Faculty & Staff
Carla came to Legacy in 1996 with a double major in Bible and Elementary Education from Northwestern University. She continued her education at St. Mary’s University where she earned her Master’s in Teaching and Learning. Most recently Carla was named the recipient of an LPA “Grant for Teachers Needs” to install a weather station for her 5th grade science curriculum.
Carla enjoys spending time with her husband Dan and their two children biking, hiking, and spending time on her parent’s ranch in South Dakota.
“I believe God called me into education. My prayer is that each student in my class understands the love of God and grows in their walk with Him, as we learn together throughout the year.”
Janelle’s degrees in Organizational Communication and Business Administration from UWEC and Bethel University served her well within Human Resource roles at Connexus Energy, Rockwell Automation, and United Health Group before joining the Business Office staff at LCA in 2015. They also come in handy when she meets famous people like Aaron Rodgers (huge Packers fan), Taylor Swift, and David Spade … just to name a few!
Mom to LCA students Drew, Derek, and Avery, Janelle and her husband Jeremiah feel they are truly creating a Legacy in their children by enrolling them at LCA and especially love LCA’s family environment. Janelle says her purpose is to “do my best work for the Lord every day.”
Mr. Andy Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Visual Art Education K-12 with a Bible Major from University of Northwestern-St. Paul and a Masters in Education from College of St. Catherine. Mr. Anderson has spent the last 11 years sharing his art passion with high school and college students as a teacher and adjunct professor in Nevada. His work there earned him ‘Teacher of the Year’ recognition from Humboldt County School District, Winnemucca, NV in 2014.
Mr. Anderson shares that one of his favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” “I love this passage because it reminds me that God is creative – and in that creativity, made us. We are His handiwork’ or craft. As an artist, this is a powerful thought that is easy to relate to. And to consider God crafted us with a plan to do His good work through us, even long before we were born – well, that is really an incredible design. I certainly hope I live each day to do those ‘good works’ He has prepared for me to do.”
“LCA is special to me because, from its core, this school desires to stand on God’s word and that flows out into all that happens here. It is special to me because I have the privilege to teach the subjects I love while inspiring and investing in my students in a way that deepens their walk with God. It is special to me because my entire family is here with me, my wife teaching PreK and my three boys in their classrooms.”
Mrs. Kendra Anderson joined the Legacy staff in 2016 alongside her husband, Andy Anderson. The Anderson’s relocated from Nevada with their 3 boys to accept teaching positions at LCA. Kendra shares that Proverbs 16: 1-9 have been impactful verses during their journey. “These verses have been foundational as my family and I have trusted the Lord in guiding our every step, our moves, and each transition. He led us to Nevada in 2005 and in April of 2016, His calling us back to Minnesota was abundantly clear. With each move there were tests and many faith steps but His faithfulness proved greater than each one of those tests. We can greatly attest to that same faithfulness after this most recent move to begin our careers at Legacy: no matter how rocky the road or how many twists and turns it may entail, when God is directing those steps, His strength and perfect provision will carry you through! Praise God for His timing to prevail!”
Mrs. Anderson holds a Bachelors of Science in Christian Education from University of Northwestern-St. Paul and spent three years teaching pre-school at Berean Baptist Education Center along with various substitute teaching positions while raising her boys.
Twyla started teaching at Legacy in 1978, just two years after it was founded. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Bethel University and a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University. Most recently Twyla was recognized for her outstanding work in the classroom by Minnesota Independent School Forum as an Honor Teacher Finalist for 2015.
Twyla’s family includes her husband Dan, two daughters, Emma and Hannah, her son Seth, and son-in-law Jedidiah. Her backyard gardens bloom beautifully all summer long giving her the perfect backdrop to indulge her passions for reading and having coffee with friends.
“Jesus is my Savior and true treasure. I love HIm and desire to make Him look good. I have been seized by great affection for Jesus and seek to honor Him in all I do and say. I have been saved by and walk in grace.”
Becki holds degrees in Business Management and Marketing from Anoka Ramsey Community College, as well as Pastoral Care and Biblical Counseling from LIFE School of Ministry. She became part of the Legacy teaching faculty in 2014 and shares the same passion for discipleship within academic excellence as LCA. Becki will also be tapping into her years as an MS Director at New Song Christian Academy in Nashville by taking on the role of Assistant to the Elementary Principal. Becki is thrilled with the new balance of 50% teaching and 50% administration.
Becki chuckles at the irony of earning a basketball scholarship from “Spalding” despite her three and half foot frame! In Becki’s words,“I am a diastrophic dwarf, or simply, a “little person.” I love being my size and I firmly believe God doesn’t make mistakes. I work with kids because I want them to know that whatever mountain they’re facing in life, they are fully able to conquer that mountain with Christ by their side.”
Patti is a graduate of Mid-America Nazarene University with a BA in Education followed by an MA in Biblical Counseling from Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary. Since 1993 she has been teaching Bible and History to LCA 5th and 6th grade students. Patti says she is energized by students at this life stage. They must be energized by her as well as Patti has been honored twice by receiving the National Teacher’s Who’s Who Award.
