Steve Yoder, Superintendent
BA in Music, Eastern Mennonite University
MA in Music, Ohio University
My personal interests include landscaping, reading, snow skiing, and interacting with my grandchildren and family. I'm presently involved as a Sunday School teacher for an inter-generational class and serve on the worship planning team and the vision team for our church. Mission trips for me have included NYC, Louisiana, and Mississippi, involving work projects and special programs for presenting the Gospel.
My work as Superintendent is a calling from God to promote His Kingdom in the field of education, specifically, Christian education here at Kingsway. I'm fascinated with developing not just the heart, soul, mind, and strength of the "whole child" as in our students, but also looking long-term to provide opportunities for the "whole family"! I believe that God has a special place in His heart for children and so for me, working in Christian education is an honor!
Keith Fuller, Principal
John R. Buchtel High School Diploma
BA in History Cum Laude, Denison University
MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D (ABD) Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix
My first love is to God followed by family and ministry. I am involved in pastoral and educational ministry because of the love for people God has placed in my heart. I served as a pastor of a church of God congregation for 27 years in Akron, Ohio. I expanded my pastoral duties at that time to include the founding of a Christian school serving children from grades K-12.
During the year 1987, I became involved in mission work in Roatan, Honduras and have traveled to that country almost yearly for 27 years. In 2001, I and others were instrumental in founding a Christian English school which presently exists. I have worked with Educational officials on that island to provide a better curriculum for English instruction and did a doctoral study to support English instruction on the island. The scripture that has framed my life is found in Romans 12:1 and exhorts believers to present our bodies a living sacrifice acceptable unto God.
Tim Ritchey, School Counselor & Athletic Director
Bio Coming Soon
Micayla Bahler, K-12 Art
Bio Coming Soon
Michaela Bauman, Fifth Grade
BS in Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
I grew up in Wayne County and have lived here most of my life. I came to Jesus when I was 7 and have been amazed how He has changed me and led me since then. I am an active member of Cross View Church in Orrville where I love playing the piano, teaching for VBS, and serving in any way that I can.
Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, biking, hiking, camping, sitting around a campfire, spending time with family and friends, or spending time on the beach. I will never turn down a cup of coffee. I LOVE traveling and discovering amazing places and meeting new people. I have had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, and Germany. It is amazing to see how God is at work around the world using faithful servants to build His church.
My favorite teachers in Elementary School were the ones who made learning an adventure. I aspire to bring creativity and critical thinking to the classroom. I believe that learning should be fun and that in everything students should be pointed to the One who Created them.
Alison Finical, HS Spanish
BA in English & French Education, Heidelberg CollegeBA in Spanish Education, The University of AkronGraduate Level Courses, Kent State UniversityState of Ohio certification
I particularly enjoy spending time with my husband and family. In my spare time I like to read, cook, hike, and travel. I also enjoy learning new foreign languages. At my church I have taught Sunday School classes, led ladies' bible study groups, and participated on the Worship Team. I currently serve as the secretary to the Board of Ministries.
Dustin Gessel, Social Studies
BA in Integrated Social Studies, Malone University
Working towards MA in American History & Government, Ashland University
I have lived most of my life in Wayne County. I graduated from Waynedale High School in 2000 and from Malone in 2004. I married my high school sweetheart Sarah ten years ago, and God blessed us with two young boys. We currently attend Grace Church in Wooster where I have been a member since I was about ten. When I'm not in school or doing school related work, I enjoy photography, baking, reading biographies and leadership books, wrestling or making things with my sons, and taking long walks on the beach with my wife (oh wait, I still live in Ohio...well, at least the “long walks” part still works).
Students today are bombarded with pressure from the current educational system. They have to take all of these “high stakes” tests in order to pass to the next grade level or to graduate. In order to prepare students to be successful, I try to employ lessons that utilize multi-sensory / multimedia resources whenever I can to create greater engagement and a more familiar means of gathering information for the student. Whether a clip from an old television show or an interactive website, I desire to fully engage my students in the learning process. (Just between you and me, I have been known to plays songs that will get stuck in my students’ heads...and they can still sing the song three years later.)
Now that I’m approaching a decade of teaching here at Kingsway, I am discovering that one of the most rewarding things about our school is my opportunity as a staff member to build relationships with my students and watch them succeed both during their time at Kingsway and in life after graduation. It is thrilling to see the ways God works in the lives of our graduates.
