Meet Our Staff

We have asked the teachers and staff to share about themselves, their educational background including any awards, why they love CCS, and their testimonies of how Jesus has worked in their lives. It is amazing to see how God has equipped our staff.

Cindy Grile

Administrator


Michelle Jester

Director of Academics


Rachael Picazo

School Accountant


Angela Steury

Office Secretary


Angela Bell

Special Education Teacher


Ashley Sweeney

Special Education Assistant


Alexa Balsiger

Chaplain


Stephanie Luttrell

Preschool & PM PreK Teacher


Ashley Hendsbee

Kindergarten Teacher


Renee Rekeweg

Kindergarten Classroom Assistant


Stephanie Hahn

1st Grade Teacher


Brittany Mathewson

Second Grade Teacher


Bailey Berning

Third Grade Teacher


Vicki Borgman

Fifth Grade Teacher


Sarah Kline

Sixth Grade Teacher


Anita Miller

Seventh Grade Teacher


Shannon McBride

Junior High Language Arts, History/Geography, and Grammar Teacher


Katie Engle

Teacher Assistant


Melissa Soldner

Music Teacher


Stephanie Breeding

Librarian


Shannon McGuire

Physical Education Teacher


Judy Anderson

Computer Teacher


Stacey Dunfee

Art Teacher


Diane Hilton

Aftercare


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Cindy Grile

Administrator


Hello! I am Cindy Grile, the principal here at Central Christian School. I grew up south of Fort Wayne in Jay County. My husband Ryan and I have 3 active children that keep us busy with the many church and sports activities they are involved in. I love baking, hiking, and being outside and enjoying looking at God’s creation.

After graduating from Jay County High School, I attended Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. While there I majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Halfway through my junior year, I transferred to Ball State University and my husband and I started dating. In 2005 I graduated with my degree in Elementary Education. I taught for 3 years at a Christian school in my home town. I then choose to stay at home for a season. I went back to teaching elementary education at the school I had attended as a child. I quickly realized that I loved teaching, but my passion was in leadership. With some prompting from my principal, I started back to school to obtain my master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State University. I graduated from Ball State a second time with my master’s. God then brought my family and me all here to Central Ministries and Central Christian School.

I am so thankful God brought us here. Central Ministries quickly became my family’s new home church. They have so much to offer and many opportunities to serve. Central Christian School is an amazing place to be. The church, families, and staff love the Lord and continue to strive to grow closer to him every day.

Michelle Jester

Director of Academics


I was born and raised in Decatur, Indiana and then moved to Bryan, Ohio after marrying my husband Troy. We lived there for two years and then moved to Fort Wayne where Troy joined the staff of Central Ministries. We have three daughters, Aubrey, Kaitlynn, and Kylie. All three of my girls attended and graduated from Central before moving on to high school at Lakewood Park Christian School. I love going to all of their activities, reading, baking, and going for walks during my free time. I also enjoy vacationing with my family.

After graduating from Adams Central High School, I pursued an Elementary Education degree at Huntington College. I spent a year substitute teaching after graduating (even here at CCS!) and then taught Title I Reading at Pettisville Elementary in Ohio before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. I was very excited to return to teaching and join my daughters here at Central in 2009. I taught first grade for nine years before stepping out of the classroom and taking on the new role of Director of Academics.

I love working at Central because it feels like family. Everyone truly cares and shows the love of Christ to one another. I enjoy supporting students in their learning, but I feel very blessed to be able to talk with students about Jesus and pray with them. I also appreciate partnering with the amazing parents and staff at CCS to help each one of our students be successful in their education.

It is definitely a blessing to continue in my faith journey here at Central Ministries and Central Christian School. I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 9. I continued to be involved in the church and church activities throughout my school years, but I never took the initiative to grow in my faith until I went away to college. I did a lot of good things, made good choices, and set a good example, but my heart was not right with the Lord. I thought that all the good things I was doing made me right with God and somehow made Him love me more. Thankfully, I attended a small Christian college where chapels and Bible studies were a regular part of my life. I began to seek after God with all my heart and finally realized that I could never be good enough by my actions but only through the gift of grace offered through Jesus. And God loves me simply because I am His child, not because of the things I do or don't do. I also realized that I shouldn't keep my faith to myself-- I should share it with everyone around me! Jesus, let your light and love shine through me each day!

