Mr. Knetter is honored and excited to join the team at Charis! Mr. Knetter grew up in the Madison area where he attended a Christian school. After graduating high school he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he majored in History and Political Science. After working for a year in state government, Mr. Knetter went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Knetter practiced law for a couple of years before transitioning into education. He taught History and Literature in Madison before moving to Baldwin, Wisconsin where he served as Headmaster and taught Omnibus and Latin at a classical Christian school. Mr. Knetter and his wife have five children, all named after great literary or historical figures. Mr. Knetter believes that education is a life-long endeavor, so when he isn’t teaching he enjoys learning new things. Additionally, he likes being outdoors and active with his family, traveling, and reading.
Dean of Academics
Mrs. Nielsen served as the founding headmaster of Charis Classical Academy and is currently the Dean of Academics. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies at University of Iowa. She practiced for a number of years before accepting faculty positions at two different PA programs, where she realized her true love of teaching. After being introduced to classical education and the university model, she and her husband helped found Oak Grove Classical Academy in Albuquerque, NM. In 2010, they moved to Madison with their four children to plant The Vine Church. Kim’s passion for education, for seeing the gospel displayed in every aspect of life, and for her own family came together once again in the birth of CCA. She loves spending time with her husband and four kids, investing in their church community, reading, gardening, and re-purposing furniture (nothing better than seeing something old revitalized!).
Logic/Rhetoric School Teacher
Austin Hoffman serves as a teacher in the logic and rhetoric schools. He teaches logic, rhetoric, Latin, and great books courses. Austin also holds responsibilities as the assistant headmaster and Friday administrator. He received his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist University (2012) and his Master of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary (2016). Austin and his wife, Meg, were married in June of 2013, and have recently celebrated the birth of their first son, Judah (May 2016). A New England native, he has been living in Wisconsin since 2008. When not reading a book, he may be found woodworking, playing guitar, enjoying some coffee, or writing with a fountain pen. Also, Mr. Hoffman can usually be coaxed into playing (almost) any sport.
Dean of Family Ministry
Amanda Hobert is the Dean of Family Ministry. Amanda and her husband, Nate, moved to Madison to plant the Vine Church and are now part of starting Redeemer City Church. They have three children: Grace, Sam and Elise. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. She received her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. She has also worked with Navigators in college ministry. She has been a co-teacher with her own children through Charis, has taught Joyful Discovery classes, and has taught Math and Language Arts for second grade. She enjoys reading, going on walks and grabbing coffee with friends. She loves being involved with Charis because the school points to the Gospel and partners with parents in providing a classical approach to education. Previously, Amanda has served as the Dean of Program Support.
Dean of Program Support
As founding board members, the Tucks have been involved in the life of the school since the beginning. Katie is married to Jay, and they have three kids, Trey, Phoebe, and Junia. Katie supervises Charis events and programs ensuring an aesthetic experience across all marketing materials. The Czar of Cash, she also balances the books, monitors the money, and finances the funds. In her free time, she enjoys living dangerously and can be found sky diving, alligator wrestling, or designing dress code standards.
Tiffany Betz is joining Charis staff this year as office administrator. She will be the main contact for office calls, bandaids, and cough drops. Tiffany is married to Dr. Adam Betz, and has two children: Bella and Eli.