Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff
Peter Crone
Principal/Administrator

BA in Mathematics from Bluffton University

M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Ashland University

I look forward to watching God work in, and through, the staff and students at Kingsway Christian this year! Christian education offers to students, what they seek in community, academics, and character education. Outside of school, I love spending time with my wife, Samantha, and children, Joel and Beatrice. I love spending time outside; hiking, farming, and enjoying God's creation. I am a baseball fan (Go Tribe!) and play slow pitch softball in my free time.

Prior to my time at Kingsway, I taught high school math at East Knox High School, and worked summers at Round Lake Christian Camp. I seek daily God's path for my life, and walk boldly in the path I am called to. My prayer is that I would have a heart the size of the adventure God is calling me to!

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Steve Yoder
Development/Admissions

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 investments task-force and lead music 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 development and admissions director 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! 

Pat Davis
Administrative Support

I have been a part of Kingsway since 2006, first as a parent/volunteer and became an employee in 2018. I enjoy rubber stamping and am a "foodie" at heart.  I love vacationing with my husband of 30 plus years, Jeff, and my son, Nathan (class of 2019).

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Shawn Swartzentruber
Business Manager

Wooster High School Graduate
BA in Business Administration/Economics, Asbury University

Married to Merlin for 20 years, 2 daughters Audrey and Kara grades 12 & 11. 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.  My hobbies include sewing, canning (if it can be canned I can it) and reading. We are members of Orrville Christian Missionary Alliance.

Ruth Overholt
Operations Manager

AA Degree, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

I have been working in Church administrative roles since 2009. My husband and I currently lead a church in Hartville, OH. Our journey at Kingsway began in 2015 when my oldest of three children was as a kindergartener. We have always loved Kingsway and could not imagine sending our kids anywhere else. I am excited to use my administrative gifts to serve alongside the rest of the Kingsway staff to see our school thrive in greater ways in the coming years.

Gary Steiner
Technology Director/Project Manager

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.

John Bischoff
Athletic Director
Zach Armstrong
Nurse
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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. After 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, leading a senior adult Sunday School class, participating in leading worship hymns and serving on the Elder Board.

Bernie Caldwell
Maintenance
Bobbi Scaggs
Custodian
Tammy Himes
Cafeteria

BS degree in home economics from Bob Jones University

 

Our family began our journey at Kingsway in 2007. Initially, I volunteered in the kitchen to fulfill our families volunteer hours and enjoyed it very much. Not long after, I was hired to be apart of the kitchen staff and I have been serving in this way ever since. 

I desire to be used of the Lord to make our kitchen and cafeteria the best it can be, but also a place of ministry. I look to meet the needs of others physically, emotionally and spiritually as opportunities arise. I love working at KCS and I especially love seeing God at work in our students, families and school!

Kathi Lucas
Cafeteria
Jaime Stillings
Cafeteria
Kayla Walker
Preschool Director

I am excited to work at Kingsway where I can bring my love for Jesus and passion for working with preschoolers together to impact the next generation! 

I was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Growing up, I was always around young children, babysitting, leading Sunday School, and summer programs. After high school, God led me to Johnson University in Knoxville, TN where I gained practical, biblical education to teach and manage little ones. I met my husband Jesse at Johnson and we have been married since 2014. From Tennessee, we moved to Indiana where Jesse worked in a local church and I taught as a Primary Reading Teacher in the local public school. In August 2019, we relocated to Ohio as Jesse joined the staff at Orrville Christian Church.  We currently have no biological children, but have fostered six children since 2017. We are continuing to pursue foster care here in Ohio.

At Kingsway, I have the opportunity and responsibility to create a safe, quality preschool rooted in biblical truth and love. Each child is a prized and precious possession of God. I will treat them with love, kindness, respect, and grace. I am looking forward to partnering with the preschool families to help their children grow and mature in Christ.

Rebecca Gasser
Preschool Teacher

I am very excited for the opportunity to teach at Kingsway.  I am especially thrilled that I will be in the preschool- I adore this age group- their wonder and excitement!

I graduated from Rittman High School in 2015.  I enjoyed being part of the volleyball and track and field teams.  After graduation, I continued my education at Wayne College and the University of Akron.  I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education specifically the Early Childhood Inclusive Teacher Preparation. 