Patti is delighted to still enjoy the company of both of her parents, who at 91 years young, have beautifully displayed a legacy of the importance of being faithful prayer warriors for each member of their family.
“Here at LCA students have the opportunity to see the value of education through the perspective of what it means to honor God as they develop academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We work on providing a community of family that walk alongside each other extending God’s grace as we grow and God’s truth in times when we need to be held accountable.”
In 2014 David added to his title of LCA parent by becoming an LCA Teacher! With a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UND and a Master’s in Business Administration from UST, David has earned the honor of being listed as an inventor on 55 US Patents and is currently a “Distinguished Technologist” at Rosemount Inc.
David and his wife Holly have enjoyed watching their children Emily and Nicholas grow up at LCA. They have found that the students, staff, and goal(s) make LCA a very special place to be.
“I have been blessed by the educational opportunities I have had and desire to “give something back” to the next generation.
I see both spiritual and academic education provide the tools to access both temporal and eternal freedom. I try to bring real life into the classroom in a way that inspires and challenges students, while preparing for their future aspirations.”
Amy earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. She has a double major in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies and a double minor in Communication Arts & Literature and Psychology. She completed her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. In 2008 she was hired at LCA and has had the opportunity to tap into all of those focus areas to reach kids beyond the classroom.
Amy is married to Class of ’98 Alumnae Dan Bruneau and is known as “Mom” to Claire, Carson, and a mischievous beagle named Toby. She is an avid scrapbooker who dreams of having a dedicated scrapbooking room and aspires to write a young adult fiction novel someday.
“I teach because I love to learn. I teach because there is so much the next generation needs to be prepared to handle, both spiritually and academically. I teach to empower my students to be the next generation of motivated leaders.”
Cyd attended the University of Northwestern St. Paul. She has been a part of the Meadow Creek Christian School/Legacy Christian Academy community since 1981 as a volunteer and parent, and joined the staff full time in 2000.
Cyd has 3 children that all attended MCCS/LCA from PreK-12th grade. Amy, Nathan, and Jason often talk about the impact their teachers still have on their lives today, from the things they taught to the way they lived. She also has 5 grandchildren.
“It is such a joy to watch students learn and grow in all areas of their lives. I am thankful to be a part of a school that is committed not only to teach the students academically, but also to encourage them in their walk with the Lord, and to challenge them to live in a way that makes a difference in the lives of people they come in contact with.”
A proud Iowa native, Sharon earned a BA in Business Management before earning her MA in Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’s University, where she also did post-graduate work in Family and Marriage Therapy.
With 22 years of experience counseling children, adolescents and their families, five years as an adjunct professor teaching psychology at the University of Northwestern, and seven years experience in school counseling, Sharon was tasked with creating the Counseling Department at Legacy In 2014.
Sharon and her husband Scott enjoy the company of an X-K9 German Shepard named Tazer and love seeing their friends, family, and their 29 year-old son, Josh. Besides making music (drums and piano), creating design (interior and fashion), her other passion is gardening. In the summer you will frequently find her composting and covered in dirt!
“LCA not only lets me practice my profession (which I love) but it allows my profession to be an unfettered ministry as well (which I love even more)!”
Meredith received her BS in Mathematics & Secondary Education from Calvin College, then received her Masters from Central Michigan while raising three children! In 2008 she was hired at LCA and feels that our small community allows all of us to build close and lasting relationships not only with students, but also with their families.
Family is important to Meredith and she is blessed by her husband Brad’s constant support of her passion for teaching. Their three children, Elaine, Evan, and Alex are the light of her life and best accomplishment to date!
“Teaching is not only what I do, but an important part of who I am. No matter the situation, I find myself wanting to help others be better at what they’re doing.”
Jill began her teaching career in the Robbinsdale School District before being hired to teach kindergarten at Legacy in 2010. She is a University of St. Catherine’s graduate where she had a heavy focus in “Science and Mathematics in Education.” Jill applied for, and received, an LPA “Grant for Teachers Needs” to create dynamic reading stations in her kindergarten classroom.
Jill enjoys spending time with her husband Kyle and daughters Sydney and Elena hiking, biking, horse-back riding, and traveling. She is also an avid reader.
“Teaching kindergarten is something I am very passionate about – I love the eager students and getting them off to an exciting start in school. We learn A LOT in kindergarten – reading, writing, math, science … but ESPECIALLY how to get along with our friends at school, and to act as Jesus would want us to! I love teaching at Legacy because I can teach my students through a biblical worldview – in all areas: social, emotional, and academic.”
With Chris’ hire in 2014, LCA gained a highly valued international perspective on faith and relationships. Chris and his wife Becky lived and ministered in Bangkok, Thailand for over four years before returning to the U.S. This experience forever changed his views on faith, life, and ministry. At Legacy, Chris is able to put both his BS in English and his MA in Theological Studies/Pastoral Care to good use serving in his three areas of calling and greatest passion: ministry, students, and education.
