Covenant Faculty


Covenant has been blessed with teachers who are committed to the Lord and are gifted in teaching.  They love children, are passionate about teaching, and are bright and knowledgeable in their respective fields.

Grammar School Faculty

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Debra Soehren - Kindergarten
Mrs. Soehren has an Associate Degree in Child Development and a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Economics from Illinois State University.  She has completed all course work towards her Master's Degree in Teaching, with a Language Arts Endorsement, from Trinity International University.  Mrs. Soehren has nineteen years of experience teaching at the pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and lower grammar school levels.  She and her husband are members of First Baptist Church in Wheaton, where she has taught Sunday School for many years and currently serves as a deaconess.        

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Carol Nascimento - First Grade
Miss Nascimento has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, with minors in Biblical Studies and Portuguese.  She has two years of classical teaching experience and previously taught for five years in an elementary school in Georgia, where she was also appointed by the school principal to mentor new teachers in curriculum design, lesson planning, and lesson delivery.  Miss Nascimento attends the Church of the Resurrection.

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Kimberly Sceggel – Second Grade
Mrs. Sceggel has a Master’s Degree in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College in Georgia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Gordon College in Massachusetts.  She has over twenty-five years of experience teaching at the grammar school level in Christian schools.  During the past six years, she taught in a classical school and assisted in curriculum development and teacher training.  Mrs. Sceggel and her family attend Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, where she serves as the Sunday School Superintendent.


 http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/EckoffLisa.jpg Lisa Eekhoff - Third Grade
Miss Eekhoff has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, with a Reading endorsement, from Dordt College, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  She taught for two years in Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands) and in addition has eight years of classical teaching experience.  Miss Eekhoff is a member of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, where she serves as a deacon.

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Mrs. Burlingame has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Education from Wheaton College.  She served as a Teacher's Assistant in the English department at Wheaton College, taught abroad during a short term mission trip, and has three years of classical teaching experience.  Mrs. Burlingame and her husband are members of Grace Church of DuPage in Warrenville, where for the past three years she has been regularly teaching in Children's Church.

 http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/GottliebBeth.jpg Beth Gottlieb - Fifth Grade
Miss Gottlieb has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Literacy from Judson University.  She has over six years of teaching experience at the grammar school level, including a summer in Vietnam, one year in Beijing, three years in area Christian schools, and three years of classical teaching experience.  An active member of Wheaton Bible Church, Miss Gottlieb has been highly involved in short-term overseas missions and currently directs Neighborhood Bible Clubs. 
                 
http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/Katrina-Combs-website.jpg               Katrina Combs - Grammar School Latin
Mrs. Combs has a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Philosophy and History from Wheaton College and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of History from Olivet Nazarene University.  She has six years of classical teaching experience in the areas of Latin, logic, humanities, and debate. She has also worked in the areas of curriculum and teacher development.  In addition, she has three years of experience serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity Christian College.  Mrs. Combs and her husband have two young sons and attend New Covenant Bible Church in St. Charles.


Logic School Faculty

http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/c-bozarth.jpg Caitlin Bozarth - Mathematics

Mrs. Bozarth has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, with a minor in Math, from Wheaton College, where she also completed several education courses.  She tutored Math for several years at the elementary and high school levels and has two years of classical teaching experience.  Mrs. Bozarth and her husband are members of Naperville Presbyterian Church, where they lead the Middle School youth ministry.

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Laura DeSoto - Science
Mrs. DeSoto has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Wheaton College and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Christian Formation Ministries.  She has eight years of experience teaching Physical, Life, and Earth Sciences at the Upper School level, including three years at a classical Christian school where she also designed the science curriculum and laboratory. Mrs. DeSoto and her family attend River Glen Presbyterian Church in Naperville, where she serves in various ministries, including the evangelism team, the homeless outreach ministry, and children's church.

