Faculty

Administration

Jon Cassel

Jon Cassel
Director Of Operations

Jon Cassel

Title: Director Of Operations

Email Address: jon.cassel@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2010-2011

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: Selling from the Inside Out Advanced Training by Laura Schanz Consulting Associates, Various Business Courses by National Seminars Group/Rockhurst University Continuing Education

Church Involvement: White Oak Church of the Brethren, Serves as a Minister

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and in Potter County, Photography

Family: My wife is Keri and our 3 oldest children are enrolled at EMS

Countries Visited: Canada, Grenada, Nicaragua

Life Verse: 1 John 4:4 "You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."

Reason for Teaching: My parents gave me the gift of Christian Education and it is an honor now to be working in a school that is continuing the legacy of Christian Education for impacting another generation to lead godly lives.

Jon Cassel
Kristen Copenhaver

Kristen Copenhaver
Secretary

Kristen Copenhaver

Title: Secretary

Email Address: office@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2012-2013

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: Graduated from THMH

Church Involvement: Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship - Sunday School Teacher

Hobbies: Baking, Flower Gardening, Sewing, and Walking

Family: Husband - Craig, 4 children

Life Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Kristen Copenhaver
Joshua Good

Joshua Good
Administrator

Joshua Good

Title: Administrator

Subjects Taught: Social Studies, Bible

Email Address: joshua.good@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2015-2016

Level of Education: Master's plus 15 credits

Education: BS in History from Liberty University, MS in Teaching Secondary Social Studies from Brooklyn College; City University of New York, and MS in Educational Leadership from Baruch University.

Church Involvement: Cornerstone Mennonite

Hobbies: Chess, Philosophy, Theology, Church History, Music, Sports

Family: Tonya (wife), three children - all are EMS students.

Countries Visited: Guatemala, Canada, Belize

Life Verse: Micah 6:8 "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

Reason for Teaching: I have always liked school and enjoyed teaching and learning. I also like people, so working in a school seemed like a natural fit. I have enjoyed teaching and working in schools.

Joshua Good
Andrea Rutt

Andrea Rutt
Assistant Secretary

Andrea Rutt

Title: Assistant Secretary

Email Address: andrea.rutt@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2012-2013

Level of Education: Associate's Degree

Education: Business School for Medical Secretary

Church Involvement: Parkview Mennonite Church, Children's SS teacher, Bulletin editor

Hobbies: baking, scrapbooking

Family: Husband: John; 4 children

Countries Visited: Canada, Russia, Aruba, Guatemala

Life Verse: One of my favorite verses is 3 John 1:4--"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."

Andrea Rutt
Michael Stauffer

Michael Stauffer
Director of Facilities, Events, & Athletics

Michael Stauffer

Title: Director of Facilities, Events, & Athletics

Subjects Taught: Social Studies

Email Address: michael.stauffer@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2012-2013

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: BS in Social Studies Education at Millersville University

Church Involvement: Harvest Bible Church. I teach Sunday School to College and Career group and help with VBS

Community Involvement: Summer Camp (Counseling and operations)

Hobbies: Frisbee, volleyball, hunting, hiking, woodworking, and almost anything outdoors and active.

Family: My wife, Chrystal and 2 children.

Countries Visited: Canada

Life Verse: Psalm 37:4-5 " Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

Reason for Teaching: I enjoy working with young people. It's never boring or monotonous! More importantly, I want to impact the future. Teaching is a chance to do that. Teaching students who have the potential to accomplish great things brings a satisfaction I have never found in any other job.

Michael Stauffer

Elementary

Jean Wagler

Jean Wagler
Kindergarten Teacher

Jean Wagler

Title: Kindergarten Teacher

Subjects Taught: Kindergarten

Email Address: jean.wagler@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2014-2015

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: One Term at SMBI, One Term at Faith Builders

Church Involvement: Mine Road Mennonite Church

Community Involvement: I volunteer once at week at the Alpha & Omega English Center in Lancaster. I help provide childcare for young Somali, Lebanese, Iraqi, and Syrian children while their parents take English classes.

