Kristi Amundson is a new teacher this year at KCA. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Healthcare Administration. She earned her Masters in Education at Regent University. She has been teaching for over 13 years. In the last six years, she has been teaching middle and high school sciences and has led educational trips to Sea Camp in Florida and missions trips to Urban Hope in Philadelphia and Belize. She is excited to join the KCA family!
Dana Benefield teaches high school science here at KCA. She attended Virginia Tech earning B.S in Family and Child Development (Early Childhood Ed.) with concentrations in science and English. She taught in the public school system for nine years teaching 4th grade, Kindergarten and Pre-k. She earned her Master's degree from Western Maryland College (McDaniel) in Curriculum Development and Assessment. She began a relationship with KCA as a parent volunteer and art teacher in 2001. Her and her husband Rick are active members of Redeeming Grace Baptist Church (formerly Leonardtown Baptist Church Callaway campus) and they have two sons both graduates of KCA. Bryce (2009) is married to Brittani; they live in Georgia. Cale (2014) is in Kentucky attending Boyce College.
Lisa received her BS from Virginia Tech in Family and Child Development with a Math and History concentration. She received her masters from Western Maryland College (McDaniel) in Curriculum Development and Assessment. Lisa started volunteering at KCA teaching art when her oldest began first grade. This passion for art turned into a part time position a couple years later. Mrs. B., as she is affectionately known, returned to full time teaching in 2012. She now wears many hats teaching K-6 Art, HS Art History, Math 5, Bible 7 "Proverbs," and Bible 8 “God’s Girls” Life of Christ. Teaching in a Christian environment and striving to apply God’s word daily has been a great blessing for her. Mrs. B. is happily married to Tom, and they have three wonderful children, Breana, Seth, and Torie, who are “lifers” from KCA.
Angela is a graduate of Cedarville University (formerly Cedarville College) and holds Secondary Teaching Certificates in Mathematics and Language Arts. She has been teaching Math and English for over 15 years and has taught in college English departments both here (College of Southern Maryland) and in Ohio (University of Rio Grande). She has served in many capacities in her years at KCA including drama director, yearbook advisor and, most recently, robotics coach. Currently, she is serving as the STEM Coordinator at KCA which involves teaching middle school robotics and coaching First Lego League and VEX IQ. She is married to Dan, and they have two daughters, Christalyn and Carmen. All are active members of Leonardtown Baptist Church and serve in the Worship Arts Department. Her husband is the Worship Director at the Callaway Campus of Leonardtown Baptist Church, and Angela is the Puppet Director.
Leslie Funk is a graduate of University of Chicago (B.A. in History) and the University of Michigan (M.A. in Journalism). In her career she has served as a newspaper reporter for The Morning Call in suburban Philadelphia, the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, PA, and the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, FL. She has also taught journalism at St. Mary’s College. She attends Faith Bible Church in Mechanicsville and enjoys swimming, biking, gardening, kayaking, drawing, reading, and playing piano. She is married to John and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Kathryn. She is looking forward to Curtis McKusick becoming her son-in-law in January.
Jennifer MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has taught at KCA for the past ten years as the middle school and high school history teacher. She also serves as the faculty advisor for middle school student council where she plans many activites including Black Rock Retreat, Middle School Christmas Brunch, and Middle School Etiquette Banquet. She is married to John who owns and operates Olde Town Pub in Leonardtown. They have three children: Jack, a freshman at Covenant College; Ben, a Junior, and Sarah, a freshman both at KCA. She is a certified teacher through ACSI.
Allison McGolrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a special emphasis in Creative Writing and Theater Arts minor from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. She has a strong background in music, especially vocal performance. While in school, she earned certification as a private writing tutor. Before coming to teach at KCA, Mrs. McGolrick worked for 4 years as a private tutor, in North Carolina and in Maryland; for one year, she taught Drama and American History at the Homeschool Christian Academy. She has been active in the Southern Maryland theater community since 2001, fulfilling various roles onstage and off. One of her most well-known theatrical credits is her work as Director of St. Mary’s County Rec & Parks Summerstock program from 2009 to 2013. Currently, Miss McGolrick teaches English, and Drama for upper school students. She is certificated as a teacher through ACSI.
Stephanie Miller grew up in Northern New Jersey and received her B.S. in Elementary Education from West Chester University. (30+ graduate credit hours in education). She moved to St. Mary's County in 1984 to teach elementary school, having taught at Mechanicsville Elementary, Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary, Lexington Park Baptist Preschool, and the Home School Christian Academy. She attends SAYSF Bible Church and enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family. Both of her daughters are graduates of KCA, and her her husband is the varsity volleyball coach.
Denise Pentermann holds a B.S. in Mathematics with teacher certifications and a minor in Computer Science, as well as a M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. She is currently in her tenth year at KCA, having previously taught college algebra at CSM, served as adjunct faculty for Calculus and Statistics at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA), and taught Math at High Point Baptist Academy near Reading, PA. Denise is a member of SAYSF Bible Church and enjoys Church/Bible Study, reading Christian Fiction, and playing English handbells. She is married to Arthur who works as a DoD engineer at Pax River. They have two children: Christopher, a sophomore, and Aimee a 7th grader, both at KCA. She loves serving God as a math teacher and considers her position at KCA as a ministry as well as a career.
Cheryl Ralon is currently working with the middle school in Math and Language Arts and is our Student Advocate (working with students with special needs) for middle and high school. She has taught 5th grade, Middle school-PE, Science, History, and Elementary Music. Additionally, she is a trained NILD educator (National Institute of Learning Development) focusing on brain-based education. She is the mother of 4 KCA ‘lifers,” now all college graduates.
Born and raised in St. Mary's Co., Blaine Somerville earned his Bachelors and Masters in Business at Morgan State University in Baltimore where he lived and worked for 9 years. He was previously the Asst. Director of the Honors Program at Morgan State University before returning home to Southern Maryland to teach at Great Mills High School. In addition to KCA, he teaches GED classes at the Detention Center and considers that a ministry. He enjoys coaching basketball and is married to Toyja Somerville since 1993 and has hosted many students in their home over the years.