Faculty & Staff
BIO: Kendall Hinton studied women’s ministry at Boyce College in Louisville Kentucky. She spent over eight years as a teacher in children’s ministry at her church and four years homeschooling her children in preschool. Due to her love for Coram Deo, classical education and the desire to teach again, she spent two years as a substitute teacher. She and her family attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
BIO: Kristin Hunt holds a BA in elementary education from Hanover College. She spent two years teaching at a missionary school in Mexico City. She has also taught at Christian schools in Indianapolis, IN and Springfield, IL. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and playing piano. She, her husband, and three sons all attend NSpire Church in Westfield.
BIO: Julie Kilmer attended Purdue University for her undergraduate and graduate studies in Elementary Education. Her experience includes serving as a classroom teacher for children ranging from K-4th Grade, a Preschool/Director in Vermont, and a Children’s Minister for a local Indianapolis church. In her free time, she enjoys biking, hiking, and traveling. She and her husband Roger attend Trinity Baptist Church in Westfield.
BIO: Amy Ashley holds a B.A. from Ball State University in Elementary Education. Amy also studied special education through Taylor University and has a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from The American College of Education. Her experience includes 20 years of teaching in both public and private schools grades preschool-5th grade, curriculum development and instruction, and the Children’s Director at a local Indianapolis church. She and her family attends Northview Church in Carmel.
BIO: Jaima Kinsler attended Indiana University Bloomington and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Her experience includes teaching kindergarten through 3rd grade in Austin, TX, Geist Montessori School, Indianapolis Public Schools, and most recently in Westfield. She is excited to join the CDA family. Her family attends Cornerstone Bible Church in Westfield.
BIO: Laurel Smith holds a B.S. in Education from Ball State University and a Master of Arts from Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to accepting her position at CDA, she taught for Pike Township, Carmel-Clay, and Westfield Schools. Mrs. Smith also served on the district-wide committee for writing rubrics and planning for the original web-based report card. Mrs. Smith has a passion for teaching and reading Bible songs to young children. Her family attends N’SPIRE Church in Westfield.
BIO: Jen Ringenberg graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She has taught preschool through 5th grade in her over 20 years of educational experience and is thrilled to be teaching 2nd grade at Coram Deo. In her spare time, Jen loves planning road trips to national parks with her husband and reading. She and her family attend College Park Church in Indianapolis.
BIO: Debra Molin obtained an A.A. degree in Bible from Arizona College of the Bible and a B.A. degree in English from Arizona State University. She was certified and taught in Arizona prior to having her two children. In addition to mostly home educating her now grown children, she has also spent many years teaching in various co-ops, hybrid schools, and home learning environments. Debra considers teaching as one of her life’s missions and a calling from the Lord. She and her husband attend Community Bible
BIO: Kimberly Warman graduated from a Classical Christian high school and then Hillsdale College with a specialty in English and Classical Education, and she loves being in the classroom. Her mission is to inspire her students to glorify God, strive for excellence, and love others well. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sipping coffee in her garden. She and her husband attend College Park Church.
Curriculum Director & 5th Grade
BIO: Julie Griffin graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in Elementary Education. Before joining CDA in 2017, she taught in traditional Christian schools for twenty years. In teaching, her goal is to engage students in learning more about God, His story, and His world so they will desire to be lifelong learners prepared to advance His work and kingdom on earth. Her family attends Harvest Church.
6th Grade & Spanish
Bio: Chris Miller received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University where he studied Social Studies Education. He completed his student teaching at a public K-12 program in Lafayette 2022-2023. Chris first fell in love with ministry leading the Grace Church youth mission trip over the last five years. He attends Community Bible Fellowship locally and is thrilled to be a part of the CDA family.
Upper School Omnibus, Math/Science
BIO: Aaron Delph holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Purdue University and is currently pursuing an MDiv through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Aaron joined the staff at Coram Deo after spending time as a Pastoral Assistant at Castleview Church. He enjoys helping his students learn to love God through studying a range of topics from math to the Bible. He and his wife Becky attend The Fields Church in Westfield.
Upper School Math/Science
BIO: Tori Hickok graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education. Her 19 years of teaching experience include public high school, private schools, and homeschool co-ops. In teaching math and science, she longs to lead students to see the wonder of God’s creation and lead them to worship Him as their Lord and Savior while engaging with each student as a unique person. Tori and her family attend Pennington Park Church in Fishers.
Upper School Omnibus, Latin
BIO: After graduating with a B.A. in History from Patrick Henry College, Danielle Weirich chose to continue her life-long learning through teaching. She began teaching at Coram Deo in 2017. Her passion as a teacher in the Coram Deo Academy School of Logic is to “turn heads” toward the perennial truth that God has chosen to reveal about Himself through and to His creation. Her family attends Grace Church.
BIO: DeAnna Gipson graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Geography. She also has a vocational degree in graphic design from J. Everette Light. DeAnna is passionate about making the world around her a more beautiful place. On top of being our Art Teacher, DeAnna is a freelance/contract graphic design artist. She lives in Whitestown with her husband Chris, they welcomed their first child in September. DeAnna and her family attend Traders Point Church.
