Laura Bair

At a Glance

Mrs. Bair’s classroom is joyful and filled with meaningful literature selections and toys that help build their fine motor skills and capture their imaginations.

Experience

“I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the whole world,” Mrs. Laura Bair will tell you if you walk into her classroom. Mrs. Bair comes to Christ the Savior Academy with more than 20 years experience working with children. She has spent the last 10 years at the junior kindergarten level.

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I love working with four and five-year-olds because their reactions to everything are so pure and honest.” Seeing them “get” something for the first time never gets old. I honestly believe that I get way more from them than they can ever receive from me and I am so grateful to get to be a part of their first school experiences,” Mrs. Bair said.

Lauren Jabara

At a Glance

Lauren Jabara comes to Christ the Savior Academy from Three Hierarchs Eastern Orthodox School in Pennsylvania where she was the kindergarten teacher.

Experience

Mrs. Jabara is a trained reading specialist and has worked closely with the first grade teacher to prepare her students for the next grade level. Mrs. Jabara has also served as counselor, head counselor and administrative staff member at two regional Orthodox camps for the last several years. She loves to read and discuss classical literature, and she enjoys experiencing other cultures through travel.

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“Lauren knows her subjects well and conveys the information to her students in an exemplary way,” Yvonne Doncic, first grade teacher at Three Hierarchs. “She maintains an excellent relationship with parents, keeping them updated on the progress of each student, which is so important at these grade levels. She gives extra effort everyday and always has her students well-prepared.”

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Mrs. Jabara loves being able to connect with students on a spiritual level, counting prayer with her students as one of her greatest privileges.

“I feel a closeness and connection with each of my students and their families,” Mrs. Jabara says. “When I see our children cross themselves, use kind words with their friends or reverence an icon, I am filled with such joy. I love seeing the faith reflected in the daily lives of my students.”

Nyleen Lenk

At a Glance

“I love teaching children because of their sense of wonderment and delight in God’s creation,” Mrs. Lenk says. For the last fifteen years, Mrs. Lenk has worked to preserve that wonderment through her creative lesson plans.

Experience

Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Lenk has taught a wide-range of ages: Middle school math and science, Kindergarten and first grade reading, second grade and a gifted program. She also drafted the science curriculum at one of the schools.

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“I want to create a rigorous learning environment, but it should also be a joyous place,” Lenk says. “I want to instill in the children a love of God, love of learning and a love of virtue.”

Keri Jacobs

At a Glance

Mrs. Keri Jacobs is an architect, but molding and shaping the mind, body and souls of her students is now her focus at Christ the Savior Academy.

Experience

Mrs. Jacobs has her Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas, and she completed two semesters of Law School there before she left school to focus on the education of her own children. Mrs. Jacobs classically homeschooled her five children for 14 years and taught Geometry at a private high school before joining CSA.

 

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“I believe that a classical education benefits all children. A classical education helps us teach children to value things with enduring quality: truth, beauty, and goodness. I am grateful to teach at Christ the Savior Academy and to be able to bring two of my children here as well,” Mrs. Jacobs said.

Nicole Boyle

At a Glance

The love and wonder children have for even the simplest of things is what Mrs. Nicole Boyle enjoys the most about teaching. Mrs. Boyle relishes the chance to help shape children to be fully human in their joy, faith, and love for one another.

 

Experience

Mrs. Boyle comes to CSA with a Master’s degree in Theology from Concordia Theology Seminary and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Spanish from University of Michigan. She has taught Spanish language classes at both the grade school and high school levels, as well as courses in English as a Second Language for the last nine years. Mrs. Boyle has also run a Mom’s Day Out program for preschoolers and kindergartners at the church, where her husband serves as a pastor, and has taught preschoolers Sunday School for many years.

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“I love the focus that CSA has on forming the mind and soul, while instilling a foundation of faith,” Mrs.Boyle says. “I love the accomplishment that the kids feel with the memorization of beautiful texts. The fact that classical education recognizes that history is essential, and still teaches us today what is important for our kids and our culture, impresses me greatly.”

Vasiliki Oldziey

At a Glance

Iconographer, children’s magazine author, DOWAMA Coordinator. Those are some of the titles that Ms. Oldziey has worn for the last 25 years, but her favorite is “teacher.”

Experience

“I love to teach because children have a natural affinity to God, and I learn so much from them.” Ms. Oldziey has served for eight years as the diocesan coordinator for Orthodox Christian Education, developing curriculum, creating lesson plans and providing children the opportunity to express their faith through creative mediums.

Background

Ms. Oldziey grew up in the Orthodox Church, attended Greek School and learned the Divine Liturgy in Greek. For the past 12 years, Ms. Oldziey has studied iconography with a master iconographer. Her background allows her to bring a uniquely Orthodox understanding of teaching and art to the classroom.

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“It has always been my goal to create a classroom in which students embrace the opportunity to learn, to grow in their faith and to recognize the gifts God has given them to reach their full potential.”

Lori Oller

Experience

Mrs. Oller is uniquely able to bring diverse topics together because of her educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Washburn University and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Wichita State University.

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“I am so glad to be able to teach at a classical school where the curriculum makes it convenient to integrate multiple subjects,” Mrs. Oller said. With this synergy I hope to lead students to a love of the true, good, and beautiful.”

 

Katherine Earles

At a Glance

Mrs. Katherine Earles spent years teaching college students how to teach math to elementary students. Now she has the joy of teaching the elementary students herself!

Experience

Mrs. Earles holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Idaho State University and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Wichita State University. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience.

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“I am thrilled to have a role in leading our children through the treasure-house of Western Culture, and I am blessed to participate daily with them in the life and tradition of Christ’s Church.”