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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).

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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.

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.

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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

Carrie Santucci

Office Manager

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Katherine Salinas

Front Desk Manager

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Kristin Zwirkoski

Director of Marketing & Advancement

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Sharon Weldy

Business Manager

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Camay Phinney

After School Care

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Carrie Santucci

Office Manager

Carrie Santucci - Office Manager
Mrs. Santucci graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science.

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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.

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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.

Kristin Zwirkoski

Director of Marketing & Advancement

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

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A Word from Mrs. Zwirkoski...
The mission and vision of Covenant Classical School resonates deeply with my own heart for education and my desire to help others know the love and grace of Christ. It is a joy to give others a glimpse into the heart and soul of our school while communicating the stories of how lives are changed and shaped each day.

Sharon Weldy

Business Manager

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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.

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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Hannah Karsner

Third Grade

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Sophia Iglesias

Fourth Grade

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Katrina Combs

Logic School Humanities

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Heather Reyes

Logic School Math

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Kim McArthur

Logic School Science and Logic

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Morgan Thornburg

Logic School Bible

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Sharon Weldy

Logic School Math

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Jacob Andrews

Latin (IT support)

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Patrick Kelly

Logic School Humanities (Grades 7-8)

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Connie Blair

Math and Rhetoric Tutorials

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Elizabeth Fuzak

Art and Physical Education

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Sophia Iglesias

Fourth Grade

Miss Iglesias graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish.

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A Word from Miss Iglesias:
I love Covenant’s commitment to thinking deeply, appreciating beauty, and learning in a community of grace. The depth of discussions and conversations we have as a class are inspiring and end up teaching me more about God and this world he has created.

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).

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A Word from Mrs. Combes…
"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

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.

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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 grades 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.

Kim McArthur

Logic School 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.

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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.

Morgan Thornburg

Logic School 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.

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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.

Sharon Weldy

Logic School Math

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Jacob Andrews

Latin (IT support)

Mr. 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 Philosophy from Marquette University (Wisconsin) and a Master of Philosophy in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and he is in the final stages of a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago.

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A Word from Mr. 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.

Patrick Kelly

Logic School Humanities (Grades 7-8)

Mr. Kelly earned bachelor's degrees in English and Philosophy at Boston College. He went on to earn a master's degree in Systematic Theology at Wheaton and will soon have a Master's in Teaching from National Louis University.

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A Word from Mr. Kelly...
Covenant inspires me because it aims to instill in young minds a thirst for goodness, truth, and beauty. Covenant's mission as a school is shaped by our collective mission as the church: to be good stewards of all God has given us and to make his glory known while doing so. So the end is in view before the means are decided; that is, we know at Covenant that we're not teaching Tom Sawyer simply for an excuse to write a paper or because it's part of the canon. We teach what we teach--biology, algebra, Latin, all of it--because through it we hope to make our young people more curious, more virtuous, and more equipped to lead a full life. And if they happen to grow in the skills and competencies they will need for future academic and career success (and they do), then praise God for it!

Connie Blair

Math and Rhetoric Tutorials

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

Dana Niesluchowski

Physical Education

Mrs. Niesluchowski teaches Grammar School 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. Her experience includes working as a personal trainer and fitness coach, a teaching assistant and visiting professor, and a director of a program teaching motor skill development and gymnastics to children aged 10 months through 12 years old.

Dana has a lifelong passion for health and fitness as well as for the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is a classically trained singer and long-time member of the worship team at Naperville Presbyterian Church where she has been a member most of her life. Mrs. Niesluchowski loves Covenant Classical School's mission and deeply appreciates the life-shaping impact it has had upon her children.

Mrs. Niesluchowski brings to Covenant her strong training in exercise physiology, her passion for health and fitness, her experience as a fitness instructor and teacher, her love for Christ and the gospel, and her love for the mission of Covenant Classical School to help us build upon the strong foundation established by Mrs. Fuzak in physical education.

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Board of Trustees

Mitch Backes

Chairperson

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.

Vince Bacote

Member

Dr. Bacote and his wife, Shelley, are former Covenant parents. Dr. Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College, where he also directs the Center for Applied Christian Ethics. He has served on the Board of the Center for Public Justice, and is a nationally-known writer and speaker, including on issues of race. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Bacote to the Board of Trustees at Covenant Classical School.

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.

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.”

Rebecca Larson

Board Member

Nancy Thomas

Board Member

Dr. Nancy Thomas is a board-certified local pediatrician. She is a partner at Pediatric Health Associates. Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Microbiology with Honors and earned her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She completed her pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital. After training, she and her husband, James, moved to Naperville. They have 3 children, Jonah, Gideon and Ruth.

A Word from Dr. Thomas about Covenant:
“We love that Covenant truly feeds not only our children’s minds but also their hearts and spirit.”

Ashley Ce Wu

Board Member

Ashley Wu is a proud Covenant parent. Her two kids, Grace and Magnus, have been part of the Covenant community since kindergarten. Ashley grew up in China before moving to Indiana for school. Ashley received her PhD in development economics with the Best Dissertation Award from Purdue University, where she also earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees. She has taught economics and MBA courses at College of DuPage and Indiana Wesleyan University. Ashley lives with her husband, Marcus, and their two kids in Naperville.

A Word from Ashley about Covenant:
"We met the sweetest little angels on our tour of Covenant Classical School, which led to our best decision of sending our kids here. Covenant does not only provide unparalleled academic curriculum, but also offers a community of grace that my kids are eager to run to every morning."

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