Our 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. 

  • Mrs. Judy Shaffer, Kindergarten

    Mrs. Shaffer’s main goal in life is stated in Philippians 1:9-11, “that [her] love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that [she] may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” She met her husband, Lloyd, at Washington Bible College, and acquired her Bachelor's of Religious Education degree through Chesapeake Bible College and Seminary. For 20 years she classically homeschooled her three children from preschool through high school graduation, directed two online chat rooms teaching and encouraging homeschooling mothers for 7 years, and administrated a homeschool oversight group for 8 years. For 7 years she worked for a Christian Satellite company broadcasting the gospel to the Middle East and North Africa. Mrs. Shaffer taught 1st and 2nd grades at another Christian school, but loves teaching Kindergarten at LCA!She enjoys the students and the hard work of teaching. She is working on her Masters of Religious Education degree. She keeps busy studying God’s Word, reading, cross-stitching, and gardening.

  • 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.

  • Mrs. Joyce Mong, Second Grade

    Mrs. Mong earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Grove City College and has more than 15 years' experience in public, private, and homeschool education.  She has also had the opportunity to operate her own piano studio and encourage a love of the piano and a love of music in children.  She was introduced  to Classical education in 2002 and had the opportunity to teach in a Christian Classical school.   She took with her the love of the rigorous Classical approach and looks forward to teaching in a Christ-centered environment while training up young minds in the light of the Classical approach at LCA.

  • 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

    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. Kathy Guerra, Literature and Writing, 6-8th Grades

    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, and scrapbooking.

  • Mrs. Susi Hackman, Science and Bible, 6-8 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. Carol Seitz, 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.

  • Ms. Megan Stine, Physical Education

    Ms. Stine, a Lighthouse Christian Academy alumni, is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology and a minor in Applied Youth Development. She has 15 years of athletic experience including her final experience playing lacrosse at the collegiate level. She is energetic and creative. She hopes that her passion for athletics, our youth, and our Lord will bring a fun and fresh new twist to the Physical Education program at LCA. 

  • Mrs. Lanie Berger, Office Manager

    Mrs. Berger joined LCA in 2013 with her two daughters who are students at LCA. Mrs. Berger formerly homeschooled her children and enjoys being a part of LCA's commitment to classical and Christian education.  In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and crocheting.