Faculty

Hiring Godly, qualified teachers and administrators is crucial to fulfilling our mission as a school.  Our staff must exemplify the highest Christian character as they reflect Christ’s love and encourage each child’s own obedient response to God.  Our staff meets the educational requirements as established by the State of Ohio and are licensed to teach in their area.
Mrs. Susan Gifford, Academy President
Mrs. Gifford has been serving as the Administrator for the school since its opening in the 2005-2006 school year. She brings more than 20 years of business experience to her position. Mrs. Gifford holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s from Cleveland State University and has completed coursework in Early Childhood Education at Lakeland Community College. Mrs. Gifford, her husband Russ, and daughter Emily live in Orwell.
Mr. Russ Gifford, Troy Campus Administrator
Mr. Gifford has been serving as administrator of the Troy Campus Middle School/High School since its opening in the 2010-2011 school year. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from Heidelberg College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Gifford serves as board chair and is husband to our Academy President Mrs. Gifford. They reside in Orwell with their daughter Emily.
 

Mrs. Beth Lockitski, Three/Four Preschool Teacher

 

Mrs. Lockitski holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Akron.  She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2016-2017 school year bringing eight years of elementary teaching experience along with 16 years of experience as Director of Christian Education and Program Development for Chardon United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Lockitski resides in Munson.

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, Four/Five Preschool Teacher
 
Mrs. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Mount Union College and holds a Preschool through Third Grade teaching license with a Reading Endorsement for Preschool through Twelfth. She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2014-2015 school year bringing experience as a Kindergarten teacher and Reading Intervention Tutor. Mrs. Miller resides in Burton with her husband Caleb, sons Oliver and Sawyer and daughter Lucy.
Mrs. Havilah Southern, Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Southern has been with Agape since our first school year in 2005-2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. Prior to joining Agape, she was a teacher at Head Start. Mrs. Southern, her husband Mike, and sons Elijah, Abram, Aaron and Caleb reside in West Farmington.
  Mrs. Amy Taddeo, Kindergarten Teacher 

a.taddeo@agapeca.com

 

Mrs. Taddeo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Lake Erie College with a teaching license for First through Eighth Grade with a concentration in reading.  Mrs. Taddeo, her husband Al and daughters Isabella and Maddy reside in Chardon.  Mrs. Taddeo joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

 

Miss Michelle Trask, First Grade Teacher

m.trask@agapeca.com

Miss Trask earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Malone University with a teaching license for Preschool through Third Grade. After graduating from Malone, she spent time on the mission field teaching English in Honduras and has also served as a teacher in Quito Ecuador in a First and Sixth Grade Classroom. Miss Trask joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Mrs. Clarissa Dearth, Second Grade Teacher
 
Mrs. Dearth holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania and an Association of Christian Schools teaching certificate. She brings more than 10 years of Christian School teaching experience to Agape. Mrs. Dearth, her husband Ken and daughters Dakota and Makayla reside in Middlefield. Mrs. Dearth joined Agape for the 2011-2012 school year.
Miss Kalyn Ward, Second Grade Teacher k.ward@agapeca.com

 

Miss Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mount Union with a major in Early Childhood Education and minors in Intervention Specialist and Psychology. Her teaching license is in Early Childhood Education.  Miss Ward resides in Huntsburg and joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

Miss April Lynch, Third Grade Teacher
 
Mrs. AnnMarie Phillips, Third Grade Teacher
 
Mrs. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Reading Specialization from Kent State University. She holds a teaching license for Grades First through Eighth with a Reading Endorsement for Kindergarten through Twelfth. She brings 20 years of experience teaching at multiple grade levels in a variety of school districts including Ohio Virtual Academy and serving as Reading Coach for the Trumbull County Educational Service Center. Mrs. Phillips resides in West Farmington with her husband Tim and sons Joshua and Zachary. Mrs. Phillips joined Agape for the 2012-2013 school year.
Mr. Larry Domokos, Fourth Grade Teacher

l.domokos@agapeca.com

 

Mr. Domokos holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Faith Baptist Bible College and a Master of Arts in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Bob Jones University. He brings 36 years of Christian school teaching experience from Northfield Baptist Christian School. Mr. Domokos resides in Middlefield. He joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year. 