“With more than twelve years of combined ministry and teaching experience, I am committed to long-term investment in the lives of students. Establishing trust and being about “conversations, not judgment; grace, not condemnation” together have led to some very powerful and life-changing conversations. It is a true privilege to be an eyewitness to God’s work in the lives of His people!”
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bethel University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College, MCCS/LCA was in good hands for 20 years under the leadership of Mr. John Delich, 1978-96. During his time as Chief Administrator at MCCS he also served on the National Board of ACSI from 1980-86. Not one to slow down, John currently serves as the Advancement Officer at University of Northwestern-St. Paul and has been on the LCA Board of Directors since August 2013.
John states that LCA is special because of “The effective work in educating young people through the lens of a biblical worldview. The administrative leaders and staff are committed to this way of training the students, and it is reflected in the way the students are committed to Christ.”
John and his wife Trudy reside in Andover. They have six children and eight grandchildren.
Lynda’s roots at Legacy are deeply rooted and the families that meet her through PreK and the admissions process immediately feel her passion for what happens within our walls. First as a student herself, then a parent, then an employee in 2005, Lynda has experiences that speak to almost every situation.
Under Lynda’s leadership the PreK program at Legacy has been voted “Best Preschool in Anoka County” two years in a row: 2014 and 2015. Also in 2014, Lynda and her colleague Kristin Zelin, were awarded a Grant for Teachers Needs from the Legacy Parent Association which allowed the PreK classroom to get an amazing new playhouse built in large part by Lynda’s husband Mark, also an MCCS/LCA graduate!
“I work at Legacy because I love God and I love people. As a teacher, my students may not remember everything I told them, but I want them to remember how I made them feel – loved! I always tell the families of my students that once they are a part of my program, they are always a part of my heart. As an Admissions Director, I want people to see that Legacy is different, that we are a family who truly love each other and want to honor God in all that we do. I want to invest time building relationships with people as we build the Legacy community – and God’s kingdom.”
A graduate of Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern-St. Paul) with a double major in Marriage and Family Psychology and Biblical & Theological Studies, Felicia has always loved working with children. She worked at a Child Development Center all through college and decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood shortly after graduation. Prior to joining the LCA PreK staff in 2015, Felicia spent eight years working as the Executive Project Manager at an Early Education Child Development Center in Plymouth, MN.
“I have experienced LCA as a parent and am just so passionate about what Legacy has to offer.”
Felicia and her husband Jon currently reside in Ramsey with their two children, Rilee and Merrick. She enjoys thrifting and crafting and is a gifted musician, sharing her talents through the worship team at Nowthen Alliance Church where her family worships.
Cheryl earned a double major in Elementary Education and K-6 Physical Education from Bethel University where she met her husband, Mike. They were married in 1984 and she began teaching at Legacy, then MCCS, shortly after their honeymoon. Cheryl continued her education, earning a Master’s in Education from St.Mary’s University.
Cheryl’s husband Mike and two daughters, Casey and Courtney are also in education and together they stay active running and playing. Cheryl has future aspirations to travel and see more of the world upon retirement.
“With God’s help, each day I desire to instruct and inspire students to find their identity in Christ first and foremost … and then discover their abilities and how those talents can give them purpose and opportunities here at Legacy. It is thrilling to see students excel and find their place in this community.”
Tirzah has been sharing her love of music with LCA students since 1988! Holding a BS in Vocal & Classroom Music Education from Northwestern College, Tirzah has a passion to serve God through the musical talents He has gifted her with.
Tirzah, a self proclaimed “Packer” fan and puppy lover, and her husband Joseph adopted two beautiful children, Daniel and Aduko, from Ghana, West Africa in 2011 to complete their family.
“At LCA, I desire to create an environment that encourages students to understand, appreciate, create, and perform music as an expression of worship to God.”
An alumni of MCCS/LCA, Miss Sarah Greteman-Leo came back to LCA to lead as she had been led. Holding an undergraduate degree in Chemisty and Molecular Biology from Bethel University, Sarah states “God has given me a passion for high school students and for science. God has blessed me with the opportunity to work at a place where I can fulfill both passions!”
Beyond the classroom Sarah loves sports, running, hiking, and pretty much any activity in the snow. In the summers she guides backpacking trips in British Columbia, and hopes to one day bring students on some wilderness adventures.
“Legacy has had an incredible impact on my life. While I attended here, it was a place where I was able to build a strong foundation in my faith and truly make it my own. The Bible classes and interactions with the faculty challenged me to ask tough questions and pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus. I am extremely grateful for the many faculty and staff who so clearly imitated Christ for me.”
Amy admits that as a student herself, math was her least favorite subject. However she embraced the gifts granted to her by God and went on to gain a degree in Math Education from Concordia University St. Paul. Upon her hire at LCA in 2014, Amy was pleased to find that not only was she fulfilling a need within the LCA community, but the LCA community turned out to also fill a need within herself to use that gift and serve those around her!
