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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

 Eden Foreman
Eden Foreman Pre-Kindergarten
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Eden Foreman

Pre-Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Trinity Christian College

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

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

I hope my students learn how to encourage their peers.  I want them to learn to persevere even when things are tough because growth takes time. 

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love teaching at DC because I have the opportunity to boldly declare God’s name.  In every subject and every lesson, I can share with students about creation, forgiveness, and loving others like Jesus.  I can stop in the middle of a crazy day and pray.

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

Three words: Jesus loves me.

What are your favorite moments with students?

Oh, the little moments!  I love jumping around being crazy with the students, and I love to see them smile and learn. I love the moments when a student has been working on learning something difficult and then they accomplish that skill.  Those are moments that I just want to throw a party!

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

Step by step.  Achievement looks so different for each student.  If I can encourage them and walk side by side with them, eventually results will come.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love coffee and traveling. If you give this girl a tank of gas, I will go a million miles.  I enjoy exploring different cities and coffee shops. I don’t know what adventure is next but I am always looking forward to it.  

 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.

 Anna John
Anna John Pre-Kindergarten
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Anna John

Pre-Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Criminology, and Literature

Diploma in Early Childhood and Pre-primary Education

School of Social Work, Mangalore, India

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love that we can integrate the Bible with our everyday teaching and that God’s Word is the foundation of this school. 

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with my students are when they try to do funny things to make me laugh. To be around four-year-olds and working with them is a big blessing for me.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I make learning fun through hands-on activities and arts and crafts. I engage minds and learn every day with them. 

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love to cook. I enjoy biking and hiking with my husband. 

 Tammy Melson
Tammy Melson Pre-Kindergarten
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Tammy Melson

Pre-Kindergarten

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Murray State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

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

The greatest thing I could ever hope is that my students would see Jesus in me in such a way that they would desire to love and follow Him all their life.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moments with the children have been times when we are gathered on the floor reading. I love when a book captures their attention!

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

Learning is contagious. Students can tell when I am excited about learning there is a better chance that they will also be excited.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love reading and running, but not reading while running.

 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

 Jodi Brown
Jodi Brown Elementary Librarian & Media Coordinator
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Jodi Brown

Elementary Librarian & Media Coordinator

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.

 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.

 Heidi Hahn
Heidi Hahn Fourth Grade
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Heidi Hahn

Fourth Grade

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!

 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.

 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 Second Grade
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Kim Mantz

Second 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 First Grade
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Ginger May

First 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!

 Camille McFadden
Camille McFadden Intervention Specialist, K-12
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Camille McFadden

Intervention Specialist, K-12

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Masters in Special Education; University of Colorado

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had a brother with disabilities who received extra help in school, I was impressed by how learning can take place in many different ways.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the faith-based emphasis on learning

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

To advocate for the Lord and to be the best servant possible

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing that “a-ha” moment, when the information just clicks and the student is able to achieve more than they thought possible.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try to tie learning into real-world examples.

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

To remember Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” No matter what struggles we all face in this world, always remember where our real strength comes from – Jesus Christ.

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

My family: husband, 4 daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats!

 Bhuma Muthuvel
Bhuma Muthuvel Kindergarten
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Bhuma Muthuvel

Kindergarten

Degrees held

Master’s Degree, Elementary Education

Where did you get your degree?

Grand Canyon University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2017

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

I want them to know that God loves them no matter what! God has a purpose and plan for each of their lives and they need to be intentional about living for Him. 

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

“Whatever you do, do it will all your heart, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23.

This means that they do the right thing even when the teacher is not looking.  

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I enjoy taking a quiet walk and sewing. 

 Dana Pethtel
Dana Pethtel Elementary STEM
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Dana Pethtel

Elementary STEM

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science with teaching credentials, Ball State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

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

I want them to know that science can be fun and is for everyone. 

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

It’s a Christian environment. 

What are your favorite moments with students?

When they are excited about learning!

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I provide joy and surprise in my teaching. 

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love hiking, zumba, and watching Downton Abbey!

 Danielle  Price
Danielle Price Intervention Specialist, 5th & 6th Grade
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Danielle Price

Intervention Specialist, 5th & 6th Grade

Degrees held

Bachelor’s in Education, Wright State University

Master’s in Education, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I set the example of learning in the classroom and I think me being excited about the learning will then get them excited. The more we are all engaged in the classroom then there will be more learning that takes place.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite moment is seeing the light bulb go off after they finally understand the material they have been working so hard on.