Hobbies: reading, traveling, running, snowboarding

Countries Visited: Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Grenada, Liberia, England, France, Italy, Switzerland

Life Verse: Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Jean Wagler
Arlene Birt

Arlene Birt
1st Grade Teacher

Arlene Birt

Title: 1st Grade Teacher

Subjects Taught: 1st Grade, Curriculum Coordinator

Email Address: arlene.birt@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 1987-1988

Level of Education: Master's plus 15 credits

Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Grace College, M.Ed in Education from Grace College, various grad classes

Church Involvement: Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church - Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, led a new believer's Bible study

Community Involvement: taught Bible school at Navajo mission, directed VBS in Indiana

Hobbies: reading, sewing, gardening, crafting, traveling

Family: just the dog :)

Countries Visited: England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Mexico, several Canadian provinces

Life Verse: Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

Reason for Teaching: I feel called to teaching, and I love my job! I enjoy my students and colleagues and the fun of school. I am so thankful to have a job that doesn't feel like a job.

Arlene Birt
Dana Beachy

Dana Beachy
2nd Grade Teacher

Dana Beachy

Title: 2nd Grade Teacher

Subjects Taught: 2nd Grade

Email Address: dana.beachy@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2015-2016

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: B.S.E. in Early Childhood Education from Millersville University

Church Involvement: I attend Millport Mennonite Church where I play violin for a worship team and participate in young adult Bible studies.

Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, running, reading, making music, and traveling.

Countries Visited: Costa Rica, Uganda, Ethiopia, Honduras, Guatemala, Canada, France, Belguim, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.

Life Verse: Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Reason for Teaching: I love to learn. Teaching excites me because of the constant challenges and opportunities for growth.

Dana Beachy
Michelle Weaver

Michelle Weaver
3rd Grade Teacher

Michelle Weaver

Title: 3rd Grade Teacher

Subjects Taught: 3rd Grade

Email Address: michelle.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2010-2011

Level of Education: Bachelor's plus 21 credits

Education: BS in Elementary Education from Alvernia College; Working on Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction at EMU Lancaster

Church Involvement: Ephrata Community Church; volunteer at Information Center

Community Involvement: Volunteered for 4 years at Ephrata Pregnancy Center (ending in April 2016)

Hobbies: reading, painting & drawing, running, baking

Countries Visited: Canada, Haiti, Colombia, England

Life Verse: Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."

Reason for Teaching: I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a young girl. I made my younger sisters and cousins play "school" with me so I could be the teacher.

Michelle Weaver
Alisha Lehigh

Alisha Lehigh
4th Grade Teacher

Alisha Lehigh

Title: 4th Grade Teacher

Subjects Taught: 4th Grade

Email Address: alisha.lehigh@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: BS in Intercultural Studies and BA in Bible from Lancaster Bible College

Church Involvement: I attend Chinese Bible Church of Lancaster and help out by participating on one of the worship teams.

Community Involvement: In college I was involved in many areas but since starting at EMS, I haven't had time to be involved in anything besides school. If I stay in the area, I would love to be involved with refugees in Lancaster. I work with them through Church World Service during my college internship.

Hobbies: Sleeping and eating. If I have time over breaks, I love playing piano, flute, and guitar, skateboarding, going to concerts, drawing, and spending time with my roommates.

Family: I have parents and one brother and one sister. My brother is married with two children. I also have a "Chinese family" consisting of some of the people I go to church with and eat with every other Sunday. My roommates are also like family to me.

Countries Visited: I've visited Canada, Guatemala, China, South Korea, Israel (and the West Bank).

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Reason for Teaching: There was a need for a 4th grade teacher this year, and I had just graduated college and was looking for a job that would be more purposeful than working in food service or retail; I found that in coming to work here at EMS.

Alisha Lehigh
Christopher Brode

Christopher Brode
5th Grade Teacher

Christopher Brode

Title: 5th Grade Teacher

Subjects Taught: 5th Grade

Email Address: christopher.brode@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2012-2013

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University

Church Involvement: Old Order River Brethren - I serve as a song leader.

Hobbies: Working in my garden and orchard; helping with farm chores; reading; genealogy

Family: My wife Sandra and I have three children.

Countries Visited: Nicaragua, Ecuador, Canada

Life Verse: A favorite verse of mine is Psalm 37:11 - "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."

Reason for Teaching: Growing up, I always enjoyed school. I wanted to return to the classroom as a teacher to help future generations of students develop a love of learning.

