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

Kindergarten (8 years) and First Grade (4 Years) Teacher at Lititz Area Mennonite School
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.

1Q01099Wendy L. Harley
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Liberty University; Millersville University

Lancaster Christian Academy 1985-1986
Lititz Christian School 1987-1988
Lancaster General Hospital 2003-2007
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.


1Q01039Jean Peachey
3 Day Kindergarten Teacher

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

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.

1q01030Malinda Stoner
5 Day Kindergarten Teacher

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

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.

Karen Thomas
2nd Grade Aide & Librarian

B.S. in Elementary Education, Elizabethtown College

Manheim Christian Day School 2008-Present

In the library, I encourage students to read a wide variety of good literature so that they learn to love to read and become life-long learners. Learning library skills helps students to find the information they need for research projects, as well as books for pleasure reading.

1Q01234Frank Rittenhouse
3rd Grade Teacher

B.S. in Bible & Education, Lancaster Bible College; Masters in Education, Millersville University

Manheim Christian Day School 1980-Present

Teaching is the opportunity to instruct students in the academic area, but at MCDS, we meet physical and spiritual areas as well. My goal is to equip children with the knowledge needed for life, but also to guide them toward eternal values so they may be true instruments of God’s peace.

Kerri Kinter
 4th Grade Teacher

B.S in Humanities from Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.S in the Art of Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University

K-5 NJ Certification & Pre-school to 3  NJ Certification

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

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


Wendy McNece
 5th Grade Teacher

B.S. in Education and B.S. in Bible from Lancaster Bible College; B.S. in Education from Millersville University

Manheim Christian Day School: 1990-1996, 2007-2008, 2015-present

Public School Substitute Teacher: 2008-2015

I believe that it is my job to follow the example of Jesus in caring about the whole child.  We must educate each student academically, emotionally and spiritually to help create a strong foundation, and endeavor to instill a desire to be a lifelong learner.

“Always remember what you have learned.  Your education is your life.  Guard it well.”  Proverbs 4:13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord… “plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:13

1Q01150Darla Musser
6th Grade Teacher

Associate Elementary Education, Reading Area Community College;
B.S. in Elementary Education, Alvernia College

Manheim Christian Day School 2006-Present

My mission at MCDS is to be a facilitator or guide to students academically, emotionally, and spiritually. To be able to credit our creator while studying the Earth and its people is an awesome privilege.


Laura McAllister
7th & 8th Grade Math & Science Teacher

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

Conestoga Valley School District 2013-2014
Manheim Christian Day School 2014-Present

The classroom is a place to challenge and mold young minds with the Truth. Students are unique in their experiences, strengths, and weaknesses, and so should be stretched in a variety of ways.


1Q01009Tim Stauffer
7th & 8th Grade Social Studies & Language Arts Teacher

B.S. in Education, Millersville University

Manheim Christian Day School 2013-Present

My first goal is to help students develop awareness and interest about what is happening in the world. My second goal is to help students realize they have the responsibility and ability to impact the world, in other words, to ‘take possession of the land’. Numbers 13:30 “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’”

1Q01011Ruth Dunkle
Middle School Bible Teacher

B.S. in Bible, Lancaster Bible College; Elementary Education/Voice, Washington Bible College

Women’s Bible Conference & Retreat Speaker Present
Manheim Christian Day School 2000-Present

My prayer is that as my students enter the Bible classroom, they will come with open hearts and minds ready to grasp what the Word has to say to them in this chapter of their young lives. May they leave our school with a passion for the Scriptures, to live lives with confidence in God’s love and grace, and with a compassion for this lost world. “The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.” D.L. Moody

Justin Sauder
Athletic Director

B.S. in Bible and in Education/Health & Physical Education,
M.S. in P.E./Human Growth & Development,

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.

1Q01007Kara Miller
Music and 8th Grade Pre-Algebra Teacher

B.S. in Music Education, Lebanon Valley College

It is a joy to share my own passion and to teach students how to enjoy music through singing, playing instruments, and creating their own music. My desire is that each student would use their musical ability to worship and glorify our Savior. Psalm 95:1-2 “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord: let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”


Becca College
Art Teacher and Events Coordinator

B.S. in Art Education K-12 Certification, Messiah College

Lamberton Middle School (Art long-term sub) April 2013-June 2014
Splat Family Art Studio April 2015-January 2016
Manheim Christian Day School 2015-Present

My goal as a Christian and as a teacher is to inspire children to be participants in the creative process and use the talents the Lord has gifted them with. I want my students to see the world in a new way—to form connections through art to their faith, their peers, core subjects, the environment, history, and culture.

1Q02013Jennica Zook
Computer Teacher
Spanish 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

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.


Trish White
Fun Fridays Teacher

B.S. in Bible and Certification in Early Childhood Education, Lancaster Bible College

Reidenbaugh Elementary School (Envisions/Kindergarten Enrichment teacher)2001-2002
Dayspring Christian Academy (1st grade teacher)2002-2003
Linville Hill Christian School (2nd grade teacher)2003-2005
Manheim Christian Day School 2015-present

 I believe christian education to be a partnership with families in to point children to Christ through education. Christian education is based on the Bible as absolute truth and centered on Christ as children are taught to see His hand in all areas of learning and life.






Sharon Ginder
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Aide



Deborah Minnerly
Fun Friday Aide



1Q01102Christie Nissley
Pre-Kindergarten Aide




kate-eichelbergerKate Eichelberger
1st Grade Aide



Nadene Creighton
Int./6th Grade Aide




1Q02003Terry Gutshall
Finance Manager



Sheila Martin
Administrative Assistant



Becca College
Events Coordinator



Jen Baughman
Office Assistant & Gym Rentals



Andrea McNece
Hot Lunch Coordinator




Ra1Q01008chel Miller
Hot Lunch Assistant