Faculty & Staff

Steve Yoder
Steve Yoder

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! 

Steve Yoder
Doug Yoder
MS/HS Principal & PE Teacher

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

I have been teaching at Kingsway Christian School 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.

In the summer of 2018 I was humbled when God called me to be a part of the leadership here at Kingsway. As I look back over my life, I now see how God was using various experiences to prepare me for leadership. Through my transition into leadership two words have been impressed upon my heart, obedience and trust. It is my prayer that our students will also daily trust in Jesus Christ and be obedient to Him, even in all aspects of their lives. 

I currently reside in Shreve my wife Jen and our three children. We are members of NewPointe Community Church in Wooster where I serve in the Jr. High ministry. In my free time I enjoy running, weight training, and spending time with my family. 

Rachel Zook
Rachel Zook
Elementary Principal & PE Teacher

BA in Elementary Education, Maranatha Baptist Bible University
MA in Educational Leadership, Malone University

I have taught in elementary and middle school for 12+ years. Additionally, I have coached varsity basketball and softball, mentored college students, and spoken at several conferences. 

Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy working with youth both inside and outside the church. It is hard telling what you may find me doing because I am adventurous and spontaneous. The finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ compels me to love and serve others. 

Micayla Bahler
Jay Baldridge
HS Social Studies

BA in Integrated Social Studies, Ashland University

In my spare time I am active in playing sports, helping to run the sound at my church during services, staffing at a church camp every summer, and going on mission trips for the ACTS team from the Church of God Conference. 

I am involved in coaching, volunteering, and missionary work because I want to help individuals not only grow in the classroom, but outside as well. I want to do my part that God calls me to do in helping them to grow to be the best person they can be in their walk with Christ. 

Juanekee Fuller
Preschool Assistant
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.

Michaela Hobi
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. 

Beth Hochstetler

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 Kindergarten 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.

Stacy Howe
HS Spanish

BS in Spanish, University of Akron

I enjoy spending time with my 4 young children and helping them to see God at work in the world around them. I enjoy reading, watching movies and crafting. I love to learn new things!

I would love to travel more and take my family to new places. I studied abroad in Costa Rica and have gone to Ecuador for a missions trip. Traveling is fun and a great way to experience God. Even going to new states and areas in Ohio, you can see the beauty in God's creation, reflect on life outside of your own daily schedule and meet new people.

I believe that Christian education is very important and love working with High School students. Our world's view on life is not the same as God's and when we learn everything from Math to Spanish with God's way in mind we can see it more completely. We also learn how to navigate what our world believes and be better equipped to love people we have a change to influence and help them know God's love.

Brandi Kurjian
Preschool Teacher
Rachel Littler
MS English & History

BS in Middle Childhood Education, Malone University
Working towards MA in History, Cleveland State 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 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 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. 

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. 

Mary Sue Miller
Jennifer Morosko
HS Science

BS in Chemistry & Biology, Ashland University
BS+ 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
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. 

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.

Emily Smith
Preschool Director

Kingsway Christian School Alumnus
BS in Early Childhood Education, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Intervention Specialist, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

I graduated from Kingsway Christian School in 2005, and it is a joy to be back, teaching our youngest students! I absolutely love to work with children and feel called to teaching and helping children realize their full potential in Christ. This is my second year in the role of Preschool Director/Teacher.

I live in Apple Creek with my husband Justin and son Zayne. We enjoy traveling, being outdoors, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. We attend Smithville Mennonite Church where Justin serves as the youth pastor. I am involved in leading the children's Sunday school program, as well as serving in the church nursery. 

As a teacher, it is my prayer that each child who passes through my classroom will develop a love for learning, will feel loved and appreciated as a member of the class, and will desire a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

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.

Donna Swartzentruber
Elementary Tutor

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 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.

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
Fourth Grade

BS Early Childhood Education, Kent State University

I absolutely love working with kids! I have 5 of my own, and we are a busy bunch! My whole family is very musical. My husband and I lead worship together, and our kids are all learning various instruments. Our house is a noisy place! My husband and I are also the youth pastors at Gateway Church in Wooster. 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 property! I am excited about what the Lord is doing at Kingsway! I have been teaching here since 2015, and 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 Newpointe 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. 

Pam Yoder
Tutoring Aide
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. 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.

Stephanie Gaines

3 years of Early Childhood Education, University of Cincinnati
Real Estate License, Hondros College

I am a wife and mom of 5 and live in Smithville on a small farmette. We have cattle, horses and donkeys and breed labradoodles. I love spending time with my active family and can usually be found in my car running kids to soccer, flag football, 4-h and church activities. We have attended Wooster Church of the Nazarene for the last 10 years. I am excited to be working here in a Christ-Centered environment and the bonus of my three littles here with me!

Kelsey Howes
Guidance Counselor

M.Ed. in School Counseling from Liberty University
B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University

I believe God has called us to be missionaries no matter our occupation. Before coming to Kingsway in 2018, I worked in higher education as a Financial Aid Advisor for a number of years, and then as a Career Counselor for high school students. No matter where I have found myself working, I have seen God at the wheel of it all, directing my path. 

I enjoy watching movies, sewing, and learning more about the world with my husband and daughter. Having recently moved from Virginia, we are still on the lookout for a church to call home, but we hope to find a good fit soon where we can get plugged in, serve, and be part of a small group.

Ashleigh Kuhns
Operations Manager

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.

Jody Sohar
Athletic Secretary

Graduated from Orrville High School

I have no greater joy than knowing that my children walk with Jesus, it’s my life’s most important work. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Kingsway office staff as my children (four of the six of them) attend here. I believe in the growth and direction of our school and I am so blessed to be sharing my passion for athletics and my love of education! We have found a home at Kingsway and as a former home education family, we have been so excited to see where the years ahead will lead!

Gary Steiner

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
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.

Kitchen Staff
Tammy Himes
Kathi Lucas
Jaime Stillings