our stories, with all their high points and hurts, are the ways and means God reveals His heart for His glory and our good, all because of His grace.

From this, I want students to live out of this question:  What does it mean to be a meaningful character in God’s Story by grace?

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A copy of Exotic Raft Building for Dummies – or the movie, Castaway. If neither of those, then I’d have to choose CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters  and my fountain pen.

 Beth Ann Rohrer
Beth Ann Rohrer 7th and 8th Grade Science
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Beth Ann Rohrer

7th and 8th Grade Science

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Math Education,  Spring Arbor University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2014

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to grow in their personal walk with God and to know why they believe what they believe.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had a couple teachers who made learning fun and helped me grow in my faith. They inspired me to share my gifts and talents with others. My friends also told me that I was good at helping others and good at teaching them math.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love interacting with the students and being part of a team of staff members. This has become my family outside of my real family.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I enjoy getting to know the students and watching them grow in their faith over the years here at Dayton Christian. I have really enjoyed doing service projects with the students and seeing them serve each other through other activities such as chapel band, student council, fundraisers, going to sporting events, etc.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

To trust God no matter what and to love other people.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

Crocheting, zumba, and reading LaffyTaffy jokes!

 Randy Sweigart
Randy Sweigart Physical Education
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Randy Sweigart

Physical Education

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, Wright State University

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love working with these kids!

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I have coached  Wrestling for about 15 years at Dayton Christian, Vandalia Butler, and I Started the Troy Christian Wrestling Program.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

Repetition and Patience.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing students accomplish skills and succeeding with their goals in class.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love to fish and watch old westerns, mainly John Wayne.

High School

 Paul Bilunka
Paul Bilunka Old Testament, Comparative Religions, Foundational Math
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Paul Bilunka

Old Testament, Comparative Religions, Foundational Math

Degrees held

Associates of.Arts (Mount Vernon Nazarene University)
Bachelor of Science (Eastern Nazarene College)
Masters of Education (Indiana Wesleyan University)

What year did you start your DCS career?

2008

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to know that they matter.  They matter to me, as their teacher, and they matter to Jesus Christ, who loves them just the way they are.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had a great experience learning from my 7th grade math teacher, Mr. Mershimer.  He really connected with his students, and I wanted to be him.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the diversity represented at Dayton Christian, Diversity in cultures and racial identity.  We are blessed to minister to the intellectually advanced as well as students with special needs. We also have diversity with many denominations represented in the student body, but there is unity in that a relationship with Christ is all that matters over our individual doctrinal issues.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love when God orchestrates conversations about life in the classroom; that we can discuss spiritual issues; when a student can be transparent in class because I am transparent with them.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I am very interested in urban ministry to the homeless and disenfranchised.  I play bass guitar and sing in a worship band.

 Stephanie Boys
Stephanie Boys Spanish I-IV
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Stephanie Boys

Spanish I-IV

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Studies, University of Cincinnati

What year did you start your DCS career?

2015

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

I would bring a good book.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to know they are loved and valued; I want them to grow in their Spanish language skills.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love my colleagues, and I love that I can bring God and his Word into the classroom.

What are your favorite moments with students?

When my students “get” it…whatever the topic.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I think if you love your subject matter, your love for it can be contagious.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

 Nancy Conway
Nancy Conway US History, Modern World History, AP Governemnt
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Nancy Conway

US History, Modern World History, AP Governemnt

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Asbury College/University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2009

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

A little bit of history and a lot of life lessons:

  • Start with prayer, whatever the task.
  • Learn to prioritize—figure out what is really important.
  • Let others make the mistakes and learn from their example.
What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I really enjoy watching and learning from my fellow teachers—we each do things differently but have the same kinds of goals. 

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I threaten them with extra homework…   Actually, I make early deadlines and hold them responsible to meet all the deadlines as we go along—accountability becomes their friend (eventually).

What are your favorite moments with students?

Times when we get to spend time with each other, but not in the strict student/teacher role. For example, I really enjoy taking students on the Boston Trip during J-term.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy cooking for my family. It is a release after a busy day when things haven’t gone exactly as I had planned…. (I can generally count on being in control when I cook.)

