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820 Ashar Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Teacher Directory

Mrs. Lynda Morrison


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. Deb Pacheco


DebPachecoAs a teachers' aide, Mrs. Pacheco proved to be a great asset to Whitefish Christian Academy. She begins the 2016-2017 school year as our 3-day PreK teacher, working as an aide the other two days of the week. More information to come. Click here to email Deb.

Mrs. Heidi Freeman


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


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. Verena Fath

First Grade


Verena was born in Ulm, Germany and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. She has lived in numerous states including New Jersey, New York, Kansas, and Wisconsin.  Verena graduated from Concordia University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and is certified birth through third grade. She met her husband and best friend in 2012, they were married May of 2015. On April 28, 2016 they had their first son, Nick Jr. Verena’s husband is an Ex-Military Police Officer, and will graduate with a Bachelors in Justice and Public policy with double minors in Legal Studies and Political Science in the fall of 2016. Verena loves spending time with family and friends. She loves the outdoors, hiking, swimming and bicycling. In her free time, Verena also enjoys reading books and painting. Verena is overjoyed to be teaching at WCA and to profess her love for God to her students. The Fath family is ecstatic to be living in Montana, to partake in the outdoors, and to experience all God has to offer. Click here to e-mail Verena.

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

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


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. Amy Borgen

Grade 6

Mrs. Amy BorgenAmy Borgen grew up 18 miles from the rural community of Superior, MT, where she enjoyed  the outdoors daily.  She also developed a love for Latin American people and culture through summer youth mission experiences in Mexico, which led her to pursue her study of English, Spanish and ESL education at Whitworth College thereafter.  Amy worked seasonally during and after college as a wildland firefighter, during which she met her husband, Shawn.  Together, they have three children (born 2005, 2007, and 2010).  Amy taught English in Bolivia before pursuing graduate work in Creative Writing at the University of Montana, and then taught English and Spanish for twelve years at Summit Preparatory School here in the Flathead Valley.  Amy enjoys playing with words, tennis balls and kids of all ages, as well as skiing, hiking and snowmobiling.  She is excited to continue growing in Christ as she helps nurture and stretch the minds and hearts of students here at WCA. 
Click here to contact Amy.

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. Deanna Kotila

Rhetoric Teacher and Academic Development Coordinator

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Mrs. Kotila was raised on a ranch south of Polson. She graduated from college in Billings with her bachelor's degree in 1991. She and her husband, Todd, also of Polson, enjoy over twenty-six years of marriage and two lovely (grown) daughters. Deanna has taught for over 15 years. She enjoys reading, farming, traveling and seasonal activities. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..