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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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Todd Harris

Principal

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Tom Stoner

Head of School

Dr. Stoner graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education. 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). Dr. Stoner joined Covenant in 2017.

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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.

Todd Harris

Principal

Mr. Harris graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, and from Westminster Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He has served as Headmaster at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas and Head of Lower School at Veritas School in Newberg, Oregon. Mr. Harris joined Covenant in 2023.

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A Word from Mr. Harris...
I'm so grateful to be joining Covenant, where students are growing in their love for learning, their love for one another, their love for the gospel of grace, and their love for Jesus himself. A Covenant education is a great blessing for students and their families, teaching kids to think deeply, read widely, and write well, all in a Christ-centered culture infused with grace. I'm looking forward to seeing all the ways God works for his glory here!

Staff

Carrie Santucci

Office Manager

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Katherine Salinas

Front Desk Manager

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Angela Colvin

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Veronica Sandino

Business Manager

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Camay Phinney

After School Care

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Carrie Santucci

Office Manager

Mrs. Santucci graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. Mrs. Santucci joined Covenant in 2021.

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A Word from Mrs. Santucci...
My love for Covenant runs deep as I witness God's continuous provision in our community. I'm delighted to support the ongoing daily operations of the school. It is my prayer today, and all days, for children to know they are precious to God.

Katherine Salinas

Front Desk Manager

Mrs. Salinas graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelors in Music Education and taught overseas in Honduras, downtown Chicago in magnet schools and in South Florida at a private Christian school. Mrs. Salinas joined Covenant in 2021.

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A Word from Mrs. Salinas...
Covenant captured our hearts when our oldest daughter started Kindergarten. We deeply appreciated the commitment to Christ first, standard of excellence in education and commitment to fostering a beautiful community. While those words are easy to say, we saw them acted out every day with our children and even with us. We are so thankful for a place that nurtures and educates our children while working with us parents to point our children to Christ. To Him be the glory.

Angela Colvin

Director of Marketing and Communications

Mrs. Colvin graduated from North Park University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Mrs. Colvin joined Covenant in 2022.

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Veronica Sandino

Business Manager

Mrs. Sandino holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from DePaul University’s College of Commerce in Chicago. She has worked for years as a financial analyst, assistant controller, and senior accountant for companies such as Nabisco, Wrigley, and Mondelez International as well as for the Aurora Township.

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Camay Phinney

After School Care

Mrs. Phinney graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing. Mrs. Phinney joined Covenant in 2013.

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.

Faculty

Debra Soehren

Kindergarten

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Kimberly Sceggel

Second Grade

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Anna James

Third Grade

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Sarah Burlingame

Fourth Grade

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Hannah Karsner

Third & Fourth Grade Latin

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Katrina Combs

Logic School Humanities

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Heather Reyes

Logic School Math & Student Life

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Lynn Muckerheide

Fifth Grade Science

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Bob Locascio

Logic School Science

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Jacob Andrews

Logic School Latin & Logic

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Dana Niesluchowski

Physical Education

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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. Mrs. Soehren joined Covenant in 2010.

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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 Herrera

First Grade

Mrs. Herrera 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. Mrs. Herrera joined Covenant in 2014.

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A Word from Mrs. Herrera…
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. Mrs. Sceggel joined Covenant in 2012.

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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.

Anna James

Third Grade

Miss James graduated from Wheaton College in 2020 with an Elementary Education degree. For the past 3 years she’s been a missionary teacher in Bogota, Colombia teaching 4th grade.

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A Word from Ms. James…
I am very excited to join the team at Covenant Classical School. As a child, I was classically homeschooled from K-12th grade, and I also attended a classical co-school in Wheaton. I’m excited for this new opportunity to teach classically. I love reading and learning about history, and I am looking forward to exploring amazing stories with my students. Third grade is an important year for students as they develop in maturity and are capable of handling more rigorous work. I look forward to working alongside them as they grow in their God-given abilities and use them to bring glory to God. I love the unique creativity that each student brings into our classroom community, and I hope they will grow in confidence as they use their gifts to serve others with grace and humility.

