FACULTY & STAFF

 
 
Mr. Shane Lehman – Director/Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Lehman has served as Director since 2013.  He has worked in education since 2006 serving in various roles including elementary P.E. teacher, middle school and high school math and Bible teacher, chapel worship leader, and Assistant Principal. He also served in various extra-curricular roles such as high school Boys’ Varsity soccer coach and Bible study leader for middle and high school boys. He has also helped lead various mission trips around the world. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 2016. Mr. Lehman also serves as our elementary physical education teacher. 
 
 
 
Mrs. Amy Dempsey – Administrative Assistant
Miss Amy possesses years of administrative experience in office settings along with having worked with children in a variety of environments, including as a preschool aide here at Grace Academy. Additionally,   her love for the Lord is very evident as she interacts with others. She will play a vital role as our school continues to grow!
 
 
 
Mrs. Janet Dempsey – Upper Elementary Teacher (grades 4-6)/Academic Advisor
Mrs. Dempsey will serve as our Academic Advisor as well as one of our upper elementary teachers. Aside from teaching in the classroom, her role will also involve coming alongside teachers in the classrooms to provide general guidance and assistance as well as providing counsel related to the academic affairs of our school. She will also help with troubleshooting any student developmental or academic concerns. Janet had been the Principal of Grace Academy when it previously operated from 1987 until 2007. Her academic background, her years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, and her passion for Christian education have equipped her wonderfully for this role.
 
 
 
Mrs. Katie Lehman – Upper Elementary Teacher (grades 4-6)/Curriculum Coordinator
Mrs. Lehman will serve as our Curriculum Coordinator as well as the other upper elementary teacher. Aside from teaching in the classroom, she will oversee the broad scope of curriculum in all classes, ensuring continuity across grade levels, and assisting teachers with implementation of curriculum-related methodology and strategies in the classroom. Her educational background, her wide range in teaching experience in many grade levels, and her love for Christian education makes her well-suited for this position.
 
 
 
Mrs. Kelly Burrows – Lower Elementary Lead Teacher (grades 1-3)
Mrs. Burrows will serve as our lower elementary lead teacher. Her experience teaching in lower elementary classes, along with her sincere love of Jesus, makes her a wonderful new addition to our school staff for this year!  
 
 
 
Mrs. Debbie Cross – Lower Elementary Co-Teacher (grades 1-3)
Mrs. Cross has been with Grace Academy for over 18 years. She has taught preschoolers through 3rd grade students during her tenure at Grace Academy.  She loves to provide hands-on, interactive opportunities for the children as they learn about the various subjects.  Not only is she a seasoned educator with lower elementary students, but her love for her students is evident as well. She enjoys engaging them in the learning process so they develop not only a love for learning, but a love for Jesus in the process.
 
 
 
Mrs. Nichole Horvath – Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Horvath has taught in early education or many years. Her teaching experience, along with her fervent love for the Lord and for working with children, make her an exciting addition to our staff! She knows how to engage her students in the learning experience through a hands-on approach to learning. Her love of creativity will make every day fun and educational!
 
 
 
Mrs. Elicia Lentz – PK-4 Teacher
Mrs. Lentz joined Grace Academy in 2015. She loves working with children and has truly blossomed over these years, demonstrating a grace and ability to effectively educate our PK-4 students, helping to lay a solid foundation for Kindergarten. Her teaching experience, along with her love for Jesus, helps ensure that students are not only impacted with academic knowledge, but with the love of Jesus.
 
 
 
Mrs. Heather Lowe – PK-4 Aide
Not only does Mrs. Lowe have experience working in childcare settings, she also senses a calling from the Lord to work with children. Her daughter, Cherith, had come through our preschool program and is currently in 2nd grade here at Grace Academy. Mrs. Lowe will be helping out in the PK4 room in the mornings and then as a floating aide in the afternoon assisting the elementary teachers as needed. We are excited to have her join our staff this year!
 
 
Mrs. Ruth Galinato – PK3 Teacher
We are exited to welcome Mrs. Galinato to be part of the Grace Academy staff! She not only has over 14 years of years of experience teaching preschool, she carries a passion for Christian education. She loves helping children explore this great big world our God has created and sneaking in learning while having fun!  
 
 
 
Miss. Kathy Rainey – Aide Miss Kathy has been with us since 2014.  She loves working with the children and is a wonderful helper for the PK-3 class.  The children love interacting with her as well.  She is a very important part of why this class flows so well throughout the year.
 
 
 
Miss Wendy Amspacher – Music Teacher
Along with over 15 years of experience teaching music to preschool through elementary age children, Miss Wendy has a love for the Lord and an ability to help children connect with the Lord in a greater way through the medium of music. Your children will enjoy her style of creating an interactive learning environment where students have the opportunity to handle various types of musical instruments as well as learning some of the foundational elements of musical notes, pitch, and even reading music – and all while moving around and having a blast! She will also be helping with our Christmas programs as well as the Spring Musical. We are excited to have her join us this year. 
 
 
Miss Sarah Novak – Art Teacher
Miss Novak is currently a junior at Lancaster Bible College majoring in Education and has a specific passion for teaching Art and helping children connect and see the Lord in a greater way through art. Her passion and love for art is exceeded only by her love for the Lord. We are excited to see how the children will learn and grow in their art expression – whether with glue and popsicle stick 3-D creations or colorful drawings or sketches with paint and watercolors. You will have the opportunity to see your child’s work at our winter and spring art shows!