The Covenant Christian Staff
Mr. Phil Lundquist is in his eighth year as principal of CCS and has over 20 years leading in education. He attended Moody Bible Institute majoring in Communications and graduated from Loyola University with a B.A. in English. Post-graduate studies include Master’s degrees in Special Education from Northern Illinois University and Educational Leadership from Aurora University, and the recent completion of the VanLunen Fellowship in Executive Leadership program at Calvin University. Mr. Lundquist is married to CCS Kindergarten teacher, Stella Lundquist, and they have two wonderful children, Nicholas and Christina. His life’s verse is Galatians 2:20 which speaks of new life in Christ, lived out by faith God who unconditionally loves each one of us and gave His own self for us. Through Christ’s calling and grace, we are blessed to advance His kingdom by providing access to an excellent Christ-centered education at CCS. Mr. Lundquist’s passion is to see each child encounter a life transforming relationship with their Creator in their time at CCS and to inspire them to go on to fulfill their life’s destiny as God’s beloved sons and daughters.
Mrs. Stella Lundquist was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She earned an Associates in Bible from the Greek Bible Institute, a Certificate in English from Cambridge England, and a B.A. in French from the French Academy of Athens. She moved to the United States in 1989 and met her husband at Moody Bible Institute a few years later where she studied Communications. After working for several years at Greek schools and Parkview Christian Academy, she joined Covenant Christian School. She has two children: one is an 8th grade alumnus of CCS and the other is a Wheaton Academy graduate. Her passion for Christ, dedication and enthusiasm are a few characteristics of her teaching style.
5TH & 6TH GRADE TEACHER
Mrs. Alyce Bakker has been teaching for over 20 years. She taught at Calvary Christian School for 16 years and the public school for 1 year. She has experience in both traditional education and special education. She has an Associates of Science, with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and has an endorsement as a Learning Behavioral Specialist (LBS1). Alyce has completed classwork for her certification as an Autism Specialist and her international certification to teach English as a second language. She is excited that God has led her to join the team of teachers at Covenant Christian School. Mrs. Bakker is married to Geart; the two met while missionaries to the Netherlands. They have 7 grown children, 2 grandsons, and over the years have fostered 73 children. All of her children attended Christian Schools K-12. She looks forward each year to teaching and sharing Christ’s love with her students.
A.M. EXTENDED CARE and SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
Mr. Clifford Hoper is a volunteer retired pastor who loves the Lord and has a heart to serve our youth through the school.
Mrs. Kathy Thomas became born-again in July of 1972. After working at a secular job for about a year, and feeling the need to spend more time with her children, Mrs. Thomas began working at CCS. She has been at CCS for over 25 years.
PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN MUSIC TEACHER
Mrs. Peterson has been in Early Childhood Education for over 25 years.
Her first job in education was at CCS as a preschool aide in the morning and teaching music with Kindergarten-6th grade students in the afternoon.
She came to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior just a year after her wedding day, and became involved in children’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church here in Aurora where she taught Sunday School and directed two Children’s Choirs. ‘We had the privilege at that time to do Christmas and Easter at the ParamountArt Center. I was part of the adult choir, sang solo and led the children in the worship of our Savior. I told the children that when they were up front singing, That they were ministers of Jesus, leading God’s people in His worship and praise!”
While she was whittling away on a degree in Early Childhood Ed, Mrs Peterson with great joy also taught at Aurora Christian Preschool for 5 years, at Ginger Care Christian Academy as a lead teacher in the 4yr old department and Christmas program director, and finally at Parkview Christian Academy where she had the privilege to teach kindergarten and prepare students for the annual Christmas concert.
‘Being in so many different learning environments has exposed me to many different curricula…I am always thinking…What parts…. would be best for this student in front of me?’
Mrs. Peterson is glad to be back at CCS where it all began! She is the mother of 6 sons, the grandmother of 11 and happily married and empty nesting with her husband, Dan for over 45 years.
3RD & 4TH GRADE TEACHER
Mrs. Pam Hapner went forward in an evening service at age 17, and at the prompting of the Holy Spirit she committed her life to becoming a Christian School teacher. Upon graduating High School, Pam went to Crown Point, Indiana, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Hyles-Anderson Bible College. She has taught for over 25 years, with most of those years being at Covenant Christian School. She has taught English and Phonics to teachers in a missionary school during a missionary trip to India. God continues to guide her steps to His work that He wants to complete in and through her at Covenant Christian School.
“Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work in us. to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)
7TH & 8TH GRADE TEACHER
Mrs. Beth Matson has a BA in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University with a minor in both English and history. Throughout her 20 year career, she has taught in both public and private schools teaching preschool through junior high. In the late 90’s, Beth worked as the director of a local Christian school, preschool-4th grade. She enjoys working with students of all ages and is continuously seeking out new ways to improve instruction with a passion for Christian education and a commitment to optimizing student and school success. Beth is in her 4th year at Covenant Christian School and her second full year of teaching 7thand 8th grade.
Beth is married to Tom and together they have 3 daughters ages 9-27. Beth and her husband have been in ministry together for over 15 years ministering to those in need at the Lazarus House, facilitating a prayer and worship based ministry and desiring to see the fulfillment of John 17:21.
Mrs. Matson enjoys being outdoors and gazing at the beauty of God’s glorious creation! Whether it is going on a scenic walk or a hike up the Rocky Mountains or enjoying a baseball game on a warm summer’s night, she is relaxed and happy. Mrs. Matson also enjoys cooking with her two older daughters, reading, listening to music, and spending with family.
Mrs. Justine Hasulube began teaching music and band at CCS in the fall of 2007. She taught for 6 years at CCS and returned to start her 7th year in music and band the fall of 2014. Raised in North Dakota and Minnesota by her father (a retired Lutheran minister) and her mother, she is one of 5 children. From the age of 3 and on she began singing in ensembles, choirs, duets, trios, quartets, and was frequently a soloist. She began leading children’s choir at her church when she was in Junior High. She also plays the piano and flute. Mrs. Hasulube was a music major for 2 years at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and then obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in December 1995. She continues to work in Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention on her non-teaching days. She has led the children’s choir for the previous Huntley Brown concerts and Tommy Walker concert and has taken members of the CCS choir to perform at various churches, annual performance events, and the Wayside Cross fundraiser event. She has trained and taken Junior High CCS students to the annual ACSI Music Festival as well. Mrs. Hasulube also sings and plays keyboard for the worship team at her church. She is married and has 6 children, 5 of whom attended CCS. Mrs. Hasulube shared that Christ is her all in all and is everything to her. She stated that Christ has met her every need and gives her strength and wisdom for each new day and circumstance. Without Christ, she stated she can do nothing. Everything good that happens is because of His grace. She is excited to teach at CCS and to be part of what the Lord has planned for this precious school!
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Kruit is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Professionally, she has taught in both public and private schools. She is thrilled to be a part of Covenant Christian School where educating children is more than a responsibility or profession—it is her vocation. She looks forward to working with your precious children and encouraging their success at their individual levels. She counts it a privilege to educate the students from a Christian worldview and build God’s kingdom.
Mrs. Kruit grew up in the Chicagoland area. She met her husband while in high school. They have been married for 35 years and have 5 beautiful daughters and one son in law. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, traveling and playing soccer.
Our challenges do not define us, our actions do! How do you live your life when nobody is watching?