Your Providence Academy Team

Here’s who you’ll have the opportunity to partner with in educating your children and modeling Christ for them when you join the Providence Academy family. We can’t wait!

Administration & Office Staff

Mr. Ron Jung

Headmaster (Preschool – 12th Grade)

rjung@providencegb.org

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, Director of Finance

csteinbarger@providencegb.org

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. Neil Hamel

Grammar School Principal

nhamel@providencegb.org

 

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.

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Mrs. Dana Spejcher

Office Administrator

dspejcher@providencegb.org

 

St. Norbert College (WI)

As Office Administrator, Mrs. Spejcher facilitates events and communications between staff and families. Furthermore, she manages the improvement of these communications to create supportive community relationships within the school. Mrs. Spejcher has been involved in the educational field for many years as both a teacher and substitute. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 and a Science Certification in 2001, both from St. Norbert. While her initial background was in secondary science education, her substitute teaching years were spent predominantly in the primary grades. Mrs. Spejcher also has administrative experience from her years working as an Office Manager at a local doctor’s office. Living in Green Bay all her life, she resides with her husband and their three children. Much of her free time is spent at hockey rinks and baseball fields around the state, watching her children play the sports they love. She also serves in children’s ministry at church.

Mrs. Selena Salmon

Office Secretary

office@providencegb.org

Mrs. Salmon has been involved in the educational field for many years as a school office assistant, administrative assistant to the Director of Instruction of West De Pere Schools, classroom aide, and volunteer in her children’s schools. She joined Providence Academy in 2015. Outside of Providence, Mrs. Salmon also owns a small business known as J Supply, LLC, a distributor of industrial supplies to the machining industry. She is married to her husband Ed. They have four children, Hanna, Marie, Gwen, and Adam. Their youngest, Adam, is a student at Providence Academy. The Salmon family enjoys camping, traveling, family dinners, and being a part of the children’s ministry at Celebration Church. Mrs. Salmon and her family are so pleased to be a part of Providence Academy where they can freely learn about God’s great designs for humanity, and to express their love for Him.

Ms. Vicki Grady

Accountant

The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (WI); Rasmussen College – Green Bay (WI)

Ms. Grady joined Providence in 2019. She has practiced public accounting (CPA) for the past 30+ years. She has specialized in working with small businesses, and she has also worked with various local churches. In addition, Ms. Grady has been a part-time adjunct accounting instructor at both Rasmussen College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She has also spoken at a few tax planning seminars. For the past 10 years, Ms. Grady has volunteered her time at Sanger B. Powers Correctional Institution, assisting work-release inmates with the preparation of their income tax returns. In addition to her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Ms. Grady has an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Ms. Grady has lived in Green Bay for the past 25 years. She currently attends New Freedom Church. In her spare time, she loves to do anything that involves petting or feeding animals, in addition to playing with her own two Saint Bernards.

Mr. Stephen Anderson

Athletic Director

athletics@providencegb.org

Michigan Technological University (MI)

Mr. Anderson joined Providence Academy in 2017 as boys high school soccer coach and stepped into the athletic director role in 2018, overseeing Providence’s growing 4th-12th grade athletic program. He acquired a passion for Christian education and athletics while attending Copper Country Christian School in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula grades K-12. Mr. Anderson graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2011 with a BS in Scientific and Technical Communication and minors in Coaching Fundamentals and Journalism. He and his wife Kelsey moved to Green Bay in 2013, they have two young kids, and they are actively involved members of Life Bridge Christian Church.

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Upper School Faculty

Mr. Ron Jung

Headmaster (Preschool – 12th Grade)

rjung@providencegb.org

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, Director of Finance

csteinbarger@providencegb.org

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 the 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 before joining the Providence Academy staff.  Andrew has taught primarily history and literature classes and has a love of seeing God work throughout time.  In 2010 Andrew received his Master of Arts degree in History from Cardinal Stritch University.  Andrew and his wife Mallory have two daughters and are members of Life Bridge Christian Church.

Mr. Jim King

Humanities, Bible 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 and a Master degree in History and is working to complete a Ph.D. in History. Jim and his wife Dana have four children. Jim has a passion for reading, history, and a love of libraries.

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.

Mr. Tim Sorbo

General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology 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, 5th – 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 for the Providence Drama Club.

Mr. Timothy Kiefer

Instrumental Music, Logic and Composition, 6th – 12th grades, grammar, 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, 6th – 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.

Mr. Mike Tappa

Physical Science, 8th grade, logic stage

Trinity School of the Bible (IN)

Mr. Tappa began his career as a diesel mechanic but has had several careers in his life. He spent much of his career working as a Hydraulic System Designer, until He was called into full-time pastoral ministry in 1998. He is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Life Bridge Christian Church in Howard. His technical background combined with his Biblical knowledge allows him to teach students the fundamentals of physical science while continually demonstrating how the world around us is always revealing its Creator. Mr. Tappa has been married to his wife Kathy for over 40 years and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys golf and his grandkids.

Lower School Faculty

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. Dee Ann Burkard

Kindergartenpregrammar 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. Daena Gustafson

1st grade, grammar stage

Oral Roberts University (OK)

Mrs. Gustafson 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 four children all attend Providence Academy. She is excited to be teaching and to have the opportunity to live out “what she wants to be when she grows up.”

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. Janae Haleen

3rd 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.

Mrs. Beth Sechler

Literacy Coach, 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.

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, 5th – 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. Sharon Laing

Music, JrK – 4th grades, pregrammar, grammar stages

Bob Jones University (SC)

Sharon Laing joined the Providence faculty in the fall of 2020. She has a BS degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University. She is married to Rob and they have four children, a daughter in law, a son in law and a granddaughter. Their youngest daughter, Abigail, is a 2018 graduate of Providence Academy. In the past, Sharon has taught elementary classroom music, choral music and handbells in private Christian schools in three states. Most recently she taught at Bloomfield Christian School in Bloomfield, MI which is also a Classical Christian school. Sharon loves music and seeks to impart that same love of music to her students.

Mrs. Ariel Johns

Latin,  4th – 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. Theresa Staudinger

Latin, 3rd and 6th – 9th grade, grammar, logic stages

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

Mr. “Chaz” Pelky

PE, 1st – 6th grades, grammar 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.

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. Timothy Kiefer

Instrumental Music, Logic and Composition, 6th – 12th grades, grammar, 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.

School Board Oversight

Primarily the Word of God, as understood and applied by the school’s Board and administration, governs Providence Academy. The board operates under the school’s adopted by-laws, vision and goals statements and issues policies to the administration of the school for implementation. The Board examines the school’s policies, programs and curriculum to ensure their consistency with the school’s vision and goals. Because of the corporate nature of the Board, any single member, as an individual, has no authority over the school in any capacity.

Do you have a question for the Board? You may email the board members at Board@providencegb.org.

The Providence Board is also seeking Advisory Board input. If you are actively connected in the community and interested in being an ambassador for the school and a resource for the Board, or if you know someone who is, email the Board today.

Let's Partner to Make an Eternal Impact

Our staff, faculty, and school board look forward to meeting you and joining with you in training the next generation of Godly leaders. Let’s start the conversation.