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All staff members at Manheim Christian Day School are fully committed to Christian education and the teachings of Jesus Christ. They incorporate Biblical principles into learning situations as illustrated in Matthew 5–7, creating an atmosphere where students can grow in Christ-like qualities to apply in their individual lives. It is our goal to provide a safe learning environment where each student can develop and nurture a belief system that evolves into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Courtney Frazier

Principal

Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree, Millersville University
PA Grades 4-8 Social Studies Certificate

Fauquier County Schools, Virginia 2003-2004
King George County Schools, Virginia 2004-2007
Manheim Central School District 2007-2020
Manheim Christian Day School 2020-Present

E-mail: courtney.frazier@manheimchristian.org



"I believe teachers have the ability to change lives. We can shine the love of Jesus through our words and actions and we have the privilege to help children grow in their faith."

John George

Dean of Students

B.A. Family Studies, Messiah College
M. Ed. School Counseling, Lancaster Bible College
Ed. D. Educational Leadership, Widener University
PA School Counseling and K-12 Principal Certifications

Manheim Central Middle School (school counselor) 2004-2021
Manheim Christian Day School 2022 - Present

E-mail: john.george@manheimchristian.org



"I believe our responsibility is to teach the love of Christ and model the fruits of the spirit as well as help our students develop their God-given spiritual, academic, and emotional gifts by encouraging and exemplifying a love of learning."

Wendy Harley

M/W & T/Th Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Liberty University; Millersville University

Lancaster Christian Academy 1985-1986
Lititz Christian School 1987-1988
Manheim Christian Day School 1998-Present

E-mail: wendy.harley@manheimchristian.org



"I believe we are to nurture the whole child and help him/her experience God daily in every area of life."

Trish White

Fun Friday Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

B.S. in Bible and Certification in Early Childhood Education, Lancaster Bible College

Reidenbaugh Elementary School (Envision/Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher) 2001-2002
Dayspring Christian Academy (1st Grade Teacher) 2002-2003
Linville Hill Christian School (2nd Grade Teacher) 2003-2005
Manheim Christian Day School 2015-Present

E-mail: trish.white@manheimchristian.org 


"I believe Christian education is a partnership between teachers and families that helps point children to Christ, By teaching the Bible as absolute truth and by centering education on Christ, children are taught to see God’s hands in all areas of learning and life."

Jean Peachey

3 Day Kindergarten Teacher

B.S. in Home Economics Education, University of Georgia
Early Childhood Certification Program, Arizona State University

Montessori School of Flagstaff, Arizona 1984-1987
Newcomb Elementary, New Mexico 1987-1991
Penn State, York 1997-2003
Manheim Christian Day School 2003-Present

E-mail: jean.peachey@manheimchristian.org 


"I believe that children are a gift from God. As a teacher, it is my role to help each child develop and grow in their many God-given gifts and abilities. I do this by providing a Christ-centered environment that fosters spiritual, mental, social and emotional growth."

Jordi Gawne

5 Day Kindergarten Teacher

B. S. in Early Childhood Education, Minor in Special Education, Penn State University 
PA Grades PreK-4 Teacher Certification

KinderCare (PreK Counts Teacher) 2020-2021
Calvary Preschool (Preschool Teacher) 2021-2022
Manheim Christian Day School 2022-Present

E-mail: jordi.gawne@manheimchristian.org


”I believe that students thrive in knowing that others have “total faith in them” to achieve their individualized academic goals. As a teacher, I love using positive reinforcement to instill this confidence in students so that they can perform to the best of their abilities, therefore, allowing God’s gifts within them to shine.”


Julia Nolt

1st Grade Teacher

B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Certification, Millersville University

Manheim Christian Day School 1994-1999; 2011-Present

E-mail: julia.nolt@manheimchristian.org


"All children have within them the capacity and hunger for learning. As a teacher, it is my awesome privilege and responsibility to help each child grow toward his/her God-given potential in all areas of life."

2nd Grade Teacher

B.S. in Elementary Education, Minor in Spanish, Liberty University

Manheim Christian Day School 2022-Present

E-mail: jennifer.christner@manheimchristian.org 



Jennifer Christner

"I believe that all children are created in the image of God and that all are capable of learning. It is my goal as an educator to instill a lifelong desire for learning by providing a safe and loving environment for my students to learn and grow into who God has created them to be."

3rd Grade Teacher

B.S. in Childhood Education (PreK-4) and Special Education (PreK-12), Shippensburg University

Hempfield School District (5th grade long-term sub) 2021
Manheim Christian Day School 2021-present

E-mail: hannah.fisher@manheimchristian.org

"My goal as an educator is to show each student how they can overcome challenges and fears, to enjoy and love learning, and to help each child find fulfillment in Christ. I desire for all students to find their potential as life-long learners in the classroom."

Hannah Fisher

4th Grade Teacher

B.S. in Humanities, Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.S. in the Art of Teaching, Fairleigh Dickinson University
NJ Grades Preschool-3 & K-5 Certification

American Christian School, New Jersey 2011-2015
U-Gro Learning Centers 2015-2016
Manheim Christian Day School 2016-Present

E-mail: kerri.kinter@manheimchristian.org

"I believe God has created each one of my students in a special way and has given them a special purpose in life. As a teacher, it is my joy to help guide my students as they learn more about this world and God’s place for them in this world. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Psalm 127:3a"

Kerri Kinter

Middle School Social Studies/5th Grade Language Arts Teacher

A.A. in Elementary Education, Harrisburg Area Community College
B.S. in Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12), Millersville University

Manheim Christian Day School 2019-Present

E-mail: lori.henry@manheimchristian.org

Lori Henry

"I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with students and encourage them to be lifelong learners. Even the youngest of students can be an example to someone in their lives. That’s why I love I Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Middle School Language Arts Teacher

B.A. in English & Russian Studies, Bucknell University
PA Grades 4-8 English Subject Concentration Certificate

Firm Foundations Academy 2019-2020
Private Tutor for English Language Learners, adoptive families, and students with special needs 2020-2021
Manheim Christian Day School 2021-Present

E-mail: sasha.carpenter@manheimchristian.org

"I aim to serve and equip students to achieve their highest academic potential through a compassionate and creative approach. Most importantly, I seek to encourage students in their relationship with the Lord, as in the words of 2 Timothy 3:10: '[...] certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.'"