Sarah Burlingame

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Burlingame graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Mrs. Burlingame first joined Covenant in 2010.

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A Word from Mrs. Burlingame...
I am delighted to be a part of the Covenant community. Covenant’s devoted faculty, inquisitive students, vibrant curriculum, and grace-filled atmosphere make it a truly exceptional place. It is an honor and joy to participate in Covenant’s mission to share Christ’s love and to celebrate His creation through joyful, humble study of His Word and world.

Hannah Karsner

Third & Fourth Grade Latin

Mrs. Karsner is a graduate of Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Intercultural Studies and TESOL. Mrs. Karsner joined Covenant in 2018.

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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.

Katrina Combs

Logic School Humanities

Mrs. Combs graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and in history. She went on to earn her Master of Arts from Olivet Nazarene University in a Great Books-style program (philosophy of history emphasis). Mrs. Combs joined Covenant in 2010.

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A Word from Mrs. Combs…
"I am privileged to do the best "work" in the world: I get to spend my days around a table reading widely and thinking deeply with the most passionate, inquisitive young minds. Training these young people to communicate their own responses to a text is a tremendous, but desperately important, task. To do this kind of work with like-minded colleagues, in a supportive community of grace, never ceases to excite me!"

Heather Reyes

Logic School Math & Student Life

Mrs. Reyes graduated with an undergraduate degree from North Central College in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Mathematics Teacher Leadership from Aurora University. Mrs. Reyes joined Covenant in 2019.

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A Word from Mrs. Reyes...
I'm someone who was already a classically minded math teacher; I just didn't know it. Math was always the subject that I wrestled with the most as a student, because I am a deep, conceptual thinker and procedures without meaning simply don't stick in my mind. Coming to understand that about myself shaped me into a math teacher who loves to explain how and why things work, which is exactly what classical mathematics education does. I have a deep passion for working with middle-grade students; it's such an important and challenging developmental stage, when high-quality teachers and mentors are critically important to shaping the emerging young adult self. Teaching Logic School math at Covenant allows me to express my passion for both conceptual mathematics and teaching young adolescents, while openly expressing my faith and engaging in the spiritual direction and mentoring that I wish I'd had access to when I was that age.

Lynn Muckerheide

Fifth Grade Science

Lynn is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in Education. She taught for 22 years in the Naperville and Aurora public schools in the 2nd through 5th grades including 4 years in 4th grade and 15 years in third grade.

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Bob Locascio

Logic School Science

Mr. Locascio received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and spent the first three decades of his career in the telecommunications tech industry working for Motorola, Agilent, and other companies across the U.S. and abroad. He then transitioned to helping create a non-profit Christian Ministry facilitating emotional wellness called The Crucible Project. Bob used his background in engineering to help develop the technology platform for the ministry while also serving as a frequent retreat leader. In addition to men’s ministry, he has taught in children’s ministry at several churches for the past 35 years. His wife, Christine, is the chair of the English department at Wheaton College, so they are deeply immersed in the mission of Christian schooling.

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A Word from Mr. Locascio…
"I am excited to engage with Covenant students around the sciences. I've been a STEM "nerd" as long as I can remember, and I hope to pass on that love for the sciences to my students. The Bible tells us that we can clearly see God's divine nature in His creation, and I'm looking forward to helping students see our God as we study."

Jacob Andrews

Logic School Latin & Logic

Dr. Andrews attended a classical school in Chicago and graduated with high honors from Loyola University in Chicago with a B.A. in Latin and Philosophy. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in the History of Philosophy from Marquette University (Wisconsin), and a Master of Philosophy in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and a Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Andrews joined Covenant in 2020.

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A Word from Dr. Andrews...
I believe that the Latin language offers an educator the perfect opportunity to instill the values of truth, goodness, and beauty. First, learning a classical language allows students to learn the structure of human language and thought in general. Second, the discipline involved in learning Latin develops moral and intellectual virtue. Third, the Latin language is simply beautiful, from Virgil’s webs of grammatical agreement to Augustine’s wide-eyed wonder to Aquinas’ crystal clarity; I love to share that beauty with anyone who is willing to go on the journey with me. Finally, the Latin language, in its evolution from the language of high pagan culture to the premier vehicle of theology and devotion in the West, exemplified the Apostle’s injunction to take every thought captive to Christ.

