"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable - think about such things." - Philippians 4:8

Faculty & Staff - Monticello Christian Academy


Mrs. Jeanne Shaffer - Office and Administration

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Mrs. Shaffer graduated from Purdue University in 1990 with a degree in advertising and visual communications.  Upon moving to Decatur, IL she began substitute teaching and soon decided based on her love of teaching to go back to school.  Two years later she became certified by the state of Illinois to teach mathematics.

She taught basic Algebra at Richland Community college for two years and at Joliet Junior College for two years.  Since then she has been a stay at home mother of three children.  When MCA first opened its doors two of her children were in attendance and Jeanne became a volunteer in many areas of the start-up school.
Mrs. Shaffer and her family had the opportunity in 2007 to move to England with her husbands work and they traveled Europe and the Middle East extensively for three years studying history and cultures.  The entire Shaffer family has been greatly influenced the Christian education that MCA has brought to their family, so when needed, she volunteered to step into role of the office and administrator.  Mrs. Shaffer hopes to continue the tradition of MCA and assist families in realizing the importance of Christian Education.



Mrs. Judith Snell - Office Manager



Ms. Charlotte Landreth - K3 Teacher

Ms. Charlotte was born in Oklahoma but grew up here in Monticello.  After graduating from the University of Illinois, Springfield with a BA in History, she graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a MA in Historical Administration.  She learned to apply and teach her love of history in fun, new ways to people of all ages through educational programs.  She has interned/worked with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Illinois State Museum, and the Macon County Conservation District at Rock Springs in Decatur.  
God lead Ms. Charlotte to MCA in Nov. of 2012 as the AfterCare Coordinator, a position she still holds today!  She loves interacting with the kids and developing new and fun activities so we can all have fun!  She cannot wait to apply all that she has learned into a classroom curriculum and see what God has in store for us all this year at MCA!  



Mrs. Chrissi Guarnieri - K3 Teacher



Mrs. Elisha Gail Smith - K4 Teacher



Mrs. Rebekah Kunz - Tweens Teacher


Mrs. Katherine Weber- Kindergarten Teacher

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Mrs. Weber graduated from Parkland College with an Associate's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She then transferred to Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in special Education. She began her teaching career in Olney, Illinois, teaching part-time elementary/high school LD resource.

Wanting to get closer to family and friends after 3 years, she returned to central Illinois and took a job with Macon/Piatt Special Education in Decatur, Illinois where she taught for 8 years with students labeled educable mentally impaired.

After getting married in 1989 to her husband, Patrick, she continued her schooling and graduated with a Master's Degree in Special Education. In 1995, Mrs. Weber had her 1st child and semi-retired from teaching for 9 years to be a full-time stay-at-home mother with her son, Tyler. When her son entered 1st grade at Monticello Christian Academy, she began substitute teaching at MCA and felt the Lord was calling her back to teaching once again. She has been at MCA for 6 years now, teaching pre-school and kindergarten students. She will be our Academic Kindergarten teacher this year.


Ms. Amber Warmbier - First-Second Grade Teacher

Ms. Warmbier was born in Florida, but grew up in Monticello from a fairly young age. In 2010, she graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education. Since graduating, she has worked at childcare centers teaching children of various ages. For the past year and ½ Ms. Amber has been the Pre-K Teacher & Assistant Director at a childcare center in Champaign. She can’t wait to apply what she has learned previously to her new opportunity, here at MCA. She can’t wait to get to know everyone better and start her first year as the 1st/2nd grade teacher!



Mrs. Jessica Kiefer - Third-Fourth Grade


Mrs. Rhonda Anderson - Fifth-Eighth Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Jean Ann Foltz - Spanish Teacher

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Mrs. Jean Ann Foltz, aka Sra. Foltz, has been part of the MCA team since 2002. It has been her great privilege to teach Spanish in a Christian environment where prayer and scripture are a part of each of her Spanish classes.

She enjoys working with students from Kindergarten level through 8th grade. She believes that learning a language should be fun, and to that end, incorporates music, poetry, and vocabulary-related games into her classes. Mrs. Foltz attended Monticello High School and received an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from Parkland College. She is married to husband, John, an attorney in Monticello. They have two daughters, Kristin, will be a 2nd year law student at the University of Illinois, College of Law in Champaign-Urbana. Lauren is beginning her senior year at Harding University in Searcy, AR, with a major in middle school education and a minor in ESL and Missions. In her free time, Mrs. Foltz enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, playing saxophone, and spending time with friends and family.

Her Thoughts: "I have absolutely loved my time at MCA! In true Principal Approach fashion, my Spanish classes open with scripture and a prayer (in Spanish, of course!). It is such a blessing to be able to make God part of each and every lesson! It has been very rewarding to see "little lights go on" as children learn new vocabulary, concepts, and songs! My goal is to make every classroom experience fun while learning at the same time."

Mrs. Lee

Mrs. Helen Lee - Piano Teacher

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Mrs. Lee is the piano teacher at MCA. She received her Music Education degree at Oberlin College Conservatory and Masters in Music Education degree at Temple University with an emphasis in Elementary Music Education and Piano Pedagogy.

Her husband, John, works at State Farm in Bloomington as a System Analyst. Their daughter, Stephanie graduated from Wheaton College and lives in Chicago and their son, Daniel, is a Senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School. Mrs. Lee enjoys listening to classical music and praise music.Her favorite thing to do is to reach out to children through teaching music..

Her thoughts: "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."

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