Christopher Brode
Brieanna Heisey

Brieanna Heisey
6th Grade Teacher

Brieanna Heisey

Title: 6th Grade Teacher

Subjects Taught: 6th Grade

Email Address: brieanna.heisey@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2010-2011

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: BS in Elemenatary Education and Early Childhood from Millersville University

Church Involvement: White Oak Church of the Brethren; Vacation Bible School Teacher; Youth Advisor

Community Involvement: I have participated in the Manheim Project (a mission oppurtunity in the Manheim area led by various churches in Manheim and sponsored by Love INC).

Hobbies: Reading, creating "new" things out of old things, crafting, going on Road Trips with my husband

Family: Husband: Tyler

Countries Visited: Canada

Life Verse: Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer".

Reason for Teaching: It is so rewarding to see the students grow into the men and women that God has called them to be.

Brieanna Heisey
Sheila Nolt

Sheila Nolt
Spanish Teacher

Sheila Nolt

Title: Spanish Teacher

Subjects Taught: Spanish

Email Address: sheila.nolt@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2016-2017

Level of Education: Master's Degree

Education: BS From Millersville University MA from West Chester University

Church Involvement: Shiloh Mennonite Church, Teach the Ladies SS class

Community Involvement: Volunteer as a Translator for FaithCare Medical Clinic, Visit non-Christian Neighbors, and enjoy being part of a Spanish Bible Study.

Hobbies: Walking, Biking, Camping, Spending time with Friends and Family, Reading, Gardening, Traveling, Cooking

Family: I am an aunt and love being an aunt. My nieces and nephews are priceless gifts. I have 9 and love the times I spend with them. We camp-out, play games, talk, laugh, make pop corn and cook together.

Countries Visited: Grenada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Life Verse: Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."

Reason for Teaching: As a young child I dreamed of being a teacher. I did have several favorite elementary school teachers who I really admired. I teach because I enjoy interacting with students and lesson planning. School teaching is one job that I do not mind coming to every day and usually do it with a smile on my face.

Sheila Nolt
Tiffani Heisey

Tiffani Heisey
Learning Support Teacher, Teacher Aide

Tiffani Heisey

Title: Learning Support Teacher, Teacher Aide

Email Address: tiffani.heisey@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2016-2017

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Church Involvement: I am currently attending Life Fellowship Mennonite.

Community Involvement: I enjoy attending The Living Room occasionally on Tuesday evenings.

Hobbies: Hosting friends. Cafes. Making food. Swimming/Working out at the Rec. Catching up with family. Spending time with friends and their children. Coloring. Road Trips. Watching Movies. Listening to audio drama. Worshiping through music and singing. Journaling. Going to the beach. Sleeping. :)

Family: I live with 1 of my 3 sisters. I have 2 siblings at home with my parents, an older sister living in Ephrata, and an older brother who is married.

Countries Visited: Canada. Dominican Republic. Jamaica.

Life Verse: I don't tend to stick with one life verse but one of the first ones that comes to mind in time of stress, trouble, or encouragement is "...the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

Reason for Teaching: I know God has me working here at EMS. At times I'm not exactly sure why, but I know He has me here to stretch me and grow me for His glory. I love coming to School to see the students, tell them good morning, and be a part of their everyday lives. I enjoy meeting students' learning needs through one-on-one tutoring, assisting Teachers by filling in the gaps of whatever needs done, and reflecting what I'm learning about the combination of working hard and enjoying life.

Tiffani Heisey
Katelyn Hess

Katelyn Hess
Piano Teacher

Katelyn Hess

Title: Piano Teacher

Subjects Taught: Private Piano Lessons

Email Address: katelyn.hess@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: Two terms of study at Elnora Bible Institute

Church Involvement: I attend Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship, and I serve on the worship team and as librarian.

Hobbies: Reading, playing piano, various craft projects, writing, spending time with friends, being with my family, and traveling.

Life Verse: Hebrews 12:28-29 "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."

Reason for Teaching: I love that I have the opportunity to encourage and inspire the next generation. I have the privilege of teaching my students how to create and share something beautiful with which they can bless others.

Katelyn Hess
Yuriy Kravets

Yuriy Kravets
Instrumental Music Teacher

Yuriy Kravets

Title: Instrumental Music Teacher

Subjects Taught: Private Instrumental Music Lessons

Email Address: yuriy.kravets@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Church Involvement: Shalom Bible Fellowship

Hobbies: Helping build wholesome culture with the gifts and abilities God has given me.

