Mr. Akinola taught Chemistry and Biology for 2 years in Baltimore City Schools before coming to Perry Hall Christian School. He currently teaches High School Chemistry and 6thgrade General Science. He has a great love for children and teaching them God’s Word. He also teaches Sunday school at his home church.
He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos and an M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from The University of North Texas. He’s a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC). When less busy he enjoys traveling and visiting new places, especially amusement parks. He’s a big roller-coaster fan.
Mrs. Brennan has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She used to line up her dolls and stuffed animals to play school every day, so she is
“living my dream!”
Mrs. Brennan has been teaching in private Christian schools for 32 years. She loves integrating biblical values into the lessons she teaches.
She has been married to her wonderful husband Michael for almost 20 years. He is extremely supportive of her teaching ministry. They have the most adorable dog named Sophie who often stops in for a visit at school.
When Mrs. Brennan is not teaching or spending time with family and friends, she enjoys reading, painting, and crocheting.
Mr. Reeves has been teaching mathematics since 2010. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics from Towson University. After graduation, Mr. Reeves continued his passion for math and went on to teach and tutor at the Community College of Baltimore County for several years. With all of his experience, in January 2017 he found his calling at Perry Hall Christian School. He truly feels that his mathematics ability is a gift from God and finds great happiness sharing his love of the discipline with his students.
Mr. Reeves lives each day to the fullest and does his best to enjoy each precious moment in life. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Reeves went skydiving for the first time and describes it as one of the most amazing experiences of his life. “Looking at God’s great big beautiful earth from almost 3 miles in the sky, as you jump out of a perfectly good airplane to fall towards it, is truly breathtaking.”
When he is not in the classroom or preparing lesson plans, Mr. Reeves enjoys spending time at amusement parks and riding roller-coasters, enjoying spicy food, exercising and planning his next road trip. Mr. Reeves finds brain-challenging puzzles such as Sudoku to be very relaxing and therapeutic.
One of Mr. Reeves favorite and most inspiring bible verses comes from Romans 12:7. “If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.”
Mrs. Nickodemus has been teaching since 2016. Using creative lessons and problem-solving strategies, she strives to help students gain a confidence in and develop their ability in Mathematics.
She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Northern Michigan University, where she also met her husband, Mr. Nickodemus. She enjoys hiking, reading and relaxing with family and friends.
Mr. Gudmundsson earned his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Greek from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and his Master of Divinity with a concentration in biblical languages from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
He and his wife Monica, who serves as PHCS’s Lower School Principal, have six children, five of whom have attended PHCS. Mr. Gudmundsson has served as the pastor of Dundalk’s First Baptist Church since 2000.
Mrs. Lyons has been teaching for 14 years with the last 7 years being right here at Perry Hall Christian School. She taught Kindergarten but finds her heart is in our Preschool department. Where she believes giving a child a good educational foundation helps them to be a more successful student. Mrs. Lyons believes that teaching is her calling from God and He guides her each day to inspire her students. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Notreheart is in our Preschool department. Where she believes giving a child a good educational foundation helps them to be a more successful student. Mrs. Lyons believes that teaching is her calling from God and He guides her each day to inspire her students. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. When she is not preparing inspiring learning centers for her students, you may find her searching for a good bargain at the local yard sale, or cheering on her favorite football team the Ravens.
Mrs. Seibert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from California State University, Fresno and an MAT degree (Masters of Arts in Teaching) with an emphasis in Music from Goucher College.
She has had experience singing and performing in a variety of venues in her lifetime including musical theatre, opera, church worship, solo work, and 5 years traveling and recording as lead singer for a Christian band. In addition to music experience she has post graduate work in Early Childhood Education and taught and directed in Preschool programs in California, Washington State and Maryland. She has been married to Mark Seibert for 36 years and they have two daughters who are also teachers. This is her 6th year teaching at PHCS and she is passionate to see her students experience the Arts as a connection to academic growth and a means to draw deeper into a relationship with the Lord. Her current favorite scripture is:
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.
Psalm 47:6-7 NKJV
Mrs. Deena Ruff is our Upper School Principal. Mrs. Ruff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Bible. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration and Supervision.
She has been working in the field of education for over 20 years and is passionate about equipping students to use their God-given talents to share Christ’s love with others (I Peter 4:10).
Outside of school, Mrs. Ruff enjoys running in 5K’s, reading historical fiction, and baking treats for her husband and two sons. She and her family also spend many summer days and nights camping in Lancaster, PA.
Mrs. Hannelie van Greunen is the instructional aid for the PK4 classes. She loves watching young children grow both academically and in their knowledge of God. She finds it a great joy to see children soaking up new information and demonstrating newfound skills. She is a registered nurse, who majored in nurse education and community health, as well as a qualified midwife. She loves international travel and going on safari. Her favorite times are the times she can spend with her husband, her two girls, and their many pets in her home. Mrs. van Greunen is the PK4 aide.
