Teachers and Staff

Paideia’s teachers and staff are all faithful Christians, living lives transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ and subscribing to our Statement of Faith. Here is the list of our teachers and staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 Board Members

Job Cacka, Matt Dau, David Spears, Kate Singleton, Mike True

David - CroppedDavid Spears: Head of School

David served in the military for six years and then gained his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from George Fox University. David is a permanent board member at Paideia and serves as disciplinary principal and head of school. He and his wife Rose have four boys and a passion for advancing Christian education in the Portland metro area.

Brenda - CroppedBrenda Kulbe: Administrative Assistant

Brenda received her diploma in Office Administration – Executive from Niagara College in Ontario, Canada. She worked for 12 years before taking time off to move to the States, get married, and raise her family. She enjoys paper crafts, painting, and amateur photography. She is an invaluable asset to our teachers as she coordinates volunteer scheduling, parent communications, and all things office-related.

Rose - CroppedRose Spears: Director of Academics and Admissions

Rose graduated from New Saint Andrews College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture. She taught for five years at King’s Academy in Oregon City, providing instruction in a variety of secondary-level classes. She has also taught Latin classes on-line for Classical Academic Press’ Schole Academy. She and husband David have four boys, three of them enrolled at Paideia and the youngest still in preschool. In her spare time, Rose writes historical fiction and does editing for her publishing company. For her sixth year at Paideia, she will be providing instruction in secondary Latin, Greek, music, and history, and overseeing academics and admissions.

Amy HayesAmy Hayes: Kindergarten Teacher

Amy Hayes was the founding teacher for Paideia’s inaugural class and is now returning as our Kindergarten teacher. She and her husband Doug raised his five children from a previous marriage and now delight in 10 grandchildren – four of whom attend at Paideia. Amy has taught in a variety of educational settings for the past 20 years including homeschooling her own children, grandchildren and the children of friends, running a one-room-school classroom in her home, tutoring foreign students, Barton dyslexia tutoring, and doing teacher training in phonics curricula. Amy loves setting a bountiful table for family and friends, creating a garden and home where people want to be, photographing delicious babies, all things books and the worship and life of her church community.

Jayna - CroppedJayna Heath: First Grade Teacher

Jayna continues with us in her second year at Paideia. Jayna graduated from Northwest University with a B.A. in Elementary Education, including endorsements in ESL and English. She is a native Oregonian who returned home after living in Washington, DC and Louisville, KY with her husband and growing family. Kurt and Jayna have four children, ages 13, 11, 8, and 6.

Sharon T - CroppedSharon True: Second Grade Teacher

Sharon continues with us in her third year at Paideia. She is a graduate from Central Washington University with a B.A. in Ed., Special Ed. major/ minor in Elementary Ed., and a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from City University. She taught 15 years as a special ed. teacher and a reading specialist in Evergreen School District in Vancouver WA, as well as teaching English overseas one summer in Poland to high schoolers. After getting married, moving to Happy Valley OR and having three children, (all of whom attend Paideia) she homeschooled and tutored in Classical Conversations for 5 years.  Signing for the deaf, traveling, and working with youth have been a love of hers since her young adult years. Sharon and her husband, along with their children, serve on worship team at their church, as music is an integral part of their family. She considers it an honor to be able to pass on truth to the next generation, since there is no greater joy than to take the hand of a child and place it in the hand of Jesus for all of life.

Lisa - CroppedLisa Poindexter: Third Grade Teacher

Lisa is excited to continue in her third year at Paideia teaching third grade. Previously, she worked as an R.N. on an Orthopedic Unit for 12 years before homeschooling her 6 children. Her family was involved with Classical Conversations during which time she tutored in the Foundations program for several years.  Her favorite things about third grade are introducing students to wonderful literature and having fun with fractions. Besides school, Lisa enjoys gardening, taking trips with her husband, and coffee dates with friends.

Kaitlyn - CroppedKaitlyn Phelan: Fourth & Fifth Grade Teacher

Kaitlyn continues with us in her fifth year at Paideia in the fourth/fifth grade classroom. She holds her A.A. from Clackamas Community College, her one-year Certificate of Biblical Studies from Montana Bible College, and her B.A. in Humanities from Thomas Edison State University. Kaitlyn delights in bringing learning to life in the classroom through hands-on projects and singing. Her goal as a teacher is to instill a love for Christ and a passion for learning into her students as they uncover the many wonders of creation together.

Alice - CroppedAlice Barnard: Sixth Grade Teacher

Alice continues at Paideia in her fourth year as teacher of our sixth grade classroom. Alice graduated from Trinity Western University with a B.A. in Geography, minor in English. She still loves learning and has discovered through many years of homeschooling that she also loves teaching. Previous to teaching at Paideia, she tutored Foundations and Essentials classes for Classical Conversations. She is married to Gary and they have four children ranging from elementary through college age.

