Mr. Ron Jung – Headmaster (Preschool – 12th Grade)
Bible, Leadership, 7th – 12th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
Azusa Pacific University (CA); North Park Theological Seminary (IL)
Mr. Jung and his wife, Wendy, have been involved in Classical Christian Education from the time their oldest son began 1st grade in 1999. A native of California, Mr. Jung received his BA in Religion with a Biblical Studies emphasis from Azusa Pacific University in 1991 and a Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary (honors) in 1997. Mr. Jung has taught at a variety of settings which include church, school, home and the University. His loves include scripture, theology, classical Greek and Roman literature, coaching football, gardening and spending time with his wife and five children. Mr. Jung began teaching at Providence Academy in 2010 and took the role of Headmaster in 2013. He and his family are members of Jacob’s Well Church (PCA) in Green Bay where he is an ordained elder.
Rev. Chris Steinbarger – Chaplain, Logic and Rhetoric School Principal
Bible and Rhetoric, 9th – 11th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
The University of Iowa (IA); Covenant Theological Seminary (MO)
Mr. Steinbarger joined Providence in 2014. A Midwestern nomad, Mr. Steinbarger has lived in MI, IN, IL, MN, IA, MO and now WI. Along with his wife Jaclyn and their kids, they hope to stay in Green Bay for a long time. Previously, he has worked at Jacob’s Well Church in Green Bay as the Director of Church Life as well as Parkview Church in Iowa City doing campus ministry. Mr. Steinbarger graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a BBA in Management and Marketing and from Covenant Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2012. Mr. Steinbarger is an ordained minister in the PCA. Mr. Steinbarger is extremely excited to be a part of the Providence team and desires to see the families of Providence, the greater Green Bay area and the entire world transformed by the unsurpassed power of God’s grace.
Mr. Andrew Gauerke
Humanities and Greek, 7th – 11th grade, logic and rhetoric stages
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI); Cardinal Stritch University (WI)
Mr. Gauerke graduated from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. As a dedicated supporter of Christian education, he taught at Fond du Lac Christian School for six years, and is excited to join the Providence Academy staff. Andrew has taught primarily social studies and bible classes, and has a love of seeing God work in history. In 2010 Andrew received his Master of Arts degree in History from Cardinal Stritch University. Andrew and his wife Mallory have a daughter, are members of Life Bridge Christian Church, and regularly serve on the praise team.
Mr. Jim King
Humanities and Computer Programing, 9th – 12th grade, logic and rhetoric stages
Liberty University (VA)
Mr. King has had several careers in his life. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1987, leaving to pursue a career in Information Technology in 1996. He spent a good deal of time working in many aspects of the Information Technology field before accepting a teaching position at Providence Academy in 2016. Teaching at Providence is the culmination of a life long dream to teach Literature and History. Jim graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and is working to complete a Masters in History. Jim and his wife Dana have four children. Jim has a passion for reading, history, and a love of libraries.
Dr. Phil Olsson
Humanities, Bible and Rhetoric, 7th – 10th grade, logic and rhetoric stages
California State University (CA); Claremont Graduate University (CA)
Dr. Olsson earned the MA in History at California State University (East Bay) and the PhD in Religion at Claremont Graduate University. Along with a penchant for philosophical theology and more generally the humanities, he has served in a variety of fields, including transportation, construction, and health care. He previously served as an elder at Church of the King (Peoria, IL) and is currently working toward becoming a certified biblical counselor. A published author, he serves as a board member for the Institute for Principle Studies (Modesto, CA), which in 2008 formed Logos Forensic Association, a speech & debate league for Christian schools. Phil and his wife Heather have seven children and a growing stock of grandchildren.
Mrs. Shari Wise
Math, 7th – 12th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI); University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)
Mrs. Wise has been teaching at Providence Academy since 2009 and has been teaching middle and high school math since 2012. She double majored at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Music Performance, and then received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mrs. Wise worked in marketing for several years at Lands’ End and American Girl, putting her math degree to business use. She has found it a complete joy to teach Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra to the students at Providence Academy. Shari and her husband, Jay, have 6 children, all students at Providence Academy. She enjoys her church involvement, exercise, and the busy life of being a mom!
