MS/HS LEADERSHIP TEAM
The members of our leadership team effectively lead our faculty and students in all aspects of their Christian education. Distributed leadership is described as "the sharing, the spreading, and the distributing of leadership work across individuals and roles throughout the organization" (Smylie, Mayrowetz, Murphy, & Louis, 2007).
Stacy Beebe, Ed.D. - MS/HS Principal
Ed.D. Instructional and Curriculum Leadership
MS Secondary and Elementary Administration,
IL Type 75 General Administrative Certificate
BS K-12 Physical Education and 7-12 Health Education
Minor in Educational Psychology
Dan Beebe - Athletic Director
MS Secondary Administration,
IL Type 75 General Administrative Certificate
BS 7-12 Physical Education and 7-12 Health Education
If you have concerns about athletics, team management,
or fan behavior, you will be directed to Mr. Beebe.
Holly Henning - Academics & Activities Director
BA Elementary Education
If you have questions about academics or student activities
Maxwell, G., Scheurich, J., & Skrla, L. (2009/July). Distributed leadership includes staff: One rural custodian as a case . Journal of School Leadership, 19(4), 466-496.
Smylie, M.A., Mayrowetz, D., Murphy, J., & Louis, K.S. (2007/July). Trust and the development of distributed leadership . Journal of School Leadership, 17(4), 469-503.
Mrs. Valerie Anderson joined the staff at ACS in November of 2000. She was born in Coral Gables, 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.
Mr. Dan Beebe became athletic director in March 2010. Mr. Beebe was raised in Sugar Grove, IL and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1986. He completed his undergraduate degree from Chadron State College in 1992 and began his teaching career in 1993 at Spring Valley Hall High School. After teaching there for two years, he went back to graduate school at Chadron State College and became an assistant basketball coach. After completing his master's degree in secondary administration in 1997, he became the head men's basketball coach at the college from 1997-2006. During these years he served as Campus Crusade for Christ coordinator for the college. Mr. Beebe and his wife Stacy have two sons, Trey and Ty. They currently attend Fox River Church in Norway, IL.
B.A. Elementary Education, minor in Art - Bethel University (1987)
Mrs. Allison Bland joined the Aurora Christian School staff this year. She was raised in Geneva, Illinois and graduated from Bethel University in 1987 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art. She taught in the classroom and in the art room for five years before starting a family. She and husband Rusty and their three children, Madeline, Sophie, and Andrew live in Geneva and are members at First Baptist Church of Geneva.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2005, Mr. Matthew Cunningham began his career in education as an eighth grade English teacher at Jefferson Junior High in Woodridge, IL. The following year he transitioned into teaching at the high school level, first for three years at Plainfield Central H.S., and then for three years at Joliet Central H.S. At that time, through a series of crises, the Lord drew Mr. Cunningham back to Himself. During this time, Mr. Cunningham began working as a carpenter for his family’s contracting company and began preparing for ministry by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been blessed to be able to put this training into practice here at ACS, helping students to know and to love the Lord. Mr. Cunningham, his wife, Beth, and his son, Atticus, are members at Harvest Bible Chapel, Naperville.
Miss Graham graduated from Wheaton College where she played for four years on the women's basketball team. At Wheaton, she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and developed a passion for educating students about how to glorify God through physical activity. She also recently took a trip to Israel, where the Bible came to life in a new way! She is excited to teach Bible and share the passion for God's Word with high school students. She currently lives in Wheaton and attends College Church, where she serves in children’s ministry.
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.
Jacquie Haymon was raised in Aurora, Illinois, and is an alumna of Aurora Christian School, graduating in 1994. After graduation, she moved to Hampton, VA, earning a BS in Political Science from Hampton University in 1998. She joined the staff at Aurora Christian School in 2011 as the Extended Care Worker, and the Preschool staff as an aide in January 2012. She is currently serving as the Technology Teacher for middle school and high school students. Mrs. Haymon is married to Jason Haymon and they have two children: Jada, who is in the 4th grade and Jason, who is in the 1st grade at ACS. Mrs. Haymon is a life-long member of Main Baptist Church in Aurora, IL, where Rev. Dr. Julian E. Spencer is her past
Mrs. Holly Henning has been working at ACS since 2005. After graduating from ACS in 1993, she attended Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and earned a degree in Elementary Education. She worked for six years at Wegnar Elementary in West Chicago, teaching 3rd and 4th grade. She and her husband live in Aurora with their two sons, Kyle and Carter, and they attend Harvest Baptist in Oswego.
Mr. Hazlett began teaching in the Fall of 2011, after finishing his masters degree in December of 2010, and is currently in his 5th year of teaching. Mr. Hazlett has coached several sports at ACS and enjoys working with students in a Christian environment. Mr. Hazlett and his family reside in Aurora, IL, and are members of New Life Church in Yorkville, IL, where they worship and
Mrs. Blair Kuzma began her teaching career at Plainfield Community Consolidated School District as a Self-Contained Special Education Teacher for 3rd-5th grades for two years. At that time, Mrs. Kuzma went back to school to complete her middle school endorsement classes and was a permanent substitute teacher at Indian Prairie School District for 5 special education classrooms. The following year Mrs. Kuzma was a classroom assistant at Krejci Academy through Little Friends, Inc. for a middle school boys’ classroom. Mrs. Kuzma was happy to get back into full-time teaching in 2010 for 1st-3rd grades special education in Tinley Park. In 2011, Mrs. Kuzma remained in Tinley Park accepting a 4th grade regular education year-long maternity leave teaching position. Since the 4th grade teacher came back, Mrs. Kuzma no longer had a teaching position and worked as a Service Coordinator for Early Intervention at DayOne Network in Geneva. Mrs. Kuzma’s persistence in finding a middle school math teaching position paid off as she currently teaches middle school math at ACS. Mrs. Kuzma attends and volunteers at Crossroads Community Church in Oswego.
