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

Rev. Chris Steinbarger

Logic and Rhetoric School Principal, Chaplain, Director of Finance

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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. 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.

Ms. Stephanie Ritter

Grammar School Principal, grammar stage

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University of Valley Forge (PA); Mount Aloysius College (PA); Saint Francis University (PA); Liberty University (VA)

Ms. Ritter joined Providence Academy in 2022. She has a BS in Bible with an emphasis in Church Music from the University of Valley Forge (1991), a BS in Education from Mount Aloysius College (2007), a M.Ed. from Saint Francis University (2010), and a MA in Human Services/Counseling from Liberty University (2014). Ms. Ritter has been involved in the field of education since 1991 in a variety of settings which include Christian schools, public schools, church, and the University. Her loves include coffee, music reading, sightseeing, watching football, and crafting. Ms. Ritter has one daughter and three grandchildren. She comes from Pennsylvania and has lived in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Ms. Ritter is passionate about her belief that to truly educate students, we must integrate faith and cannot educate apart from the truth of God’s Word.

Mrs. Renee Knaus

Office Administrator

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NWTC (WI)

Mrs. Knaus joined Providence Academy in 2022 after spending 17 years in corporate America managing teams within the states and other countries. Since 1988 Mrs. Knaus has been supporting businesses with administration, office management, billing, and leadership. Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mrs. Knaus considers Green Bay her lifetime home. She shares her days with her husband Troy, and two sons Nathan and Gabriel who are 18 years apart in age. The family attends Spring Lake Church where Mrs. Knaus enjoys being a part of their coffee ministry. Her interests include paper crafting/creating, walking/wellness and reading. Mrs. Knaus is grateful every day for the journey God has given her that has led her to Providence Academy. Psalm 139:14

Mrs. Jessie Pierquet

Admissions and Development Director

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The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (WI); Bellin College (WI)

Mrs. Pierquet joined Providence Academy in 2022 after spending the past twelve years in nursing and in administration. Mrs. Pierquet graduated from the UW-La Crosse in 2006 with majors in Psychology and Communications, and later from Bellin College, with a BS in Nursing. She spent a year teaching English in Japan, as well. A Green Bay native, she is raising her son David, a student at Providence, with her husband Greg. The Pierquets are actively engaged in church ministry, hosting Bible studies, and pursuing new challenges. Mrs. Pierquet is excited for the  opportunity to serve Providence Academy as the school expands in its mission of partnering with families to educate their children to a high standard, for the glory of God.

Mrs. Selena Salmon

Office Secretary

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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. 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, and family dinners. 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.

Mr. Neil Hamel

Facilities Director

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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.

Mr. Stephen Anderson

Athletic Director

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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.

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.

Upper School Faculty

Rev. Chris Steinbarger

Logic & Rhetoric Principal, Chaplain and Bible, grammar, 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. 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. Ron Jung - Lead Teacher

Humanities, Leadership, and Bible, 7th – 12th grade, 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.

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

IT, Humanities and Computer Programing, 9th grade, logic stage

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. Jim and his wife Dana have four children. Jim has a passion for reading, history, and a love of libraries.

Mrs. Laura Nehlsen

English, French, 7th – 12th grades, logic and 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. 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

Sciences, 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.

Ms. Calla Wise

Math and Latin, 4th – 11th grade, grammar, logic and rhetoric stages

University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Ms. Wise joined Providence Academy after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022. Prior to her time in college, she was involved with the mission organization Youth With a Mission (YWAM) where she studied in Madison and traveled overseas to minister to women in Eastern Asia. Ms. Wise was a student at Providence Academy from first grade through her high school graduation, and now looks forward to teaching at Providence. Ms. Wise enjoys music, reading, and spending time with her family. She is excited to share the love of Christ with the students at Providence Academy.

 

Mrs. Carolyn Smith - Lead Teacher

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 for the Providence Drama Club.

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!

Mr. Timothy Kiefer

Instrumental Music, Logic and Composition, 5th – 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.

