Adrienne Haythorn
Director of NCCA
Lower School Principal

Favorite Bible Verse: 
Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'”
– Matthew 16:24 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love spending time with my family, reading, photography and running!

Lynda Baker
2nd Grade

Favorite Bible Verse: 
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7

Hobbies and Interests: 
I love being outdoors, especially in the mountains. I enjoy going on hikes, picnics, paddle boarding and taking my dog Lily swimming. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and spending time with my loved ones.

Shonda Bowden

Favorite Bible Verse: 
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
– Mathew 6:25-27  NIV

Hobbies and Interests: 
My interests lie in most things music, art, nature, good food, family and friends.

Geoff Broughton
Upper School Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
– Romans 8:28 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
My favorite things to do are spending time with my family, reading and playing guitar. My interests include studying the first great awakening to understand the role the church played in the American Revolution and Bible prophecy.

Tara Cozzens
1st Grade

Favorite Bible Verse:
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and Prophets’.”
-Matthew 22: 37-40 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love all things music: singing, dancing, and attending concerts. I also enjoy being outdoors with my family: hiking, running, and gardening.

Teresa Fassler
Upper School Teacher & Connect Aid

Favorite Bible verse:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

I enjoy reading, gardening, crocheting, baking and cake decorating, attending my kids sports activities, traveling and spending time with my family. My pets are good friends, and I care for them. I have 3 grandkids who are a huge blessing in my life.

Amy Fetzer
Upper School Teacher and Connect Assistant

Favorite Bible Verse:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
-Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love spending time with my family, watching my kids compete in shooting events, and planning parties.

Amy Gray
4th Grade

Favorite Bible Verse:
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
Isaiah 40:8 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, reading, Jeeping, gardening, hiking, exploring new places and watching my kids show livestock and play sports. 

Jennifer Hays
Connect Specialist, and 1st Grade

Favorite Bible Verse:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
My hobbies and interests include traveling, reading if I can keep my eyes open long enough, playing and coaching volleyball, and whatever my 3 children are doing.

Bob Herre
Info Technology and Bookkeeping

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
My passion is teaching children and seeing them grow in Christ. I also enjoy photography, reading and traveling with family.

LouAnne Hettinger
Upper School Principal, Counselor, Math Teacher, High School Advisor

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
– Colossians 4:6 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and watching Hallmark movies.

Amanda Hoffman Physical Education (K - 12th grade)

Favorite Bible Verse: 
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”
– Psalm 143:10 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
​In my free time, ​I ​enjoy projects!Building new furniture, restoring old furniture and working in the garage!

Lanie Isbell
Upper School Connect and Elective Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”
– Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
My hobbies include reading, exercising, and being with my family.

Marielle (Mari) Leffler
6th grade

Favorite Bible verse:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..”
– Philippians 4:13 NKJV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love traveling, gardening, and learning new things. I enjoying creating memories with my family and watching my son experience life.

Brenda MacAlmon
Connect Assistant

Favorite Bible Verse:
“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
-Isaiah 40:31 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love spending time with my family and creating memories together, reading, traveling, and adventuring in the mountains.

Carly Martinez

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.”
– Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors in the sunshine, and watching sunsets.


Shawndra Miller
Teacher Assistant

Favorite Bible Verse:
“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
– Psalm 121:1-2 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I like to cook and bake cakes.  I also I like to go fishing and enjoy time with my family and friends.

Evangeline Nelson
Lunch Director,
Music - Private Lessons

Favorite Bible Verse:
 “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
-‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:4 KJV‭‬‬

Hobbies and Interests: 
I enjoy cooking and creating art and enjoy spending time with my family.


Courtney Peneton
Upper School Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
– Romans 12:2 NIV

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy reading, writing, and listening to things that foster my personal and spiritual development. I value time with my family and cooking good food.

Elizabeth Perkins
Pre Kindergarten

Favorite Bible verse:
“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
– Romans 5:2-5 ESV

I enjoy drinking coffee, pinning, decorating houses, shopping, spending time with kids, bible studying, and cross-stitching. 

Don Reasoner
Upper School Assistant Principal
Upper School Bible, History, Performing Arts, Rhetoric, Speech

Favorite Bible verse:
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain”
-1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

I enjoy music of all genres and play a little piano and guitar.  I enjoy woodworking, love to travel and take road trips. My favorite sport is baseball. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.

Linda Reasoner
Lower School Music

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
– Philippians 4:8 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love keeping in touch with my family, growing flowers and herbs and playing the flute.

Liz Ringenberg
5th GradeTeacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, and love, and self-control.”
– 2Timothy 1:7

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy reading historical fiction and non-fiction books, being out in nature, exercising, and quilting.

Adriane Roberts
3rd Grade Teacher

Favorite Bible verse:
“…and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am
an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
– Ephesians 6:19-20 NKJV

I love spending time with my friends! Playing softball, coaching softball, playing volleyball, rock climbing and soaking in the sunshine! Also going to worship nights/concerts and making and eating
acai bowls.

Tammie Smeltzer
Lower School Assistant Principal
Administrative Assistant

Favorite Bible Verse:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
– Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love to spend time with my family, cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time in the mountains.

Robin VanDyke
Upper School Electives and Math Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
– John 1:5 ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
I love cooking and learning about new foods and world cuisines, reading historical works, and studying philosophy of religion. I also enjoy spending time with my family and watching my children become the people God created them to be.

Heather Wilson
Lower School Connect Assistant

Favorite Bible Verse:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
– Ephesians 2:8-10  ESV

Hobbies and Interests:
One of my greatest joys is to travel and explore new places with my family. I especially love road trips! It also brings me joy to teach and lead Bible studies. Other interests include reading, organizing, interior design, and chatting with a friend over good coffee.

Karla Zeller
Latin and Connect Specialist

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Consumpta est caro mea et cor meum robur cordis mei et pars mea Deus in aeternum”

(“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”)
– Psalm 73:26 NLT

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people. I also love to go hiking and camping with my family and traveling.