Heidi Herr, MS Math & Science
University of Arizona
Marion Technical College
BSc in Secondary Education: Mathematics and Gen. Science, University of Akron
My goals for my students are summarized in Psalm 19: I want them to see the glory of God as displayed in his creation and revealed in the Scriptures.
My other activities include knitting, crochet, quilting, gardening, birding, and running 5Ks.
Beth Hochstetler, Kindergarten
Masters in Special Education Mild/Moderate, Graceland University
Elementary Education Degree, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
2-year Balanced Literacy training, Ashland University
I love to teach. I have a strong literacy background, so I bring reading and writing into everything we do within the classroom. In K/1 we create a very welcome environment where children feel comfortable to be themselves and learn in a hands-on way. I feel it is very important to build a relationship with my students so they feel cared for as they learn. I strive to teach to the whole child: mind, body, and heart.
I am an avid reader. I love to scrapbook, make cards, and cook. I have two small children at home, so I enjoy spending family time bike riding, hiking, and exploring together. I am the Director of Cubbies in the AWANA program, and am involved in Children's Ministries at my church.
Rachel Littler, MS English & History
BS in Middle Childhood Education, Malone University
Working towards MA in History, Cleveland State Universit
God first brought me to Kingsway for the second half of my student teaching in the spring of 2014 and I fell in love. After completing a long-term subbing job for Carly Scarpino that fall and staying connected with the school over the following two years, I am ecstatic to officially be a full-time teacher.
I am originally from Cleveland and have recently moved to Orrville. Never did I think I would be living in the country, but God has a funny way of working things out and putting us where we never thought possible. This city girl at heart will remain a huge Cleveland sports fan and lover of musicals. I also enjoy traveling, going to museums and National Parks, cross-stitching, and reading historical fiction novels. I attend Grace Baptist Church in Canton, the church I began attending while at Malone.
Overall, I truly love the fact that I am in a school that allows me to share my faith with my students while planting seeds in them so that they will then leave Kingsway to impact the world for Christ.
Jason Marcum, Intervention
MA in Teaching: Intervention Specialist, Muskingum University
BA in Social Work, University of Akron
My family is the most important thing to me next to God. I have a wonderful wife, Nicole, who is also a teacher, high school math, and a huge influence in why I became a teacher. Without her encouragement to take this huge leap, I may have never accomplished what I have. I have four awesome children; Jared, a freshman, who is active with band and lacrosse; my daughter Brett, is in 8th grade and on the cheerleading squad; Ainsley, who is in 2nd grade is an excellent gymnast; and Wyatt, my youngest, is four years old and currently in preschool. They all keep me very busy, but I would not have it any other way.
I am a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Canton, Ohio. I am a member of the choir and along with my wife help coordinate the coffee hour post service on Sundays.
When I am not busy with church and my families activities, I like to find time to golf, fish, camp, and watch and play sports. Spending time with family and friends is a priority and makes life even more incredible. You can never have to many good people in your life.
It has been a long road for me to becoming a teacher. The passion and the drive has always been there. After spending nearly 18 years as a social work working closely with families and individuals in highly stressful situations, I was lead to the teaching profession, and have no doubt that this is where God wants me to be.
Denise Mauck, Instructional Aide
BS in Elementary Education 1st-8th, Cedarville College
My family and I attend Grace Church. My husband and I are Life Group Leaders and Marriage Mentors. We enjoy pouring our lives into other people. We love sharing life with other believers, encouraging each other, holding one another accountable and lifting up others in prayer. As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, and biking. I love being part of the Kingsway Family. Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was in the first grade. my desire is to see each student grow in their love for the Lord and others.
Linda McAninch, Preschool Director
BS in K-8th Grade Education, Slippery Rock University
Additional hours of study through: Ashland University, The University of Akron, and Educational Seminars
As an active community supporter, I have volunteered many hours with adult education programs and organizations that provide free assistance to those in need. For over twenty years, it has been a work of love to teach and direct GED and English as a Second Language programs. Since 2000, I have organized 25 community-wide Clothing Give-A-Ways to assist families. Serving in many capacities in my church and volunteering hours with Dunlap Community Hospital, Hospice, and Wayne County Courts has been enriching.
