Dayla Stapleton is excited to be starting her 9th year of teaching kindergarten at Charis! She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison and went on to substitute teach in the Madison area before starting as a kindergarten teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School district for three years. Her family consists of husband, Michael, and fourth grade son, Ciaran. They live on the far west side with their Siamese cat, Teagan. As a family, they worship at Blackhawk Church and enjoy many things like road trips to National Parks, hiking, camping, reading, and watching movies!
Mrs. Jozwiak is excited to be teaching 1st grade and to partner with parents as their students begin school. She has been part of Charis since its beginning days and has 3 children, who all attend Charis: Maddie, Avery, and Elijah. She is married to Aaron, who is one of the pastors at Red Village Church. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology at UW-Green Bay. She enjoys family walks, reading (while usually sipping tea), running, being outside during the warmer months, and camping.
Mrs. Hunt home schooled for 18+ years teaching from a Charlotte Mason and classical perspective. She has a masters in pediatric occupational therapy and has worked in a number of settings addressing the underpinnings of learning such as sensory processing, reflex integration and motor skills. She utilizes some of her OT tools to enhance 1st graders’ learning at Charis. Cheryl and her husband, John, have been married for 30+ years. They have 6 children, 2 of whom are adopted. They had a household of nine at one point & now are empty nesters, with an adult daughter and son-in-law living in the basement “apartment,” and a college aged daughter in and out. Mrs. Hunt loves spending time with church and family. She enjoys being outdoors in God’s creation, going for walks, gardening, and learning about herbs and foraging. She also enjoys reading, playing her flute with the worship team at church and learning some traditional cooking methods.
Mrs. Moore is thankful to return to 2nd grade this fall. 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 for 19 years to her husband, Chris, who is a Lieutenant 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 enjoy leading worship with their church family. Abbey enjoys family time, volunteering, and a strong cup of coffee! The Moores were excited to learn about Charis in its earliest days – 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 their children learn & grow at CCA.
2nd Grade Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Sadler is grateful for the opportunity to join the CCA staff this year as the 2nd grade aid. This is her 6th year as a co-teacher to her two daughters. She is married to Tim who is Lead Pastor of RChurch in Madison.
Jessie has previously worked at a preschool in Madison, where she taught 4K for 10 years.
The Sadler family enjoys playing softball, hiking, music, trying new restaurants, local events, and spending time with friends and family.
Katherine Borkovec will be teaching 3rd grade this year. She has taught at Charis in various capacities including 2/3rd Grammar School teacher, Joyful Discovery, P.E. and substituting. Mrs. Borkovec graduated from UW Madison in 2005 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Unsure of what was next after graduation, she worked in California at an outdoor science school teaching Outdoor Ed. Realizing that teaching was a passion, Katherine then returned to Wisconsin to earn her teaching certification through Concordia University. Mrs. Borkovec is also a mom to three daughters: Mari, Olivia, and Jo Jo and wife to Brian. When she isn’t co-teaching or teaching, she loves to check out children’s books at the library, camping with family and friends, and cooking.
Mrs. Pohl is thankful to be leading the 4th grade classroom this fall! She lives in a small community north of Madison with her husband, Travis, and their two children: Mac and Maisey. Mrs. Pohl received her undergraduate degree in Archaeology (it hasn’t yet come in super handy!). She began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member teaching in Charlotte, NC and has been engaged in the field of education for nearly twenty years. She is eager to join the vibrant Charis community and to partner with parents to build each student’s capacity to know God and his supreme creation by exploring, wondering, and pursuing all that is good and true. The Pohl’s are members of Grace Presbyterian Church, and Mrs. Pohl enjoys reading (and collecting!) great and living books, nature jaunting, bird watching, camping and playing any and all games!
4th Grade Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Espedal is excited to join the CCA staff this year as the 4th grade aid. This year will be the 5th year she has been part of Charis as a co-teacher to her three girls Jolene, Lucia, and Ira. Her and her husband, Jordan, just celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary this year (August 8th). She has been a wedding and family photographer for the past twelve years. She is also an avid gardener with a 40×40 garden space in a community garden where she grows as many vegetables and flowers as she can fit within the space, her favorites being Carmen peppers and dahlias.
