Many of our teachers have:

  • Over 20-30 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
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Served in the missionary field and all are active in their church community

Our Family

Chris Miller

Administrator

 cmiller@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

M.Div. Liberty Seminary; M.A.R. Liberty Seminary; B.A. Religion Liberty University

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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

Cynthia H. Kern

4th/5th Grade Teacher

 ckern@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

M.S. Elementary Education, 1982, Millersville State College, Millersville, PA B.S. Elementarry Education (K-8) and Special Education (k-12), 1978, Millersville State College, Millersville, PA

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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.”

Kaitlyn Horst

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher and Coach

 kfedor@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Millersville University.

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I have worked at Hershey Christian/LMS Hershey for the past five years. I taught 3rd grade for 4 of those years. My passion is teaching. I also love sports, playing them, watching them and coaching them. I love spending time with my family, taking trips to the beach, and coffee! My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Susan Eckert

6th-9th Grade Teacher

 seckert@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

Bachelor's of Philosophy in Socio-Economic Geography, Honors Program, Penn State Main Campus; Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University, SC; Anabaptist Educator's Certificate, Mennonite Education Agency, IN; Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction for Christian Schools, Regent University, VA; Certification through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Developer of Makerspace.

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I am a lifetime learner. There are so many fascinating things to discover and explore! A few of my interests are genealogy, ancient history, other languages and cultures, home improvements, piano-playing, Scripture memory, and time with my family.

"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what He has promised" (Hebrews 10:35-36).

James Fairman

Music Teacher and Coach

 jfairman@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Houghton College, Houghton, New York; Masters Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Over 35 years of teaching experience primarily in Christian education.

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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”.

Brookye Keeney

Art Teacher

 bkeeney@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from Alfred University Alfred, NY 2002

10 years experience teaching at private schools and museum education programs

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I love making things and am always on the lookout for opportunities to learn a new process. Whether it's a new fine art material like water mixable oil paints, a computer program for digital arts or the ancient art of copper etching, I'm interested! Encouraging my students to develop a passion for art making and learning the skills to view and interpret the world around them is what makes teaching exciting to me. When I'm not making artwork you can find me cheering my sons on at a swim meet, baking something special to share with friends or reading in a hammock in my back yard. I'm a member of the Chambers Hill United Methodist Church and one of my favorite Bible verses is: "Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV)

Lynn Barr

Learning Support Teacher

 lbarr@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

B.S. in Health, PE and Recreation from Lock Haven University M. Ed. in Education with a Special Ed. Certification from Temple University.

11 years teaching learning support.

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John 10:3-4 The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Nicole Cruzan

K/1st Grade Teacher

 ncruzan@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

B.S. Early Childhood Education M. Ed Special Education

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It is so exciting to watch students learn and grow. I love seeing children experience “ah-ha!” moments and gain confidence in their abilities, while watching their unique personalities bloom. I taught several years and earned my Master of Education prior to starting our family. I was then blessed to spend time at home watching my own children grow and discover new things. I began teaching again when my youngest entered school full- time. I love spending time with my family, my pets, and taking long runs to rejuvenate my mind and body. One of my favorite passages of scripture and continual reminder to keep my focus on the Lord is found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Niccole Rice

Pre-K Teacher

 nrice@hersheychristianacademy.org

EDUCATION

B.S. Early Childhood Education from Penn State University with dual certification in Pre-K through 4th grade, as well as Kindergarten through 6th grade.

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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."

**We are currently accepting applications for a Before-School and After-School Coordinator!  Before-School Coordinator will be on site from 6:45 am-7:45 am.  After-School Coordinator will be on site from 2:45 pm- 5:30 pm.  Please click this link to download the application.**

Although we are not currently hiring for teacher positions, we are  accepting applications for future employment opportunities. Please submit your application, resume, written testimony and references to our office at the address below.  Please be sure to read our Statement of Faith to ensure you are comfortable with our focus.

Hershey Christian Academy, 99 Valley Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036.  You may also submit applications to info@HersheyChristianAcademy.org