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The Covenant Christian Staff

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Dr. Nina Bissett

PRINCIPAL

Please help us in welcoming this year’s new principal Dr. Nina Bissett.

Dr. Bissett has served at Covenant Christian School as both a teacher and administrator with experience as a program director and therapist through the National Institute of Learning Differences. The Lord has given her an intrinsic desire to introduce and bring God’s youth to Himself and to train adults in leading young people to serve others and worship the King of Glory. She holds a B.A. in Education from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee; an M.A. in Christian School Administration from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana; and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and Teaching from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Our CCS principal, Dr. Nina Bissett, looks forward to meeting with you!

 

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
Faith Hays grew up in a Christian home, has gone on three mission trips out of the country, and has seen the miracles of Jesus firsthand. She got married in 1997 and had a son in 2012. Her son is currently a student at Covenant Christian School. Along with her husband, they feel that he is experiencing spiritual growth, great leadership, and growth in knowledge from his excellent teachers. Mrs. Hays started her early education in the early 1990s and has worked in Christian education ever since. She believes that it is so important to teach this young age group how much God loves them and is the One and only creator.

Lisa Holzl

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Please help us in welcoming our new Kindergarten & Art Teacher Mrs. Lisa Holzl.
I love Jesus and my passion is to show his love to your children. I will play with your children and show them that they can learn through laughter and games. My goal is to show them that learning can be fun. I’ve been married for 24 years to a wonderful man I have 3 children, a daughter 22, a son 18, and my youngest son is 13. My two oldest were homeschooled, and I have taught for over 10 years at a homeschool co-op and ran a co-op for 3 years.
I am a professional artist and I have been teaching art for 4 years. God has taken me on many journeys throughout my life. I’ve grown spiritually and emotionally in the past 13 years. I am here to empower your children through Jesus!
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Alyce Bakker

5TH & 6TH GRADE TEACHER
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Clifford Hoper

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.

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Kathy Thomas

OFFICE MANAGER

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.

Jan Peterson

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.

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Pam Hapner

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 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 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)

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Beth Matson

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 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 night, she is relaxed and happy. Mrs. Matson also enjoys cooking with her two older daughters, reading, listening to music, and spending with family.

Janeen Corbin

Please help us in welcoming our new Band/Covenant Singers/ Violin & Sports coach, Mrs. Janeen Corbin.
I first started enjoying working with kids when working with my mom in the nursery babies. From then on I’ve been wanting to be a teacher. I work for the East Aurora District as a Liberian, string teacher, Substitute, and coach. Then I do band, choir, strings, and sports at Covenant.
I first started my degree as an Early Childhood teacher with a minor in music, special education, and urban education at Concordia Wisconsin. Then God moved me to Concordia Chicago with me finishing my degree in social work with a minor in psychology. I went to Aurora University to finish my Masters in Social Work with a minor in faith-based teaching. I am also a professional athlete & musician. I have been with the Covenant summer camp for 5 years besides the covid taking one summer away.