80F1F2B2-3586-4655-BFCB-C35C0BD9B8DFAlison Tertin: Secondary Math

Ali returns to our team this year as math teacher for Algebra 2 and Geometry. She hails from northern Minnesota, where she taught middle school and coached for 8 years before moving to Oregon in 2007. She is a mother of two, the wife of a pastor, and a compassionate friend to all, having served for years in youth ministry, women’s ministries and the Classical Conversations home school co-op in Portland. On any given weekend, you’ll almost certainly find her with her husband and kids on some kind of adventure in the woods, on the beaches, or down the trails of the Pacific Northwest. Her peppy German Shorthair Pointer, “Daisy, the Roo Roo,” is always nearby, tracking squirrels and birds. To her, cooking is a necessary evil more than an art, and household plants are simultaneously beautiful and impossible to keep alive, but she remains optimistically hopeful on both accounts. Most of all, Ali continues to experience the profound grace of Jesus each day and is always inviting students, parents and neighbors into the way of life that belongs to Christ alone.

Lauryn_Kay_Photography_Portland_Oregon_Head_Shots-40Emily Hoos: Secondary Literature, English; Theater

Emily graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a BA in both English and theatre arts and has a master’s in teaching from Henderson State University. Originally from Arkansas, Emily has taught high school English and theatre for the public school system in her home state, and spent time in New York City directing and producing professional theatre. In addition to teaching, Emily is also a studio florist and often spends her weekends “flowering” weddings and special events in the Portland metro area. She and her husband David live in SW Portland and enjoy trips to the coast, being active members of their church, reading about entrepreneurship, and spending time with their little dog, Scout.

Elsha WinsorElsha Winsor: Secondary Bible, English, History

Elsha grew up in Wyoming and spent her time reading and exploring outside. She recived her undergrad in English and later her teaching credential from the Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California. In California she taught both jr high and high school English before moving up to Oregon with her husband and daughter, Charlotte. She looks forward to working with the families at Paideia this year!

IMG_9485Chelsi Lacine: Secondary Science, Math, Bible

Chelsi studied Biology at Chemeketa Community College and George Fox University. She is a pastor’s wife and mother to four children. Chelsi is passionate about inspiring young people in the wonder of God through the study of the Bible and his creation.

Connie MeyerdierkConnie Meyerdierk: Secondary Bible

Connie studied Elementary Ed. at Western Oregon State College. She and her husband Mike are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year.  They are committed to educating their three children from a Christian perspective. Connie helped to form a co-op and taught a variety of subjects in the six years her family participated in it. She has enjoyed many years of homeschooling, and now joins Paideia with the desire to nurture a love for the Word of God with the students in the eighth grade Bible class.

IMG_5050Sara Cone: Secondary Math, History

Sara has a BS in Accounting and is excited to be teaching both Global Studies and Algebra 1 this year. She homeschooled her brothers for several years and has tutored both math and chemistry at the college level. She enjoys history and geography and works part-time at a local museum with volunteers. She loves a good road trip and happily loses track of time when sewing, hiking or reading.

Maddie - CroppedMaddie Shearer: Latin Teacher / Lower Elementary Teacher’s Aide

Maddie Shearer continues with us a teacher’s aide in first grade and other lower elementary classes. She has worked with children of all ages directing various plays and events, volunteering in her church nursery, and co-directing a children’s choir. She loves the enthusiasm that kids have, and her goal is to inspire them to have a love of learning..

IMG_6410 (2)Beth Anne Cacka: Art Teacher / Upper Elementary Teacher’s Aide

Beth Anne Cacka continues with us this year as art teacher for 1st & 2nd grades, and a teacher’s aide for the upper elementary classes. She graduated from Hyles-Anderson college with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade for several years before marriage and becoming a mom of two boys. She loves art, history, music, animals, baking, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her family in our beautiful state.

Sharon WSharon Wilson: Art Teacher

Sharon continues with us in her fifth year as art teacher at Paideia, teaching the 8th-10th grade art classes. She is an artist working in a variety of mediums. After finishing home schooling six children, she began teaching art classes at King’s Academy and has continued that pursuit at Paideia.  She has a published a coloring book of pen and ink drawings and continues to explore new artistic mediums every year.


Ana Dau: Art Teacher

Ana Dau continues with us as art teacher for the 3rd, 6th & 7th grades this year. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Classical Studies from the University of Idaho. She has had several years instruction in drawing and painting and enjoys studying art history and theory in her spare time. She has extensive experience teaching dance and theater arts at both the elementary and secondary levels. Ana is a stay at home mother with three students at Paideia and one more waiting in the wings.

IMG_3779Sarah Kugelberg: Art Teacher

Sarah is excited to be teaching Art in the Kindergarten and Fourth and Fifth grade classes this year. She is originally from Southern California. She studied fine arts at California State University of Fullerton and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting and gained Teaching Credential in Art Education. She has previously taught Art in various settings. Sarah and her family moved to Oregon in 2011. She is the wife of a pastor and a mother of two students who currently attend Paideia. Sarah loves spending time with her family at the beach or going on adventures.

Resized_20180906_215142_6032Imelda Nedelcu: Elementary Music Teacher

Imelda brings her passion for music and teaching to Paideia this year. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and has led various singing groups over the years. Before 10 years of homeschooling she worked as a teacher’s aide at Spring Mountain Elementary and Sunrise Middle School. She and her husband Ovi enjoy farm life at their Damascus homestead.