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Staff

Brian Steffen

Brian Steffen is the administrator/principal at Kingdom Academy. Brian graduated from Ivy Tech in 2002 with an Associate’s Degree in both Business Management and Marketing. He served on the Kingdom Academy school board for two years before becoming the administrator/principal in 2014. Brian is thankful for the opportunity to build Christian relationships with the students, parents, and teachers and is thankful for how much the Lord continues to bless the school. He has managed The Monument Center since 2003 and was married to Jessie Steffen in 2004.Bio picture Brian and Steffen Steffen

Jessie Steffen

Jessie Steffen is the Kindergarten teacher at Kingdom Academy. She has her CDA (Child Development Associate) from Ivy Tech Community College and is currently working toward an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Jessie is the wife of Kingdom Academy administrator Brian Steffen and they have four young children: Isaac, Luci, Adalee, and Asher. Her goal as an early childhood educator is to create an environment that encourages children to love learning and more importantly to shine their lights for Christ. Jessie feels blessed to work in such a Godly Christian environment and looks forward to whatever God has planned for her at Kingdom Academy.

Tanya Girod

Tanya Girod began working with children her junior year of high school through an early childhood education class.  From that, she landed her first job in child care (First Presbyterian Church Daycare).  While working there she received her Child Development Associate (CDA) through Ivy Tech.  She worked in daycare through her first year of marriage (to Ben Girod in 2006), until their daughter, Vivian, was born (in 2007).  Before she knew it, Vivian was entering kindergarten. When Mrs. Fiechter retired the following year, KA asked Tanya to take over as the head preschool teacher.  What Tanya loves about Kingdom Academy is their love for Jesus and the “family” atmosphere!

 

Kelly Leyse

Kelly Leyse graduated from Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne with a degree in Elementary Education with Middle School endorsements in Social Studies and Language Arts.  She also graduated with a degree in Human Services and has worked hundreds of clinical hours with children K-12. She has experience working in public schools, private school for troubled teens, and homeschooling.  Kelly enjoys the challenge of encouraging children to become lifelong learners in a variety of subjects and areas of interest.

She has been married to Troy Leyse for over 25DSCN6048 years and they have three children; Makayla, Curt and Georgia.

Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder graduated from IPFW in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. The 4th – 6th grade position is Michael’s first teaching job and he is looking forward to connecting with his students so that God can be glorified and so that they can learn more about His Word and love for us. He loves to sing and fellowship with the young group and looks forward to those events throughout the week. Philippians 2 and Psalm 19 are his two favorite chapters in the Bible. Philippians 2 because Paul talks of the perfect humility of Jesus, a feat that we should all strive to obtain. Psalm 19 is his other favorite because it explains the glory of God and his Word.Michael

Cindy Lemmen

Cindy Lemmen teaches English in middle school and high school.  Her love of education began as a child when she spent many hours “teaching” imaginary students using the basement blackboard. Educators seem to run in her family and include her grandparents, mother, and siblings.
Cindy graduated from DePauw University with a BSN.  She then earned a Master of Science in Nursing (with an education emphasis) from the University of North Carolina. She worked several years as a RN and Family Nurse Practitioner, serving also in many clinical and community education roles. Cindy is currently working on her Secondary English Teaching Certification through Taylor University. She loves to see others learn and grow. She is thankful to have the opportunity to teach at this Christ-centered school, where a Christian world view and spiritual growth are prioritized and nurtured. Cindy is married to Roger Lemmen. They are thankful for their son, Matt, and daughter, Elaina.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5Capture

Quinn Fiechter


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Quinn Fiechter graduated from IPFW in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Math.  He is one of the three middle school/high school teachers at Kingdom Academy and has been there since the 2005-2006 school year.  He is married to Sarah Fiechter. Quinn enjoys teaching at Kingdom Academy and is glad to be used for God’s service at work.  Between the students, and his co-workers, Quinn looks forward to going to work and can’t wait to see what God has for his and Kingdom Academy’s future.

Ryan Bertsch

Ryan Bertsch graduated from IPFW with a teaching degree in Science.  He has been teaching at Kingdom Academy since 2005.  He teaches the high school/middle school History and Science classes.  He is married to Jessica Yergler and they have three children; Tate, Ellie, and Oakley Jo.  Ryan’s favorite part about teaching at Kingdom is the deep relationships he can build with students and the opportunity to teach a Christian world view.

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