Amy resides in Zimmerman with her husband, Michael and their three children.
“It is my goal to live Christ’s grace and love for those around me. I seek to balance accountability and understanding as I teach my students. I want to help them learn to use the gifts God gives them to be the best version of themselves and continue to grow as His children.”
Sue received her undergraduate degree from UW Stout and went on to attain a Master’s in Education from St. Mary’s.
Since her hire in 1997 Sue has worn multiple hats: teaching, supporting, and now advancing the mission of our school. As both a parent and an employee, Sue has the unique ability to see our school and it’s mission from multiple perspectives.
Sue and her husband Mike have four children, (three of which are MCCS/LCA graduates), and three grandchildren.
“I believe in the mission of this school with all of my being and the absolute need for it in our society today. I am so grateful God has blessed me with this job … the opportunity to share my passion for LCA with others, and help build a connected community here.”
Toni studied Human Resources at the University of Minnesota and since her hire at LCA in 2000, she has worn many administrative support hats. In her current position as School Office Manager, Toni takes great pride in seeing that all 3,800 visitors that sign in at the front window throughout an average school year feel welcome and cared for.
Toni and her husband David have two children, Luke and Jillian, who both attended Legacy PreK-12th grade. As their youngest started college in Fall 2015, they are looking to enjoy more free time in their “empty nester” years!
“I love being a part of this school because we are all on the same mission – to further God’s kingdom and honor him in all that we do!”
Michelle was a student at Meadow Creek Christian School the first year it began as a 2nd grader and attended through 6th grade. Later in her educational career, while attending Northwestern College in Roseville, she completed some student teaching at Meadow Creek with Twyla Beyers. Michelle taught 2nd and 5th grade at Meadow Creek beginning in 1991. After she had their first child, she took a part-time job here in the Discovery Center until 2003, when she resigned to stay home with their children.
Michelle and her husband, David, have five children ranging in ages from 10 to 20 years old. Michelle has been substitute teaching at Legacy for the last several years, and is now very excited to have a classroom of her own.
Tom holds a degree in History and Social Studies Education from Bethel University where he also played collegiate football. Hired at LCA in 2014, Tom finds that it’s the relationships, specifically, the student relationships, that make LCA special.
“My purpose in life and at Legacy is to know God and make Him known. Whether it is through interactions with the students, teaching history, or conducting government conversations, in my daily conduct and conversations my heart’s desire is to make God known.”
Miss Emma Kelby comes to Legacy from The University of Northwestern-St. Paul with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Intercultural Studies. She was drawn to teach at Legacy because she desires to “educate students to equip them spiritually and academically for their future and for the glory of God.” Miss Kelby indicated that Legacy was “one of the most Christ-centered places I’ve ever encountered.”
Emma grew up on a lake in Spooner, WI with her parents and 2 siblings. Like all good Wisconsin natives, Emma is a die-hard Packer fan.
Sarah obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health from St. Cloud State University and studied Counseling and Student Personnel at Minnesota State University Mankato before finding a home in educational-based athletics.
Prior to joining the Lion Pride, Sarah embraced being a Washington Wildcat, Faribault Falcon, St. Cloud Husky and a Blake Bear! Being a part of each of those team identities has built a foundation for being both a team player and a team leader. Sarah believes strongly that involvement in activities outside the classroom enrich and balance the student experience.
Sarah is an active member at the YMCA enjoying time in the pool, on the bike, and around the track; completing her first SuperSprint Triathlon with the YWCA in August 2015. She shares her love of an active lifestyle with her husband Kyle, an avid hockey, broomball, tennis, and volleyball player. Their two young children are enrolled at Legacy and look forward to contributing to Legacy Lions teams in the future.
“My purpose is to teach others that they are gifted just as they were meant to be and that embracing their true self gives them the opportunity to be a strong leader. I hope to instill a sense of family and community on my teams by teaching that we all have unique perspectives on any given situation and that by striving to be empathetic with our teammates we build a strong sense of cohesiveness. Romans 12: 6 “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them …” Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
After graduating from both Crown College and Asbury University with BA’s in Elementary Education and from Azusa Pacific University with an MA in Education and Social Psychology, Merry began her teaching career in Ohio, then moved on to teach in Ecuador for three years at the boarding school her husband, Bruce, attended as a child of a missionary.
Merry has been teaching math and Bible at LCA since 1981. She says that one of the best aspects of teaching at Legacy is the PreK-12th grade experience and finds that because of this, Legacy is a true “family experience.” A family experience that her own family has been a part of as both her daughters Rachel ‘07 and Rebekah ‘09 are LCA grads.
“Teaching is my joy; not my job. I do this because the Lord has given me the gifts and abilities I need. I want to honor Him in all I say and do.”
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Joleen holds a BA in Education from Concordia University and an MA in Teaching & Learning from St. Mary’s University. She has specialized in teaching Integrated Language Arts to 5th and 6th grade students at LCA since 1998 and was recently honored with the Fox 9 Top Teacher of the Year Award for her efforts.