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Mr. Farrelly has a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Thought from Grove City College and a Master's Degree in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College.  He has five years of classical teaching experience.  Mr. Farrelly is a member of the Church of the Resurrection, where he is active in the men's ministry.

http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/Rachel-L.jpg  Rachel LoCascio - Rhetoric School Development
Mrs. LoCascio has a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Leeds, UK and a Master's Degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She was a Graduate Exchange Scholar in the Department of English at the University of Illinois and also completed doctoral work as part of a University Fellowship in the School of Speech at Northwestern University. Mrs. LoCascio and her husband have four children and are members of The Orchard church in Wheaton

http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/MearseChristina.jpg Christina Mearse -  Mathematics
Mrs. Mearse has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with a major in Mathematics, from Oklahoma Christian University.  She taught mathematics at the junior high level for five years in Oklahoma public schools, served as a missionary in Japan teaching English for one year, and has three years of classical teaching experience.  Mrs. Mearse and her husband have three children and are members of the Naperville Church of Christ, where Mr. Mearse serves as the Youth Pastor.

http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/carolinesimmons3.jpg  Caroline Simmons - History
Miss Simmons has completed a Bachelor's Degree in History (magna cum laude) and a certification in Secondary Social Studies Education (7-12) from Grove City College. Her student teaching experience included teaching 8th grade US history. She has received honors in history, the Grove City Presidential scholarship, Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary, and Kappa Delta Pi International Educational Honorary. Miss. Simmons has one year of classical teaching experience at Covenant. She attends Grace Church of DuPage.
   

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Ryan Spice - Latin
Mr. Spice has a Bachelor's Degree in Ancient Languages from Wheaton College. He lived in Israel during his high school years and is fluent in Hebrew.  He has served as an office assistant in the Foreign Languages Department at Wheaton College and has tutored both high school and college students in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.  Mr. Spice and his wife attend Wheaton Bible Church and have been involved in short-term missions trips, the most recent being to Indonesia.  

 

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Deb Wieland – English
Mrs. Wieland has a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and over eight years of experience in teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in area schools.  Prior to pursuing her passion for teaching, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and worked for several years in the corporate world.  Mrs. Wieland, her husband, and daughter attend Suburban Life Community Church in Darien, where they are all members of the worship team.


Fine Arts Faculty
http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/Elizabeth-Fuzak.jpg Elizabeth Fuzak – Grammar School Art
Mrs. Fuzak has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University.  She has seven years of teaching experience at the grammar school level in area public schools and ten years of homeschooling experience.  She has a year of classical teaching experience at Covenant. Mrs. Fuzak has also served as the Children’s Director and led the Drama Ministry and Creative Team at The Sanctuary in Bolingbrook, where she and her family are members.
   
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Miss Tabbut has a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art from Bob Jones University and is pursuing a Master's Degree in English from Middlebury College.  She has seven years of classical teaching experience in art, history, and literature.  Miss Tabbut also taught English in the Czech Republic and studied for a summer at Oxford through a program of the Wheaton College English Department.  She recently wrote and directed the play Here, in the Gates.  Miss Tabbut attends the Church of the Resurrection, where she serves in the Visual Arts Ministry.
     
http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/Jewel-Magoon-WEBSITE.jpg   Jewel Magoon - Drama
Mrs. Magoon has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications with a minor in German from Wheaton College.  She has six years of teaching and directing experience with Spotlight Christian Youth Theater and has worked for over ten years as a self-employed professional actress.  Mrs. Magoon and her family attend the Compass Church in Naperville, where she serves as a member of the worship arts team.
 

http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/b-morris.jpg Bethany Morris - Music
Miss Morris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Trinity International University.  She taught music for three years at a Christian Preschool-12 school in Michigan, where she also developed the music curriculum and led the junior high and high school choirs and bands.  Miss Morris has two years of classical teaching experience as well as an extensive vocal performance background and experience in casting and directing musicals and concerts.  Miss Morris attends Wheaton Bible Church, where she is active in the high school ministry.
   
 
After-Care
 
http://www.covenantclassicalschool.org/uploads/Camay Phinney website.jpg Camay Phinney - After-Care
Mrs. Phinney received her Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from the University of Idaho and has worked in retail sales and management at both full-time and part-time capacities for over 20 years. In addition to raising her own four children, three of whom currently attend Covenant, she has cared for children as a toddler Sunday school teacher or nursery coordinator for 13 years. She and her family currently attend Faith Bridge Church in West Chicago where she currently serves as a toddler Sunday school teacher.