Family: I'm in the middle of my 7 brothers. (One in heaven.)

Countries Visited: Israel, Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, England, USA, Canada, and South Africa

Life Verse: 2 Timothy 2:5 "An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules."

Reason for Teaching: For me, teaching is a wonderful intersection of passion and livelihood.

Yuriy Kravets
Wendi Martin

Wendi Martin
Music Teacher

Wendi Martin

Title: Music Teacher

Subjects Taught: Elementary Music

Email Address: wendi.martin@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

Church Involvement: I recently moved and look forward to visiting churches in the area and finding a place to settle in over the next few months.

Hobbies: Reading, Spending time with family and friends, Singing, Taking care of and cultivating my collection of plants

Countries Visited: Guyana, Haiti, England, Ireland, Italy, and Canada

Life Verse: Psalm 86:11-13 - "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol."

Reason for Teaching: I love watching children and people grow and discover new things. I want to be a part of that growth specifically in music because of the way music can bring unlikely people together to worship Jesus, and to use their gifts to offer something beautiful to the world and each other.

Wendi Martin
Alyssa Rutt

Alyssa Rutt
PE Teacher

Alyssa Rutt

Title: PE Teacher

Subjects Taught: Elementary PE, MS Girls PE

Email Address: alyssa.rutt@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: Graduate of Ephrata Mennonite School

Church Involvement: Faith Mennonite Fellowship

Hobbies: Sports, hanging with friends, acting, painting, exploring

Family: Parents: Clair and Janice Rutt/ Siblings: Andy Rutt, Travis Rutt, Sheir Laughman, Shawn Rutt

Countries Visited: Canada, Nicaragua, Africa

Life Verse: John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

Reason for Teaching: This was something I always dreamed of becoming as a child. I never thought the Lord would bring the dream to life at the school that I had attended for 13 years! I thoroughly enjoy educating students for Christ.

Alyssa Rutt
Doretta Wantz

Doretta Wantz
Learning Support Teacher

Doretta Wantz

Title: Learning Support Teacher

Subjects Taught: Learning Support

Email Address: doretta.wantz@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2015-2016

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: Summer term at Faith Builders (and also working along side other teachers and learning from them)

Church Involvement: White Oak Church of the Brethren--Teach 4-6 grade girls SS class, help in church library, help prepare for lovefeast.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, walking and catching up with friends, spending time outside enjoying God's creation, flowers, etc.

Family: My husband, Roger Wantz, Jr, passed away in 2004. I am blessed with a son (Jesse) and 4 daughters (Juliana married to Nate Breneman, Amber married to Daniel Miller, Abigail married to Morgan Zimmerman, and Rachelle who is a senior at EMS).

Countries Visited: Canada, Nicaragua

Life Verse: I have many favorite verses, one of which is Isaiah 41:10 - "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Reason for Teaching: I enjoy teaching because it is a job that has an eternal purpose. It is also rewarding to see children be able to understand and learn new concepts, and to build relationships with them.

Doretta Wantz
Ronica Weaver

Ronica Weaver
Art Teacher

Ronica Weaver

Title: Art Teacher

Subjects Taught: Elementary Teacher

Email Address: ronica.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: High School Graduate of Ephrata Mennonite School

Church Involvement: I attend Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship. I am the secondary girl's craft teacher for our Kids Club.

Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy doing various types of art, hanging out with friends and family, drinking coffee and knitting.

Countries Visited: Nicaragua, Jamaica

Life Verse: 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 "We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger, by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we life; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything."

Reason for Teaching: Ever since I was a child it was a dream of mine to become an art teacher. Art class was always my favorite class through all the grades. In high school it is common to lose interest in art but my high school teacher especially helped me keep the joy alive and she also helped me realize how art was one of my gifts. Now I am thrilled to be able to teach other students the joys of being creative and how using their artistic talents to the fullest is really a blessing to their creator. All glory goes to God for helping me use the gifts He's given me to bless and teach others.

Ronica Weaver

Secondary

Leanna Martin

Leanna Martin
English Teacher

Leanna Martin

Title: English Teacher

Subjects Taught: English, Student Newspaper, Yearbook

Email Address: leanna.martin@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2011-2012

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: B.A. in Secondary English Education from God's Bible School and College

Church Involvement: I attend Shiloh Mennonite Church where I teach Sunday school and Bible study and also help out with teaching and organizing VBS.

