Head of School
Rachel Erickson taught at Whitefish Christian Academy for twelve years, and served as Assistant Head of School for two years, before transitioning to her current role as Head of School. A native of Great Falls, MT, Rachel earned her B. A. in Elementary Education from Montana State University. She and her husband Shane have lived in the Flathead Valley since 2007 and have two children, Madison and Jase, who both attend the Academy.
Dr. Matt Paulson
Latin (5-8), Logic (7-8)
Matt Paulson was born in Glasgow, Montana, grew up in the Flathead Valley, and graduated from Whitefish High School. Dr. Paulson holds a B.A. from the University of Montana with a double major in Philosophy and Classics, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He teaches Latin and Logic at the Academy. He and his wife, Keziah, have three children, one who has graduated and two who currently attend the Academy.
Director of Athletics & Marketing
Humanities (6th); Basketball (5-8)
Burton Gildersleeve earned his B.A. from Colby College in Maine, and there received the Walker Grant for excellence in Latin American Studies. Post-Colby he studied marketing at Cornell University. Before transitioning to education, Burton served as Senior Consultant of an international technology firm, where he oversaw domestic and foreign partnerships with brands such as Ralph Lauren and Carhartt. At WCA Burton is the Director of Athletics and Marketing, teaches 6th Humanities, and coaches the boys and girls basketball teams.
Department Chair, Science & Math
Corey hails from Colby College where she earned her B.S. with a double major in biology and environmental science. She completed her Masters of Science in Education at Johns Hopkins University with a double concentration in science and mathematics. Corey taught for Miami-Dade Public Schools where she won the Thomas Easton Prize for Science teaching. She was also nominated for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. Following that tenure, Corey was Director of Mathnasium in Palmetto Bay, FL, As the Academy’s Department Chair of Science and Mathematics, Corey teaches all upper-level science classes, and oversees and evaluates the Math and Science curricula.
Our Faculty & Staff
Carrie Broughton has worked with children for 25 years, and has been with us at the Academy for 13 years. Carrie is kind, loving, and fair; she is an asset to the Academy both on the playground and in the classroom. Carrie loves the Lord and loves serving the families and children at the Academy.
Lynda has served in Pre-K and children’s ministry for more than thirty years. Her formal childcare training was completed at Diablo Valley College in Concord, CA. Lynda’s passion is to help children and parents make a smooth transition to the school environment while assisting the child to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Lynda’s love for the Lord, her students, and their families is evidenced in her caring and gentle manner in the classroom. You may learn more about her storied class here.
Courtney comes to WCA from Houston, TX, where in the last twenty years she has taught preschool, 2nd and 4th grades. She earned her B.A. from The University of Houston. Courtney enjoys the great outdoors here in Whitefish, and she and her family are ecstatic to call the Flathead Valley home.
Kelly was born and raised in Colorado, where she graduated with her B.A. in both History & Speech from the University of Northern Colorado. Kelly has 25 years of teaching experience and is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. program at the University of Montana Western. Outside the classroom Kelly is active at Canvas Church, writes faith-based literature, and holds a special place in her heart for the Special Olympics, in which her son, Michael, competes each year.
Anna is a native of Helena, MT, but comes to the valley from Las Vegas, NV, where she taught for 21 years. Anna has her B.A. from MSU-Billings and her M.A. from Touro University-Las Vegas. In the classroom Anna enjoys those "lightbulb" moments in which things become clear and alive for her students. She likewise enjoys seeing the world as her students see it - full of vivid color. Outside of class Anna is an avid runner, and with her husband, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and travelling.
Amy and her family most recently lived in Boise, ID, where Amy taught 1st grade at Great Hearts Academy, a classical charter school. Amy's teaching career has intertwined with wide-reaching travel; she has taught in four different U.S. states and once abroad in Germany, as well. Amy has extensive background in classical elementary education and brings that rich experience to the 3rd grade classroom at WCA. Amy and her husband, Andrew, have four children, all whom attend the Academy.
Reading Lead (K-4)
Jessica grew up in Naperville, Illinois and graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. After moving several times to several different states, she is happy to call Whitefish home. At the Academy Jessica teaches 4th grade and serves as the Reading Lead for K-4. She lives here with her husband, Donovan, and her daughters Grace and Neva. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, hiking, and spending time in nature.
