Staff

Dayla Stapleton

Kindergarten

Mrs. Stapleton is excited to begin her fifth year at Charis Classical Academy as the kindergarten teacher. She has been married for eleven years to her husband, Michael, and they have one son, Ciaran. Ciaran will be joining Charis this year, too! Before he was born, Mrs. Stapleton taught kindergarten in Middleton. She has an elementary education degree from UW-Madison is eager to be back at Charis. She attends Blackhawk Church and is looking forward to see how God will work in the hearts and minds of her students this year.

Sylvia Meinema

1st Grade & K Joyful Discovery

Mrs. Meinema is excited for her fourth year at Charis! She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. She moved to Madison from Florida in 2013 with her husband, Jonathon. She has the pleasure of teaching First Grade and Kindergarten Joyful Discovery. She is so delighted to be teaching in a gospel-focused school where students, parents, and teachers can grow together in Christ, in knowledge, and in wisdom. She enjoys reading a good book, playing music, and playing sports, especially soccer and racquetball!

Abbey Moore

2nd Grade

Mrs. Moore is thankful to begin her 6th year at CCA, which included teaching in PreK for 2 years before moving to the 2nd grade classroom. This fall she will return to teach our 2nd graders! Abbey graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and taught in elementary classrooms until God blessed them with 4 babies in 5 years! She has been married 16 years to her husband, Chris who is a Sergeant for the Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office. They live in DeForest with their 4 children: Cael, Tessa, Dane, and Livia. The Moores attend Christ Fellowship Church in Sun Prairie, and love leading small groups and worship teams within their church family. Abbey enjoys family time, volunteering, and reading a great book – with a strong cup of coffee! The Moores were excited to learn about Charis – its mission as a school matched their goals as a family: to be gospel-driven and committed to quality education. Their family has thoroughly enjoyed having all 4 children learn, grow and thrive at CCA.

Lynde Candee

3rd Grade & Literature/Drama

Mrs. Candee is returning to teach 3rd grade in addition to her continued role as the lit/drama instructor. She is grateful to be a part of a school which inspires growth in not only knowledge and love of learning; but most importantly, growing in love of who God is, teaching from a gospel perspective, and recognizing the beauty God has created in all things, from art to science, to beautiful literature. Mrs. Candee has a degree in Health Promotion from the University of Iowa and is still a loyal Hawkeye fan! Mrs. Candee has a Mr. Candee named Zach. In her spare time she likes to cook, read, take dance classes, camp, hike, and generally find any fun event in Madison. Mrs. Candee will also continue to teach Literature and Drama on Fridays and is looking forward to the next round of story-telling, poem writing, and theatrical performance in the coming year.

Megan Perry

Fourth/Fifth Grade

Mrs. Perry is thankful for the opportunity to teach 4th and 5th grade at Charis Classical Academy. A Texas native, Mrs. Perry moved to Madison with her husband, Grant, in 2015. Mrs. Perry received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Texas A&M University (whoop!) and recently received her Master's in Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attends Redeemer City Church where she and her husband serve in the children's ministry. Mrs. Perry has a particular love of life, striving to see God's hand and heart in His Creation and trying to take every opportunity to spread the knowledge of His unconditional and unmerited love to others. She fails. Often. She delights, though, that where sin abounds God's grace is more! Mrs. Perry likes to spend her time reading literature or non-fiction, studying Russian and taking absurdly long walks. This academic year she hopes to see her students grow in knowledge but assurance of God's sovereignty, love and goodness.

Abigail Leick

Upper Grammar Language Arts and History/Lit

Mrs. Leick is excited to begin her third year teaching at Charis Classical Academy - after she and her husband welcome their first baby into the world on August 25th! In 2015, she graduated with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Classical Christian Education from Grove City College. After her maternity leave she is looking forward to working primarily in the 5/6th grade classroom teaching Biology, History, Literature, and Grammar/Writing. At home, Mrs. Leick enjoys reading, drinking tea, and running a small woodburning shop online. Her goal for the year is to go above and beyond in her lesson planning in order to help students see God’s truth, goodness, and beauty in their subject materials. In Cruce Glorior.

Austin Hoffman

Logic/Rhetoric School Teacher
Assistant Headmaster

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.

Brittany Paplow

Upper Grammar-Rhetoric Math and Science

This will be Mrs. Paplow’s second year with Charis as the 5th-9th math/science teacher. She received her undergraduate degree in math education at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and taught in the public school system for four years. She is excited to join the staff, students, and parents at Charis this fall. When not teaching, Mrs. Paplow is spending her time with her husband, Casey, and two-year-old son, Oliver (Olly). They like to run, hike, play sports, and pretty much anything outside when weather permits.

Hannah Biggs

1st Grade Fridays

Miss Biggs is excited to join the CCA staff, students, and families as the 1st grade Lit/Drama, Music, and Joyful Discovery teacher. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communication and a minor in Marketing. An Indiana native, she moved to Wisconsin in 2014. She attends Redeemer City Church and coordinates their children's ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the barn with her horse, taking her dog on walks through her neighborhood, crafting, and reading. She is looking forward to seeing her students grow in Christ this year and experience God's beauty through their coursework.

