I graduated from Greenville College with a degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching first grade at Judah since 1996. I feel so blessed to be able to work at a career I love. I enjoy teaching first graders and watching them grow and learn 'in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.' It is also a joy to work alongside fellow believers who are committed to serving the Lord and making a difference in children's lives. I have three adult children, two daughters-in-laws and one granddaughter. In my free time I enjoy reading, scrapbooking and studying God’s Word. I attend the Mattis Ave Free Methodist Church.
I started teaching at Judah Christian School in 2009. I absolutely love my students at every grade level, the support of caring parents, the faculty and the community surrounding our school. Since coming to Judah we have been able to extend teaching time in Art for grades K-6 by a significant amount and have also been able to offer a wider array of art media, including Ceramics. I am hoping in years to come we will be able to continue to expand our Art Department and allow students to experience a broader curriculum for Art Education.
I grew up in St. Louis and while attending St. Louis Community College met my husband Justin. We married in 2005 and after supporting each other through college while getting our bachelor degrees we decided to come to Champaign where my husband received his MFA in Studio Art. Since 2012, when we had our first child, we have job shared the K-12 Art Position, and I couldn’t ask for a better working situation! Since then we had our second child in 2014 and our third in 2016. We love our community and are members of Stone Creek Church in Urbana.
I graduated in 1990 from Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska, after attending Sioux Falls College in South Dakota and Biola University in California, receiving a degree in Christian Education/ Camping and Bible.
Growing up in northeast Iowa, I was blessed to live an hour from a great Christian camp called Village Creek Bible Camp. During my many years as a camper and then as camp staff, I knew God had equipped and called me to fulltime ministry. I served in a variety of roles in camps in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois, including as a director of program, outdoor education, and challenge courses.
Now I am called to be a teacher at Judah Christian School. I began teaching at Judah in 2004. I teach P.E. to grades K-12. In 2003 I became a foster mom and over the years have been trusted with three boys, two of whom I went on to adopt, and the other who will be forever in my heart. In 2009 I married a longtime friend from my church, Grace Community Church, and now enjoy life with my husband, sons, two cocker spaniels, and our big white fluffy cat named Hope.
I graduated from Eastern Illinois University Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. This is my second year teaching full-time here at Judah.
I feel very blessed to be teaching fifth grade students who want to do their best for Christ in everything they do. It is my hope that I will not only be a leader academically in the classroom, but also a spiritual leader, who shows students that it truly is a joy, honor, and privilege to serve Jesus.
I still live at home with my parents and my younger sister, Eleanor. We live in Homer, IL and pastor a church, Homer New Life Church of Faith, in our community. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, having times of fellowship with other believers, listening to music, playing my bass guitar, and watching classic TV programs.
I graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education. I was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois where I attended a Christian school throughout the years. I am honored to be teaching at Judah Christian, especially the little ones as they learn to love school and Jesus. My husband and I have recently moved to the area so I can pursue a teaching career within Judah. My husband works in the area as an engineer, while I get the blessing of teaching Kindergarten here at Judah. We have been blessed beyond belief throughout our years of marriage and I believe that I am blessed in order to be a blessing to not only the Judah community, but more specifically, to my students.
I graduated from Greenville College in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement to teach Middle School Social Studies. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but I fell in love with teaching and felt most called through my work in other Christian schools. I feel so blessed to work at a school where it is possible to be open about my faith and my ministry as a teacher. I have lived in the area for 16 years and counting with my parents. I also have younger brother, Nathanael, who is a freshman in college, and my fiancé Holden, who is the Youth Pastor at Crossroads Church in Monticello where we both attend.
I was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in New York City, where a quality education is not always easy to receive. I was fortunate to go to a Catholic School as a child which exposed me to God’s love and to several teachers who not only provided me with the tools that I would need for success, but also inspired me to want to give back to the next generation of children. After completion of my Master of Science Degree at the University of Illinois, I chose to stay at home to raise a family. This has provided a unique opportunity to help shape both the spiritual and the educational health of my three children. When my youngest child turned 2, I returned to school and recently completed a Master in Teaching in Elementary Education and will be certified in grades K-9.
