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Faculty

A Community of Professionals United in Purpose

Outstanding Teachers, Proven Methods

Our faculty and staff are an integral part of creating a lifelong love of learning in our students. Each member of our Covenant team is uniquely gifted and equipped to enhance your child’s experience at Covenant.

Administration

Tom Stoner

Head of School

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Tom Stoner

Head of School

Dr. Stoner graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois). He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, Massachusetts) and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Development from Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts).

A Word from Dr. Stoner
I love being a part of the Covenant community because of the clarity of our mission and identity and our strategic vision to be the best expression of who we are in the years to come.

Lisa Eekhoff

Principal

Miss Eekhoff graduated from Dordt College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and went on to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

A Word from Miss Eekhoff...
Covenant is truly a community rooted in grace and joy. We desire to bring together families and teachers who are passionate about educating children well using a classical model that invites curiosity, sparks joy, and inspires wonder. I love seeing the students engaged in deep and profound discussions about important truths as much as I enjoy watching them stand in awe of the incredible beauty and complexity of creation. Above all, I am so grateful for the culture of grace and love of Christ that is nurtured here. Christ is everything to us.

Staff

Ginger Vessey

Administrative Assistant

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April Britto

Interim Office Administrator

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Kristin Zwirkoski

Director of Marketing and Enrollment

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Ginger Vessey

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Vessey graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

A Word from Mrs. Vessey…
It has been my joy and privilege to work at Covenant Classical School since the first day we opened our doors! The best part of my job is the people. We have amazing students, parents, teachers, and staff that daily point me to Christ and have helped me to grow spiritually and professionally. I am grateful for this community of faith, grace, and joy!

April Britto

Interim Office Administrator

Mrs. Britto graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Oshkosh) with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Education.

A Word from Mrs. Britto…
I am honored to be on the front lines loving and serving our community as an office assistant. Being a part of the Covenant team has allowed me to use my gifts in special ways. This role gives me opportunities to shine for Jesus via a friendly face and a helping hand for students and staff alike. It has been a great privilege working alongside so many selfless, God-honoring, and talented people.

Kristin Zwirkoski

Director of Marketing and Enrollment

Mrs. Zwirkoski graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching.

A Word from Mrs. Zwirkoski…
Working alongside administration, staff, and faculty who are in the pursuit of excellence for the glory of Christ is a gift. I am grateful to be able to combine both a love for education and a heart for promoting Kingdom-minded work through my role at Covenant. Walking the halls of Covenant, I am reminded of the depth of love each staff member and teacher has for nurturing the heart, soul, and mind of every student. A community such as this one is hard to find, and I praise God for the opportunity to be a part of it!

Faculty

Debra Soehren

Kindergarten

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Kimberly Sceggel

Second Grade

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Hannah Karsner

Third Grade

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Jon Hravatic

Fourth Grade

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Lorraine Egolf

Fifth Grade

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Kim McArthur

Science and Logic

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Emily Phillips

Mathematics

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Ryan Gregornik

History and Physical Education

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Ryan Spice

Latin and Mathematics

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Elizabeth Fuzak

Art and Physical Education

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Camay Phinney

After School Care

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Debra Soehren

Kindergarten

Debra Soehren - Kindergarten
Mrs. Soehren graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with a minor in Economics. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity International University.

A Word from Mrs. Soehren...
Covenant has been an immeasurable blessing to me every day, from the enthusiasm and respect of the students to the encouragement from parents to the camaraderie and support of fellow staff. I am challenged and privileged to be able to inspire and witness the love, joy, and excitement for learning in our students. They demonstrate a wonder and an amazement for all our loving God has created!

Cassandra Kline

First Grade

Miss Kline graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She went on to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in ESL/BIL (Spanish) Education.

A Word from Miss Kline…
The best part about working at Covenant is that I am a part of a caring, grace-filled community. I have come to feel that it is more like being part of a family. My fellow staff members, faculty, administrators, students, and parents have supported me and encouraged me through every aspect of life. Covenant is truly a place where one can experience the body of Christ. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this community. Teaching in a classical and Christian environment is such a delight! In my classroom, it is my goal to help students see the big picture of how everything in God’s creation fits together. Our first graders learn about geography, history, and science, along with many other subject areas, and then we spend the whole year looking for ways they are all interconnected.

Kimberly Sceggel

Second Grade

Mrs. Sceggel graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and went on to earn a Master of Education in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College.

A Word from Mrs. Sceggel…
It's truly a delight to teach at Covenant where depth, integration, growth, and grace are valued. As my students gain knowledge and skills, our rich curriculum lends itself to discussing big ideas and making connections between prior knowledge and new ideas as well as between subjects. The second graders eagerly explore God’s creation and integrate biblical truths with their learning. I enjoy expanding my knowledge of botany, the Bible, ancient history, and teaching methods that increase student engagement and learning. Here at Covenant, learning takes place in an atmosphere of humility and grace which mirrors God’s grace and love toward us, and I am thankful to be a part of this special place.

