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Meet Our Teachers & Staff

Our teachers make us distinctive. They are committed, sacrificial servants who care for our students. They mentor by modeling a Christian lifestyle. They cultivate character inside and outside of the classroom. We invite you to take a peek inside our classrooms by exploring the teacher profiles listed below.

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Dina Furnish - Discipleship Program Coordinator

Dina has known she wanted to be a counselor since 7th grade. Through her journey with Christ, Dina discovered that God’s larger calling was for her to use her gifts to love His children and point them toward Jesus.

Becky Stowers - Director of Discipleship

Becky joined the Heritage family in the summer of 2017 as the Director of Discipleship. She loves pouring into the lives of students and challenging them in their walk with Christ.

Brenda Klingerman - Elementary School Principal

Brenda Klingerman first began teaching 4th grade at HCS and when the beloved Mary Jane English was about to retire, transitioned to assistant principal, and then principal in the elementary school.

Lacy Katterhenry - 1st Grade Teacher's Aide

Although she began her job at Heritage in 2015, Lacy is no stranger to the Heritage campus. Lacy and her husband, Kevin, both attended HCS and were high school sweethearts. Lacy then went on to study Early Childhood Education in college.

Kara Pabón - International Student Program Teacher

Ms. Pabón’s aim is to help Heritage Christian School provide international students an excellent education in a welcoming, supportive environment which values the presence and unique contribution of each student

Marna Reutman - Prep-K Teacher’s Aide

Marna Reutman graduated from Butler University with a degree in music theory and composition, but after offering private music lessons to children, she realized her passion for teaching.

Judy Tank - Elementary School Secretary

Judy Tank has been a staple of the Heritage community for over 30 years, but many people may not know that her professional career was originally headed in a completely different direction.

Melody Croft - High School Spanish Teacher

Melody Croft teaches Spanish II, IV, and AP Spanish at Heritage. She has a deep connection with the Spanish language, one that shows both in her cultural roots and enthusiasm in the classroom.

Susan Dage - Special Projects Coordinator

Although she isn’t a teacher for Heritage, Susan Dage, serves an important role for HCS. After working here for less than a year in admissions, she has worked as the Special Projects Coordinator for the past 10 years.

Janna Baker - 2nd Grade Teacher's Aid

Janna came to HCS in 2016 and says what she loves most about her job is being able to take things off the teachers’ plates so that they have more time and energy to devote to their students.

Susan Harris - 3rd Grade Teacher

After spending the first few years of college wondering what to do for a career, Susan says her choice to pursue being a teacher was “a true calling from God.”

Becky Rogers - 2nd Grade Teacher

After rekindling a childhood love of teaching through homeschooling her own children, Becky Rogers completed Indiana Wesleyan’s transition to teaching program and joined the Heritage family.

Carol Lamke - 2nd & 3rd Grade Aide

Carol Lamke didn’t always plan on being a teacher. Her education is in Speech Pathology with a minor in Instrumental and Vocal Music. She now serves the Heritage community as a second and third grade aid.

Betsey Taylor - Instructional Coordinator

After attending the UC Santa Barbara, Betsey Taylor spent her career at public schools and homeschool groups both in California and Indiana. She now works at Heritage as the Instructional Coordinator for the Director of Academic Innovation.

Erik Smith - High School Director of Guidance

This teacher is a familiar face to anyone who has been through High School at Heritage. Erik Smith, our high school director of guidance, has dedicated a life of service to the HCS community - first as a math teacher then in his current role in the guidance office.

Allie Benson - Intermediate & Middle School Art Teacher

Art teacher, Allie Benson, loves turning her classroom into a space for expression and relaxation from the pressures of everyday life. Her art room is also a place to build deeper relationships with her students—and talk to them about how faith in God “changes the way we do everything.”

Kathy Meyers - STEM Teacher

Kathy Meyers coordinates the Middle School robotics teams, and works with grades 5-12 in various technology subjects. Under her supervision, students learn engineering design, modeling, and robotics automation with Project Lead the Way.

Chastity Martin - Early Childhood Teacher's Assistant

Teaching has always been a part of Chastity Martin’s life: from “teaching” her dolls as a child to homeschooling her own children to working with Heritage’s preschoolers. She says that her HCS students bring her such joy in life!