Joleen and her husband, Bob, have three adult children and one grandchild with their second expected in the Fall of 2015. Despite a busy work and family life, Joleen also finds time to be a contributing author to a Christian devotional group “Web Women Connect.”
“My goal each year is to encourage students to grow closer to the Lord Jesus and trust Him with all their hearts, soul, mind, and strength. It brings me great joy if they gain a new interest in reading and writing.”
Steve Larson was Legacy’s Interim President during the 2012-13 school year and is a Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial, and has been for the past 22 years.
Steve’s avocation for many years has been as hockey coach at many levels. Steve coached at Bethel University from 1982-1991. He was the boy’s coach at Blaine High School from 1995-2000 and he was the Assistant Coach with the Blaine girls team for four years after that. Steve is currently the Head Boy’s Hockey Coach at Legacy Christian Academy, a program he was asked to start in 2007.
A graduate of Meadow Creek Christian School and University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Kaia joined the staff of LCA at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. She comes to us with experience in event management and recognition and we think you’ll quickly recognize her as an active member of the LCA community.
Kaia is an avid sports fan, playing basketball and softball throughout high school and college. Thankfully, she continues to invest in these activities by coaching our young athletes!
“The Lord used this school to grow my faith. The faculty and staff here have made a significant impact on my life, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
Jodi is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist with a Bachelors of Science in Special Education from St Cloud State University. Since her first day at LCA in 1995, she often recalls God’s leading her to this work and the wonderful families she has had contact with over the years. A constant through her time at LCA has been praying for her students and watching them develop into the amazing people God intended them to be. Observing the students begin to accomplish things they never thought possible spurs her on to continue to reach out to other students as God brings them to her class.
Jodi and her husband Denis had the privilege of raising three children, all of which attended LCA PreK-Graduation. Jodi states that “the consistency in what was taught between home, church, and school gave our kids the confidence to enter their college years as strong and disciplined Christian adults.”
Since 2012, Paul has been blessing the hallways, classrooms, and workspaces with his genuineness and leadership. A Pastor educated at Bethany Global University, Paul’s mission in life is to build up every person he meets by helping them reach their goals in achieving a well rounded life.
Paul and his wife Juanita, are blessed to be parents to three grown children and grandparents to four grandchildren.
“Being a part of a community of people who are growing in their faith and walk with God makes LCA special to me. It is inspiring to see the growth in people and challenges me to pursue Him as well.”
Dr. Shawn Lohse
Rebecca holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of MN Duluth. She has been called by God to help students and has been doing so as a Guidance Counselor at LCA since 2005, helping students and families with college planning.
Rebecca and her husband Mike have two children, Levi and Naomi and currently reside in Coon Rapids. One day Rebecca aspires to “support families and children more directly. This might include doing some in-home work with them or by providing foster care or maybe working in an orphanage.”
Todd holds both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education, attending Crown College and St. Mary’s University after graduating from Meadow Creek Christian School, LCA’s predecessor. He has been teaching, coaching, and advising students since his hire in 1996, and in 2001 led the boys soccer team to a 4th place state tournament finish!
Beyond the PE classroom and the coaching field, Todd has a love of rock climbing and would love to develop and run an outdoor adventure class or camp. With four children of his own, Todd and his wife Stacey (’91) are always on some kind of adventure! Todd also owns and operates a seal coating business during the summer months.
“The Lord has blessed me with the ability to work with children of all ages. I have a desire for students to be active and have fun doing it! I love the wonderful connections that the elementary students can make with the high school students at LCA.”
A member of our teaching staff since 2011, Lisa holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s in Literacy Instruction from St. Mary’s University.
“I love working with children. They make me laugh and enjoy life. I try to make learning fun and meaningful for students. It is important for them to understand why they are learning what they are learning and how everything connects to God’s Word. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love my job!”
Seng’s heart for Jesus and for teaching students is evident daily in the halls of LCA, where she began teaching in 2014. Prior to her blessing our community, she was blessing communities in 12 other countries!
One of eight children and the first to graduate from high school and college, Seng’s degree in Socio-Cultural Studies & French from Bethel University “solidified the role of the Holy Spirit in my life and expanded my understanding of the Body of Christ to include all peoples, cultures, and nations.” Some of Seng’s favorite Bible stories include 2 Kings 5, Acts 16, and Acts 19-20.
Seng’s love of languages (she speaks five) and cultures led her to becoming a teacher for English Language Learners, providing opportunities to improve student abilities in reading, listening, speaking, and writing the English language.
Since his hire at LCA in 2008, Ben has been making a big impression on the lives of students teaching Bible, Economics and advising in Student Council.
A lifelong learner and libertarian, Ben hopes to continue his own education beyond his Bachelor’s in Christian Studies from North Greenville and his Master’s in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary to include degrees in Bioethics and Philosophy of Religion.
