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 & 7-12 Healthy Education
Comments on athletics, team management, or fan behavior will be directed to Mr. Beebe.
Holly Henning - Academics & Activities Director
- BA Elementary Education
Comments about academics or student activities (other than athletics) will be directed to Mrs. Henning.
- 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.
Mrs. Hilary Chapa’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. Mrs. Chapa attends Parkview Community Church and lives in Wheaton, IL.
Mr. Michael Cobb is a Michigan native and graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. He joined the ACS staff in 2016 as a Middle School and High School Physical Education Teacher. Prior to working at Aurora Christian, he worked for OAK Athletic Development in Bourbonnais, IL as an Athletic Development Personal Trainer working with everyone from middle schoolers and high schoolers to retirees on how to live a life of wellness. Michael finds joy in being able to build relationships with his students, and highly values the Christian environment that ACS provides both students and staff. Michael married fellow ONU grad Melissa Cobb, who is the ATC on staff at Aurora Christian. Michael stays busy coaching High School Cross Country and Junior Varsity Girls Basketball. Outside of school, the Cobbs enjoy building things, watching movies, and spending time with their two dogs, Kevin and Maggie.
Miss Christina Grosz teaches middle school mathematics. While math has not always been “easy” for her, Miss Grosz had to work hard at fully comprehending the content. Demonstrating a good work ethic helped her get through her toughest classes. As a teacher of adolescents, her goal is to mold and shape each student’s mind to work hard and persevere through the rigorous subject of math, while learning some good life skills along the way. Miss Grosz graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. in Mathematics Education, certified in the middle school and secondary levels. She enjoys being outdoors and exploring the beautiful world the Lord created for us. She is always looking for cool, new places to check out (food, parks, entertainment, etc.), and is always open to suggestions!
Mrs. Beth Harner joined the Aurora Christian Athletic Department in 2013. She serves as an Assistant to the ACS Athletic Director, Mr. Dan Beebe. She enjoys spending time with her family whether at a sporting event, vacation or just sitting around the table talking. She also enjoys watching good old Hallmark movies. She and her husband Paul have five children Jennifer (Matt), Brent (Kim), Janelle (Myles), Brooke and Brock. They currently live in Sugar Grove and attend Fox River Church in Sheridan.
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. 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.
Mrs. Byrle Lauriat teaches middle school English/Language Arts and Math at the Cornerstone and Aurora campuses. After teaching at a Christian school in Virginia from 1979-1980 and then raising her young children, she joined the staff of DeKalb Christian School (later Cornerstone Christian Academy) in the fall of 1988. For the next twenty-four years, she taught Language Arts, along with Pre-Algebra and Introductory Logic, to students in grades 5-8. After that, she moved up into the high school and spent eight years as Cornerstone’s English teacher for grades 9-12, while teaching additional subjects such as Life Calling, Algebra 1, Yearbook, and Intermediate Logic. At Cornerstone, she has served on the Education Committee, evaluating and developing curriculum. When she is not at school, Mrs. Lauriat and her husband, Dave, live in DeKalb and attend Bethany Road Bible Church, where Dave is an elder. She serves in the children’s ministry and women’s Bible study and helps lead a home group. She and her husband have three adult children and four grandchildren.
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. 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.
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.
Bethany Morris joined the ACS music department in 2019 directing the Middle School and High School Choirs, helping out with piano and guitar lessons as well. She comes to ACS after 4 years serving in Africa with Africa Inland Mission having taught 1-12th grade music at Rift Valley Academy for the last three years. Bethany's career as a music teacher started in the States and she taught pre-K through 12th-grade music for six years before serving overseas. Bethany Morris grew up in Dupage, graduated from Wheaton Academy and now lives with her family nearby.
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. 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 and attend First Baptist Church of Geneva.. They have two daughters, Kristen and Kim.
Jacquie Sanders 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 is currently working on her Masters in TIE from National Louis University. 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. Ms. Sanders is a life-long member of Main Baptist Church in Aurora, IL, where Rev. Dr. Julian E. Spencer is her pastor.
Mr. Isaiah Shaffer joined the ACS staff in 2019. He is currently teaching Bible for the 7th/8th graders. Mr. Shaffer is also a Student Pastor at The Well church in Geneva. He and his wife, Ragan, live in North Aurora. Ragan works as a behavioral support specialist for children with special needs at a therapeutic day school called Giant Steps.
Mrs. Michele Smoot currently leads the Food Services team. Mrs. Smoot is known for her quick wit, flexibility and ability to work well with others. Mrs. Smoot grew up in St. Charles and currently lives in Batavia with her husband, Dave, and their children.
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 6 beautiful grandsons: Jackson and Carter. The Stones attend Wheaton Bible Church where Donna is the Administrative Assistant for the Pastor.
Mrs. Wendy Waltmire joined the ACS staff in 2019 and is currently teaching middle school science. Her previous teaching experiences include preschool, kindergarten, first grade and 2nd grade in the public school systems of Crystal Lake and Naperville. She also taught at International Christian Academy in Brussels, Belgium and did missions work in western Europe for 2 years before getting married to her husband, Shane. While raising their three daughters, she worked part time in senior high youth ministry, coordinating missions, directing children’s ministry and then teaching 5th grade at a Calvary Church/Christian School in Naperville. Mrs. Waltmire, her husband, their three daughters and two dogs live in Geneva.
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.