I look forward to getting to know your children and teaching them in a Christian environment!

Nancy Jacobsen
Kindergarten

BS in Elementary Education and Kindergarten (K-8)

Youngstown State University

Before coming to Kingsway, I taught kindergarten in the Youngstown area in both public and private schools. I have also served as an assistant principal and a preschool director, but I most enjoy classroom teaching. 

My greatest desire for your child this year is to help them develop a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ and a greater love for Him.  After that I want to help each child work toward the potential and gifts that God has given them.  Your child will be loved in this classroom.

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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 Newpointe Church. I also enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, and reading in my spare time. 

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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. 

Melissa Weaver
Third Grade

BA in Elementary Education 1-8, Bluffton University

I am so excited to be back! I taught 1st grade at Kingsway from 1996-2005. My first classroom was in the old Sonnenberg Church up in the attic. People laugh when I tell them that was my best teaching year ever! I remember telling my principal (Keith Hamsher) that I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to do this everyday.I absolutely loved teaching and I still do. I feel that God has many great things in store for Kingsway and am so thankful that I get to be a part of this journey. 

I live in the Dalton area along with my husband Kevin and our two children.We attend Brewster Friends Church where we are involved in the children’s ministries.  In my free time I enjoy fishing, camping with my family, and heading to the beach in the summer. 

Sara Waggoner
Fourth Grade

Graduate of Smithville Highschool

BS in Elementary Education, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

While praying with my mother one afternoon, I asked Jesus to be my Savior at the age of 7 years old. During my highschool years I discovered there is JOY in serving Jesus during a short term mission trip to the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission in New Mexico. It was then that I dedicated my life to be one of service to Him.

After graduating from college and getting married, I was privileged to be able to stay home and raise my five children for eighteen years. During that time, I was highly involved in a homeschool co-op based at the Chapel in Akron. I also taught at Wooster Christian (prior to having children) and spent three years teaching at Hametown Christian before the Lord led us to Kingsway. I am thrilled to be back in a traditional classroom. From the time I was in Kindergarten myself, I have wanted to be a classroom teacher. I thoroughly love my job as a fourth grade teacher. There are so many things for 9 and 10 year old children to learn and experience. I want to make their 4th grade year as rewarding as possible. I am  very thankful to be able to share from the Bible with my students.

I am a native of Wayne County but after marrying Ralph, my junior high sweetheart, we  have lived in the Barberton and Akron area for  29 years. We attend the Valley Community Church outside of Doylestown. My oldest son is married, my 2 older daughters are working full time and the two youngest children are in highschool here at Kingsway. I am thankful to be a part of the Kingsway Family.

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Jonathan Ratcliff
Fifth Grade
Gabrielle Crum
Sixth Grade

BA+ in Middle Childhood Education with Generalist & Reading Endorsement

Kent State University

BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentrations in Teaching & Bible

Maranatha Baptist University

I come from a big family and I grew up in the Canton South area where I enjoyed playing travel softball, marching in the Canton South Band, and serving at Fellowship Baptist Church. When I was 14 years old I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Through following Christ’s will for my life, He has taken me to 10 countries across the world to serve Him in missions. While on those trips, it was there God gave me a desire to finish college with a teaching degree. After graduating from Kent State University in 2018 the Lord allowed me to serve in public school districts in Stark County and Tuscarawas County, which is where I thought He wanted me to serve. In the summer of 2020 the Lord showed me that my ways are not His ways by opening the door for me to serve here at Kingsway. At the time I could not understand why God was always closing the door for me at the public schools, but when He opened the door for me to teach at Kingsway I had no doubt this is where God wanted me to be. I am so thankful for Kingsway because we can openly share our faith and all the things our Lord and Savior is doing in our lives. I hope to be an encouragement to all the students, staff, and families here at Kingsway. My prayer for each student is that they come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and grow in their relationships with Him more and more each day. 