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

The most important life lesson is that God is in control of everything and if you trust Him, then everything will happen like it is supposed to. Also, if you work hard at something then the sky is the limit for how far you can succeed.

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid. I love to help others.

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I love reading, watching college football with family, and going to the beach for vacation.

 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 Sixth Grade
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Vicki Schindler

Sixth Grade

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!

 Sarah Silvers
Sarah Silvers Kindergarten
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Sarah Silvers

Kindergarten

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!
 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 Sixth Grade
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Cheryl Watkins

Sixth Grade

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 Fifth Grade
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Betsy Westendorf

Fifth Grade

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 Fifth Grade
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Beth White

Fifth Grade

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 Junior High History & Bible
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Christina Baker

Junior High History & Bible

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 Junior High/ High School Math
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Jackie Berlean

Junior High/ High School Math

 Ryan Boudreau
Ryan Boudreau Junior High Language Arts and Bible
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Ryan Boudreau

Junior High Language Arts and Bible

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2018

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

I really enjoy being outside for almost any reason – hiking, cycling, camping, studying plants, or boating. Being outdoors brings so many reminders of our Creator and his perfect control of things beyond my ability to understand, let alone worry about. I also enjoy a good book, journaling and the comaraderie of doing service projects alongside others.

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

My greatest hope is that students will see Jesus working through my weaknesses – and experience for themselves the profound joy of being saved by Him.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

My decision to work in education came from a desire to work with people. It provides a way to naturally share my faith as part of what I do every day.

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

Without question, it would be that everyone falls sooner or later. These painful moments are a priceless opportunity to turn control of our lives over to our creator who stands ready to give us everything we need for living his way – the “life that is truly life” as 1 Timothy 6 puts it.


 Jodi Brown
Jodi Brown Elementary Librarian & Media Coordinator
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Jodi Brown

Elementary Librarian & Media Coordinator

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!

 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.

 Lucas  Goodman
Lucas Goodman Junior High/High School Choir
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Lucas Goodman

Junior High/High School Choir

Degrees held

Bachelor of Music Education, Wheaton College

What year did you start your DCS career?

2018

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

As a choir teacher I love music, and spend lots of time writing and playing music in my spare time. However, my other passion is sports. I’m an avid fan of all Cleveland sports teams, and I work part time as a freelance sportswriter covering mainly the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Go Cavs!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being at a school that is so intentional about bringing God into every classroom. Music is such a gift from God, and it’s basically impossible for me to talk about it without talking about our Creator. Being able to talk about the spiritual content of the songs we sing, both sacred and secular, is a huge blessing that I try not to take for granted. The students at DC are able and willing to make connections between curricular subject and their relationship with Christ and that is so unique and appreciated.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite time to spend with students is the casual and unplanned moments. I want music to be as fun and non-stressful as possible, so I give students as much time in my classes as possible to just listen to high quality music and enjoy it. Giving students that time to listen to music and just chill out for a bit is important for educational reasons, but also just a whole lot of fun. Getting to know students on a casual and personal level helps me understand how to educate them better, gives me an opportunity to connect with students in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible, and also is super rewarding.

 Camille McFadden
Camille McFadden Intervention Specialist, K-12
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Camille McFadden

Intervention Specialist, K-12

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Masters in Special Education; University of Colorado

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had a brother with disabilities who received extra help in school, I was impressed by how learning can take place in many different ways.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the faith-based emphasis on learning

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

To advocate for the Lord and to be the best servant possible

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing that “a-ha” moment, when the information just clicks and the student is able to achieve more than they thought possible.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try to tie learning into real-world examples.

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

To remember Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” No matter what struggles we all face in this world, always remember where our real strength comes from – Jesus Christ.

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

My family: husband, 4 daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats!

 Allison Misere
Allison Misere Elementary & High School Spanish
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Allison Misere

Elementary & High School Spanish

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!

 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.

 Beth Ann Whitney
Beth Ann Whitney Junior High Science
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Beth Ann Whitney

Junior High 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!

 Renee Zimmer
Renee Zimmer Junior High/High School Math
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Renee Zimmer

Junior High/High School Math

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Concentration in Mathematics, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2018

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

I hope that students will think back someday and say, “Mrs. Zimmer was a little crazy, but she made math fun, and she really cared about us.”