It gives me great joy to see children nurtured in God’s love and receive encouragement to do their best. I am a strong believer in Judah’s commitment to “do all things heartily, as unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23). Children are our future, and the success of all Judah students is implanted deep into my heart.
I'm so thankful the Lord opened the door for me to step back into the classroom in 2015. It's a blessing to teach Judah's first graders each day! I'm excited to be part of a team that has the privilege of working with families to build a foundation of faith.
I earned my Associate in a Science Degree from Parkland College and my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. I taught first graders for nine years prior to having my daughter. I then worked for my church family serving as part-time bookkeeper/secretary for ten years. During these years, I volunteered in children's ministries such as our AWANA club, VBS, and Christmas Musicals. My family and I are active members of Bible Baptist Church in Champaign serving in various facets of our music ministry.
My husband, Dwayne, and I were married in 1992. Our daughter, Lydia, attends Judah Christian School. We also share our home with Paisley, our Yorkie. I enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities with my family.
I received my BFA in Art Education and Graphic Design at the University of Illinois and stayed there to receive my Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction - Elementary education. I taught art (at Judah) for a few years, co-taught in the surrounding community, and worked as a graphic designer for a company in town. My husband and I have two rambunctious boys that constantly keep us on our toes. I love to run, sing, play piano/viola/guitar, and enjoy painting and playing with my sons. We are so proud, thankful, and blessed to be a part of the Judah community!
I graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL with a degree in Elementary Education. I am certified in the state of Illinois to teach K-8 children. I am so very blessed to get to teach at Judah Christian School. We instantly fell in love with the teachers and staff here at Judah. It was so refreshing to be at a place that you could freely discuss your Lord and Savior and knowing that our daughter would get to learn academically as well as spiritually was a deal-maker for us! My husband, Steve, and daughter, Jaden, and I live in Champaign and attend Windsor Road Christian Church in Champaign.
As school librarian, I have the privilege of getting to know the Judah students from preschool through high school. I teach storytime for preschoolers, give weekly library instruction for elementary students, and serve as jr. and sr. high librarian. I feel fortunate to be able to do what I love.
I earned my B.A. in elementary education from Asbury College in 1989. I earned my master's degree in library and information science, services to children, at the University of Illinois in 1991. I was an elementary classroom teacher at Judah from 1990 to 2000, and have served as school librarian since 2005. I am ACSI certified as a School Library Media Specialist.
I am married to Andy Schuh and we live in Champaign with our two daughters and two pugs. I enjoy reading, walking, swimming, gardening, and travel. We attend the Mattis Ave. Free Methodist Church.
My name is Lori Schaap and I have been teaching for more than twenty years. Most of those years have been in Kindergarten with a few years of First Grade thrown in there. My husband Paul and I live in Mahomet and have four adult children. (How did that happen?) I love teaching at Judah and LOVE Kindergarten kids. Five year olds are some of the funniest, most enjoyable folks I know! I like to travel in the summer and somehow, I always manage to find the kids wherever I go. I have met five year olds all over the world, from all over the U.S. to Mexico to Africa. No matter where I am, one thing is for sure, five year olds are awesome! I love to watch them learn about themselves, their world and especially about God. They keep me smiling and on my toes. I am quite sure I have the best job in the whole world!
I feel very blessed to be the band director at Judah Christian, where I can share both my passion for music and love for the Lord. Although I’ve spent the majority of my career working with bands, I’ve also taught vocal music, a few elementary general music classes and college level courses in music appreciation, jazz history and applied trumpet. My most recent teaching positions were at Decatur Christian School and Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Before that, I taught for over 20 years in a number of public schools around central Illinois.
I’m excited to be returning to Champaign, home of my alma mater, the University of Illinois, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree. At the U of I, I was a trumpet section leader in the Marching Illini and also performed in jazz band, symphonic band, trumpet ensemble and basketball band. I earned a Master of Music Education degree in 2009 from Illinois State University in Normal.
I currently live in Bloomington with my wife Susan, two sons (Kirk and Benjamin) and a hyperactive Jack Russell terrier / Beagle mix named Rex. My family’s church home is the Bloomington Church of Christ, where I serve on the Spiritual Leadership Council and my wife is a member of the Board of Directors. I am also involved with the worship team and lead a small group in the Youth & Family ministry.