Natalya "Sasha" Carpenter

Middle School Science/ 8th Grade Math Teacher

B.S. in Education, B.A. in Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible College

Manheim Christian Day School 2018-Present

E-mail: rodney.zimmerman@manheimchristian.org

"My goal is to inspire my students to be curious about their world, and to seek to understand God through the things he has created. I want to help students grow academically, socially, and spiritually, and discover their unique God-given gifts."

Rodney Zimmerman

Middle School Math Teacher

M. Ed. in Differentiated Instruction, LaSalle University
B. S. in Elementary Education, Millersville University
PA Grades 7-9 Middle-Level Math Certification

Manheim Christian Day School 2004-2007
Manheim Central Middle School 2007-2019
Manheim Christian Day School 2022-Present

E-mail: melissa.nolt@manheimchristian.org




“My goals for my students are to build confidence in their mathematical abilities and to nurture and encourage their relationship with Jesus Christ. I consider it an honor and a privilege to connect with my students each day, walking alongside to strengthen and guide in both academics and their growing faith."

Melissa Nolt

Middle School Bible Teacher/Intermediate & Middle School Art Teacher

B.A. in Youth Ministry, Cedarville University
B.A. in Christian Education, Cedarville University
M.A. in Christian Counseling, Dallas Baptist University

Sky Ranch Christian Camps (Outdoor Education Instructor) 2019-2021
Manheim Christian Day School 2022-Present

E-mail: jon.sauder@manheimchristian.org

Jon Sauder

"My heart is to a be a reliable, approachable mentor who fosters Christ-centered confidence and a Biblical worldview in the lives entrusted to my care...and to develop and contribute to a community and culture that does the same."

Music Teacher/5th Grade Math Teacher

B.S. in Elementary Education, Millersville University
Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Hesston College

Ephrata Area Mennonite School (4th grade teacher) 2001-2002
Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia (5th grade teacher) 2005-2008
Rock Hill Public Schools, South Carolina (3rd grade teacher) 2009-2012
John Beck Elementary (2nd/4th grade long term sub) 2014-2015
Manheim Christian Day School 2020-Present

E-mail: christel.briggs@manheimchristian.org

"As an educator, my desire is to instill a love of learning in my students through hands-on activities and other creative opportunities. In addition, I desire my students to be respectful and responsible individuals that have an active relationship with Jesus Christ, so throughout their lives they will be productive members of society that influence others positively."

Christel Briggs

Director of Operations/Computer Teacher/Middle School Lead Teacher

B.S. in Bible and in Education/Health & Physical Education, Lancaster Bible College

Manheim Christian Day School 2008-Present

E-mail: justin.sauder@manheimchristian.org

"My mission is to prepare students for a life of service to God by guiding them in their understanding of the connection with the physical, mental, and spiritual components of life. Everyday I see students learning about God on the sports field, in the classroom, and in their relationships with each other. Being an alumnus of MCDS, I understand the importance of Christian education and its positive and lasting impact in a student’s life."

Justin Sauder

Physical Education & Health Teacher/Athletic Director

B.S. PreK-12 Health and Physical Education, Eastern Mennonite University

Page County High School 2007 – 2009
Hildebrandt Learning Centers/Bright Horizons Family Solutions 2015-2017
Manheim Christian Day School 2019-Present

E-mail: joy.shelly@manheimchristian.org

"My goal is to educate, communicate, and engage students in life long healthy habits. Through care and providing positive feedback to encourage long, active, healthy lives. It is my prayer that students find physical activities they enjoy and want to participate in long after they graduate."

Joy Shelly

Primary Art Teacher

B.S. in Art Education, Millersville University

Lancaster Rec (Preschool Aide) 2013 - 2014
Penn Manor School District 2013-2014
Manheim Christian Day School 2022-Present

E-mail: hannah.wright@manheimchristian.org

"God has created such a beautiful world around us. Art is one way to appreciate that beauty. My goal is to increase students' confidence in their artistic abilities by teaching new skills to help them express themselves and to enjoy God's creation."

Hannah Wright

Teacher Aides

Sharon Ginder

Pre-K / Kindergarten Aide


Kindergarten Aide

Christie Nissley

Pre-K Aide

Brandi Pidcock

2nd Grade Aide


Rachel Tann

Librarian

Olivia Shenk

1st Grade Aide

Alicia Redcay

Intermediate Aide

Staff

Kris Hess

Administrative Assistant
kris.hess@manheimchristian.org

Jen Kosydar

Events Coordinator; Fun Friday Aide
jen.kosydar@manheimchristian.org

Kim Metzler

Enrollment Coordinator
kim.metzler@manheimchristian.org

Rebecca Nissly

Finance Manager
rebecca.nissly@manheimchristian.org

Lee Musser

Facility Manager

Rachel Miller

Hot Lunch Assistant

Andrea McNece

Hot Lunch Coordinator

Kelsey Fox

Custodian

Megan Zimmerman

Custodian

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of MCDS is to pursue academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment where students develop Biblical values and perspectives to prepare them for a lifetime relationship with Jesus Christ.

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