The Lima Christian School faculty and staff is committed to excellence in all areas.

Our teachers, administrators, and staff members are committed to caring for your children not only by providing them an excellent education but also by showing them the love and care of Jesus Christ. We pray for your students daily and seek to help them grow in their relationships with Jesus as well as growing in their academic pursuits.

We are an ACSI-accredited school, which means that all of our faculty members meet ACSI’s professional and biblical requirements. Establishing and maintaining the certification of our staff and administration is an essential step in assuring our families of our professional credibility and growth. We encourage our employees to remain life-long learners, just as we encourage our students to continually pursue growth.

John Reese


John Reese earned his BA in English and Media and Society from Hobart College in 2003. He has worked at LCS since 2017.

Vicky Britton

Vice Principal

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Vicky comes to us with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from SUNY Geneseo. In her work as a Speech Pathologist and Language Specialist, she has had the opportunity to work with high school students who had learning difficulties in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We know that her expertise in these areas will greatly benefit our international students.

Stacy Tripp

Guidance Counselor


Stacy comes to us with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rochester. She has worked extensively with young children and teens in crisis through The Villa of Hope and Hillside Children's Center. Stacy is a collaborative therapist who has worked alongside many different professionals in helping kids of all ages manage anxiety and depression. Stacy is a Mom of two boys and in her spare time, loves to capture memories for families with her camera lens. She is excited to be part of the LCS community!

Fay Kennell

Finance Manager

Mrs. Kennell is the finance manager at Lima Christian School. She has an Associate’s degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from San Jose State University. Fay and her husband have two daughters, both of whom attend LCS. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and reading.

Susan Herring

Administrative Assistant

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Sue Herring received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Houghton College. Mrs. Herring has been employed by LCS since 2013.

Patricia Pragle


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Patty Pragle earned her AAS degree from Monroe Community College where she studied in the Legal Administrative Assistant program. Mrs. Pragle has served on the LCS school board as the secretary. She has been employed at LCS since 2015.

Jerry Thompson

Network Administrator, Biology (10th), Yearbook

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Jerry Thompson has a Bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University and an Associate’s degree in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Thompson has been employed at LCS since 2003.

Michael Burns

Athletic Director

Michael Burns earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from SUNY Geneseo, and a Master's Degree/Teacher Certification in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport. He has worked in Education for 37 years, 20 as a teacher, and 17 as an Athletic Director/Administrator.

Mary Tripiciano


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Mary Tripiciano, BSN, holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester and has her EMT-B certification. Mrs. Tripiciano is working on her Master’s degree at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. She has been employed at LCS since 1994.

Cathy Gretzinger


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Cathy Gretzinger is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a BS in Nursing. She served in the Air Force and hospital settings, as well as in home care and group homes. She has worked part time or as a sub at LCS since 2011.

