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
Kindergarten, pregrammar 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.
Mrs. Julie Stoltz
1st grade, grammar stage
Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)
Mrs. Julie Stoltz joined Providence Academy in 2015 as Julie Stratil, and returned in 2017 as Julie Stoltz. Mrs. Stoltz graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2009 with a degree in Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Education. After graduation, Julie taught 3K and 4K for four years at a Lutheran school. Not only does Julie have a love of teaching, she also has a heart for missions and serving others. During the summer of 2012, Julie had the opportunity to fulfill a dream of hers by volunteering in an orphanage in China. Following that trip, she completed a mission training program and then volunteered in orphanages in Ecuador for 3 months. In addition, Julie has had the privilege of serving short-term in Africa, Haiti, Grenada, Hungary, and Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys playing the bass guitar and traveling.
Mrs. Laura Warner
2nd 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. 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.
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.
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.