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.

Vicky Britton


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Vicky comes to us with a master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from SUNY Geneseo. Mrs. Britton has been employed by The Norman Howard School and has worked extensively with students and families 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.

Stacy Tripp

School Counselor

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Stacy holds 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. Mrs. Tripp is a collaborative therapist who has worked alongside many different professionals in helping kids of all ages manage anxiety and depression. She 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

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Mrs. Kennell is the finance manager at Lima Christian School. She has an associate 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 been employed at LCS since 2015 and has served on the LCS school board as the secretary.

Jerry Thompson

Network Administrator, Yearbook

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Jerry Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University and an associate degree in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Thompson has been employed at LCS since 2003. He has been the Network Administrator since 2006.

Michael Burns

Athletic Director

Michael Burns earned a bachelor's degree in communication from SUNY Geneseo, and a master's degree and 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 of science degree 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 substitute at LCS since 2011.

Lori Ann Bender

Kindergarten Teacher

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Lori Bender received her bachelor of science degree from Valparaiso University in Elementary Education. She taught second grade at Lima Christian School between September 1990-December 1994 and recently returned in September of 2019. She has taught in Michigan and New York for 17 years.

Jennifer Myles

First Grade Teacher

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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

Third Grade Teacher

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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. Before joining the LCS faculty, she taught at the Prince William County Schools in Virginia. She has been working at LCS since 2015.

Andrew Consler

Biology, Health, 7th Grade Science

Mr. Consler teaches middle and high school life sciences, and high school health. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Geneseo. He worked in ecotourism and wildlife science before joining LCS in 2021.

Esther Buzzell


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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. Mrs. Buzzell has been teaching at LCS since 2019.

Kristi Werner

Middle School English

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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.

Bethany Warsaw

High school English and theatre

Bethany Warsaw has bachelor's degrees in English and writing from Houghton University and a master's degree in theatre from Regent University. She started directing theatre productions at LCS in 2004 and has loved being a part of the LCS community since then. Prior to teaching at LCS, Bethany worked as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and photographer.

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 in history from Houghton College and has experience teaching history in the Lyons Central School District. Mrs. Fiegl 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

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Craig Welker earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta with a concentration in History. He also has a master's degree 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

Middle School Math

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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

High School Math

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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.

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.

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.

David Dils


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Dave Dils earned an associate 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.

Tom Michel


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

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

Lee Teitsworth

Lee Teitsworth is an LCS alum; having graduated in 2001, he went on to study history and education at Fredonia State University. He works as a pilot with his family's hot air balloon business, which operates Balloons Over Letchworth and Liberty Balloon Company. As part of his work, he travels the eastern US to present school assembly programs. Lee currently serves as a basketball coach at LCS, where the oldest two of his four children attend school.

Mindy Christa

Mindy Christa has taught middle and high school math at Lima Christian School since 2009. Leaving her hometown in the Adirondacks, she earned her BS in Education and Mathematics from Houghton College in 2009 and her MS in Education from SUNY Brockport in 2011. Her son, Kleat, attends Lima Christian School, and her husband, Ryan Christa, is a 2003 alumnus of Lima Christian School.

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.

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 one daughter who currently attends LCS.

Theresa Dils

Theresa Dils is a Crossroads Church member who is involved in Children’s Church. Mrs. Dils is a graduate of Houghton 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.