Category Archives: Faculty

Michael Hunter | Head of School

Michael Hunter | Head of School

Michael Hunter is in his eleventh year on staff at CCA.  He has twenty years of experience in the field of education.  Eight of those years were spent as a classroom teacher, and twelve years in Christian school administration.  Mr. Hunter has a B.A. in Educational Studies from Tabor College and a Masters in Administrational School Leadership from Baker University.

Personal Philosophy of Education:  Education is a constantly changing process.  In my years as an educator, I have seen academic trends come and go.  We find ourselves struggling, yearning to reach each student, wanting to make our curriculum beneficial for each child and wanting each child’s voice to be heard.  To accomplish these goals, we need a strong concept of our personal philosophy of education.  My personal philosophy places the “Master Teacher”, Christ as the focal point.

Jesus stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6) Christ is the measure of truth and the creator of all knowledge.

Christ is the perfect role model and example for all.  It is important to me to be a Christian educator.  Jesus has given me the opportunity to touch the lives of students.  I could never become a complete educator without Christ as the center of my life and the center of my educational philosophy.  I believe that inclusion of Biblical values and teachings in the classroom is beneficial and essential to the individual growth of children.

Email Michael Hunter at mhunter@ccalions.org

Kenny Waddell | Middle School Principal | Athletic Director

Kenny Waddell | Middle School Principal | Athletic Director

Kenny Waddell is originally from Derby, Kansas, where he grew up and went to high school. He graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in sports administration in 2007. He also played baseball there from 2003-2006. Kenny has a master’s degree in educational administration from Wichita State University.  This is Kenny’s 9th year at CCA. He was the… Continue Reading

Dr. Pamela Martin | K-5 Principal

Dr. Pamela Martin | K-5 Principal

Dr. Pamela Martin began serving at Central Christian Academy in 2011 after she and her family returned to Kansas from Arizona.  Her educational background includes a doctorate in educational leadership at Wichita State University and a master of education from the University of Phoenix.  She completed her undergraduate work in nursing and Spanish at Mid-America Nazarene… Continue Reading

Deana Black | Registrar/Administrative Assistant

Deana Black | Registrar/Administrative Assistant

Deana Black began serving at Central Christian Academy in 2012.  Deana and her family moved to Wichita from Louisville, KY, in 2011.  She has a Bachelor’s of Educational Counseling and Psychology from the University of Louisville. Deana and her husband, Tom, have four children (Ryan, Sydney, Cadence and Thane) and a grandson (Luke).  Tom currently… Continue Reading

Kathy Bowling | Business Office Manager

Kathy Bowling | Business Office Manager

My name is Kathy Bowling and I have been employed at Central Christian Academies since February 1988. I started as a teacher assistant with Joyful Noise Academy. Then when Central Christian Academy decided to incorporate the half day preschool from Joyful Noise Academy later in 1988, I earned my Child Development Certificate to become a… Continue Reading

Cindy Fields | Health Coordinator

Cindy Fields | Health Coordinator

Cindy has been serving as CCA’s Health Coordinator since 2001.  Her medical background began in respiratory therapy and as an EMS volunteer.  During her hospital work, she met her husband Tim and they were married in 1984.  They moved to Texas and there she worked respiratory therapy and began taking classes for Ministry and Emergency Medical Training.  After… Continue Reading

Laura Kaye | Receptionist

Laura Kaye | Receptionist

Laura Kaye is originally from sunny and warm Southern California. She attended Biola Univerisity, studying Christian and Biblical Education, where she met Scott, her husband of 29 years. It is there that she began to develop a love for God’s Word and a desire to serve in ministry. Laura and Scott made a commitment to raise their… Continue Reading

Craig Barney | 5th-8th Band

Mr. Barney brings the world of instruments to life.  His enthusiasm for music and ability to connect with students make him an effective member of the CCA faculty.  He is also the middle school assistant boys’ basketball coach. Email Craig Barney at cbarney@ccalions.org Continue Reading

MaeEtta Brenner | Kindergarten Aide

MaeEtta Brenner | Kindergarten Aide

MaeEtta has served as a kindergarten aide for 8 years at CCA and feels blessed to be a part of that team.  She has been married to her husband Brad for 28 years and they have two children.  Bethany attended CCA and is a senior at KSTATE and Joshua is an 8th grade student at CCA. Continue Reading

