Cascade Christian Academy Welcomes Five New Teachers

November 07, 2018 | Julie Savino

With the retirement of longtime resident teachers Shannon Fisher and Gene Roemer and the move of Jason and Marita McLin to Palmer, Alaska, Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) in Wenatchee, Wash., was faced with seeking their replacements for the 2018–19 school year. In addition God blessed, and the school board voted to hire an additional teacher for the elementary section, expanding the new teacher search to five individuals. The CCA family is delighted to welcome its new teaching staff:

Madison Feri, third-grade teacher, graduated from Walla Walla University in June 2018. Children and animals are her passions, and working as a teacher at CCA is her dream job. Feri plans on continuing her education through WWU’s online master’s program in special education. Madison enjoys playing with Nala, her cat, as well as hiking and jogging around greater Wenatchee with her boyfriend, Zachary, a CCA graduate.

Elizabeth King, second-grade teacher, also graduated from Walla Walla University in June 2018. Although she lived in Milton-Freewater, Ore., King chose to attend Fountainview Academy in British Columbia, Canada, for high school. For as long as King can remember, she wanted to be a teacher. It brings her great joy to watch her students grow in Jesus and experience all there is to learning. Everyone agrees that her perpetual smile brightens everyone’s day.

Laura Kyle, fifth-grade teacher, is a Canadian transplant. Though she started her college career at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, Kyle knew she belonged in the Northwest, thus graduating from Walla Walla University in 2005. She continued her education by working on a master’s degree in K–6 mathematics. She has taught preschool and kindergarten prior to moving to Wenatchee for her husband’s new job. After their move, Laura worked as a kindergarten and special needs music teacher in a local public school for two and a half years. Joining the teaching staff at CCA has been a great blessing to their family. Kyle and her husband, Tim, have two sons, Ezra and Peter, who are both enrolled at CCA. They are a very outdoor-active family and a great asset to the CCA and church communities.

Jared Meharry, sixth-grade homeroom and seventh/eighth Bible and social studies teacher, was born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley of southeastern Washington. Meharry graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy in 2000 and Walla Walla University (WWU) in 2005 and 2011. Meharry and his wife, Janetta, have four children. They worked as teachers at various schools in the North Pacific Union Conference until accepting a call to serve at the Adventist school on Kosrae, Micronesia. Meharry’s passion is to share the love of Jesus with young people and to help them develop a personal relationship with Him. He and his family enjoy the outdoors through hiking, climbing, camping, fly fishing and skiing.

Todd Driver, K–12 physical education and high school health teacher, graduated from Pacific Union College in northern California in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design. Driver worked in the field of art in Hollywood and the Napa Valley for 25 years. Driver added martial arts to his expertise and later began teaching various forms of it in Idaho, Washington and California. Being with young people and seeing positive changes in their lives brought him to the realization he wanted to become a school teacher. He began teaching seventh and eighth grade at Idaho's Caldwell Adventist Elementary School in 2007. A couple of years later he accepted an invitation to nearby Gem State Adventist Academy. Driver earned his Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction in 2013. He loves sports of all kinds but spends most of his time with jiu jitsu, personal fitness, snow skiing and snowboarding. He is an avid reader and enjoys studying health. Driver and his wife, Denise, have a recently married daughter, Sierra, and a son, Tristan, who is a freshman at Walla Walla University.

The CCA family feels blessed and privileged to have these five new staff members join their teaching team.