Mr. Knetter is honored and excited to serve 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.
Director of Curriculum & Teacher Development
Mrs. Nielsen served as the founding headmaster of Charis Classical Academy and is currently the Curriculum/Teacher Development Coach. 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!).
Marketing Director & Logic/Rhetoric Teacher
Mr. Pointner fell in love with teaching while serving as a substitute teacher at Charis three years ago. Max grew up in a classical homeschooling community in the Chicago suburbs and graduated with a degree in Art History (elective studies in Geology) and a minor in Theater from Wheaton College, and has always loved the student life. As a core teacher at Charis for the past few years, he loves sharing that enthusiasm for learning and pairing it with Christian discipleship in the classroom. In addition to joining the Charis Admin team this year, he works as the Image Researcher for Christian History Magazine. Max is excited that his fiancée, Madeleine Ruch, will also be teaching at Charis this year (she’ll be Mrs. Pointner as of October, 2021). Together they attend Christ Church Madison and love to read, write, picnic, and host.
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 the school 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.
Maren Katsihtis is joining the Admin Team this year as Logistics Coordinator. She is married to Jimmy and they have two daughters, Ruby and Tula. They also have a dog (Scotch) and a cat (Scout). The Katsihtis family worships at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. In her free time Mrs. Katsihtis enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time outdoors with her family.