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Gail Wolfe: Principal
gwolfe@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Who makes up your family (including pets): I have been married to Ron Wolfe, my high school sweetheart, for 49 years. We have three wonderful adult children, an awesome daughter-in-law, a wonderfully wild-man of a son-in-law, two terrific grandsons, and several family-friendly dogs. (Barney is our most recent rescue dog). Our children are spread from coast to coast. Our daughter and her husband live in North Carolina, our youngest son lives in San Francisco, and our oldest son and his family live north of the Twin Cities. (Praise the Lord the grand children are close!) 
Where did you go to college: BA: Elementary Education,University of Minnesota;  MA: Educational Leadership and Administration, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Number of years at CHA: 28
Favorite Bible verse:  Psalm 23
Hobbies: reading, traveling and exploring new places, listening to music, visiting our children, playing with grandchildren, lattes
Experiences:One of the founders and board member of India Health Foundation that serves the poor in the city of Hyderabad, India; past trustee of Shattuck-St. Mary's school, served as a  Stephen's Minister in Northfield, MN, recently "hiked" Death Valley and upper Yosemite with our youngest son.

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Joel Koski: Assistant Principal
jkoski@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up? Barnum, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets)? My wife Carly and I have been married for 3 years and we have a daughter named Myla. We also have a dog named Jasper. My parents are still in my hometown of Barnum and my 2 younger sisters live in Duluth.
Where did you go to college? Bethel University
What they enjoy most about teaching: I love to connect with kids and get to know them. I love it when things click in their minds and they understand something new.
Number of years at CHA:  This is my sixth year at CHA
Favorite Bible verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Hobbies: I love the outdoors! Waterskiing (favorite), roller blading, ice skating, camping, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Paula Yarnes: Business Manager
pyarnes@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up:  Bloomington, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets):  My husband Paul and I have been married for 29 years.  We have one son, Zachary, 22 and one daughter, Meg, 16,
Where did you go to college:   I have a BS in Business Accounting from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Number of years at CHA:  I have been on the CHA School Board since 2008 and was hired as the Business Manager in June, 2012.
Educational Awards/Certificates:  In 2011, Kistie Kerr and I started a ministry called Polka Dot Girls & Bazooka Boys: We have written four Bible studies for girls and boys. Click here to view our website.
Favorite Bible verse:  James 3:5-6
Hobbies:  I love to read, study history, garden and shop Junk Markets!

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Christine Haugen: Office Administrator chaugen@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up here in Lakeville, after I got married we spent several years in Georgia as well.
Who makes up your family (including pets):
My husband, Jeff and I have 3 daughters. Hannah, 20 (Bethel University) Emma, 15 (Lakeville North) and Chloe, 9 (CHA). We have been married for 23 years. We also have a sweet yellow lab named Georgia Mae.
What do you enjoy most about teaching:
I have worked with children for 15+ years, started out in Montessori education and then went on to in-home childcare. I love being in the office and having the chance to get to know all the students at CHA!
What is your favorite Bible verse: “
The Lord's loving kindness and His compassion never cease. They are new every morning.'“ Lamentations 3:22
What are your hobbies:
thrifting, riding our motorcycle with my husband, hanging out with my family, boating and organizing.

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Gina Petersen: Physical Education
gpetersen@chacademy.com

What Grades do you teach:  SU - 8th Grade PE
Where did you grow up:  MN
What makes up your family: Husband, one daughter who attends Minnesota State University, one son who will be a 12th grader at Rosemount High School, one son who will be an 8th grade student at Rosemount High School, and 2 pets.
Where did you go to college:  Northwestern Bible College
What do you enjoy most about teaching?  Loving on those kids! Encouraging them to try new things!
Numbers of years of teaching:  14
Favorite Bible Verse:  John 10:10 
Hobbies:  Hunting (including bow hunting), fishing, dirt bike-riding, play the violin, cooking, playing sports with my kids

Allison Mitchell: Elementary Core Support Teacher
amitchell@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up mostly in the Twin Cities, but spent 2 years in middle school living in Honduras.
Who makes up your family (including pets): I have been married to my husband, Grant, for 5 years. I’m also the oldest of 4 kids and Mrs. Substad’s daughter:)
Where did you go to college: I went to Bethel University where I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a double minor in Spanish and ESL.
What do you enjoy most about teaching: I love getting to know each student personally, learn what makes them tick, and help them reach their full potential academically as well as disciple students spiritually to know who God is and who they are in Christ.
Number of years teaching: This will be my fourth year teaching, and my first year at CHA- I’m so excited to teach at CHA as I spent several years as a student here growing up!
What is your favorite Bible verse: Psalm 32:8 “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’”
What are your hobbies: I love to travel, work on graphic design projects, thrift shop, read, spend time outdoors, spend time with people I love, and try new recipes!

