FACULTY & STAFF

Elementary School Faculty

Cheri Andrews

Physical Education Teacher

I’ve been at TCA for several years after teaching developmental reading to middle school students in Indiana. I graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in English and have done graduate work at West Chester University. I love coming to work every day because every day is different with its own challenges and joys. Every student that has crossed my path is unique and is valued in God’s eyes and I am grateful to have watched them grow through their struggles into Godly caring adults. How fun it has been to now get to teach some of their children! I appreciate working alongside teachers with a caring heart for every child that enters the doors of TCA. I’m an animal lover and my 96 year old mother and I share my home with Samuel Joseph, a 1 year old puppy, and cats Trooper, Peaches and Buster Allen. The rest of my family live in South Carolina. The beach is my happy place but lately Gatlinburg, TN has stolen my heart with its hometown charm and beauty. In my free time, I enjoy going to yard sales, landscaping, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and any type of water sports. I’m a huge college sports fan and my teams are the Florida Gators and Clemson Tigers. I’m looking forward to being back in person with the students and teachers!

Taylor University, BS

Deb Dutton

PK-12 Principal, Elementary Lead

I have a long history with TCA where I have been a student, a parent, a teacher and now an administrator. I have had the privilege of seeing TCA from many angles which has only deepened my love for the school community. I graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education and received a Master degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University. I taught first grade before my husband and I started our family. I chose to stay home and with my four children until my youngest son was ready to come to school. I was excited to return to TCA as a middle school teacher. Coming to TCA each day brings joy to my life through the daily interactions and relationships with the students and my colleagues. I love the freedom to share God’s truths openly with the students and pray for them daily. While I enjoy reading on the beach, I also love to spend time with my family at our cabin in Potter County. I am a hometown girl when it comes to sports as I love watching the Eagles, Sixers and Phillies! In my role now as the elementary principal, it’s exciting to watch the growth that happens as the students embrace the truths they are being taught in the classrooms. I believe TCA creates an environment where all students can find value in the gifts God has blessed them with and I am grateful to be a part of that process.

West Chester University, BS; Cairn University, MA

Dawn Force

2nd Grade Teacher

I have the privilege this year of teaching second grade, which I taught before I had children of my own. I have 5 kids (3 of whom graduated from TCA) and have been married for 31 years. In my spare time, I enjoy a good movie or book, and listening to or singing along to music. Besides being a teacher at TCA, I am also alumni and was blessed with wonderful teachers who loved the Lord and prepared me well for college and beyond. I also came to know the Lord as my personal Savior during my first year at TCA in BIble class, so TCA has always been a vital part of my life.

West Chester University, BS

Sarah Gerlach

Elementary Art, High School Photography Teacher

I am celebrating my 12th year at TCA. I teach Elementary Art and High School Photography. In addition to my teaching, I am the set designer for our High School Drama department as well as a member of our Marketing team. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the entire range of our student body, engaging with their everyday lives, and being a support to them as they grow. I am also a parent at TCA, my daughter Iris is in 5th Grade and I am so grateful that I have the privilege to be a part of her educational experience. My husband Joel and I met in college, moved from Pittsburgh and Chicago to start our life in Southeastern, Pa. As a family, we love to listen to music and be outdoors. TCA has been wonderful to us and we are thankful to be a part of the TCA family.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, BS

Erin Gray

High School Math Teacher

I joined the TCA family through marriage in 2003.  My husband Bill is a TCA graduate; my mother-in-law first hired me as a math teacher that same year.  I love TCA dearly because of God’s presence and the amazing faculty and staff that He places here each year.  I received my undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2000.  Since then I have taught or tutored every math class from 6th grade math through AP Calculus.  I enjoy solving problems and I love the orderliness and predictability of math.  I also love being with high school students!  When I’m not at TCA, you might find me working out at the YMCA, attempting to feed my family of six, or in the mini van running to soccer practices or dance classes.  I might also be walking our sweet Cavapoo, reading, or taking a nap!  

 

Georgia Institute of Technology, BS in Industrial Engineering

Michelle Griffith

Pre-K Teacher

I am both humbled and delighted to be teaching in Pre-K at The Christian Academy. I have been married to my husband Al for 24 years and together we have five children, ranging in age from 4 to 18, all of whom have been students here. I have a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries from Grove City College and have been serving in children’s ministry for 28 years. It has brought me great joy to be able to teach all of my children how to read – one of the ways God has allowed us to explore and enjoy the world around us. I enjoy watching movies with my kids, reading a classic or good spy novel, mid-morning hot coffee, and Sunday naps. Many things make me cry, and even more things make me laugh. God is good.

Diana Howard

Curriculum and Media Specialist

I have been in the education field for the last 26 years. This is my 13th year at The Christian Academy. Before being blessed to serve at TCA as the Media Specialist, I served as Dean of Students, as well as taught 1st and 3rd grades. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University and my master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University. My husband of 23 years and I have two adult sons and one very spoiled Boxer puppy. My youngest son is a graduate of TCA. I enjoy spending time with my family cheering on our favorite teams the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Eagles and being active in my church. When time permits, I love relaxing on the beach listening to the waves while reading a good book. I look forward to welcoming all of our students and new families back and am excited to see what God has planned for this school year.

Millersville University, BS

Lori Miller

3rd Grade Teacher

I am excited to continue serving the Lord at The Christian Academy. This year will be my 13th year at TCA teaching the awesome third-graders. I graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Cairn University – Elementary Education and Bible. I then received my masters at Neumann University in Instructional Leadership with a special education certificate. My husband Ryan and I have been married for 6 years and have two children who will be starting at TCA this year. We also have two dogs and a fish. In my free time I like to spend time with family, read, crochet and go to the beach. If I can be of service in any way, please contact me at lmiller@tca-pa.org

Philadelphia Biblical University, BS; Neumann University, MS

Leslie Montgomery

5th Grade Teacher

Kaylynn Plasterer

Kindergarten Teacher

 

I am thrilled to be a part of the TCA family.  I am passionate about building relationships with students and helping to bring up the next generation to be on fire for Jesus. I am newly married and new to the area, and so very excited about these changes in my life. I graduated from Liberty University in December of 2020 with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Outside of school, I love coffee, Target, and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Euhnee Roberts

Elementary School Faculty

 

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Eunhee completed her undergraduate work in English Literature & Language, then worked as an English instructor for both Hansol Education, teaching young children, and Kimberly-Clark, teaching staff. Later work with Korean orphans compelled her to move to the United States in 2001 to pursue graduate work in Christian Education & Family Therapy. After obtaining her masters, she spent several years as the Elementary Children’s Director for a large Korean church in Maryland. After meeting and marrying her husband, she moved to Pennsylvania and worked for a traditional preschool for one year before taking a position at a Philadelphia Montessori school, teaching preschool and kindergarten students over a 4-year span. She later obtained her M. Ed in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Certification. She is excited to pour her training, decades of teaching experience, and love for children into The Christian Academy.

 

When she isn’t busy teaching, studying, or crafting homemade classroom materials, she and her husband enjoy eating ethnic food, traveling, and mountain hiking.

Holly Spitale

1st Grade Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of the TCA faculty. My twenty plus year career has been spent in public education. I have taught K-3rd grades, but spent the majority of those years in first grade.   I love first grade, and can’t wait to see what God has in store for this year!  I can’t wait to  be able to speak the name of Jesus freely and give Him all the glory for his faithfulness to me. 

 

I am a coffee loving Eagles fan who enjoys hanging with my family, jogging, leading  fitness classes, or outside enjoying the weather. 

 

I am excited to begin this great adventure with my husband of 18 years Mike , my son Caleb, who will be a freshman  at TCA and my two daughters Madison and Kiley who will be in 7th and 6th grade this year.

Lynn Zettlemoyer

Elementary Music and Aftercare

This is my sixth year of serving the Lord at TCA, and it is also my twenty-sixth year as a Christian school music educator. I truly enjoy being in the classroom, helping students to develop a lifelong love of music. I have a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Houghton College, and a Master’s degree in music education from Ithaca College. From 2002-2011, I taught music at a Christian international school in Nairobi, Kenya. I love to write and arrange music, and am a published composer. I love architecture, and also enjoy sewing and gardening.

Houghton College, BMus; Ithaca College, MMus