Rachael Picazo

School Accountant


I have been taking care of the accounting needs of CCS since 2013! My family and I moved to the Fort Wayne area in 2006 and enrolled our oldest son in CCS right away. He is now graduated from Ball State, married, and working at an Architecture firm in Indianapolis. Our daughter also attended here and is now at Lakewood Park H.S. Our youngest two are in 4th and 1st here at CCS.

My husband and I have been married for 23 years! His passion is soccer and he has been coaching soccer exclusively for the past 3 years with his business, Coerver Coaching. My hobby is music and I currently play Eb Tenor Horn with Old Crown Brass Band! I also love to travel!

Although I discovered bookkeeping when I was 23, I did not go back for my Accounting degree until four years later. I graduated from IWU in 2007 with a Bach. in Accounting and passed the CPA exam a few years later. I worked at a CPA firm for 8 years, but for the past 3 years I have been running my own Accounting and Tax business, Picazo Squared.

We love that our kids have a Bible-based curriculum here at CCS and that they get the support they need to succeed. We so appreciate the staff and administration instilling a love for Jesus and the Bible into our kids. My current favorite Bible verse is Jude 1:24 - "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever."

Angela Steury

Office Secretary


Hello I am Angela Steury. I am the office secretary here at Central. I've been married to Matthew Steury since July of 2012. Our son, Everett, was born in June of 2018. We love playing games, going to visit the cows, and enjoy going on family trips together.
After graduating from Leo High School, I got my associates degree in Elementary Education. I then went onto Western Governors University and received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I was able to do my student teaching here at Central in the second grade classroom. I then taught second grade at Central for 4 years. I stayed home for two years with my son, but worked one day a week in the office here at Central. I'm so excited to be back in the office full time. I love being able to interact with the parents, students, and staff who make up CCS. I also love being able to take time to pray with whoever needs it and being able to help where needed. I know this is exactly where God wants me.
My life has definitely not gone as "I" had planned, but looking back now I wouldn't change anything. God's plans are so much better than our plans and His timing is perfect. I've seen so many prayers answered from when I was picking out where to go for college to when we were going through the adoption process. So much of the time I want to take control and figure things out on my own. God is teaching me more and more to rely on Him and to trust Him completely with my life. My prayer is that Jesus would shine through in everything that I do.

Angela Bell

Special Education Teacher


I’m Angela Bell, the Special Education teacher here at CCS. My husband Justin and I have two active little boys. Joey is almost 3 and Sammy is still an infant. I am originally from New Haven, where I went to school from kindergarten through high school. We just recently moved to a farmstead that has been in my husband’s family heritage for 5 generations; first established in 1864. We are not farmers but we are excited to have the opportunity to explore and learn new things as our family grows with the property. We love spending time in nature. One of my favorite pastimes is gardening and canning. I also love to cook and bake, especially if I can use ingredients I have grown myself.

I have been teaching in some capacity for a little over 15 years now. I formerly taught at Leo Jr.-Sr. High School for 13 years; where I taught Spanish, English, Speech, and Debate classes. When I had Joey, I decided to stay home but also taught home-schooled children a couple times a week. Before I was a teacher, I was a behavior therapist for children with special needs. I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of St. Francis and also studied at the University of Madrid.

I am really enjoying my time at Central Christian School and love learning about each of the students. I am so impressed with the love and compassion that the entire student body and staff emulate. CCS is truly one of a kind! I feel so blessed to be a part of such a great school and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my faith with students and staff.

My family and I are members of Central Ministries and love the community of the church. Before we came to Central Ministries, we felt a little lost, trying to find a community that valued the relationship with Christ over rituals and ceremonies. The first service we attended, we absolutely fell in love with this church and knew it was our home. Both Justin and I are looking forward to our boys getting more involved in programs and activities as they get older. Joey is just starting to learn and memorize verses, songs, and other teachings of Jesus and it just warms our hearts to hear him sing and pray. It is important in our family that we always continue to strengthen our relationship with Christ, no matter what season of life we are in. My favorite bible verse is Isaiah 43:5 “Do not be afraid for I am with you.” I always remind myself of this simple verse and I instantly feel better when I am down or upset. How awesome is it that our Lord is always with us!

