Redeemer Faculty and Staff
Mrs. Teresa Patton
Mrs. Teresa Patton received her Bachelor's Degree from Virginia Tech in Child Development and Elementary Education and has been teaching in public, private and home-schooling environments for almost 30 years. In addition to teaching, she has been very active in curriculum development for Redeemer. She enjoys traveling, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her family. Mrs. Patton has been with Redeemer since 2004.
Mrs. Holly Michael
Mrs. Holly Michael graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood education. Moving to Harrisonburg, she began working at Woodland Montessori School. She went on to receive her teaching degree in Montessori education. She taught at Woodland for six years building a foundation in their primary education. She is very excited to be teaching about the love of Christ.
Mrs. Shernae Storella
Shernae received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Recreation Parks and Tourism. After graduating, she returned to VCU taking educational courses for the lower elementary level. She home-schooled her two children for seven years, served as an Awana Leader, chaired a K-5 Children's Ministry, worked in a Daycare Facility and a parochial school. Shernae has served as Redeemer's Kindergarten teacher since 2005 and she loves teaching children how big and fun learning is. Shernae counts it an honor and a privilege to teach the children of our future.
Mrs. Julie Landes
Julie Landes received a Master of Arts in elementary education at James Madison University, through their five-year program. Julie taught two years in the second grade classroom before moving down to teaching first grade. She is excited to be teaching in a school where she can teach the truth of God through all subjects.
Mrs. Grace Yoder
Grace received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education and also earned a certificate to teach Algebra I from James Madison University. Grace has traveled over Europe, which included a five week language study in Spain. She loves teaching in a Classical Christian environment where she can teach academics while glorifying and delighting in the Lord with 2nd graders!
Second Grade & After School
Miss Kate Scheel
Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Art Education from Christopher Newport University. She has had the opportunity to teach at both elementary and high school levels. Having experienced home-school, public, and Classical educations, Kate is excited to return to the Classical education format. She studied art in Florence, further confirming her love for Renaissance history, art, and architecture. Aside from teaching, Kate enjoys leisurely biking, road trips, painting, and of course, exploring museums.
Mrs. Carrie Jacobsen
Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. She has taught prekindergarten and kindergarten in the past and has been teaching third grade since coming to Redeemer in 2013. Having been raised in Christian education, Carrie understands the difference that can make in and to an early learner and is grateful to have the opportunity to partner with parents in nurturing a love for the Lord and a love of learning in her students.
Miss Kayla Becker
Kayla Becker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and her PK-12 teaching license from Bridgewater College. Kayla's Christian education and musical background truly made an impact on her life, and she is so excited to instill a love for learning and a love for the Lord in her classroom each year. Outside of school, Kayla loves to sing, play the piano, travel, spend time with family and friends, and eat anything with chocolate and peanut butter.
Fifth Grade & History Dept. Head
Mrs. Jane Fowler
Mrs. Jane Fowler received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Virginia in Middle School Education and has been teaching in public, private and home-schooling environments for nearly 30 years. She currently teaches fifth grade. Jane is one of the founding teachers of Redeemer and has enjoyed watching Redeemer grow over the years. She is the chairperson for the history department at Redeemer and loves to hear the students recite the history timeline together. Jane has three grown and two grandchildren who she enjoys visiting as often as she can.
Latin/8th Literature/English Mentor
Mrs. Annie Leach
Annie Leach graduated from Wake Forest University with a major in English and a minor in education. She and her husband, Bill, are among the founders of Redeemer, and they are increasingly thankful that their five children have attended RCS. Annie enjoys studying words and syntax in her favorite languages. She relishes the opportunity to share the wonder of words with her Latin and literature students. She ran a Summer Greek Club with RCS logic school students for two years. This year, she is teaching a Latin class for RCS teachers. Annie has loved helping others improve their writing since her college days. She considers her responsibility to train RCS students to excel in written communication a great privilege. Annie grew up on Tampa Bay and savors chances to be around water. She believes that the best beaches in the world are in the Florida Panhandle, but she is learning to love the Outer Banks. She also loves making and eating Cuban food, laughing and playing games with her family, and sitting by the fire reading Russian literature.
