Traci Linder-Maloney – Preschool Teacher (4-5 yr olds)
My name is Traci Linder-Maloney and I am thrilled to be part of the family at NHCA. I will be teaching the pre-K 4 year old program this year. We have resided for the past 7 years in Smithville MO, moving from Garden City Kansas. This year I am celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary with my husband John and we have a 10 year old son Jack. We love engaging in sports with our son and are an avid track family along with baseball and basketball. My education background includes a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Development. I currently am studying with Truman State University to obtain my gifted teaching credentials and I am a special education certified teacher for Birth-3rd grade and an ESOL teacher for K-12. While living in Garden City Kansas I taught for USD 457 for 16 years. I taught science and mathematics to 6th graders for my first 5 years and then ventured into the early childhood world working in an integrated preschool classroom and as an early interventionist for families in the natural setting for 6 years. I piloted a science curriculum program for the district and served as their district science curriculum specialist. Following the completion of that assignment I worked as a third grade teacher for 2 years and as the creative writing teacher for grades K-4 for 2 years. Upon moving to Missouri I was blessed with the opportunity to be a SAHM for 3 years with my son before returning part time to work for Kearney school district for 3.5 years as a Parent Educator. In addition to working with PAT I worked for Joyful Noise preschool in the afternoons and this reignited my passion for teaching and I decided to resign my position as a parent educator and return to teaching when I was presented with the opportunity to join NHCA. I am thrilled to be a part of a fantastic early education team with a vast array of knowledge and experience serving in a God centered environment to best provide for our families at NHCA.
Bridget McDowell - Kindergarten Teacher
Hi there I am Bridget McDowell. This will be my second year teaching. I am so excited. I am a country girl born and raised in Vermont. I moves here 8 years ago for school and stayed since then. Over a year ago I met my husband and my step daughter. We got our first dog a year ago and he has brought so much laughter into our home. God has blessed my life this past year and I can't wait to see what he does next.
Kristy Parks -1st Grade/Resource Teacher
Kristy Parks is serving as the resource teacher for NHCA after retiring from the Kearney School District. She has 32 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education. She is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University. Kristy and her husband Jeff have been a part of the Kearney community for 27 years. They enjoy spending time with their 2 children and 4 grandkids. Kristy is an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lawson, MO.
Sheila Schouten - 2nd Grade Teacher
Sheila Schouten has taught in a variety of elementary classrooms including homeschooling her children within the last 30 years. All of her education experiences have been in christian schools. Sheila holds a Bachelor's degree in Bible/Elementary Education from Baptist Bible College, now known as Summit University in Clarks Summit, PA. She also has 24 credits toward her Masters in Elementary Education, as well as an Associates Degree in Animal Science, with which she was a dairy farmer for several years.
Sheila is a member of Faith Community Church in Kansas City, and has two daughters, Heather and Ashley. Heather has a degree in Music Performance and credits toward a Masters in Choral Conducting. She teaches the Secondary Choirs at Faith Christian Academy, is the Associate Director of the Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines, sings in a Barbershop quartet, and directs a choir for individuals with disabilities in KC named Tota Voces. Ashley is a Senior at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, finishing her Bachelor's in Athletic Training. She plans to begin her Masters next year in the same degree.
Jeanette Wright - 3rd Grade Teacher
Jeanette Wright joined the NHCA Staff in 2020 as the 3rd grade teacher. She is excited about this opportunity to share the Love of Christ with her students in a Christian School setting.
Jeanette and her husband, Larry, have been married since 1976. They met while students at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Ks. Jeanette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible/Christian Service from Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Ks. She also studied at Kansas State University in the areas of Human Ecology and Mass Communications. Jeanette took classes through Highland Community College and Emporia State University in Early Childhood Education. She has taught and directed in private Christian Preschools in Kansas, and completed training in Montessori Education. She had the honor of helping start a state licensed Christian Preschool at a church in Leavenworth, serving as both the Director and Lead Teacher. After moving to Kearney, Jeanette worked part-time at the Kearney branch of the Mid-Continent Library. Her main responsibility was planning and implementing the Children’s Story-Time and related events. Jeanette worked for 15 years as a substitute teacher for the Kearney School District, teaching in classes K-7. This included many long-term substitute positions in the regular classroom plus Library and Special Education.
The Wright’s have served churches in Kansas and Missouri all their years together. They moved to Kearney in 2000, and currently are meeting as a home church with Holt Christian Church. They have four adult children, three of whom are married, and nine grandchildren who are all serving the Lord and learning of His love and purpose in their lives.
Amber Guldenpfennig - 4th Grade Teacher
Amber grew up in North Kansas City with her parents and four siblings. She was homeschooled by her mother from Kindergarten until 8th grade and then attended Faith Christian Academy for high school where she took part in theater and began working at her local church in Sunday School and Junior Church. After graduating she went to Calvary University where she studied Elementary Education, participated in multiple theater productions, and served as a tutor for a local Christian school.
After graduation, Amber worked as a Substitute Teacher in multiple districts and developed her costuming and artistic skills which she uses regularly within the classroom itself to help make every lesson fun and engaging. She looks forward to starting her second year of teaching at Northern Hills Christian Academy!
Terri Walter - Special Education Teacher
Terri Walter is looking forward to her sixth year of teaching at Northern Hills Christian Academy, after retiring from the Kearney School District!! She has also enjoyed teaching preschool for 5 years at Joyful Noise Preschool, after retiring. Terri Walter has previously taught in various schools including the Kearney School District, Liberty Schools, and Kansas City Schools and has been teaching for a total of 36 years in special education.