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Kady Flannery: Literacy  kflannery@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I was born in North Carolina, but moved to Lakeville when I was 6 years old. I graduated from Lakeville North and now reside in Lakeville.
Who makes up your family (including pets): I am married my high school sweetheart, Shane. We have three daughters, Julia who is 4 1/2 years and Jisella who is 2 years  and Jemma who is 12 months.   I also come from a big family. My mom and dad, Mark and Michele. I have five brothers and sisters. In order it goes: Bryan, Kady, Megan, Kellie, Taylr, and Maddie + a dog named Oreo. 
Where did you go to college: Bethel University, St. Paul
Educational Awards and/or certificates: Graduated with honors, Reading Recovery Training, Licenses in K-6 Elementary, as well as a Pre-Primary/Kindergarten Licenses.
What do you enjoy most about teaching: Seeing the children read for the 1st time :) They get so excited and are happy to be at school :)
Number of years teaching: This is my 6th year at CHA.
Favorite Bible verse: I have two: 1 Corinthians 9:24 & Mark 10:14 
Hobbies: I like to run with my husband or sister Megan, play tennis, bake all different kinds of treats, go to movies, make waffles, have girls nights, watch Kellie play volleyball at USC, watch Taylr and Maddie play volleyball at Eagan High School, and read and listen to books on audio tape :)

MariJean Wisted: Step-Up-to-Kindergarten mwisted@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up in Winona, Minnesota right by the Mississippi River.
Who makes up your family (including pets):
I have one cat, his name is Houston. My parents still live in Winona and my brother will be graduating from college this coming spring.
Where did you go to college:
I went to Winona State University. I graduated with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Child Advocacy.
What do you enjoy most about teaching:
I enjoy the a-ha moments, and the excitement of my students.
Number of years teaching:
This will be my second year as a full time teacher, but my first year in a Christian school.
What is your favorite Bible verse:
“Situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7
What are your hobbies:
I love hanging out with my family and friends, playing games and watching movies. I love doing missions as well.

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Sarah Carlson: Kindergarten scarlson@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up in Watertown, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets): My husband Frank and I got married two years ago in October :) but I come from a larger family with three brothers and two sisters!
Where did you go to college: I went to school at Bethel University.
What do you enjoy most about teaching: There are many things that I enjoy about this job, but one that sticks out the most is getting to watch and be a part of the transformation these kids go through spiritually, academically, and socially!
Number of years teaching: This is my fourth year of teaching.
What is your favorite Bible verse: Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
What are your hobbies: I love to be with friends and family, to travel, and find active things to do like running and exploring new places.

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Andrea Hopkins: First Grade ahopkins@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up in Mankato, Minnesota
Who makes up your family (including pets): My husband and I are empty nesters with 6 gown children (4 married) 2 grandchildren, 2 spoiled dogs and 2 lazy cats
Where did you go to college:
B.A. and M.A. from Concordia Universe St. Paul, Minnesota
What do you enjoy most about teaching:
I love that in first grade students are learning about many things for the very first time. There is so much excitement and enthusiasm when they grasp a new idea.
Number of years teaching:
30+ years of teaching in public and private pre- K, K 1 and 2 grades. My first 10 years were in in St. Paul ECFE with Hmong and Cambodian refugee families
What is your favorite Bible verse:
Ephesians 6:14-18
What are your hobbies:
Crocheting, decorating, reading non- fiction and trying new recipes.

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Abby Carlson: Second Grade acarlson@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Champlin, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets):
My two lovely parents, older brother, and three friendly and energetic dogs.
Where did you go to college:
Concordia College, Moorhead
What do you enjoy most about teaching:
I love that each child brings something unique into the classroom. I love building connections with students to help them grow in their knowledge, confidence, and faith. I enjoy learning the different perspectives of my students, and sharing enthusiasm for school with them each day.
Number of years teaching:
Second year
What is your favorite Bible verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6
What are your hobbies:
I love to play golf, volleyball, travel, camp/hike, bake, and spend time with my family and friends.

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Briana Lee: Third Grade
blee@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Eagan, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets):
I’m married to an amazing man named Jordan and we have a flat-coated retriever named Bennett. I also come from a big family with four siblings and lots of dogs!
Where did you go to college:
Bethel University
What do you enjoy most about teaching: I love surprising students with all they are capable of and I love when they surprise me with their wisdom, determination, and love for others.
Number of years teaching:
This will be my fifth year teaching third grade. I taught for three years at Christian Heritage Academy, one year at Northwood Academy in South Carolina, and now I am excited to be back at CHA!
What is your favorite Bible verse:
John 8:12
What are your hobbies:
I like baking, reading, exercising, traveling, being outside, and being with people

Jackie Eyberg: Fourth Grade jeyberg@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up in New Prague, MN.
Who makes up your family (including pets):
I have five people in my family and we live in Burnsville, MN. My family consists of my wonderful husband Joshua, my daughter Lydia who will be a third grader at CHA, my son Max who will be a first grader at CHA and my son Jaxon who will be in the Step Up preschool program at CHA.
Where did you go to college:
I received my Elementary Education degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. I have my Masters in Education from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN.
What do you enjoy most about teaching:
I enjoy teaching students to read and watching them grow in their learning. I also enjoy working at a Christian school where I can talk about my faith and help my students grow in their faith walk with God too. Using technology in the classroom is another passion of mine.
Number of years teaching:
This will be my 16th year of teaching.
What is your favorite Bible verse:
My favorite bible verse is: "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
What are your hobbies:
My hobbies are spending time with my family, traveling (we went to see the Creation Museum and Ark this summer), working out, reading the Bible and other Christian fiction books (I love reading books by Karen Kingsbury), singing at my church and doing crafts and projects around my house.

