Mrs. Liana Phung, Pre-K
Liana Phung grew up in Southern California and spent summers in Flathead Valley. She always wanted to return to the area and was blessed with the opportunity to relocate to the Valley in 2016 with her two children. She graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a Masters of Accountancy. After spending a few years in public accounting and teaching Sunday School and Special Education, her passion for working with children became clearer. The experience she had growing up in a Christian school and her passion for sharing God’s love with children motivated her to pursue teaching at Whitefish Christian Academy. She is so blessed to be teaching preschool at WCA. In her free time, she loves being outdoors with her kids, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing with a good movie.
Mrs. Lynda Morrison, Pre-K
Lynda is a fantastic Pre-K teacher. She’s been involved in Pre-K and children’s ministry for more than 30 years. Her formal childcare training was completed at Diablo Valley College in Concord, CA. Lynda’s passion is to help children and parents make a smooth transition to the school environment while assisting the child to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Lynda’s love for the Lord, her students, and their families is evidenced in her caring and gentle manner in the classroom. As each PreK student begins their academic career, it is Lynda’s goal to give them and their families a positive first step in education.
Mrs. Heidi Freeman, Kindergarten Team
Heidi Freeman is thrilled to be team teaching in kindergarten! She and Julie Reimer, the other half of the team, provide a positive learning environment for children. Their goal is to instil a love of learning in each of their students! Heidi was born and raised in Whitefish and graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana. She is a veteran teacher at WCA, having taught Kindergarten, Pre-K, and even P.E., starting way back in 1993. She was blessed to stay home and raise her two boys during this time also. Her husband Mike is an engineer for BNSF railroad. They are members of Easthaven Baptist Church in Kalispell.
Ms. Julie Reimer, Kindergarten Team
Julie Reimer graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in music. She has taught multiple grade levels including Pre-K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Additionally, she has taught private piano and served as the WCA music teacher in the past. Most recently, before returning to the classroom, she directed a nonprofit, faith-based childcare and preschool ministry for six years. Family is the joy of Julie’s life. Her four grown sons all attended Whitefish Christian Academy. Gaining daughters-in-law and being called Grandma has made life even richer. Julie’s interests include reading, playing for worship, health and nutrition, and connecting with a friend over a great cup of coffee or tea. She also volunteers as a mentor with The Refuge, a Kalispell-based ministry. Team teaching Kindergarten with Heidi Freeman is a dream come true.
Mrs. Romina Sprunger, First Grade
As a child, Romina lived in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Connecticut, and Georgia. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Italian and a minor in Music, she decided to move to Whitefish to be with her parents and siblings. She met her husband, Stephen, in 2015 and they have been happily married since. She enjoys being active and especially likes to run and dance. She is fond of singing and cooking international cuisines – often simultaneously!
Mrs. Rachel Erickson, Second Grade/Lower School Coordinator
Rachel Erickson was born and raised in Montana. She attended Montana State University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education before moving to Whitefish with her husband, Shane. She has taught 2nd grade at Whitefish Christian Academy since 2010 and is now the Lower School Coordinator for Preschool through 5th grades. Rachel enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with her husband and two children, who attend Whitefish Christian Academy.
Mrs. Pennie Parrish, Third Grade
Pennie was raised in Las Vegas, NV. She attended UNLV and taught in Las Vegas for fourteen years. She moved to Whitefish in 2001 with her husband, Paul, and son, Nathan. She has taught at Whitefish Christian Academy since the fall of 2003. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time at home with her family and three dogs.
Mrs. Alexandra Schaefer, Fourth Grade
Alexandra was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States prior to entering fifth grade, and has lived in various states since then. She married her high school sweetheart, Robart, who had enlisted in the Army. After Robart completed his service commitment, they moved to Montana to be closer to family and start a family of their own. Alexandra graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English Education, then moved to Trinidad, Colorado where she taught middle school for two years. Alexandra and her family returned to Montana specifically to teach at WCA, where she has taught preschool, first grade, and fourth grade. She is passionate about teaching and classical education, especially since her two young sons now attend WCA.
Mr. James Chertudi, Fifth Grade
James grew up in Salem, Oregon. Now that he lives in Montana, that would make him an “Oregon transplant.” In 2011, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, and then promptly moved to Japan to live and work for three years. He taught English at elementary and middle schools in a small town in northern Japan. Although he and his wife treasured their time there, they decided to return to the United States. Since joining WCA, he has been fortunate to grow in his position as a 5th grade teacher each year. He has two daughters, Charlotte and Elise, who will hopefully someday attend the school.
Mr. Holden Sieler, Sixth Grade/Middle School Humanities
Holden Sieler grew up in Livingston, Montana, on the Yellowstone River. Holden attended Petra Academy in Bozeman and studied philosophy, English literature, and Classics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2014, Holden transferred to Montana State University to finish his literary work in less populous environs. But the move proved serendipitous for extracurricular reasons, too, for Holden reconnected with his high-school sweetheart, Anna, and the two were married in the spring of 2018. Holden is a writer of prose factual and fictitious, a fly-fisherman, Anglophile, and musician. He is grateful for the opportunity to learn, teach, and worship in this welcoming community.
