Teachers

Whitefish Christian Academy

WCA Calendars

2016-2017 Calendar

406-862-5875

820 Ashar Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Mrs. Lynda Morrison

Pre-K

LyndaMorrisonLynda is a fantastic Pre-K teacher. She's been involved in Pre-K and children’s ministry for more than 30 years. Her formal childcare training was completed at Diablo Valley College in Concord, CA. Lynda’s passion is to help children and parents make a smooth transition to the school environment while assisting the child to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Lynda’s love for the Lord, her students, and their families is evidenced in her caring and gentle manner in the classroom. As each PreK student begins their academic career, it is Lynda’s goal to give them and their families a positive first step in education. Click here to email Lynda.

Mrs. Heidi Freeman

Kindergarten

HeidiFreemanMrs. Heidi Freeman one of our beloved kindergarten teachers.  She was born and raised in Whitefish and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana.  She has been a part of our school since 1993, teaching kindergarten, preK, and even P.E., while enjoying a few years off during this time to raise her boys.  Heidi and her husband, Mike, have two boys at home.  She is thrilled to be a part of WCA's veteran staff.  Her goal is to provide a positive learning environment for children and to instill in them a love of learning! Click here to email Heidi.

Ms. Julie Reimer

Kindergarten

HeidiFreemanJulie Reimer graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a B.A. in elementary Education and a minor in music. She has taught multiple grade levels including Pre-K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Additionally, she has taught private piano and served as the WCA music teacher in the past. Most recently, before returning to the classroom, she directed a nonprofit, faith-based childcare and preschool ministry for  six years.

Family is the joy of Julie's life. Her four grown sons all attended Whitefish Christian Academy. Gaining daughters-in-law  and being called Grandma has made life even richer. Julie's interests include reading, playing for worship, health and nutrition, and connecting with a friend over a great cup of coffee or tea. She also volunteers as a mentor with The Refuge, a Kalispell-based ministry.

Team teaching Kindergarten with Heidi Freeman is a dream come true. Many years ago they actually taught each other's children at WCA, and the opportunity to now share a classroom brings great joy! Click here to email Julie.

Mrs. Linda Puchta

First Grade

Mrs. Linda PuchtaLinda grew up in St. Louis, MO. She had the privilege of attending Christian schools for her entire education, graduating from Concordia College in Seward, NE in 1979, with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has taught since 1979. The Puchta family moved to Montana in 1997. Linda has been teaching at Whitefish Christian Academy since 2003. She and her husband Rick have two children: Emily is married to Jesh Glascock, has an adorable little girl and teaches Kindergarten in Bigfork. Bryce is a mechanical engineer working at Nomad GCS in Columbia Falls, MT.  In her “leisure” time, she enjoys reading, photography, kayaking, watching “old” movies, crafts and just being with her family!  Click here to contact Linda.

Mrs. Rachel Erickson

Second Grade / Lower School Coordinator

Mrs. Rachel Erickson

Hello! My name is Rachel Erickson. I am a Montana native, and have lived in the valley since 2007. My husband Shane and I, along with our daughter Madison and new son Jase, currently live in Columbia Falls but hope to eventually move back to Whitefish where my husband is a police officer. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University in 2008, and am very excited to be the 2nd grade teacher at Whitefish Christian Academy. In the past, I have taught 7th and 8th grade, as well as preschool.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets, reading, and spending time outside.  Click here to e-mail Rachel.

Mrs. Pennie Parrish

Third Grade

Mrs. Pennie ParrishPennie was raised in Las Vegas, NV. She attended UNLV and taught in Vegas for fourteen years. She moved to Whitefish in 2001 with her husband, Paul, and son, Nathan. She has taught at Whitefish Christian Academy since the fall of 2003. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time at home with her family and three dogs.  Click here to contact Pennie.

Mrs. Alexandra Schaefer

Fourth Grade

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Alexandra was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States when she was almost eleven and lived in various places while growing up.  After marrying her high school sweetheart, Robart, and becoming an Army wife, Alexandra continued to travel to various locations. After Robart completed his service commitment, they moved to Montana to be closer to family and start one of their own. Alexandra graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English Education, then moved to Trinidad, Colorado where she taught middle school for two years. Her husband graduated from Trinidad State Junior College with a degree in gunsmithing. Alexandra is thrilled to be back in Montana and teaching at WCA! She is passionate about teaching. Her own two young sons now attend WCA.  Click here to contact Mrs. Schaefer.

Mr. James Chertudi

Fifth Grade

Mr. James ChertudiJames grew up in Salem, Oregon. Now that he lives in Montana, he could be considered an "Oregon transplant," which is only funny if you pronounce Oregon like Oregonians do. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, and then promptly moved to Japan to live and work for three years. He taught English at the elementary and middle schools in Sagae, a small town in northern Japan. It was a wonderful experience, and he learned much about Japan, education, and life. Although James and his wife love Japan and the Japanese people, they decided to return to her home state to pursue teaching at WCA. While his wife, Rebecca Chertudi, taught Latin at WCA, James spent the year as a substitute teacher for the Columbia Falls school district, primarily at the high school. In his free time, James enjoys playing the drums. He feels very fortunate to be a part of WCA. Or, as they say in Japanese: sushi. Click here to e-mail James.

Mrs. Michelle Hernandez

7--8th Grade

Michelle HernandezMichelle Hernandez was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Montana when she was three years old. Here she spent a blissful childhood full of huckleberries, music, and snowball fights. Her family moved back to Japan in 2002 where they worked as organic farmers for a ministry helping special needs adults, which was run by the church her grandparents pastor. Michelle returned to and in 2013, graduated from Montana State University with a degree in English Education. Her first year of teaching was spent on the tropical island of Okinawa, Japan at a Christian bilingual, international church school teaching the 3rd-4th grade class as well as 8-12th grade English. She is thankful to be married to her best friend, Nikolas, to be back in Montana, and to serve as the 7--8th grade teacher at WCA.  Click here to contact Michelle.

