Mr. Neil Hamel – Grammar School Principal
6th grade, grammar stage
Illinois State University (IL); Viterbo University (WI)
Mr. Hamel joined Providence Academy in 2014. A Green Bay native, Mr. Hamel met and married his wife, Robin, in central Illinois. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Elementary Education, from Illinois State University in 1988 and taught for 25 years in the Pulaski Community Schools. In 2005, Mr. Hamel earned his Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University. He also has an Associate Degree in Marketing Communications. Mr. Hamel and his wife homeschooled their four children, Ariel Johns, Rachel Rai, Caleb and David, from the beginning of their education in 1995 and graduated their youngest in 2014. He enjoys sailing, skiing, painting, hunting, and the outdoors, but especially spending time with his family. They are members of Spring Lake Church. Mr. Hamel is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the truth of the gospel, and its implications for the whole of life, at Providence Academy.
Mrs. Petrea Lamb
Preschool, pregrammar stage
The Centre Conservatory of Ministering Arts (MO)
Mrs. Petrea Lamb has been providing dance instruction for a wide variety of age groups since 1994. She is the co-founder of a Christian-based program for the arts called Stage Right Visual and Performing Arts, located in Green Bay. Mrs. Lamb has enjoyed directing, teaching, and choreographing dance for children of all ages. She and her husband Ben have four children who are active in the arts and their church. Mrs. Lamb has extensive experience working with young children. She joyfully serves at her church in the children’s ministry program, working with early childhood and young school aged children and also has provided child care in her home for various youngsters since 2000. In the past, she has also taught children’s church and nursery.
Mrs. Sheryl Meyer
Junior Kindergarten, pregrammar stage
Lakeland College (WI)
Mrs. Sheryl Meyer joined the Providence Academy team in 2012. She was the Preschool Director for several years at Green Bay Community Church, and still volunteers in the children’s ministry area. She also owned and operated Stretch-n-Grow, a youth fitness business in the Green Bay area, for 12 years. Sheryl and her husband Todd have three sons, Adam, Aaron and Noah. She enjoys working with families to raise children who know and love the Lord.
Mrs. Stephanie Fallahee
Kindergarten, pregrammar stage
The Master’s College (CA)
Mrs. Stephanie Fallahee joined Providence Academy in 2015. She graduated from The Master’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, with an emphasis on Christian Education. Stephanie continued her studies at The Master’s College where she received her teaching credential. After graduation, Stephanie enjoyed teaching third grade and first grade. Stephanie also homeschooled her children for nine years. Stephanie and her husband, John, have three children and are excited to be back in the Green Bay area after many years. The Fallahees lived in the Los Angeles area while John attended seminary at The Master’s Seminary and then in Bellingham, WA and Chattanooga, TN. In addition to teaching children, Stephanie also has a heart for teaching women the Word of God. Stephanie teaches a women’s Precept Bible study at her church, Bethel Baptist.
Mrs. Jenny Tetzner
1st grade, grammar stage
The North American Montessori Center
Upon graduation from high school, Mrs. Tetzner followed her dream of teaching children. She pursued a career in early childhood development professionally, while attending the North American Montessori Center’s online program. Her desire to teach eventually led her to home school her two children, where she learned about the classical model of education. During those eight home school years, she not only had the privilege to educate her children, but to become classically educated herself. Eventually Mrs. Tetzner found herself leading Parent Practicums and teaching other students the stages of learning through the trivium. Two of her greatest desires are to learn and model learning for others. Mrs. Tetzner joined Providence Academy in 2016 to share these desires with the Providence family.
Mrs. Jessica Willis
1st grade, grammar stage
Michigan Technological University (MI)
Mrs. Jessica Willis has been involved in Christian education since 2006 working both in a church and school setting. She graduated from Michigan Technological University and especially loves to teach children about science and God’s creation. Jessica’s family has been a part of Providence Academy in different capacities since 2009. She loves gardening, reading, woodworking, and especially, spending time with children.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gorman
2nd grade, grammar stage
Northern Michigan University (MI)
Mrs. Gorman has been teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Providence Academy since 2007. She moved to Green Bay from Iron River, MI in 2006 to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Little did she know what our wonderful God had in store for her. Mrs. Gorman has a Bachelors Degree in education from Northern Michigan University and has completed the CEF-Level 1 course – Teaching Children Effectively. She is married and has three daughters. She also enjoys hiking, boating, camping, and swimming and is actively involved with her church. She is very excited to have the privilege of educating your children and looks forward to meeting you.
Mrs. Beth Sechler
3rd grade, grammar stage
St. Cloud State University (MN)
Mrs. Beth Sechler returned to Providence Academy in 2010, after a three year interim of graduate studies and public school experience. Mrs. Sechler earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University. Her graduate studies were in the area of reading – specifically how to assess and treat reading difficulties in all ages. She is thrilled to be back at Providence where she can partner with parents in nurturing young students to love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength. She hopes to model for her students a heart for God, a heart for the lost and a sense of purpose and mission. Mrs. Sechler is a native of Minnesota, but came to Green Bay many years ago with her husband, Kim, by way of California. They have three sons, Caleb, Ben and Sam – all of whom are Providence Academy graduates. Prior to teaching, Beth was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 17 years in Hungary, California and Wisconsin. Her interests include quilting, knitting, preserving memories in albums, and fitness.