Kaleigh Bennett - 1st Grade Teacher

Kaleigh Bennett teaches the age that she realized her love of learning: First Grade! She also leads the kindergarten and first grade Math Pentathlon club and participates as an elementary mentor teacher for the tutoring program.

Stacia Floberg - High School Teacher

Stacia Floberg has been a Heritage parent for many years, but just recently stepped into teaching here a few years ago when a position in the 6th grade opened up.

Becky Kinney - Digital Literacy Teacher

Meet Becky Kinney, Heritage’s new Digital Literacy teacher for grades 1-4. It was during her freshman year at Anderson University when Kinney’s love of children turned into a calling to teaching. 

Jennifer Harrison - 6th Grade Instructional Assistant

Jennifer Harrison is an Instructional Assistant in the 6th grade, but teaching hasn’t always been a career on her radar. After graduating from Hanover College with a degree in math she worked as an accountant then took a break to start a family—she’s always had a love for kids.

Tracy Helm - Educational Support Services Teacher

Teaching is a family legacy for Educational Support Services (ESS) teacher Tracy Helm. Her mother set an example of excellent teaching and by the time she was a freshman in high school, Helm knew she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her role model.

Lori McCullough - Prep-K Teacher

We recently got to know new HCS teacher Lori MuCullough. She joined the Heritage family in 2016 as a substitute teacher and now serves as one of our Prep-K teachers in our Early Childhood Education program.

Beth Cardozo - Instructional Coordinator

Beth Cardozo is well known and well loved around HCS. She's a grad, a mom to 3 girls who are all at HCS, and she now works here as an Instructional Coordinator.

Julie Hight - Educational Support Services Director

For twenty-six years, ESS Director Julie Hight has shepherded and developed the group’s vision: to offer support and resources for students with learning differences and to give them every opportunity to thrive in the Heritage academic environment.

Sarah Terrell - Preschool Teacher

My favorite part of teaching is expanding my " family." I sincerely love my students as my own, and love building bonds and relationships with the families. Last year, I was able to teach a 2nd generation student, and I still keep in touch with many of my little people, who are now not so little.

Tony Hinkle - Middle & High School Science Teacher

Tony Hinkle came to HCS in 1995 and has taught all but one year since his arrival. Currently, he teaches integrated chemistry and physics, zoology, and botany in the high school, as well as core middle school science classes.

Grace Ries - Elementary Teacher

In 1st grade, Grace Ries had a teacher at HCS who made a huge impact on her. Since then, Grace knew that she wanted to make the same difference in kids' lives. Grace is now a first grade teacher and living her dream.

Kim Davis - High School Language & Literature Teacher

First as a parent and now as a high school language/literature teacher, Kim Davis has "always loved the community at Heritage." Her four children all attended HCS K-12, she started substitute teaching when the youngest was in first grade, and then officially started teaching in 2011.

Catherine Curry - Elementary Teacher

There are 685 stones in a jar at Catherine Curry's house. Those stones represent the 685 students that Curry has worked with in the nearly 23 years that she has been a Kindergarten teacher at Heritage. Continue reading to learn more about Curry.

Hannah McLean - Elementary Art Teacher

It’s easy to see Hannah McLean's enthusiasm for art and her love for her young students. It’s displayed all over her elementary art classroom, from students’ self-portraits mounted on primary-colored walls to a painted paper plate floral arrangement at the front of the room.

Tia Cavanaugh-Goggans - Middle School Discipleship and Diversity Coordinator

In talking with Tia Cavanaugh-Goggans, it doesn’t take long to discover her heartfelt passion for children and her love for Heritage students. The path that led her to her newly created role of discipleship diversity mentor has been paved with educational, professional and life experience that makes her perfectly suited for the job.

Elena Landa - High School Spanish Teacher

For Elena Landa, an experienced educator with 17 years in private and public school classrooms, much of her current personal and spiritual growth is happening in the context of her first year of teaching Spanish to Heritage intermediate and middle school students.

Dan Stroup - Middle School Bible Teacher

In talking with Heritage Bible teacher Dan Stroup, it’s easy to feel as if you’re the only person in the room. You get the sense that he’s really, truly listening. That he’s genuinely interested in what you have to say. And the truth is that he is.

Kyle Ray - Elementary Teacher & Varsity Football Head Coach

Each teacher at Heritage has their own unique personality that makes students want to be more involved in the classroom, allowing teachers to make school fun and engaging. Elementary Teacher, Kyle Ray, is one of these teachers. He has a positive energy and desire to connect with his students that will make him a great addition to theHeritage community.

