Faculty & Staff
Lead Teacher & Kindergarten
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 Grace Church.
BIO: Mandy Harvey became CDA’s 1st Grade teacher in her 20th year post-graduation from Belmont University, where she graduated with a dual major in education and health. Her diverse teaching experience covers elementary, middle, and high school in 3 different states and 2 different countries. She believes that education is a never-ending invitation to discover God’s heart.
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. Her family attends Heartland Church in Indy.
BIO: Kim Warman graduated from Hillsdale College with a specialty in English and Classical Education. She has taught 3-6th graders in Hillsdale, Las Vegas, and Indiana. Her mission is to reveal goodness, truth, and beauty to her students by modeling Christlike compassion, separating light from the darkness, and diffusing joy into the community. She and her husband attend College Park Church.
BIO: After graduating from The Summit Academy in Carmel, Daniel Racke studied history and humanities at Hillsdale College and Purdue University. He spent a year as an elementary teacher at CDA and then several years helping to start a classical school in Palm Bay, Florida, before returning to Indiana. He and his wife Kelsey attend The Dwelling Place Church.
Curriculum Director & 5th/6th 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.
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: 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: Michelle Schall holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Taylor University and a Master’s of Social Work from Indiana University. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked as a school social worker in the Carmel school district. She fell in love with classical education because it shares the greatest story, God’s story, and fosters a love for learning seeing Him in all things. Her family attends College Park Church in Fishers.
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.
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.
Head of School
BIO: As the Head of School, David Seibel aims to cultivate a generation of scholar-disciples who are passionate about learning. Husband to Brooke and father of one current and an additional three future Coram Deo students, David holds an MDiv from Southern Theological Seminary, an MEd from Marian University, and BA in Economics and Spanish from Wabash College. His family attends Cornerstone Bible Church.
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 The Joy of Learning: Finding Flow Through Classical Education and blogs on ancient wisdom for the modern era at www.educationalrenaissance.com.
BIO: Susan MacKay holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University with a specialization in Hospitality Management. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked in hotel operations and sales before transitioning to the financial industry. 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.