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Faculty & Staff

"NCA's greatest strength is its teachers and staff who consider the school a ministry; it's more than education, it has a greater purpose. It also has a high standard of education, one that prepares our children well."

-- Elementary parent

Administration

Mrs. Susan Hall

Mrs. Susan Hall

Secondary Principal
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
On staff since: 2007
Qualifications:
  • B.S. in Education, Minor in English, Francis Marion University, South Carolina, 1982.
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Francis Marion University, South Carolina, 1989.
  • National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics, 2000. Renewed in November 2009. Expires in 2020.
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, 1995.
Mrs. Ivania Matamoros

Mrs. Ivania Matamoros

Business Manager
Hometown: Matagalpa, Nicaragua
On staff since: 1996
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.A.) in Business Administration, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 1993.
  • Posgrado in Administration and Business Leadership, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 2007.
  • Master (M.B.A.) in Business Administration and Business Leadership, with emphasis in Finance, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 2008.
Mrs. Sylvia Mejía

Mrs. Sylvia Mejía

Elementary Principal
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 1995
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada en Pedagogía (B.A. in Education, with a minor in School Administration), Universidad Católica Redemptoris Mater, Nicaragua, 2004
Mr. Liam Starkenburg

Mr. Liam Starkenburg

Director
Hometown: Palmyra, New York
On staff since: 2000
Qualifications:
  • Master of Education in School Leadership, Dordt College, Iowa, 2014
  • B.A. in Computer Science and Management Information Systems, Dordt College, Iowa, 2000
  • All-Levels Principal Certification, ACSI
Mr. Dan Van Zoest

Mr. Dan Van Zoest

Special Projects Administrator
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
On staff since: 2008
Qualifications:
  • B.S. in Accounting, Calvin College, Michigan, 1993.
Mrs. Marysol Zamora

Mrs. Marysol Zamora

Guidance Services
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 1996
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.S.) in Psychology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Nicaragua, 1981

Classroom Teacher

Mrs. Brenda Bachert

Mrs. Brenda Bachert

First Grade
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2004.
Mrs. Andrea Baker

Mrs. Andrea Baker

Secondary Math
Hometown: Jefferson, Iowa
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • MA in Education, concentration in Special Populations, Augustana University, South Dakota, 2017.
  • BA in Mathematics, Secondary Education Endorsement, Simpson College, Iowa, 2003.
  • Iowa Teaching Credentials
Mr. Jeremy Barker

Mr. Jeremy Barker

Athletic Director
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • B.S. Business Management, Western Governors University, Utah, 2018. C.D.A. (Child Development Associate Credential).
  • B.B.A. in International Business, Minor in Spanish, Texas Tech University, 2005.
Mrs. Meghan Barker

Mrs. Meghan Barker

Music Teacher
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Music, Vocal Emphasis, minor in Spanish, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2007.
Ms. Andrea Burgess

Ms. Andrea Burgess

ESL/ELD Teacher
Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
On staff since: 2020
Qualifications:
  • Studies in Early Child Development, Santa Fe College, Florida
Mrs. Elena Dávila

Mrs. Elena Dávila

Spanish
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2011
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.A.) in Secondary Education, major in Spanish Language and Literature, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, 2003.
  • Título (Certification) in Secondary and Elementary Education.
  • Diplomado de Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera, UNAN Managua, 2019.
Miss Cristel Gómez

Miss Cristel Gómez

Spanish
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2016
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada en Ciencias de la Educación con Mención en Lengua y Literatura, La Universidad Adventista de Nicaragua, 2020
Mr. Thomás Gutiérrez

Mr. Thomás Gutiérrez

Technology Coordinator
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2004
Qualifications:
  • Ingeniería en Computación, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, 2004
Miss Amy Hoogeveen

Miss Amy Hoogeveen

Learning Resources Teacher
Hometown: Sully, Iowa
On staff since: 2014
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Elementary General Classroom, minors in Reading and Special Education, Dordt College, Iowa, 2012.
Mr. Matt House

Mr. Matt House

School Chaplain
Hometown: Vista, California
On staff since: 2013
Qualifications:
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Pastoral/General Ministries, Talbot School of Theology of Biola University, California, 2012.
  • B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University, California, 2002
Mr. Andrew Ippel

Mr. Andrew Ippel

SOAAR Coordinator
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
On staff since: 2013
Qualifications:
  • M.A. in Education, concentration in Literacy, Calvin College, Michigan, 2010.
  • B.A. in Education, major in Elementary Education and Special Education, concentration in Cognitive Impairments, Calvin College, Michigan, 2004.
  • Professional Educator's Certificate, State of Michigan.
Mrs. Milagros Juárez

