Preschool & Elementary Principal
Mrs. Mayra Johnson is the Preschool and Elementary School Principal at ACS. Mrs. Johnson started her teaching career in East Aurora School District as a 1st grade bilingual teacher. Since then she has continued her role as a teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal. Mrs. Johnson has had the opportunity to study at Judson College, Aurora University, and National Louis University where she has acquired her BA, MA and ESL endorsement. She has also had the opportunity to work in East Aurora School District, Wheaton Warrenville School District and Yorkville Community Unit School District. Within these school districts, Mrs. Johnson has had an opportunity to also work with a variety of populations such as EL (English Learner) students, students in the Stars (Skills Training and Related Services) programs, students with IEPs and gifted students. After numerous years in public education, Mrs. Johnson was looking for something different for herself and her daughters. Mrs. Johnson was praying for God's guidance to what was next in her life and she and her family landed at ACS. She is excited for the new adventure and to see what God has in store for all.
She and her family (Adam/husband, Madalynn and Hannah/daughters) live in Plano and attend Plano Christian Church where they are active members in the missions department, worship team, Kingdom Kids, and youth group. In her spare time, Mrs. Johnson likes to spend time with family, exercise, compete in races, travel, and if time allows, cook.
Mrs. Valerie Anderson joined the staff at ACS in November of 2000. She was born in Coral Gabels, Florida, and was raised in Florida and California. As a young adult, Mrs. Anderson moved to Washington, where she raised salmon for a living, and met her husband, Phil. In 2000, they moved to Illinois, to assist Phil's parents. They have three grown children: Graham, Patrick, and Whitney. The family attends Fox River Lutheran Church.
Dr. Rodrigo Azofeifa joined Aurora Christian Schools in 2019. He currently teaches Pre-K/5th grade Spanish. Before he joined ACS, Dr. Azofeifa has taught Spanish every grade level from K-12 at Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Sycamore, IL, since 2003.
Mr. Azofeifa is an Adjunct Faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University- Global Academic Program and for Wesley Seminar. Rev. Azofeifa and his wife, Ricci, live in Malta, IL, and serve as lead Pastor at Real Connection Church in DeKalb, IL. They feel blessed with their two sons, Jeremy and Josue, both currently ACS students.
Mrs. Linda Behrens joined the ACS staff in 1999. She is currently team teaching 4th / 5th grades, but has taught every grade level from K-5 during her almost 40 years of teaching. For a portion of her time at ACS, Mrs. Behrens was also the Reading Coordinator as the school launched a new Reading curriculum. Prior to joining ACS, she taught at two different Christian schools in CA starting in 1984, which began her career in Christian Education. Her first 10 years of teaching were in the public school systems of Yorkville and Joliet. Mrs. Behrens and her husband, Jim, live in Aurora where he is currently pastor of MorningStar Community Church. Jim and Linda are grateful for and proud of their two daughters, Kari and Kati, who are ACS Alumni.
Mr. Etchison came to Aurora Christian School in 1985 after graduating from Taylor University to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching 5th grade. After seven years of teaching, he served as the preschool and elementary principal. Mr. Etchison now teaches 3rd graders typing skills and 4th-5th graders learn the Google platform, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.
Mr. Etchison is married to Naomi and they have four adult children. Ruth (2011 ACS Grad) and her husband, Jacob, live in Pennsylvania with their children. Kelly (2013 ACS Grad) and her husband, Joshua (2011 ACS Grad), live in Aurora with their child. Mary (2015 ACS Grad) and her husband, Tyler, live in Sandwich with their child. And Noah (2019 ACS Grad) lives in Aurora.
The Etchisons attend Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove where they lead a small group and are involved in various ways.
Mrs. Monica Gum grew up in Elburn, Illinois. She got her degree in Elementary Education in December, 1998, and immediately started teaching 5th grade in January, 1999, at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore, IL. She continued her education and went on to teach junior high special education for a couple of years in the public schools. Once she started her family, she took time off from teaching to raise her three children, who currently attend ACS. She has worked from home over 11 years, running a successful Longarm Quilting business.
Mrs. Gum lives in Dekalb with her husband and three children: Wyatt, Andrew, and Heidi. The family attends Dekalb Four Square Church.