Hannah Karsner

Third Grade

Mrs. Karsner is a graduate of Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Intercultural Studies and TESOL.

A Word from Mrs. Karsner…
I am thrilled to be a member of a team whose common goal is to take part in the process of opening students’ eyes to the wonder of God's love and His creation. Throughout our days, we think critically about the materials we are covering. Our class is constantly finding connections between our topics of study. Ultimately, we seek to apply our faith to the work and learning we do. We work hard for the glory of God and reflect in amazement at all He's done and at His love for us.

Jon Hravatic

Fourth Grade

Mr. Hravatic graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in General Science. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Reading from Eastern Michigan University where he also obtained his teaching certification for both secondary and elementary grade levels.

A Word from Mr. Hravatic…
The students at Covenant are so engaged with the subject matter! Many times, it is hard to wrap up a discussion or lesson because they are engrossed in the topic. Their minds are reaching for and connecting different aspects of previously studied information and are bringing it to light in the current lesson.

Lorraine Egolf

Fifth Grade

Miss Egolf is a graduate of The King's College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a concentration in Literature.

A Word from Miss Egolf…
Covenant is a community that desires to pursue God's beauty together as faculty and staff, parents and students. This beauty includes revelling together in the joy of laughter and wonder over His creation, as well as shouldering one another's sorrows and failures. Christ's redeeming love courses through the lifeblood of this school, and it is such an honor to be called to participate in it.

Valerie Bromenschenkel

Latin

Mrs. Bromenschenkel graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Latin. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from National Louis University and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Huntington University.

A Word from Mrs. Bromenschenkel…
As a teacher at Covenant, I am able to guide students as they expand their knowledge of language and critical thinking while nurturing their hearts for God. I enjoy working at Covenant because I am able to form meaningful relationships with students and encourage them in their studies as well as their personal growth. Seeing the joy in students’ faces as they conquer new forms, make connections between Latin and English, or sing chants reminds me of what a blessing it is to be a part of their lives.

Kim McArthur

Science and Logic

Mrs. McArthur graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Science in General Science. She went on to earn a Master of Science with an emphasis in genetics from Northern Illinois University. Mrs. McArthur earned her teaching certification from National-Louis University.

A Word from Mrs. McArthur…
Students bring a natural joy and curiosity to school here, and I love getting to know them as we share life together as a family. The small class sizes at Covenant allow me to get to know and work with students as individuals. I have a real passion to see students grow in their knowledge and relationships with Christ. Working at Covenant also allows me to help students understand science at a deeper level. I often ask the students "why" questions and am able to tie science into everyday situations to which the students can relate. Most of all, I enjoy helping students become excited about what they are learning in science and about how amazing God's creation is.

Emily Phillips

Mathematics

Mrs. Phillips is a graduate of Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education.

A Word from Mrs. Phillips…
I love teaching at Covenant because I am able to grow both spiritually and professionally. The Covenant community deepens my spiritual life through consistent prayer, dependence on the Lord, and the opportunity to look for His grace daily. I am also growing professionally because I am teaching the deep, beautiful concepts of math, rather than simply the procedures. Our small class sizes allow me to know my students well and strive to reach every single one, which is immensely fulfilling.

Morgan Thornburg

Bible

Mr. Thornburg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Theology from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and earned a Master of Arts in Church History and another in Historical Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School.

A Word from Mr. Thornburg…
Covenant is an excellent learning environment for not only the student but the teacher as well. In my time here, I have been encouraged to explore my creativity as a theologian in art, media, and literature. The faculty do not consider their subjects to be isolated fields, but sciences that can and should be supplemented by the various expertise of everyone on staff. What this demonstrates to the students is that learning is a holistic experience, which then points to the source of all knowledge, Jesus himself. I have not been at Covenant Classical School for very long, yet I have grown deeply as a learner, instructor, and follower of Christ. I hope to share that growth with each student I encounter.

Ryan Gregornik

History and Physical Education

Mr. Gregornik graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wheaton College. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in History from the University of Alabama.

A Word from Mr. Gregornik…
I love teaching at Covenant because the students are genuinely curious and want to understand the subjects at hand. In teaching history, I seek to help the students not only know the facts (dates, events, etc.) but also the reasons why those things occurred. It is of very little benefit to the students to know that the American Civil War occurred from 1861-1865 if they do not understand why it happened and why the men who made conscious choices to move the country to war did so. At Covenant, the students will take on these and other challenging questions, spurring their classmates on to further understanding, and will also ask their own difficult questions. This learning environment and the students who grow in and shape it are what makes teaching at Covenant a joy.

Ryan Spice

Latin and Mathematics

Mr. Spice graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Languages with Pre-Med.

A Word from Mr. Spice…
At Covenant I have the freedom to inspire students to love learning and give them the tools to pursue their interests on their own. Additionally, the community at Covenant is entirely unique. Teachers, students, parents, and administration all genuinely love and care for each other as whole people. These elements are the heart of classical Christian education and why I love teaching here.

Deb Wieland

English

Mrs. Wieland graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.

