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Our teachers and staff prayerfully and joyfully invest in the lives of our students. In addition to their love for Christ and for all people, many have:

  • Over 20-40 years of experience
  • Obtained advanced educational degrees
  • Taught across multiple grades using a variety of teaching styles, including traditional classrooms, individualized education, tutoring, home school, online and resource rooms
  • Developed unique teaching styles that incorporate the best parts of each of these approaches
  • Been trained in conflict resolution management, which contributes to the peaceful learning environment of the school
  • Pursued ongoing professional development
  • Served in the missionary field and all are active in their church communities

Our Family

Cynthia H. Kern


Teaching elementary is where my heart lies, and in seeing lives of students turned to Jesus. I have 40 years of experience teaching elementary through various grades, and I am currently lead elementary teacher, focusing on developing a cohesive and passionate teaching team. I believe in teaching to the individual; that is, I see each child as uniquely gifted and skilled, and I teach and challenge to their abilities. I love to read and spend time with my family and friends. Some favorite verses of mine are found in Ephesians 3:20, 21 which say: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Chris Miller

Academic Coordinator

Chris accepted Christ at the age of five and has been growing in his faith ever since! His hobbies include disc golf, ultimate Frisbee, fishing, collecting coins and traveling. Two of his favorite travel destinations are Florence, Italy Machu Picchu, Peru and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Several of his favorite things include author, J.R.R. Tolkien, movies Braveheart and Out of Africa, Bible characters David and John the disciple, steak and pepperoni pizza (convinced they will both be in Heaven!) and sports involving Philadelphia and Penn State; and Liberty University. Chris has had several interesting interns as a veterinary assistant and as a flavor chemist for Hershey Foods Corp. as well as having lived a year in Argentina, South America as a pastoral intern and missionary. “I love studying, and research. My favorite topics are biblical history, creationism, discipleship, biblical hermeneutics, and cross-cultural biblical contextualization. I love speaking and teaching Spanish. I also love to spiritually develop and mentor students. I believe in letting God drive all areas of my life. The greatest way to impact this world is to live openly with Him, for the world to see, and to live with integrity and humility.” Favorite Bible passage: “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.” Psalm 119:33-35

Alysia Wertley

Business Coordinator

Cathy Snyder

Pre-K Teacher

I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field for almost 25 years. I have spent the majority of this time teaching Preschool and also in administration of an Early Childhood Center. I absolutely LOVE that God is an integral part of who we are at HCA! What a blessing to see the children grow, academically, socially, AND in their walk with the Lord! A meaningful Bible verse of mine is Matthew 17:20, He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Niccole Rice

K4/K5 Teacher

I have been working in the field of education since I graduated from high school. I have worked in childcare centers (one which was nationally accredited) and as a substitute in public, private and charter schools. I love serving the Lord in whatever way he calls me to do so. One of my favorite God-given purposes is being a "boy-mom." I live on a farm with my husband and two sons. There are always lots of mud pies and messes in my life. My boys keep me very busy. My husband is a carpenter at HersheyPark. He works on all of the wooden roller coasters; he is also a wrestling coach. When my family isn’t at home, we enjoy supporting my husband and his wrestling team, visiting HersheyPark, camping and spending time outdoors. We also enjoy a good superhero movie every now and again. Proverbs 3:5 "Trust the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Amanda Allen

1st Grade Teacher

Nicole Feinour

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

Patrick Hamill

4th Grade Teacher

Mr. Hamill has applied his enthusiasm for teaching and working in elementary schools for over ten years now. He especially appreciates teaching students at HCA because of the school's God-first focus and student-centered approaches. When he is not teaching, Mr. Hamill likes being with his wife and daughter, spending time outside, and following many different sports teams. Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Sarah Harvey

5th Grade Teacher

Lynn Wagner

6th Grade Teacher

James Fairman

Music Teacher and Gym Teacher

Over the years my primary interests and involvement have been in the area of music and physical education. I have taught music from levels K thru 12 and coached soccer and basketball on both the middle school and high school levels. I presently hold a certification from NASM in the area of personal training and am an avid bicyclist. A scripture verse that has been meaningful to me over the years is I Corinthians 10:31 “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

Brenda Oren

Secondary Science & Bible Teacher

Lisa Bonfanti

Secondary English & History Teacher

Kallista Scharf

6th Grade Teacher