Ms. Mattes graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Ms. Mattes has been teaching in Christian schools for 16 years with much of her experience being with fourth and fifth graders and middle schoolers.
Ms. Mattes strongly believes in teaching students the value of TEAM where God is our captain and we are the players who work together to create respect and love for others. Ms. Mattes enjoys using puppets, projects, and funny stories about her bird, Piper, to make learning fun and meaningful for her students. Laughter can always been heard in the fifth grade classroom! When Ms. Mattes is not teaching, she enjoys playing the piano and clarinet, reading a good book, and chasing after her 14 birds, 1 bunny, and 2 gerbils.
Mr. Nickodemus has been doing art almost his entire life. He first began teaching it in 2008 to both elementary and upper school and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University.
With a broad background in illustration, graphic design, painting, photography, and 3D modeling both on the computer and with traditional media, he emphasizes foundational training in the elements of design and has a passion for helping students discover their own artistic abilities.
On his philosophy of art, he says: “C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Francis M. Schaeffer and many other respected Christian scholars looked at humanity’s inherent creativity and attributed it to being made in the image of a creative God. My goal is to help all my students discover and develop the creative spark that exists in each of them, whether they see themselves as an artist or not. I hope they gain an increased appreciation for the creativeness of God and an enrichment of their relationship to Him.”
When Mr. Nickodemus is not doing art, he enjoys reading, writing, martial arts, researching apologetics, altering computer games to suit his own tastes, and spending time with his darling wife and son.
Mr. Thomas earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his Master’s Degree in Educational/Athletic Administration from Goucher College.
Mr. Thomas played college baseball at Old Dominion University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has taught physical education and social studies for twelve years. He has coached at multiple schools including Towson Catholic and Archbishop Spalding. Mr. Thomas is involved in student-athlete recruitment and college placement. He believes athletics is a tool to be used to receive a college education. His life verse is Philippians 4:13:
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Teacher Grade 5
Mrs. Cowger is a wife, mother of one and stepmom of three. Working at PHCS is a true blessing to her and she has worked here for two years.
Her daughter, Ella, has attended PHCS for 5 years.
“We both love it here!”
Before coming to PHCS, she worked as an administrative assistant for a lawn/turf care business for 23 years.
Mrs. Ricci received her Bachelor’s Degree from Towson State University and her Master’s from Loyola College. Currently, she is continuing her education in the area of Educational Supervision in Behavioral Health. She has over twenty years of guidance counseling experience
Mrs. Oshinnaiye graduated from Houghton College in New York State with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a concentration in Intercultural Studies in 2004. While at college, she was involved in music ministry and mission trips. Directly after graduation, she moved to Baltimore city to begin her teaching career. She taught for a combined five years in public and private schools in Baltimore, then taught ESOL in Howard County for three more years. She took a few years off from teaching to stay home with her two girls and is excited to be back in the classroom! She loves seeing students learn in a positive, interactive environment.
Mrs. Oshinnaiye is also involved in the children’s ministry at her church in Baltimore city. When she’s not teaching, she loves playing piano, gardening and spending time with her husband and children.
Mrs. Scheihing graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Secondary English Education.
She has been married to her husband Mark for 22 years and they have 5 children. She has been teaching since 1996.
“I have a chaotic life filled with kids’ sporting events and activities, but in my free time, I love to bake and read. My favorite thing about teaching is spending time with the kids and enjoying the laughter they bring to class every day.”
Mrs. Scheihing’s classroom motto is to “Choose Joy” and her goal is to be an example of that to all of her students. She loves to find creative ways to teach her subjects so if you walk by her room it wouldn’t be unusual to see students in groups acting out stories, taking on the voices of characters in a drama, or debating whether a character from a novel made a good decision. Mrs. Scheihing is so thankful to be a part of PHCS!
Mrs. Iman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. She taught in Baltimore County for 3.5 years before becoming a licensed daycare provider so that she could remain home with her own children. She is so excited to be back in a classroom teaching at Perry Hall Christian School this year.
Mrs. Iman has been married for 15 years and has 3 children who all attend PHCS. In her spare time she enjoys walking and watching her kids play sports. She can be found almost every night on a ball field somewhere. She leads praise and worship at her church, directs Vacation Bible School and leads the youth group along with her husband. The theme in Mrs. Iman’s classroom is taken from Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Mrs. Iman wants to teach her students to “Shine for Jesus.”
Mrs. McCauley holds a B.S. degree from Towson University in Music Education with a credential for K-12 Instrumental and Vocal Music Education and has 15 years of teaching experience.