Emily Cox

Logic school teacher

Mrs. Cox will be teaching 5th grade Math, 5/6 spelling, 5/6 Joyful Discovery (Technology), and Latin for 4th through 6th graders. This is her family’s second year at Charis Classical Academy. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education and in 2006 with a master’s degree in the same area. Emily has taught in the public school setting, overseas (China and Japan), homeschooled, and led the children’s ministry at her church. Emily and her husband Andy have three children, Julianna aged 10, Judah aged 8, and Caleb aged 6. Emily is passionate about helping students discover who God created them to be and fulfill those unique potentials. She believes literature and the arts provide a great window through which we can see ourselves and life more clearly. Emily’s family is very involved at Life Center Madison in a variety of ministries and love getting to know new people from different cultures and lands. Emily enjoys writing, traveling, and playing with her two year old, beautiful, and naughty Labrador Retriever. She is excited to meet and work with many new families this year!

Nicky Hacker

Music

Mrs. Hacker is excited to be joining the staff and students at Charis and will be teaching music on Fridays to the 2nd - 10th graders! Mrs. Hacker graduated from UW Stevens Point with a degree in Music Education in 2005. She and her husband Ben moved from Kenosha to Madison in 2015, and have four children. She loves being outdoors with her family, homeschooling, photography, and playing the piano. She is looking forward to incorporating the gospel and the truths of God's Word to her music classes this coming year!

Angela Johnson

Art

Mrs. Johnson is the Art teacher at CCA. She has her interior design degree from Seminole State College in Florida. In 2013, she and her husband, Casey, moved with their three children from Daytona Beach, FL to Madison to plant Redeemer City Church in the Fitchburg/Southwest Madison area. A few things she enjoys are hiking and exploring new areas and state parks, crafting, and antiquing. She always has a project of some sort going on. It could be anything from a simple sketch to painting, redesigning a room or refinishing furniture.

Tia Jozwiak

PE K and First Grade/Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Jozwiak is excited to teach Phy Ed for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade students! She graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2003 with a degree in Human Biology and with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Tia enjoys reading, running, and long, family walks with her husband,Aaron, and three children, Madison, Avery, and Elijah, who are all students at Charis. She is involved at Red Village Church where Aaron serves as one of the pastors. Tia is looking forward to teaching the students to appreciate the healthy bodies that God gave them and to glorify God through their physical activity.

Megan Kerr

1st Grade Aide

Mrs. Kerr is excited for the opportunity to serve as the 1st grade aide at Charis Classical Academy this year. She graduated from the Ohio State University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (On Wisconsin!). This August, Mrs. Kerr and her husband, Tim, will celebrate their second year of marriage. They love spending time reading, traveling and exploring new places, hanging out with friends and family, and serving at Red Village Church in Madison.

Ben Martinson

Physical Education

Michael McKittrick

Leadership

Mr. McKittrick is the Leadership teacher at Charis Classical Academy. He is married to Heather and has three girls, Eliza, Gloria and Fiona. Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Michael came to the US to study for his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, graduating in 2012. He is currently on staff as a Church Plant Resident with The Vine Church in Madison. He enjoys reading theology, history, and fiction, and he also enjoys the outdoors and sports, especially hockey. He is looking forward to the opportunity to teach students how to think well and live well in light of the good news of Jesus.

Andrea Reinhardt

Logic Teacher/Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Reinhardt is excited to be joining Charis Classical Academy this fall as a long term substitute for Mrs. Leick. She will be teaching the 5th and 6th grade grammar and writing, history and literature classes as well as the 7th and 8th grade writing class. She will then be in the kindergarten classroom on Fridays as a teacher’s aide. Mrs. Reinhardt is excited to be a part of a school that encourages students, staff and families to love learning what is true, good and beautiful. Mrs. Reinhardt graduated in 2017 from UW-Madison with a degree in Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language. She is married to her husband, Mason, and they have a goldendoodle named Sulley. Together they attend Redeemer City Church. She enjoys taking their dog on walks, reading, fishing with her husband, cooking and spending time outside in God’s creation.

Kelsey Visel

Art/Joyful Discovery

Mrs. Visel graduated from University of Northwestern College with an art studio major and minor in Bible. She lives in Monroe, WI with her wonderful husband and three children. Although she is new to the Charis staff, she has been involved with Charis for two years and loves the school. She enjoys going deeper in God’s truths as well as enjoying creative outlets and activities. She is happy to be teaching Joyful Discovery for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders and Art VI this year!

Administration

Kim Nielsen

Administration:
Head of School

Mrs. Nielsen is the headmaster of Charis Classical Academy. 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!).

Austin Hoffman

Logic/Rhetoric School Teacher
Assistant Headmaster

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.

Amanda Hobert

Administration:
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.

Katie Tuck

Finances and Marketing

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Tiffany Betz

Office Administrator

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.