Joy Claes
Music

 

I joined the Kingsway family in the fall of 2020.  It’s exciting for me to have the opportunity to teach in a Christian atmosphere and to help my students learn to use their musical gifts to glorify God. I received my degree in music education from Malone University, where I studied flute and performed with several different instrumental and choral ensembles. I am originally from Martins Ferry, OH but currently live in Wooster with my husband and 2 daughters. My family attends church at Faith Community Fellowship and I enjoy continuing to play my flute for a variety of functions such as church, weddings, community band, and other special events. 

 

Amber Marshall
Art
Doug Yoder
Physical Education

BS Physical Education with Health Concentration, Malone University
Minor in Coaching, Malone University

After graduating from Malone College with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education / Health Concentration, I began teaching at Kingsway beginning the 1997-98 school year.  Being the PE teacher, I get the opportunity to teach the students in grades K-12.  It is a privilege to get to partner with families to help develop their students into young men and women, who will impact the nations for the glory of God.  In my free time, I enjoy cycling, strength training, and DDPY.  My family and I attend New Pointe Community Church, where I help with the Jr. High ministry.  

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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 Southridge Fellowship church; 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.

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Carly Scarpino
MS/HS 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. 

I have been a resident of Wooster and an employee of Kingsway since 2007. My husband, Tony, and I have two wonderfully wild little girls. One of my dreams is to be a contestant on Jeopardy. As one who loves literature, history, and random trivia, I try to share these interests with my students. I love to travel, and am always happy to plan a trip to share the world with my students. 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.

Haley Schultz
MS/HS Math

BS Mathematics , University of Mount Union

MS Education, University of Akron

I am very excited to be here at Kingsway.  I graduated from the University of Mount Union and earned my teaching licence at the University of Akron.  My desire and goal, as both a teacher and servant of the Lord, is to serve, inspire, and challenge those around me.  I love seeing young people realize they are capable of overcoming all situations and love encouraging them through those moments.

I believe mathematics is a human language created to help us discover, understand, and explore the world God has laid out before us.  I am continually in awe of the Lord and the greatness of His creation.  I am an avid sports fan, cheering always for any Pittsburgh teams.

I am very serious about my love for the Lord and His love for the people of this world.  I am always thinking of Peter, who was always seeking to be next to Jesus.  This is my same heart and cry to the Lord, that I may see Him and be willing to do whatever it takes to be where He is, to speak what He is speaking, and to do what He is doing.  I am encouraged that I may speak freely the testimonies of the Lord here at Kingway and am resting in hopeful expectation of what the Lord will do this year for and through the students.

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Heidi Herr
MS/HS Math & Science

University of Arizona
Marion Technical College
BS 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.

Jennifer Morosko
HS Science

BS in Chemistry & Biology, Ashland University
BS+ in 7-12 Integrated Science, Ashland University

I am a graduate of Ashland University with dual majors in Chemistry and Biology. After graduating from college, I worked at Wil Research Labs, where I was involved in creating a new technique for a 4-hour infusion on mice via the tail vein. I went on to work with Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus participating in government studies to treat Alzheimer's and other diseases. The majority of my adult career life has been in the corporate world using my Chemistry degree in a variety of ways before finding my passion in teaching. I continue to work with and study photochemistry for a self-owned company in the toy and craft industry. This company makes products that change color in the sun.  I was instrumental in the creation of BLAZE color changing nail polish. This polish has received national recognition and has been showcased on Oprah, and advertised in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Fashion Addict. I continue to sell color-changing products to companies like Mattel Toys, Tyco Toys, Nike, United Way, and many others. The manufacturing process of color change materials has been featured in an exhibit entitled "Lumen," at the New York Museum of Art, by Jenny Sabin, winner of the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The work of art features a color change photo-luminescence yarn that absorbs sunlight to change color. This YouTube video highlights the project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYSG57XESE4. I continue to utilize my chemistry knowledge and corporate experience to demonstrate the real-world application of science to my students. My love of the sciences and my passion for teaching merge to help students be successful and empowered to go out into the world and be prepared to follow their dreams.

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. 

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Rachel Littler
MS/HS History

BS in Middle Childhood Education, Malone University

Working towards MA in American History and Government, Ashland University

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 relocated 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 Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Sterling and am very active within its college & career group.

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. 

Jim Yost
MS/HS Bible

I graduated from Malone College in 1967 with a Comprehensive Science degree. I taught in the public schools for 30 years, 28 of them in Perry Local in Massillon, OH. I taught Science, Biology and Chemistry.