Mrs. Kris Jones, Mathematics/Upper School Coordinator
Kris was blessed to grow up in Whitefish and attended Whitefish Christian Academy from Kindergarten through 7th grade. In 2003, she married her high school sweetheart, Gregg, and attended Eastern Oregon University, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in mathematics and reading. She moved back to Whitefish after her first son was born and now they have three beautiful children. Kris finds herself in a special situation: she blessed to be able to serve in the very school she attended, she is passionate about mathematics, and she loves having her children attended the school in which she grew up and now works.
Mrs. Tana Voeller, Middle/Upper School Mathematics
Tana came to Whitefish Christian Academy in 2009. She enjoys teaching middle school math and coaching volleyball for WCA. Tana is a native of Montana who graduated from the University of Montana with an elementary education and physical education degree. Her first teaching job brought her to the Flathead Valley in 1988 where she has enjoyed teaching many subjects and grade levels of elementary education. She was drawn to the Flathead Valley because of all the opportunities for outdoor adventure. Here is where she met her husband Jim, and has two children, Carson and Josie. As a family they take advantage of everything this valley has to offer for outdoor activities. Carson and Josie have attended Whitefish Christian Academy for years and are blessed with a great Classical Christian Education.
Ms. Marci Mangold, Science
Dr. Matt Paulson, Upper Grades Philosophy/Apologetics/Latin
Matt Paulson was born in Glasgow, Montana, but grew up in the Flathead Valley and graduated from Whitefish High School. His first five years after high school were spent working in a wood shop in Columbia Falls, and during this time, he felt a growing desire to dedicate his life to the study of philosophy and theology. Immediately after graduating from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics, he met and fell “head over heels” in love with his future wife, Keziah, with whom he now has three delightful children. With his wife beside him, Matt went on to obtain an M.T.S. degree from Harvard University, and in 2016 he earned his Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. A fan of the Christian-Platonic tradition, Matt’s overwhelming passion and enthusiasm for the rational pursuit and exploration of Truth, Goodness and Beauty is evident in the classroom. And, when the opportunity for leisure arises, Matt enjoys watching and playing sports with his children, hiking and swimming with his family, the ever-elusive “date night” with his wonderful wife, and (seriously!) praying.
Paul Ogle, Middle School Humanities and Aide
Born in Sheffield, England, I moved with Angelita my (Norwegian born) wife and our two children to the States in 1998 to pastor the Whitefish Foursquare Church and quickly fell in love with the community. As well as pastoring, I served as a Whitefish Police Chaplain for 10 years and on the board of YWAM Montana for twelve years. It is a great joy to now serve at the Christian Academy.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Reading University in England and a Master of Arts in Theology from Liberty University, Virginia, and have taught in colleges and institutes both in the U.K. and the U.S. A privilege I have experienced through the years has been to minister and teach overseas in such diverse cultures as Ireland, Canada, Holland, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Romania, Burma, Thailand, India and Kazakhstan.
Our two sons married American girls and have produced six amazingly talented and beautiful grandchildren between them, so we are invested for the long haul in our adopted homeland. One son is Assistant Principal of a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, and the other is an IT manager at Portland Airport in Oregon. In our spare time we enjoy horseback riding, walking, canoeing, classical music, and the arts.
Mrs. Linnea Wolf, Physical Education
Mrs. Linnea Wolf is a native Montanan, from the Mission Valley. She graduated from Montana State University where she received a bachelors in Health Promotion and a minor in Coaching Science. After graduating she took a director’s position for a non-profit fitness organization called Young At Heart and enjoyed coaching girls basketball and Little Bobcat Track. In 2006 Linnea moved to the Flathead Valley to follow her husband’s career and raise her young family. With the support of her husband LeRoy and three kids Ethan, Bryson and Kendra, Linnea is excited to continue her passion of teaching heath and fitness. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, weigh training, obstacle training, reading, the outdoors and time with family and friends.
Mrs. Mara Strobel, Spanish
Mara Strobel was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. She attended Logos School, a classical Christian school, through her elementary and middle school years. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a secondary education degree in social sciences and Spanish. After graduating, she began teaching Spanish at Eagle High School in Eagle, ID. She married her high school sweetheart, and they have three amazing children. In 2011, they felt a pull to live closer to family, and God opened the doors for them to move to Kalispell. Since moving to Montana, Mara has taught Spanish to preK-12 students as well as working part-time as a wedding planner. She enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking, reading, and cheering on her soccer-loving family. They feel so blessed to be able to live in the Flathead Valley and explore God’s awe-inspiring creation. Mara is especially looking forward to being back in teaching full-time and having all three kids at Whitefish Christian Academy.
