Miss Kristina Premo
English/Bible/Christian Womanhood/Study Skills | Years of Experience: 9.5 | Years at HCS: 8.5
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/Financial Peace | Years of Experience: 20 | Years at HCS: 18
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. Rob Gismondi
History/Science/Bible | Years of Experience: 6 | Years at HCS: 2
I went to Heritage kindergarten-12th grade. After graduating, I went to West Coast Baptist College, where I met my wife, Jessica. The Lord used a principal in Texas to lead me into teaching, and I love it because of the student interaction and the impact I get to have on their lives.
John 3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Mr. Doug Hoffman
Athletic Director/History/Health | Years of Experience: 27 | Years at HCS: 27
Mr. Ron Vankirk
Government/Economics/Business Math | Years of Experience: 14 | Years at HCS: 14
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 me with 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 generation of American Christians.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.”
Mrs. Brooke Borke
Science/Health | Years of Experience: 4 | Years at HCS: 4
After graduating from college with a degree in business/computers, I married my husband and traveled the world with his Air Force career. It was during our move to Germany (12 moves during 20 years) that I began homeschooling my children. For the next six years, I would homeschool grades 2-9. I have always valued a strong academic curriculum along with a Christ centered view. When my husband retired from the USAF, we were called to full-time Christian service (church planting). During this time the Lord opened a door for me to begin teaching science at HCS. Science has always been my passion. I enjoy seeing my students light-up when they understand new concepts and bring textbook science to life in the real world. My desire, with the Lord's help, is to help nurture the education of these students who someday may be great scientists, doctors, nurses, or engineers who will be able to effectively witnesses for Christ and reach the lost in their career fields.
I love being outside in the warm weather, gardening, baking, and spending time with my husband and kids!
James 4:14, "Wheras, ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
Mr. Wesam Elrabadi
Bible | Years of Experience: 9 | Years at HCS: 5
After graduating from Cleveland State University in 2007, I completed my biblical education at Heritage Baptist Institute in 2012. In June of 2015, I joined the staff of Cleveland Baptist Church as the youth pastor.
I never had the privilege of experiencing Christian Education in my younger years, so I count it an honor to teach at Heritage Christian School. I am married to Megan and have two children. I thank God for a wonderful wife and lovely children, who thankfully look more like their mother. It is a privilege to serve in the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ.
Mr. Tom Goodman
Leadership | Years of Experience: 2 | Years at HCS: 2
I was fortunate to have been brought up in a Pastor's home. My father has been faithfully pastoring for over 36 years. Both of my siblings are faithfully serving in their local churches as well. I trusted Christ as my Savior when I was eight years old, and I yielded to the call to preach in August of 2003. I served as my dad's associate pastor from June of 2008 until January of 2016 when the Lord moved our family to the Cleveland area.
My wife, Amanda, and I have been blessed with four children: Calvin, Seth, Savannah, and Calli. We felt at home from the first moment our family came through the doors at CBC, and we count it a great privilege to serve the Lord here with the faithful staff and members of the Cleveland Baptist Church and Heritage Christian School.
Miss Caitlyn Brown
Computers | Years of Experience: 5.5 | Years at HCS: 5.5
I developed a passion for teaching when I began to learn how exciting and awesome the computer world is. I enjoy sharing that knowledge to students, knowing that they will use it 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.”
Mr. Roger Hoffman
Woodshop | Years of Experience: 44 | Years at HCS: 44
"Professor" Hoffman has been teaching woodshop at HCS for over four decades. Most of the physical updates to the church and school over the years have been completed with his help and expertise. HCS regularly wins most or all of the woodworking awards at our annual BCSO fine arts competition thanks to his leadership and teaching.
Miss Melinda Szerencsy
Art/Computers/Yearbook | Years of Experience: 2 | Years at HCS: 2
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. God gave me the most wonderful gift of all, a home in Heaven.
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."