Our Faculty and staff

Lighthouse Christian Academy's faculty and staff are well-trained godly men and women whose love for children and Classical education fill the classrooms every single day. 

  •     The LCA Administrative Team

                   Kathy Guerra, Administrator

                   DARIA BENNETT, LEAD TEACHER

    Lighthouse Christian Academy's day to day administration is managed by knowledgable and experienced staff members. Through collaboration and pulling from their many years of experience in education, the Administrative Team serves the families, staff, and students of the school and the community at large. 

  • Mrs. Torrey Janssen, Office Manager

    Mrs. Janssen is the newest member of our staff, having previously worked part time in the Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church office. She has a background in editing and writing and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Gettysburg College. In her spare time, Mrs. Janssen teaches swimming and advocates for parents with children in special education. She enjoys reading, road trips to historic sites, and spending time with her husband and two boys.

  • Mrs. Kristin Bortnick, Pre-K Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Bortnick, a native Floridian, has been teaching preschool-aged students for 24 years. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in  Child Development from Virginia Tech, which she attended on a Volleyball scholarship.  In her spare time, Mrs. Bortnick enjoys working with her best friend at their volleyball Ministry Volley for Christ Volley for Christ, started with her best friend and which takes her all over the country running camps and mission work during the summer.  Mrs. Bortnick also enjoy running and spending time with friends.  She has been married to her husband Mike for 23 years. Mrs. Bortnick brings her expertise to the implementation of the LCA Pre-K program and integrates the Classical model to prepare students for Kindergarten and beyond.

  • Mrs. Jennifer Fielding, AssisTant Pre-K Teacher

    Mrs. Fielding has a tremendous background working with children and is excited to be joining the staff at Lighthouse Christian Academy. After 10 years as a paralegal and several years of staying home full time to raise her children, Mrs. Fielding worked as a teaching assistant for 8 years at a local preschool, 5 of which were with Pre-K-aged children. Mrs. Fielding is a member of Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church and is active in the Praise and Worship Team, Vacation Bible School, and Children's Church ministries. In her free time she enjoys cooking, home interior projects, singing, and song writing. Mrs. Fielding shares her love of Christ freely and abundantly with her students and loves telling the stories of Jesus. 

  • Mrs. Bonnie Murray, Kindergarten

    Mrs. Murray rejoined LCA in July 2018. Mrs. Murray is a graduate of Salisbury State University, earning a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Communications and Design. She worked in advertising for 20 years before falling in love with Classical education and never looked back to the corporate world. She started her Classical training under a mentor teacher in 2004. She worked as the LCA Kindergarten Teacher from 2005 to 2013, and she has been teaching preschool at St. Christopher's until spring of 2018. She has two children: Alea, who is a junior at College of Charleston, and Thomas, a senior at QACHS, both of whom flourished as students at LCA. Her husband, Andy, is deputy county attorney for Prince George's County. Bonnie and her family attend Centreville United Methodist Church. In her spare time, Bonnie loves the beach, being artistic and creative, and studying God’s word.

  • Mrs. Christine Wasnesky, First Grade

    Mrs. Wasnesky earned her Bachelor's of Science in Music with a concentration in Education and minor in French at Grove City College.  Before joining LCA, she taught for 5 years in public schools before her children were born, and then she returned to teaching in 2011. Mrs. Wasnesky joined LCA in 2015 and loves its unapologetic Christian worldview, the Classical methodology, and its desire to partner with families to raise godly students with joy. Mrs. Wasnesky's interests include crafts of all sorts, sewing, and home improvement projects. She has two children who attend Lighthouse Christian Academy.

  • Mr. TimOthy Wenger, Second Grade

    Mr. Wenger joined LCA in August 2018. A graduate of Towson University, Mr. Wenger earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. It was through Towson's wonderful program that he truly developed a passion for teaching.  After earning his degree, he has spent time teaching at public schools as well as private Christian and Classical schools. He enjoys music and sports, especially baseball, and is an enthusiastic member of our staff.     

  • Ms. Ann Nichols, Third Grade

    Ms. Nichols is a graduate of Cedarville College with a B.A. in  Elementary Education and a minor in Biological Sciences. Ms. Nichols' teaching career began in 1990 as a Middle School science teacher at a Christian school for 143 students. Since then, she has tutored independently, homeschooled her oldest son through eighth grade, and has developed curriculum and taught for a Classical Christian Homeschool academy from 1999 to 2007. Ms. Nichols' two sons graduated from a classical school, and that experience gave her an inside look at the tremendous blessing of a classical Christian education.  Ms. Nichols enjoys music, 4-H, reading, and gardening. 

  • Ms. Daria Bennett, Fourth Grade, Lead Teacher

    Continuing to provide a Christ-centered focus to her students, Ms. Bennett returns for her seventh year as Lighthouse’s Christian Academy’s fourth grade teacher. With more than 15 years of educational experience, Ms. Bennett also serves as the Lead Teacher at Lighthouse Christian Academy. During her career, she has taught a variety of lower school subjects including Language Arts, Literature, History, Math, Science, and Bible.

  • Mrs. Lauren Goetz, Fifth Grade, Devotions

    Mrs. Goetz is a graduate of High Point University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Goetz previously taught 6th grade English in North Carolina. As an LCA alumni, Mrs. Goetz knows the value of Classical education rooted in the Word of God and hopes to inspire and lead her students through the year as they begin to take on more responsibility and grow in their academics.