Mrs. Rebecca Chertudi

Latin

RebeccaChertudiRebecca was raised in Missoula.  She has cultivated a love for languages from an early age, thanks to the influence of her father, who spoke to her only in Latin.  She studied Latin throughout high school and college, even as she pursued a burgeoning interest in Japanese.  In 2009 she graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in East Asian Languages and Literatures, and in 2011 moved to Japan.  For the next three years, she and her husband, James, taught English to elementary and junior high school students of all grades.  Although it was a wonderful experience, Rebecca looks forward to returning to Montana and teaching her first love, Latin.  She is excited to teach at WCA.  Click here to contact Rebecca.

Mrs. Lyn Campbell

Latin

LynCampbellMrs. Campbell graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA in Elementary Education, majoring in Language Arts with a minor in Reading. Lyn taught grades 2-6 in a small Christian school before marrying and homeschooling her own children. She and her husband Doug moved to the Flathead Valley in 1999 and fell in love with the area.  As a child, Lyn was the oldest of seven children in a Navy family, moving often and attending Christian elementary schools when they were available, so she greatly appreciates the foundation that Christian education provides. After homeschooling her own two daughters, Lyn has worked in the homeschool community, teaching weekly classes in writing, language arts, Latin, logic, and other subjects. Lyn is a logophile and life-long learner. She has taught herself Latin and is thrilled to be sharing her love of the language with WCA students..  Click here to contact Lyn.

Mr. Joshua Holladay

Science

JoshuaHolladayJosh Holladay is a native of the Flathead Valley. He attended Trinity Lutheran School through 8th grade and was an active member of the church. He then attended Stillwater Christian School, graduating in 2007. He pursued a degree in Forensic Science at the University of Great Falls. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, with minors in Criminal Justice and Biology. He is currently working toward a teaching degree through FVCC and UGF. 

When not teaching, setting up for classes, or doing his own homework, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Angie. He likes being outdoors, running, and hunting. He plans to dedicate most free time to his family.

Josh came to WCA in 2015, working as custodian while taking classes for teaching. He filled in as needed as a substituted teacher, and worked part time as Science Teacher during the spring of 2016. Click here to e-mail Joshua.

Mrs. Tana Voeller

Mathematics

Mrs. Tana VoellerTana Marie Voeller came to Whitefish Christian Academy in 2009. Tana is a native of Montana who graduated from the University of Montana with an elementary education and physical education degree. Her first teaching job brought her to the Flathead Valley over 10 years ago where she has enjoyed teaching many subjects and grade levels of elementary education. She was drawn to the Flathead Valley because of all the opportunities for outdoor adventure. Here is where she met her husband Jim, and had two children Carson and Josie. As a family they take advantage of everything this valley has to offer for outdoor activities. Tana and her children are also fortunate and excited to join Whitefish Christian Academy.  Click here to contact Tana.

Mrs. Kris Jones

Mathematics / Upper School Coordinator

Kris was blessed to grow up in Whitefish and attended Mrs. Kris JonesWhitefish Christian Academy from Kindergarten through 7th grade. In 2003, she married her high school sweetheart, Gregg, and attended Eastern Oregon University, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in mathematics and reading. She moved back to Whitefish after her first son was born and now they have three beautiful children. Kris finds herself in a special situation: she blessed to be able to serve in the very school she attended, she is passionate about mathematics, and she loves having her children attended the school in which she grew up and now works.  Click here to contact Kris.

Mrs. Kristen Binder

Art

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Kristen grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and became interested in the arts at a very young age. She was a photographer for her high school and college newspapers before moving to Paris where she worked as an editorial photographer and as an assistant to a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and photography from Parsons School of Design in Paris, France in 2000, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University in 2013. After winning first prize in a National Geographic photography contest she traveled to southern Africa with the magazine's editor in chief, Chris Johns. Kristen has exhibited her photography in galleries in Paris, Boulder, and Seattle, and has worked as a freelance photographer, a project manager, and a teaching artist for at-risk youth. Her photography has also decorated sets and been featured in over a dozen Hollywood films. Her website is www.kristeimig.com

 After being part-timers for many years, she and her family moved to Whitefish in 2012. Kristen and her husband Konrad enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and spending time with their two young daughters. Click here to contact Kristen.

 

Mrs. Linnea Wolf

PE

Mrs. Linnea Wolf

Mrs. Linnea Wolf is a native Montanan, from the Mission Valley. She graduated from Montana State University where she received a bachelors in Health Promotion and a minor in Coaching Science.  After graduating she took a director's position for a non-profit fitness organization called Young At Heart and enjoyed coaching girls basketball and Little Bobcat Track.  In 2006 Linnea moved to the Flathead Valley to follow her husband's career and raise her young family.  With the support of her husband LeRoy and three kids Ethan, Bryson and Kendra, Linnea is excited to continue her passion of teaching heath and fitness.  In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, weigh training, obstacle training, reading, the outdoors and time with family and friends. Click here to email Linnea.

Mrs. Heather Giles

Teacher’s Aide

Mrs. Heather GilesHeather was born and raised in Whitefish. She graduated from Whitefish High School and continued her education at MSU and FVCC. Heather is married to Bob and they have three children: Colter, Austin, and Hailey. They live in Whitefish and attend Easthaven Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, scrap booking, hiking, hunting, and spending time with friends. The thing she enjoys the most is spending time with her family. Mrs. Giles has been the world's greatest preschool aide for many years and we're blessed to have her.