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. 

  • The LCA Administrative Team

                   Daria Bennett, Lead Administrator

                   Lanie Berger, Office Manager

                   Kathy Guerra, Marketing and Administration

    Lighthouse Christian Academy's day to day administration is managed by three of our 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. 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, Administrative Team

    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. Eileen McFarren, Latin

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

    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. Becky Brobst, 6th and 7th Grade Math

    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.

  • Dr. Carl Ortman, Algebra and Logic

    Dr. Ortman joined LCA in 2017 and brings years of wisdom and experience to our Logic Level.  Earning academic degrees at St. Paul's School, Washington College, Towson State, and UMBC, Dr. Ortman has taught Algebra  for 13 years and served as headmaster at three private schools in three different states. He and his wife, Joanne, live in St. Michaels, and their son is a professional artist in Colorado. In his spare time, Dr. Ortman enjoys a good round of golf. 

  • Mrs. Liz Morton, History, 6-8th Grades

    Mrs. Morton is returning to Lighthouse Christian Academy after a brief retirement!  For 13 years, she served 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. 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. Brenda Mastrangelo, 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, 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, Administrative Team

    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.