  • Mrs. Becky Brobst, Math, 6th--8th Grades, and Physical Education

    Mrs. Brobst is a graduate of High Point University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine. She attended a Christian school prior to that, and she values Christian education greatly and has a deep desire to instill the love of God in every child. She has worked with the Queen Anne’s County Partnering for Youth Program at Stevensville Middle School, and has volunteered at Kent Island Elementary and Bayside Elementary schools. Mrs. Brobst lives on Kent Island with her husband, Wayne, and their 4 children. They have been members of Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church for the last 17 years, where Mrs. Brobst has enjoyed leading the girls middle school Sunday School.

  • Mrs. Kathy Guerra, Literature and Writing, 6-8th Grades, Lead Administrator

    Mrs. Guerra earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a major in English and a certificate in Secondary Education. After teaching in both public and private schools and working for a medical publishing company, she joined Lighthouse Christian Academy in 2013 as Marketing Director. Having experienced educational public and private teaching philosophies first hand, she found classical Christian education to be the most compelling means of educating children and has been committed to supporting it ever since. She has three children who have attended Lighthouse since Kindergarten. In her spare time, Mrs. Guerra enjoys traveling, reading, running, and scrapbooking.

  • Mrs. Susi Hackman, Science and Bible, 6-8th Grades

    Mrs. Hackman brings zeal and enthusiasm to the Logic Level science classroom. Bringing years of experience from another Classical school, Mrs. Hackman has enjoyed her transition to LCA.

  • Mrs. Liz Morton, 6-8th Grade History, 8th Logic

    Mrs. Morton is in her fifteenth year at Lighthouse Christian Academy, previously serving as an instructor, the lead Upper School teacher, and then retired as the Head of the Upper School and History Instructor. Mrs. Morton Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle and Secondary Education from the University of Alabama and did post graduate work at George Mason University.  Before teaching at LCA, she was the owner and director of The Creative Classroom Preschool in Woodbridge, Virginia and the co-Founder and co-director of The Living Water Preschool in Stevensville. The Mortons have lived on Kent Island for 18 years, and their three daughters all attended Lighthouse Christian Academy for many years. Aside from being a history nerd, Mrs. Morton’s favorite pastimes are reading, painting, and quilting with her mom.

  • Mrs. Eileen McFarren, Latin, 3-8th Grades

    Magistra Eileen McFarren is an experienced Latin teacher with a Masters of Arts in teaching Latin from the University of Virginia. She is inspired by John 1:1-14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Magistra McFarren believes that learning about words and language helps us seek and recognize that which is True, Good, and Beautiful. In addition to her love of teaching, Mrs. McFarren is an avid scuba diver and world traveler. She has just returned from a sabbatical, living abroad on the beautiful island of Bonaire with her husband and daughter.

  • Mrs. Brenda Mastrangelo, Dialectic Music

    Mrs. Mastrangelo joined LCA in 2017 to lead K-8 students in Music. Earning her Bachelors of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland, Mrs. Mastrangelo has taught for 10 years in public and 11 years in private schools, in addition to countless years of vocal coaching and piano lessons in her private studio. She is a Maryland native and lives in Arnold. She is the mother to two daughters and the grandmother to six grandchildren! She brings joy to our music program and delights in the development of each child's unique musical abilities.

  • Mrs. Carol Seitz, K-8 Art

    Mrs. Seitz earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Maryland state-certified K-12 Art teacher and has taught art in Christian schools since 1990. She developed a Classical and Christian Art Curriculum that was published by Rockbridge Academy, a Classical school in Anne Arundel County. Mrs. Seitz takes a classical approach to art education and believes that all students may enjoy success in the discipline of drawing. She has found it beneficial to the students to include the history of art and certain master works in the art program. As the master artists were trained by copying works of master artists of their time, students are introduced to the concept of learning from recognized masters of the past.

  • Mrs. Joyce Mong, Grammar School Music

    Mrs. Joyce Mong earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College.  With 20 plus years of experience in public, private and homeschooling education, as well as a personal piano studio, Mrs. Mong is excited to return to LCA and share her love of music with the children.  She looks forward to teaching music in light of the Christian, Classical approach.

  • Dr. Carl Ortman, 7th Grade Logic, Dialectic Study Skills, Consultant

    Dr. Ortman started his educational career at Friends School in Baltimore where he taught middle school Algebra. He then took his first Head of School at St. Jame's Academy in Monkton, Maryland, and several years later moved to Florida where he became the Head of School for the St. Josephs School. His next challenge was in Hudson, Ohio, at the Western Reserve Academy where  he taught, coached, and was a Dean of Students. His last assignment was in Malvern Pennsylvania where he returned to the role of Head of School.

    Carl is a past All- State and All-American athlete and a current Hall of Fame member at three schools: St. Paul's School, Washington College, and Friends School. He attained his Ph.D. in 1991 and was, after his years in education, the Broker of Record for RE/MAX in Ocean City, MD.

    He has a son, Carl IV, a professional artist who resides in Salida, Colorado, and a lovely wife, Joanne. They currently reside in St. Michael's, MD. This is his 3rd year at LCA.