Ashley Sweeney

Special Education Assistant


My name is Ashley Dearth-Sweeney. I was born and raised in Fort Wayne. I have two children that both attend CCS. My son is in 4th grade and my daughter is in 1st grade. We have been a part of this school for 5 years now. We love spending time downtown. I thrive in the sunshine! I like to read, play cards, and listen to music. I love going to the lake, the pool, and playing tennis.
I graduated with an associate's degree in medical science. I am a certified medical assistant and worked in OBGYN for 7 years. I am passionate about helping others, especially children. Growing up I wanted to be a mom and work in the medical field. Working at Central Christian School to me has been an extension of motherhood. These students are family to me, and watching them learn and grow is the biggest privilege. I am humbled to accept this blessing in my life. This is my second year officially on staff at CCS. Previously I spent many hours per week volunteering. I am blessed to be a part of this school.
I love CCS because it is more than a school. We are family here. I have been given the opportunity to build so many relationships with students, parents, and staff. CCS is a safe place that is filled with the Holy Spirit.
I was raised in a Christian home. I attended Catholic school and went to church regularly. I didn't actually pursue a relationship with Christ until my son was born. I started talking to God daily and sought out to find a church I could call home. My relationship with Christ has grown exponentially in the past 10 years. Life hasn't turned out how I had planned and yet God has been with me every step of the way. Central Christian School and Central Ministries have been a huge support system for me and my children.

Alexa Balsiger

Chaplain


I was born and raised in Berne, IN where I developed a love for church and kids and was heavily involved in ministry at my church. I came to know Jesus at a young age and continued to grow in my faith and love for Him throughout my school age years. In jr. high I really took ownership of my faith and became passionate about worshipping Jesus and proclaiming Him to others. My family was always active in serving and helped develop my heart for that and I knew that ministry was a calling I had on my life. After high school I attended Huntington University where I pursued a degree in Family & Children's Ministry and Youth Ministries. I graduated from there in 2013 and began teaching and leading other teachers at Blackhawk Christian Early Childhood immediately after.

When I'm not busy at church, I love to read, be outside, vacation with my family and friends, and enjoy any warm weather I can find. I am the proud dog mom of my sweet Bella and love hanging out with her! I have been on staff at Central Ministries since January of 2018 in the role of Children's Pastor where I get to oversee kids from birth through 4th grade and their families. This also involves overseeing all of the volunteers and staff who work in this area and I love the wide array of people I get to work with here! I have been leading chapel for CCS since the beginning of the 2019 school year and love getting to interact with all age groups and prepare for all that God has for the kids! It is a joy to be on staff at both the church and the school and be a part of continuing to build the bridge between the two. I am honored and humbled that God would use me to minister to the youngest people and tell them about His goodness and truth. I pray that each student would have real life change and eternal transformation as a result of what God teaches through me.

Stephanie Luttrell

Preschool & PM PreK Teacher


My name is Stephanie Luttrell, and this is my 2nd year teaching preschool/pre-k here at CCS. I have been teaching for 16 years now and love the preschool/pre-k age! Watching their little eyes light up as they learn something new and the way they connect with the Lord brings joy to my heart. I have been married to my best friend Zack for 15 years and we have an 11-year-old daughter Arianna who attends here. When I am not at school, I enjoy taking lots of pictures, crafting, Bible studies and spending time with my family. My favorite Bible verse is: Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I am a new creation in Christ and for this I am forever thankful!

Ashley Hendsbee

Kindergarten Teacher


I have lived in Fort Wayne my entire life. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 14 years and we have 6 children! We have three girls and three boys, with a 9 year difference between the oldest and the youngest, and they all attend CCS!