Mrs. Daena Gustafson
Math, 3rd – 6th grades, grammar stage
Oral Roberts University (OK)
Mrs. Gustafson joined Providence Academy in 2013. She was born and raised in South Africa, but moved with her family to Oklahoma in 1993. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in Tulsa, OK and taught 2nd grade for a few years at a private, Christian school there. Mrs. Gustafson moved with her family to Green Bay in 2007. Her husband, Bob, is a Pastor at Celebration Church. Bob and Daena have four children. Dylan, Adorlee, Charlie and Jude. Mrs. Gustafson is so excited to be back in the world of teaching and to have the opportunity to live out “what she wants to be when she grows up”.
Mrs. Christine Ewert
4th grade, grammar stage
Concordia University (IL)
Christine attended Concordia University in River Forest, IL where she majored in elementary education. After college she taught fifth grade for four years in Christian schools. She then married her husband, John, and they started a family. She was blessed to be able to stay home and home educate her children, Mikayla, Luke, and Caleb, through their elementary years. In 2015 their family relocated to Green Bay and she began working part time at Providence. She is now thrilled to be on staff full time working with and building into the students at Providence. In her free time Christine enjoys quilting and hanging out with her family.
Mrs. Marlene Giesler - Lead Teacher
5th grade, grammar stage
University of South Dakota (SD)
Mrs. Giesler joined the staff of Providence Academy in 2000. She is a native of South Dakota, and her family moved to Green Bay in the spring of 2000. Prior to joining the staff at Providence Academy, she owned and operated a multi-age preschool for eleven years and home-schooled their three children. Handling the diverse needs of fifth graders is challenging, but immensely rewarding. She is grateful that God allows her to partner with parents at Providence Academy in educating tomorrow’s future.
Mrs. Cheryl Ferraro
Math, 6th – 11th grades, grammar, 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.
Miss Elana Prior
Art, JrK – 6th grade, pregrammar and grammar stages
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
Miss Prior graduated from University of Wisconsin Green Bay in June 2011 with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Art Education. In August 2011, she was hired as the K-8 art teacher at Providence Academy. Miss Prior is very excited about her job in the art room. She is looking forward to seeing all the students become more advanced in their art skills as they grow. Besides art, Miss Prior also enjoys volleyball, singing, and playing board games. She grew up in a small town 50 minutes north of Green Bay called Coleman. Now she lives on the East side of Green Bay. Miss Prior is extremely in love with the Lord and is happy that He placed her at Providence Academy.
Mrs. Carolyn Smith
Music, 2nd – 12th grades, 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.
Mrs. Kate Zey
Music, JrK – 1st grades, pregrammar, grammar stages
Saint Norbert College (WI)
Mrs. Zey was born and raised in Green Bay. A graduate of West High School, she married her husband Dave in 2002 and graduated from SNC in 2004 with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Their first child, Bailey, was born in the same year! Their family grew quickly as they added Logan, Ana, Bobby, Piper, Morgan, and finally “Baby Summer” in 2014. In that time the Zey family was also homeschooling, but in 2015 they decided to join the Providence Academy family and are so glad they did. Now it is a joy to serve at Providence Academy teaching early grammar music. What a privilege to impart a love of music and worshipping our heavenly Father through this gift to the students at Providence!
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” Ps. 100:1
Mrs. Ariel Johns
Latin, 3 – 5th grades, grammar stage
Southern Evangelical Seminary (NC)
Mrs. Ariel Johns joined Providence Academy as a Latin teacher in 2013. She studied Classical Studies at St. Norbert College from 2008 – 2009, before transferring to Southern Evangelical Seminary for a Religious Studies degree. In addition to teaching Latin part time, she and her husband Geoff work for an international missions organization, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), with college students in Northeast Wisconsin. Mrs. Johns enjoys spending time with friends and family, pets, gardening, keeping her aquariums, skiing, archery, swimming, reading, apologetics, philosophy, and theology.
Mr. Bamshak Dagwer
Physical Education, K – 6th grades, grammar stage
University of the Nations
Bamshak Dagwer began teaching Physical Education at Providence in 2014. Mr. Dagwer is originally from Nigeria. His wife, Makayla, grew up in Green Bay, lived internationally, and then returned home to WI, where they now reside. Mr. Dagwer studied inductive biblical studies at the University of the Nations and served as a worship leader and missionary for 17 years with Campus Crusade for Christ and Youth with a Mission. Mr. Dagwer’s passion for working with young people and his love of sports make his position as the Physical Education teacher a perfect fit! Mr. Dagwer is honored to be have the opportunity to work alongside parents and students to help champion the students toward God’s calling in their life.