At LCA Ben feels “empowered to teach the best way I see fit in order to educate and equip my students to know, believe, explain, and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Ben is a K-12 alumni graduating in the class of 1992. On the receiving end of a Christian education himself, he is passionate about the biblical worldview that Legacy instills in its students. “It is an honor to be on the Board of a school that has so profoundly impacted my life personally.”
Ben has been a business owner for the last 20 years in the field of home building. He and his high school sweetheart, Rachel, raise their five children in Andover and attend Constance Free Church. They are thrilled to have their kids at Legacy and to be a part of this great community.
Jake has walked through the halls of LCA in every pair of shoes possible (student, teacher, coach, chaplain, parent, principal) so when he says that “LCA and its community is special because it is investing personally in each student in a way that helps them know and love God and be prepared to live life and influence culture,” you can trust he knows what he’s talking about.
When Jake graduated from MCCS in 1999 he headed to the University of Northwestern and attained undergraduate degrees in Social Studies Education and Bible before securing a Masters in Theological Studies. He has traveled to over 25 different countries leading mission trips, discipleship trips, or biblical history trips for high school students. In 2014 and 2015 he was honored by receiving Anoka County Shopper Reader’s Choice “Best Principal of the Year.”
“I exist to intentionally and passionately know and love God and help others do the same. I strive to live out and accomplish (what I believe to be) the three “greats” in life: The Greatest Accomplishment: To know and love God. The Greatest Lifestyle: To intentionally and passionately live like Christ. The Greatest Legacy: To live in light of eternity. It is an honor to partner with parents in their journey to educate and disciple their children.”
Dan holds a BA in History and Secondary Education from Bethel University where he also earned his Master’s degree. A teacher of World History at LCA since 1995, Dan indicates that “God gave me a passion for teaching and inspiring students to be what God has created them to be.”
When not in the classroom you’ll most likely see Dan with his wife Ruth and at least one of his four children, whom all attend LCA. The exception is spring time in Minnesota where you’ll find him out on the golf course coaching the three-time state championship Lions Girls Golf team.
“Legacy has provided me with the opportunity to not only challenge my students intellectually, but also spiritually. I enjoy being able to speak the Truth about God’s unconditional love to students during very formative years.”
Prior to joining the Business Office staff at LCA in 2015, Danielle has served as a parent volunteer on the Elementary Yearbook staff and the School Staging Committee of the Legacy Parent Association. She holds an AAS degree in Accounting & Business Administration from MN School of Business and spent 18 years as a credit analyst with Viking Electric, where her husband Jim is currently employed. Together they have one daughter, Hailey, currently enrolled at LCA and enjoy spending time as a family with Jim’s two older children, Ashley and Brandon, camping and vacationing.
Danielle shares that “Psalm 24:21, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all it’s people belong to him.’ is a great reminder to her that who we are, what we do, and what we have all belong to the Lord.”
Lorie has been teaching young hearts since she graduated from University of Northwestern with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 1987. The Lord led her immediately to LCA (Meadow Creek Christian School) where she taught 3rd grade until she moved to Rapid City with her husband John in 1993. She spent a few years in a 4th grade classroom there and then some time at home with her three children before the family moved back to Andover in 2007 and she resumed teaching at LCA, this time as a 4th grade teacher.
John and Lorie feel blessed that all three of their children (Anna ‘15, Josh ‘17, and Christina ‘19) are growing up as members of the LCA family, making lifelong friends, all with a biblical worldview.
“I love teaching! It is that simple. I enjoy finding new ways to teach concepts to my kids and I love getting to know each student and how they learn best. I like challenging the kids and seeing the “light bulb” go off when they understand a new concept. I love teaching them about God and watching their faith grow.”
Joel holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from University of Northwestern and a Master’s in Educational Administration from St. Mary’s. Prior to joining the LCA Administration in 2012, he taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the White Bear Lake School District for 10 years, earning Teacher of the Year Finalist honors 2009-2011. As the Elementary Principal at LCA, it is Joel’s passion to help students and families experience learning surrounded by the wisdom and love that only comes from Jesus Christ.
Joel’s family of girls, wife Mandy and four daughters, Salomae, Brielle, Elliana and Audrey, receives the honor of selecting from over 250 board games in Joel’s collection on family game night and most likely contributed to his earning the “Most ties worn in a school year” award in 2015. His future aspirations include using the gifts and talents he has been blessed with to be the best husband and loving father to them that he can be while being a humble and servant leader.
“I love LCA because the staff, teachers, students, parents, and grandparents come together as a family. When there is a feeling that you are safe and loved, the learning that can take place is a wonderful experience.”
With an undergraduate degree from the University of Northwestern in Elementary Education, Amanda taught Kindergarten and Early Childhood in St. Paul before becoming a licensed home childcare provider. With her youngest almost ready for school, the launching of the PreK 3-year old program at LCA in 2014 was the perfect opportunity to transition back into the classroom.
Beginning with the 2015 school year, Amanda and her husband Joel, Elementary Principal at LCA, will have all four of their daughters enrolled at LCA.