Hobbies: I love to read, shop, and travel to historic locations. I really enjoy hanging out with my family, especially my 3 nephews and 1 niece. You can also often find me sipping coffee, preferably with friends.

Family: I'm from a family of all girls. My parents are Warren and Annetta Martin, and I enjoy spending time with them and my sisters and their spouses, Alinda and Dean Hollinger, Cheryl and Chris Comparativo, and Amy Martin.

Countries Visited: I have visited Canada, Grenada, Belize, and Romania.

Life Verse: Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Reason for Teaching: I just enjoy learning. I hope I can be a life-long learner, and it's fun to share what you learn with others. I also really enjoy the written word, and I would say those two things added together made me want to be an English teacher.

Leanna Martin
Esther Swartzentruber

Esther Swartzentruber
Spanish & English Teacher

Esther Swartzentruber

Title: Spanish & English Teacher

Subjects Taught: Spanish, Literature & Composition

Email Address: esther.swartzentruber@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2016-2017

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: BA in English from The Ohio State University

Church Involvement: Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship

Community Involvement: Oasis Chorale choir member

Hobbies: running, reading, writing

Countries Visited: Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ireland, U.K, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, France

Life Verse: Isaiah 49:6 He says; 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.'

Reason for Teaching: The reason I wake up and love to come to school is discuss great literature that has the ability to broaden students' worldviews.

Esther Swartzentruber
Kevin Weaver

Kevin Weaver
Science Teacher

Kevin Weaver

Title: Science Teacher

Subjects Taught: Science, Psychology

Email Address: kevin.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2009-2010

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: Bachelor of Science Education Millersville University

Church Involvement: Red Run Mennonite Church Associate Pastor

Hobbies: Reading, Renewable Energy Projects

Family: Married to Letitia with Micaiah, Elsa,, Noah, Ethan, and Toby

Countries Visited: Canada, Grenada, China, Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland

Life Verse: Luke 11:13 "So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."

Reason for Teaching: I love searching out what is true and sharing that with others both in the revelation of God in scripture and the revelation of God in creation using our senses (science).

Kevin Weaver
Nathaniel Waldron

Nathaniel Waldron
Math Teacher

Nathaniel Waldron

Title: Math Teacher

Subjects Taught: Math, Physics

Email Address: nathaniel.waldron@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2010-2011

Level of Education: Master's Degree

Education: 1 Bible school term at Maranatha, BS in Music from Bluffton College; MS in Chem Ed from Drexel University.

Church Involvement: I attend Fairview Mennonite Church in Reading. I have helped with leading songs, teaching Sunday school, and being a small group leader. I have also participated in the basketball ministry, Crossover.

Community Involvement: I'm not involved with any organizations outside of church and school at this time.

Hobbies: My hobbies include performing music (violin, piano, and guitar), playing basketball and other sports, and working with technology and software.

Family: I am married to Maria (Zimmerman), Warren and Jane Zimmerman's daughter. Maria is the second oldest of 7 children; I am the youngest of 7 children. We have three sons.

Countries Visited: In the Americas, I have visited Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. In Europe, I have visited Ireland, UK, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, and Italy.

Life Verse: My favorite promise is Romans 8:28--"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Reason for Teaching: There are many reasons why I enjoy teaching! God has given me a gift for breaking complex principles down and explaining them to students in understandable ways. My passion for teaching in Christian schools is to disciple the next generation of our churches' youth. I have always had a desire to work in a job that involves human interaction, and in the best of every possible way, that describes teaching.

Nathaniel Waldron
Krista Weaver

Krista Weaver
Math Teacher

Krista Weaver

Title: Math Teacher

Subjects Taught: Math

Email Address: krista.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2016-2017

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: BS in Mathematics Education from Alvernia University

Church Involvement: Blue Ball Church of the Brethren; church secretary; praise team

Hobbies: Reading, logic puzzles and games, spending time with family and friends

Countries Visited: Canada; Guatemala

Life Verse: Romans 8:31-39

Reason for Teaching: I had an elementary teacher and a secondary math teacher who made learning fun, enjoyable, and attainable, and who inspired me to become an educator myself.