Mrs. Milagros Juárez

Spanish
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2014
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada en Ciencias de la Educación con Mención en Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN Managua), 2015.
  • Teacher Certification for Elementary and Secondary Grades, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN Managua), 2014.
Mrs. Marisa Kohler

Mrs. Marisa Kohler

Pre-K I
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2006
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.A.) in Psychology, Universidad Centroamericana, Managua, 2006.
  • Diplomado en línea sobre Diagnóstico e Intervención del Trastorno del Espectro Autista, La Asociación de Autismo Desarrollo y Arte de México, May 2019.
Mrs. Jean Lee

Mrs. Jean Lee

Secondary Math
Hometown: La Crescenta, California
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • Master of Public Health, major in Epidemiology, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2009.
  • Bachelor's of Science, major in Microbiology, University of Hawaii, 2006.
Miss Hannah Lillemo

Miss Hannah Lillemo

MS English/Social Studies
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
On staff since: 2020
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Regent University School of Arts and Sciences, Virginia, 2020
Mr. Jason Link

Mr. Jason Link

AP English and Bible
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
On staff since: 2008
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in English Writing, DePauw University, Indiana, 2006.
Miss Leah Loftsgard

Miss Leah Loftsgard

Fifth Grade
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Seattle Pacific University, Washington, 2019.
Miss Andrea McFall

Miss Andrea McFall

Secondary Guidance Counselor
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • B.S. in Math Education, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012.
Miss Camryn Mitchell

Miss Camryn Mitchell

Speech and Language Pathologist
Hometown: Gallman, Mississippi
On staff since: 2019
Qualifications:
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2016.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Services, minor in Education of the Deaf, University of Southern Mississippi, 2015.
Miss Natalie Moore

Miss Natalie Moore

Sixth Grade
Hometown: San Angelo, Texas
On staff since: 2019
Qualifications:
  • Master of Science in Education, major in Curriculum and Instruction, Baylor University, Texas, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Baylor University, Texas, 2010.
  • Washington State Teaching Certificate
Miss Kelly Mortimer

Miss Kelly Mortimer

Fourth Grade
Hometown: Darwin, Australia
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary, Southern Cross University, Australia, 2010.
Mrs. Marlyn Pérez

Mrs. Marlyn Pérez

Spanish
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2012
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.S.) in Education, Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Nicaragua, 1992.
  • Diplomado de Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera, UNAN Managua, 2019.
Ms Anna Randall

Ms Anna Randall

Second Grade
Miss Sarah Randall

Miss Sarah Randall

Librarian
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
On staff since: 2011
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in International Studies, University of West Florida, 2009
Mrs. Heidi Saballos

Mrs. Heidi Saballos

Pre-K II
Hometown: Montpellier, France
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Community Development, Covenant College, Georgia, 2009.
Mrs. Kelly Solano

Mrs. Kelly Solano

Kindergarten
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
On staff since: 2009
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Elementary Education, Special Education, Dordt College, Iowa, 1999.
Mrs. Jessica Stuebner

Mrs. Jessica Stuebner

Science
Hometown: Rockland, Massachusetts
On staff since: 2009
Qualifications:
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Evangel University, Missouri, 2000.
  • B.A. in Psychology, minor in Spanish, Evangel University, Missouri, 1997.
  • Certified Biology 6th-12th grade, State of Florida
Miss Mackenze Tezak

Miss Mackenze Tezak

Third Grade
Hometown: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Bible and Elementary Education, Moody Bible Institute, Illinois, 2017.
Mr. Dan Turner

Mr. Dan Turner

Elem Physical Education
Hometown: Audubon, Pennsylvania
On staff since: 2013
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Kinesiology, Minor in Health Education, Calvin College, Michigan, 2013.
  • Provisional Teaching Certificate in Secondary Health (6-12) and Physical Education (K-12), State of Michigan, 2013.
Mrs. Melinda Uhl

Mrs. Melinda Uhl

HS English
Hometown: Lancaster, California
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Ohio Christian University, 2020.
  • AA in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Antelope Valley College, California, 2003.
  • TESOL Certification, International TEFL & TESOL Training, 2016.
Mrs. María Auxiliadora Vargas

Mrs. María Auxiliadora Vargas

Spanish
Hometown: El Crucero, Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2016
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada en Ciencias de la Educación con mención en Inglés, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua
Miss Hannah Westergren

Miss Hannah Westergren

MS English/Social Studies
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Secondary Education, History and Social Studies, Wheaton College, Illinois, 2017.
  • Professional Teachers License, State of Illinois.