 Laura Filaseta
Laura Filaseta High School Yearbook, Ignitia
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Laura Filaseta

High School Yearbook, Ignitia

Degrees held

Bachelors of Science Interdisciplinary Studies, New York Institute of Technology

What year did you start your DCS career?

2006

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to gain the motivation to find their passions and to use their God- given talents and gifts to make a difference in the world.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I have been the Junior Class adviser for 9 years and have overseen the planning of the annual Junior Senior Banquet each year as well. I am the adviser to the Horizon Yearbook staff in which we were awarded the 2012 Jostens National Yearbook of Excellence award.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

The most important life lesson I want my students to learn is to persevere when facing a challenge because they will grow from every experience. Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love to garden and try Pinterest recipes and projects. I wish I had enough time to either start or actually finish some of my projects I have pinned! I also love going to the beach.

 Mallory Fischer
Mallory Fischer Physical Science
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Mallory Fischer

Physical Science

 Melissa Gaston
Melissa Gaston Jr/Sr High School Librarian
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Melissa Gaston

Jr/Sr High School Librarian

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

1980 as a student
1995 as an educator

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

My family

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My mission trip through Dayton Christian to the Dominican Republic when I attended high school here had a huge impact on me.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love knowing that the administration and my coworkers all share a passion for Christ and teaching His Word to the students.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Being able to laugh with them.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Being a person of integrity is more important than book knowledge.

 Allyson Geis
Allyson Geis High School Art
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Allyson Geis

High School Art

Degrees held

Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Miami University

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I would love for my students to leave my class feeling worthy; worthy of being an artist, being themselves; the God who created the entire earth also knew He needed to create each of them. That is powerful!  God does not make mistakes… but as humans sometimes we do. And that is okay. Learn from them, use them; God is only good and uses all for good. With Him we have nothing to lose!

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I come from a long line of teachers; I think it is in my blood. God gave me the desire and the heart for serving others; I have no doubt I am exactly where I need to be.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

The community. I think it is as simple as that.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy hand lettering and making gifts for family and friends. I am fascinated by history. If I hear a good song in a store, I WILL jam to it. Oh, and I will always have snacks.

 Sarah Griffiths, Ph.D
Sarah Griffiths, Ph.D Special Education Director, Dual Enrollment Psychology
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Sarah Griffiths, Ph.D

Special Education Director, Dual Enrollment Psychology


Bachelor of Science, .S., M.A., and Ph.D. from Kansas State University and The University of Arizona

What year did you start your DCS career?

2014

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to incorporate God’s word into my lessons, partnering with parents, teaching alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ, and seeing my student’s grow spiritually and academically.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Some of my favorite moments with students are as follows:

  • When my elementary students have been struggling to learn a new math concept and it finally begins to click, the joy that radiates across their faces is priceless. We do a happy dance to celebrate the accomplishment.
  • When my language arts students don’t want to stop writing because they are excited about getting their thoughts on paper.
  • When a student shares a joy or hurt in his or her life and the other students want to stop and pray for him or her.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

There are many life lessons that are learned in the classroom, but one of the most important life lessons that I want my students to learn while in my class is that God has created them each in His image and that they are all special. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each of my students has been given unique gifts, talents, qualities, and abilities that make them special. There are too many children/youth in this world that feel inadequate and unimportant. I want my students to know that they matter not only to me, but to the King of Kings. They are special and they are loved.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

My special hobbies and interests include singing, scuba diving, antiquing, and reading a multitude of books.

 Venus Hayden
Venus Hayden Algebra II
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Venus Hayden

Algebra II

 Chris Huddleston
Chris Huddleston Special Education, Resource
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Chris Huddleston

Special Education, Resource

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, English, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

Many years ago…

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

Perseverance. You can do much more than you think you can. God has made you a unique individual. Don’t try to be like others. Be the person that God desires you to be.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I wanted to be a doctor until I found out how much schooling I would need.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

Gardening, sewing, reading, collecting dust.

