The leaves are nearly gone, the air is crisp, and we have even had a bit of snow—fall is passing quickly! Here at Genesis Classical Academy we have completed the first quarter of our fifth school year, and 21 new students are settling nicely into the rhythm of a classical education.
We also are blessed with the talents of several new teachers who, along with our veteran staff, are working hard each day to guide the minds and hearts of our 84 students.
Miss Elizabeth Ellis is a first-year teacher who graduated from North Central University with a degree in Elementary Education. She was born in the South Pacific, and did her student teaching in Saipan, an island north of Guam. Miss Elizabeth enjoys reading, painting, drawing, biking, and walking when she is not teaching our energetic first graders.
Mrs. Angela Lawrence has a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from South Dakota State University, with a minor in Human Development and Family Relations. She also holds an accounting certificate from Rasmussen College and has previous teaching experience at Martin Luther and Fairmont High Schools. Mrs. Lawrence has the ability to relate to a wide age range of students—she teaches the 4/5 year-old preschoolers and is the advisor to the eighth grade. She and her husband farm south of Blue Earth and have four children who all attend Genesis Classical Academy.
Mrs. Aleythia Slaughter has studied Spanish Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and lives with her husband outside of Good Thunder. At GCA she wears many hats—Latin teacher, eighth grade supervisor, piano teacher, and accompanist for the sixth through eighth grade choir. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding and reading.
Mrs. Becky Krause came out of retirement after a very successful teaching career to assist at GCA as a long-term substitute and has returned this year to teach the three year-old preschool students and advise the preschool program. She has a BS degree from Minnesota State University and an MS degree from St. Cloud State. She has taught Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, Title 1, and Special Education K-12 in a number of schools. She is also spearheading the development of the GCA Guardians, a program for grandparents and older adults in the community to support our students. She and her husband have three married sons, five living grandchildren, and one grandchild in heaven.
Mrs. Judy Ness began her teaching career as a high school science and religion teacher, and has taught sporadically in a number of settings. For the past 35 years she has operated a real estate brokerage (which she continues to do). While this is her first experience teaching fourth through eighth choir and guitar, she has 50 years of experience as a church musician (cantor, guitarist, and choir director). She is assisted by Mrs. Slaughter and Mrs. Esther Nelson, who serve as rehearsal accompanists. Mrs. Ness has also volunteered at GCA over the past several years, working with marketing, development, and fundraising. She and her husband have three adult children and four grandchildren, and three of their grandchildren attend Genesis Classical Academy.
Watch for upcoming blog posts for “Staff Spotlight,” and get to know all of our talented and dedicated staff at Genesis Classical Academy.