Grammar School Faculty
Debra Soehren - Kindergarten
Mrs. Soehren joined the Covenant staff in 2010. She 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 over twenty-five 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 over thirty years, serves as a deaconess and is on the Operations committee for the Church's preschool.
Cassandra Kline - First Grade
Miss Kline has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University with a minor in Spanish and an ESL Endorsement from National Louis University. Prior to joining the Covenant staff in 2014, she taught Kindergarten and ESL classes in the public school system for two years. She also had prior experience with teaching Spanish to preschool students. Miss Kline attends Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville.
Kimberly Sceggel – Second Grade
Mrs. Sceggel joined the Covenant staff in 2011. She 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. She has also 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.
Hannah Karsner - Third Grade
Mrs. Karsner joined the Covenant faculty in 2018. She earned her Master's Degree in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language as well as her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College. Prior to joining Covenant, Mrs. Karsner was a permanent substitute at Hawthorne Elementary School. Mrs. Karsner and her husband attend Minooka Bible Chuch, where she participates in small-group ministries.
Jon Hravatic- Fourth Grade
Mr. Hravatic earned his Bachelor's Degree in General Science from the University of Michigan and his Master's Degree in Reading from Eastern Michigan University, where he also obtained teaching certifications at both the elementary and secondary levels. He has 28 years of experience teaching at the grammar school level, including six years of teaching at a classical Christian school in Michigan and over 10 years of teaching at an international Christian school in Kenya. Mr. Hravatic and his family attend Wheaton Bible Church.
Valerie Bromenschenkel- Grammar Latin
Mrs. Bromenschenkel joined the Covenant faculty in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of North Carolina, where she also minored in Latin. She also holds Master’s Degrees in Educational Leadership and in Youth Ministry from National Louis University and Huntington University, respectively. Her work experience includes over 10 years of teaching Latin and English at the high school level. She and her family attend Alleluia Lutheran Church in Naperville, where she currently serves as the Middle School and Children’s Ministry Director.
Logic & Rhetoric School Faculty
Kim McArthur - Science
Mrs. McArthur joined the Covenant staff in 2017. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Depauw University, her Master's Degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University, and her 6-12 teaching certification from National Louis University. She has 5 years of experience teaching science at the middle/high school levels, as well as 5 years of experience working as a research associate with DNA testing. She and her family attend Wheatland Salem Church in Naperville, where they have been involved in small group, marriage, and prayer ministries.
Emily Phillips - Mathematics
Mrs. Phillips has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Wheaton College, where she served as the co-captain for both the track team and the cheerleading squad. She has completed all of her coursework towards her Master's Degree in Education from Wheaton College and has served as a Teacher's Assistant in the Mathematics department at Wheaton College. Mrs. Phillips has also tutored high school students in courses ranging from Algebra 1 through Calculus. She and her husband currently attend Wheaton Bible Church where together, they lead an Alpha ministry group.
Ryan Gregornik - History
Mr. Gregornik has a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Spanish from Wheaton College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a recipient of the Scholastic Honor Society Scholarship. He also holds a M.A. in History from the University of Alabama, where he worked as a graduate teaching assistant. Mr. Gregornik has taught Spanish and Bible and coached girls' varsity basketball and junior varsity soccer. He has also worked as a youth camp counselor at the Lake Geneva Youth Camp and Wheaton College's HoneyRock Camp. Mr. Gregornik attends College Church in Wheaton.
Ryan Spice - Latin, Foreign Language, Mathematics
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. He and his wife attend Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton and have been involved in short-term missions trips, the most recent being to Indonesia.
Deb Wieland – English
Mrs. Wieland has a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and 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 and her husband, attend Suburban Life Community Church in Darien, where they are members of the worship team.
Fine Arts Faculty
Elizabeth Fuzak – Grammar and Logic School Art
Mrs. Fuzak has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. She has experience at the grammar school level in area public schools and over ten years of homeschooling experience. Mrs. Fuzak has served in her church as the Children’s Director and led the Drama Ministry and Creative Team. She and her family attend The Well church in Geneva.
Hannah Wood - Music
Miss Wood earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Northern Illinois University. She also has an Orff Certification from the Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago. Her teaching experience includes general music and choir instruction and experience as a private music instructor for piano, voice, and violin. She spent several years teaching at the International Christian School of Budapest in Hungary, where she also established and conducted a flourishing middle school hand chime choir. Miss Wood attends Christ Community Church in DeKalb.
Katie McFarland - Drama
Ms. McFarland has a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Management from New York University. She has worked with touring Broadway productions and has taught with Christian Youth Theater since 2012. Ms. McFarland also teaches private piano and voice lessons and offers audition coaching to young actors. Ms. McFarland joined the Covenant faculty in 2018.
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. She and her family currently attend Faith Bridge Church in West Chicago where she currently serves as a toddler Sunday school teacher.