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Our Staff

At Grace Academy, our teachers and administration are personally invested in your child’s education. Click on any faculty or staff member’s name to directly email him or her.

Warren Barrett Principal of Middle and High School
Christina Hammer-Atkins, Principal of Lower School
Amy Valentine-Walker, Director of Student Success
Wanda Clark, Lead Teacher (Elementary)
Jason Ledney, Director of Instructional Technology
Chad Wingert, Comptroller
Jessica Klick, Director of Marketing and Communication
Kevin Smoot, Athletic Director, Dean of Students

Support Staff

Carol Barger,  Executive Assistant
Joann Buwalda, Registrar
Kristi Ivosevich Before & After Care Director
Beth Vinson, Lunch Coordinator
Ronda Hykes, Lunch Assistant

Elementary Before/After Care, 240-816-1866 (only before/after care hours)

International Student Program

Charles Dawson  International Programs Agent
Amy Casto, Director of International and Special Programs



Kristi Ivosevich, K4 Teacher
Hilary Lear, K4 Teacher
Lindsey Brown, Grade K4 Assistant Teacher
Hannah Dean, K5 Teacher
Stephanie Swope, K5 Teacher
Wanda Clark, Grade 1 Teacher
Samantha Stanley, Grade 1 Teacher
Ashley Johnson, Grade 2 Teacher
Margaret Swacina, Grade 2 Teacher
Elizabeth Stevens, Grade 3 Teacher
Dolores CarverGrade 4 Teacher
Carrie StellGrade 4 Teacher
Jessica Veen, Grade 5 Teacher
Jessica Paris,  Assistant Teacher
Billie Bedregal, Assistant Teacher 
Ellen Brown, Enrichment
Billie Bedregal, Assistant Teacher, Uniform Coordinator
Dave Buser, Facility Manager


Linda Koontz, Middle and High School Math Teacher
Dr. Robert Royal,  ESL Teacher
Charles Mandracchia, Middle School Science and Biology Teacher
Alex Lehman, Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Dawn Hawbecker Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Duane Rotz, High School English Teacher, Online Instructor for HAVCA
Dana Ingram, Chemistry/Environmental Science Teacher
Kim Rodriguez, High School Math Teacher
Chris Lane, High School Social Studies Teacher
Betsy Ljubic, English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, High School Bible Teacher
Brenda Brown, English Teacher, Technology Teacher
Joseph Choi, Orchestra Teacher
Dana Fultz, Spanish Teacher
Eugene Wilson, Bible Teacher
Alicia Stough,  Music Teacher
Randall Crist, P.E. Teacher
Penny GrovesArt Teacher
Dana Conley, Health Teacher, Biology, Elementary P.E.
Melinda Smith, Librarian and Media Specialist, Summer Camp Director
Lisa Downie, Conditioning Coach, Health Teacher, Essence Teacher
Barbara Benedict, US History, Psychology Teacher