Educational Assistant

Mrs. Karen Amador

Mrs. Karen Amador

1st Grade Assistant
Hometown: Estelí, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2010
Qualifications:
  • B.A. (Licenciada) in Business Administration, University of Managua, 2015.
  • Postgrado en Dirección de Operaciones y Recursos Humanos, University of Managua, 2015.
Mrs. Luisa Bonilla

Mrs. Luisa Bonilla

Pre-K I Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2000
Miss Nayelhi Castro

Miss Nayelhi Castro

5th-6th Grade Assistant
On staff since: 2019
Mrs. Lissette Cordonero

Mrs. Lissette Cordonero

Library Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Qualifications:
  • Master en Ingeniería en Imagen Pública, Colegio de Imagen Pública, México, 2017.
  • Licenciada en Banca y Finanzas, UPOLI, Nicaragua, 2004
Miss Areica Hernández

Miss Areica Hernández

2nd Grade Assistant
Hometown: El Crucero
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada en la Enseñanza de Ingles como Segundo Idioma, UCA, 2011.
  • Postgrado en Educación Inclusiva, La Universidad Martín Lutero, 2015.
Miss Judith Hernández

Miss Judith Hernández

Pre-K II Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Qualifications:
  • Bachelors in Design and Visual Communications, Universidad Americana (UAM), Managua, 2018.
Miss Belkys Mayorga

Miss Belkys Mayorga

4th Grade Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • Egresada de la Carrera de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Managua, 2019.
Mrs. Ariana Ramos

Mrs. Ariana Ramos

Kindergarten Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2014
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.A.) in Enseñanza del lnglés como Lengua Extranjera, La Universidad Centroamericana, Managua, 2014.
  • Diplomado de Diagnóstico Psicológico y Técnicas de Psicoterapia Cognitiva Conductual, La Universidad Nicaragüense de Estudios Humanísticos (UNEH), Managua, 2019.
Miss Martha Ruiz

Miss Martha Ruiz

SOAAR Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada (B.A.) in Theology, Seminario Teológico Bautista, Nicaragua, 2016.
  • Diplomado en línea sobre Diagnóstico e Intervención del Trastorno del Espectro Autista, La Asociación de Autismo Desarrollo y Arte de México, May 2019.
Cory Sandahl

Cory Sandahl

3rd Grade Assistant
Hometown: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
On staff since: 2019
Mrs. Miriam Sandoval

Mrs. Miriam Sandoval

Spanish Department Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2012
Qualifications:
  • Master in International Relations, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 2009.
  • B.A. (Licenciada) in English Translation, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 2002.
Mr. Rodolfo Solís

Mr. Rodolfo Solís

Spanish Conversation Club Tutor
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2017
Qualifications:
  • Licenciado en Derecho, Abogado y Notario Público, UNAN-Managua, 2009.
  • Estudios en Maestro de Educación Primaria y Licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura

Part-Time Teacher

Mrs. Ruth Ippel

Mrs. Ruth Ippel

Health; Expat Staff Care
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Calvin College, Michigan, 2004.
Erick Quiroz

Erick Quiroz

Applied Sciences Teacher
Hometown: Managua
On staff since: 2021
Mr. Leonid Saballos

Mr. Leonid Saballos

Elem Physical Education
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2016
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Community Development, Covenant College, Georgia, 2010
Mrs. Jessica Starkenburg

Mrs. Jessica Starkenburg

Art
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
On staff since: 2002
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Elementary Education, Calvin College, Michigan, 2001
  • K-8th Grade Teaching Certificate, State of Michigan

Support Staff

Mr. Elías Rivera

Mr. Elías Rivera

Copy Clerk, Translation, HS Teacher Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2020
Qualifications:
  • Lic. en Comunicación Social, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 2012
Miss Ismelsin Salgado

Miss Ismelsin Salgado

School Nurse
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Qualifications:
  • Doctora en Medicina y Cirugía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Managua, 2019
Mrs. Erika Turner

Mrs. Erika Turner

Expat Staff Care
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2011
Qualifications:
  • B.A. in Elementary Education Middle Grades, concentrations in Language Arts and Social Studies, Covenant College, Georgia, 2011.
  • Teacher certification in Georgia and Tennessee.
Mr. Juan Pablo Ulloa

Mr. Juan Pablo Ulloa

Technology Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2018

Office Staff

Mrs. Tania Acuña

Mrs. Tania Acuña

Accountant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2014
Qualifications:
  • Postgrado in Management Accounting, Universidad de Managua, 2012.
  • Lic. in Public Accounting, Universidad de Managua, 2012.
Mrs. Blanca Hernández

Mrs. Blanca Hernández

Academic Assistant
Hometown: El Crucero, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2012
Qualifications:
  • Licenciatura (B.A.) in International Relations, Universidad del Valle, Managua, 2008.
  • Diplomado in Teaching and Learning Techniques for Children, UPONIC, 2010.
Mr. Jairo Largaespada