Mrs. Justine Hasulube has been on staff at Aurora Christian School since fall 2017 as the Music Teacher for Preschool through 5th grade. She initially majored in Music in college for two years prior to majoring in Occupational Therapy. Mrs. Hasulube has been heavily involved in Music for her lifetime. As a child she began singing solos and sang with her family for Special Music in church. She has sung in school and church choirs since age three and received top awards as a soloist and flautist and with her choir and band at competitive music festivals throughout secondary education. She has served on Worship Teams at churches for over 25 years both singing and playing keyboard. Mrs. Hasulube began teaching Music and Band at another local Christian school in 2006 and also remains on staff there. She is also and Early Intervention Occupational Therapist. Mrs. Hasulube is married and has 6 children, 5 of whom have attended Aurora Christian.
Mrs. Anne Hauser has been a member of the Aurora Christian School faculty since 2005. Mrs. Hauser was born and raised in Menomonee Falls, WI. She graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with a degree in music education. She taught 7-12 band in the Edgewood-Colesburg, IA school district for one year before heading home to teach. Mrs. Hauser taught seven years for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee in the elementary band program. While teaching there, she completed her Master of Music in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mrs. Hauser is the Instrumental Music Director at Aurora Christian. While at Aurora Christian, she has coordinated the High School Band for the IL/WI ACSI Music Festival. Outside of school, Mrs. Hauser is a member of the Fox Valley Concert Band. She lives in Aurora with her husband, Jonathan, and daughters, Rachel and Rebekah. She attends Immanuel Lutheran in Batavia.
Mrs. Deb McKinney joined the ACS staff in 1987. She is currently serving as Principals' & Office Assistant, but has worked in various support staff roles over her 30+ years at ACS.
Mrs Leah Mitchell, teaches elementary and middle school art at ACS. Mrs. Mitchell has been a professional artist for 15 years, has taught privately for 10 years and at the college level for 4 years. She is a classically trained oil painter exhibiting nationally, and believes strongly in the benefits of a skill-based art education for children. She lives in Sugar Grove with her husband and three children.
Mr. Justin Pearch established the wrestling program at Aurora Christian Schools in 2016 and joined the staff as a P.E. teacher in 2018. Mr. Pearch is well known across the region for his dedication to the sport of wrestling. He sets the bar high and encourages his teams to work relentlessly to achieve success. Mr. Pearch and his wife, Lisa, live in Sugar Grove with their three children, who attend Aurora Christian Schools.
Mrs. Breann Rogers grew up in Lake Zurich, Illinois and graduated from Bradley University in 2013. After graduating, she covered long-term leaves (kindergarten, first, and second grade) in the surrounding school districts. Mrs. Rogers was hired in January 2015 as a first grade teacher in Woodstock, Illinois and was there until 2018. God brought Mrs. Rogers and her husband, Derek, to North Aurora after he was appointed pastor of Flowing Forth UMC.
Mrs. Karen Schien grew up in Montgomery, Illinois and attended Aurora Christian School her junior and senior year of High School. After getting married and having children, she decided to go back and get her masters degree so that she could teach. After having her own children, she knew she wanted to be in the classroom with kids. In 2002, she began working at ACS part-time and served for three years with the NILD program, then moved into the classroom having taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know her students, their interests, and what gets them excited.
She is married to Mike and has three children, Jessica, Jacob, and Joshua. She enjoys going to her children's sporting events, singing at her church, gardening, being outside, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Schien attends Christ Community Church's Blackberry Creek Campus in Aurora.
Mrs. Priscilla Talley joined ACS in 1985 as a kindergarten teacher, and taught 28 years in that position. Currently, she teaches third grade. Her three children, Adam, Mark, and Amanda, all attended ACS. She is a lifelong resident of Aurora. She and her family are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurora, where she has been active in Women's Ministry, Meal Missionary volunteers, and ministry to senior citizens within her congregation and community.
Mrs. Janine Tognarelli has been with Aurora Christian School since 1981. Mrs. Tognarelli was born in the original Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, and was raised in North Aurora. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1977, she attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from college she was hired to teach kindergarten through 12th graders at Aurora Christian, along with coaching the J.V. and Varsity Cheerleading squads.
In 2011, God began working in Mrs. Tognarelli's heart, calling her into elementary education. She returned to school in the summer of 2012, at Judson University, to finish her K-9 certification in education.
At Aurora Christian, "Mrs. T." has taught elementary, middle school, and high school age students, taught in three different buildings, and is now using her gifts in teaching and love for students to impact the lives of students in an elementary classroom.
She and her husband, Michael, live in Batavia and attend Batavia Covenant Church in Batavia, Illinois.
Miss Rachel Weber grew up in Aurora and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University. Prior to graduation, she student taught in second grade at Aurora Christian. She spent 4 years in an Oswego school district before returning to Aurora Christian to teach kindergarten in 2019. Miss Weber lives in Aurora and attends Trinity Church of the Nazarene.