Ranhee Han

Music

Mrs. Han earned a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University in Korea; a Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Divinity with a Specialization in Church Music from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

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A Word from Mrs. Han...
I am a music teacher with a passion for helping my students grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually through music. My approach is grounded in Christian beliefs, and I strive to equip my students to be used by God for His plans. It brings me joy to see non-believers become fully committed Christ followers. I am privileged to share my ministerial vision with my colleagues at Covenant Classical School.

Taylor Van Regenmorter

Music Electives

Mrs. Van Regenmorter graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education (K-12). Mrs. Van Regenmorter joined Covenant in 2022.

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A Word from Mrs. Van Regenmorter...
Music and Fine Arts are essential elements to a well-rounded education, and I am thankful for the creative musical opportunities offered to students at Covenant. It is a joy to watch students grow not only in their musical skills, but in their abilities to create, be emotionally intelligent, express themselves, and build community through music-making.

Thurston Stevenson

Drama

Mr. Stevenson graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Comedy Writing and Performance. He is a second year teacher and has a passion for using drama to teach practical skills for life and teaching how to use your gifts and abilities to serve others and bring glory to God. Mr. Stevenson joined Covenant in 2023.

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A Word from Mr. Stevenson...
"I am very excited and a little nervous (nerves aren't a bad thing, we'll learn more about that in class) to be your drama teacher this year! We will look at God's original intentions for the world of acting and drama. We will also cultivate a safe, challenging space to grow in trust and take risks. Come ready to have fun!"

Elizabeth Fuzak

Art

Mrs. Fuzak graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Mrs. Fuzak joined Covenant in 2012.

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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 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.

Dana Niesluchowski

Physical Education

Mrs. Niesluchowski teaches physical education. She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and received an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mrs. Niesluchowski joined Covenant in 2020.

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Board of Trustees

Joshua Fogarty

Member

Josh Fogarty is a Nurse Anesthetist at Loretto Hospital in Chicago IL. He received his Master's Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Pennsylvania. Josh lives in Aurora, IL, with his wife, Yetunde, and their four children, Elijah, Jonah, Elianna, and Selah-Rose.

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A Word from Joshua Fogarty
Our family is very thankful for Covenant and its community. We couldn’t have found a school that does a better job trying to mesh academics with theology, spiritual growth, and character formation. It’s a great place and we love being a part of it!

Tim Bealert

Co-Chairperson

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.

Carlo Britto

Member

Carlo Britto is a Senior Manager for Transportation Analytics at Genpact. He has an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. Carlo lives in Aurora, IL with his wife April and their two children, Caleb and Joshua.

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A Word from Carlo Britto
In a world of confusion with no objective standard to follow, where everyone does what feels right in their own mind, Covenant provides a place where our kids go to learn objective values and virtue. It is a blessing to have a school that seeks to advance truth, goodness and beauty for the good of our community and the glory of God.

Caroline Jones

Co-Chairperson

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.”

Rebecca Larson

Member

Rebecca Larson went to Wheaton College where she studied English and sociology. After 14 years working in marketing and web management for InterVarsity Press and Adventist Midwest Health, Rebecca returned to Wheaton where she currently serves as Director of Web Communications in the Marketing Communications department. She and her husband Jeff and son Nathaniel live in Batavia, IL. Nathaniel has attended Covenant since kindergarten.

A Word from Rebecca about Covenant:
“From our first visit, we knew there was something special about Covenant. Of course, we appreciated the academic rigor of the classical curriculum, and the faithful Christian commitment expressed through the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. But it was the joy of learning that was so evident in the students, faculty, and staff that ultimately led us to choose Covenant. We’ve witnessed our son grow academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally here, and we look forward to seeing God continue to bless many other families as Covenant’s exciting future unfolds.”

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