Steve Schneiter – Administrator

Steve has been on his walk with the Lord for eleven years now. It all started with the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. At that time, he was a professional in higher education, with 20 years of experience and his coursework completed for a Ph.D. in Education. Steve gave this up in 2009 to move back to New Philadelphia to take care of his mother, who died a year later from liver cancer. In 2010, Steve became the principal of what would become Grace Christian Academy. The Lord blessed him richly through the school by allowing him to meet his wife Katrina. They have a 3 year old son Caleb, a 21 month old daughter Shelby, and a nine month old son Joshua. Steve is excited to be serving the Lord as Principal at Northern Hills and looks forward to a great year.

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Mollie Starkey – Preschool Teacher (4-5 yr olds)

Hi there! My name is Mollie Starkey and I will be teaching Pre-K at Northern Hills Christian Academy this coming school year. I was born in Maryville, Mo and grew up north of the river in Kansas City. I have been married to my amazing husband, Brian, since 2005 and we have 3 wonderful children: Laney, Jake, and Sadie. In 1996, I attended Northwest Missouri State University and received my Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. I also attended Webster University and received my Master of Arts in Teaching. I taught for 8 years in the Kearney School District in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, and in 2009 I started teaching at home with my own children. I directed a Parent’s Day Out for 4 years and I have been substituting in Pre-K--12th grade since 1998. In 2017, I returned to Kearney School District as a Paraprofessional. I also teach Sunday School with our church family at Crossroads Community Church in Kearney. I love teaching and always have. I love being with my family and friends, and I like to read, dance, and drink coffee. I am so blessed to be able to teach this coming year! I love the Lord and what He has done in my life. I want to share that with my students and their families.

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

My name is Amy. I was born and raised in the small town of Kearney, about 25 minutes north of Kansas City. I was raised in a Christian home. For me, that meant church every Sunday morning, night, and Wednesday. I also attended a Christian school K-12th grade. Doing these things did not save me from my sin. When I was six years old, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I was at home with my parents and brother. I remember my prayer almost word for word. I attended Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL. I majored in Education and minored in Bible. After graduation, I started teaching. I have taught for 16 years. I have taught pre-school all the way through 8th grade.

Rhonda Shrimpton - 1st-2nd Grade Reading Teacher

I would like to introduce myself. I live in Kearney with my husband, Jim of who I have been married to for 34 years. We have two sons, Sean and Bradley. They are now both married and they each have two children, Keith, Alex, Selah, and Solomon. I went to Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas and graduated from there in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In addition, I also received my master’s degree at Southwest Baptist University and my Reading Certification from NWMS in Maryville. During my 23 years of teaching I taught full-day kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and fourth grade in Lawson. In Kearney I taught Reading at Dogwood and Hawthorne in addition to first grade. I just recently retired from Kearney in May. This year at NHCA I am excited to be teaching reading to 1st and 2nd graders.

Eva Smith - 3rd 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 2018. 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.

Diana Wright - 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.

Susan Rodenberg - 6th-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.

Leah Lewis - 6-8th Grade Language Arts Teacher Hello, my name is Leah Lewis, and I am so excited to be working at NHCA! I am a passionate follower of Jesus, and love Him with every fiber of my being. I am married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, Landon, and we have a silly one year old named Joseph, who fills our hearts with endless joy. I am a Texas girl at heart, but I reside in Lawson, where I attend Lawson Assembly of God Church. I received my teaching degree at Park University for middle school education, with concentrations in language arts and social studies. I have such a huge heart and God-given passion for middle school students, and I have experience working with them for over five years. I am heavily involved in my church, and serve in areas like teaching Sunday school, youth ministry, and leader of the 6-8th grade girls.

I absolutely love spending time with my family, reading my bible, writing, watching movies, being outside, caffeinated beverages, messy buns, and laughter.

Meghan McCrary - Art Teacher

My name is Meghan McCrary and this will be my 2nd year teaching at NHCA. I will be teaching PreK-8 Art and PE. I am blessed to be a mother of two, Haley (1sr grade) and Evan (Kindergarten). 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 8 years.

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.

Jeff Parks - Bible and Computer Teacher

Jeff Parks is currently the pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lawson, MO, and for the past 28 years he has taught primarily at the middle school level in Liberty and Kearney Public Schools. Jeff has been married to his wife Kristy for 29 years and they have two children, Jordan and Kaitlyn. Jeff and Kristy also have two grandchildren, Josiah and Megan. Jeff is looking forward to teaching Bible and computers at NHCA.

Terri Walter - Special Education Teacher

Terri Walter is very excited to be a part of the NHCA staff this school year! She feels that it such a blessing to have this opportunity to work with the students and teachers at this school! She retired from Kearney School District in May, 2016 as a teacher with a total of 28 years of experience in Special Education. She previously taught in Kearney School District, Liberty Schools, and Kansas City School District. As a teacher in the Kearney School District, she was involved in after school tutoring, assisted with Special Olympics, and developed various friendship clubs including Bulldog Pack and Bulldog Buddies, which were designed for social skills enhancement. Kids Who Care was another friendship club that allowed the students to visit Westbrook Care Center residents to practice various social skills. Prior to teaching special education, she was an instructor at Sylvan Learning Center for 2 years and provided individualized instruction to students K-12. Terri received her BS in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education from NWMSU. After retiring in 2016, she began teaching preschool at Joyful Noise which is located at First United Methodist Church in Kearney and really enjoys working with the younger students.

Terri has been married to her husband for 33 wonderful years and they are very blessed to have 2 amazing sons. Her oldest son, who is 24, is currently a Special Education Teacher at NKC Schools. Her youngest son, who is 15 years of age, is currently a sophomore at Kearney High School. Her interests include spending time with her family, watching her sons participate in sports, traveling with her family, going to Royals games, and other outdoor activities. She attends First Baptist Church in Kearney and is looking forward to assisting with AWANAS and attending several Women’s Bible Studies this year!

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.

Gretchen Miller - Volunteer Librarian Hi! My name is Gretchen Miller and I am so excited to be the Volunteer Librarian at Northern Hills Christian Academy this coming school year. I moved to Kearney in 1987 and graduated from Kearney High School in 1989. I have been married to Mike Miller since 1991 and we have 2 children, a daughter, Micha, 23, a tax accountant, and a son, Montana, 21, who is a senior at Park University. I have been a member of First Baptist Church of Kearney since 1988 and served for many years helping plan and facilitate Bible studies for the women of First Baptist Church.My favorite activities are reading, knitting, and spending time with my family and my 5-pound Chihuahua, Oliver.

I have had a love for reading since I was a little girl and my fondest memories are of my grandma taking me to the Bookmobile that came to our town once a month because we did not have a library. A special treat for me was when my mother would take me to the big library in downtown Springfield, Missouri to check out books.

My favorite book to read is my Bible and my idea of a perfect day begins with reading my Bible while drinking a cup of hot tea.

I am excited to share my love of Jesus and my love for reading with the students of Northern Hills Christian Academy.