Miss Kristina Premo
English/Bible (7th-9th Grade) | Years of Experience: 7.5 | Years at HCS: 6.5
I knew that I was called to be a teacher on the first day of student teaching as an under-graduate student. I have loved every day since. My favorite part of teaching is getting to know students and having some small part, as small as it may be, in God’s plan for their futures. I love showing students the importance of English and its significance in communication and personal studies. I love reading, writing, running, biking, and playing board games.
Philippians 1:20 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
“Start every day purposing to prove that you love God far more than yourself or the things of this world.”
Mrs. Pam Brown
English, Speech (10th-12th Grade)| Years of Experience: 18 | Years at HCS: 16
When we moved to Seneca, Pennsylvania, I was asked to teach English in the academy. I wasn’t trained to be a teacher, but I developed a love for it. I finished my teaching degree and can honestly say I could not see myself doing anything else. I teach various ages and various subjects, and I never fail to learn new things from my students. I love to read, and I love to instill that love for reading in my students. I have a husband who is also an educator and four children that God is using in various teaching ministries.
I Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”
“If you don’t have time to do things right the first time, when will you find time to re-do them?”
Mr. Brad Borke
History, Geography, Current Event/Culture (7th - 8th Grade) | Years of Experience: 21 | Years at HCS: 3
I was called to full time ministry in while serving in the active duty Air Force. My Air Force career was climbing at the time, but the Lord specifically removed the desire to pursue promotion. God replaced that desire with a hunger to preach the Word and serve him full-time. My joy in Christian education is that we have the awesome liberty to teach from the best textbook in the world, the Bible. I am grateful the Lord has given America the freedom to preach and teach from his Word, and I am thankful Heritage Christian School stands firm in its Biblical convictions, uncompromising.
Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
“Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Mr. Ron Vankirk
History | Years of Experience: 12 | Years at HCS: 12
Upon graduation from college with a business degree in hand, I planned on serving the Lord with my life in the business world. Never did I imagine that I would have the privilege of serving as a church business manager or of teaching the next generation. Since given the opportunity to teach, starting in 2005, teaching has turned into a passion. Being able to take what is happening in the news today and applying it to my government, economic and financial classes provides a unique opportunity to make education both practical and interesting. The Lord has also blessed me with the privilege of serving as the Council President for the city of Brooklyn. This provides for practical, first-hand knowledge to pass on to the students. Being able to use real-world experience, combined with Biblical principles, a passion to make a difference and a solid curriculum provides for a tremendous learning environment for my students. God is certainly good, and it is an incredible privilege to teach the next generations of American Christians.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.”
Mrs Jill Pletcher
Math | Years of Experience: 9 | Years at HCS: 2
I received my college degree from Hyles-Anderson College. I taught six years in Louisville, Kentucky, one year in Shanghai, China, and have taught part-time and subbed at HCS for the past 2 ½ years.
I have been happily married to my husband, Peter, for 17 years. We have three children: Haley (9th grade), Morgan (6th grade) and Molly (kindergarten). We lived in Asia eight of the first nine years of our marriage (3 ½ years in Shanghai, China, and 4 ½ years in Singapore). During that time we were able to travel to exciting and exotic destinations such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Borneo, Australia and New Zealand. I am a huge sports fan, and I support our local Cleveland teams – even the Browns!
I am excited to teach math because I love the subject. Sometimes the problems can be quite challenging, but I love the sense of accomplishment that comes from solving a problem or helping someone else to solve a problem or understand a concept.
Miss Caitlyn Brown
Secretary, Computers | Years of Experience: 3.5 | Years at HCS: 3.5
I developed a passion for teaching when I began to learn how exciting and awesome the computer world is. I enjoy sharing that knowledge that they will use later in life. I love making videos and working with computer design. Bus ministry is my favorite because of the impact that it has on the kids for the Lord.
Psalm 73:25-28 “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”
Mrs. Kelly Dove
Art | Years of Experience: 3 | Years at HCS: 3
My favorite part of teaching is seeing the kids enjoy the project and the materials used to create it. The end results are “Amazing!” I enjoy creating my own art and seeing people react to something I have done. Spending time with my family is the most precious gift of all. God gave me the most grateful gift of all, a home in Heaven.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney