Ms. Amber Warmbier
Ms. Amber Warmbier was born in Florida, but has called Monticello home from a young age. After graduating high school, she went on to Eastern Illinois University, where she obtained a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Amber worked at a couple of preschool centers in Champaign and gained some administrative experience as an assistant director before accepting God’s calling to come to MCA. MCA continues to be a great source of joy for Ms. Amber as she sees the way God is working through the families that are involved with the school. It has been so exciting to see MCA continue to be a source of light in our community. She’s excited to see where God will lead the school this year, and all of the ways that He will use her to further His kingdom.
Mrs. Bonnie Bayes
Mrs. Bonnie Bayes was born in Monticello at Kirby Hospital. Grew up in DeLand, IL.
She attended Parkland where she received an A.A.S. Degree in Child Development.
Mrs. Bonnie Bayes has worked in several day care centers as Head Teacher for the Preschool area. She taught Preschool at Sonshine Christian Academy in DeLand, IL for eight years and worked as the Parent Coordinator/Pre-K Aide for DeLand-Weldon for 12 years. More recently, she worked as a licensed Day Care Provider for the second time (for a total of 10 years).
Mrs. Bonnie Bayes loved her job as Day Care Provider but was feeling led to be back in a preschool classroom, so she asked God for guidance. He answered that prayer by leading her to MCA! She is now so excited to be back in the classroom and to be a part of the MCA family!
Mrs. Bonnie Bayes has been married to her husband, Steven, for 38 years this past May. Steven is a courier for Carle Physicians Group. The couple has 3 adult children, 3 grandsons, and 1 granddaughter!
Mrs. Bonnie Bayes enjoys reading, writing poetry, cooking, family time and missions work. “This is my second year at MCA and I am confident it was the right choice to answer God’s call. MCA has been such a blessing to me in so many ways.”
Mrs. Elisha Gail Smith
Mrs. Smith was born in Ohio and moved to Iowa as a teenager. She attended Iowa State University, majoring in Teacher Education and then Lincoln Christian College (now Lincoln Christian University), majoring in Early Childhood Education. She worked for Odd Fellows Children’s Home in Lincoln as a teacher for three years and moved on from there to become a Head Teacher at Christian Child Care at Lincoln Christian Church for five years. After she and her husband moved to Monticello in 2000, she worked at Ducky Day Care for fifteen years. She is a member of First Christian Church in Monticello and has had the blessing of going on a mission trip to Taiwan, teaching Sunday School and singing in the worship teams and choir. Their child, Esther Joella, is three and attends MCA.
Mrs. Smith came to MCA because she wants to provide opportunities for children to learn God’s truth and to develop a relationship with Him through the teachings of His Word. She hopes to increase their knowledge of and love for Him, to grow their desire to follow His guidance and to help them learn to accept His grace and mercy. She desires to teach them how to excel as servants in His Kingdom and wants them to experience the joy of following God’s word and living under His grace.
Mrs. Kim Osborne
This year will be Mrs. Kim Osborne’s sixth year working at MCA. Before that, she stayed at home with her two boys (Andrew 13, Thomas 12). Mrs. Osborne has 5 years experience working in early child development prior to having children. She studied Early Childcare at Parkland College. During the early years of her children’s lives, she was a stay-at-home mom. During that time, her husband’s company had them traveling quite a bit. Once they knew that they were settled, she knew it was time to get back into teaching. Mrs. Osborne began by offering her time as a Sunday School teacher for Crossroads Church in Monticello. From there, she was introduced into the MCA family. She believes there is no better place to work than a Christian school, “hearing God’s word and teaching His words daily is quite the blessing, as well as teaching alongside so many gifted Christian woman. Watching the little ones grow by God’s words is the best way to start and end each day. ‘And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher’ – 2 Timothy 1:11”.
Mrs. Kathryn Weber
Mrs. Kathryn Weber graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught for 10 years before having her first child, and then became a full-time mom until her son, Tyler, entered 1st grade at MCA. She then began substitute teaching at MCA. Mrs. Weber has been teaching at MCA for 14 years, primarily Kindergarten. This year, however, she will be our Kindergarten teacher.
