Traci Linder-Maloney – Preschool Teacher (4-5 yr olds)

My name is Traci Maloney and this is my 3rd year teaching at NHCA. This year I will be teaching the PreK class in the a.m. and during the afternoons I will be working as the enrichment teacher for the school helping all students and staff to implement an enrichment program schoolwide. I am very excited about this program for all our students and it is our hope that this program enhances your experience with NHCA as a school. I spent 16 years teaching in the public school setting from birth (as an early interventionist) through grades 6. I adore teaching 4-5 years olds and this is why I have chosen to remain and return to this level in the private school setting. I love their energy, inquisitiveness, and love of the world around them. This helps fuel my soul and pushes me to bring my best to the classroom daily. On a personal level I reside in Smithville and have a 12 year old son with my husband that I have been married to for 26 years. We are members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty and in our free time we enjoy attending my son's sporting activities which keeps us busy the entire year, especially in the summer. I am excited to be part of NHCA this year and am positive that this year will bring many opportunities for your children to grow and learn and to further develop their relationship with Jesus.

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!

Rebekah Johnson - 5th Grade

Rebekah is excited to join the NHCA family as a part-time 5th grade teacher this year. She has been married to Nathan since January 2003, and her daughters will also be joining the NHCA family in Kindergarten and 5th grade. The Johnsons live in Kansas City (near Worlds of Fun), but you may have seen Rebekah around Kearney for many years as an historic interpreter at Watkins Mill State Historic Site, or as a tour guide and concessions shift manager at Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Mrs. Johnson is new to NHCA, but not new to teaching. She has degrees in Bible/Educational Ministries from Manhattan Christian College, and Family Studies and Human Services - Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. Additionally, Mrs. Johnson has completed 1/2 of her master's degree in Special Education and taught in the Leavenworth and Blue Valley school districts in Kansas. Since leaving the school system, she has worked as a nanny, tutor, and as a homeschooling parent active in New Life Homeschool Fellowship in Excelsior Springs.

Rebekah looks forward to sharing her love of the Bible, history, music, and theater with her class and the NHCA family.

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.

In 2015, I graduated from Park University with a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education with concentrations in language arts and social studies.

For over eight years, I have taught Sunday School to various ages from 5th-12th grade along side my husband, and we have also served as youth leaders in our church.

My husband and I have been happily married for over five years, and we have two beautiful and silly children ages four and one. I absolutely love Jesus, spending time outdoors, reading, writing, and going on fun adventures with my family.

This will be my third year teaching at NHCA, and I am so excited to see what the Lord has for us 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 is a graduate of Polo High School. She attended Martinez School of Cosmetology and has worked as a cosmetologist for 21 years. Glenda has been married to Todd for 14 years and they have 2 children. 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 granddaughters, 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!

Jill Inman - 5th Grade