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.
Our Faculty and staff
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
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, served as a Core Team Member of a local church plant and attends Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis. Mrs. Tryon resides on the Eastern Shore with her husband, Travis, and their 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. Yvonne mcbee, Pre-K Lead Teacher
Mrs. McBee has been a part of the LCA community for several years. She began at LCA as one of our main substitutes in 2018 helping out in all of our classrooms as needed. In December 2021, Mrs. McBee stepped in as our long-term substitute in our Pre-K class and graciously became our Pre-K Lead Teacher in the fall of 2022. Mrs. McBee was born in Maryland, but grew up in Escondido, CA, where she graduated from California State University with a teaching degree in Social Sciences, and subsequently attended Lincoln Law School. Mrs. McBee returned to the Kent Island area in 2003. That same year, she met her husband, Hal, and they were married in 2007. Their son, Royan, was born in 2010. Shortly after Royan was born, they began attending Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church and have attended there ever since. Mrs. McBee enjoys serving at her church and has been Safe Harbor's Nursery Coordinator since 2018. She loves creating fun things with the smallest members of the congregation.
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 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 a 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 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. 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 20+ 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.
mrs. tara kitts, science, 6-8th grades
Mrs. Kitts joined the LCA family in 2022 as our Upper School Science Teacher. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Towson University and then continued on to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Mrs. Kitts is a native of the Eastern Shore and resides here with her husband and their 2 boys. She is a long time member of Easton Church of God and greatly revels in her community work. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and going to the beach; but, most of all, she enjoys making memories with her family. Mrs. Kitts brings much excitement and enthusiasm with her and can't wait to share her love of Jesus with our children.
Ms. skyler kochan, 6-8TH HISTORY, 7-8TH LOGIC AND DEBATE
Ms. Kochan attended Alderson Broaddus University on a golf scholarship. She graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Political Science. Upon receiving her diploma, she spent her time as a paralegal in both West Virginia and Michigan. Despite not going to college to become a teacher, Ms. Kochan spent the last six summers coaching and leading over 500 junior golfers in Flint, Michigan. Her experience as a coach encouraged her to take the steps necessary to become a teacher. She is both eager and excited for her journey to start at LCA. In her free time, she enjoys golfing with her family, painting, visiting historical sites, and reading new books.
Mr. Liam Naegeli, Bible, 6-8th grades
Mr. Naegeli is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute Florida. He is also a graduate of Cedarville University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Minor in Bible. He is currently completing his Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Naegeli grew up in Riva, MD in a Christian home with four sisters and no brothers! He is married to the love of his life, Anastasia. Mr. Naegeli loves making good coffee, fishing, and talking about church history, theology, and the gospel.
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. 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
Ms. Jeanne began working at Lighthouse in 2021 as our Afterschool Enrichment Director. She loves her kids, learning old and new, and cooking by-the-book. Ms. Jeanne also enjoys art and going to libraries and museums. Her piece of biblical advice for everyone she meets is to 'enjoy each day knowing your Heavenly Father will never let you down.' One of her favorite verses of the Bible is Psalm 37:4.