While I enjoy working with others to achieve educational and corporate community goals, my special delight is teaching children. Developing children’s reading readiness, problem solving, and learning skills is an exciting challenge. Guiding a child's learning process is a serious responsibility. Curriculum and lessons may produce many products: art work, work sheets, memorized words or facts, however, it is the process, knowing how to learn and how to teach ourselves, that drives each individual’s successful educational achievement. Yet, as with all our attained knowledge and skills, they amount to nothing without spiritual direction.
My volunteer work and my vocational choices reflect my belief that, no matter the path taken or the choices made, everyone needs support and help along the way. Surely, it is a God-given responsibility to use our skills and knowledge to share His love with those me meet.
Darius McBride, K-12 Music, Choir & Band
BS in Music Education, Malone University
When you see the students' eyes twinkle during a lesson, or see pieces of music connecting with the ensemble just through rehearsal - these are the moments I live for! I want my students to know that whatever they pursue in life after they leave my class, music will ALWAYS be an option for them!
I am currently in my 4th year as Director of Music/Choir Director at the First United Church of Christ in Sugarcreek, OH, and in my first year as the Men's Glee Club Director at Malone University. I've gone with the UCC church to Cincinnati where we volunteered at the Camp Washington UCC Church's summer vacation bible school. May of 2016, I had the utmost privilege of traveling with the Malone University's Chamber Choir to Nairobi, Kenya where we aided in implementing music into the schools and prepared high school students for a very important music test.
When not taken over by music, I am partying on the weekends at Dunkin Donuts! Striving to give customers the best customer service that they can possibly imagine! I enjoy biking, composing music and unapologetically binge watching Criminal Minds and other Netflix greats!
Jennifer Merop, Second Grade
BS in Elementary Education, Grace College
Prior to teaching at Kingsway, I taught ESL and 3rd grade as a missionary at Pyeongtaek International Christian School in the Republic of Korea. While in Korea I met my husband, Kyle, who was at the time a staff sergeant in the US Air Force. After Kyle separated from the Air Force we moved to Ohio to be near my brother, Andy, who has Down syndrome and autism. My brother has had a great impact on my life and is the reason I wanted to go into education. We attend Canton Baptist Temple where I sing in the choir.
Jennifer Morosko, HS Science
BS in Chemistry & Biology, Ashland UniversityBS+ in 7-12 Integrated Science, Ashland University
Being led by God’s Spirit daily, I will develop, foster and facilitate an environment of learning to increase knowledge and understanding in the classroom. While keeping a Christ-centered philosophy, I will engage and challenge students in the field of science; promote scientific inquiry; help students develop independent thought essential to their development; motivate students to apply what they have learned; encourage college readiness; and develop the whole person on all levels, never veering from the path of empowerment.
Jonathan Ratcliff, Third Grade
Bio Coming Soon
Beth Ream, Educational Aide
BS in K-8 Education, Asbury College / Malone College
I am on the Board of my Church Child Care Center, numerous teaching positions through the years, Mission/Work Camp trips to Maryland after Hurricane Floyd. I try to involve myself in areas that need my educational background and in areas where I see a need. My love for Jesus motivates my steps.
Sarah Richards, Educational Aide
Graduate of MMR's School of Discipleship Program
Associate of Applied Science in Equine Health, Hocking College
I enjoy, reading, hiking with my dogs and anything that involves horses. I have been involved in camping ministry since I was 12 and spend my summers at a Christian camp teaching riding lessons and using horses to spread the gospel.
I believe that as Christians we are called to show God's love and spread His light no matter where we are or what we are doing. It is my goal to reflect Christ in the many different roles I fill here at Kingsway.
Carly Scarpino, HS & MS English
Graduated from Coventry High School
BA from Milligan College, Johnson City, TN
Mission Statement: As I am led by God’s Spirit, I will promote uplifting relationships that equip each student in discernment and communication of the written and spoken word, influencing with a Christ-centered world-view, and doing my part to send them into the world as compassionate, whole persons.
As one who loves literature, history, and random trivia, I try to share these interests with my students. I love to travel and have had the opportunity to spend my free time (and money) doing some globe-trotting over the years. I recently became a mother, which has completely changed my life. I have been a resident of Wooster and an employee of Kingsway for eight years. Working at Kingsway has given me the opportunity to expand my Christian world-view through mission trips and working alongside great people, as well as the awesome job of mentoring students who go on to graduate and become some of my favorite young adults.
Keith Smith, HS Bible
AS in Electronic Communication, Los Angeles Trade Tech College
BA in Organizational Leadership and Management, Regent University
MA in Organizational Leadership, Malone University
Sr. Leader of Gateway Church
My personal mission is to equip and empower believers to impact our culture to transform our world.
