Staff

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.

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.

Sheila Schouten - 1st & 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.


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 fith year of teaching at Northern Hills Christian Academy, after retiring from the Kearney School District!! Terri previously taught in various schools including the Kearney School District School District, Liberty School District, and Kansas City Schools with a total of 30 years of experience 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. After retiring from the Kearney Schools, she also has enjoyed teaching preschool for the past 5 years at Joyful Noise, located at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney.

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 just graduated from high school and is planning on attending college this fall. Her interests include spending time with her family, listening to her son broadcast the Kearney High School games, traveling, and going to Royals 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.


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.

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!


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.