I try to make the students feel secure in class.  I always tell them that it is my job to make sure they understand what I am teaching.  I want them to know that it is ok to ask questions, because everyone gets confused sometimes.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I always wanted to be a teacher, maybe because I had so many wonderful teachers. My favorite teacher was my 6th grade teacher. She did many interesting, out-of-the-box, lessons with us that I still remember vividly.

High School

 Paul Bilunka
Paul Bilunka High School Bible
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Paul Bilunka

High School Bible

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 High School Spanish
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Stephanie Boys

High School Spanish

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 High School Social Studies
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Nancy Conway

High School Social Studies

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.)

 Mallory Fischer
Mallory Fischer High School Physical Science & Math
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Mallory Fischer

High School Physical Science & Math

 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.

 Lucas  Goodman
Lucas Goodman Junior High/High School Choir
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Lucas Goodman

Junior High/High School Choir

Degrees held

Bachelor of Music Education, Wheaton College

What year did you start your DCS career?

2018

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

As a choir teacher I love music, and spend lots of time writing and playing music in my spare time. However, my other passion is sports. I’m an avid fan of all Cleveland sports teams, and I work part time as a freelance sportswriter covering mainly the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Go Cavs!

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love being at a school that is so intentional about bringing God into every classroom. Music is such a gift from God, and it’s basically impossible for me to talk about it without talking about our Creator. Being able to talk about the spiritual content of the songs we sing, both sacred and secular, is a huge blessing that I try not to take for granted. The students at DC are able and willing to make connections between curricular subject and their relationship with Christ and that is so unique and appreciated.

What are your favorite moments with students?

My favorite time to spend with students is the casual and unplanned moments. I want music to be as fun and non-stressful as possible, so I give students as much time in my classes as possible to just listen to high quality music and enjoy it. Giving students that time to listen to music and just chill out for a bit is important for educational reasons, but also just a whole lot of fun. Getting to know students on a casual and personal level helps me understand how to educate them better, gives me an opportunity to connect with students in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible, and also is super rewarding.

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

Dual Enrollment Psychology - Director of Special Education


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.

 Sara Hunt
Sara Hunt High School English
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Sara Hunt

High School English

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.

 Kim Kohl
Kim Kohl Junior High & High School Band
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Kim Kohl

Junior High & 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!

 Dan Mantz
Dan Mantz High School Math
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Dan Mantz

High School Math

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.

 Camille McFadden
Camille McFadden Intervention Specialist, K-12
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Camille McFadden

Intervention Specialist, K-12

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Masters in Special Education; University of Colorado

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had a brother with disabilities who received extra help in school, I was impressed by how learning can take place in many different ways.

What do you love about teaching at DCS?

I love the faith-based emphasis on learning

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

To advocate for the Lord and to be the best servant possible

What are your favorite moments with students?

I love seeing that “a-ha” moment, when the information just clicks and the student is able to achieve more than they thought possible.

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try to tie learning into real-world examples.

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

To remember Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” No matter what struggles we all face in this world, always remember where our real strength comes from – Jesus Christ.

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

My family: husband, 4 daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats!

 Tom Minor
Tom Minor High School Chemistry
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Tom Minor

High School 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 Elementary & High School Spanish
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Allison Misere

Elementary & High School Spanish

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

 Ken Moyer
Ken Moyer High School Math
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Ken Moyer

High School Math

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.


 Cameron Myers
Cameron Myers Junior High & High School English
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Cameron Myers

Junior High & High School English

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2019

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

First and foremost, I want my students to gain a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, being equipped to recognize His glory in their own lives and to express that glory to others.

Secondly, I desire that my students gain a deeper love for the English language as well as intrinsic motivation to learn it.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I am in charge of the yearbook for the high school.  Other than my responsibilities at DC, my wife and I are coordinators for the middle school youth group at Far Hills’ church in Centerville. 

What are your favorite moments with students?

In order to allow students autonomy over their own learning, my classes participate in a type of group discussion called Socratic seminar. In these discussions, students are able to take control of the conversation with a student-led conversation. My favorite moment so far as a teacher is sitting back and observing these students have adult conversations with their peers.  They are respectful, kind, and involved in a way that most adults would not believe they ever could be. 