Mrs. Theresa Staudinger

Latin, 3rd – 9th grade, grammar and 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. For the past several years Mrs. Staudinger has been blessed to have her grandchildren in her Latin classes. She has a passion for teaching children, and each year looks 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 delightful grandchildren. Psalm 115:1

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.

Mrs. Christine Ewert

Rhetoric and Jr./Sr. Thesis, 10th – 12th grades, rhetoric stage

Concordia University (IL)

Mrs. Ewert joined Providence Academy in 2016. She 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 subbing at Providence, which led to full-time work. She is thrilled to be on staff working with and building into the students at Providence. In her free time Christine enjoys quilting and hanging out with her family.

Lower School Faculty

Ms. Stephanie Ritter

Grammar School Principal, grammar stage

University of Valley Forge (PA); Mount Aloysius College (PA); Saint Francis University (PA); Liberty University (VA)

Ms. Ritter joined Providence Academy in 2022. She has a BS in Bible with an emphasis in Church Music from the University of Valley Forge (1991), a BS in Education from Mount Aloysius College (2007), a M.Ed. from Saint Francis University (2010), and a MA in Human Services/Counseling from Liberty University (2014). Ms. Ritter has been involved in the field of education since 1991 in a variety of settings which include Christian schools, public schools, church, and the University. Her loves include coffee, music reading, sightseeing, watching football, and crafting. Ms. Ritter has one daughter and three grandchildren. She comes from Pennsylvania and has lived in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Ms. Ritter is passionate about her belief that to truly educate students, we must integrate faith and cannot educate apart from the truth of God’s Word.

Mrs. Sheryl Meyer - Lead Teacher

Junior Kindergarten, pregrammar stage

Lakeland College (WI)

Mrs. Sheryl Meyer joined the Providence Academy team in 2012. Prior to Providence, she owned and operated Stretch-n-Grow, a youth fitness business in the Green Bay area. She was also the Preschool Director for several years at Green Bay Community Church. Sheryl and her husband Todd have three sons, Adam, Aaron and Noah, and she enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family. She loves supporting families as they raise their children to 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. Amanda Rentmeester

Kindergarten, pregrammar stage

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (WI)

Mrs. Amanda Rentmeester received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She helped to start Providence Academy’s Junior Kindergarten program in 2005. After teaching for five years, Amanda took some time off to stay at home while her children were young. She returned to teaching fourth grade in 2021. She and her husband, Scott, have three boys who all attend Providence Academy. She loves seeing the excitement that children have when they are learning new things.

Mrs. Stephanie Smith

1st grade, grammar stage

Mercer University (GA); Viterbo University (WI)

Stephanie Smith joined Providence Academy in 2021. She grew up in Neenah, WI and graduated from Mercer University located in Macon, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. She received her Masters of Education from Viterbo University. Stephanie was a special education teacher at Preble High School in Green Bay for 12 years before becoming the Children’s Ministry Director at Green Bay Community Church. Stephanie and her husband, Mark, with their twins, Gavin and Sadie, love to travel, hike, and go to Major League Baseball games. Stephanie loves teaching children of all ages that Jesus loves them.

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. Kayla Kozak

2nd grade, grammar stage

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)

Mrs. Kozak received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Wisconsin: Green Bay in 2016, and has taught 2nd grade since then. Her passion for educating children and her desire to serve the Lord are two of the many reasons that led her to join Providence Academy in 2022. She is married with two daughters and a son. She enjoys going on nature walks and playing at the park with them. Mrs. Kozak enjoys meeting the new parents and students every year.

Mrs. Janae Haleen - Lead Teacher

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.

