Faculty and Staff

We have an amazing staff at Bethany Christian School! The faculty and staff are the ambassadors to students, families, and others associated with the school. Their role and function is of paramount significance to the school, whether that role be in the classroom, office, lunchroom, or playground. All strive to fulfill the mission and vision of Bethany Christian School. All employees of the school require a profession of faith in Christ, screening and fingerprinting. A staff member with current training in first aid and CPR is present on campus at all times.

Faculty:

Kindergarten Teacher, Genevieve Ferrara

Mrs. Ferrara is the Kindergarten Teacher at Bethany Christian School, and has taught both kindergarten and third grade. She received her BA in Education from Ottawa University, and her Master in Education from University of Phoenix. In her free time, she loves doing anything and everything with her family! She is married to her husband, Anthony, and has four children – Michael, Anthony, Dominic and Bella. They also love their guinea pig, Vincent.

“I love teaching kindergarten! I feel blessed to work at a Christian school where I get to share God’s word with these precious children daily. I love to watch the light bulb go on and see children learn how to read and write! I consider it a true blessing to be a teacher.”

Kindergarten Teacher, Kayla De Bruin

Miss De Bruin teaches Kindergarten at Bethany Christian School.  She received her BA in Elementary Education from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. She has also received her Associates Degree from Dordt College as well. In her free time, Miss De Bruin enjoys reading, playing tennis, and spending time with her extended family, who lives nearby.

“I love being in an atmosphere where lots of learning and growth is taking place. I also love being able to make an impact in students’ lives as well.”

Kindergarten Assistant, Stephanie Blue

Mrs. Blue is the Kindergarten Assistant at Bethany Christian School. Prior to assisting our Kindergarten classroom, she taught preschool for three years. She received her associates degree from Edmonds Community College in Washington. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, whether it is hanging out together, going to dinner, playing games, or enjoying the pool. She is married to her husband, Michael, and has two children, Trevor and Lauren.

“I love getting to know every single child and meeting them right where they are. I love pointing them towards Christ!”

First Grade Teacher, April Ellis

Mrs. Ellis is the First Grade Teacher at Bethany Christian School. She received her BA in Communication from Point Loma Nazarene University and her Masters in Elementary Education from Arizona State University with a certification in ESL. In her free time, she loves reading, hiking and having fun with her family. She is married to her husband, Scot, and has two sons, Tyler and Dylan. They also love their dog, Joey.

“I love helping students discover that learning is fun!”

First Grade Assistant, Mary Lou Lloyd

Mrs. Lloyd is the First Grade Assistant at Bethany Christian School. She retired from full-time teaching in 2013 after over 20 years in education. She received her BA from Anderson University and MA from Ball State University. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, and watching all types of sports with her husband. She and her husband have two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-love, and a grandson they adore, Jackson.

“I love that the Bible is a part of our curriculum and that we get to teach everything from a Christian worldview!”

Second Grade Teacher, Elisabeth Witbeck

Miss Witbeck is the Second Grade Teacher at Bethany Christian School. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She is passionate about integrating the arts in her teaching. In her free time she loves hiking, painting, watching movies, and spending quality time with friends and family.

“I love teaching at BCS because I not only get to teach my students about God’s character, but who they are in Christ and how they can have a personal relationship with Him.”

Second Grade Assistant, Melissa Ainsworth

Mrs. Ainsworth is the Second Grade Aide and Fourth Grade Reading Teacher at Bethany Christian School. She received her Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to her time at Bethany Christian School, she was a teacher, librarian and reading specialist. In her free time, she loves to scrapbook, spend time with her family, play games, go to the movies, and do arts and crafts with her daughters. She is married to her husband, Trent, and has two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel.

“I love being able to come alongside children and direct them to the Lord and work out our problems and pray and ask for guidance. I also love our staff. They are an amazing group of godly men and women.”

Third Grade Teacher, Kris Sawyers

Mrs. Sawyers is one of the Third Grade teachers at Bethany Christian School. She received her BS in Liberal Studies from California State University Long Beach and her Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University. In her free time, she enjoys reading and hanging out with her family. She is married to her husband, Marty, and has two children, Makenzie and Connor. They also have two dogs, Lucy and Ricky.

“Every day is different and I love watching faces light up when students learn something new!”

