Jessica Libasci

Kindergarten Teacher

jessica.libasci@trimont-academy.org

"I work at TCA because I LOVE JESUS! I love children. I love teaching children about Jesus."


Schooling/Degree: AAS in School Age Education, ECE Certificate, NCECC, NCECAC

Years with TCA: 18 (4 as Kdg teacher)

Favorite Bible Story: The Parable of the Sower

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:26

Favorite Place to Eat: El Charro

Favorite Place to Shop: Walmart, Michaels

Favorite Food: Hummus, Feta, and Cucumber wraps

Favorite Snack/Candy: Milk Chocolate (Hershey)

Hobbies: Gardening, Crafting, Being a mommy to a foster child

Joyce Ballew

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

"It is my belief in Christian Education that led me to TCA. I love seeing young minds getting excited about learing."


Schooling/Degree: BA in Elem. Education; MA in Early Childhood Education

Years with TCA: 3 (20+ years as a Kindergarten Teacher)

Favorite Bible Story: Esther

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 1:7

Favorite Place to Eat: Panera Bread and Fat Buddies

Favorite Place to Shop: Hobby Lobby

Favorite Food: Fresh baked bread

Favorite Snack/Candy: Any kind of chips, snack crackers, and Whoppers candy

Hobbies: Quilting and Reading (Historical Fiction)

Ana Paine

1st Grade Teacher

ana.paine@trimont-academy.org

"I wholeheartedly love children and TCA gives me the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them. It's awesome to work with a team that shares the same values and ideas as I do. TCA is a vehicle for helping families in need and supporting families in our community."


Schooling/Dregree: Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies (Liberty University); Bilingual

Years with TCA: 3

Favorite Bible Story: Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

Favorite Place to Eat: Sakura, Thai Paradise, Root & Barrel

Favorite Place to Shop: Anthropologie

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Snack/Candy: Smart Pop

Hobbies: Being with my family, Hiking

Rebecka Lauffer

1st Grade Teacher Assistant/After-Care Assistant

rebecka.lauffer@trimont-academy.org

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Mary LaFlamm

2nd Grade Teacher

mary.laflamm@trimont-academy.org

"I work at TCA because of Jesus. I love being able to talk about and share about Him. The benefit of small class size in addition to suppoortive parents and staff, make this an amazing environment to be in."


Schooling/Degree: BA in Sociology

Years with TCA: 10 (Second year as the 2nd grade teacher)

Favorite Bible Story: Job

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:8

Favorite Place to Eat: Lucios

Favorite Place to Shop: Old Navy

Favorite Food: Ice Cream

Favorite Snack/Candy: Chocolate

Hobbies: Cooking, Reading, Movies, Family

Sandra Magee

3rd Grade Teacher

sandra.magee@trimont-academy.org

"Christian education offers a foundation built on the Bible and a relationship with Jesus Christ. TCA offers this, thus giving students a solid foundation to prepare them for life."


Schooling/Degree: Bachelors in Education

Years with TCA: 8

Favorite Bible Story: Paul and Silas

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Favorite Place to Eat: Franklin Cafe, Mi Casa & Gazebo

Favorite Place to Shop: Small specialty shops

Favorite Food: Italian

Favorite Snack/Candy: Caramel M&Ms

Hobbies: Crocheting, Reading, Spending time with grandchildren

Linda Boren

4th Grade Teacher

linda.boren@trimont-academy.org

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Michelle Bellwood

5th Grade Teacher

michelle.bellwood@trimont-academy.org

"It is all about encouraging our next generation into His Kingdom. I am humbled and blessed to be called into this ministry."


Schooling/Degree: BS in Perceptual Motor Development/MA in Elementary Education

Years with TCA: First

Favorite Bible Story: Jesus Calming the Storm

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 3:14

Favorite Place to Eat: El Charro

Favorite Place to Shop: Amazon

Favorite Food to Eat: Plant-based TexMex

Favorite Snack/Candy: Fruits, Veggies, Payday

Hobbies: Living minimally in a tiny home, Sailing, Cooking, Gardening, Camping, Building DIY, Flipping cars/houses

Jodie Rodewald

6th-8th Grade Math/History Teacher

jodie.rodewald@trimont-academy.org

"I love teaching at TCA because I get to teach the Bible and Creation throughout my curriculum. I can pray with the students and help them on a level that I couldn't in a public school."


Schooling/Degree: Bachelors in Education, Masters in Counseling

Years with TCA: 5

Favorite Bible Story: The story of Joseph and his brothers

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 29:11

Favorite Place to Eat: Sakura

Favorite Place to Shop: Target

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Snack/Candy: Dark Chocolate

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking

Susanna Makinson

6th-8th English/Literature Teacher

susanna.makinson@trimont-academy.org

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Barbara Vlass

6th-8th Bible/Science/Study Hall Teacher

barbara.vlass@trimont-academy.org

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Tiffney Pendergrass

2nd-8th Grade Teacher Assistant/Resource

tiffney.pendergrass@trimont-academy.org

"I work at Trimont because I love to be able to teach students in a Godly manner and you can't beat being able to stop and pray over any situation with my student."


Schooling/Degree: AAS in School Age Education and Elementary Education.  Pursuing BA Degree in Elementary Education.  

Years with TCA: 4 Years.  

Favorite Bible Story:  David and Goliath

Favorite Bible Verse:  Philippians 4:13

Favorite Place to Eat:  Italian or Seafood

Favorite Place to Shop:  Hobby Lobby and Amazon

Favorite Food:  Crab Legs and Fried Ravioli

Favorite Snack/Candy:  Kit Kats and any flavor of cashews

Hobbies:  crafting, hiking and being outside with my family

Rebekah Lisk

PE /Computers/After Care Coordinator/Summer Camp Coordinator

rebekah.lisk@trimont-academy.org

"I work at TCA because I can share the love of Jesus with students and help them understand the importance of staying active."


Schooling/Degree: Bachelors in Religion, Masters Div. (Duke)

Years with TCA: 3

Favorite Bible Story: Mary telling Elizabeth she is pregnant with Jesus

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12

Favorite Place to Eat: The Cowfish (Charlotte)

Favorite Place to Shop: Amazon

Favorite Food: Potatoes (anyway), Fried Okra

Favorite Snack/Candy: Oreos with peanut butter, Skittles

Hobbies: Crochet, Reading, Crossfit, Walks with my husband/dog, Playing with my nephews and niece, Drinking coffee

Nichole Bradford

Art Teacher/Kindergarten Assistant

nichole.bradford@trimont-academy.org

"I work at TCA because of the family-like environment that promotes Christian values."


Schooling/Degree: Bachelors in Art

Years at TCA: 3

Favorite Bible Story: Story of Esther, Jesus & the Children

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:16-19

Favorite Place to Eat: Mela's

Favorite Place to Shop: Hobby Lobby

Favorite Food: Indian, Asian

Favorite Snack/Candy: Salty Snacks, Chocolate, Caramel

Hobbies: Pottery, Sewing, Crafts

Tami Zuiderveen

Spanish Teacher

tami.zuiderveen@trimont-academy.org

"The reason I teach at Trimont is because I love helping kids discover more about God's World."


Schooling/Degree: Bachelors in Elementary Education w/ a minor in Reading

Years at TCA: 3

Favorite Bible Story: Daniel, Esther, Elijah, Paul....Too hard to pick one!

Favorite Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Psalm 46:10

Favorite Place to Eat: Sakura

Favorite Place to Shop: Amazon

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Snack/Candy: Dark Chocolate

Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Scrapbooking, Activities w/ family: camping, boating, Jeeping)