Mr. Ryan Birdsall

4th grade, grammar stage

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)

Mr. Birdsall joined the staff of Providence Academy in 2022. He received a B.S. in Leadership Studies in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. After working with college students, Mr. Birdsall felt a calling to work with younger students. He returned to UWGB and received his teaching certification in 2016. Mr. Birdsall previously spent time as a substitute teacher, a 4th grade teacher in Clintonville, and a 7th and 8th grade teacher in the Green Bay Area Public School District. Mr. Birdsall is a part of Central Church where he serves with the youth, worship, prayer teams, and Ruby’s Pantry. He is in the process of getting credentialed in ministry. Mr. Birdsall is also a national soccer referee. He enjoys training (crossfit), reading, playing sports, and strategy board games. He is exhilarated by the opportunity God has given him to teach, mentor, and be a Christian model for the students at Providence Academy. He looks forward to building relationships with both students and families.

Mrs. Megan Sternard

5th grade, grammar stage

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MN)

Mrs. Sternard joined the staff of Providence Academy in 2022. She received a BS in Elementary Education in 2012 and a Masters in Elementary Education in 2013 both from the University of Minnesota. Prior to Providence, she had been teaching fifth grade since 2013 in the De Pere and Green Bay Area Public School Districts. Outside of school, Mrs. Sternard loves spending time with her husband and two sons. In addition, she enjoys playing sports, being outside, and playing piano for her church’s worship team. She is passionate about empowering students to grow as learners and in their love for the Lord. Mrs. Sternard looks forward to building relationships with the many students and families that God has entrusted her with in her classroom.

Ms. Daena Gustafson

6th grade, grammar stage

Oral Roberts University (OK)

Ms. 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. Ms. 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.”

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 - Lead Teacher

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. Shelley Baillargeon

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

Bethel University (MN)

Mrs. Shelley Baillargeon graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education and went on to teach at a Christian school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was blessed to stay home with her little ones for many years and is now delighted to be back making music with students again! Mrs. “B” joined the Providence team in 2021. She is passionate about teaching these children to love God and see His beauty in the music they make together. She also serves regularly leading worship at their local church. Outside of the classroom, she is happily married to AJ, and Mama to 4 amazing children.

Mr. Timothy Kiefer

Instrumental Music, Logic and Composition, 5th – 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.

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. For the past several years Mrs. Staudinger has been blessed to have her grandchildren in her Latin classes. She has a passion for teaching children, and each year looks 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 delightful grandchildren. Psalm 115:1

Ms. Calla Wise

Math and Latin, 4th – 11th grade, grammar, logic and rhetoric stages

University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Ms. Wise joined Providence Academy after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022. Prior to her time in college, she was involved with the mission organization Youth With a Mission (YWAM) where she studied in Madison and traveled overseas to minister to women in Eastern Asia. Ms. Wise was a student at Providence Academy from first grade through her high school graduation, and now looks forward to teaching at Providence. Ms. Wise enjoys music, reading, and spending time with her family. She is excited to share the love of Christ with the students at Providence Academy.

 

Mrs. Marie Sumnicht

Reading Specialist, grammar stage

Valparaiso University (IN)

Mrs. Sumnicht joined the Providence Academy Faculty in 2022. After graduating from Vaparaiso with a degree in English and a French minor, Mrs. Sumnicht was blessed to land her first teaching job and get married to Dan Sumnicht. She taught 4th grade for two years in an Appleton public school before starting a family and then homeschooling her four children. As her children entered high school and college, she obtained a reading license and substitute taught in the Howard, De Pere, and Pulaski school districts. She also taught 4th grade at the Wisconsin International School for six years. Most recently, Marie has worked as a reading interventionist and world culture teacher in the Howard school district. With her passion to help young people in their literacy development, she is excited about working at Providence in a reading intervention role and being part of a community that puts Christ first.

Ms. Abby Laing

PE Teacher, grammar stage

NWTC (WI)

Ms. Laing joined Providence Academy in 2022. She was born and raised in the metro Detroit area and moved to Green Bay with her parents in 2017. She attended Providence Academy for her last two years of high school and graduated in 2019. Ms. Laing is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at NWTC and has worked in a daycare teaching 3 year olds their ABC’s, 123’s, and how to be kind. She is excited to again be part of Providence Academy.

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.