Fourth Grade Teacher, Louise Nichols

Mrs. Nichols is a Fourth Grade Teacher at Bethany Christian School. She received her BA in Psychology from Ottawa University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, spending time with her family and eating chocolate. She is married to her husband, Kurt, and has two daughters, Kate and Sara. They also love their lemon beagle, Foxy.

“I love sharing God’s Word in all subjects every day!”

Fourth Grade Teacher, Kim West

Mrs. West is one of the two fourth grade teachers this year at Bethany Christian School.  She has taught for twenty nine years, from kindergarten to college, the majority of which were in Christian schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Grand Canyon University, and her Master’s Degree at Arizona State University. Mrs. West is married and has four children. Her hobbies include reading, playing the flute and piccolo, and spending time with family and friends.  She is the proud owner of two cats and one “grandcat”.

“I feel so privileged to be at Bethany Community School, for here I can teach the students about Jesus. There is nothing more important than that!”

Fifth Grade Teacher, Charmain Thorneycroft

Mrs. Thorneycroft is the Fifth Grade Teacher at Bethany Christian School. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University. In her free time, she enjoys walking, running, hiking, reading, baking, and watching sports on TV. She is married to her husband, Lee, and has three grown children.

“My favorite thing about teaching is making sure my students feel loved and accepted. I enjoy encouraging my students in all sorts of ways. When students feel loved, they tend to learn more.”

Middle School Teacher, Diana Rhoades

Mrs. Rhoades is the Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher. She teaches 6th grade language arts, 6th – 8th grade history, and Pre-Algebra. She received her BS in Family Studies from Arizona State University and her teaching certification from Ottawa University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing games, and singing. She is married to her husband, Tyler, and has a daughter, Catherine.

“I love impacting children’s lives for Jesus! I feel very blessed that God brought me to Bethany Christian School years ago, and I am excited to see how He will continue to move at our school.”

Middle School Teacher, Jason Jefferson

 

 

 

Middle School Teacher, Paula Beal

Mrs. Beal is the Eighth Grade Homeroom Teacher at Bethany Christian School. She teaches 6th-8th Grade Science, 8th Grade Bible, and 7th Grade Math. She received her BS in Accounting from Lubbock Christian University and Masters in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, making crafts, and sewing. She is married to her husband, Tim, and they have three children, Madi, Jayken, and Hope. They also have three dogs, Cash, Sandy and Sage; one guinea pig, Buggsy; two snakes, Jake and Slinky; and four lizards, Diego, Megan, Ginger and Nubs.

“I love seeing Jesus in the students’ hearts and watching them grow in their faith in the Lord while learning all the different subjects, including Bible class.”

Music Teacher, Sharon Maxwell

Miss Maxwell teaches Music for grades K-5, Middle School Worship Team, and MS Performing Arts. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana. This is her fifth year of teaching, she has taught 5th and 6th grade, middle school and high school English, Drama, and Music. In her spare time, Miss Maxwell enjoys playing the piano, watching Chicago sports, doing calligraphy, kickboxing, and crafting.

“I love working at BCS because I get to teach the students to love singing and worshiping our Lord.  The community and spirit here is incredible; I have never seen or been a part of anything like it.  I am so thankful the Lord brought me to Bethany!”

Athletic Director/PE Teacher, Matt Wiehl

Coach Wiehl is the Athletic Director and PE Teacher at Bethany Christian School. He has taught and coached for over 20 years. He received his BS in Physical Education from Tennessee Temple University. Prior to working at Bethany Christian School, he coached Mens’ Soccer at Arizona Christian University. He currently coaches Boys’ Soccer at Valley Christian High School. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching his son play college soccer, hiking the various trails in the Valley of the Sun, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. He is married to his wife, Melissa, and they have two sons, Taylor and Travis.

“I really enjoy encouraging our students to take pride in their school by participating in our athletic program. Go Bobcats!”

Computer Teacher/IT Support, Trish King

Mrs. King is the Computer Specialist at Bethany Christian School and also teachers our advanced math courses. She graduated with a BS in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University. Prior to working at our school, she was a Systems Analyst for SRP. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, camping, and reading. She is married to her husband, Marshall, and has two grown daughters, Jennifer and Kelsey. She also loves her spoiled golden retriever, Maggie.