I can’t drive through a round-about just once.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love my co-workers and prayer partners, my students, and my window.

 Sara Hunt
Sara Hunt 9th Grade English and Honors American Literature
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Sara Hunt

9th Grade English and Honors American Literature

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Integrated Language Arts Education, Miami University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2014

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I would like for my students to gain an understanding that hard work pays off and that failure is what leads us to greater understanding of ourselves and the ways that we learn. Additionally, I want my students to gain a love for Christ and the ability to give grace to themselves and others.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My answer to this question is very cliché, but is also the truth: I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. My earliest memories from childhood are playing school with my dad and my beanie babies. I have always loved to read and write, and so I combined that passion with my desire to teach and here I am today!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

My absolute favorite aspect of teaching at DCS is the ability that I have to speak honestly with my students about my faith. On top of that, I love that Dayton Christian provides me with the opportunity to mentor and disciple some of my female students. Finally, DCS has provided me with the opportunity to see my husband get involved with the students as well by coaching the baseball team. We are truly blessed to be able to make an impact for Christ in the lives of these young girls and guys!

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with students are when I see them have an a-ha moment where they realize that what we are learning is applicable to real life! I love seeing my students succeed and the smiles on their faces when they accomplish their goals. Additionally, I love being able to have deep conversations with my students about their faith and their questions about life. I also love watching my students learn from each other through classroom discussions about literature and the ways that they incorporate their faith into their understanding of the concepts we talk about in class.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I hope to inspire my students to love learning by showing them my passion and joy for learning. I also hope that my students are inspired to love learning through perseverance in difficult tasks that lead to them being able to reach their goals and see success.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

My special hobbies are calligraphy, reading, and drinking lots of coffee. One of my biggest quirks is probably breaking out into random song at any given moment.

 Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson Video Production
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Tim Jackson

Video Production

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture Theory, History, and Criticism

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to gain a deeper understanding of how visual media communicates a message to an audience.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with students are the moments when they tell me that I have ruined a movie for them because they can’t stop noticing aspects of cinematography, editing, or story structure that we’ve talked about in class.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

My goal is always to teach the class that I wish I had taken in high school.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A boat, right? Can I do that? Either way, I’m taking a boat. I’m not staying on that island.

 Kim Kohl
Kim Kohl High School Band
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Kim Kohl

High School Band

Degrees held

Bachelor’s degree in music education and a minor in Bible

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to become not only better musicians, but also to become better people. I want them to never be afraid to ask for help when they need it and to always know that I will be praying for them. I want them to gain a sense of good character and live a life worthy of a calling from God.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

When I was in high school, my band director wanted to start a program that allowed high school students to help fifth graders learn how to read music and practice their instruments. He asked me to be a test subject and so I began to help teach a couple of fifth graders how to play their trumpets. I fell in love with this! I started to look forward to after school sessions so that I could help these fifth graders become better musicians. It was then that I knew that I wanted to teach students how to love and enjoy music through playing an instrument.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with students are the times after school during pep band when we play pep tunes and have a blast. It’s a time to relax and not to worry about playing everything completely perfect, but just having fun, laughing, and making music with our band family.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I knit scarves and I love to do DIY projects!

 Greg Kurtz
Greg Kurtz English 12, AP English 12, Speech
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Greg Kurtz

English 12, AP English 12, Speech

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts,  English and Secondary Education, Cedarville College (not University)

What year did you start your DCS career?

1991

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A manual telling me how to build a boat.  If someone already checked that out, a volume of “The Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow” and a fountain pen with unlimited ink.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to grow in their love for the three things that I love:  writing & literature, a loving spouse & family, and the Lord Jesus who knows all about me and died to redeem me anyway.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

When DC teacher/administrator, Ron Pinsenschaum, died suddenly at age 42, I waited for two hours in line at his viewing.  Everyone was saying the same thing:  “He changed my life. Mr. P. challenged me to not waste my life.”  I was 25 years old at the time, and I set a goal that by the time I was 42, I would have the kind of impact on thousands that he had.   There was a problem:  I had dropped out of college and was working a dead end job.  God used Mr. P’s sudden death to lead me to influencing others through the classroom.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

Love #1: DC has a family feel.  Many of the faculty, staff, and administration live the concept, in loco parentis.  While the students are under my care, they are my kids and I am their dad.  So school is family.  We cry together; we celebrate together; we share our lunch when someone forgets his/hers.  We are family.