Krista Weaver
Jay Bomgardner

Jay Bomgardner
PE Teacher

Jay Bomgardner

Title: PE Teacher

Subjects Taught: 5th & 6th PE, Secondary Guys PE

Email Address: jay.bomgardner@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2012-2013

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: High School Diploma from Annville - Cleona, Experience coaching baseball, softball and basketball teams

Church Involvement: Word of Life Mennonite Fellowship/ Deacon

Community Involvement: EncourageMen

Hobbies: Farming, golf and spending time with family

Family: Wife - Lorene; Children - Ryan, Kyle, and Nicole; and 2 Grandchidren

Countries Visited: Canada, Mexico

Life Verse: Colossians 3:17 "And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Reason for Teaching: I enjoy youth and I love to encourage and inspire them to walk close to God. I get excited when I can teach fundamentals in P.E. and the students improve their abilities.

Jay Bomgardner
Eileen Heller

Eileen Heller
Backyard Ag Teacher, Teacher Aide

Eileen Heller

Title: Backyard Ag Teacher, Teacher Aide

Subjects Taught: Backyard Ag

Email Address: eileen.heller@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2005-2006

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: 9 year member of the Herb Society of America, 1 year member rabbit breeders Association, 1 year member Pa. gourd society, 2 year member Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association

Church Involvement: White Oak Church of the Brethren, Vacation Bible School Teacher

Community Involvement: taught in the 4-H program for 8 years

Hobbies: crafting, spending time with family

Family: Husband George III, Brieanna married to Tyler Heisey, George IV married to Meg; grandchildren Paisley and George V, Sabrina, Paul, Geoffrey

Countries Visited: Canada

Life Verse: "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs 4:7

Reason for Teaching: Seeing student growth

Eileen Heller
David Schrock

David Schrock
Bible Teacher

David Schrock

Title: Bible Teacher

Subjects Taught: Bible

Email Address: david.schrock@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2007-2008

Level of Education: Master's plus 15 credits

Education: BA in Biblical Studies and Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University; MS in Psychology from Millersville University

Church Involvement: I attend Erb Mennonite Church where I teach Sunday school and help lead worship, and run sound.

Community Involvement: Director of the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, PA

Hobbies: I enjoy traveling and studying history.

Family: Married to Lindsay Schrock and we have 1 son.

Countries Visited: Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland

Life Verse: Psalm 16:11 - Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Reason for Teaching: Several teachers had a profound impact on my own life, and I felt like working in a school would be a way for me to have a positive impact in return. I also think that education is one of society's most important commodities, so I consider it a privilege to be a part of it.

David Schrock
Shaina Snyder

Shaina Snyder
PE Teacher

Shaina Snyder

Title: PE Teacher

Subjects Taught: HS Girls PE

Email Address: shaina.snyder@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: Graduate of Fairview Christian School

Church Involvement: White Oak Church Of The Brethren

Family: Husband: Dustin

Countries Visited: Jamaica, Grenada, Nicaragua, Bahamas

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Reason for Teaching: I love sports!

Shaina Snyder
Alycia Weaver

Alycia Weaver
Art Teacher

Alycia Weaver

Title: Art Teacher

Subjects Taught: HS Art

Email Address: alycia.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2013-2014

Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree

Education: BS in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Lebanon Valley College

Church Involvement: Reformed Presbyterian Church

Hobbies: Sketching, Reading, Gardening

Family: Husband - Josiah Weaver and a daughter

Countries Visited: Guatemala, St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands), Haiti

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Reason for Teaching: The reason I wake up and love to come to school is to interact with my students! I love to work with them, to hear about their lives, and see them get excited about learning

Alycia Weaver
Daryl Weaver

Daryl Weaver
Bible & Speech Teacher

Daryl Weaver

Title: Bible & Speech Teacher

Subjects Taught: Bible, Speech

Email Address: daryl.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2008-2009

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Education: 1 term at SMBI, S.T.E.P. certificate from EMU

Church Involvement: Martindale Mennonite Church, Bishop for the Martindale District

Hobbies: Reading, Music, Sports,

Family: Married to Jennifer, blessed with 5 children.