Mrs. Weber enjoys spending time with family, especially her great-nieces and great-nephew. Her husband, Pat, and son have a classic car restoration business. She enjoys traveling across the country with them to car auctions. Mrs. Weber also enjoys going for walks with her dog, Lady.
Teaching is an absolute passion of Mrs. Weber. It is her mission to instill a love for learning in her students. A highlight of her class each year is getting to experience the transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly!
Ms. Kelly Thompson
First and Second Grade Teacher
Ms. Kelly grew up in Mahomet IL. Graduating with a basketball scholarship to the University of Illinois in Springfield. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and has been working with kids since she graduated in 2012. She has been coaching girls basketball for six years and has worked in many camp settings at the YMCA over the last three years. 2017 is her first year at MCA.
Before working at MCA, she was a full-time substitute teacher at Rantoul high school, where she coaches basketball. She heard God’s calling to MCA and didn’t hesitate to apply for the position.
Ms. Kelly’s true passion is coaching basketball. But much like coaching, teaching fills her heart with joy. To see the progress kids make over the years is very rewarding to her. Her mission in life is to help guide young minds towards God and his Will for them, showing them that the world has more to offer them than they may think.
“I have never worked in an environment where the faculty is as supportive as MCA. It’s a great group of people I am very blessed to get to know. I hope God’s plans allow me to get to know them and the kids more over the years”.
Ms. Kelly enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, making art, but most of all cuddling with her dog Zadie while watching Disney movies!
Mrs. Jean Ellen Steele
Mrs. Steele was born in Watseka, IL, raised in Winter Haven, FL, and has been living back here in Central Illinois for the past twenty years. She graduated from Winter Haven High School, then went on to Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL and obtained her Associate Arts Degree in Art. From there she moved to Orlando, FL and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Central Florida. Mrs. Steele has worked for several in-house creative and marketing departments of large companies, eventually becoming a Stay-At-Home Mom to her son, Gavin, who by the way, also works at MCA now. She also acquired experience as a Substitute Teacher for the Monticello School District, grades K-12. Mrs. Steele heard God’s calling to MCA in August of 2015. She truly loves teaching the children of MCA about God’s love, and how He is at the center of everything we do.
Mrs. Steele enjoys cooking, reading her Daily Bread booklet, women’s Bible studies, and basically doing anything artsy and creative.
Mrs. Jean Ann Foltz
Mrs. Jean Ann Foltz, aka Sra. Foltz, graduated from Monticello High School and later from Parkland College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She began teaching Spanish in 2002, the year that MCA opened its doors, and is excited to begin her 15th year at MCA this fall!
Mrs. Foltz has been married to husband, John, for 31 years. He is an attorney at Foltz & Rupiper located one-half block away from MCA! John & Jean Ann have 2 daughters. Kristin is an attorney at 3rd District Appellate Court Research Dept. in Ottawa, IL. She & fiancé, Scott Ritter, are engaged to be married on September 2, 2017. Lauren is a junior-high language arts teacher at T. H. Roger in Houston, TX and will begin her 5th year of teaching this fall. Lauren & Jonathan Clinger were married on August 8, 2015. Sra. Foltz loves to travel, read, power walk, and is a Kakuro & Sudoku puzzle addict!
“Serving the Lord at MCA has been one of life’s greatest blessings for me! I absolutely love my job, my students, and the opportunity to teach them a 2nd language! I am beyond excited about the future direction of our school & cannot wait to see what God has in store for us He is good….all the time!!”
Mrs. Helen Lee
Music and Piano Teacher
I am very blessed to teach at MCA where I can express my love for God freely to students and staff. I also enjoy teaching a small class with a loving environment. It allows me to build relationships with students on a personal level. I love to hear a student say, 'You are more than a music teacher or piano teacher.' I would like to be a positive role model to our students.Mrs. Helen Lee
Mrs. Lee has been the music teacher and a private piano teacher at MCA since the school started back in 2002. She received her Music Education degree at Oberlin College Conservatory and Master’s degree in Music Education at Temple University with an emphasis in Elementary Music Education and Piano Pedagogy.
Her favorite thing to do is to reach out and connect with children through teaching music and sharing the gift of music.