“God has used my own children to help me learn more about a ‘childlike’ faith. What a privilege to teach the youngest in the school! The joy, hope, and wonder are such good reminders for me.”
Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Bethel University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education & Middle Level Language Arts and Communication, Mrs. Rachel Nyrgren joined the LCA staff in 2016. “I do my best to love on God’s unique and special children by teaching them how to interact and ultimately change the world we live in for the furthering of his kingdom. I do it by God’s Grace alone.”
Mrs. Nygren grew up in a family of 6 with two dogs, was married in October 2016 and looks forward to being a godly wife and mother.
Merry Joy Olson
Merry Joy has been caring for LCA students through the Anoka Hennepin School District since 2012. She holds a BSN from Bethel University, is working on her Masters from Columbia University and also holds an Oncology Certification. She has been the recipient of the Star Award from both the Oncology Nurses Society and Epiphany Catholic School.
Merry Joy and her husband Chad have moved eight times during their marriage, living in four states before settling in Minnesota. All three of their children are currently enrolled at LCA and without any family in the area, the Legacy community has made Minnesota home for them.
“School nursing is very different than my other areas of nursing. I love the students and the energy they bring to my day. I try to provide care to the students through patience and empathy. I also enjoy being able to pray with students when they are not feeling well, are having a tough day, or they want to share a praise. This is a connection like none other that I have experienced in my career.”
In 2008, Teri joined the Business Office staff at Legacy and is often the person you’ll talk to first about tuition payments. She loves working with the families of Legacy and enjoys seeing the kids grow up to make their faith their own. She feels blessed by the leadership at Legacy and says “There is not a day that goes by that I would want to be working anywhere else.”
Lynne’s talent is all over the grid at LCA. She holds a Bachelor’s in PE & Health from U of MN-Moorhead and is a Certified Educational Therapist. Currently she instructs PreAlgebra, 7th and 8th grade Health, Academic Toolbox, and Learning Labs.
Lynne has also experienced the parent side of our community, alongside her husband Ken, as all four of their children attended MCCS/LCA from PreK-Graduation. Lynne loves that at LCA “We can pray, openly worship, and discuss life’s situations from God’s perspective. The students are terrific. I love how the older students have the opportunity to mentor younger students.”
Along with her love of children and being around them, Lynne also loves to bake, read, and quilt.
Lori has been sharing God’s promises and love with MCCS/LCA students since 2007. She enjoys “working with kids of all ages and encouraging them to grow deeper in their faith.” Lori has both the challenge and blessing of supervising LCA students during their down time of lunch and after school as the Adventures 4 Kids Director.
She says that “watching and experiencing God’s work and love through the students, administration, and staff is what makes LCA special” and why she and her husband chose to have both their sons attend LCA from PreK through graduation.
Mrs. Doris Ratcliff rejoined the Legacy faculty in 2016 after taking a 6-year break to own and operate a Spanish Immersion daycare. We are thrilled to have her back in the classroom! Mrs. Ratcliff obtained her undergraduate degree in Kindergarten Instruction from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and then completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at Bethel University. She has future aspirations to take her students to see one of the seven wonders of the universe, Machu Picchu, in Peru and bring the Word of God to those in need in South America.
“I truly believe that I was born to be a teacher and to be an instrument that God would use to touch and change lives. This is why I put all my knowledge, faith, and passion in my teaching, especially when it means to share my language and culture which is engraved in my heart and soul.”
Composing music since the age of 6, Rolly’s been putting his talents to use in furthering God’s kingdom at MCCS/LCA since 1992. He holds a BS in Music Education from Bethel University and is pursuing a Master’s in Music & Worship from Liberty University online.
Rolly and his wife Leah have nine children, of which four have graduated from MCCS/LCA and five are currently attending. A household of volleyball players, Rolly had the unique opportunity to coach alongside his wife and two of his daughters when he was hired as Head Volleyball Coach in the Fall of 2015 (his second time at the helm of the Saints/Lions program).
It’s not by accident that Rolly has invested so deeply at Legacy. He states, “The environment (at LCA) provides a great opportunity for students and faculty alike to grow in their faith, to be challenged, and to be encouraged. Legacy provides an atmosphere that brings awareness to who Jesus is – ever present in our lives.”
Chris is a parent to three MCCS/LCA graduates and feels blessed to be an “in-school mom” for all the students who need comfort throughout the day by binding wounds, taking temps, administering ice packs, and most importantly, giving hugs. Chris is aptly qualified for the role as she holds a Director of Christian Education Certification from Concordia University, is CPR/First Aid certified, and studied Psychology and English at North Central College in Illinois.
Chris has a love of all God’s creatures on land, sea, and air, which her husband of 30 years can attest to!
“LCA is special to me because I have the ability to work in an environment where Christ is LORD, where my co-workers and I can drop everything to pray, I can worship the LORD with and while I work, and where the biblical worldview is the norm.”
Jody has been teaching science at LCA since 1984 and holds a Bachelor’s in Science Education from Bob Jones University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from St. Cloud State University.