I graduated from IPFW in 2008 with my bachelor's in Elementary Education. I subbed for a few years out of school but never was able to teach full time because I started having children and wanted to stay home with them. I am so grateful we found CCS in 2016. It has been a second home to our family, even more so now that I am working here. I love the people that I am working with on a daily basis. They build you up and help you when you need it. I am so thrilled to be working in an environment where God's word is shared every day and prayer is encouraged!

I came to know Christ when I was 8 at VBS. I have attended Headwaters Church since I was 4. My husband and I serve on the Music team and in the children's ministry together. We love that our children are growing up with God's word given to them everyday. I am very blessed that God has saved me at an early age and I am always looking for ways to serve him in return.

Renee Rekeweg

Kindergarten Classroom Assistant


Bio coming soon...

Stephanie Hahn

1st Grade Teacher


I am Stephanie Hahn and I am the first grade teacher here at Central Christian School. I am from the Harlan/Woodburn area and am married to my husband, Gary. We have three active sons who continue to keep us very busy! I enjoy playing games, discussing politics, sitting by campfires, and relaxing at the beach.

After graduating from Woodlan High School, I received my degree in elementary education from IPFW. I taught five years in the public schools, then became a stay-at-home-mom as God blessed us with our own children. After 13 years at home I jumped back into the classroom. I taught preschool for 8 years before moving into first grade. What a blessing it has been to partner with parents in their children’s early learning!

I enjoy working at CCS because the staff sincerely cares for families and kids! I love investing in the little lives that cross my path each day, and hope to be an encouragement to their families as well. God’s Word is alive at Central, and it is a privilege to be a part of this ministry!

I accepted God’s gift of grace when I was 8, then was baptized at age 10. Recently God has been teaching me to make the most of my time for His kingdom! Daily busyness creeps in and I sometimes forget the urgency of spreading His Gospel intentionally… Striving to be in His Word daily keeps my eyes focused on Him. Help me, Jesus, be a faithful servant for you!

Brittany Mathewson

Second Grade Teacher


Hi! My name is Brittany Mathewson and I am the 2nd grade teacher here at Central. I am originally from Charlotte, Michigan. After college I moved to Clarksville, Tennessee where I taught 6th grade science for 5 years. While there, I met my husband, Scott who was a medic in the army. We married after he got out and decided to move closer to family and settled on Fort Wayne. We have two wonderful children, Ella and Teddy. In my free time, I love to travel (especially to the beach), curl up with a good book or spend time with my family.

I attended Central Michigan University and received my bachelor’s in Elementary Education along with my master’s in Curriculum and Instruction

After working in public school for six years, I was so thankful when God opened up the position at Central Christian. I absolutely love working at Central! The staff at both the school and church feels like family, and the students and their families are so warm and welcoming. My family and I have been so blessed by my working here, and I pray we continue to pass that on to everyone who walks through our doors.

I was blessed to be raised in a Christian family where I accepted Christ at a young age. I grew up going to church and was highly involved in youth group and a college group that fed my love for Christ. In college, I became more active in my faith, which gave me the courage to leave home and follow God’s leading to Tennessee. There my faith deepened and grew through the challenges I faced, but I was so thankful to have God by my side through it all. Since moving to Fort Wayne, my husband and I have been attending Central Ministries and are part of the children’s ministries so we can be a part of our children’s lives. God has blessed me immensely and I am so thankful I have the opportunity to share His love with others, including the students that walk through my doors everyday.

Bailey Berning

Third Grade Teacher


Hi everyone, my name is Bailey Berning, and I am the third-grade teacher here at Central Christian School. This is my first year teaching here at Central and I couldn’t feel more blessed. I am a third-generation teacher, so I guess teaching is in the blood. I am the youngest of two daughters and am extremely close to my family. My mom, Kim, has been an EACS teacher for 28 years and my father, Scott, has been a Fort Wayne Police Officer for 27 years. Together they raised me and my sister, Brittany, to work hard and love others well. Our family expanded this year when my sister got married, so I now get to enjoy the fun antics that come along with having a brother. Although, my four-legged little brother Bentley (he’s a yellow lab) would say that he already filled that spot ????. When I’m not with family, I love to be outside or with friends. Some of my favorite hobbies include kayaking, hammocking, reading, hunting and fishing with my dad, and baking.

