Manheim Christian Day School

Educating Minds. Nurturing Hearts.

Faculty and Staff


Jennifer Knecht

B.S. in Elementary Education, Millersville University
Masters in Education (Reading Emphasis), EMU
Certified Reading Specialist

Lititz Area Mennonite School – Kindergarten (8 years) and First Grade (4 Years) Teacher
Manheim Christian Day Administrator 2011-Present

God made us all unique with varying gifts. As educators, it is our job to meet each child’s individual needs emotionally, socially and academically. When we meet children where they are, we provide them with the opportunity to be all that God intended them to be.


Wendy Harley
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Liberty University; Millersville University

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

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


Jean Peachey
3 Day Kindergarten Teacher

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

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

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.


Malinda Stoner
5 Day Kindergarten Teacher

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

Manheim Christian Day School 2011-Present

Interacting with young children on a daily basis is a continual reminder for me to find joy in even the simple things. My goal is to provide a place for children to explore and create, learn and grow, and experience a relational God.


Julia Nolt
1st Grade Teacher

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

Manheim Christian Day School 1994-1999; 2011-Present

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.


Rachel Tann
2nd Grade Teacher

B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Hesston College
B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Millersville University
Masters in Education (Curriculum Development Emphasis), EMU

Little People Day Care (Pre-Kindergarten) 1980-1984
Manheim Christian Day School 1985-Present

I enjoy learning and the excitement my students bring to the classroom. In addition to providing quality academics, I want to encourage my students to treat each other with kindness and to grow in their love and understanding of God.


Jennica Zook
3rd Grade Teacher


AA in Elementary Education, Harrisburg Area Community College
BA in Biblical studies, Lancaster Bible College
BS in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4), Lancaster Bible College
Master’s in Education – Consulting Resource Teacher, Lancaster Bible College
Reading Specialist Certification, Lancaster Bible College

Lititz Area Mennonite School (First Grade Teacher) 2014-2015
Manheim Christian Day School (PreK Enrichment Teacher) 2015-Present

Teaching is an amazing opportunity to invest in the lives of children by teaching them to love learning through hands-on experience, exploration, and application to the world around them while modeling Christ through interaction, relationship, and instilling in them a biblical worldview.


Kerri Kinter
4th Grade Teacher

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

American Christian School– Succasunna, NJ 2011-2015
U-Gro Learning Centers – Lititz, PA 2015-2016
Manheim Christian Day School 2016-Present

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


Courtney Frazier
Middle School Social Studies

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

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 Leininger
Middle School Language Arts

B.S. in English Education, Millersville University

Manheim Christian Day School 2020-Present

I believe God has built into all of us a sense of curiosity and that my goal as a teacher is to awaken that sense by providing the opportunities and skills for students to ask questions, work together, and explore the world God has given us.


Rodney Zimmerman
Middle School Science

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

Manheim Christian Day School 2018-Present

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.


Victoria Nork
Middle School Math

B.S. in Middle Level Education with concentrations in Mathematics and Language Arts, Lock Haven University

Manheim Christian Day School 2017-Present

My role as a teacher is to give students the tools with which to cultivate their own knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful.


Justin Sauder
Middle School Bible Teacher/Athletic Director

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

Manheim Christian Day School 2008-Present

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.


Christel Briggs
Music 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

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.


Joy Shelly
Physical Education & Computer Teacher

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

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.


Rebecca Shuey
Art Teacher (long-term substitute)

B.S.E. Art, Millersville University

Substitute Teacher Service 2008-Present
Manheim Christian Day School 2020-Present

I believe that art is something that all children can experience and enjoy doing and I am extremely blessed to be a part of their learning experience. I love seeing their faces light up when they learn a new technique or create their own unique piece of art. It is my hope that they can continue creating and for their appreciation and passion of the arts to grow!


Teacher Aides

Sharon Ginder
Teacher Aide/Librarian






Christie Nissley
Pre-Kindergarten Aide






Rachel Gehman
1st Grade Aide






Andrew Shumaker 
Middle School/Intermediate Aide







Lori Henry
Administrative Assistant





Jen Kosydar
Events Coordinator/Office Assistant





Andrea McNece
Hot Lunch Coordinator






Kim Metzler
Enrollment Coordinator






Rachel Miller
Hot Lunch Assistant





Lee Musser
Facility Manager






Rebecca Nissly
Finance Manager