Teaching Staff

BCS teachers are assessed on their spiritual maturity and doctrinal accuracy, as well as on their skills as educators.

We are pleased to introduce our current teaching staff to you.

 Mrs. Debbie Gay (Kindergarten) 

Mrs. Gay earned her Bachelor's and  Master's degrees in elementary education from the Mississippi University for Women.  She and her husband live south of Baldwin.  She has one son.  She enjoys her family, gardening, antiques and camping.  Her favorite verses are Jeremiah 17:7-8.

 

 

Mrs. Jenell Neiderymyer (Grades 1-2) 

Mrs. Neidermyer currently teaches grades 1st-2nd. In 1996, she earned her teaching degree at North Central University in Mpls. MN with a minor in missions. She and her husband, Bryan, have three daughters who attend Baldwin Christian School. They live in Knapp on a hobbie farm.

 

 

Mrs. Alice Reimer (Grades 3-4) 

 Mrs. Reimer grew up in southern Wisconsin on a farm. She grew up attending a mainline denominational church and responded to the Gospel as a senior in high school. Mrs. Reimer lived in southern Wisconsin until moving to Baldwin in 2016. Mrs. Reimer entered the teaching profession later in life. She concentrated in alternative placement education and substitute teaching. She holds an undergraduate degree in education along with a minor in science. She also holds a master degree in special education. Mrs. Reimer has three adult daughters and 10 precious grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, exercise, and time with family. Mrs. Reimer is excited to be here, teaching academics while including a Biblical perspective in the classroom!  

Mrs. Maribel Hokanson (Grades 5-6) *Picture coming soon.*

As a child I persuaded (forced) my brother and sister to play school with me. Back then you could get all the extra copies of math, reading, English and science worksheets from your teacher at the end of the school year. So my brother and sister became my students and our walk-in closet my school room. I had a blast. Lighting a fire, sparking an interest, or fanning the flame of learning is still a blast. Thanks to UW-Whitewater, where I became certified as a teacher, I was able to pursue teaching as a career. I have taught in public school, home school and private school. My husband and five children have always been supportive of my teaching, and I have had the added privilege of being my childrens' teacher both at home and at the Baldwin Christian School and of watching four of my five children graduate from BCS. God has faithfully directed me through life and I count on Him to continue the good work which He began in me long, long ago. See Philppians 1:6. My hope and prayer is that your child will grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52) while he or she is at BCS and that I may be a help and witness of that growth! 

 Miss Katherine Swanson (Grades 7-8) *Picture coming soon.*

Miss Swanson was raised in Woodville, WI and is a graduate of Baldwin Christian School. After BCS she attended Hillsdale College and graduated with her BA in Political Economy this past May. While at Hillsdale she learned to read Plato, drink tea, and appreciate the beauty of a liberal education. It was her minors in both Classical Education and Classics that sparked her interest in teaching. During her spare time she enjoys reading, sewing, and trying new recipes. She is looking forward to her first year of teaching and learning alongside her students.  

Mrs. Kendra Mancuso (High School Math)

Mrs. Mancuso earned her BS in Mathematics from Northwestern University, St. Paul in 2005. She will be teaching the High School math courses. Kendra is married to Joseph and they have four sons that keep them very busy. Along with sharing her passion for math, she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. Her favorite verses are Philippians 4:11-13.

Mr. Charlie Hokanson (High School Bible, Greek, and Omnibus)

Mr. Hokanson has been teaching Bible and Greek at the high school for eight years. He graduated from Northwestern College with a BA in ministry.  In addition , he also has a BA in English Literature from UW-Whitewater.  Mr. Hokanson has been a studying Koine Greek for the past 30 years.  He is also on staff with the Collegiate Navigators, an evangelistic ministry to college student.  He lives with his wife in Elmwood WI, they attend the  Plum City Evangelical Free Church.

Mr. Mark Biros (High School Science and Rhetoric)

One of Mr. Biros’ favorite Bible verses is Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” His interest in classical studies reaches back to 9th grade Latin. Mr. Biros’ pursuits in science include a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Sciences along with environmental research and risk assessment work in Texas and Minnesota. He loves spending time indoors and outdoors with his wife, Terry, and their four grown children. He finds great joy in learning and teaching others about God and His handiwork. 

 

Mr. Monte Knetter (Headmaster, Omnibus, Government)

 Mr. Knetter grew up in the Madison area where he attended a Christian school. After graduating high school he attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he majored in History and Political Science. After working for a year in state government, Mr. Knetter went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Knetter practiced law for a couple of years before transitioning into education. He spent the last five years teaching History and Literature in Madison. Mr. Knetter and his wife have four children, all named after great characters of literature and history. Mr. Knetter believes that education is a life-long endeavor, so when he isn’t teaching he enjoys learning new things. Additionally, Mr. Knetter likes being outdoors and active with his family, travelling, and reading. He is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of Baldwin Christian School! 

I liked some of the “thrusts” or goals or whatever of his talk—for example, making kids responsible for their education, letting them explore their natural curiosity, not segregating by age, and having their be a tie between what we need and what we learn.

That being said, I’m with you that I disagree with his philosophy. I am flat out not an egalitarian. I don’t think kids should have equal say with adults on virtually any matter.

I also disagree with the premise that kids want to learn. Kids want to sort of learn, but no one wants to really learn, really master a concept, subject, or skill. This is because really learning requires discipline and our sinful condition makes us adverse to discipline. (In the same way, every kid likes to play ball, but no kid wants to put the time and work in that it takes to master a sport.) So leaving education up to kids would leave us with poorly educated kids.

I also disagree that in our society kids can teach themselves what they need to learn. To be economically mature in a hunter-gatherer or even agricultural community you can start your “education” between ages 7-9 and be completely economically mature by age 12-14. In a post-industrial economy you need somewhere around 16 years of education to enter the labor force (and far more to become a doctor, engineer, etc.) Part of this is socialization or child care so parents can work, but the fact is you need to know how to read at high level, reason, communicate in subtle ways, know basic historical facts, etc. to be a full, productive member of our economy (in most cases). Kids may naturally learn to talk, but they don’t naturally learn how to read, multiply, write computer code, etc.

Lastly, I doubt his data. Everything I have learned about primitive cultures makes me think they have the least God-honoring cultures imaginable. I follow Chesterton who wrote that they are not reflections of earlier, more natural people—those people for the most part developed. There is something seriously flawed in their world-view that has caused them to have either retarded development or to, in many cases, have experienced significant devolution. (Generally their sexual ethics, family structure, and respect for human life are beyond appalling.) That being said, they would be the last people I would look for guidance on anything.

Regarding the school and the success of the students, I would want more data. I would be that it is hippy/liberal/professor types that send their kids there. Those students are likely to inherit high IQs, have resources to learn at home, and family connections that help them in life. I am sure a school like that in the inner city would produce vastly different results.

Anyways, thanks for sending this on. I always like thinking about new ideas. I think he is dead on about natural ways of learning and the importance of responsibility. I have been thinking about ways to incorporate those things into my home and school.

God bless,

-Monte

P.S. Do you guys still do Nic talks?