Love #2: I love our mission statement.  We educate for eternity, not just to prepare the students for college.

Love #3:  I get to teach alongside great people like Tom Minor, Paul Pyle, Nancy Conway, Dean Whiteford, Sara Hunt , and so many other world changers. 

Love #4:  It is part of my job description to inculcate a love for God and his Word.  My avenue is through the English Department, a natural fit for communicating God and his Word.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Senior Trip!  Since 1993, I have been on the trip, and I have been trip director for who knows how many of those years. 

Senior Class Advisor.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I wish I had a magic wand or magic formula.  Part of my teaching philosophy rests on two foundations:  first, God made humans curious.  We want to learn. We aren’t like cows who just like to chew on grass until they are taken to market.  Secondly, literature is inherently interesting; after all, it is the story of humanity in interaction with other humans.  All I have to do is get out of the way of good material and put it in front of eager students. 

What are your favorite moments with students?

When they finally believe in themselves.  Somewhere along the line, Satan convinces them that they are not smart enough or creative enough or good enough, et cetera.  Success in writing or explicating poetry or reading a hard piece like Milton or Shakespeare can plant seeds of believing the truth—that they are smart, capable of so much more than they ever believed about themselves.  I love being part of that process.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Carpe diem is not just a Latin expression; it is reality. So seize the day by loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  And then seize the day in loving the people that God loves.

 Chris Malmstrom
Chris Malmstrom Bible, Digital Photography
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Chris Malmstrom

Bible, Digital Photography

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts , Comprehensive Bible, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2015

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

To follow Jesus, to become more like Jesus, and to serve on mission with Jesus.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

To invest personally in the upcoming generation of Christian leaders.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

The students are very engaging and ask a lot of challenging questions

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Currently, I coordinate chapel services for the high school and facilitate high school student-led discipleship groups.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I have played golf for 20 years. I also enjoy music;  My personal library contains over 1,000 albums.

 Dan Mantz
Dan Mantz Algebra I, Special Education Resource
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Dan Mantz

Algebra I, Special Education Resource

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Cedarville University
Master of Ministry, Baptist Bible Seminary

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I would like them to realize that God loves them just the way they are and He created them and wants them to give Him their best.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

Both of my parents were teachers, so that definitely had an impact. More than that, however, I have a desire to impact the next generation for Christ.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I enjoy interacting with students outside the classroom when we have the opportunity to discuss what is happening in their lives and their relationship with God.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want my students to learn that God created them for a purpose and that ultimately, for those who know Christ, it is to “no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy music, hiking, and spending time with my family.

 Tracy Miller
Tracy Miller 5th - 12th Grade Vocal Music
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Tracy Miller

5th - 12th Grade Vocal Music

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Music Education/Secondary Instrumental Education, Hope  College
Masters of Vocal Music Education, VanderCook College of Music

What year did you start your DCS career?

2004

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy scrapbooking, cross stitch, and other various crafts.  I enjoy reading when I have the time, and the best way for me to think through things is through journaling, conversation, and prayer.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want young people to become lifelong participants in and appreciators of music.  I want them to know how difficult it is to make music well, to recognize great musicianship when they hear it, and to support the Arts in its various forms.  I want students to develop their God-given talents in the Arts and to use them to glorify God rather than themselves and to continue to be creative, lifelong worshippers in their churches and communities.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I enjoy being with people.  I like forming relationships with people and learning what makes them tick.  While I enjoy making Music on my own and in and with groups, I much prefer spending time focusing on relationships through the vehicle of Music over spending time in a practice room by myself honing musical skills.  I would rather hear and see students pull off a great performance than do the performing myself.  That leads to the natural combination of my three passions; people, music, and combining the two to bring glory to God.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Drama through plays and musicals take place outside the school day.  We spend hours a day for 10-12 weeks at a time working to polish and perfect a living breathing organism known as live theatre.  Theatre productions have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times of my life.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing students worship through music.  When they reach the place where they get past trying to remember the lyrics, forgetting that they’re in front of an audience and they enter into a place where the lyrics are sung from their hearts, carried on the emotion of the melodies and harmonies, sung in sync with fellow worshippers to an audience of One  — that is a truly beautiful moment to experience.