Jody loves that at LCA she is able to teach science from a biblical worldview and help the students see the wonders of God’s creation. Another blessing is being able to work in a faith-based community with brothers and sisters in Christ.
Since graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in 1993, Jason Sharp has devoted his life’s work to the calling placed on his heart at the age of 18, to passionately serve God through the ministry of Christian radio. Jason and his family followed that call in 2007 when they relocated from Tennessee to Minnesota, to be a part of the Northwestern family. Jason currently serves as Station Manager of 98.5 KTIS in the Twin Cities.
Jason and his wife Julie have been married for 18 years and they have two children, Haley and Carson, both students at Legacy Christian Academy. They make their home in Andover and attend Constance Evangelical Free Church.
Stacey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Winona State University, but found a home as LCA’s Media Center Director in 2006 and is affectionately known as Mrs. S by the students she reads to.
Stacey credits LCA for teaching her family, husband Eric and daughters Mari and Lindsey, how to see the world through a biblical worldview.
Stacey has a love for the Minnesota State Fair and Anoka County Fair and can claim award winning danish cakes, cookies, and fudge.
With a Bachelor’s in Biblical Literature and a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis on School Counseling, Joey is the perfect fit for Spiritual Life Coordinator at LCA. As the son of missionary parents growing up in Romania and Turkey, Joey subscribes wholeheartedly to our leadership’s commitment to teaching a biblical worldview and to enriching the whole person, spirit, soul, and body.
Joey and his wife Nicole are joyfully raising their 2-year old daughter Ruby and 6-month old son Levi, with aspirations to continually expand their family.
“I live to extend the glory of God in the the nations of the earth, and I want to raise up young people to carry God’s Truth to their generation. Through the process of discovering the beauty of Christ in His Word, I have a special opportunity, as their Bible teacher, to impact students to know and love God wholeheartedly.”
Miss Janna Thorsen holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsements in Math, Social Studies, and ELA from University of Sioux Falls.
As an avid traveler, visiting 49 states and 15 countries, Miss Thorsen has aspirations to travel to Alaska and Norway. “Being open and willing to follow God’s leading – I don’t know what that looks like, but I know it will continue to be an adventure.”
“In my short time at LCA, I have already come to appreciate the community that exists amongst the staff, with the families, and amongst the students. I have watched students take the lead in praying for others, working hard to meet goals, and greet me each morning with a smile.”
Mike joined the LCA staff in 2014 after spending 13 years in a similar role at Minnehaha Academy. He loves that LCA is a unique environment that places a priority on Christ-centered relationships.
His educational path includes a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Bethel College, a Master’s in Theology from Bethel Seminary and a Master’s in Information Media/Instructional Technology from St. Cloud State University. Mike states, “I love to work with both students and staff in the area of technology. For many people, there seems to be some anxiety that is always associated with it, and I like to figure out ways to take that away!”
An avid sports fan, Mike’s wife Meredith is understanding of the time spent on the golf course playing and coaching during the short window allowed by Minnesota weather!
Kristy holds an undergraduate degree in English & Theater from Auburn University and a Master’s in Education from St. Mary’s University. She has been an English teacher and Theater Director for LCA since 2003 and is passionate about her work seeing God’s creativity and handiwork in both.
Prior to her position at LCA, Kristy taught English at Greater Atlanta Christian School, earning Coach of the Year honors for coaching two Academic Teams to State Championships and was nominated twice for Teacher of the Year.
“I have read Little Women 35 times; Pride and Prejudice 12 times; Shakespeare’s Hamlet 10 times; The Grapes of Wrath 10 times; A Separate Peace 10 times; The Hobbit 10 times. To me, good literature is like an old friend; you want to revisit as often as you can.”
Kristin earned her undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries and Elementary Education with Pre-Primary Emphasis from University of Northwestern and Crown College. Growing up in the area, she aspired to teach at MCCS/LCA someday and God granted that opportunity in 2012 when she was hired to teach the 5-day PreK program. In 2014, she partnered with her colleague, Lynda Domino and was awarded a Grant for Teachers Needs from the Legacy Parent Association which allowed the PreK classroom to get an amazing new playhouse for imaginative play. Also, during the years she taught, the PreK program at Legacy was voted “Best Preschool in Anoka County” two years in a row – 2014 and 2015.
Kristin and her husband Christian, share their love of Christ not only with the young families at LCA, but with their own young family of three beautiful daughters, Abigail, Annabelle, and Adelynn.
“I could not ask for better families and staff to share life with! The Legacy community is definitely a family that truly gives their all for each other! I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach and serve here. I pray that my students and their families come to know Jesus’ love personally.”
Kim graduated from Crown College with her Elementary Teaching Degree and completed her Masters in Reading and Curriculum Instruction from Concordia College. She has been on staff at LCA since 2008 and having three children of her own, she understands how important children are to their own families and wants to partner with parents so that each student will learn and thrive in her classroom!
“I am confident that God has brought us to this time and this place to work together in the life of your child.”