New Teacher Profiles

Jennifer Chesebrough

4th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, MN

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC 

Previous Work Experience: 3 years teaching 4th grade (2 years at a Christian school in Illinois and 1 year at a charter school in MN) 

Hobbies: Volleyball, boating, fishing, hiking, reading

Fun Fact: I went on the Pitcher’s Mound at Wrigley Field before the start of a baseball game. 

Favorite Bible Verse: 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6


Grace Jang

Math Teacher: Algebra 1, AP Calculus

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Degree: B.S./M.S. - Loyola University, M.A.T. - University of Chicago

Previous Work Experience: Walter Payton College Prep, Blake

Hobbies: Being with my family, Cooking, Puzzles & brain teasers, Biking, Camping/Being outdoors, Board/Card games

Fun Fact: I have 4 sisters and 1 brother, and he's the youngest (my parents kept going until they got their boy!)

Favorite Bible Verse: 

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:25-26 


Garrett Krohn

Band Director, Worship Leader, Marketing Assistant

Hometown: Monticello, MN

Degree: B.S. Music Ed from Messiah College, M.M. in horn performance Bowling Green State University, D.M.A. BGSU (ABD)

Previous Work Experience: Taught at Terra State Community College, Defiance College, Black Swamp Fine Arts School.  Performed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Adrian Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Dearborn Symphony.

Hobbies: Disc golf, camping, being outside with my wife and dog

Fun Fact: I have gotten 2 holes in one in disc golf!

Favorite Bible Verse:For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11 


Maclane Marti

Math Teacher: Algebra II, AP Statistics, Computer Tech, and ACT Prep

Hometown: Burnsville, MN

Degree: BS Mathematics, University of Minnesota: MS Mathematics, Minnesota State University at Mankato

Previous Work Experience: Mathematics Instructor St. Thomas University, Mathematics Instructor Argosy University

Hobbies: Biking, Basketball, Board Games, Walking/Running around Lake Harriet, Reading, and Writing 

Fun Fact: I write with my right hand, but play sports left-handed

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:19-34

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy,your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Lisa Martinson

1st Grade Teacher

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Degree: BS Elementary Education, Mankato State University

Previous Work Experience: 5 years Faribault Public Schools, 11 years Schaeffer Academy in Rochester, 7 years Rochester Central Lutheran

Hobbies: Camping, kayaking, piano, knitting, reading, writing

Fun Fact: I love Sudoku puzzles

Favorite Bible Verse: "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 


Elizabeth Nichols 

Science Teacher:

Chemistry (10th), Biology (9th), Chemistry (7th), Yearbook

Hometown: Batesville, Mississippi

Degree: M.S. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University; Undergraduate at Mississippi State University

Previous Work Experience: 7 years of teaching biological sciences; Chick-fil-A training director for 3 years

Hobbies: Family time/board games, Reading (fantasy/dystopian/YA fiction), being outdoors

Fun Fact: I'm moving here from Mississippi to help plant a church. This will be my first time living outside the state of Mississippi!

Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you." Isaiah 43:1


Ben Smith

2nd Grade Teacher

Hometown: Minneapolis MN 

Degree: Elementary Education K-6 from North Central University 

Previous Work Experience: I have mainly worked with 2nd grade. My most recent teaching experience was at Eagle Ridge Academy. 

Hobbies: I love to play guitar, write journals and stories as well as  read interesting magazines articles.  

Fun Fact:  I have been to Everest Base Camp 

Favorite Bible Verse: “For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37