Mrs. Zempel is excited to return as the 5th grade teacher! She is married to Dan and mom to Elijah and Allison. She earned her degree in secondary speech education and was privileged to homeschool both of her children through 8th grade. She founded and directed a Classical Conversations homeschool community in Lake Mills for 6 years, which is where her passion for classical education was born. She attends First Baptist Church in Watertown where she serves in Sunday school, youth group, and worship team. In her free time, she enjoys drinking tea, savoring dark chocolate, reading, hosting friends and family, and taking part in various seasonal activities that Wisconsin offers.
Logic/Rhetoric School Teacher, Marketing Director
Mr. Pointner fell in love with teaching while serving as a substitute teacher at Charis four years ago. Max grew up in a classical homeschooling community in the Chicago suburbs and graduated with a degree in Art History and a minor in Theater from Wheaton College, and has always loved the student life. He teaches History, Literature, Latin, and Theater, and serves as the Fine Arts and Marketing Director on Charis’s admin team. On the side, he also works as the Image Researcher for Christian History Magazine. Max and his wife Madeleine love to read, write, picnic, and host as much as their precious new baby allows. They attend Christ Church Madison.
Logic/Rhetoric Math & Thesis
Mr. Decker will be teaching mathematics and Thesis during the ’22-’23 school year. He holds degrees in Software Engineering and Mathematics from UW-Platteville and worked as a Product Lead at Epic for five years before starting his own software company, Strong Anchor Tech. He serves as a deacon at Red Village Church.
Logic/Rhetoric School Teacher
Mrs. Luckton is so excited to begin her first full year of teaching at Charis. Until last spring, she was convinced that neither the B.A. in Literature she earned in 2015 from the University of Nevada, nor her three years of studying Latin in high school, would ever come in handy. She is so grateful to God (and amazed at his providence) that she now gets to teach these subjects, along with other subjects she loves, such as the Old Testament! Mrs. Luckton has served in her local church’s youth group for the past four years and in children’s ministry for about five, and has worked with all ages from 0-18. She even had the pleasure of directing a movie made by her church’s children’s ministry called The Greatest Story Ever Told in 2018, which tells the whole story of the Bible in song. She lives in Madison with her husband Bradley. The two of them enjoy playing board games that have a lot of pieces and take many hours to play, watching goofy cartoons together, and discussing the Bible, history, and Bible-history! Mrs. Luckton loves working at Charis so far, and is thankful for this caring, gospel-centered community.
Logic/Rhetoric Science Teacher
Mrs. Peck is looking forward to her first year teaching science at Charis. She and her husband have lived in Madison for seven years and have three children. The Peck family is part of the Vine Church in Madison. Mrs. Peck received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics from Iowa State University. Before coming to Charis, she homeschooled her daughter for a few years and taught science at a homeschool co-op.
Valerie Gorski obtained her master’s degree in Psychology from the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France. Valérie strives to enjoy every gift God has poured in her life—fellowship with Jesus Christ, her loving husband Mike, and their two children Noah and Hannah. She enjoys meeting people from all over the world here in Madison, learning to see and appreciate the worth and beauty that can be found in their diverse experiences and cultural backgrounds. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, eating good food, reading depressing French novels, watching detective shows, and talking about the beauty of Jesus with others.
Logic/Rhetoric Language Arts & Logic
Amanda Hobert will be teaching Grammar and Writing for the logic years and Logic this year. Amanda and her husband, Nate, moved to Madison with the Vine Church and have also planted 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, has taught Math and Language Arts for second grade, has taught 3rd grade, has served in administration roles, and now is teaching Grammar and Writing. She enjoys reading, going on walks, and having 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.
This will be Mrs. Paplow’s sixth year with Charis. 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 before coming to Charis. When not teaching, Mrs. Paplow is spending time with her family which includes her husband, Casey, and kids Oliver, Miles, and Elsie Jo.
Logice/Rhetoric School Teacher
Mr. Coplin was born on a farm in Hicksville, Ohio during the Clinton administration to two very suspicious parents. To their disappointment his promising love of reading at a young age was captured entirely by an addiction to pop fantasy. His life spiraled as he was forced to drop out of homeschool, and his Dad banned him from fiction. Desperate for swords (if not sorcery) Coplin turned to reading history where he discovered a lifelong love. Fueled by his natural aptitude for arguing, Coplin followed this love of history to a bachelors degree in history and political science from Grace College and a job as the middle school history teacher at Abundant Life Christian School. This year he will be teaching the Greek classics in Humanities I that his parents wished he had learned as a child as well as Senior Thesis where only the best arguments will survive. He attends Gateway Community Church in Middleton.
