Staff

00035Mrs. Lori Zieber

Administrator

Lori graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education, a K-12 reading endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. She spent two years subbing in various school districts in Ohio and taught a year of English Adult Education at Sandusky High school. The next nine years were spent at Bellevue City schools teaching Jr. High Language Arts, working as an elementary guidance counselor, and coaching Jr. High volleyball, basketball, and track. After meeting her husband, Steve, she moved to Michigan and worked one year as a high school guidance counselor at Hopkins High school. THEN she had three children within three years, for which none of her educational experience prepared her!  She was a stay- at- home mom and volunteer extraordinaire for 15 years when God called her back into the workforce at TCA. “TCA has been a huge blessing to my children. They have had the privilege of a strong academic education and Biblical principles taught by capable and loving teachers.”

MelindaCrawford2015 Mrs. Melinda Crawford

Kindergarten Teacher

Melinda Crawford was born in raised in Manaus, Brazil. She graduated from Clearwater Christian College with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1991. From 1991-1995 she worked at Navy Child Development Centers in Florida and Nevada. In 2003 she was hired at TCA as the Kindergarten teacher. Melinda and her husband, Robert, have 2 grown sons and a teenage daughter.

“I am so thankful my children could attend TCA. It gave them a great educational foundation and reinforced the christian values we worked to instill in our children.”

RanaeAlexander2015 Mrs. Renae Alexander

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Ranae Alexander is a 1980 graduate from Edison High School. Upon graduation she married her H.S. sweetheart (Dan Alexander) and was a stay-at-home mommy of two boys in Lynchburg, Va. In 1990 a new school was being formed. New Covenant was/is a Christ-Centered, Classical School that is based on the conviction that parents are to be the primary educators of their child; not the government. Based upon this philosophy Mrs. Alexander was given the opportunity to co-teach the First Grade at N.C.S. this led to a full time teaching position for the next four years. God blessed her family in 1996 with a baby girl. Upon returning to the work force in 2004, Mrs. Alexander joined our staff here at TCA and is currently teaching first and second grade- and loving every…well, almost every minute of it!

EllynVandergoot2015Mrs. Ellyn Vandergoot

Art and Science Teacher and 1st/2nd Grade Math Teacher

Ellyn Vandergoot graduated from The College of New Jersey with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. She spent the next five years working as a project designer for various furniture dealerships as she and her husband moved from New Jersey, Virginia, Tennessee, Minnesota and now finally to Ohio. Ellyn started teaching the art classes at TCA as a volunteer in 2008 and in time took on more responsibility. She was then hired part time as both the art teacher and the 1st and 2nd grade math teacher. Ellyn and her husband have had all three of their children enrolled at TCA.

“What do I love about TCA? Where do I start? I love the biblical world-view education, the top notch academics, the love that the teachers have for their students, the life long friendships that my children are developing… I could keep going, but I’ll leave it at that for now.” ~Ellyn

JenStephens2015 Mrs. Jen Riffle

3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Jen Riffle graduated from Monroeville High School in 1994 and went on to begin her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Toledo. She moved to the Nashville, Tennessee, area in 1998 where she finished her degree and taught in Christian and public education for 12 years. In 2012, she returned “home” and completed the coursework to receive her Reading endorsement. Today, Mrs. Riffle is certified in grades PreK – 3rd general education, and she also holds a 4th and 5th general education endorsement as well as a K-12 Reading endorsement. She currently teaches 3rd/4th grade. Mrs. Riffle is married, and she has two daughters and two step children. Mrs. Riffle has a passion for teaching children, creative writing, hiking with her husband, and quality time with her family.

HeatherDumbeck2015 Ms. Heather Dumbeck

5th & 6th Grade Teacher, 7th/8th Spanish

Heather Dumbeck graduated from Monroeville High School and Cedarville University.  Recently, she completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Ashland University.  Looking forward to seeing her first major publications.

Heather enjoys the challenges of her three children who have all attended TCA and are involved in church and school sports and music activities. Donuts are always accepted. What a joy!

 

MollyRychener2015 Mrs. Molly Rychener

Head Teacher, 7th/8th   Grade Teacher, Latin Teacher

Molly Rychener graduated from Bellevue High School in 1990 and went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University. In 2014 she completed a three – year apprenticeship program with the CiRCE Institute earning a Certificate of Mastery in Classical Education. Molly also serves on the Board of Trustees for her local library. She and her husband have two daughters, both of whom attended Trinity K-8th. Molly has a passion for classical education, quality literature, and quiet time to enjoy her family.

 

MikkiEhrenberg2015 Mrs. Mikki Ehrenberg

7th/8th Grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I Teacher

Mikki Ehrenberg graduated as valedictorian from Southwest Christian School in 1993. She then studied Children’s Ministries at North Central Bible College in Minnesota. It was there that she met her husband, moved back to Ohio, and started a family. For the next eight years she was a full-time mom who opened her home to other children as a daycare provider. Mikki began volunteering at TCA when her oldest started kindergarten in 2005. : “Jason and Mikki have been blessed with four children: Andrew, Brandon, Cara, and Deanna. Their two oldest boys attended TCA and their oldest daughter currently attends.

 

miller erica Miss Erika Miller

Physical Education / Health & Science Teacher

Erika Miller was born and raised in Huron County. She graduated from Willard High School in 1993 and went on to attend Cedarville College (now University) and play collegiate softball. She graduated with a comprehensive (K-12) Physical Education degree in 1997. After graduation she taught Phys. Ed./Health/Music at St. Patrick’s School in London, Ohio for three years. Following that she taught Phys. Ed./Health/Bible/Music at Madison-Clark Christian Academy for five years and was the Athletic Director for three years. She now enjoys teaching part time at Trinity, working part time for Cedarbrook Camp of Ohio, and helping full time on the farm with her family. “Teaching at Trinity is a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere is so conducive to learning and growing. It’s a great place to be!”