I went to Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School where I graduated 8th in my class. At graduation, my Senior Superlative was “Most Likely to Become a Teacher”, so I should have known then not to deny my fate. Nevertheless, I decided to enroll at IPFW for their nursing program. After 1 semester, I realized how little I enjoyed it and decided to switch my major to Secondary Education. I wanted to be a teacher but was stubborn and didn’t want to go the route everyone told me I would. Once again, I realized I was starving myself of the joy of getting to work with kids, so my sophomore year I officially made the degree change to Elementary Education and haven’t looked back since. After two years at IPFW, I transferred to Ball State (Chirp Chirp) for their Teaching Program. After doing my student teaching at Heritage Elementary School, I graduated in May of 2021. I graduated Cum Laude with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and a concentration in Psychology and Counseling.

My time here at Central has already been so eye-opening and exciting. There are so many things that I’ve come to fall in love with here. Growing up and student teaching in the public school setting, there are a lot of new things that I’ve been able to experience in this environment. One of the things that I love about Central is the small class size that allows me to get to know my students on a deeper level and form a richer community dynamic. I also really love how intentional and welcoming all of the staff has been. Their love for these kids and Christ is evident each day. And they have been more than supportive and encouraging to me! But my favorite thing is being able to share God’s goodness and grace and love with young minds each and every day, while I get to watch them share that same love with one another! The only downside is how dangerous having a coffee shop so close by has become for my wallet and diet.

As for my relationship and walk with Christ, it started at a young age. I grew up in the Lutheran Church, so I was baptized as a baby and then made the reaffirmation for myself in Junior High by going through Confirmation. I would say that I always believed in God, but as for a relationship with him, I saw it more as my “job” rather than a gift that I got to invest in. Back then, church was just something a “good Christian” did, and I could check it off my list and get on with my day. But as I got older, some life experiences came up that really required me to lean on God whole-heartedly. I would say that I was drawn to Him more out of need rather than desire. But, like the good miracle worker he is, he turned those trials into something beautiful and blessed my life with some really great people and a community that I could grow my faith through. I can say that I finally felt God and truly acknowledged his presence and goodness. Since then, other life struggles have come up, but through it all he has seen me through. And out of my desperation came a stronger foundation and closer relationship with Christ. I wouldn’t say that in the moment I was grateful or felt God working but being able to have perspective now has allowed me to see His hand in it all. I’m filled with such gratitude to be able to work in an environment that not only allows me to share my own journey, but also allows me to continue to foster a deeper relationship.

Vicki Borgman

Fifth Grade Teacher


Hello! I, Vicki Borgman, am the 5th grade teacher here at CCS. As my students (both current and former) know, I am slightly younger than dirt. I like to say I was born “Under the shadow of the dome.” Actually, I was born in Elkhart, Indiana. As a young child my parents both decided to go back to college so we moved to Las Cruses, New Mexico, then to Dayton, Ohio where Dad had a small church. At sixteen, we finally moved back to Indiana (Huntington to be exact).

It was in Huntington that I met my husband, Rick, in 11th grade English class. Although, it would be seven years before we would even date or talk to each other. I went Indiana Central University and majored in nursing. I had one and a half years under my belt when I realized that I hated nursing. I prayed long and hard about what to do with my life, and I felt God calling me to go into teaching. I love it. God has given me the opportunity to teach for over 35 years.

After graduation I reconnected with Rick (his dad and my dad were both ministers in the Decatur area). We dated, and the rest is history. We have one son, Jordan; one daughter-in-law, Katie; and two wonderful granddaughters, Reagen and Shawn.

CCS is a special place. From the first time I stepped foot in the school, over sixteen years ago, I have felt the presence of God here. His love permeates CCS.

Although I have been in church literally all my life, it wasn’t until college that I made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. He has been and is my guiding light. He is my life.

