Mr. Russ Gifford, Interim Troy Campus Administrator
Mr. Gifford 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.
Mrs. Melissa Smith, Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Cedarville University and has teaching experience as an Intervention Specialist. Mrs. Smith resides in Middlefield with her husband and four children. She joined Agape during the 2022-2023 school year.
Mrs. Jeni Najjar, Sixth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Najjar holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University after attending The Moody Bible Institute for two years. She earned her teaching certification for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade and taught Third Grade and Fourth Grade at Berkshire Elementary before staying home to raise her family. Mrs. Najjar resides in Huntsburg with her husband Rick and children Callie, Nathaniel and Cooper. She joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year.
Mrs. Mary Carr, Middle/High School Teacher
Mrs. Carr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Masters of Education in Reading and Literacy with a Reading Endorsement from Baldwin Wallace College. She holds a Teaching License in History Grades 7 thru 12. Mrs. Carr and her husband Mike reside in Sagamore Hills. She joined Agape for the 2011-2012 school year.
Mrs. Renee Christy, Middle School Teacher
Mrs. Christy holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Youngstown State University. During her more than 20 years in the classroom she has taught in public and Christian schools, in Ohio and Texas and has taught a variety of grades from Kindergarten through High School and a variety of subjects including English Language Arts, Bible, Science, Math, Social Studies and even Spanish. She joined Agape for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mr. Will Coley, College & Career Counselor
Mr. Coley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master of Arts in Religion both from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Senior Pastor for Parkman Congregational Church and brings 10 years of experience in counseling. He resides in Parkman with his wife and two children and joined Agape for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mrs. Jessalee Detweiler
Middle/High School Science Teacher
Mrs. Detweiler holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Grove City College. She served as a Research Assistant in the Department of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University and also served as a High School Chemistry tutor. Mrs. Detweiler resides in Burton with her family and joined Agape for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mr. Roger Murillo, Math Teacher
Mr. Murillo brings more than 30 years of education experience serving as a teacher and as a Christian school Administrator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific University. Mr. Murillo resides in Girard joined Agape for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mrs. Rebekah Page, Math Teacher
Mrs. Page holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education with a Gifted-Talented Endorsement from Conway University in South Carolina. She has also earned her national board certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics for ages 11-15. She has been teaching math in the South Carolina schools since 2005. Mrs. Page, her husband and three children will be relocating to Geauga County. She joined Agape for the 2023-2024 school year.
Miss Brenna Rupe, Middle School Teacher
Miss Rupe holds a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Science and Social Studies Education from Grove City College. Miss Rupe first joined Agape for the 2020-2021 school year before serving at Heart Light Ministries in Texas for the past year.
Miss Callie Schaden, Spanish & English Teacher
Miss Schaden graduated from Agape and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Cedarville University along with a minor in Bible. While at Cedarville she studied abroad for one semester in Valencia, Spain. Her experience includes serving at Love & Hope Children’s Home in El Salvador as a summer volunteer and serving as a Camp Counselor at Camp Asbury leading groups of Middle and Junior High Students. Miss Schaden joined Agape for the 2023-2024 school year and resides in Huntsburg.
Mr. Brian Westover,
Middle School Bible Teacher
Mr. Westover holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries. He serves as the pastor of North East Community Church in Burton Ohio. Mr. Westover resides in West Farmington with his wife April and their two sons. Mr. Westover joined Agape for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mr. Kevin Wilmot,
Campus Chaplain & Bible 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. He resides in Claridon with his wife Kelly and their five children.
Mrs. Sarah Zajac MT-BC, NMT, High School English Teacher
Mrs. Zajac earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Baldwin-Wallace University. In 2017 she completed specialized recognition in Neurologic Music Therapy. As founder of her private practice, she has provided music therapy services throughout Northeast Ohio for fourteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Zajac reside in Middlefield with their four children Abigail, Michael Jr., Gideon, and Judah. She joined Agape for the 2022-2023 school year.
Mrs. Lytle Dally, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Dally holds an Associate of Science degree from Lakeland Community College, and an Associate of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute. She worked as a professional pastry chef before staying at home to raise her family. Mrs. Dally resides in Newbury with her husband Joe and their two children. Mrs. Dally joined Agape during the 2022-2023 school year.
Mrs. Alina Gates, Tutor and Aide
Mrs. Gates is a senior at Miami University completing her Bachelor of Arts in English. She has taken courses in teaching and education and has served in the classroom as a paraprofessional and childcare worker. She joined the Agape team for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mrs. Esther Geletka, Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Geletka holds a degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters in Reading from Kent State University. She specializes in students who process information differently or are on the Dyslexia spectrum and in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Mrs. Geletka joined Agape in 2005.
Mrs. Ellen Kinney, Art Teacher
Mrs. Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Photographic Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University and a teaching license in Visual Art PreK-12. Mrs. Kinney has taught art to children from preschool through high school in a variety of settings, which include public and private schools, a summer camp, an art center, a homeless shelter, and an art museum. She resides in Munson with her husband and their two boys and joined Agape for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mrs. Bethany Majetich, Music Teacher
Mrs. Majetich holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Oral Roberts University. During her career she taught music in a Christian school with more than 200 students, served as music director for churches, and served the Lord as a missionary. At Agape, Mrs. Majetich teaches music class and produces the school’s Elementary Christmas program and the end of the school year program’s Middle School and High School performances. She resides in Burton with her husband Bob. Mrs. Majetich has been with Agape since the 2005-2006 school year.
Mrs. Terri Mencarini, Tutor
Mrs. Mencarini graduated from WVU earning a Bachelor of Science in English and Physical Education. After several years in secondary education, she decided that elementary education was where she belonged. She was able to experience teaching 3rd – 6th grade classes at Cedar Hill Christian School and Northfield Baptist Christian School for 13 years. She went on to be the Administrator at Northfield Baptist Christian School for 19 years after completion of Bob Jones Administrative courses. She joined the Agape team for the 2019-2020 school year. She is an active member of Liberty Valley Church in Northfield and is blessed with two adult children.
Mrs. Sharie Rengers, Tutor
Mrs. Rengers earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Clarion in Pennsylvania with a concentration in English and has experience teaching in a public school in Texas, at Geauga Christian School and as a lead teacher at Redeemer Lutheran Church Preschool. She has been a home educator for her children for 24 years She and her husband reside in Chagrin Falls. Mrs. Rengers joined Agape for the 2018-2019 school year.
Mrs. Sarah Shesko, Athletics Director
Mrs. Shesko earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Walden University majoring in Human Resource. She also holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Kent State. Mrs. Shesko resides in West Farmington with her husband Matt and her son Matthew. She joined Agape for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mr. Alan Skeen, Bus Driver
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