Donna Swartzentruber, Elementary Director
BS Elementary Education 1-8, Ashland University
Kindergarten Certification, Ashland University
Reading Endorsement, Ashland University
Hours towards Art Certification, Ashland University
AS Secretarial and Bible, Kentucky Christian University
I started my teaching career at Kingsway in 1998. Christian education at Kingsway has been a big part of my life and a positive influence on my family. My three children have attended the school K-12 and have made great friends, have been in amazing school plays and musicals, sports programs and excellent music programs.
Orrville Christian church has been my church home where I serve on the worship team, and in the past have been the elementary children's director and children's choir director. My husband and I are a part of a small group Bible study and together we enjoy serving Lord in various areas in our church, school and community.
Children are a gift from God and have been truly a blessing in my life at Kingsway!
Janie Terwilliger, Drama, MS Band
Graduate of Waynedale High School
BA in Music and Speech, Harding University, Searcy, AR
Certificate in teaching K-12, Non-Public Education
Member and worship leader of Heyl Road Church of Christ; member of the gospel group "Sweet Spirit"; founding member of the Wayne County Choral Union, a community chorus based in Wooster,OH; Executive Music Director of Amarinic Productions, a community theatre group based in Wooster, OH; mother to 3 children and grandmother to 7 grandchildren; interests include reading, scrapbooking, attending plays and musicals, spending time with family and friends, and working with the great students and staff at Kingsway.
Thea Thompson, Sixth Grade
BS in Elementary Education, Pensacola Christian College
Not too long ago our family took a huge step of faith and moved to Ohio to help work in a local church plant. Even though I had the privilege of working in education for 15 years, the Lord had other things in mind for us. We have had some adjusting to do, but we have thoroughly enjoyed working in the church and getting acquainted with Ohio.
My hobbies include music, reading, basketball, and photography. I love to cheer loudly at my kid’s games and take long walks with my dog. I am excited to teach 6th grade and love to be interactive with students and make learning fun. My goal is to help the children as much as possible, but also guide them to be independent students that can set their own goals and reach them.
Audra Tipton, Elementary Spanish & Music
BS Early Childhood Education, Kent State University
I absolutely love working with kids! I have 5 of my own, and I served as my church's Children's Ministry Director for 4 years. I also work with Mexican migrant children in Hartville, Ohio, during the summers. My whole family is very musical. My husband and I co-lead our church's worship team, and I am also the head of our Missions Committee. I have a heart for the world and for the lost, and I tell my students that when I grow up, I want to be a missionary in Central America. I love gardening and animals, and my kids and I are slowly convincing my husband that we need a mini-farm on our new property! I am excited about what the Lord is doing at Kingsway! I love teaching in an environment where I can share God's heart for the world with my students!
Kim Weaver, First Grade
AA in Early Childhood Education, Malone University
BS in Elementary Education (K-8), Malone University
I love that I have a job I enjoy and look forward to each day. The challenge is to keep the students actively involved in their learning. I hope to create a safe environment for each child to continue building friendships in and adding to the knowledge they have. One of the best parts of teaching is when a child's eyes light up when they grasp a concept. I attend Wooster Mennonite Church. I also enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, and reading in my spare time.
Brian Yoder, MS/HS Math
BS in Mathematics, Grove City College
Minor in Business Administration, Grove City College
I play acoustic and bass guitar, and I help lead worship for the high school group at my church. Music is one of the biggest passions of my life, and I love being able to help students connect with God through worship. I also have a heart for international missions, specifically to those in hispanic cultures. I spent about 15 months serving as a full time missionary to the Mayan people in the Yucatan peninsula in southern Mexico. I am still active with that ministry while here in Ohio, raising support for the ministry and sharing stories of what God is doing down there. I firmly believe that as followers of Christ we are all called to be missionaries, whether that is internationally or to the people who live right next door.
Doug Yoder, Physical Education & Health
BS Physical Education with Health Concentration, Malone University
Minor in Coaching, Malone University
I have been teaching at Kingsway since 1997 and enjoy sharing my love of being physically active with my students. Working with students from kindergarten through the time they graduate is very rewarding. I am able to build relationships with the students and watch them begin to discover who God created them to be.
