I grew up near Paxton, graduated from the University of Illinois (B.S.) and Moody Bible Institute’s Advanced Studies Program (Certificate). With a love for learning, I also have done graduate work at Pensacola Christian College, attended an AP Summer Institute for Calculus, taken technology classes at Parkland College, etc.
I enjoy attending the annual conference of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I am always looking for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. With an interest in missions, I began my teaching career in a Christian school in SE Idaho, then Maine (as a newlywed), and then over ten years in Swaziland (African mission/national high school of 350 students). I also served as the math/science department head at our Swazi school in addition to leading a ladies staff Bible study.
We returned to the States and I have been teaching at Judah Christian High School since 1993 primarily math from Algebra 1 through AP Calculus but also an apologetics Bible class and a cat anatomy elective. My desire for my students here at Judah is to see God’s creative hand in math and to honor God with their work as I currently teach Geometry through AP Calculus. I am the adviser for National Honor Society and the coordinator for Judah’s participation in the ACSI Math League competitions in the spring. My husband Paul and I attend First Baptist Church in Savoy. I enjoy conversations with friends both in person and around the world via the internet, watching African wildlife streaming webcams, and reading mysteries, philosophy, theology, and math history.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. I fell in love with art at an early age. I honed my artistic skills and met my wife Megan at Meramec Community College. I attended Kansas City Art Institute and received my Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2008. Shortly after, I applied and got accepted to five different graduate schools. The University of Illinois was one of them, and helped me receive my Masters in Fine Arts in 2012. It also happened to be the only college that I applied for that had a teaching position for an art teacher in the same town, which my wife was looking for. My wife Megan has taught at Judah since 2009 and occasionally leaned on me for aid and to co-teach here throughout the years. We have three lovely children. God made it very clear where he wanted us to be and that is to be doing what we love, teaching art at Judah Christian with the blessing to also share God’s truth.
I started teaching 9th grade Intro to Chemistry and Physics and 10th grade Biology in Fall of 2016! I am relatively new to the Champaign-Urbana area but have been enjoying getting to know the area, especially the local parks with my 4 children, all boys!
I grew up in New Jersey and lived there throughout my college years, receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with a minor in Psychology, from Drew University (2001). I then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue graduate studies and received a Master of Science in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania (2003). I met and married Luke Herche, who was in seminary at the time, and we have been growing as a couple and family for over 13 years. Together we have lived in Philadelphia, New Jersey, North Dakota and now Urbana, Illinois. I have taught Junior High and High School Math and Science at two other private schools while also having the opportunity to stay home caring for our boys at other times. We moved to Urbana in 2014 for my husband to pastor All Souls Presbyterian Church and we have been blessed by our church family since then. I am honored to be serving alongside amazing Christian teachers here at Judah!
I received a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. I began teaching at Judah in 2012. Before that, I worked part time at a local public accounting firm. I currently teach Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Business Math and Statistics. I have been married to my husband, Chad, since 1994. We have 4 kids. Our daughters, Kaytlyn & Kylie, graduated from Judah in 2016 & 2017. Our other children, Cole and Cade are current Judah students. We attend Meadowbrook Community Church. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs, Butters and Sadie, and watching my kids participate in track, cross country, cheerleading, baseball and basketball.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). So here I am in East Central Illinois after growing up in San Diego. As the JCHS Guidance Counselor, I enjoy assisting students with their parent(s)/guardian(s) in thinking about where their paths may take them during and after high school, and how to prepare for those journeys.
Having completed a master’s degree in counseling, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a State of Illinois licensed school counselor, and an ACSI Guidance Counselor Specialist. I enjoy the tremendous opportunity of being the Secondary Guidance Counselor and International Student Advisor for Judah Christian School.
My husband and I were married in 1983, and we are getting used to being empty-nesters as our two children have grown and established homes of their own. (Merry and Geoff recently celebrated one year of marriage. Our son, Cole, engaged to Hannah, lives and works in Indiana.) We attend Stratford Park Bible Chapel, and enjoy sharing the merciful and forgiving truths of our Lord and Savior with early elementary children during Junior Church (Daniel 9:9; Exodus 34:6). Some of my other hobbies include gardening, baking, and taking evening walks with my husband.
Judah Christian School is truly a special place, and I have been honored to serve among the talented faculty and staff. I began teaching Drama at Judah during the Winter of 2016, however, I've been involved in the "theatre world" since my first show at Centennial High School circa 1986. I attended Illinois Wesleyan University and received a BFA in Music Theatre. As a young adult, I studied voice with William Miller. During my time in New York, I took advanced performance classes with Michael Dansicker, the School for Film and Television, Michael Howard Studios, Steps on Broadway, Sara Louise Lazarus Studio, and Broadway Dance Center.
I worked professionally in theatre/voice over work in NY and Chicago. Regional credits included lead roles at Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA, and nationally broadcast voice-overs for Moody Broadcasting Network. I returned to the C-U area in 2006 and am active in community theatre , perrforming and directing for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, The Station Theatre, and Krannert Center.