Sarah Kline

Sixth Grade Teacher


I was born in Fort Wayne and lived most of my life in New Haven. I met my husband, Jonathan, my Sophomore year of high school. We reconnected when I was in college and married in the middle of my Senior year in 2004. I attended Taylor University, in Fort Wayne, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. My daughter, Brianna, was born in 2005. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom while our children were young. A few years later we were blessed with our son, Ryan, in 2008.

I continued to stay active with teaching by becoming a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne Community and East Allen Community Schools. I was offered a full time teaching job teaching 5th grade at New Haven Intermediate. After being cut due to budget cuts, I received a job teaching as a Title 1 tutor at Central Lutheran School. I enjoyed working with every age group from Kindergarten to 8th grade. While teaching at

Central Lutheran I developed a love for Middle School students. When the budget was cut for that job, I started to look for a full-time teaching position. God led me to Central Christian School.

I have only been working for CCS for half of the year and I already can see a unique difference from the other schools I have worked in. I love the atmosphere and being able to feel the Holy Spirit when you walk into the building. I love coming to work each day and getting to spend it with my 6th graders and awesome coworkers. I am looking forward to many more years of teaching at CCS.

I have had many ups and downs in my life, but God continues to draw me closer to him. God is teaching me to go to Him with everything. I struggle with wanting to be in control and to fix problems on my own. God continues to remind me that I need Him every second of the day. He is also teaching me to Choose Joy in every circumstance that comes my way. I can’t choose what happens to me on a daily basis, but I can choose how I respond. I want to be someone who responds like Christ would respond. My biggest prayer is that Jesus will shine through my actions on a daily basis. Some days are easier than others.

Anita Miller

Seventh Grade Teacher


I grew up in Montgomery, Indiana - a small town in southern Indiana. After meeting and marrying my husband, Bruce, I moved to Fort Wayne in 1998. We have 4 children. Our oldest daughter, Christine, graduated from Grace College last year and works as one of the managers at Culver's on Stellhorn. Our oldest son, Corey, is a sophomore at Notre Dame. Caitlin is a junior and Conner is a freshman at Carroll High School. I enjoy having them all home at the same time and eating dinner together - even if it gets loud. Watching each of them participate in different sports and activities has become a favorite of mine. Reading, listening to music, and watching movies are also some of my hobbies.

After graduating from Barr-Reeve High School as the salutatorian, I went on to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Indiana. At that time, the Lord led me to a year of voluntary service through the Mennonite Board of Missions where I taught 1st grade in Los Angeles, California. Upon returning home, I substituted, coached volleyball, and then became a Title 1 teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom for 11 years. I returned to teaching at CCS as the Junior High teacher from 2007 to 2010 and then eventually the 4th grade teacher in 2012.

Even though I grew up in the church, got baptized, and memorized many Bible verses through the Bible Memory Program, I didn't truly own my faith until college - especially my senior year. I was challenged to read a book about prayer, Could You Not Tarry One Hour, that changed my life. I was able to put the suggestions to practice that next year while driving my one hour commute to work every day in Los Angeles. The Lord continues to remind me of the importance of spending time with Him because it is so easy to let the busyness of life steal that time away.

Teaching at Central is truly a blessing. I love that we can weave God and His Word into everything that we do. Being able to stop whatever we are doing and pray is powerful. As I study and teach the Bible lessons each week, I know that I am still learning. I am so thankful that God is patient and continues to grow me. What a great God we serve!

Shannon McBride

Junior High Language Arts, History/Geography, and Grammar Teacher


Hello, I am Shannon McBride. I am the Junior High Language Arts, History/Geography, and Science Teacher here at Central. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cards!). I met my husband, Blake while I was in college and we got married in June 2002. In February 2012, we welcomed our son, Kaleb. Kaleb is in 4th grade here at CCS.

I graduated from Trinity Christian College, in Palos Heights, Illinois with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. From the time was I young; I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I couldn’t picture doing any career other than teaching. I started working at Cedar Creek Child Care caring for children. While I was there, they decided they wanted to start a kindergarten program. I taught kindergarten for two years at Cedar Creek Child Care. I never pictured myself teaching any grade higher than 2nd. I always wanted to be an elementary teacher. So, it was quite a surprise taking a junior high position here at CCS. God knew EXACTLY what HE was doing in my life! I love being a middle school teacher. This is where God wants me to be.