 Tom Minor
Tom Minor Honors Chemistry / General Chemistry
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Tom Minor

Honors Chemistry / General Chemistry

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Asbury College;
Masters of Education, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

1970 – 2006, 2016

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

First, I want them to have an outstanding knowledge of chemistry and appreciation of science as a whole.  Second would be a greater love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus and the Bible.  Third is to know how much I love God, how much I love my wife, and how much I care for each of my students as individuals.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I sensed it was God’s calling on my life.  My renewed interest is because I want to live out my life for God and continue to be used by Him to train His future servants.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I encourage them, and I pray with and for them.  I help them to get a vision of what they could do and become.

What are your favorite moments with students?
  1. When they master a concept that has been a challenge for them.
  2. When they get personally involved with a devotion that has been shared.
  3. When they really enjoy the lesson or lab that we are doing.
  4. Senior open houses and graduation are always fun times!
  5. Hearing from them after they have done well in college or their career.
  6. Attending the county, district, state, and international Science Fairs with my students.
How do you inspire your students to love learning?

By being genuinely being EXCITED about the subject matter and by being a student myself.  By showing them the practical or life applications of the subject matter. I also think field trips are helpful.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

My one “thing” would be a person.  It would be my precious wife!

 Allison Misere
Allison Misere Intro to Spanish, Spanish I
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Allison Misere

Intro to Spanish, Spanish I

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Bible, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

1995

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

More than anything, I want my students to know that they are LOVED exactly the way they are. God made us all unique and individual…and that uniqueness and individuality should be embraced wholeheartedly!! As a language teacher, I want my students to be exposed to different cultures and different kinds of people and to see that being different is not something to be ashamed of or ridiculed for, but instead something to be proud of and celebrated!  We can all become better people by learning to accept and appreciate other people’s differences.  There is definitely beauty found in variety.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

The summer after I graduated from high school in 1990, I went on a two week missions trip to Mexico.  That trip literally changed my life! Through my time spent in Morelia, Mexico, I fell in love with the language, the culture, the music, the people, the food, well, everything! As a result, I completely changed my major when I entered college in the fall.  As for my interest in teaching, that part was all God! Teaching was actually never on my radar as a career choice until God lead me to Dayton Christian. My first year of teaching gave me a love for high school students, teaching and discipleship.  It’s amazing to see how God has put all the puzzle pieces together over the years and blessed me with a career that I never would have imagined for myself but now one that I could never imagine my life without.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

To put it simply, I love my students! People tell me all the time that they “could never teach high schoolers because…ugh, teenagers.” My reply to comments like that is always “Well, you haven’t met MY students.  They ROCK!” I am humbled yet thankful that I have been entrusted with such a huge honor and responsibility to help shape and influence today’s youth.  I don’t ever want to take that lightly.  How I pray that God will remind me of this each day before I walk into my classroom, and may He grant me grace, humility and wisdom so I can be the kind of leader and example that each one of my 96 students needs.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with my students are when we are making “connections” with each other.  Whether it’s the “light bulb moments” when the subject matter that I’m teaching on a particular day finally clicks and they understand or when they feel comfortable enough to share something personal with me that they’d like me to pray for or when we are just sharing something about ourselves that helps us to get to know one another.  For me, teaching is all about making many different kinds of connections.  I count it an honor and privilege that I get to spend my days with so many wonderful students here at DCS.  They are what makes getting up and coming to work each day totally worth every ounce of energy and effort.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love baseball and I love the Indians.  Growing up in Cleveland and spending lots of time with my grandpa and my uncles who were die hard Indian’s fans, I couldn’t help but grow up to be a fan too.  Of course, it has also increased my love for my favorite team as I have gotten to know more about the players, especially so many who are from Spanish speaking countries.  It’s so fun for me to be able to combine two of my loves, baseball and Spanish, and have them collide into one amazingly awesome team that is totally on fire this season! Go Tribe!