Mrs. Cheryl Ferraro
Math, Physics, 7th – 12th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
Miami University (OH)
Mrs. Ferraro was born and raised in Columbus, OH. Her favorite subjects of math and chemistry led her to pursue a degree in engineering. After graduating in 1987 from Miami University, she began her career in the paper industry for James River Corporation (now Georgia Pacific) in Green Bay, WI. Mrs. Ferraro spent the first half of her career as a process engineer and trainer and later worked as a product development engineer at the research center in Neenah, WI. During that time she met and married her husband, Pat, and soon after began her family, which led her to leave her engineering position in 1995. Mrs. Ferraro and her husband have been involved with Providence Academy since 1999 when their first child, Josh, began kindergarten. All 3 of her children, Josh, Christen and Zach graduated from Providence Academy. During that time, Mrs. Ferraro was involved in leading Women’s Ministry at Green Bay Community Church and later served as Administrative Assistant at Providence Academy. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with family. She is excited to now have the opportunity to instill in students a love for God and a love for math.
Mrs. Ruth Vollrath
Physical Science, Biology, and Math, 7th – 9th grades, logic stage
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
Ruth earned a BS in Nutritional Science and Human Development. She and her husband homeschooled their four children through high school. Ruth has continued to serve the homeschooling community through Classical Conversations. Her latest passion for teaching has taken her to Africa facilitating MAST Bible Translation with Wycliffe Associates. Ruth is an active member of Christ Alone Church.
Mr. Tim Sorbo
General Science, Chemistry, 7th – 11th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
North Central University (MN); Western Governors University (UT)
Mr. Sorbo has been in Green Bay for nearly 20 years. Despite having lived in North Dakota, Missouri, and Minnesota, Green Bay is considered home. Upon receiving God’s call as a junior in high school, North Central Bible College (now North Central University) was the logical step where Mr. Sorbo earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies 1996. Getting married (in 2000) and having a family (2 children) was the next chapter in his life. The Sorbo family has been part of Central Church for almost 14 years where he serves on the Elder Board. Mr. Sorbo is also ordained with the Full Gospel Fellowship. Mr. Sorbo earned a B.S. in Life Sciences in 2011 along with his teaching certification. The motto by which Mr. Sorbo strives to live by is simply; Love God and Love People. Teaching at Providence is a perfect blend of these ideals. Fulfilling God’s call, using divine talents and getting to spend time with students all in a Christian environment makes for a fantastic opportunity. He also enjoys reading, golfing, and blogging, but most of all playing board games. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to mentor students and model a Christian life that lives out a love for God and a love for His creation.
Mrs. Carolyn Smith
Music, 2nd – 12th grades, pregrammar, grammar, logic and rhetoric stages
Oral Roberts University (OK)
With musical experiences that range from opera and feature films to leading contemporary worship services, Mrs. Carolyn Smith brings a passion for beautiful music to her classroom every day. Mrs. Smith is a 2001 graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Since getting her degree, she has been active as a community and church choir director, teacher, private voice instructor, soloist and worship leader. Mrs. Smith, a member of the VoiceCare Network of voice instructors, has been teaching at Providence since 2009 and seeks to encourage healthy and beautiful singing for the glory of God. She has three children at Providence with her husband, Miles, a fellow musician. In addition to teaching music, Mrs. Smith is also the advisor and director for the Providence Drama Club.
Mr. Timothy Kiefer
Instrumental Music, Logic and Composition, 7th – 12th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI); Butler University (IN)
Joining Providence Academy in 2014, Mr. Kiefer brings with him a passion for learning, and teaching experience ranging from high school marching instruction to interim college professor. No matter the venue or subject, his philosophy remains the same: teach the people, not the subject; he looks forward to both getting to know the Providence Academy students and working alongside them to make Providence a place where music truly thrives. Tim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music from UW-Green Bay in 2010 and a Master of Music degree in Composition from Butler University in 2017. He is a member of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers and serves as Vice President on the board of directors of Music for the Sake of Music. Outside of music, he enjoys disc golf and tabletop games of all kinds.
Mr. Geoff Johns
Worldview and Apologetics, 11th – 12th grades, rhetoric stage
Calvary Chapel Bible (CA); Faith Evangelical Seminary (WA); Luther Rice Seminary (GA)
Mr. Johns joined Providence Academy in 2015. Mr. Johns lives in Green Bay with his wife Ariel, who teaches Latin at the Grammar School. He has been working in ministry since 2006. Previously he had the opportunity to serve as a bible teacher and youth pastor at a church in Kelowna, British Columbia, along with spending five summers as a camp counselor at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp in Pembine, WI. He has also served part-time with the Cru (Campus Crusade) at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, and he currently continues to serve at St. Norbert College with Ratio Christi, a ministry committed to bringing faith and reason together on college campuses. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Theology from Calvary Chapel Bible College in 2006 and completed his BA in Religion from Faith Evangelical Seminary in 2012. He is currently working towards an MA in Apologetics through Luther Rice Seminary. He enjoys reading about philosophy, apologetics, and theology, drinking good coffee, cooking, and traveling. Mr. Johns is excited to help young people think clearly about their faith by developing a robust Christian worldview.