CCS is a special place. I can feel the presence of God as soon as I enter the building. I love the fact that I can teach about God and His Word in all of my lessons.

I grew up going to church and attending private schools. I believed in God and I loved Him. I didn’t truly understand what having a personal and growing relationship with God was until I started attending Central Ministries 8 years ago. Attending Central has helped me grow stronger in my faith and to have a deeper and loving relationship with Jesus.

Katie Engle

Teacher Assistant


I’ve lived in the Leo area my whole life. In my free time I’m usually painting or doing something crafty! I also enjoy teaching dance, spending time with friends and family, and going on bike rides!

I graduated from Leo High School in 2019. I’ve always been passionate about working with kids. I taught 3rd & 4th grade Sunday school at my church for years, loved helping with Vacation Bible School in the summers, and also started teaching dance in high school. After working as a camp counselor in 2019 I realized how much I loved being able to teach kids about Jesus. I knew that was something I wanted to continue to do! I started at Central that fall!

I love CCS because it feels like a family! It’s such a welcoming & encouraging environment! I absolutely love working with the students and being able to openly talk about Jesus.

I grew up in a Christian home and went to church every week, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I really understood what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. God has changed my life and I’m so grateful to work in an environment that encourages my walk with Christ!

Melissa Soldner

Music Teacher


I'm Melissa Soldner and I am the music teacher here at Central Christian School. My husband’s name is “Tim” and my dog’s name is “Ellie.” She is a German Shorthair and quite a character.

I graduated with a B.S. cum laude in Psychology. I later went to seminary and graduated with an M.Div. in Counseling/Pastoral Care. I loved my seminary experience and out of 98 credit hours only had one class I “disliked.” Many of my friends thought that was odd because they had more than one class they didn’t care for!

My experience has been in church ministry with youth and children; as an Exam Writer for the Department of Personnel in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I also have worked as a Home-Based Therapist for Park Center as well as Director of the Shelter formerly known as “Daybreak Children’s Shelter” here in Fort Wayne.

Currently, in addition to working for CCS I also work for Central Ministries church as the Woman’s Counselor, a role that has many other ministry responsibilities attached to it.

My experience in music besides listening and enjoying many genres of music is also academic as well as performance. I started as a third grader taking piano lessons for many years (now I teach them…), I also was the “Royal Choir” pianist at Fort Wayne Christian school for 2 years. I began playing flute in school band in 7th grade and played flute and piccolo in the marching band and concert band at Snider High School. I have participated in competition, church and ministry via singing in choirs, ensembles as well as playing piano. I have played keyboard in worship band for another church that I attended prior to attending Central.

I love working at CCS because in my position I get to work with all ages from Pre K to grade 8. I love the multiple stages and the ways the kids think in all of them. While Pre K is just getting familiar with music and all the things you can do with it—the Middle Schoolers are beginning to be more abstract and creative in their ideas about music. I also love that I can talk about Jesus anytime I want or anytime I believe that the LORD is leading me to do so in class. That is something that in other jobs is not always a possibility. I remember being told in a job I previously held that I could use faith base interventions “sometimes” but that I wouldn’t always be able to do that. Jesus is not an intervention and certainly not a “sometime” intervention—He is everything!

I am so fortunate to have grown up in a home where I learned about Jesus as a very young child. I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior when I was 5 years old in my garage in Illinois. (My mom was part of an organization called “Child Evangelism” and she was learning “how to do it” so woman named “Miss Ruth Damhoff” was basically teaching her. We called these things we would have in garages: “Bible Clubs.” I remember one day after everyone was gone I stayed seated because I knew I was a sinner and that I needed to have the Lord Jesus in my heart as my Savior. Miss Ruth led me to the Lord that day. The LORD has protected me so much in my life I am always truly amazed at His goodness. I am amazed that he continually pursues me with His great love for me. I cannot tell you how much he has changed my life—not only in saving my soul for eternity but changing me in my life here on earth.

Stephanie Breeding

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