Carole Waitrovich – Kindergarten
Carole Waitrovich has owned and operated her own business – Carole’s Event Planning and volunteers at Community HOPE for Suicide Prevention. The wealth of her experience also involved being an owner of a daycare center in the Upper Peninsula. As the operator of the child care center, Carol was responsible for the teaching and program development of four-year olds. At Bay City, she will do just that for our program. Interestingly, the Waitroviches have been active in foster care and have adopted several into their own family.
Tiffany Anderson – Kindergarten
Tiffany is a graduate of Bay City Christian School. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in English from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Mrs. Anderson began teaching at Bay City Christian School soon after graduating from college and taught middle and high school English classes as well as 3rd and 4th grade.
Jamie Gleason – First Grade
Jamie graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in International Studies. After being called into Christian education, Miss Gleason returned to BJU and earned a Master of Arts degree in teaching with a concentration in elementary education. She comes to Bay City with three years of Christian school experience in Virginia.
Merilee Strutz – Second Grade
Merilee Strutz has been teaching in Christian education since she graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bible. She has taught ages from first grade to sixth grade in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and South Korea before joining the Bay City team. Merilee enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as reading or participating in the arts such as plays and symphonies. she stays active in her local church in music ministry and leading children’s church or women’s Bible studies. Merilee desires to be a Christ-like example for her students as she creates a learning environment that fosters a love of learning in each child.
Amy Hager – Fourth Grade
Amy Hager holds a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. She has years of experience both teaching in Christian schools as well as homeschooling her own three children. Mrs. Hager values the importance of a Christ-centered education for her children as well as those in her classroom.
Debbie Brown – Fifth Grade
Debbie Brown, after receiving her degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University, taught music in both high school and middle school for 15 years before teaching at Bay City in 2009. In 2017, Debbie shifted her focus to teaching the 5th & 6th graders at Bay City. Beyond the classroom, she loves making cards and taking care of pets for her friends. Her desire is to see her students form personal relationships with God as well as for them to learn how to study.
Kathy Schmidt – Sixth Grade
Kelly Hawkins- Science Teacher
Kelly Hawkins is actually the mastermind behind the layout of the science lab when it was constructed in 2002. She returns to Bay City after working several years as a chemistry professor at NWTC. Graduating from Bob Jones University with a degree in Science Education, Mrs. Hawkins is anxious to use her love for and knowledge of science in continuing the science curriculum in “her” lab. Mark and Kelly jointly operate a photography business and Hands on Deck, a STEM program teaching boat building.
Lisa Weldy – History Teacher
Lisa has been teaching in public and Christian schools, internationally in Korea and in the United States, for nearly 10 years. She has a Bachelor degree in Social Studies Education from Bob Jones University as well as a Master of Science degree in Counseling. Miss Weldy teaches middle and high school history, Spanish, and computer applications.
Shellee Phillips – English Teacher
The wife of Bay City Christian School Administrator Mike Phillips, Shellee has a Bachelor degree in Interpretative Speech and Psychology from Bob Jones University. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching in Christian schools, and her heart for ministry began at a very young age.
Dr. Michael Phillips – School Administrator & Math Teacher
As the administrator, Dr. Michael Phillips is dedicated to using his expertise and experience to provide students a solid, balanced education that will push them to achieve educationally, socially, and spiritually. One of his greatest rewards has been the joy of watching students grow into young men and women that are seeking God’s will in their lives.
Pastor Paul Brown – Senior Pastor and Bible Teacher
Paul Brown has been involved in Christian education for 37 years in nearly every role available. Paul currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Bay City Baptist Church. He has received a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Bob Jones University. His 37 years in Christian education has spanned from South Carolina to Wisconsin. Paul started teaching at Bay City in 2015 and taught a variety of subjects in middle school and high school and currently teaches 7th & 8th grade Bible. His wife Debbie Brown teaches the 5th & 6th graders at Bay City. Paul’s desire is to see each student grow in their knowledge, understanding, and love for the word of God and have a greater relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pastor Dave Bender – Family Ministries Pastor and Bible Teacher
Dave Bender has completed 2 Master’s degrees: a Master’s in Biblical Counseling and a Master of Ministry. He teaches the senior high Bible class at Bay City. He also oversees family ministries and the counseling center at Bay City Baptist Church while being a part of the Three Desires Seminar. Before serving at Bay City Baptist Church, Dave worked at Faith Baptist Church in California. In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports. Dave wants to see his students know the Lord and to know and serve Him with all their hearts.
Pastor Aaron Lichtenwalner – Family Ministries Pastor & Bible Teacher
Aaron Lichtenwalner arrived to Bay City in June of 2016 as the Youth and Assistant Pastor after receiving his Biblical Studies degree from Northland International University and Boyce College. As the 9th and 10th grade Bible Class teacher, Aaron enjoys investing into the lives of students to encourage their walk with the Lord, their knowledge of Scripture, and their love for the church. Outside of class, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife, Meagan, playing ultimate frisbee, and continuing his education as he pursues his Masters of Divinity.
Molly Offord – Music Teacher
Miss Molly Offord graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Piano Pedagogy and in Biblical Counseling. She will be responsible for all of the music in kindergarten and in the elementary school, and will work with some of the middle/high school students. In addition, she will help Mrs. Waitrovich in the kindergarten program – we didn’t want her to have too many free hours!
Kellie Luther- Music Teacher
Kellie Luther has been heavily involved in teaching music for over 20 years. With a degree in Sacred Music from Northland International University, she focuses her efforts beyond just teaching into church music programs also. She is currently the choir and chimes teacher. Kellie has a goal to increase her students’ ability and love of music through positive teaching and encouragement while instilling the knowledge of how God can be glorified through music.
Tara Hinze – Middle & High School Teacher
Tara Hinze, a graduate of Bay City, has taught within Christian schools for nearly 13 years. Since graduating from Maranatha Baptist University with a degree in History Education, Tara has sought to instill high educational standards and a deep love and understanding of God’s Word. She taught at Bay City from 2001-2005 and 2006-2007 as well at Ozaukee Christian School from 2012-2016. Tara lives with her husband and three children, and is heavily involved within Bay City Baptist Church.
Sarah Ray- Elementary Aid/Art Teacher
Sarah Ray will be joining the staff not only as an elementary aide, but also as an art teacher. Mrs. Ray earned a degree in Fine Arts from St. Norbert College, and we are anxious to have our first art teacher in both the elementary and high school. She is especially suited for her new responsibilities. Sarah’s compassion was also evident when she
worked with special needs children when employed by the City of DePere.
Shanya Maleport – Teacher Aide
Shayna Maleport has been involved in helping others all of her adult life. Over the years, she has volunteered with organizations such as the Freedom House and Camp Chetek. Mrs. Maleport is also a Certified CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Brown County. She is completing a degree in human services from NWTC. This year, Shayna will bring that compassion as an aide into our elementary school.