I am a certified National Archery in the Schools Program instructor, which allows Kingsway to offer archery in physical education class for students in grades 4-12. I am also the race director for the school's annual Soar with the Eagle's 5K & Fun Run.
In my free time I enjoy running, weight training, and spending time with my family. I am married to Jennifer and we have 3 children. We are members of Wooster Mennonite Church.
Sarah Brenneman, Administrative Assistant
BA in Social Work, University of Akron
Certificate in Gerontology
I love being a hospitable presence and serving students, visitors, parents and staff at Kingsway. I have worked in the front office since 2008 and can tell you the front office is never boring!
My husband and I have four children, all Kingsway students or alumni. We also co-lead a local church. I refresh by reading, digging in my flower beds, watching sci-fi, and perusing Pinterest.
Elmer Gable, Maintenance Director
Graduated from Dalton High School
Attended one year at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana before being drafted to serve 1W service. I look back on that service time as also being a valuable part of my education experience.
After fulfilling my 1W service requirement, through serving at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission in Counselor, New Mexico, I moved back to Ohio to work for the Schantz Organ Company. Through apprenticeship training I eventually became one of the Design & Layout Engineers for the company. Being laid off during downsizing, I became aware of the need at Kingsway for a Maintenance Director. Prayer and the interviewing process led me to feel that God was calling me to serve here. It's hard to put into words the feeling of being where you believe God really wants you to be and to also have that affirmed by others. I actively participate in my local church ministries by working with the boy’s ministry, teaching Sunday, participating in choir and serving on the Elder Board.
Ashleigh Kuhns, Administrative Assistant
Certified Office Specialist, Wayne County Schools Career Center
It's very evident to me that the Lord placed me in this position. As with any direct calling I've faced my obstacles and challenges. When those times come I strive to remember Galatians 6:9. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
I have attended Orrville Grace Brethren Church for over 20 years where I've been involved in the nursery, choir, and puppetry ministries. I've also attended short term mission trips to Oregon, Colorado, and Vermont. I aim to use my God-given talents of multitasking, document creation and editing, and electronic records maintenance to further God's Kingdom here at Kingsway.
Jodi Robinson, School Nurse
Smithville High School--College Prep
Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing--Diploma in Nursing--Registered Nurse
Kent State University--Business Management Courses
South Carolina Arrhythmia Technical Institute--Certificate for Pacemaker and Defibrillator Specialist
39 years experience in nursing including being a Director in Long Term Care, Home Care, Cardiology, Pacemakers, Defibrillators, Computer Technology and Wound Care.
Have served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Leader.
Enjoy reading, writing, sewing, collecting old miniatures and toys, and spending time with my grandchildren.
I like to make a difference in the quality of life of others both in the present and in their futures. God has made this possible for me in my nursing career as well as in my personal life and I praise God for all He has done for me and my family and most of all for His great salvation.
Gary Steiner, Technology
A.A.S. in Data Processing, University of Akron
B.S. in Business Administration & Accounting, University of Akron
My personal mission is to remain faithful to God's call in my life. Thus far, the highlights of His calling have included more than 30 years working in various roles within Information Technology and at the same time various roles volunteering within Youth Ministry environments working alongside wonderful leaders and volunteers to start and grow youth outreach environments. For the past several years, I have also served as facilitator on the vision team for our church.
Throughout all of this, God has blessed me with many challenging experiences, both personally and as part of the various teams I serve with, which have caused my relationship with Him to continue to grow in ways I could not have imagined. At times it has been humbling and at times it has been very rewarding but it has always been a privilege and an honor to serve Him as I serve the youth of the Orrville area for Christ.
My personal interests vary from reading books and discussing essential leadership topics in ministry to coaching youth and playing competitive sports to photography / videography.
Shawn Swartzentruber, Bookkeeper
Wooster High School Graduate
BA in Business Administration/Economics, Asbury University
Married to Merlin for 18 years, 2 daughters Audrey and Kara grades 9 & 8. Prior to getting married I worked at a bank in Kentucky as the Loan Review and Compliance Officer. I moved back to Ohio in 1996 and worked for First Federal Savings and Loan in the loan processing department. For several years when my daughters were young I taught water aerobics and swimming lessons at the Orrville YMCA. My hobbies include sewing, canning (if it can be canned I can it) and reading. Every year we get a few pigs and raise them for pork. This year we are endeavoring on a new project. We age going to be breading our own pigs. We are members of Orrville CMA.