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. 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. Connie Korpan
Kindergarten, pregrammar stage
Northern Illinois University (IL)
Mrs. Korpan joined Providence Academy in 2017. Born and raised in Illinois, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She worked as a substitute teacher for a year and then moved to Arizona with her husband. There she worked as an elementary school teacher for almost ten years, teaching Kindergarten, Second and Third Grades. She then had the opportunity to home educate her children for a few years. She also taught in a private school for a year, until the family moved back to the Midwest in 2006. Mrs. Korpan, along with her husband and four children (Alyssa, Matthew, Lianna, and Jeffrey) live and work in Suamico. You may run into them crafting at Posie Patch Retreat or serving up ice cream at the family business. Mrs. Korpan is grateful to be working in an environment where God’s presence can be made known.
Mrs. Dee Ann Burkard
1st grade, grammar stage
Oklahoma State University (OK)
Dee Ann Burkard proudly joins the Providence Academy for the 2017-2018 school year. Dee Ann is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she came to Christ in 3rd grade and has humbly served the Lord in various Christian-based teaching capacities for more than 20 years. Since moving to Green Bay in 2003, Dee Ann has been actively involved in youth education at Green Bay Community Church, Celebration Church, as well as home-based Bible studies. Dee Ann brings a wonderfully creative skill set to Providence Academy, having worked as a graphic designer and creative director for JCPenney for many years. Today she enjoys sharing her God-given creative gifts with her students as a means of stimulating their learning skills. Dee Ann and her husband Joe are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters (Grace, Sarah and Claire) and reside on the West side of Green Bay.
Ms. Desirae Nachtwey
1st grade, grammar stage
Ms. Nachtwey has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and is working to finish her Bachelors Degree at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. With a passion for an active lifestyle and healthy living, she has taught swim lessons at the West Side YMCA since 2012, where she also served as the Aquatic Coordinator for several years. Ms. Nachtwey attends Green Bay Community Church and actively volunteers with the Youth Ministries. Accepting Jesus into her heart in Middle School, Ms. Nachtwey understands the importance of encouraging and empowering young people to pursue their own personal relationships with Jesus. Ms. Nachtwey loves traveling, photography, and spending time with family, friends, and youth. Joining Providence Academy in 2018, she looks forward to building relationships with her students and their families to create a healthy environment where students can learn and grow both spiritually and academically.
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. Laura Warner
3rd grade, grammar stage
St. Norbert College (WI)
Mrs. Warner has been working in elementary education for a total of 28 years. For 10 years, she worked in the Green Bay Schools as a Sign Language Interpreter in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program. She returned to college and earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary and Adaptive Education, and then a Masters’ Degree in Education and Instructional Technology. She then went on to teach in the Green Bay Schools, and has taught 4K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Mrs. Warner grew up in Manitowoc, WI; she has lived in the Green Bay area since 1988. She is married and has 4 children – 2 daughters and twin sons. She also has a (very adorable!) 5-year-old granddaughter. She enjoys camping, boating, fishing, and baking. She continues to do Sign Language interpreting at her church and in the community as often as possible. Mrs. Warner is so very grateful to have the privilege of working with children in a Christ-centered environment.
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. Janae Haleen
4th grade, grammar stage
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)
Mrs. Haleen graduated from UW Eau Claire in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Spanish Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Art minors. She began her career at Appleton Area School District as a K-12 teacher of English Language Learners (ELL). She has also held positions of volleyball coach and ELL test diagnostician. Outside of school, Mrs. Haleen enjoys time with her husband and three children. Additionally, reading, playing games with her family or friends, and cooking are a few of her favorite free time activities. It is with joy that Mrs. Haleen joined Providence Academy in 2018 and the work God is doing through those involved.
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.
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. 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. Heather Olsson
Music, JrK – 1st grades, pregrammar, grammar stages
Mrs. Olsson is delighted to join Providence Academy as a part-time grammar school music instructor. Classically trained, she has taught piano for 25 years, along with home educating her own children. Most recently, she served as a 6th grade teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian Academy (Peoria, IL). At last count, Heather is a mother of seven and a grandmother of six. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and quietly pursuing the title of “master chef.”
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.
Mrs. Robin Hamel
Writing and English, 6th grade, grammar stage
The University of Missouri (MO)
Mrs. Hamel joined Providence Academy part-time in 2017. A native of Decatur, Illinois, she majored in English at Illinois Wesleyan University and then graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism majoring in magazine. She enjoyed her work in Christian bookselling and in corporate communications for a major utility company before she and her husband, Neil, moved to Wisconsin and she stayed home with their children. For 19 years, Mrs. Hamel homeschooled their children, Ariel, Rachel, Caleb, and David, and provided elder care for both her and Neil’s parents. Mrs. Hamel especially enjoys spending time with their family, which now includes two grandsons. She also enjoys birds, gardening, reading, sailing (sort of), and children’s literature. Mrs. Hamel hopes to help Providence students write well and enjoy the written word.
Mrs. Robin Hayes
Resource Aide, K – 6th grades, grammar stage
Northern Illinois University (IL)
Mrs. Hayes grew up in the land of Lincoln, where she attended Northern Illinois University graduating with a Bachelors in Marketing, but more importantly, she met her husband Chris on the first day of class! Mrs. Hayes joined Providence Academy in 2012 teaching 4th grade for four years, and since has transitioned to the part-time Resource Aide role. She loves the one-on-one opportunities that her position gives her with students in partnering with parents and teachers. Mrs. Hayes has three sons, and is grateful for her church and school families that have allowed them to put down roots in Green Bay, Wisconsin.