Black Hills Christian Academy

Faculty & Staff

Jullie Totino
Jullie Totino
BHCA Administrator

Mrs. Totino joined BHCA in 2007.  She has 20 years experience as an elementary Christian school teacher and 12 years experience as a school administrator, certified with ASCI.  Mrs. Totino has her elementary education degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and educational leadership training from Texas Women's University.  Our core values are C.A.R.E. -C- Christ Centered, A- Academic Excellence, R- Relationship Focused, E- Excellence Driven.  Our school verse for this year is Ephesians 3:20-21- "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."  Our focus  as a staff and as BHCA students will be to "Rise Above the Typical" in our spiritual and academic lives this year.

Jody Merchen
Jody Merchen
Office Manager

Mrs. Merchen joined the team at BHCA in 2011.  She has a love for serving children and their families.  Her previous fifteen year experience in children's ministry as a volunteer and children's director, along with her business background, will benefit her in her role as office manager.  She looks forward to the new opportunities God has for her as she comes alongside the dedicated staff, the wonderful families, and the amazing children.  She counts it a privilege and joy to be part of the BHCA family!  Col. 3:23, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."

Molly Mailloux
Molly Mailloux
Office Assistant

Mrs. Mailloux started working at BHCA in 2014 as an office aide on Mondays and Tuesdays and as a pre-kindergarten aide on Wednesdays.  She has three children who attend BHCA and volunteers in her church's nursery.  Mrs. Mailloux feels so blessed to be part of BHCA.  "This school has been a huge blessing to our entire family and I'm excited to be working in a positive Christian environment."  "Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers & sisters, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellet or praiseworthy-think about such things."

Brenda Karp
Preschool Teacher

Write up coming soon!

Lisa Blanchett
Lisa Blanchett
Preschool Aide

Mrs. Blanchett joined BHCA in 2014.  She has over 20 years of experience as a children's church teacher and is currently serving as Children's Pastor at Dakota Life Center in Newell.  Mrs. Blanchett is very happy to be part of BHCA as an aide, and feels it is a blessing to work with the preschoolers.  "It is wonderful to come to work and be greeted so warmly by the students!  They are so excited to show Mrs. Garza and myself what they are wearing, and tell us all about what they did the night before.  I love to listen to them as they learn their letter sounds, and watch them begin the first steps to reading.  It is awesome to be part of a school that is Christ centered and teaches the Word of God every day!"  Surely, goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."  Psalm 23:6

Corin Humbracht
Corin Humbracht
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Humbracht started teaching at BHCA in 2011.  After years of teaching in daycare centers, children's ministry at church, and currently raising her 3 boys and daughter;  she enjoys being a part of the BHCA family.  She loves teaching both academics and Biblical principles to the pre-kindergartners.  A favorite Scripture is "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  Mark 10:14b

Kimberly Taylor
Kimberly Taylor
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Taylor came to BHCA in 2014.  Before moving to Spearfish she worked in the public school system in Wyoming along with early childhood programs with her church.  A favorite verse is Provers 4:18 "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."  Our relationship with God on earth is only a mere glimpse of what is coming.  

Beth Kozel
Beth Kozel
Pre-Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Kozel came to BHCA in 2011.  She studied Elementary Education at Boise State University.  She feels that her job at BHCA is a direct answer to several years of prayer.  "It has been a long wait, but in His timing God provided the perfect place for me to work.  As a mom of two very active kids, I feel very blessed to have a part-time job that works with my family's busy schedule, is in a healthy Christian environment, and also allows me to work with children and a team of quality individuals like the staff at BHCA."

Linda Drury
Linda Drury
Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. "D" or Mrs. Drury came to BHCA in 2012.  She has 28 years teaching experience, teaching 1st grade and tutoring all grade levels as a Reading Specialist in Riverton and Casper, Wyoming.  Mrs. D has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a K-12 Endoresment in Reading from the University of Wyoming.  She has a Master's Degree from Lesley University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood.  Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength".  "God's plan has led me to BHCA to teach kindergarten and I am so excited and thankful for the opportunity."

Jamie Groneberg
Jamie Groneberg
Teacher's Aide

Mrs. Groneberg joined BHCA in 2013.  She attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University studying early childhood development.  Mrs. Groneberg worked in a daycare for 3 1/2 years in Buffalo, WY, and later in a Christian Preschool until she had children of her own.  She has two children that attend BHCA and enjoys the convenience of having the same schedule.  Mrs. Groneberg enjoys working in a Christ centered school environment and is excited about being with kindergarten as an aide to the teachers and students.  