“I love the sense of family and community at Bethany Christian School, and impacting a student’s life not just with technology, but Jesus.”

Administration and Support Staff:

Administrator, Kary Sterkowitz

Mrs. Sterkowitz is the Administrator at Bethany Christian School. She received her BA and Masters in Education from Arizona State University. She has been in a teaching role for over 20 years, and in an administrative role for the last 13 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family doing just about anything. She is married to her husband, Joe, and has two grown children, Savanna and Paul. She also enjoys time with her two grandsons, Jordan and Quest, and two dogs, Shilo and Maya.

“I love partnering with families and staff who love the Lord and who are dedicated to raising up His children in His truth and love.”

Business Manager, Renee Lucci

Mrs. Lucci is the Business Manager at Bethany Christian School and coordinates family accounts, HR needs, and school finances. She graduated with her BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Prior to working at our school, she held several Office Management and HR positions in the High Tech Software industry. In her free time, she leads worship at her church, reads, and enjoys time with her family. She is married to her husband, Bob, and has two grown daughters, Marisa and Ashley. She also loves her two precious grandchildren, Scarlett and Jaden, and two Australian Shepherd dogs, Lexi and Cody.

“I love the Christian community, amazing co-workers and fabulous families. I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful family of believers. Each family and student are dear to my heart and I am thankful that I can be a part of your lives.”

Receptionist, Sheri Lorbeck

Mrs. Lorbeck is the Receptionist at Bethany Christian School, and is usually the first person you will talk to you if you call or visit our school! She received her BS in Quantitative Business Analysis from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and watching her nephew play baseball. She is married to her husband, Pete, and has two grown daughters, Kelsey and Kendra.

“I love working at the school where I am surrounded by people who follow Christ and live each day for Him. I adore all of the children and have met such wonderful new friends. It is a blessing to be a part of the Bethany Christian School family!”

Administrative Assistant, Jayne Pelton

Ms. Pelton is the Administrative Assistant at Bethany Christian School and also teaches our Yearbook elective for middle school students. She studied at the Salt Lake School of Interior Design. Prior to working at the school, the was an interior designer, pharmacy technician, and worked at the Deer Valley ski resort. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, playing golf, and cooking. She has two children, Jeffrey and Alison, and two dogs, Nugget and Cory.

“I love being part of a Christian community” 

Lunch Program Coordinator, Susan Shoffner

Staff Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

Extended Care Program Coordinator – Admissions, Coy Seabrooke

Staff Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

School Nurse, Janine Sass

Mrs. Sass is the School Nurse and has her RN from Yavapai College. Prior to coming to Bethany Christian School, she worked in the Emergency Room at Chandler Regional Hospital and the Cardiac department at HealthWest Regional Medical Center. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, scrapbooking, cooking and baking. She also enjoys watching her son’s sporting events at Valley Christian High School. She is married to her husband, Kevin, and they have a son, Jeremy, two dogs and a guinea pig.

“I love the people I work with, the students I get to take care of, and the parents I get to know. I AM blessed!”

Community Relations – Event Coordinator, Ashley Kaiser

Mrs. Kaiser is the Community Relations Coordinator at Bethany Christian School – planning events to get our school and the surrounding community connected!  She is also a floating teacher’s assistant for grades K-8. She studied Business Management at both University of Phoenix and Western International University.  Prior to joining the BCS staff, she was an Executive Administrative Assistant and Financial Information Coordinator for nearly 15 years before deciding to stay home with her boys.  In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and watching her boys play baseball.  She is married to her husband, Nick, and has two boys, Berkeley and Grayson.

Facilities Manager, Brian Heigle

Mr. Heigle is the Facilities Manager at Bethany Christian School. He received his BA from Anderson University. He was also a 3-time All American Baseball member of Team USA in 1989. In his free time, he loves to exercise, play basketball and go to Arizona Diamondbacks games with his kids. He is married to his wife, Steffanie, and they have four children, Peyton, Austin, Brea and Ava. They also have five dogs; Clarabelle, Booboo, Bunny, Baxter and Porkchop; and two cats; Aurora and Ariel.

“I love being around the Christian atmosphere and trying to be a strong role model for the students.”