BIO: Emma Foss graduated in 2019 from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Music Education. Alongside CDA, she teaches music classes at The Music Playhouse, as well as private piano lessons. Her musical knowledge spans piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, recorder, voice, percussion, flute, trumpet, and cello. Mrs. Foss believes music is an essential and beneficial part of children’s education. She and her husband Andrew attend Noblesville Baptist Church.
BIO: Chad Lesnet holds a B.S. in Finance from Purdue University where he was a member of the track team. Prior to joining the staff at Coram Deo, Chad held senior management finance positions in the transportation and mortgage industries as well as serving as an executive pastor. Chad is also our athletic director and coaches our cross country and track teams. Chad and his family attend Genesis Church.
BIO: Lora Dodson holds a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Butler University and a Masters of Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University. Prior to staying home with her children, she worked in Pike Township and Carmel Clay Schools as a speech-language pathologist. She is passionate about children loving Jesus and becoming lifelong learners. Her family attends College Park Church North Indy.
BIO: Sophia Sheptock is currently finishing her degree through Liberty University and will graduate this fall with a B.S. in political science. She attended Coram Deo Academy for seven years, where she developed a love for classical education. Later in her college career, she decided to shift gears and learn more about becoming an educator. She is so excited about the opportunity to serve the students and gain experience this academic year. She attends Epiphany Lutheran Church in Westfield.
BIO: Kelli Smith earned an Associates of Applied Sciences degree from the International Business College. She enjoys serving in children’s church. She is passionate about children becoming lifelong learners and seeing the beauty in God’s Creation. She and her husband, Matt, have two daughters who will be attending CDA as they grow. In her free time she enjoys learning ASL and holding her cat, George. Her and her family attend Life Church in Noblesville.
BIO: Christine Szymczak graduated Indiana Wesleyan with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Prior to staying home to raise her three daughters, she spent 10 years in a variety of teaching positions from Preschool-3rd grade. She loves being in a Christ centered in environment where she can integrate academic learning with student discipleship. She and her husband are members of Pennington Park Church in Fishers.
BIO: Linda Hoyt began her professional career as a RN, took time off to raise her daughter and returned to work as a teacher’s assistant at her daughter’s school. She enjoyed working with the children so much that she returned to college and graduated from California Baptist University with a B.A. in Education. She spent the next 14 years teaching second and third grade in a classical Christian school. Linda and her family recently moved to Westfield and attend the Fields Church.
BIO: Susan MacKay holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University with a specialization in Hospitality Management. She worked in hotel operations and sales before transitioning to the financial industry where she held her AAP accreditation for eight years. Upon moving after 14 years of living in Arizona, Susan and her husband Mark sought a school that would provide a classical education for their daughter. Her family attends Christ’s Community Church in Fishers.
Head of School
BIO: As the Head of School at Coram Deo Academy, David Seibel aims to delight in, display, and declare the Gospel through teaching, training, and tending the next generation. He is husband to Brooke and father of two current and an additional two future Coram Deo students. David earned his Doctorate of Education from Southern Theological Seminary. David’s Doctoral dissertation focused on the leadership contributions to school growth using the organizational theory of Ichak Adizes, describing how schools mature over time. (Summary here on CDA Blog and here at Basecamp Live Podcast). David also holds an MDiv from Southern Theological Seminary, an MEd from Marian University, and a BA in Economics and Spanish from Wabash College. His family attends Cornerstone Bible Church. In his spare time, he likes to finish in the bottom half in triathlons, hike with family, and do research and writing for the classical schooling movement. Dr. Seibel is the author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Leadership to be published by Classical Academic Press in Winter 2023.
BIO: Jason Barney was awarded the Henry Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Hillsdale College in 2012. He completed his MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College, where he received The Tenney Award in New Testament Studies. He previously served as the Academic Dean at Clapham School in Wheaton, IL. He recently published A Short History of Narration and blogs on ancient wisdom for the modern era at www.educationalrenaissance.com. His family attends The Fields Church in Westfield.
Advancement & Operations Director
BIO: John Crabtree holds two bachelor’s degrees (Biology and Chemical Engineering), two master’s degrees (MDiv and ThM) and a doctoral degree from the Billy Graham School at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor for over twenty years and held faculty and administrative positions at Crossroads Bible College and California Baptist University as well as adjunct faculty positions at Bethel University and Wesley Seminary. He is married to Vicki and they have three adult children and thirteen grandchildren. Reading, taking walks with Vicki, spending time with children and grandchildren are his favorite things to do. Both John and Vicki are members at Harvest Church Indy in Carmel, IN.
BIO: DeeDee Feeney started CDA’s full-day Kindergarten program in 2010, but she began teaching while still in college. After graduating from Wingate University with a degree in Elementary Education, she taught for six years before staying home with her five children. She aims to establish the building blocks of a good education and instill in children a love for learning. She and her husband attend Community Bible Fellowship.