She worked as an orchestra and general music teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools for 6 years before becoming a stay at home mom to her two energetic sons. She was very involved with curriculum writing, taking students to county and state festivals, and was a guest conductor for the middle school orchestra for the Arlington Air Music Camp in Anne Arundel County.
She has maintained a private studio over the years of various instruments including piano, violin, and flute (to name a few). She has also been an adjudicator for various music festivals in Howard County, MD as well as Maryland All State Band Auditions.
She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for music and passion for Christ with the students!
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre…praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals…Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Laura Overholt is the Business Manager for PHCS. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University in Accounting, and has worked for several companies doing operational auditing and bookkeeping.
Laura likes using her financial background and operational knowledge to help the teachers have more time for teaching, by making the “business” part easier. She grew up in Wisconsin and cheers for the Green and Gold. GO PACKERS! She works with the high school youth group at Perry Hall Baptist Church and enjoys working with them as they learn about God and His will for their lives. Hiking and scrapbooking are two of her favorite things to do with her free time. Jeremiah 29:11 says,
For I know the plans I have for you-declares the Lord- plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Mrs. Hartman is an alumni of PHCS, Class of 2011. She attended Liberty University and graduated with an A.A. in Early Childhood Education.
This is her third year working at PHCS but she has been working with children for six years. She married Jeremiah Hartman, Class of 2009 and they have a little girl, Grace.
Mrs. Kojack, one of our PK4 teachers, has over thirty years of teaching experience. She holds Bachelor of Arts from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education is from Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Kojack believes that all students can reach higher levels of learning, if learning is delivered in fun, and interesting ways. She loves to use music, games, hands-on activities, and lots of interaction between classmates in the classroom. Mrs. Kojack aspires daily to give students the opportunity to learn visually, auditorily, and kinesthetically.
Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, and she loves sharing the Word of God with students in Bible class each day, as all children love to hear about the great Bible characters! Matthew 19:14, Jesus said,
Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
Mrs.Kojack’s hobbies are reading, listening to contemporary music, and keeping fresh her first year of learning piano, with hopes of returning to lessons in order to play the hymns of our faith.
Mrs. Werner is our K through 12th-grade Physical Education teacher and our high school health teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in health and physical education from Lancaster Bible College and holds a current Maryland teaching certification in health and physical education. She has been teaching since 2004.
Mrs. Werner has a passion for teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle and properly care for their bodies so that they may serve God in whatever capacity He calls them. She also strives to teach students the importance of teamwork. I Corinthians 12:12 states that, Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Chris.
When Mrs. Werner is not teaching or coaching, she enjoys spending time with family, doing crafts, exercising, bike riding and hiking.
I graduated Notre Dame University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I have over twenty- five years of experience in education that includes a broad range of classroom environments.
I have taught Sunday school, homeschooled, taught preschool, tutored, and operated a licensed home daycare for eleven years. I have also substituted in Harford County Public Schools and Perry Hall Christian School. This is my third year at Perry Hall Christian School teaching second grade. In my eyes, it is the best grade to teach, because they have such curious minds and love to ask questions.
I believe that students need to be challenged in academics and taught to think outside the box. I believe that every child is special in their own way and that every child learns in a different way.
One of my favorite subjects to teach is Bible. I like to relate my lessons to our lives. When teaching a Bible lesson, I like to ask my students” How does this lesson relate to our life?” I love to hear how much my students love God, how they can please God and they can teach others about God.
I believe that it is my job not only to prepare my students for the next grade but to prepare them to be model citizens in God’s world and to prepare them for the future.
When I am not planning a lesson or grading papers, I enjoy spending time with my family. In my spare time, I like to camp, read, watch my sons Aaron and Josh play soccer, go to the movies, and tour Washington D. C.
If I had three wishes, I would wish for a farm, zoo, or a bunny farm. I am an animal lover and love to be around animals. I enjoy playing with my American Blue Bunny named Baby Tony and dog Max.
Mr. Seibert has a Master’s in education from Goucher College, a B.A. in music from California State University Fresno, and 20+ additional course credits in Math and Computer Science at CSUF.
After working as a touring and recording artist in the Christian music industry for 5 years, Mark went into the Video Game industry working on many world-wide bestselling titles in his 20 year career as a musician, producer, designer and director in that industry. In 2008 he retired from the Video Game industry and is now in his seventh year of teaching.
I try to bring a unique perspective to my students using as many examples as possible from my experiences in the music and video game industry – both from the artistic side, and the business side.