A Word from Mrs. Wieland…
Being able to read and discuss great classical works of literature with my students is a marvelous way to question, wonder, and ponder so many things that are relevant in their middle school years. Seeing them mature in their thinking over the years and watching them wrestle with meaningful topics is truly rewarding. I know that they are being given the gift of being able to speak well to that which they are passionate.

Hannah Wood

Music

Miss Wood graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and also earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (K-12) from Northern Illinois University. She received her Orff Certification and Curriculum Design Levels 1-3 from VanderCook College of Music.

A Word from Miss Wood…
I enjoy working at Covenant because the students are eager to live life and make music. Watching the students as they understand new musical ideas, find joy while playing an instrument, or celebrate when they create a three-part round is a blessing. I want the students not just listening to music, but becoming active participants in the music making. Thus, we sing, dance, and play throughout our music classes! It is my joy to teach a subject that I am so passionate about in a way that truly allows my students to understand, experience, and love music.

Elizabeth Fuzak

Art and Physical Education

Mrs. Fuzak graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

A Word from Mrs. Fuzak…
The Covenant community is like family! It’s such a blessing to be able to partner with parents in their child’s education, and I feel privileged to work with such God-honoring coworkers who are passionate about sharing their gifts with others. As an Art and PE teacher, it is very rewarding for me to be able to help children grow in their relationship with Jesus while taking their skills to new levels.

Katie McFarland

Drama

Ms. McFarland graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management from New York University.

A Word from Ms. McFarland…
My journey at Covenant Classical School has been a wonderful experience, no doubt orchestrated by God, that has blessed me beyond words. I truly love coming to Covenant every week to go on fun adventures, explore our imaginations, and see the growth of confidence and creativity in the students. The Covenant community is extremely welcoming, God-centered, and I love the focus on building faith as we stretch our minds.

Camay Phinney

After School Care

Mrs. Phinney graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing.

A Word from Mrs. Phinney…
It is my pleasure to help make Covenant more convenient for families through caring for students before and after school. Investing in the children’s play, relationships, and homework time is very rewarding as I see them grow spiritually, physically and intellectually through their years in a classical Christian community.

Dan Treier

Chairperson

Dr. Daniel Treier is the Knoedler Professor of Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School. He holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dan and his wife, Amy, live in Wheaton with their daughter, Anna. Dan shares, "We love Covenant because our daughter is challenged to learn as much as possible about God's good world, while this learning happens in a gracious, joyful, diverse community. The teachers love the kids as unique individuals while helping them to integrate all their learning with the Christian worldview that we share."

Mitch Backes

Member

Mitch graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in business and now works as a Commercial Property and Casualty Advisor for Corkill Insurance Agency in Elk Grove Village. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children: McKenna, Grady, and Griffin. Mitch values Covenant for the exceptional classical education delivered from a Christian worldview.

Tim Bealert

Member

Tim Bealert is a Partner at Kensington International, a retained executive search firm. He received his Bachelor of Science from Loyola University – Chicago. Tim lives in Aurora, IL, with his wife, Sara, and their three children, Emily, Owen, and Faith.

A Word from Tim Bealert
Our family is blessed to have found Covenant and its community. It brings us comfort to send our kids each morning to a school committed to the development of their heart, mind, and soul while strengthening their knowledge and relationship with Christ through a Classical education.

Stephanie Cavin

Member

Stephanie Cavin graduated from Anderson University in South Caroline with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Most of her time is devoted to the care and guidance of her children. She can also be found serving in a variety of ways in her church and in the Covenant community. She and her husband, David, are Naperville residents and have two children, Madison and Tyson.

A Word from Stephanie Cavin
Covenant Classical School has fostered a love of learning in both of our children, but the gospel-centered care that our family has received at Covenant is what keeps us coming back every year. It is not only the educational philosophy but also the community that sets Covenant apart.

Matthew Cowan

Treasurer

Matt Cowan is president of MJCZone Inc., a software-development agency based in Naperville, Illinois. He attended the University of Virginia where he double-majored in physics and anthropology, and he earned his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in California. Matt lives in Naperville with his wife Kristina and their two children, Noah and Syma.

Caroline Jones

Member

Caroline Jones went to the University of Michigan to study English and Violin Performance. She went on to receive a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Rice University in Houston. She and her husband, Josh, are Wheaton residents, and they have three children: Alex, Tyler, and Lydia. Caroline devotes most of her time being home with her children but she is also a freelance violinist with Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic and Camerata Chicago. Caroline is grateful for Covenant and shares, “Our children are thriving in a joy-filled atmosphere where they are taught to think critically, to dive deeply into a time-tested classical curriculum, and above all, to pursue wisdom and a love for Christ.”

James Thomas

Secretary

James Thomas is the Executive Director of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master in Business Administration from Benedictine University. James lives in Naperville with his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Jonah, Gideon, and Ruth. What James loves about Covenant is that it “offers children the ability to achieve academically while building their relationship with Christ. My children have thrived in a grace-based learning environment that has engaged and challenged them.”

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