Ms. Christy Dunsmoor
Art and Art History, K – 12th grade, grammar, logic and rhetoric stages
Hillsdale College (MI); Vision Christian Bible College (FL); Akron University (OH)
Christy Dunsmoor teaches K – 12th grade art courses at Providence Academy. Ms. Dunsmoor is passionate about teaching a classical art curriculum! She has completed two Bachelor degrees from Hillsdale College and Vision Christian Bible College, as well as a Masters in Arts Administration from Akron University. Ms. Dunsmoor has a wide range of art training and experience which includes a classical approach to drawing, painting, and sculpture. Previously, she has taught in the art department at St. Norbert College as an adjunct faculty member and worked as the full-time Art Coordinator at a local community center. Ms. Dunsmoor’s artwork can be found hanging in homes around Green Bay and beyond. In her “spare” time, she regularly competes in local, national, and international snow carving and ice carving competitions. Ms. Dunsmoor loves working with and teaching the students here at Providence Academy!
Mrs. Theresa Staudinger
Latin, 7th – 9th grade, logic stage
University of Minnesota (MN); University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
Mrs. Staudinger and her husband, Mike, have been involved with Providence Academy since 1993. Their three children attended Providence from its inception through high school graduation. Mrs. Staudinger taught at Providence until 2010, teaching a variety of classes, including Latin, Literature, History, Grammar and Math. She has a passion for teaching children and is thrilled to be returning to the classroom, looking forward to what the Lord has in store for her and the students. Besides reading, gardening and making greeting cards, Mrs. Staudinger enjoys spending time with her six delightful grandchildren. Psalm 115:1
Mrs. Laura Nehlsen
French, 10th – 12th grades, rhetoric stage
Hillsdale College (MI)
Mrs. Nehlsen has been a francophile since she began to learn French in grade school. Her passion drove her to become a foreign exchange student in France during her junior year of high school, at which time she passed portions of the rigorous baccalaureate exam, with marks rivaling those of native students. During her senior year, she took the national French exam, Le Grand Concours, placing 17th in the nation. After three years of study, Mrs. Nehlsen graduated with honors from Hillsdale College in 2007 with B.A. in French. Professionally, she has been a bilingual account manager for Kohler Co. and a translator for ThyssenKrupp. Mrs. Nehlsen loves include cooking, gardening, fine art, theology, singing, classical music, and family life with her husband Jack and their five children. She is excited to bring French to Providence Academy, and hopes to inspire compassion and wonder in her students to see that God created a vast world, full of beautiful peoples and cultures, beyond their own backyard.
Mrs. Jan Williams
Spanish, 10th – 12th grades, rhetoric stage
Valparaiso University (IN); North Central College (IL), Viterbo University (WI)
Mrs. Williams joined the Providence Academy staff in 2017. She recently retired from Howard-Suamico School District (2015), where she taught 6th grade Spanish Exploratory and Spanish I, II, and III at Bay Port High School for 17 years. She earned a BA in Spanish and English from North Central College and a MA in Education from Viterbo University. Mrs. Williams is very excited to be able to share her Christian faith openly with her students in the classroom and to encourage them in their walk with the Savior. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 47 years, Mike, and with their six grandsons, especially at their cabin in Armstrong Creek, WI!
Mr. “Chaz” Pelky
PE, 7th – 12th grades, logic and rhetoric stages
Cardinal Stritch University (WI); Northern Michigan University (MI); Antioch School (IA)
Mr. Pelky joined the Providence Academy staff in 2018. He earned a BA in Communications with minors in Psychology and Political Science from Cardinal Stritch University and his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Northern Michigan University. Currently, he is in the final stages of his Masters of Ministry from the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development in Ames, Iowa. Mr. Pelky spent twelve years in not for profit management before answering the call to ministry. In 2015 he was licensed as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Journey Community Church. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Pelky has a love for sport. As a two sport letterman in high school, he set world records in powerlifting, was recruited to play baseball in college, and was selected to represent team USA in an overseas baseball tournament. Since his playing days, Mr. Pelky has spent over 20 years in coaching (including JV and Varsity coaching at three different high schools). Mr. Pelky has a well-rounded technical understanding of many of the major sports and is very excited to work with the Providence Academy students as together we learn to appreciate fitness and the joy of sports.