US English, Literature, Writing
Mrs. Eliasson graduated from Liberty University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology: Counseling, Clinical, and Research. After 6 months of being a long-term substitute, she found that her passion was to teach high school. Having led worship events and retreats for the middle and high school students at her home church in Perry Hall, she knew that God was calling her to teaching as a new and exciting form of ministry. She met her husband, Stephen, at Liberty and they have been married since April 2016.
Mrs. Eliasson enjoys traveling and watching movies, and she plans to pursue her Masters in either Education or School Counseling. She has been teaching at Perry Hall Christian School since 2015.
MS English, MS Social Studies, Study Skills
4th Grade Bible and Library
Sarah Evans is our Kindergarten teacher. She is in her sixth year of teaching at Perry Hall Christian School. She graduated from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA with a BA in Liberal Studies and a Concentration in Elementary Education.
She is certified K-6. Mrs. Evans actively helps with the middle/high school drama productions. She is a Disney nut that can always be found either talking about or singing anything Disney. She loves Broadway as well and takes any opportunity to see a show in Baltimore or New York City. Mrs. Evans has wanted to be a teacher since she was in 5th grade and loves seeing the “lightbulb” or “Ah-Ha” moments that occur in the classroom.
Mr.(Rev.)Neiswender brought his love for teaching and his love for high schoolers to PHCS back in 2003. He has over 40 years of teaching experience.
His Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education is from Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania), and his theological training is through Moody Bible Institute and Baptist Bible Seminary of PA. Although the majority of his teaching experience has been with high schoolers, he has taught at the elementary level and at Washington Bible College. He also ministers as the Senior Pastor at Loch Raven Baptist Church in Towson. Mr. Neiswender is happily married for over forty-two years with five children and thirteen grandchildren. Mr. Neis (as the students call him) enjoys reading, working out at the gym, tennis and basketball as some of his favorite activities
Mr. Lochary lives in Bel Air, MD and earned his B.S. degree from Towson University in Earth and Space Science.
He has three years of teaching experience with the Baltimore County Public School System and has been involved in his school’s STEM initiative. Mr. L., as he is affectionately called by our students, is in his 3rd year at PHCS. He attends Sovereign Grace Church where he is involved with the church’s Care Group ministries.
Mr. Taylor brings 30 years of experience in Christian School Administration, as well as a passion for academic excellence in the Christian School arena.
He has most recently served as Chief School Administrator at Pike Creek Christian School in Newark, DE for eight years, where he guided the school through the accreditation process for ASCI and Middle States. Prior to that in 1984 he joined the Christian Heritage School in Trumbull, Connecticut, where he served as Upper School principal until he was promoted in 1997 to the Headmaster position where he served for 7 years.
Mr. Taylor has his Masters of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is currently near completion of his Doctoral degree in Christian Education Leadership, also from Regent University.
Mr. Taylor is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and has extensive experience guiding schools through the accreditation process and will be leading Perry Hall Christian School through this important educational endeavor as well. He has been active in numerous ACSI leadership endeavors including speaking, teaching seminars and serving on regional accreditation visiting teams.
Mr. Taylor has a very vibrant walk with the Lord and desires to encourage our students to be academically well prepared and lifelong followers of Christ. He and his wife Karen, have been married for 47 years and have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.
Mrs. Harding graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.
After several years of classroom and tutoring experience, she has found an outlet for her passion for Christian education as the Community Relations Director at PHCS. You’ll always find her with a camera capturing our students in action around the building. Her job is all about letting the community know what the amazing team of faculty, staff and students at PHCS is achieving. Four of the Panthers roaming the halls belong to Mrs. Harding, which might explain why she delights in sitting under the shade of a tree with a good book sipping her iced tea when she has the chance. Her life goal comes from Genesis 24:40
The Lord in whose presence I have lived…
Upper School English, AP Literature
Mrs. Linton has been teaching for 13 years. She taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for one year before finding her niche in upper elementary! Using differentiated teaching methods and creative lessons, and incorporating literature & writing into every possible lesson, she strives to help each student reach their God-given potential and find success in the classroom.
She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Towson State University. When she is not writing lesson plans or grading papers, she finds scrapbooking to be very therapeutic; however a perfect day would be spent with a good book. As C.S. Lewis so eloquently said,
Mr. Royce earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Bible and Social Studies education from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit P.A. Since then he has worked as an inspector for construction sites, a lifeguard, and taught History on the High School level for three years at a Christian school in New York.
Mr. Royce earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Bible and Social Studies education from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit P.A. Since then he has worked as an inspector for construction sites, a lifeguard, and taught History on the High School level for three years at a Christian school in New York. He has coached soccer, lead an afterschool ultimate Frisbee club and taught an afterschool drawing class. Mr. Royce loves to play all types of games, he fights against gravity every chance he gets and has been to Paris more times than he can count, which is not very high.