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 20-30 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

  • Pursued ongoing professional development

  • Served in the missionary field and all are active in their church communities


Our Family

Chris Miller

Administrator

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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

Niccole Rice

K4/K5 Teacher

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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."

Jodi Kirman

1st Grade Teacher

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EDUCATION

B.S. Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Eastern University.

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We are excited to have Jodi Kirman as a long-term substitute for our Kindergarten/1st Grade classroom! Jodi has 15 years of experience in the classroom, and we are blessed to have her experience and skills!

Kaitlyn Horst

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher and Coach

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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."

Patrick Hamill

4th Grade Teacher

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EDUCATION

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University

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Cynthia H. Kern

5th/6th Grade Teacher

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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.”

Susan Eckert

Secondary Teacher

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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 Gym Teacher

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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”.

Sherry Longenecker

Elementary Makerspace and Art Teacher

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EDUCATION

B.S. in Education, Millersville University 1988 Dual certification in Elementary Education (K-6th Gr) and Early Childhood Education (Preschool- 3rd Gr.)

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I have experience as a multi-age teacher, substitute teacher, long term substitute, homebound instructor, and preschool teacher. I have a love for learning and aim to instill that passion into my students. I enjoy creating and decorating, whether it is cake decorating, baking, crocheting, painting, sewing, jewelry making, or furniture and home remodeling projects. I also love playing flute, spending time with my family, biking, hiking, and kayaking. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 .

Ronald Zeigler

Secondary Math Teacher

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EDUCATION

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, (PCA) as a Teaching Elder/Pastor, MDiv-Chesapeake Theological Seminary, Teaching Certificate-Biology grades 9-12, General Science 5-12. Bachelor of Science in General Studies from Towson University. High School diploma from Mechanicsburg Senior High School.

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Currently called as the State Capitol Minister with Ministry to State of the PCA, to establish an outreach/support ministry to civil government workers in our state capitol. Taught History of the Christian Church and Algebra 1 at C.H.E.S.S. (Creative Home Educators Support Services). Served as an associate pastor for 5 ½ years and as a solo pastor for over 13 years. Home schooled my three youngest children for over 10 years. Taught secondary science and coached wrestling for 7 years in the Baltimore County Public Schools. I have been married to my lovely wife since 1989 and we have four wonderful children ages 24 to 18. Our home congregation is Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Mt. Joy and we live in Palmyra, PA. I love talking to anyone, anytime, and any where about knowing God in Jesus Christ. I enjoy all types of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing hiking and all kinds of back yard games, especially corn hole and horseshoes. Baseball is my favorite sport to watch is baseball, especially when my two sons play for their varsity teams. I am glad to be serving part-time as Secondary Math teacher at Hershey Christian Academy. My life passage is Ephesians 2:1-10.

Celinda Kulp

Secondary Spanish Teacher

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EDUCATION

B.S. in Biblical Education from Columbia International University.

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I grew up speaking Spanish in my missionary family in Mexico. I have taught High School Spanish at Middletown Christian School and Mt. Calvary Christian School. For 20 years, I have taught homeschool teens in CHESS (a homeschool co-op) and in other groups. My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Don Ramirez

Elementary Spanish Teacher

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EDUCATION

M.A. in Linguistics from University of Texas at Arlington; M.Th. from Seminario Teologico Hispanoamericano; B.A. with minor in Philosophy and major in Theology from Seminario Teologico Hispanoamericano; Agronomist Degree from Agricultural Technical Institute in Guatemala

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Brenda Oren

Secondary Science Teacher

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EDUCATION

B.S. Biology from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY Medical Technologist MTASCP Specialist Virology Binghamton General Hospital, Binghamton NY

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We are currently accepting applications for Substitute Teachers and an After School Club Coordinator! 

 Please view job descriptions for the above positions HERE.  To apply, submit your curriculum vitae and resume to our office at the address or email below.  Please be sure to read our Statement of Faith to ensure you are comfortable with our focus.  All positions require clearances.  View our non discrimination statement HERE.

Hershey Christian Academy, 99 Valley Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036. 

You may also submit applications to [email protected]