Mrs. Heather Dowdy
Heather graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with distinction in Geology and a minor in Middle Education. She has worked in both public and private settings as a teacher, a tutor, and an aid to students of all ability levels. She has also enjoyed helping as a teacher in the after school program and ESL classes through her church's Hispanic ministry. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach science in an environment where she can point her students toward the wonderful Creator of this magnificent world in which we live.
Math, Logic and 7th/8th Bible
Mrs. Colleen Ernst
Colleen graduated from James Madison University with her bachelors degree in Mathematics in 2011 and with her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012 through JMU's five-year program. She truly enjoys teaching math in a Christian school, and her students love having Colleen as their teacher ... especially on Pi day.
Logic School History and Geography
Miss Hannah Shickel
Hannah graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science through the History Department at Liberty University. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley fueled her passion for history and began a desire to share with others the stories of the past. She strives to instill a love and an appreciation of history into the lives of young people and share with them the most life-changing story in all of history. Hannah enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, running, and hiking.
6th/7th Lit., 6th Bible & Study Skils
Mrs. Peyton Miller
Mrs. Peyton Miller has an undergraduate degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a graduate degree in Special Education from James Madison University. She helped start a Young Life program for middle school students in Richmond, Virginia. Combining her interests in literature, education and recreation, she is excited about teaching students during their formative years of middle school. Her perfect day would include competitive sports or hiking, eating at an excellent restaurant, time with family, and reading outside in a hammock.
7th/8th Physical Education
Mrs. Dia Russell
Dia has been a fitness enthusiast since she started playing softball at the age of 7. She believes in the fact that our bodies are temples for the Most High and that it is an honor and privileged responsibility to take care of it. Through individual and team-based activities, Dia seeks to instill a love of fitness in all children. She used a variety of teaching techniques to reach each child where they are at and help them develop athletic ability, character, and love of the Lord. Dia is married and has two girl who attend Redeemer. She enjoys raising Labrador Retrievers, running, hiking and camping.
K-6th Physical Education
Mrs. Ashley Hormel
Art and Art History
Mrs. Laura Carpenter
Laura graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Media Arts and Design. She taught art classes in a variety of settings and in 2004 she joined the newly-launched Redeemer Classical School as the art teacher. In March of 2010, with the birth of her second child, Laura took a break from the classroom. In the Fall of 2016, she returned to RCS with renewed excitement. Outside of the classroom Laura is a Tenderheart Leader in her daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop. She is also the assistant coordinator of Mended Little Hearts of the Shenandoah Valley. If free time allows, you will find her working in her flower gardens or maybe rushing off to a dance class. Laura’s oldest child attends RCS and her youngest will follow in his sister's steps in the coming years.
Grammar School Music
Mr. Greg Yoder
Greg Yoder received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Goshen College. For the past five years, he taught music for students in Pre-K through 5th grade in Rockingham County Public Schools. In addition to making music in the classroom, Greg writes and performs Americana/folk/bluegrass music with a Harrisonburg-based group called The Walking Roots Band. Greg is excited to learn and explore with students in the music program at Redeemer Classical School.
Mrs. Kathleen Wissinger
Kathleen (Kath) has directed youth handbells since 1988 at Massanutten Presbyterian Church. A composer herself, she encourages her class to create their own pieces (Fog Train, Edakafad, Misty Moon) and writes pedagogical pieces (Accolade, Suite Praise, Hyfrydol, A Tree and a Star, Campana Sonos, Many and Great, Laudare and others.) Kath is the founding artistic director of MOSAIC Handbell Ensemble and is the adult handbell director at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church. She is an active clinician at ringing events nationwide and coordinates the "Bells in Education" Column for Overtones,the national guild's magazine. She also chairs the CHIME Loan program for Area 3. Kath has a degree in geology from Miami University (BA 1978 Oxford, Ohio) and worked as a National Park Service Ranger and environmental educator. She loves bells and knows they are a superb tool for teaching music theory and performance and for developing discipline, focus, fellowship and cooperation.