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Barbara Gadker: Middle School Mathematics bgadker@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up on a farm near Titonka, Iowa.
Who makes up your family (including pets): I have 2 daughters: Leah just graduated from School of Environmental Studies (SES) and Emily will be a junior at Rosemount High School (RHS). We have a dog Daisy. My Mom & Dad are still on the home farm in Iowa. I have 3 siblings: Cindy, Leslie, & Michael who have blessed me with 11 nieces/nephews.
Where did you go to college: I attended NIACC in Mason City, I to receive my AA, then continues at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, IA to receive my BA in elementary education.
What do you enjoy most about teaching: The kids: they always keep me on my toes with their smart remarks & jokes!
Number of years teaching: I've been teaching for 25 years with 21 of the years at CHA.
What is your favorite Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14...Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
What are your hobbies: I enjoy reading in my swing, playing softball and hanging out with my family.

Amanda Widdicombe: Middle School Literacy
awiddicombe@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Bemidji, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets): I have been married to my husband, Adam, for 10 years. We have two kids, Caleb and Eily, who both attend CHA. We have a dog named Moses, he's a Belgian Malinios.
Where did you go to college: Northwestern College
What do you enjoy most about teaching: I love to see the growth of the students from the beginning of the year to the end. I also love to build relationships with them and be a consistent support for them!
Number of years teaching: I taught for 2 years after college. This is my first year back after 10 years of other employment and being home with my kids.
What is your favorite Bible verse: Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Psalm 34: 4-7 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
What are your hobbies: Reading, playing cards and board games, family bike rides, coffee dates and shopping with friends, being outdoors and exploring new parks, xc skiing, and playing piano.

Nathan Metcalf: Middle School Bible, History, & Leadership
nmetcalf@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I am from Illinois
Who makes up your family (including pets): Me, my wife Sarah, two boys Derek and Owen. And three cats.
Where did you go to college: Undergrad and masters program both from Columbia International University
What do you enjoy most about teaching: Watching the kids have those ah ha moments where they connect the dots and understand what is being taught.
Number of years teaching: Three years teaching the Bible at CHA and 12 years being a Teacher of the word of God as a pastor
What is your favorite Bible verse: Matthew 7:14
What are your hobbies: Outdoor activities; camping, hiking, etc. My motorcycle and I enjoy cooking and entertaining for small parties

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Susie Substad: Middle School English and Spanish ssubstad@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: I grew up in Glenview, IL
Who makes up your family(including pets) I met my husband at Bethel University and have four children: Allison, 26, Bethany, 24, Trent, 23 and Burk, 19.  We have owned bunnies and a horses!
Where did you go to college: Bethel University
What do you enjoy most about teaching: Being able to open up kids eyes to God's world
Number of years teaching: This is my 15th year at CHA
Favorite Bible Verse: Col. 3:12-14
Hobbies: I enjoy hanging with my family, tennis and going barefoot

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Jay Woodbury: 1-8 Grade Science jwoodbury@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin
Who makes up your family (including pets): Parents, Sisters, Brother in Laws, a growing number of nieces and nephews, and a fat cat named Puddin.
Where did you go to college: Bethel University
What do you enjoy most about teaching: I enjoy working with curious minds in science. I love teaching a class that encourages kids to take chances and get messy!
Number of years teaching: 10 Years
What is your favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
What are your hobbies: DIY home projects, outdoor adventures, broomball, ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, and cross country skiing.

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Marissa Eastling: Creative Arts & Music meastling@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Lakeville, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets): My husband, Matt, and I have 2 delightful daughters.
Where did you go to college: University of Minnesota, Duluth
Experiences: Former Director of Fine Arts (Life Academy) and Children's Ministries Director (Community of Joy Church), acting, writing, master puppeteer, directing plays
Number of Years teaching: 9 years
Hobbies: I love all creative arts-theater, singing, art. I love to be with my family and do many active outdoor activities. 

Shane Lord: Creative Arts & Music slord@chacademy.com

Where did you grow up: Farmington, MN
Who makes up your family (including pets): Mom, Dad, Kiana, Sam, & Casey
Where did you go to college: Heartland Masters Commission
What they enjoy most about teaching: The ability to teach kids how to express themselves through the arts. 
Number of years teaching: This is my first year teaching. 
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalms 51:10.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, writing, leading worship, singing, & acting.