Countries Visited: Grenada, Mexico, Canada, Nicaragua

Life Verse: II Timothy 2:2: "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit though to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

Reason for Teaching: After a mission trip to Grenada with my family when I was 14, I thought I would enjoy returning as a teacher someday, which I eventually had the opportunity to do. I explored the teaching career as a Senior in High School through their Work Study program and loved it. I love the challenge of communicating passionately with students and seeing them grow in their knowledge/faith.

Daryl Weaver
Jesse Weaver

Jesse Weaver
Music Teacher

Jesse Weaver

Title: Music Teacher

Subjects Taught: Music, MAT Director

Email Address: jesse.weaver@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2016-2017

Level of Education: Bachelor's plus 15 credits

Education: Bachelor of Music-Vocal Performance; Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College; Certificate of General Studies Graduation from Faith Builders Training Institute

Church Involvement: Oasis Mennonite Fellowship Songleader/SS Teacher

Hobbies: Tennis, Volleyball, Disc Golf, Choral Singing, Cooking

Family: Oldest of 5

Countries Visited: Canada, Thailand, Bangladesh, Grenada, Ireland, England, Scotland

Life Verse: Colossians 1:11-14--"Being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

Reason for Teaching: I've always seen myself as a teacher in different areas, and my passion for music led into teaching others how to sing and enjoy music as well.

Jesse Weaver

Support Staff

Emily Alwine

Emily Alwine
Teacher Aide

Emily Alwine

Title: Teacher Aide

Email Address: emily.alwine@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2014-2015

Level of Education: High School Diploma

Church Involvement: White Oak Church of the Brethren , teach 2nd grade Sunday School, Kitchen Committee, Ladies Fellowship Committee

Hobbies: Spending time with our family, scrapbooking, reading, playing games, or going for walks

Family: My husband Steve & I have been married for 24 years. Our oldest son got married Sept. 2017, our second son is planning a May 2018 wedding, our 3rd son is a Junior and our daughter is in 8th grade.

Countries Visited: Bahamas, Jamaica

Life Verse: Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

Reason for Teaching: As a student I had to work hard for my grades, and really focus. I really enjoy working with the children because I know what it is like to have to give it your best.

Emily Alwine
Brenda Derstine

Brenda Derstine
Librarian, Teacher Aide

Brenda Derstine

Title: Librarian, Teacher Aide

Email Address: brenda.derstine@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 1989-1990

Level of Education: Bachelor's plus 15 credits

Education: BS in EL ED at EMU

Church Involvement: Gehman Mennonite Church

Community Involvement: summer meal program for families in 2017

Hobbies: needle work, reading, making cards

Family: single

Countries Visited: Canada, France, Germany, England, Wales, Holland

Life Verse: Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."

Brenda Derstine
Tracey Fox

Tracey Fox
Teacher Aide

Tracey Fox

Title: Teacher Aide

Email Address: tracey.fox@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 2017-2018

Level of Education: Associate's Degree

Education: Associate of Science in Nursing from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing

Church Involvement: Hinkletown Mennonite church: Children's Ministry Curriculum team Children's Mission Coordinator Teaching 1st grade Sunday school Group Leader for Gopher Buddies(Wed. eve. Bible club for PreK and K) Vacation Bible School committee

Hobbies: Reading biographies or mysteries, Watching movies, spending time with my family

Family: Husband - Gerald Fox , 4 children, and 1 grandchild.

Countries Visited: Cambodia

Life Verse: Colossians 1:9-12 "And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light."

Reason for Teaching: I want to encourage children to help them know that God loves them and that they are created with a purpose.

Tracey Fox
Christine Heiler

Christine Heiler
Teacher Aide

Christine Heiler

Title: Teacher Aide

Email Address: christine.heiler@ephratamennonite.org

School Term Starting at EMS: 1998-1999

Level of Education: Master's Degree

Education: BS in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Millersville University and MS in Reading Specialist Certification

Church Involvement: I attend Mohler Church of the Brethren. I'm one of the organists at our church and I sing in the choir.

Community Involvement: I volunteer at the TNT Center held at our church on Monday evenings.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading "just for fun" and taking walks.

Family: My husband and I live in Rothsville, and we have been married about 25 years.

Life Verse: My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10--"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Reason for Teaching: I enjoy working with children. They usually make me laugh.

Christine Heiler

Ephrata Mennonite School partners with parents and churches to challenge students to become Citizens of the Kingdom of God, who are Lifelong Learners and Team Players, through Diligent Work and Academic Excellence.