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

There is no greater joy on earth or reward in heaven than finding complete surrender and satisfaction in the Father who created you.  Beginning your journey of identity rooted in the security and peace that comes from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ will bring you more value and purpose than you could ever know. 

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

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

To be practical, I would take a map of the island so I could navigate around.  If I were to be less practical, I would bring enough coffee to last me the rest of my life! 

 Bill Norvell
Bill Norvell High School Science
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Bill Norvell

High School Science

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 High School Special Education
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Sharon Raby

High School Special Education

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.

 Nicole Sharp
Nicole Sharp High School English
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Nicole Sharp

High School English

Degrees held

Integrated Language Arts, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2016

What are your special hobbies, interests or quirks?

DCS is one big family. The faculty and staff are all aiming for the same goal. Not only do we want to see the students succeed academically, but also we want to see them further the Kingdom of God. I am so blessed to be able to build godly relationships with each one of them and challenge them academically and spiritually.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

Mr. Kurtz! I fell in love with literature and language my senior year while taking his class. You could not help but love it after witnessing how much it meant to him. Words are so powerful and they can stir up the most intense emotions. Mr. Kurtz helped show me that even the oldest literature is still relevant and there is always something to be taken away.

What other activities are you involved with besides teaching?

I coach the varsity softball team and I am the Dominican Republic Missions Trip leader.

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

As we all learned from the movie Cast Away, a companion is a must! So, I would take my dog, Winnie!

 Zac Surant
Zac Surant Media Arts
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Zac Surant

Media Arts

Degrees held

Bachelor of Arts, Cedarville University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2018

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I believe in the struggle behind learning. When I was thinking about the lessons I’ve learned in the past, I always go back to the difficulty vs. the reward. How many times have you heard the concept that education is gift? Well, it is. And, unfortunately, it continues to be just a gift. But I want it to be more than a free gift. I treat it like a reward.
My method isn’t based on freely giving information and expecting regurgitation. I prefer to set a challenge and let them conquer it. Author Simon Sinek had a great visual about this. When we are standing at the base of a mountain and know we have to get to the peak, we can only see the peak. And then we quickly realize, “Oh no this is a mountain. I can’t get to the top from way down here.” We have to stop and actually see the whole mountain. Not just the top.
So what does this mean? I inspire my students to love learning by giving them chances to just stop and exist on part of the mountain. I want them to live in the reality of how hard it was to get to this point but to still enjoy the view. Will the next climbing session be difficult? Yes. Will it be impossible? Well that just depends on if they are still stuck staring at the peak.

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

If nothing else, I want my students to walk away with one realization. In life realistically have two options when faced with difficulty. We either react or we respond.
Reaction is like lightning. You know it’s going to strike but it’s impossible to know what the outcome will be. It’s a burst of energy that sets it’s own course and potentially destroys whatever it comes in contact with. Then there is the option to respond. Responding is prepared. It’s contained. It comes with resolution.
In disastrous situations there is a reason why the helpers is referred to as First Responders and not First Reactors. I want my students to know that in life they will, without question, be faced with difficulty. They will have to make a decision that will determine the final outcome. I would prefer they knew to be responsive rather than reactive.

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

First of all, I don’t think I would ever consider myself stranded anywhere. It’s simply the next challenge of life’s puzzles. But to play along, I would bring a large knife. I know what you’re thinking, “How practical and unimaginative.” I contend that this choice makes the most sense for a creative person. It unlocks a world of opportunity. Not only for survival, but for enjoyment. I can carve, draw, and construct with this single tool. It’s only the lack of imagination that would limit it to just what it is. I want it for what it could be.
So practical? Yes. But unimaginative? Not in the slightest.

 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!

 Renee Zimmer
Renee Zimmer Junior High/High School Math
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Renee Zimmer

Junior High/High School Math

Degrees held

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Concentration in Mathematics, Wright State University

What year did you start your DCS career?

2018

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

I hope that students will think back someday and say, “Mrs. Zimmer was a little crazy, but she made math fun, and she really cared about us.”


I try to make the students feel secure in class.  I always tell them that it is my job to make sure they understand what I am teaching.  I want them to know that it is ok to ask questions, because everyone gets confused sometimes.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I always wanted to be a teacher, maybe because I had so many wonderful teachers. My favorite teacher was my 6th grade teacher. She did many interesting, out-of-the-box, lessons with us that I still remember vividly.

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