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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 24 years and they have three children; Makayla, Curt and Georgia.

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 replacing Jeff Leman as school administrator when Jeff retired after 10 years of service. 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. They have four children; Isaac, Luci, Adalee and Asher.Brian family 2014

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!


Rachel Tonner

Rachel Tonner started as a kindergarten teacher in 2013. She previously attended Kingdom Academy as a student for three years. Currently, she is taking classes at Ivy Tech for Early Childhood Education and also teaches piano. She loves teaching young children and feels so blessed to be working at KA.

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Jean Compton

Jean Compton graduated from Purdue University where she earned her masters’ degree. She taught classes of learning disabled students for 23 years in local public schools. She has been teaching grades 4-6 at Kingdom Academy for 11 years. Jean is married to Gary Compton and they live near Bluffton. They have three children; Kelsey (Justin), Seth and Heidi. They also have two grandchildren.

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Quinn Fiechter

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.