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Spiritual formation. Academic Rigor. Servant Leadership.

Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of Isaac Newton Christian Academy are the heart of the school. Each teacher is a committed Christian who is academically certified by the State of Iowa and by ACSI. Our teachers are eager to challenge students to reach their academic and spiritual potential, and to build positive relationships with them. The faculty provides a loving and caring environment for students while emphasizing the building of responsibility and good study habits.

In addition to their academic preparation, the faculty has had a significant amount of additional coursework in integrating the Bible into the subjects they teach. This ensures the students have a fully integrated experience, built on the truths of God's Word.


Mrs. Jolene Ridder: Pre-K Teacher
  • Years at Isaac Newton: 4
  • Degree: BA in Elementary Education from Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • Licensure: State of Iowa Educator, ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Gina Perry: Pre-K Teacher Aide
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  2

 


Miss Hannah Smith: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Years at Isaac Newton: 1
  • Degree:  BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Pensecola Christian College, Pensecola, FL
  • Licensure:  ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Bonnie Yount: Kindergarten
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  15
  • Degree:  BA in Education from Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Miss Emily Kadlec: 1st Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  14
  • Degree:  BS in Elementary Education from Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate
  • Endorsements:  K-6 Elementary; K-8 English/Literature; K-8 Reading; K-8 History

Mrs. Sheryl Pilling: Elementary Teacher Aide
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  18
  • Degree:  BA in Humanities and Library Science from Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator

Mrs. Carolyn Miller: 2nd Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton: 3
  • Degree: BA in Elementary Education from Harding University, Searcy Arkansas
  • Licensure: State of Iowa Educator, ACSI Certificate
 

Miss Caitlyn Greer: 3rd Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  1
  • Degree:  BS in Elementary Education and Bible from Grace University, Omaha, NE
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator, ACSI Certificate
 

Miss Alyssa Luurtsema: 3rd Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  1
  • Degree:  BA in Elementary Education and Bible from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
  • Licensure:  ACSI Certificate
 

Mrs. Karen Curry: 4th Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  10
  • Degree:  BA in Elementary Education, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Vicki Greer: 5th Grade and After School Care Supervisor
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  9
  • Degree:  BS in Elementary Education from Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Miss Kristin Michels: 5th Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  1
  • Degree:  BS in Elementary Education and Communication Arts from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Kelly Funston: 6th Grade
  • Years at Isaac Newton: 5
  • Degree: BS in Education from Mt. Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA; BA in English from Mt. Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Licensure: State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Mr. Craig Schultz: Mathematics
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  6
  • Degree:  BS Math Secondary Education from Grace University, Omaha, NE
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Miss Elizabeth Wood: Language Arts
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  1
  • Degree:  BS in Secondary English Education from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Lorraine Potter: History
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  20
  • Degree:   MA in Curriculum & Instruction from Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate

Mr. Larry Shonk: Science
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  1
  • Degree:  BA from University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator, ACSI Certificate

Mr. Tim Casey: Bible
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  2
  • Degree:  MA in Discipleship from Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA; BA in Biblical Literature, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO
  • Licensure:  ACSI Bible Specialist Certificate
 

Mrs. Jessica Steffen: Music (Vocal & Instrumental)
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  1
  • Degree:  BA in Music from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Licensure:  ACSI Music Certificate

Mrs. Amy Bautista: Physical Education and Athletic Director
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  5
  • Degree:  BS in Exercise and Sports Science from Iowa State University, Ames, IA; MS in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Physical Education, ACSI All Levels Physical Education

Mrs. Kristi Nanke: Technology Facilitator
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  18
  • Degree:  BA in Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Falls, IA
  • Licensure:  ACSI Computer Specialist Certificate

Mrs. Dana Rinkenberger: Art Teacher
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  6
  • Degree:  BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa 
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Certificate; ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Sara Ulmer:  Spanish
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  2
  • Degree:  BS, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
  • Licensure:  ACSI Certificate

Mrs. Ann Varn: Resource Teacher
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  11
  • Degree:  BS in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA; BA in Interior Decorating from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator; ACSI Certificate
  • Former Director of Holloway House

Mrs. Wendy Kunkle: Secondary Teacher Aide
  • Years at Isaac Newton:  7
  • Degree:  BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Licensure:  State of Iowa Educator

Mrs. Susan Houy: Librarian
  • Years at Isaac Newton: 5
  • Degree: BA in Marketing, Iowa State University, Ames, IA