Bethany's Newest Faces!

As the Headmaster of Bethany Christian School, there is no function more important than ensuring that each of our faculty members is an excellent educator, who exudes the love of Christ. As we enter the 2017-18 school year, we will be welcoming several new teachers to the Bethany team. As always, God has been faithful to bring us a group of exceptional teachers, who exhibit all of the wonderful traits that make Bethany Christian School such a special place.

During the course of the past five months, we have received more than 400 resumes from applicants around the nation seeking to teach at Bethany Christian School. After screening these applicant resumes and interviewing the most exceptional candidates, we have selected the very best candidates to join our faculty roster. I am extremely excited to introduce our new faculty members, and I am confident that they will prove to be a great blessing to our school community.


Elementary Teachers

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Mrs. Kari Greiter will be joining the Bethany team to serve as our new Second Grade teacher, filling the position vacated by Mrs. Nicole Barrett. Kari graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education — receiving certification endorsements for both reading and language arts instruction. For the past five years, she has served as an Elementary teacher in Missouri, where she served as her school’s Team Leader for Assessments and has undergone extensive training for curriculum development, differentiated instruction, and classroom management.  She will be moving to Fort Lauderdale with her husband, Nolan.

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Ms. Amanda Robinson will be joining the Bethany team as our new Third Grade teacher. She is filling a vacancy created by Mrs. Arnold’s transition into Middle School as a state-certified Math teacher. Amanda graduated cum laude from the University of Florida — earning both a Master’s degree and a B.A. degree in Elementary Education. Amanda is well-known and beloved by many within the Bethany family. She has served as a teacher at Harbordale Elementary. In addition to her experience inside the classroom, Amanda has served as an Associate Campus Director for CRU — devoting several years to the mission field in China. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

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Mrs. Jessica McMurtrey will be serving as our new Fourth Grade teacher, filling the position vacated by Mrs. Peavyhouse who has opted to serve in the newly created Fifth Grade slot. Jessica graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida, earning her Master’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as her B.A. in Education. With certifications from both the Association of Christian Schools International and the Florida Department of Education, she has a specialized endorsement for reading instruction. For the past three years, she has served as a Fourth Grade teacher at Midway Covenant Christian School in Powder Springs, Georgia.


Middle School Teachers

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Ms. Melissa Harroff will be serving as Bethany’s Middle School Social Studies teacher. Melissa graduated from The Ohio State University, where she earned her B.A. degree in Social Studies and her Masters of Education degree in Secondary Social Studies and Global Studies. Ms. Harroff has also served as a very popular Middle School Social Studies teacher at North Broward Preparatory School (2012-2014) and Westminster Academy (2014-2017). Melissa currently attends Rio Vista Community Church. Mrs. Dede Hunter, our incoming principal, worked with Melissa and described her as a Christ-centered, loving and hilarious team player.

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Mrs. Kathryn Coury will be serving as Bethany’s Middle School Science teacher. Katy graduated magna cum laude from Campbellsville University — earning her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a minor in Secondary Education. She served as a high school teacher and a department chair at Hickman County High School. This past year, Katy has served as a Middle School teacher at Westminster Academy, where she taught both Life Science and Engineering. She comes highly recommended and praised by all those who have worked with her. She is married to Philip (a Bethany alumnus) and has a son entering Kindergarten (Brian).


Specials / Electives Teachers

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Mrs. Jacqueline Maillet will be serving as Bethany’s Music and Choir teacher. Jackie earned her B.A. in Music from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She has taught music at the prestigious Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts since 2009. During her time at the Friends Academy, Jackie offered private piano lessons, held annual recitals, directed both choral and drama productions, and served as a student advisor. Jackie’s husband was recently hired to serve as the Music Director at a South Florida Episcopal church.

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Ms. Amy Wallace will be serving as Bethany’s Librarian and Resource Teacher. Amy graduated from the University of the Ozarks with a B.A. degree in English and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Library and Media Science from San Jose State University. Ms. Wallace has been a featured speaker at Family Weekend events. She is an experienced tutor to students with learning differences and disabilities, and she will be completing an intensive training course in this area over the summer. Next year, Amy will be leading breakout sessions with students who are in need of individualized assistance.


Nursery Teachers

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Mrs. Jenn Wheelis will be serving as the lead teacher in our Nursery’s Infant room. Jenn graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Nursing. She currently serves as a nurse at Broward General’s N.I.C.U. She is married to Jimmy and has two sons (Maddox and Mason), who are both enrolled at BCS. Jenn has been a faithful Bethany mom and volunteer for years.


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Mrs. Brittani Willey will serve as the lead teacher in our Nursery’s toddler room (ages 1-2). Brittani graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. degree in Education. During her career, she has served as a Preschool teacher in both Florida and North Carolina, and she is certified in both CPR and First Aid. She is married to Donnie. They both attend Rio Vista.


During my tenure as Headmaster, the Lord has faithfully blessed our school with outstanding teachers. Our faculty members not only devote themselves wholeheartedly to educating their students’ minds, but also cultivating their hearts. As we enter a new school year, I am confident that He has brought us precisely the right people to advance Bethany into even brighter days. Please be diligent in praying for our incoming and departing faculty members.

In Christ,

Sam Kastensmidt