Alicia Michaelsen - Elementary PE Teacher

As you walk into the elementary gym, seeing the plethora of students running around or playing games, you may spot Miss Alicia Michaelsen, the elementary PE teacher. Her positive energy and love for the students is evident in the way she interacts with them.

Tom Flynn - Men's Discipleship Leader

Even though he does not interact with students in a typical classroom setting, Tom Flynn is able to help students grow stronger in the faith as they are preparing for the challenges of their lives after high school, including their education.

Nancy Jacobson - Educational Support Services Teacher

Jacobson joined HCS' Educational Support Services (ESS) faculty in 2006 and has taught multiple grades within the Explorers and Directed Studies programs. Today, she teaches elementary students in the STAR small-group reading program and oversees the SEARCH AND TEACH one-to-one early intervention program. 

Teresa Stroop - Elementary Teacher

On a window ledge in Teresa Stroop's first-grade classroom sits a black, three-ring binder whose contents this Heritage teacher cherishes. In cutout letters and shapes, it's labeled "The Stroop Troops." Inside its covers are slip-covered pages with class photographs of every student she has taught during her 27 years at Heritage Christian School.

Erin Voiles - Choir Teacher

Choir Teacher, Erin Voiles firmly believes that every student has the ability to sing. Even, and maybe especially, those who don't think that they can. Over her three years of teaching here, she has seen many students do things vocally that they never dreamed possible, by embracing their unique voice and working hard to develop it.

Caryol Meyer - Educational Support Services Teacher

"It's all about encouraging the student to question deeply," she explains, "to verbalize their thinking and then come up with a process of strategy for learning the concepts." This process of learning through self-discovery empowers the student and helps them tap into their strengths, she says. Meyer loves to help "connect the dots" for students who sometimes struggle to understand concepts in a traditional setting.

Len Somers - Middle School History Teacher & Coach

Somers never tires of teaching the nine-week elective course about Lincoln that he developed over 12 years ago. Lincoln's life has become a springboard for Somers to draw spiritual applications from the pages of history. The legendary president's life changed in 1863, when he came to know Christ.

Carter Booker - High School Bible Teacher

"As believers, it is important that our minds be engaged in our walk with the Lord, just as much as our hearts," says Carter Booker, Heritage Bible teacher and Bible Department Head. To that end, Booker challenges his students to think critically and deeply about what it means to follow Christ. His senior Bible classes examine prevalent worldviews that stand in stark opposition to the Gospel: Naturalism, New Age, Pragmatism, Positivism, Pluralism and Consumerism.

Tami Crabtree - High School Guidance Counselor

With administration, recruitment, and marketing experience at Butler University, Tami Crabtree is well versed in any and all aspects of the college search, making her the obvious choice for one of Heritage's high school guidance counselors. Now, she coordinates school-wide events, organizes the annual Christian College Fair, and assists with every step of the college search process.

Caleb Schnake - High School Math Teacher & Coach

Talk to Freshman in accelerated math and you'll hear two things: "Schnake's class is killing me!" and "You have to take Schnake next year." What I thought would be contradictory statements often came from the same people, and often in the course of one conversation. With my friends' encouragement, I took Schnake's Honors Geometry course in my sophomore year. I was ready to change my schedule within the first week, and ended the year looking forward to math class for the very first time in my life.

Cathy Bartemus - Elementary Music Teacher

Imagine a colorful, spacious classroom at Heritage Christian School, where sun spills through big windows. Conga drums, xylophones, keyboards and a well-used guitar adorn the room. No need here for desks and chairs that typify other elementary school rooms.

Rachel Smiley - Educational Support Services Teacher

With 25 years of her life spent at Heritage, Rachel Smiley is perhaps even more of a fixture of the school than homecoming lip sync competitions or the playground ark. Now a core member of the Educational Support Services (ESS) department she integrates her life and family so deeply into the school that it becomes difficult to imagine it without her.

Jennifer Nutter - Elementary Teacher

We say all the time that our teachers are what make Heritage special. The impact they have extends beyond the classroom and into the Indianapolis community. For five years, Jennifer Nutter and her family have worked with friends to provide donated items to refugee families on Indy's west side.