After graduating from North Park University in 2007, Mr. Lund began his teaching career at McCarty Elementary, in Aurora, IL where he taught elementary PE. After a reduction in force in District 204, he went on to be a long-term substitute teacher in multiple schools in Naperville, IL and Aurora, IL. Before joining the ACS family, Mr. Lund taught physical education at Northern Illinois Academy and Joseph Academy in Des Plaines. He, his wife, Melody, and their son, Sam, live in Naperville, IL and attend Naperville Covenant Church.
Miss Hilary Kitchen’s passion for building relationships with others led her to study Psychology at Wheaton College. In the Fall of 2010, she felt the Lord calling her to study Spanish and the study abroad program she attended in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Cuba changed her life. She came to understand the importance of language as a means to connect to others and, subsequently, to share the gospel. She enjoys sharing her passion for language as a means to invest in others. Miss Kitchen attends Naperville Presbyterian Church and lives in Wheaton, IL.
Mrs. Laurie Madsen began teaching Physical Education at Aurora Christian School in the fall of 1999. Throughout her years at ACS, she has served as the Physical Education Department Chair. Mrs. Madsen earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Behavioral Sciences from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has taught a variety of classes besides Physical Education for Aurora Christian including Computers, Health, and 8th grade History. She also coordinates the ACS middle school large group activities such as Outdoor Education, field trips, and special themed days through out the year. She and her husband, Kent, attend New Life Church in Yorkville, IL. They live in Montgomery with their two children, Kirsten and Trey.
Mrs. Diane McQuade joined the Aurora Christian Athletic Department in 2011. She serves as an Assistant to the ACS Athletic Director, Mr. Dan Beebe. Diane thoroughly enjoys working with the ACS student athletes and their families. She and her husband Bob have four children Becky, Craig, Lisa and Ryan. They currently live in Yorkville, IL and attend Calvary West Church in Sugar Grove.
Mr. Andrew Moore is a graduate of Hastings High School in Hastings, MI and Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois where he earned a Bachelors in Music Education. Mr. Moore has been involved extensively in music performance. He has participated and been a student leader in many areas of choral and instrumental music, both as a member and a soloist. Outside of music, Mr. Moore is involved in youth groups, student leadership, Habitat for Humanity, the ONU Academic Tutoring Center, the ONU Honors Program, and was employed by SpringHill Camps.
Mrs. Suzanne Rasich joined the staff of Aurora Christian High School in 1998 as the Family Science teacher. After receiving her BS in Family Science from Northern Illinois University, she worked as a cost accountant for a women's garment manufacturer. She has also run her own tailoring/alterations business, and been a franchisee for the "Kids Can Sew" program. In 1997, the Lord called her to full time teaching and led her to ACS. Mrs. Rasich and her husband, Don, live in Plano with their daughters, Kristen and Kim. The Rasich family attends First Baptist Church of Geneva.
Mrs. Michelle Roberts joined the Aurora Christian staff in 2008. Originally from West Virginia, she was raised in Texas and moved to Illinois in 1987 after marrying her husband, Doug. Michelle serves in an administrative support role to ACS High School Principal Bryan Wells. Michelle and Doug have four children (Jordan, Grayson, Noah and Natalie), who keep them very busy with their athletic pursuits. Their two oldest sons, Jordan and Grayson, attend Wheaton College; Noah and Natalie attend Aurora Christian. Mrs. Roberts spends her evenings and weekends in the bleachers, cheering at Aurora Christian Eagles and Wheaton College Thunder football games. She also enjoys her role as one of the "team moms," serving on the pasta dinner crew and the ACS Football Moms Prayer Group. The Roberts family attends Calvary Church in Naperville.
Mr. Dan Stone has been teaching at ACS since 1988. He was born right here in Aurora, but grew up in Naperville. He received a Foodservice degree in 1978 were he managed restaurants until the Lord called him into education. He went back to College in 1980 and taught in the Lutheran School system for 6 years; 3 years in Michigan and 3 years in Park Forest, IL, until he was hired in 1988 at ACS. Although Mr. Stone has taught many different subjects, and has coached many sports at many levels, he has mostly taught Middle School History. Mr. Stone and his wife, Donna, live in Aurora where they raised their 3 daughters, Rachel, Mary and Andrea, all of whom have graduated from ACS. Mr. Stone is also the proud grandpa of 2 beautiful grandsons: Jackson and Carter. The Stones attend Wheaton Bible Church where Donna is the Administrative Assistant for the Pastor.
Mrs. Sarah Woolridge's passion for Christian education began 12 years ago when she began home schooling her own children. Because of home schooling, over a ten-year period, she was afforded the opportunities to teach K-7th grade. She began her teaching ministry in Christian Schools as a Parent Volunteer Coordinator at Monticello Christian Academy in Monticello, Illinois. She taught Art to 2nd-4th grade students, as well as, Health and Spanish to 4th graders at Community Christian School in Richmond, Indiana. Later, Mrs. Woolridge taught Pre-K (3's & 4's) at St. James Lutheran School in Lafayette, Indiana. After being hired at Aurora Christian in January of 2012 as the Middle School Focus teacher, she began assisting in the finance office, helping with day-to-day operations. Mrs. Woolridge and her husband Adam have two children, Hannah and Ben. She and her family reside in Aurora and attend Harvest Bible Chapel - Naperville.