History & Bible Lead (K-4)
James Chertudi graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Japanese. He then moved to Japan and taught English for three years. Since returning to the US, he has taught fifth grade at the Academy, as well as middle-school math, algebra, and computer programming. In addition to those responsibilities, James helps develop the Academy's K-4 Bible and History curriculums, and serves as a resource for teachers in those two areas. James and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters who both attend the Academy.
Andrea Smith earned her B.A. from the University of Providence in Great Falls, MT. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Tracy, CA where she taught science for grades 6-8 at Bella Vista Christian Academy. Andrea enjoys all things math and science, and looks forward to sharing her love of learning with her middle school Academy students.
At the Academy Holden Sieler teaches 7th and 8th Humanities. Holden began his college career studying Philosophy and English Literature at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. He then transferred to Montana State University, where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. Beyond the classroom Holden is a published author with the likes of Outside Bozeman and Big Sky Journal. Holden enjoys reading, writing, Nordic skiing, fly fishing, and good conversation.
French (K-4); Classroom Aide
Anna Sieler, a native of Bozeman, MT, is well acquainted with classical, Christian education. Anna attended Petra Academy, where she developed a love for the arts and for language. She then studied both Art History and French at Montana State University. At the Academy, Anna teaches French to grades K-4 and serves as classroom aide, as well. In her spare time, Anna plays and teaches the piano, gardens, reads, and travels to places near and far.
Music (K-8); Art (7-8)
Maggie is from Alburgh, VT, a small town on the U.S.-Canadian border. She moved west to to attend Montana State University and pursue a liberal arts education. Maggie has lived in the valley for 23 years, and it's here that, with her 9 lively and lovely children, she has accrued many years of homeschooling experience. Maggie's homeschooling approach was distinctly classical and was particularly influenced by Charlotte Mason, who emphasized the education of the whole person - mind, body, and soul. Through music Maggie mimics that same whole-person philosophy, for it's her sincere hope that students love and live the true, the good, and the beautiful. Outside of class, Maggie is active in the Whitefish Community. She has been the "leading lady" in various Whitefish Theatre Co. productions, and has cantered and sung at St. Charles Church.
P.E. & Outdoors Ed.; Volleyball
Kayla Bond earned a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University. At the Academy, Kayla runs our P.E. & Outdoors Program, a hybrid program unique to our school and our place in beautiful Montana. She also coaches our 5th-6th and 7th-8th volleyball teams. Kayla is passionate about helping our students develop those skills and character traits that lead to well-rounded, active lifestyles.
Tiffany Davenport teaches Elementary Art at the Academy. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Hope International University in Fullerton, California. Along with her husband and two daughters, Tiffany moved to the Flathead Valley in 2015. She loves being able to share both her passion for art and love for the Lord in her community.
Darlene was born and raised in Whitefish. She was blessed to attend Whitefish Christian Academy as a young girl. The Academy has always held a warm place in her heart, and she loves giving back to the place that so deeply impacted her life. She is the welcoming face and voice you will often encounter first thing in the morning in our office.
Jennifer Burrough joins the main office as our new Office Administrator. All 3 of Mrs. Burrough’s children attended WCA, and she served on our school board for several years, too. She has a heart for the Academy and we are blessed to have her on our office team.
Malia comes to the Academy from Cullman, Alabama, where she worked as a teacher's assistant at a Christian preschool. Malia believes firmly that a robust classical, Christian education focused on the whole person is just what's needed for our youngest students today. Malia holds her B.A. from Wallace State Community College. She looks forward to working alongside Mrs. Morrison with our Pre-K students.
Abbi Osborn joins the Academy as a classroom aide. Abbi is a graduate of Glacier High School in Kalispell, MT, and is grateful to call the Flathead Valley home. Her daughter, Relli, is in preschool at the Academy.
Shannon Allgeier, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, earned her B.A. from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Since graduating, Shannon has taught at numerous classical schools, including Great Hearts Academy, Jackson Hole Classical Academy, and recently, our very own Whitefish Christian Academy. Shannon now works closely with our Front Office and our Board to further the mission and vision of our school both here and afar.
Kevin Moyer was born and reared in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He has been a bi-vocational church planter and pastor. He and his wife Ruthie have four children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys serving with local ministries and his home church. Kevin manages the Academy facilities and grounds.