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Meet Our Teachers & Staff

Our teachers and staff 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 videos and profiles below.

Hear From Our Teachers

Teacher Feature: Renee Salsbury
Teacher Feature: Jennifer Nutter
Teacher Feature: Len Somers
Teacher Feature: Kelly Skinner
Teacher Feature: Kim Davis

Profiles of Our Teachers and Staff Members



Martha Boltz - Prep-K & Kindergarten Teacher


Martha Boltz is a beloved prep-k and kindergarten teacher who will complete her 30th year of teaching at Heritage this spring. She has known she wanted to teach kindergarten since she was in 6th grade.

Maggie Clark - School Nurse


This year, Maggie started working in the HCS nurses’ office. Though her job looks a little different this year due to COVID, she enjoys getting to know the students and being a support to them.

Karen Snyder - Eagle Care & Dismissal Assistant


“One of my biggest joys is simply being a consistent, encouraging presence in their lives... So having the opportunity to be a reassuring presence, a voice that reminds them of His constancy, and a person who cares about each of them as an individual–that is my goal and source of joy.”
 

Katie Goff - Permanent Substitute Teacher


Katie is a permanent substitute teacher in Prep-K through 6th grade. Katie grew up spending a lot of time in a school setting–and at Heritage. Her mom, Sharon Rager, was an HCS elementary teacher for many years, and Katie attended HCS for most of her schooling.

Betsy Steele


Betsy volunteers with Bentley’s Buddies and Friends where students with reading needs can come read to dogs to become better readers. Before COVID, Betsy often took her therapy dog, Miles, to schools and hospitals.

Karisa Steiner - Elementary Art Teacher


“I love how uninhibited and creative young kids are when it comes to creating art. I love seeing how students take an art project and add their own unique features and interpretation.”

Joy Fehl - 1st Grade Teacher


Joy is excited to be part of the Heritage community and to watch her students learn how to read more independently. She most loves when they ask genuine, thoughtful questions.

Paula Gates - Elementary Teacher Assistant


After several years, Paula has returned to Heritage as an elementary teacher assistant, mostly helping the 1st grade classes as their library assistant. She most loves seeing her students learn and grow.

Laura Krajewski - High School English Teacher


Laura is teaching freshmen and sophomores, laying the groundwork for reading and writing critically. She remembers her own sophomore year was when she fell in love with the subject of English and began to care more about her writing.

Eileen Cantrell - 6th Grade Teacher


Eileen is excited to be teaching her favorite subjects – social studies and science! “Hopefully the students will grow to love them as well,” she said. “I look forward to applying what we learn to our everyday lives and seeing how it all connects together!”

Jessie Foster - 2nd Grade Teacher


Jessie loves teaching 2nd graders because they are becoming more independent but they still think she’s funny! She most loves witnessing students finally understand a concept they’ve been struggling with.

Michaela Egler - 1st Grade Teacher


Michaela joins us as a recent Elementary Education graduate from the University of Southern Indiana. She is excited about developing relationships with her students and watching them grow and transform throughout the year.

Heather Merriman - Preschool Teacher


Heather loves watching her students learn new things or do something independently for the first time. She enjoys being able to sing fun songs, develop creative ways to encourage learning, and be silly with her kids.

Jessica Robinson - 8th Grade Math Teacher


Jessica enjoys building relationships with her students and discovering what they enjoy doing outside the classroom. She also loves seeing them grow in confidence with their math abilities.

Lauren Upchurch - 3rd Grade Teacher


Lauren loves watching her students learn things they never thought they could do, and she’s especially excited about being able to openly talk about Jesus and pray with her students.

Alice Reinhart - Preschool Aide


Preschool aide, Alice Reinhart, loves seeing her students grow during a school year: they often begin the year lacking confidence, but end the year loving to learn and playing with their peers.

Janet Kincheloe - 5th Grade Teacher


Janet enjoys watching her students have “aha” moments when they figure something out. She also loves building relationships with her students and creating hands-on lessons.

Rachel Thomas - ESS Star Reading Teacher


Having attended Heritage from K-12, Rachel was excited when a position for an Educational Support Services (ESS) teacher came up. She loves getting to work with different grade levels and helping children improve their reading skills.

Kelly Skinner - Science Teacher


Kelly Skinner is an HCS alum from the class of 1997 and has returned to Heritage to teach Honors Chemistry, Honors Physiology, and 7th grade Life Science.

Ali Engle - 2nd Grade Teacher


Ali has found that second graders hold an especially soft spot in her heart. “It’s such a fun age because the kiddos are little enough that they still think their teacher is cool, but they are starting to become independent and higher thinkers,” she said.

Julie Linton - 6th Grade Teacher


Julie comes to Heritage with years of experience teaching in public schools at both the elementary and junior high levels. She’s eager to be able to share her faith with her students here at Heritage.

Kate Bennett - Intermediate School Math Teacher


Kate loves working with children and she has always enjoyed math, so she is looking forward to combining these two passions in this position at Heritage. She most enjoys working alongside struggling students and then witnessing them have “ah ha” moments.

Kristina Thompson - Prep-K Teacher


Meet Kristina Thompson, our newest Prep-K teacher! Kristina has a passion for serving others and being surrounded by children, so she’s excited about this role.

Kristin Smiley - 4th Grade Language Arts Teacher


Kristin graduated from Eastern Illinois University and is currently working on her Masters in Literary Instruction from Ball State University. Working with children has been a desire of hers ever since she was a child herself – she used to play school in her basement every day after school.

Kimberly Galloway - Kindergarten Teacher


Kimberly first discovered an interest in teaching when she worked in a daycare in high school. She studied Elementary Education at the University of Southern Indiana, and has previously taught third and fifth grade.

Lisa Foster - Science & Engineering Teacher


After a successful 10-year chemical engineering career and time at home with her young children, Lisa Foster returned to college and earned her teaching certificate. She taught in several public schools before God opened the door to teach at Heritage.

Angie Wilkins - Kindergarten Aide


“There’s hardly a day that I don’t come home without a smile after being around the kindergartners. They love you so unconditionally!”

Melissa Lawler - High School Art Teacher


High school art teacher Melissa Lawler is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to her art. When she’s not at school teaching, she may be knitting, spinning, and dying a sweater, taking photos, or selling her ceramics artwork.

Brad Gregory - Band Director & Bible Teacher


Brad Gregory keeps busy teaching all 5th-12th grade band classes, middle school and high school jazz bands, and two seventh grade Bible classes. He also plays in the pit orchestra for Heritage musicals and runs the Honors Band Day. 

Janice Houghton - Librarian


Anyone who’s attended Heritage in the last 30 years knows Janice Houghton, the school librarian! She loves getting to introduce students to good books, to be a part of dozens of research projects, and to collaborate with teachers across all grade levels.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 McCullough. 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.

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 Gilmore - Elementary Teacher


In 1st grade, Grace Gilmore 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.

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.

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.

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

"Everything I do is with the intent that students fully comprehend math and honor God more," Caleb Schnake says. His classes include writing papers, measuring the school with trigonometry and standing on desks—practices uncommon for math classes, but every bit as effective.
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.