2016 Staff

Mike Dye – Administrator

      Mike Dye has been the administrator on a part time basis for three years for Northern Hills Christian Academy.  He retired from the Liberty Public School as an Elementary Principal with 28 years of experience in education. He was the Principal for Lillian Schumacher Elementary. His undergraduate and post graduate degrees are all from CMSU and he has a lifetime teaching certificate for K-8 and lifetime administrative certificate. He was on staff at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church running the K-2 program for two years and was on staff at Briar Cliff Chapel and started their K-5 children's ministry.  Mike and his wife are now members of Northern Hills Baptist Church where he is the leader for Men's Ministry.
     Mike is married to his wonderful wife Jana - who also retired from teaching at Liberty School District.  They have been married for 35 years and are
 lucky enough to have a daughter that is an instructional coach for the Shawnee Mission School District and a son that is a History Teacher at Liberty High School and a Baseball Coach. 
    Mike and his family were members of PVBC in Liberty and he served in several capacities.
   He participated in their Easter Pageant throughout the years including playing the role of Jesus. He has been crucified 21 times!  His passions include following the Lord, spending time with family, working with staff and students and anything connected with the outdoors. He loves to play sports, hunt and fish!
    It has really been fun to watch this school grow in size and ability to serve students.  They are getting a fantastic education and even more important a great exposure to Christian values and exposure to the Gospel.  Our goal is to allow students to gain a personal relationship with Jesus while also gaining in academic skills.  Many of our students are being baptized.  We work hand in hand with the parents, their churches and our programs to help them see the importance of a personal relationship with our Lord.

Mindy Melnychuk – Preschool Teacher (4-5 yr olds) & Kindergarten Enrichment

    Mrs. Melnychuk graduated from Texas A & M University in 1999 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and a minor in Russian. After graduating she moved to Ukraine to serve as a missionary. She lived there for 8 years, marrying her husband and having her first child there. In 2008 they moved to the United States and have lived, studied and worked in many locations as they strive to walk with the Lord in what he has for them. Personally, she loves reading, baking, and getting “back to the basics of life”. Spending time in the garden, watching her chickens, playing games , and taking walks with her family are her favorite ways to spend time. A deep love for God’s true and unchangeable Word and the joy and openness of sharing that with children is what draws her to teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten at NHCA and NHBC for the last two years.

Sheila Schouten - Kindergarten Teacher

     Hi, my name is Sheila Schouten. I have taught a variety of elementary grades including Pre-K, First, Second, Third, Fifth and a Fifth/Sixth combination. This year I am adding to my resume Kindergarten. All of my experience has been in Christian Schools which I believe in very strongly. Four years ago I taught Second grade here at NHCA for 3 years. I have also home schooled my first daughter through the 8th grade. I have a Bachelors degree in Bible/Elementary Education from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. I have 24 credits towards my masters in Elementary Education as well. I also have an Associates Degree in Animal Science. My family has just recently moved back to Missouri from New York so we are in the process of finding a church. I have been married to Gary for 32 years. We have two daughters. My oldest is Heather. She is 25 and has a degree in Music. She plays piano, violin, and sings. She works for a company called NuMotion in Kansas City and is the Assistant Director for the Kansas City Chorus which is a women's Barber Shop group. My youngest daughter, Ashley, is 17 and will be a senior at Northland Christian this year. She is very involved in sports playing volleyball, soccer, and her favorite basketball. I am so excited to be teaching here again and am looking forward to a great year of serving the Lord with your children.

Amy Ragsdale - 1st/2nd Grade Teacher


Diana Wright - 3rd/4th Grade Teacher

    Mrs. Wright grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is beginning her 11th year at NHCA. She was married for 28 years to Don Wright who went on to be with Jesus in 2011. They have one son, Matthew, who is 25. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2014 and is working on his Masters in Counseling at Midwestern Baptist Seminary. In her spare time she enjoys flower gardening and walking. She also enjoys hiking when she has the chance. She attends the First Baptist Church in Holt where her husband was the pastor. She enjoys working in VBS and teaching Women's Bible study groups.

Eva Smith - 5th Grade Teacher

    Mrs. Smith is excited to return to NHCA this year as 5th grade teacher.  She earned her BA in elementary education from William Jewell College and has been in education since 1983 as a substitute, a home educator and as a 2nd & 3rd grade teacher at NHCA when it began in 2004.
    Mrs. Smith has five children, all married, ten grandchildren, and two more in process, scheduled to arrive in 1918. Sadie, the golden retriever, is the only one still at home.  Mrs. Smith has been a member of Northern Hills Baptist Church for 30 plus years.  Mrs. Smith teaches High School Sunday School and Children’s Church.  She also enjoys going to youth camp every summer.
    Mrs. Smith’s  favorite thing to do is be with family and friends. She loves snow, Colorado and traveling.  She also likes to read, listen to music, watch football, hike in the mountains, ride the waverunner on the lake and eat out, specifically Indian food and Q-39. One of her favorite books is Safely Home by Randy Alcorn.

Susan Rodenberg - 6-8th Grade Teacher

    Mrs. Rodenberg attended CMSU/UCM and received a Bachelor’s degree with certification in the area of Special Education and 7-12 English. Her 21 years of teaching experience is composed of 5 years of home schooling, 10 years in public schools and 6 years in Christian Education. She attends 1st Baptist Church of Richmond and has taught Sunday School, AWANA, Children’s Church and has worked in the nursery and as a camp counselor. She has been married for 29 years to Norman and they have 4 children: Michael, Aaron(twins), Eric, Amanda: 2 daughters-in-law: Ashley & Becky: 3 grandchildren: Avis, Ezekiel, Gabriel and a dog.