Terri Walter was also very involved in developing and implementing various social programs for social skills enhancement, self-esteem, and friendship skills while teaching at Southview Elementary for 17 years. Terri also enjoyed many years of individualized tutoring and assisting with Special Olympics after school. Terri received her B. S. Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and also a Master’s Degree in Special Education from NWMSU.
Terri has been married to her husband for 37 wonderful years and they are blessed to have 2 sons. Her oldest son is currently a Special Education Teacher at NKC Schools and her youngest son is currently involved in broadcasting for ESPN and other sports related events. Mrs. Walter’s interests include spending time with her family, listening to her son broadcasting various sports related activities on ESPN, traveling, and going to Royals and KC Chiefs games. She is so excited to be part of such an amazing team and to serve in a God centered school to provide the best education for our NHCA families!!
Laura Veverka - Administrative Team/Middle School Teacher
Hi, my name is Laura Veverka and I will be teaching Middle School Science and Math. I was born and raised in the small town of Lawson, Mo. My husband Travis and I, of 20 years, have made Lawson our home to raise our three girls: Lilly, Cassie and Elaina. I completed my Associates of Arts at Maple Woods Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Geoscience at UMKC, UMKC is where I also did all my Masters course work. I traveled several places while in Grad School working on scientific discovery and archaeology. I taught for 5 years at Maple Woods Community College as an Adjunct Professor. In 2014 I decided to stay home and start educating my own children. My family and I attend VCU Church where I am currently the Children’s Church Director, Women’s Ministry leader and Event Planner. I also help teach at Lawson Baptist with their AWANAS program. I have been called to teach since I was a young child and I have let the Lord lead me where he has called me to go.
Jeff Parks - Administrative Team/Middle School Teacher
Jeff Parks teaches Bible, Language Arts, and fifth grade math at the middle school level at NHCA. Jeff is also one of the administrators at the school. Jeff has been at NHCA since the fall of 2017. He has a B.S. in Elementary Education (grades 1-8), B.S. in Physical Education (secondary level), and a Master’s Degree in Education from Webster University. Before coming to NHCA, Jeff taught for approximately 30 years in the Liberty and Kearney school districts, primarily at the middle school level.
Jeff is also currently the pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lawson, MO and on the board of directors for Indigenous Church Strategies where he also helps train pastors in the remote areas of Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeff has been married to his wife Kristy for 30 plus years and they have two children, Jordan and Kaitlyn. Jeff and Kristy also have four grandchildren, Josiah, Harper, Megan, and Audrey.
Leah Lewis - Middle School Teacher
My name is Leah Lewis, and I am looking forward to teaching middle school language arts and social studies this year.
Megan Lukehart - High School (ACE)
Mrs. Megan Lukehart is in her second year this year of leading our ACE program for our High School students. She has her Bachelor's of Science in Child and Family Development, and is passionate about educating each student according to his or her needs. Family is very important to Megan; she finds the connection between school and home life to be absolutely imperative and enjoys building those links in the classroom. Outside of school, Megan enjoys spending time with her family on outdoor adventures, she loves thrift stores and traveling, and keeps herself busy with random projects from knitting and reading to chickens and gardening!
Kelly Nickles - Music Teacher
I have been married to my husband, Larry for 36 years. We have 3 grown children. We are members at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. I have a BS in music from William Jewell College, and have taught private lessons or group classes for over 25 years. I also directed musical/plays for KHCT for over 20 years.
Megan Miller - Art
Megan, her husband Chuck and their two kids, Ruby and Race, are Kearney residents who enjoy dirt biking, camping and other outdoor activities. Megan loves to read, write and create. They are members of Northern Hills Baptist Church.
Megan graduated from K-State with a degree in Journalism/ Public Relations and a focus in art. Her sculpture teacher told her she should major in art, but she had other plans at the time. She is happy to be putting the skills the Lord gave her to use at NHCA and hopes to encourage a love of art and creating in your kids.
Meghan McCrary - PE
My name is Meghan McCrary and I'm excited to be back at NHCA teaching PE this year. I have been a part of NHCA in some form for the last few years. I love the passion NHCA teachers have to speak Truth into the lives of students here. My husband and I are very involved at Pisgah Baptist Church and have a desire to teach our two children His Word under His grace. I am a certified K-12 Art teacher and have taught at South Callaway Public School for five years prior to being married. I also have a masters degree in Athletic Directing and for many years coached middle school/high school basketball and track. While in college I was blessed to be a part of Centrifuge summer camps here in the states and overseas. I became a Recreation Director my last two years with Fuge and I loved being able to share the Gospel using sports and recreation with students of all ages.
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 19 years. Glenda has been married to Todd Gramling for 13 years and has one daughter, Bree who is 8 years old and is attending Third grade here at NHCA, and one son, Aston who is 2 years old. 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 - Principal
Cheryl Simmons returns from retirement this year to serve as our Principal. Cheryl served as NHCA's Administrative Assistant from 2004-2017 and knows much about the history, culture, operation and needs of the school. Before joining the NHCA family for her "second career", she spent 25 plus years in the travel industry working as a travel agent, automation instructor and customer service supervisor for a major airline corporation.. Cheryl has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia and did some post graduate work in education prior to entering the travel industry.
Cheryl has been married to her husband Randy for 46 years and they have two sons Jesse and Nathan, two daughters-in-law Nicole and Noelle, and four perfect grandgirls, Aubrey, Brennan, Isabelle and Dillon. Cheryl is always very involved with her church, Northern Hills Baptist, and the school! She still loves to travel, walk, read, be involved in Bible study, and spend time with her biological, church and school families!