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, Head of School

                   DARIA BENNETT, Administrator

    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. Karla Tryon

    Office Manager

    Mrs. Tryon joined LCA in 2021 as the Office Manager, supporting the Administrative Team and being the touchpoint for families, staff, and the community at large. She brings with her 8+ years of experience in Accounting and Bookkeeping, has a background in Communications, and serves as a Core Team Member of a church plant in Annapolis. Mrs. Tryon resides on Kent Island with her husband, Travis, and her two children, Olivia and Mia. She loves digging deep into God’s Word and enjoys going to the beach in the summer with her family.

  • Mrs. Kristin Bortnick, Pre-K Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Bortnick, a native Floridian, has been teaching preschool-aged students for 26 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, which takes her all over the country running camps and mission work during the summer.  Mrs. Bortnick also enjoys running and spending time with friends.  She has been married to her husband Mike for 25 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 on 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 B.A. 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 taught pre-school at Saint Christopher’s Church in Stevensville from 2013- 2018. She has two children, Alea and Thomas, 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 attended 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, Administrator

    Continuing to provide a Christ-centered focus to her students, Ms. Bennett began her career as Lighthouse’s Christian Academy’s fourth grade teacher in 2010. With more than 20 years of educational experience, Ms. Bennett also serves as the Administrator 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. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, exploring historical sites, exercise, and reading.

  • 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. Eileen McFarren, Latin, 3rd-8th Grades, HOMESCHOOL COORDINATOR

    Magistra Eileen McFarren is an experienced Latin teacher with a Masters of Arts in teaching Latin from the University of Virginia and is returning for her fourth year at LCA. 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.

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

    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 19 years, where Mrs. Brobst has enjoyed leading the girls middle school Sunday School.

  • Mrs. Kathy Guerra, Literature and Writing, 6-8th Grades, head of school

    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.


    Mr. Yetzer earned his Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary with a concentration in the history of philosophy.  He has a keen interest in the history of Western thought and how ideas shape and are reflected in culture.  Having received a classical education himself, his goal in teaching is to help students discover their vocations in Christ through the cultivation of their loves.  Prior to joining LCA, he worked in the Christian publishing industry and taught at homeschool co-ops, Sunday school, and Trail Life.  A man of letters, his writing on a variety of topics has appeared in such diverse places as The Imaginative Conservative, The Delmarva Farmer, and the Ascension Press blog.  In his free time, he likes to research genealogy, sing folk songs, garden, play board games, and go camping.  

  • 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. Marianne Graham, Grammar school physical education

  • Mrs. Tiffany Martin, pre-K-8 Music

    Mrs. Martin was born and raised in the Annapolis area, where she lives with her husband and two children. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Towson University. Mrs. Martin taught for Anne Arundel County Public Schools for several years before taking a position at her children’s preschool at their home church, where she currently co-leads the worship team.  She loves to travel, spend time with her family and two dogs, help coach lacrosse and soccer, and spend time outdoors. She is grateful to share the love of music with the students at LCA and help further their God-given gifts.  She believes that music is one of the unique ways that God has given us to glorify and worship Him. 

  • Mr. William Ryans, Custodian

    Mr. Ryans keeps Lighthouse's facility shining brightly.

  • Ms. jeanne hurley, afterschool Enrichment

    I love my kids, learning old and new, cooking by-the-book. I enjoy art and going to libraries and museums. Enjoy each day knowing your Heavenly Father will never let you down. Psalm 37:4