Mrs. Tiffany Davenport, Elementary Art
Tiffany was born and raised in Colorado before attending Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. In 2002, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. She spent the following 14 years with a Christian marketing agency that graciously allowed her to work from home and raise a family. She has had the joy of homeschooling her children for the past five years. Along with her husband and two daughters, Tiffany moved to the Flathead Valley in 2015. Here she has had the privilege of teaching mixed media art courses in Kalispell. Tiffany is so excited to join the Whitefish Christian Academy family this year and share both her passion for art and love for the Lord.
Mrs. Tina Riley, Music
Tina moved to Kalispell with her family in May 2016 after many years of desiring to come, and praying for God’s guidance and timing. Four generations of family made the move! Her husband Doug works at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. His parents moved also, and a small house was built for them on the same property. Doug and Tina’s oldest son and his wife came too, and live just across the Smith Valley less than 10 minutes away. Having them close is wonderful, as their two young boys love spending time at the ranch with Doug and Tina, their “Papa” and “Mimi”. Doug and Tina also have four girls living at home. The girls range in age from 16 – 22 years old. All the family is very involved in the community; in jobs, sports, the Fair and church. They all attend Easthaven in Kalispell where they are active members, especially on the worship team. Tina and Doug were high school sweethearts, and both attended George Fox University where Tina was a Music Major and involved in various music groups. She then spent 17 years directing and teaching a large, non-profit, Music Academy, with the involvement and support of the entire family. In rare moments of spare time, Tina enjoys reading, being outdoors, working around their place- the “Life of Riley Ranch”- where they raise and enjoy dairy goats, horses, dogs, and cats. The family also enjoys hiking, fishing, and hunting, as well as playing and singing music together, Mario Kart, and family movie nights.
Dr. Hal Brunson, Headmaster
Hal Brunson has served the Christian community for over four decades as pastor, consultant, and educator. He has taught at the graduate, undergraduate, and college-preparatory levels. An interdisciplinarian and active writer, Hal works in several disciplines including theology, aesthetics, and poetry. Hal also enjoys playing guitar and tennis. Hal holds the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Master of Divinity, and the Ph. D. from The University of Texas at Dallas. He has received numerous awards for teaching including “Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities” from Southern Methodist University and Brookhaven College. He has also worked under humanities grants as visiting scholar at Trinity College, Washington, D.C., and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. A native of Texas, Hal currently resides in Whitefish with his wife Nancy, who has had careers in the arts as an opera singer, casting director and, most recently, radio producer and announcer for a classical radio station in Dallas. They have two sons, Trey, a federal agent in the Texas hill country, and Matt, a cardiologist here in Whitefish.
Mrs. Darlene Meehan, Secretary
Darlene was born and raised in Whitefish. She attended Whitefish Christian Academy as a young, gregarious girl. When she became an older gregarious girl, she married Scott and they now have four boys: Bryce, Dyllon, Caleb and Hayden. Hayden, the youngest, still attends WCA and the other three boys attend school in Whitefish. She is the welcoming face and voice you will often encounter first thing in the morning in our office. She loves working and being involved with WCA!
Mrs. Caroline Smith, Administrative Assistant
Caroline was born and raised in Columbus, GA. She attended Sewanee, the University of Georgia, and Columbus State University before graduating with a degree in Political Science. She married her husband, Kip, in 2003. They have two sons, Andrew and T, who attend WCA. After falling in love with this area in 2014, she and her family packed up and moved to Whitefish in the summer of 2015. Montana weather is quite different from Georgia and this has been a wonderful treat for Caroline and her family. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, being outdoors, watching her boys play baseball, skiing, cooking, traveling and watching Georgia Bulldogs.
Mrs. Nancy Gunset, Assistant to the Headmaster
Mrs. Lori Nugent, Development/Teacher Support
Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lori’s career began in international transportation and logistics. As an international cargo broker, she coordinated unique shipments of live animals, military supplies, vehicles/helicopters, just about anything in the news! Lori continued this logistics work as she traveled around the US with her husband’s career. In 2004, they settled in North Carolina where Lori enjoyed supporting the charter school their children attended for 7 years: substituting, teaching small groups, supporting the office and teachers. Their family moved to Whitefish, Montana to enjoy the wonderful people and simplicity! Lori, and her husband Tom, have a son Port, and daughter Marina. Lori is thrilled to support the team and the mission at WCA! Besides enjoying kids, she is a Master Gardener that loves the outdoors, wildlife, plants and peace.
Mr. Kevin Moyer, Director of Grounds, Facilities, and Transportation
Kevin was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and raised in the Mennonite church. He has very fond memories of his years spent attending a Christian School. He gave his life to Christ at a young age and felt the call to Ministry. He married his wife, Ruthie, and they have been blessed with four children. As a family, they have been part of a church plant in Kansas. He has also served as Pastor of a Community Church in Eastern Montana. After that, the family returned to Pennsylvania and began a community thrift-store to help raise funds for a Christian School in Africa. Before returning to Montana, they spent a few years in Alaska. He has the joy of seven grandchildren and loves to be called “Grampa.” It has been his life’s quest to serve the Lord and others in whatever manner or capacity he is able and called to do. Kevin considers it an honor to serve on the team at WCA.