 Bryan Mohr
Bryan Mohr Worship Team
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Bryan Mohr

Worship Team

 Michal Moore
Michal Moore American Sign Language
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Michal Moore

American Sign Language

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Sign Language Interpreting, and Master of Arts, Education, Tennessee Temple University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2015

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want my students to see Jesus in me. I want them to leave my class knowing that He has made a difference in me and that He wants to make a difference in them.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My love of American Sign Language and my enjoyment of teaching others the language.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the freedom that I have to pray with the students and to openly talk about Jesus Christ. I love the many opportunities that I daily have to invest in the students’ lives.

What are your favorite moments with students?

I really enjoy watching the students smile and laugh while they are in my classroom. I love the idea that they are loving learning in my classroom. Building relationships with many of the students has also been a highlight for me.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing would you want to take with you?

A really thick book.

 Ken Moyer
Ken Moyer Honors Algebra 2, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
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Ken Moyer

Honors Algebra 2, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Toledo

What year did you start your DCS career?

2014

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I love working with students, and enjoy helping them to reach their potential.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to teach and coach in a way that is consistent with my faith in Jesus.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I am involved in football and the Athletic Boosters. I am the head coach of the football team.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

I want students to learn that following Jesus is a fun and exciting way to live life, and that by following Him we can have the most full life possible.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I play hockey, fly radio control airplanes, and I love Scrabble.


 Bill Norvell
Bill Norvell Life Sciences / Boys' Health
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Bill Norvell

Life Sciences / Boys' Health

Degrees held

Associate of Arts, Ozark Bible College; Bachelor of Arts, Cedarville University; Master of Arts, Liberty University

What year did you start your DCS career?

1986

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to run after God harder, dig deeper, and ask more questions!  I want them to realize that their reach must exceed their grasp and to understand that the more they understand the more they’ll realize they don’t understand!

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I do my best to communicate that not only do I love them for who they are now, but love them enough to challenge them to become better- to grow in grace and wisdom.  The old adage of “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” simply isn’t true when you put salt in the oats!  I endeavor to constantly sprinkle my lectures and discussions with weird science, fun stories, current events, and wacky insights from my own life message. 

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love those momentous discussions where everybody is tuned in and fireworks are going off in the grey matter as scientific, theological, and philosophical realities are sinking in –when the vaporous fluff and puff of entertainment and drama fade into the background and eternal truths are being inculcated!  When they get it, I got ‘em , and its good!

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

That we are extraordinarily designed stewards over an amazing creation that communicates volumes about an infinite Creator that we are accountable to every day.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I am a HUGE accumulator of stuff including (but not limited to!)  numismatics, philately, lepidoptera, vintage toys, guns, knives, antiques, fossils, gems, and minerals… Okay, I admit it; I’m a HOARDER of old stuff.  There, I said it…Is that quirky enough?   To appear normal to everybody else I do mundane things like garden and raise chickens!

 Sharon Raby
Sharon Raby Foundations English & Science, Ignitia
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Sharon Raby

Foundations English & Science, Ignitia

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2004

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I’ve loved teaching ever since I was “pretend teaching” my dolls and stuffed animals!  I wasn’t sure if this was what the Lord wanted me to do at first, and so I worked in the business field.  I later went back to school to get my degree in education.  It has been a natural fit for me.  Once I started teaching, I loved it and knew this was the ministry the Lord wanted me to pursue.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I’ve worked in both public and Christian schools.  The teachers at DC have a bond through Christ that is so different from the public school atmosphere.  Also, the parents genuinely try to partner with us as we equip their students.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I like to call myself the “chip in” person.  If anyone needs help in any area, I am willing to chip in to help.  I’ve helped with Senior trip, Student government, sporting events, the plays/musicals and others.