I retired in 1997 and had a mowing service until 2002 when I began teaching part time at KCS, the subjects of Chemistry and 9th grade Science. In 2007 I began teaching full time at KCS. I was given all the high school Bible classes to teach which included New and Old Testament, Apologetics, Worldview and Marriage and the Family, plus Chemistry and 9th grade Science.

I retired again in 2013 until I was asked to come back to teach the 7th-9th grade Bible classes. I presently teach Old Testament, New Testament and Apologetics. I love teaching the Scriptures. My desire is to get my students into God’s Word so that God’s Word will get into them. 

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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

I'm a storyteller, speaker and the Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Wooster, Ohio. I come alive when sharing about the mystery and beauty of the gospel and the finished work of the cross.

I'm also a sports enthusiast, occasional gamer, 80’s kid, and movie buff. My wife, Mia, and I have been married since 1998 and we have four incredible daughters.

Cathy Kreakie
Intervention Specialist

B.S. in Middle Childhood Education Math/Science from Malone University

M.A. in Intervention Specialist and Reading endorsement from Malone University

I am so excited to be at Kingsway. My passion is helping all students be successful in all areas of their lives, in any way I can, while showing them God’s love. My husband and I have a little girl and live in Orrville. I have been an Intervention Specialist for 7 years between Orrville and Loudonville. I enjoy being in the classroom with the students as well as working either one-on-one or small groups. I love working with classroom teachers to help all students learn since everyone is unique.

Nicole Allison
Speech Therapist

I am thrilled to be here at Kingsway, incorporating my passion for language and communication in with my love for the Lord. I seek to help our students communicate to their fullest, whether that means increasing a student's articulation skills, building a bigger vocabulary, addressing fluency needs, or teaching social language skills. 

I fully believe words are powerful (Proverbs 18:4) and can't wait to see how our students use them for good! 

Nicole has her MA in Speech Language Pathology and worked for 5 years at Rittman School District before coming to Kingsway Christian School. She currently presents nationally on topics related to speech and language in the schools and also creates resources for speech language pathologists in the field. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband in their century home in Marshallville along with their three children. 

Beth Ream
Educational Aide

BS in K-8 Education, Asbury College / Malone College

I have been on the Friendship Child Care Board at my church for 18 years. I have also served as director of junior church and as nursery supervisor for over 15 years. Teaching Sunday School has also been a passion and something I have spent many years enjoying since I was in high school. Teaching the Bible has allowed me to grow and learn in my personal life, as well. I try to involve myself in areas that need my educational background and in areas where I see a need. My love and desire to serve my Heavenly Father motivates my steps. 

Marcine Seigley
Educational Aide

I am a 2003 graduate of Kingsway and the Lord brought me back to the place that formed me into who I am today. I am an educational coach and I absolutely love finding each child’s unique way of learning and tackling the hard subjects with a new approach. My favorite part of this journey is when a child finally understands something that they have been trying to comprehend for weeks and their face lights up. Each child is different and I feel it is my job to find the best learning path for them. I live in Orrville with my husband Eric and we have 4 beautiful children. I am a member of Wooster Nazarene and I am a youth leader in Thrive (our high school teen ministries). In my free time I enjoy swimming, camping, kayaking, and fishing. Also, I love to create, whether it is crocheting, reupholstering, or building something. I really do enjoy being busy! 

Mary Sue Miller
Educational Aide

B.A. Speech Pathology and Audiology, San Diego State University

M.S. Education, National University

The Lord brought me to Kingsway in 2016. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Kingsway Family. My background and training in the field of Education spans over 35 years. While studying Speech and Language Pathology I discovered what a vital impact language and learning have on one another. As an intern, I watched students with speech and language difficulties struggling in the classroom and decided to set my career goals on helping to educate students who had difficulty learning in a traditional classroom. The organization that impacted me the most along my career path is The National Institute of Learning Development. This Christian organization is where I was trained as an Educational Therapist.  The goal of NILD Educational Therapy is to help students develop tools for independent learning in the classroom and in life.

Mindy Verginis
Educational Aide
Phil Neville
Educational Aide
Angela Mullen
Long Term Sub