Michelle Stockert
Michelle Stockert
1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Stockert came to BHCA in 2015 after teaching in the public schools for the past 15 years. She graduated from Wheaton College and holds a SD K-8 certificate. She has taught K, pre-k, 2nd, 3/4, 5/6, 6th and has been a Title 1 teacher. She homeschooled her son for k, 6th & 7th grades. She is excited to teach in an environment that allows her the freedom to pray with her students and to teach them about God's Word. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles, they shall walk and not faint."

Brittany Robinson
Brittany Robinson
2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Robinson joined BHCA in 2010.  She graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in Elementary Education and has her South Dakota certification.  Mrs. Robinson also works with elementary children on Sunday mornings at her church.  "I love working and teaching in a Christian school!  This is a place where I can teach on my favorite subjects while keeping Christ at the center.  I am looking forward to blessing each of these children and helping them grow closer to Christ."

Hannah Garza
Hannah Garza
3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Garza started teaching at BHCA in 2016. She graduated from BHSU in May, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has always had a heart for working with children and for Christian education. Mrs. Garza feels extremely blessed to be in a Christ-centered school environment and to be able to talk to students about Jesus. One of her favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

Kristi Hall
Kristi Hall
4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hall joined BHCA in 2012.  She also taught in 2007 when her teenage son enrolled for his 8th grade year.  She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She has taught in both Christian and Public School environments, as well as homeschooling her three children through the 7th grade.  She loves to learn and share that excitement with her students.  "I am looking forward to serving on the team at BHCA.  I love how God made children and pray that He will open the door of their hearts more to Him as we learn together."

Gregg Dennison
Gregg Dennison
Middle School Math & 7th/8th Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Dennison joined BHCA in 2012.  He has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Colorado State University in mathematics.  He has 18 years of experience teaching mathematics at the secondary level as well as 4 years experience teaching English as a second language to adults.  He also holds a Master's of Divinity degree from The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles, California.  "I am so thankful to have the opportunity and privilege of working with students, parents, and staff in a setting such as BHCA that seeks to honor Christ in the pursuit of instilling Christian principles with academic excellence.  May He receive all the glory!"

Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson
Middle School Science & 6th grade Language Arts & M.S. Bible Teacher

Ms. Johnson joined the BHCA team as the middle school science teacher in 2013.  She has been involved with the academy for over 14 years as both her daughters attended from preschool to 8th grade.  Ms. Johnson graduated from BHSU with a BS degree in Education.  She has a teaching certificate in SD and WY.  "I think that the Lord has a purpose for each of us and that we all have a mission to fulfill, sometimes that mission is in our own backyard or home.  My policy in the classroom is, 'My class is a no fail zone'.  I want every child to realize his or her full potential and to help each child realize that they are capable of more than they know.  Children are a gift from God and to teach is a wonderful way to guide a child in the right direction to fulfill that which the Lord has given them.  I am so excited to be at BHCA and be part of His work in their lives."

To be announced soon!
Middle School History & 5th grade Language Arts & Bible Teacher
Laura Odenbach
Laura Odenbach
Art Teacher & S.T.A.R.R. Teacher

Write up coming soon.

Sarah Dean
Sarah Dean
Physical Education Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Kayla Erickson
Kayla Erickson
Music & M.S. Drama Teacher

Ms. Erickson joined BHCA in 2010 to 2014 teaching 3rd/4th grade and M.S. Bible, Language Arts, and HIstory. She is extremely excited to be back at BHCA teaching music and drama for 2015-2016. Ms. Erickson graduated from Sturgis Christian School. She then attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History minoring in Bible in 2005. In 2007 she graduated with her Masters of Science degree in Secondary Education. Ms. Erickson loves volunteering at her church and teaching piano lessons. She can't wait to help your children learn how to love, worship, and honor God in all they do. I John 4:16, "We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them."

To be announced soon!
Spanish Teacher
Sarah Dean
Sarah Dean
Lead Extended Care Supervisor

Mrs. Dean started @ BHCA in the fall of 2016 as the Lead Extended Care Supervisor.

To be announced soon!
Extended Care Helper
Tayler Diefenderfer
Extended Care Helper

Miss Tayler joined the Extended Care team in February of 2016.