How do you get the results you want each child to achieve?

I always try to be genuine with the students by showing them how much I care. I always ask forgiveness when I mess up. I work with each student individually and push them to do their best. 

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love the time after Spiritual Emphasis Week when we can talk about how the chapel services inspired them. I love getting to know students when I am in inclusion classes.  I can sit in another teacher’s class, listen to their lecture and help not only my foundations students but be there for students with 4.0’s who just need encouraging.   Those have been some of the most precious moments.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love to read, travel and spend time with my grandbabies.  I watch Jeopardy every night.

 Lynette Rarick
Lynette Rarick Government/Personal Finance
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Lynette Rarick

Government/Personal Finance

 Anna Stroh
Anna Stroh Mathematics
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Anna Stroh

Mathematics

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Wright State University   

Masters of Education, Wright State University

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

My special hobby is binge watching television series on Netflix.  I also attend Zumba classes regularly.  I love everything Chick-fil-A, and I love making things colorful! I’m also crazy about cats. Once of my quirks is that I have to have everything organized a certain way, even my trash!

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I was blessed to have some pretty great math teachers growing up.  As I progressed through my education, however, I realized this is not the case for everyone.  Whether the subject is math, science, English, or Spanish, a teacher can make or break the class for a student.  It became my goal, then, to become a teacher that would redeem those negative encounters for students.

I want students to experience a positive learning environment where learning is fun, where it’s safe to make mistakes, and it’s even okay to not like the subject we are studying. Above all, I want students to feel cared for and successful as a result of being in my classroom.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being able to be intentional with students and build relationships with them that are more than simply “teacher-student”. It is a true privilege to be able to discuss spiritual matters with students, and to pray with them and for them each day.  What I love about working at DCS is that it provides opportunities for discipleship, not simply academic instruction.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

Student Government – Sophomore Class Advisor

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love interacting with students at extra-curricular events: sports games, concerts, Spirit Day, etc. It’s exciting to see students participate in the things that they enjoy outside of the classroom.  And I think many of them enjoy interacting with me over something that isn’t related to math. These are all more opportunities to be intentional and relational with my students.

 Reagan Wagoner
Reagan Wagoner High School Bible
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Reagan Wagoner

High School Bible

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies and Psychology, Dallas Baptist University

Masters of Divinity, Pastoral Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have been teaching Bible studies since I was in 7th grade and God called me into ministry.  Probably 2 Timothy 2:2, though, is a verse that I am most excited about right now.  Here Paul tells Timothy to entrust what he has learned to other faithful men so they can teach others also.  That verse is what I try to do in my class everyday.  My prayer is that the young high school men and women at DC would realize their unique, God-given role of expanding the kingdom of God, helping to spread the Gospel wherever they go.  To realize that their faith is not just for them, but for others.  I want them to, as William Carrey said, “Expect great things for God, and attempt great things for God.” I want them to wake up each day wondering what God has for them next because they know He has plans for them, a hope and a future!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

Great student and great people to work with every day.  The community of Dayton Christian is one my family prayed to be able to be a part of and it has not let us down! I am so grateful and encouraged by students and faculty each day at DC and look forward to continuing to build life-long friendships the longer we are at DC.

What are your favorite moments with students?

When they lower the wall and really allow you to get to know them.  When they sincerely engage in a conversation and get passionate about something regardless of what others around them think.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I have 4 kids and three of them go to DC and love it!  When I have some down time, they are the ones that get it.  I was born in Dallas, so I am a huge Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks fan.  My wife and I moved to Ohio in 2015 to start a church, Grace Point Fellowship, in Springboro, and I serve as the Lead Pastor.  I play the guitar and love to sing with my wife, Heather.  I am also an amusement park junkie and love to try and go on every ride when I go to a new park.  As a former missions pastor, I have been to every continent except Australia and Antarctica.  I love to try new things and go to new places!

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