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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.

Teacher Feature Videos

Teacher Feature: Renee Salsbury
Teacher Feature: Kaleigh Bennett
Teacher Feature: Kim Davis
Teacher Feature: Caleb Schnake
Teacher Feature: Jennifer Nutter

Teacher Profiles (Filter by Category)

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.

Angela Ruiz-Pearce - Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Thirty years ago, Angela Ruiz-Pearce was a busy young mom with a high school diploma. Today, she’s the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Heritage Christian with four degrees under her belt. Angela has seen how God has guided her on her path to Heritage.

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.

Heather McIntyre - Bus Driver

Meet Heather McIntyre, one of the HCS morning bus drivers! Heather stays plenty busy raising her two kids who both attend HCS, driving the bus, and working with WICR 88.7 FM.

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.

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.

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 - Elementary Library 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.

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

"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.