Mr. Jairo Largaespada

Financial Administrative Assistant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2006
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics statistics, UPOLI, Managua, 2000.
  • Postgrado en Finanzas Avanzadas, UPOLI, Managua, 2010.
  • Postgrado en Contabilidad con Énfasis en NIIF para PYMES, Colegio de Contadores Públicos de Nicaragua, May 2016.
Mr. Edwin Marota

Mr. Edwin Marota

Cashier
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2014
Mr. Juan Meléndez

Mr. Juan Meléndez

ANCA Accountant
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2010
Qualifications:
  • Licenciado (B.A.) in Accounting, Universidad de Managua, 2008.
  • Postgrado in Advanced Accounting, Universidad de Managua, 2008.
Mrs. Ale Navarrete

Mrs. Ale Navarrete

Assistant to the Director
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2018
Qualifications:
  • B.A. (Licenciada) in International Relations, Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, Managua, 2017.
Mrs. Ivania Padilla

Mrs. Ivania Padilla

Receptionist
Hometown: León, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Mr. Mario Pérez

Mr. Mario Pérez

Junior Accountant
Hometown: El Crucero, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2014
Qualifications:
  • Postgrado en Contabilidad con Énfasis en NIIF para PYMES, Colegio de Contadores Públicos de Nicaragua, May 2016.
  • Postgrado in Management Accounting, Universidad de Managua, 2012.
  • Lic. in Public Accounting, Universidad de Managua, 2012.
Mrs. Laura Zelaya

Mrs. Laura Zelaya

School Store
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2014
Qualifications:
  • Licenciada en Inglés, La Universidad Martín Lutero, Managua, 2020.

Non-instr Staff

Mrs. María Auxiliadora Aguilar

Mrs. María Auxiliadora Aguilar

Servicios Domésticos
Hometown: El Crucero, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2005
Mr. Miguel Alemán

Mr. Miguel Alemán

Gardener
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2012
Mr. Luis Centeno

Mr. Luis Centeno

Cleaning
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2018
Mrs. Yelce Cortéz

Mrs. Yelce Cortéz

Supervisor de Servicios Generales
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2018
Mr. Vidal Estrada

Mr. Vidal Estrada

Gestor de Compras
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Mrs. Francis Franco

Mrs. Francis Franco

Cafeteria
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2004
Mrs. Darling Gaitán

Mrs. Darling Gaitán

Cleaning
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2019
Miss Daysi García

Miss Daysi García

Cafeteria Supervisor
Hometown: Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2008
Mrs. Carmen Gómez

Mrs. Carmen Gómez

Cleaning
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2000
Mr. Danilo Gómez

Mr. Danilo Gómez

Security
Hometown: Villa Carlos Fonseca, Nicaragu
On staff since: 1996
Mr. Jorge Guzmán

Mr. Jorge Guzmán

Maintenance
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2015
Mrs. Martha Hernández

Mrs. Martha Hernández

Cleaning
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2001
Mr. Ricardo Jarquín

Mr. Ricardo Jarquín

Security
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2016
Mrs. María Jirón

Mrs. María Jirón

Cleaning Supervisor
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2015
Mr. José Laguna

Mr. José Laguna

Security
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2017
Mr. José Ángel Luna

Mr. José Ángel Luna

Maintenance Carpenter
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2000
Mr. José Medina

Mr. José Medina

Gardener
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 1996
Mr. Melisandro Medina

Mr. Melisandro Medina

Maintenance
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2017
Mr. Jorge Mercado

Mr. Jorge Mercado

Security
Hometown: La Paz de Oriente, Carazo, Nic
On staff since: 2013
Mrs. Blanca Morales

Mrs. Blanca Morales

Cafeteria Chef
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2021
Mr. Eris Páramo

Mr. Eris Páramo

Security
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2015
Mrs. Regina Rojas

Mrs. Regina Rojas

Cleaning
Hometown: El Crucero, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2012
Mr. José Manuel Salgado

Mr. José Manuel Salgado

Security Supervisor
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2005
Mrs. Lidia Sequeira

Mrs. Lidia Sequeira

Cleaning
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2015
Mrs. Leonor Vanegas

Mrs. Leonor Vanegas

Servicios Domésticos
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
On staff since: 2005

School Board

Mr. Mark Bachert

Mr. Mark Bachert

ANCA Board Member
Hometown: Walton, Ontario, Canada
On staff since: 2013
Mr. Steve Holtrop

Mr. Steve Holtrop

ANCA Board Member
Hometown: Spring Lake, Michigan
On staff since: 2010