Senior Class Mentor
Mr. Leeson studied Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. Over the past twenty years, he has taught and worked in 18 nations. He serves as an elder at Damascus Road Church, and loves building up the body of Christ and teaching young people to follow the ways of Jesus. He is married to Emelina and has five children. Mr. Leeson and his family enjoy exploring the wilderness and are always scouting their next adventure.
Amy is happy to be returning to Charis as a Teaching Assistant (6th and 1st grades) again this year. This will be her family’s second year at Charis; her two daughters Julia (12th) and Abby (7th) started attending last year after homeschooling classically from the beginning. Amy is grateful to have found a good blend of private school and homeschooling where Christ remains the center of education and where she can still spend time with her kids because they are studying at home two days per week. Amy ardently believes in the importance of investing in our students and in frequently pointing them back to Jesus as an act of stewardship. When she is not assisting, co-teaching, or mothering, you’ll find her enjoying or growing in one of her passions: fitness, gardening, baking, reading or Bible study. As a family, they enjoy road trips, bicycling and watching Master Chef. Amy is married to Matt, and together they have 3 children: Andrew, Julia, and Abigail.
Fridays and Fine Arts
Mrs. Johnson is the art director and grammar teacher at CCA. She has her interior design degree from Seminole State College in Florida. In 2013, she and her husband, Casey, moved from Central Florida to Madison to church plant. They have four children: Westyn, Emmet, Clara, and Hazel. They enjoy 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.
Amelia Nowak was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine. In 2005 she graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Commercial Art. Amelia currently lives in the small town of Waterloo with her loving husband Travis and their three kids Violet, Grant, and Willow. They are members of First Baptist Church in Watertown where she is blessed to serve in children’s ministries. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, working on remodeling and building projects, painting, drawing, and spending time with her family.
Literature & Drama, Joyful Discovery, STEM, Theater
Laura Berner is excited to return to the CCA staff this year as a Friday course teacher. She will be teaching Joyful Discovery, STEM, Literature and Drama and Theater. This is her seventh year as a co-teacher at Charis and all four of her children are Charis students, ranging in grade levels from eighth on down to first. She has lived in and around Dane County her whole life and currently resides in McFarland. Laura stays busy teaching, being a soccer mom, and fellowshipping with friends and family. She loves a good audiobook and chocolate – even better if they go together!
Jeremy grew up in a Christian home and desired to be a pastor at an early age. With this resolve, Jeremy entered Bible college after high school and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies. His postgraduate work has led to two Master’s degrees (M.A. & M.Div., both in Theological Studies) and a Doctoral degree (D.Ed.Min – Leadership). Jeremy is not originally from Wisconsin but moved here in 2013 to become the Lead Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Verona, where he currently serves. Growing up in the Detroit area of Michigan caused him to be an avid fan of the University of Michigan. Most Badger fans are patient with this shortcoming of Jeremy’s.
K-4 Applied Math
Mrs. Ratajczyk is a military wife and mother of four children. She loves the outdoors and animals. She just returned from Nevada for the summer where she rodeoed with her family. She is currently attending college online to get her bachelor’s degree to teach mathematics in secondary education. Being active is very important to Mrs. Ratajczyk and she spends a lot of time exercising, whether at the gym or going for runs with her family and dog. She is very excited for the opportunity to teach at Charis, where Christianity is integrated into every aspect of the school.
Mrs. Martinson has been teaching physical education full time in public school since 2012. She decided to take her passion to Charis and make the change to spend more time at home with her two kids, Benny (almost 5) and Eli (almost 1). She has a wonderful husband who also is a PE teacher and the Martinson family loves playing outside together all year-round.
She absolutely loves what she does and finds great joy in working along side students and families to find activities that spark joy. Her professional goal is to create confident and capable movers. She hopes to help each of her students develop a love for living an active lifestyle.
4th Grade Friday Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Sweeney was born and raised in the beautiful country of Vietnam. She went to college in Columbus, Mississippi. She also received a Master of Accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her hobbies include spending time with her delightful children and wonderful husband, seeing God’s majesty in his creation, cooking and eating Asian food, travelling, and meeting people from different cultures and upbringings. She is excited to be the 4th grade aid this year.