Stephani Brooks | Explore Therapist

Stephani Brooks | Explore Therapist

Mrs. Brooks was born in Wichita, but grew up in Vero Beach, FL, before moving back to Wichita for college.  She graduated from Wichita State in 1992 with a B.A. in Education, majoring in Communicative Disorder and Sciences.  After college, she spent a year serving in a Vietnamese refugee camp in the Philippines, and then… Continue Reading

LeAnn Burdick | Library-Media Specialist

LeAnn Burdick | Library-Media Specialist

LeAnn Burdick is currently in her 6th year.  She feels blessed to be able to combine her passion for books and Christian education.  She also teaches Kindergarten Technology. LeAnn grew up in South Dakota and attended earned an Associate degree at North Dakota State College of Science.  She then attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee,… Continue Reading

Leslie Busenitz | Fourth Grade

Leslie Busenitz | Fourth Grade

Leslie Busenitz grew up in Protection, Kansas and attended Trinity International University, where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education. While teaching 5th grade in the Augusta school district, she earned her Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Fort Hays State University. After three years of teaching, God called her to move to Thailand… Continue Reading

Ted Busenitz | Bible, Middle School

Ted Busenitz | Bible, Middle School

Ted Busenitz graduated from Berean Academy then Calvary Bible College with a dual major in Education and Advanced Biblical Studies. From there he taught at a school for missionary kids in the Philippines for two years, then moved back to teach at a Wichita area school. He and his wife, Leslie, are both enjoying their second… Continue Reading

David Crow | Physical Education

David Crow | Physical Education

David Crow is a graduate of Wichita State University and spent eleven years working in the Wichita Public Schools before coming to CCA.  Mr. Crow has been the Physical Education teacher for the elementary and middle school physical education programs for twenty-four years. Personal Philosophy of Education:  “I believe that Christian Education is what we… Continue Reading

Alicia Funk | Explore Therapist

Alicia Funk | Explore Therapist

Alicia Funk has been married to David for 32 years and has been a part of CCA for 27 years. They have three sons, two daughter-in-laws and now one granddaughter, Leah. Mrs. Funk graduated form Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education and minor in mental disabilities. She taught for 4 years in… Continue Reading

Darla Hedstrom | Fifth Grade

Darla Hedstrom | Fifth Grade

Mrs. Hedstrom grew up in Mulvane, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After several years of being a stay at home mom, a door opened at Central Christian Academy Preschool where she taught for 6 years. God then led her to teach at CCA. She loves teaching in… Continue Reading

Jennifer Hollinger | Kindergarten

Jennifer Hollinger | Kindergarten

Mrs. Hollinger grew up in Wichita, Kansas and attended Friends University, where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education in 1991.   She spent 10 years teaching kindergarten in the Wichita Public Schools.  During that time she taught in Inclusion classrooms and also “looped” 3 years taking her kindergarteners to… Continue Reading

Tara Kater | Director of Communications, Marketing, & Admissions

Tara Kater | Director of Communications, Marketing, & Admissions

After teaching middle school language arts at CCA for fourteen years, Tara Kater joins the administrative team as the Director of Communications, Marketing, and Admissions. Tara graduated from Friends University in 1990 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Her first teaching assignment was in the Derby School District, working with grades fourth through sixth. Tara… Continue Reading

Cheryl Knocke | General Music Teacher & Vocal Director

Cheryl Knocke | General Music Teacher & Vocal Director

Cheryl Knocke began her fourth year as our Kindergarten – 6th grade General Music Teacher and Middle School Vocal Director in the 2015-2016 school year.  Cheryl received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music History from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and her K-12 Music Education Certification from Emporia State University. … Continue Reading

Maria Knott | Paraprofessional | Explore Therapist

Maria Knott | Paraprofessional | Explore Therapist

Mrs. Knott is a Paraprofessional and Math Therapist for the Explore program at CCA.  She was born in Jacksonville, Florida and her family lived in several places which included Texas, California and TN, since her father was in the Navy. She received her BA in Music with an emphasis in Business Administration in 1994 from… Continue Reading

Jennifer Lancaster | Explore Therapist

Jennifer Lancaster | Explore Therapist

Mrs. Lancaster grew up in Wichita and attended Wichita State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. After 5 years of teaching music, she stayed home to raise her son and daughter. When her son was in 2nd grade, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. During her journey to learn how… Continue Reading

