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Anna Beth Birky

  • Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Sterling College - BA in Elementary Education
    • Grace University - BA in Bible
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 19 years
  • Experience:
    • Taught at Wichita Christian Academy, Wichita, KS - 1 semester
    • Taught Burrton Public Schools, Burrton, KS - 2 years
    • Taught Parkside Elementary School, Goshen, IN - 2 years
    • Taught Prince of Peace Elementary School, Corpus Christi, TX - 1 semester
  • Family:
    • Husband - Howard
    • Daughter - Mary* - Omaha, NE
    • Daughter - Elisabeth* - Lincoln, NE
    • Daughter and Son-in-law - Sara* and Ted Tucker - Fairbury, NE
      • Granddaughter - Olivia - Preschooler
      • Grandson - Tyler - Preschooler
      • Granddaughter Elise - Preschooler
    • Daughter and Son-in-law - Hannah* and Mike Kroeker, Clearwater, KS
      • Grandson - George - Preschooler
      • Grandson - Harry - Preschooler
    • Son and Daughter-in-law - John* and Lisa* Birky - Wichita, KS


Ruth Boettcher*

  • Kindergarten - Fourth Grade Music Teacher
  • Education:
    • Friends Bible College - BA Church Music/Bible
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 4 years
  • Family:
    • Husband - Larry
    • Daughter Kate - Junior High Student at Berean Academy


Kristen Burkhart*

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Education:
    • Mid-America Nazarene University BA Elementary Education
    • Wichita State University MA Elementary Reading/Early Childhood Certification
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • First year
  • Experience:
    • Burrton Elementary 6 years
    • USD 373 Teacher Mainstream Assitance Program
    • Apple-A-Day Preschool Director 13 years
  • Family:
    • Husband Tim
    • Children Meredith Elementary student at Berean Academy
    • Lili Elementary student at Berean Academy


Russel Busenitz*

  • Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Tabor College - BA Elementary Education
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 6 years
  • Experience:
    • Taught at Peabody Burns Public School, Peabody KS - 11 years
  • Co-Curricular:
    • Head Coach HS Soccer
  • Family:
    • Wife - Wanita*
    • Son - Tyler - Elementary Student at Berean Academy
    • Son - Preston - Elementary Student at Berean Academy
    • Daughter - Shannon - Elementary Student at Berean Academy
    • Son - Grant - Preschooler


Jeana Crowell

  • Third Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Indiana University - BS Elementary Education
    • Ball State University - MA in Elementary Education
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 3 years
  • Experience:
    • Indiana Public Schools - 7 years
  • Family:
    • Husband - Rod
    • Daughter and Son-in-law - Connie* and Roger Brown, Wichita, KS
      • Granddaughter Courtney Elementary Student
      • Grandson Jonathan - Preschooler
    • Son - Nathan* - Chicago, IL
    • Daughter - Rachael* - Brunswick, Maine
    • Son - Peter* - Whitewater, Kansas
    • Son - Gabe* - Student at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
    • Daughter - Anna* - John Brown University student


Vera Hall

  • Third Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Wichita State University - BA Elementary Education
    • Wichita State University - MA Elementary Education
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 8 years
  • Experience:
    • Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS - 5 years
  • Family:
    • Husband - David
    • Son Christopher - Senior High Student at Berean Academy
    • Daughter - Ashley Junior High Student at Berean Academy
    • Son Benjamin - Elementary Student at Berean Academy
    • Daughter Addison - Preschooler


Lori Jordan

  • First Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Grace University - BA Elementary Education
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 2 years
  • Experience:
    • Head Start Teacher - 1 year
  • Family:
    • Husband - Jonathan*


Nita Newby

  • Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Kansas State University - BS Elementary Education
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • 6 years
  • Family:
    • Husband - Steve
    • Son Nathan* - Ft. Riley, KS
    • Daughter - Gloria* - Butler County Community College Student
    • Son - Arlan - High School Student at Berean Academy
    • Daughter - Lydia - Elementary Student at Berean Academy


Lisa Schmidt

  • Resource Room Director
  • Education:
    • University of Texas BFA Theater Arts Education/Speech
    • Newman University MA Education
    • Fundamental Learning Center Academic Language Therapist
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • First Year
  • Experience:
    • Classroom Teacher Hillsboro, Texas: Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Wichita 18 years
    • Newman University Assistant Professor
    • Private Academic Learning Therapist
    • Fundamental Learning Center Teacher Trainer
  • Family:
    • Husband Tim
    • Children Eli Elementary Student at Berean Academy


Johanna Spencer*

  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Education:
    • Calvary Bible College BS Elementary Education
  • Experience:
    • First year teacher
  • Tenure at Berean Academy:
    • First year teacher
  • Family:
    • Single

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