 
Mrs. Martha Hach, Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Mrs. Martha Hach earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University with a minor in English. She also holds a Master’s in Education with an Elementary/Reading focus and a Writing Instruction Certificate from Clemson University. Mrs. Hach taught Fifth Grade at Agape for the 2013-2014 school year and is returning for the 2016-2017 school year.  She resides in Middlefield with her husband Emil and son Konstantine.

 

Mrs. Mary Carr,
Sixth Grade Teacher 
 
Mrs. Carr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Masters of Education in Kindergarten thru 12 Reading Endorsement from Baldwin Wallace College. She holds a Teaching License in History Grades 6 thru 12 and Language Arts for Grades 4 thru 9. She has also been involved with extracurricular activities such as chess club, student leadership and yearbook, and has served as faculty advisor for technology. Mrs. Carr and her husband Mike reside in Sagamore Hills.She joined Agape for the 2011-2012 school year.
Mrs. Jeni Najjar,

Fifth/Sixth Grade Bible Teacher

j.najjar@agapeca.com

 

Mrs. Lorna Chavez,

Middle School Language Arts and Spanish Teacher
 
Mrs. Chavez attended Grove City College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Spanish. She holds a Grade 1 thru 8 teaching license, and Association of Christian Schools International Educator’s Certificate and a State of Ohio Non-tax Supported School Certificate. Mrs. Chavez brings 25 years of teaching experience to Agape all of which was at Warren Christian School where she taught Middle School Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish, High School Spanish and Bible. Mrs. Chavez and her family reside in Southington. Mrs. Chavez has been with Agape since the 2010-2011 school year.
Mr. Dan Itschner,

Middle/High School
Guidance Counselor
 
Mr. Itschner holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Administration and Counseling from Kent State University. He brings over 30 years of educational experience with the Berkshire School District where he served as a teacher, principal and counselor. He also served at Geauga Christian School prior to his college graduation. Mr. Itschner and his wife Mim reside in Burton.  Mr. Itschner has been with Agape since the 2012-2013 school year.
Mr. John Lookabaugh,
Social Studies, Geography & Personal Finance Teacher
 
Mr. Lookabaugh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. He also holds a Masters of Education from Kent State University. Before joining Agape he and his wife taught at Sojourn Christian Academy, a missionary school in Costa Rica. Mr. Lookabaugh, his wife Katy, their two daughters Lydia and Abijah, and their son Levi reside in Mantua. Mr. Lookabaugh has been with Agape since the 2009-2010 school year.
Mrs. Mandi Matchinga,

Intervention Specialist

m.matchinga@agapeca.com

Mrs. Matchinga holds a Bachelors of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education from Capital University and she holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2014-2015 school year bringing more than 10 years of teaching experience. She resides in Middlefield with her husband Mike, son David and daughter Riley.

 

Mrs. Susan Rice,
Middle/High School Math Teacher
 
Mrs. Rice brings nearly 25 years of teaching experience to Agape. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physics and earned a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Kent State University. She most recently taught Math for Grades Seven through Twelve and worked as a Special Education Teacher/Tutor for Grades Three through Twelve. She resides in Newbury and joined Agape for the 2013-2014 school year.
 
Miss Ashley Ronschke,
Middle/High School Math & Science Teacher
 
Miss Ronschke holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University with a major in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4 thru 9) with concentrations in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and a Generalist with a Reading Endorsement. Miss Ronschke resides with her family in Chardon and has been with Agape since the 2012-2013 school year.  She also serves as Volleyball Coach.
Miss Anna Schoenwald,
High School English & Speech Teacher
 
Miss Schoenwald earned her Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts Education from Cedarville University with Minors in Bible and Editing and Publishing. She has served as a Reading Teacher in the Memphis Teacher Residency Camp in Tennessee and as a Counselor in Antalya, Turkey mentoring Middle School Girds. While at Cedarville, Miss Schoenwald was captain of the JV Soccer Team and Vice President of the Language Arts Education Organization. Miss Schoenwald joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year and resides in Chardon with her family.
 
Mr. Kevin Wilmot,
Middle/High School
Bible & Science Teacher
 
Mr. Wilmot is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. He holds a Bachelors in Education with a Major in Bible.  He also earned a Bachelors in Physics and a Bachelors in Religious Studies from Cleveland State University. He joined Agape as a Student Teacher in the Fall of 2014 before graduating and now teaches Bible and Science. He resides in Burton with his wife Kelly and three small children.