Jacqueline Langhofer | Strings Instructor

Jacqueline Langhofer | Strings Instructor

This is Jacqueline’s third year at CCA. In addition to teaching at CCA, she teaches lessons at Senseney and privately at her home studio. She plays at her home church, Pathway Church, and also helps her husband out with the youth worship program. Jacqueline has been married to her husband, Blake, for three years, and… Continue Reading

Jean Manning | K-8 PE Teacher and Coach

Jean Manning | K-8 PE Teacher and Coach

Jean Manning  I believe that physical temple maintenance is the goal of physical education and that my ministry here at CCA is to teach my students skills for life-long physical and spiritual fitness, remembering that our goal is to honor God in all we do (Corinthians 6:19-20). My Bachelor of Christian Education is granted from… Continue Reading

Sheri Martin | Explore Therapist

Sheri Martin | Explore Therapist

In a search for a school that could best meet the learning needs of their daughter, Mike and Sheri Martin were thrilled to discover the Explore Program. Believing in the importance of a high quality Christian education, they now have five children attending CCA and Sheri is teaching Alphabetic Phonics in the Explore Program! After… Continue Reading

Tammy Matticks | Fifth Grade

Tammy Matticks | Fifth Grade

Mrs. Matticks grew up in Nebraska and attended Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education. After teaching Special Education for a few years in western Nebraska and 5th grade at Greenville Christian School in Mississippi, Mrs. Matticks and her husband were… Continue Reading

Cindy Maxwell | First Grade

Cindy Maxwell | First Grade

I grew in Moline, Illinois, graduated from Black Hawk Junior College and on to the University of Kansas to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1977. After graduation, I taught second grade for three years at Sunset Elementary School in Newton, Kansas. During that time, I met and married my husband, Larry.… Continue Reading

Kim McDaniel | Kindergarten

Kim McDaniel | Kindergarten

Kim McDaniel was born and raised in Kansas City, MO where she was blessed to attend a Christian school K-12.  She earned her B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Southwest Baptist University in 1999.  She has been teaching Kindergarten for 17 years!  She loves how they come to school as hungry little learning… Continue Reading

Heather Morrison | Second Grade

Heather Morrison | Second Grade

Heather Morrison has taught at CCA for 7 years.  She graduated from Sterling College in 1996 and has taught at Christian schools for eleven years and Newton Public schools for three years.  She had the privilege of receiving her Master’s degree at Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.  She attends River Community… Continue Reading

Stacie Nichols | Publications | Yearbook

Stacie Nichols | Publications | Yearbook

Stacie Nichols is a farm girl from El Dorado, Kansas, who has a bachelor’s degree from KSU in agronomy with a minor in plant pathology. She has three daughters, Kylee, Rylan, and Brynlie, and has been married for 12 years to her husband, Kyle, who works for Cargill Beef. They also farm about 600 acres… Continue Reading

LuAnne Nooe | Second Grade

LuAnne Nooe | Second Grade

Mrs. Lu Anne Nooe loves teaching at Central Christian Academy.  Her dream of teaching began as a first grader and she has forever been delighted to see her dream come true.  She went to the University of Oklahoma, earning her degree in Elementary Education.  God brought Lu Anne to Central Christian Academy in 2000 and… Continue Reading

Dana Oswald | Fifth Grade

Dana Oswald | Fifth Grade

Dana Oswald primarily grew up in the Wichita area, attending CCA for much of elementary and middle school. She attended Tabor College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Dana also graduated from Wichita State University with a Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. During this time, she won… Continue Reading

Hannah Phillips | Fourth Grade

Hannah Phillips | Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Phillips grew up in northern New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico, where she received a B.S. in Elementary Education in 2008. After teaching for two years in New Mexico public schools, she moved with her husband Justin to Wichita as he pursued his career in the aviation industry.  They… Continue Reading

Betty Powell | Sixth Grade

Betty Powell | Sixth Grade

Betty Powell graduated magma cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Education. She taught for 3 years in the Topeka Public Schools in special education.  She and her husband Tony have 4 children:  Katie, John, Grace and Tony. All four have attended CCA from kindergarten through 8th grade.… Continue Reading

Laura Sack | Third Grade

Laura Sack | Third Grade

After eleven years teaching third grade at Central Christian Academy, Laura Sack is still excited to spend each day in the classroom. Her enthusiasm for learning is contagious. Born in Kentucky, Laura attended the Youth Performing Arts School where she double majored in voice and piano. After taking her mother’s practical advice to change majors,… Continue Reading