The greatest blessings in my life are named Cyrus, Claire, and John. My husband, Cyrus, and I consider it a privilege to parent Claire and John. Cyrus, a CPA, is the CFO of Cross Construction by day, and youth soccer coach extraordinaire by night. I have enjoyed serving in the music and children's ministries of churches we have attended over the years, including Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NY and Moody Church in Chicago. My family currently attends All Souls Presbyterian Church in Champaign.
I completed my teaching degree at the University of Illinois and have been certified both by the state of Illinois and ACSI. I spent most of 1984-2002 teaching a variety of middle school classes at Okinawa Christian School International. In 2004, I began teaching at Judah Christian School. My classes vary but currently I teach Junior High Math, Algebra 1, and Geometry.
I attend Stratford Park Bible Chapel and am participating in various Bible studies. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and music. It is a privilege to work with my students at Judah and to see them develop their gifts and abilities as they mature spiritually, academically, and socially.
I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 1989 with a degree in Communication in Human Services and a concentration in Counseling. My desire to help others know Christ and live for His glory led me to the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru), where I served for eight years. Most of that time was at the University of Illinois, with my husband, Brian, after we married in 1990. I have continued my education through formal Bible and teaching classes and many various Bible studies throughout the years.
God has given me a heart and passion to help young people know and apply His Word and principles relevantly in this culture today. We are here for “such a time as this”, and my heart’s desire is to see young people grow deeply and firmly in Christ, and live out His purposes, wherever God may call them in this generation. Not only have I had the opportunity to disciple college students with Cru, but I have led in different capacities in the local church over the years, teaching various ages from pre-school children to adult women. Additionally, I have been a substitute teacher at Judah for over eleven years, ranging from the pre-school to the high school setting. I love the honor of teaching God’s truths, spiritually and academically.
I now have the privilege of discipling and shepherding the high school students regularly through co-teaching the Purity for Life classes with Mr. Happy Davis. I have been involved in the development of this curriculum for many years, and am honored to work directly with the students, getting to know them, and equipping them to apply God’s truth relevantly in their lives and culture.
Brian and I have three beautiful daughters, Christina, Katie and Brigitte. Christina lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, where she works as an accountant; Katie is a Senior at Olivet Nazarene University, and Brigitte is in junior high school at Judah. Most importantly, my heart rejoices as I see them love and follow Christ, and am grateful for the teachers and education they have received at Judah. We are active members of Windsor Road Christian Church in Champaign, where my husband serves as the Discipleship Pastor. In my free time I enjoy long walks, visits with friends, traveling with my family, and playing with our golden retriever, Simba.
I grew up all over central Illinois before attending the University of Illinois in Biochemistry. After four years at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Medical School, I decided to leave with a Masters of Biomolecular Chemistry to pursue my love of education. I came back to the University of Illinois earning a PhD in Secondary and Continuing Education while getting endorsements in biology, chemistry, physics, general science, and mathematics along with a master online teacher certificate. At the University of Illinois I won an international exemplary course award for my instruction and published over 70 book chapters, research reports, conference papers, and scholarly articles, including a 2014 best paper award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
My real love and calling were not in research or publishing, but in youth education and missions. Much like Washington, I believe that education is doomed to fail without the Bible, and I counter arguments that take God away from the controlling force of the university. I left the University after 13 years with plans of being a missionary in Colombia teaching science. My daughter had some medical issues that benched those plans, so I looked for a more local way to match my love of serving with my love of teaching. This search brought me to Judah, where it has been a joy to be one of the science instructors teaching standard curricular courses as well as classes such as Forensics and American Film.
I actually met my wife while doing volunteer work, and still feel fulfilled when helping others. Currently, my wife and I attend the Church of Christ in St. Joseph where I have served as Deacon and Trustee. We love film, sports (I played three years on the University racquetball team), being with friends and family, and times of worship.
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.
Teaching and writing have been my life’s work for over two decades as a journalist and educator. I first came to Judah in 1996 as the High School History Teacher and was also the Dean of Students for many years. I spent five years working in campus ministry at UIUC, and now I’ve returned to my first love—teaching History. My degrees in History were earned at Illinois State University, and I’ve done additional graduate work at Lincoln Christian Seminary and Urbana Theological Seminary. Over the years I’ve led conference workshops and authored articles and book chapters on topics ranging from religious education and international student ministry to state and local history.
I began teaching at Judah Christian School in 1996. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1995. I have an Illinois State Teachers license. I teach Junior High Bible, 7th Grade Geography, 8th Grade US History, High School Civics, AP US government and Politics. I also help coach the High School Scholastic Bowl team.
My wife Susan is the Managing Attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Champaign. We have two children at Judah, Ruth and Josiah. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports (Illini, Steelers, and Pirates), and walking. My family attends Twin City Bible Church in Urbana.