Joyce Artman-Shaw - 6-8th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Orrick High School in  1971.  I received my BS in Elementary Education from UCM in 1976 and MS in Elementary Administration in 1983,  I also attended UCM to earn a 7-12 certification in Social Studies.   My first teaching position was  5th grade at Hardin C-2.  I then taught 6th grade at Orrick Elementary, but most of my public school career was as a Junior High/ High School Social Studies teacher at Orrick R-XI.   After 28 years in the classroom I retired in 2010. I worked in restaurant industry for 6 years, but realized how much I missed teaching and found my way to Northern Hills Christian Academy.  This is my second year of being on staff at NHCA.
    I have lived in Orrick almost all of my life.  I live on the family farm west of town in the house I grew up in.  I have 3 adult children, Mandy. Megan and Matt.  I have grandchildren in the Kearney, Lathrop , and Orrick schools.  I love my grandchildren and try to attend as many of their activities as possible.  I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading and especially  traveling with my husband, Tim.  And my dog and cat are important parts of my family too.
    I am a lifelong member of the Orrick United Methodist Church.  I am currently the adult Sunday School leader.  I have spent many years teaching children's Sunday School classes and Bible School. I enjoy serving at Linwood United Methodist Church in KCMO.  Their program, Lazarus Table, feeds the homeless every weekend, provides clothing, medical services and opens a women's shelter in the winter.

Meghan McCrary - Art/Music/P.E. Teacher

    My name is Meghan McCrary and this year at NHCA I will be teaching all the specials (K-8 Art, Music, and PE). For the past six years I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom of two kids, Haley (5) and Evan (4). I graduated and came to know Christ at Hannibal La-Grange College with my BS in Art Education. Then I moved on to get my Masters of Education in Athletic Administration at William Woods University. I have taught five years at South Callaway RII public school district. I was the Art teacher for grades 3rd through 8th, coached middle/high school basketball, and track. I have had the pleasure of working youth camps, Centrifuge and others, across the US and in Korea. I desire for kids to draw close to God and His Word; in knowing it will never come back void. My husband and I are both active in sharing Christ with our children as well as active in our church at Pisgah Baptist. We currently serve in the sound booth together and have for over 7 years. Currently within our church I help teach the Youth on Wednesdays and a 3 year olds Sunday school class.

Lisa Haney - Gifted Teacher
    Graduating in
 May of 1984 from William Jewell with a B.A. in Elementary Education, I set out to enjoy my lifelong dream of being a teacher! First teaching at Independence Christian School in Kindergarten, I was blessed with wonderful and experienced teachers to mentor me!  That initial year was followed by 28 years in the Kearney R-1 School District where I enjoyed 2nd , 4th , and 5th grades for 22 years and then finished with 6 years facilitating gifted education. I hold a certificate in Missouri for Gifted Education grades K-12 following extensive studies at University of Iowa and University of Missouri. My Master’s degree in Curriculum Design with Integration of the Arts was completed in 1990 from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I have coached gifted children in many contests including Odyssey of the Mind, National Geographic History Bee, and Battle of the Brains. 
    How did I end up here? Following my retirement, I volunteered as a chapel speaker for NHCA for two years. The warmth and joy I felt from this staff led to a natural fit of this position where I look forward to continuing year #2 of the gifted/enrichment program called IGNITE! 
    If not at school, what is going on with me? I love my supportive church family at Paradise United Methodist near Smithville Lake.  The highlight of my week is picking up my teenage grandchildren from school! I get to hear their stories and offer encouragement in homework. Making sure the cookie jar is full has become a priority!  I travel frequently to see my parents in Hannibal, Missouri. My hobbies include piano, writing poetry, travel, and photography.

Glenda Gramling - Administrative Assistant

    Glenda lives in Lawson, Missouri.  She graduated from Polo High School in 1998.  She then attended Martinez School of Cosmetology and has worked as a cosmetologist for 16 years.  Glenda has been married to Todd Gramling for 10 years and has one daughter, Bree who is 5 years old and is attending Kindergarten here at NHCA, and expecting her son in November 2017.  Glenda is also a member at Lawson Bible Church in Lawson, Missouri.  Glenda is active in her church with the communication teams.  Glenda enjoys spending her free time with her family.

Cheryl Simmons - Part Time Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Simmons was born and raised in Higginsville, MO. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned her B.A. in Latin American Studies. After a four month trip to Europe, she worked as an elementary school teacher aide and did some post graduate work toward an Education degree. The travel bug redirected her into the travel industry where she spent most of her career working as a travel agent, travel system computer trainer and supervisor at TWA/ Worldspan. Cheryl is married to Randy and is the mother/mother-in-law of two adult sons & their wives, Jesse & Nicole and Nathan & Noelle. She is blessed to be grandmother to 4 beautiful granddaughters, Aubrey, Brennan, Isabelle & Dillon (on the way in November, 2015) Almost 13 years ago, Cheryl took a leap of faith and an early retirement from Worldspan. God gave her the opportunity to become the administrative assistant at NHCA where she serves as secretary/nurse/ “whatever and whenever needed person,” and adopted grandmother to all the students! She also likes to keep busy with Bible Studies, reading, traveling and walking.

Terri Walter - Special Education Teacher

Debbie Alexander and Sally Eyman Hill - Librarians