Matthew Swank | Fourth Grade

Matthew Swank | Fourth Grade

Matthew Swank is originally from Wichita, KS where he grew up going to Central Christian Academy. He graduated from Sterling College with a degree in elementary education in 2015. He also played basketball there from 2011-2015. He is excited to be in the 4th grade elementary classroom teaching Math & Bible. He is currently the head coach of our middle school boys’… Continue Reading

Joni Sylvester | Language Arts, Middle School

Joni Sylvester | Language Arts, Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts Teacher Joni Sylvester graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Education. She also has a “highly qualified” endorsement from the state of Kansas in the field of language arts. Recently, she was excited to edit a book that was published in the spring of 2015. She taught 4th/5th grade for a… Continue Reading

Katie Thompson | Third Grade

Katie Thompson | Third Grade

Mrs. Thompson is a third grade teacher at Central Christian Academy. She was born and raised in Newton, KS. In May of 2014, she graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS with a B.A. in Elementary Education. After college, she married her high-school sweetheart, Daniel. After graduating, getting married, and moving to Wichita, Mrs. Thompson… Continue Reading

Karen Thurman | Second Grade 

Karen Thurman | Second Grade 

Mrs. Thurman teaches 2nd grade at CCA.  She has had the privilege of being an educator for 30 years since graduating from Fort Hays State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, emphasis in Reading.  Besides being a Preschool Director for eight years, her background includes teaching First Grade, Title I Reading, PreK, Kindergarten and… Continue Reading

Christin Irby | Third Grade

Christin Irby | Third Grade

My name is Mrs. Irby. I am currently in my third year teaching third grade. Before coming to Central Christian Academy, I taught pre-k for two years. I have lived in Wichita all of my life. As a child, I attended CCA from preschool to eighth grade. I received my elementary education degree from Central… Continue Reading

Lanelda Todd | Explore Therapist

Lanelda Todd | Explore Therapist

Mrs. Todd grew up in Wichita and attended Wichita State University, where she received a B.A. in Sociology plus completed many hours from the WSU school of Business.  After spending 12 years in the corporate world, she dedicated the next eight years to being at home and raising her twins.  Each day she feels blessed… Continue Reading

Marc Tucker | IT, Technology

Marc Tucker | IT, Technology

Marc Tucker has been a teacher at CCA since the 2003-04 school year.  He taught history and science at the 6th grade level for six years and is currently the Instructional Technology Director.  Mr. Tucker and his wife have two sons and one daughter who are currently enrolled and have attended CCA since kindergarten.  He is… Continue Reading

Roxane  Turner | History, Middle School

Roxane Turner | History, Middle School

Roxane Turner has been teaching at CCA since 1993.  She teaches history and video production class.  Roxane has teaching experience in varied areas including a Hutterite Colony, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and both Christian and public schools in Virginia and South Dakota.  Roxane lives near Clearwater next to a grass airstrip where her husband… Continue Reading

Lori Walters | Sixth Grade

Lori Walters | Sixth Grade

Our sixth grade Language Arts and Reading teacher is Lori Walters. Lori graduated from College of the Ozarks, near Branson, Missouri, with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has also received training from the Fundamental Learning Center and is an Academic Language Therapist. Lori taught 5th and 6th grade in the Wichita public school system… Continue Reading

Tammy White | First Grade

Tammy White | First Grade

My name is Tammy White and my passion is learning about God, serving Him and teaching first graders about our Lord.   I was raised by wonderful Christian parents who taught me who our God was and what His son Jesus Christ did for each of us.  Growing up my father’s job took him all over… Continue Reading

Jody Wickham | Art

Jody Wickham | Art

Jody Wickham grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She loves winter and especially SNOW! She attended Cedarville College, in Cedarville, Ohio, where she met David, her husband. They have three grown children; Brett, Rachel, and Joel, all whom have attended CCA. Her first degree was in Business Administration, which comes in handy since her husband is… Continue Reading

Julie Wilson | Kindergarten

Julie Wilson | Kindergarten

Julie Wilson was born and raised in Miami, Arizona.  She moved to Kansas and obtained a degree in elementary education with a certification in early childhood education from Emporia State University.  She came to Central Christian Academy in the fall of 1990 and taught kindergarten for eight years before staying at home with young children. … Continue Reading