Lori Ann Bender
Kindergarten Teacher
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Lori Preuss received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Valparaiso University in Elementary Education. She worked teaching second grade at Lima Christian School between September 1990-December 1994 and recently returned this September 2019. She has taught in Michigan and New York for 17 years.
Jennifer Myles
Grade 1, Mentors for Minis
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Jenn Myles graduated from Cortland State College with a major in Elementary Education. Mrs. Myles holds a Master’s degree from SUNY Geneseo as a Reading Specialist K-12. Mrs. Myles has been teaching at LCS since 2009.
Danielle McCarty
Grade 3
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Danielle McCarty earned her Bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and her Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. She has been working at LCS since 2015.
Heidi Rupe
Grade 4 Teacher
Heidi Rupe earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree from SUNY Geneseo in Literacy. She taught both special education and first grade from 2007-2012 at LCS and recently returned in September of 2019.
Dawn todd
Grade 5
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Dawn Todd graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College with a major in Bible and Elementary Education. Mrs. Todd has been teaching fifth grade at Lima Christian since 2017.
Jaci Quintero
Teacher Aide
Jaci Quintero graduated from Genesee Community College with her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She is a wellness coach at the YMCA and recently returned to Roberts to complete her degree in Organizational Management.
Esther Buzzell
Spanish 1A (7th), Spanish 1B (8th), Spanish 2 (9th), Spanish 3 (10th)
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Esther teaches middle school and high school Spanish, and she also oversees and teaches in the elementary Spanish program at LCS. She spent most of her childhood in Spain, as a child of missionaries, and is fluent in Spanish. She is passionate about teaching her students excellent Spanish communication skills. Esther has been teaching at LCS since 2019.
Kelly Wendlandt
English 11, Fundamentals of Writing 12, British Literature
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Kelly Wendlandt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bradley University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, and 7-12 NYS ELA Certification. She serves as LCS Curriculum Coordinator and teaches AP English Literature, English 12, Fundamentals of Writing and Composition 101.
Kristi Werner
Seventh & Eight Grade English, Study Skills and High School Health
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Kristi Werner double majored in Elementary Education and Bible and received her degree from Houghton College. Mrs. Werner began teaching at LCS in 1992. She is the Middle School English Teacher, teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English.
Dr. Verginia Zocco
English Teacher
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Dr. Verginia Zocco teaches 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English. She holds a Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management Degree from Capella University and is an Online Educator for Literacy for Regis University. Dr. Zocco is excited to be part of our team and sees the value of being a part of students’ lives as they grow socially, academically, and personally, and as they find God in all things.
Lyn Fiegl
Global I & II, Participation in Government, Economics
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Lyn teaches Global 9 and 10, American History, and Participation in Government and Economics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in history from Houghton College as well as experience teaching history in the Lyons Central School District. Lyn believes that teaching at LCS will allow her to share what God has put on her heart as she relates it to life and the subject matter.
Craig Welker
Bible 6, Bible 7, History 6-8, History 11
Craig Welker earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta with a concentration on History. He also has his Master's in Literacy Education from Nazareth College. Mr. Welker taught Middle School History and Science for 13 years at Webster Christian School before joining the LCS faculty in 2016.
Mindy Christa
Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 8, and Extended-Algebra
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Mindy Christa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Math from Houghton College. Mrs. Christa holds a Master’s degree in Math Education from SUNY Brockport. Mrs. Christa has been at LCS since 2009.
Trina Settle
Algebra 9, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Chinese 101
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Trina Settle has a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering. She served with her family in China as a missionary. She has been with LCS since 2016.
Diane Adams
Science 6 and 8, Earth Science, Consumer Math
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Diane Adams holds Associate’s degrees from Monroe Community College in Science and Business. Mrs. Adams has a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Geology from SUNY Fredonia. Mrs. Adams has been at LCS since 1999.
Eileen Minter
Calculus I & II, Chemistry, AP Physics, Pre Calculus, Statistics
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Eileen Minter, Ph.D, attended the University of Massachusetts for her undergraduate and graduate studies. Dr. Minter has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Her Master’s degree and Ph.D are in Polymer Science and Engineering.
Christine Drew
Vocal Music K-12
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Christine Drew has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. She has been employed at LCS since 2015.
Janice Baker
Art K-5
Janice Baker graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Mrs. Baker has been teaching at LCS since 2019.
Michelle Garlock
Art 7-12
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Michelle Garlock has her Associate’s degree in Art from Finger Lakes Community College. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy from The College of New Rochelle and her Master’s degree in Education Administration from SUNY Brockport. Mrs. Garlock has been working at LCS since 2015.
Val Coykendall
Physical Education K-12
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Valerie Coykendall has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Education and Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport. Coach Coykendall holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Education from Florida State University. Coach Val has been at LCS since 2001.

Tom Michel


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Tom Michel has his training as a plumber through the Plumber’s Union. He has been at LCS for 16 years.

David Dils


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Dave Dils earned an Associate’s Degree from Finger Lakes Community College in Architectural Design. He also holds Journeyman’s papers for Carpentry. Mr. Dils has been employed with LCS since 2013.

Special Education Services are provided by the Honeoye-Falls Lima Central School District.

If you have any questions about Special Education Services, please contact the main office at 585-624-3841.

To contact the Lima Christian School Board, please email

Jason McGuire

Rev. Jason J. McGuire serves as the Executive Director of New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF) and NYFRF’s affiliated organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. Jason has been on staff with NYFRF since 2007, and has been an integral part of the continued growth and impact of the organization since that time. He attended Practical Bible Training School (now known as Davis College) in Johnson City, New York, and holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia. Prior to his employment with NYCF, he served as Pastor of the Ingleside Christian Church in Naples, New York. Jason and his wife, Lorenne, were married in 1996 and have been blessed with four children, three of whom have attended LCS.

Ken Trezise

Ken has been married to Leslie since 1993, and they have four adult children. Ken is an RN at the Thompson Hospital Emergency Department. He is a former missionary to Brazil and stays involved through Project Amazon. Ken and Leslie attend Grace Life Church in Avon.

Nathan Sanders

Nathan currently serves as a Teacher Pastor at Elim Gospel Church and as a Faculty member of Elim Bible Institute and College. He earned a Ministry Diploma from Elim Bible Institute, a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Northeastern Seminary. Nathan is a 1992 graduate of LCS and has two daughters who currently attend LCS.

Theresa Dils

Theresa Dils is a Lima Baptist Church member who is involved in Children’s Church. Mrs. Dils is a graduate of Hougton College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Mercyhurst University. Mrs. Dils has been a Special Education teacher since 1997. She has two children enrolled at LCS.

James Schwartz

James Schwartz is a retired Professor of Education, most recently teaching at St. John Fisher College. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University at Buffalo, and his MS and BS in Education at SUNY Geneseo. His twin daughters graduated from LCS in 1999. He taught at LCS from 1980 to 1990, and his wife Elaine taught English at LCS for many years. Three of their grandchildren currently attend LCS.