Ms. Emily Landis


Emily Landis recently moved to the island from Pennsylvania. She graduated from King’s College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science Education. Emily recently taught Earth/Space Science and Biology, which included grades 6th, 7th and 9th. She loves exploring and teaching science, as it shows God’s intricate detail in the world around us. Some of Emily’s hobbies include hiking, horseback riding, and going to the beach. Emily is looking forward to serving Kauai Christian Academy.

Daniel Plunkett - Administrator / 828.0047 /

George Milgrim - School Board President

​​​Larry Barton

Janet Baumgartner

​Greg Pobst

Mr. Daniel Plunkett

For much of the last thirteen years, Mr. Plunkett has taught secondary history courses at Kauai Christian Academy, in addition to teaching Latin, Bible, PE, Speech, Film Criticism, Physical Science, Biology, and other subjects as needed. In 2013 he became the administrator of the school. Mr. Plunkett, the son of a pastor/missionary, grew up in Seattle, Washington and Bouake Ivory Coast, West Africa. He received his Bachelor's degree in English from Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee and his Master of Arts degree in English from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Mr. Plunkett currently lives in Kilauea with his wonderful wife, Jennifer, and their sons, Judah, Titus, and Darius and new daughter, Veronica.

Mrs. Jamie Arbo


Jamie Arbo

Mrs. Liz Koga


​Ms. Liz is wife to Mark Koga, and mother to Kai, Mia, Ali, and Mya. Liz has faithfully served at KCA in many capacities in recent years and she is currently helping grow young minds as she supports the Kindergarten classroom.

Mrs. Brooke Campbell


Brooke Campbell was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Grand Canyon University and studied Educational Studies. She first visited Kauai two years ago where she served on staff with Makalanai Interns! A year later she met her husband through the program. The Lord called them to start their married life on island and continue their journey on Kauai. She is eager to learn and grow with the students!

Mrs. Brooke Ruvalcaba


Brooke Ruvalcaba grew up in Northern California where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Brooke has been living on Kauai for over ten years, and she has been working in education with different grades and capacities for twenty years. She thoroughly enjoys teaching kids to love the Lord with all their heart, and she also loves to help them meet their fullest potential in all areas of life. When Brooke isn't creating fun and exciting lessons, she's likely spending time with her husband and two young girls at the beach. 


Dr. Jason Barber

​Dr. Barber is our Dean of Students though he helps with other tasks such as driving our school van and helping as a substitute, and with administrative work. He has degrees in pastoral counseling, ministry, and Old Testament exegesis.  He has a ministerial passion for working with families and helping them to better reflect the glory of God.  He greatly enjoys working with both parents and students.  In his non-work time, he enjoys spending time reading and writing.  But mostly he enjoys family time with his lovely wife, Allison, and wonderful son, Grayson, probably playing in the water somewhere. 

Mrs. Brandi Brooks


Brandi Brooks recently moved to Kauai from Big Island with her husband, 4 children and 4 dogs. She loves the pure joy young learners have and their excitement to learn as they discover the world around them. She understands the privilege it is to be a child’s first teacher: modeling to them God’s love, compassion, grace and forgiveness. After homeschooling during the Covid years, Brandi and her children are excited to join the KCA 'ohana.

Ms. Kaylee Julian


Kaylee Julian was born in Washington state, but was raised in beautiful Southern California. She was homeschooled growing up, allowing her to go on many adventures with her family, as well as be extensively involved in her local theatre company. She attended The Master’s University, receiving a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Bible. During her time at Master’s, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Israel for a semester, hiking around the entire country, where Jesus walked. Kaylee has a passion for teaching history in a way that brings it to life for her students. She is excited about teaching at KCA because she believes that one should not teach history without the redemptive story of the Bible woven into it.

Mrs. Karyn Van Zee

Karyn Van Zee grew up on a small Iowa dairy farm before graduating from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, with a degree in elementary education and endorsements in reading and special education.  Her job teaching at KCA brought her and her husband to Kauai. She enjoys the beauty of God's creation and working with the children He places in her path. She has always had a strong desire to be a teacher because of her love for wanting to learn something new every day. She is excited to share the good news of the gospel with her class, and help them to continue to grow academically and spiritually.

Mr. Chad Campbell


Chad Campbell was born and raised in Washington State, where he attended the University of Washington and got his bachelors degree in creative writing. He first step foot on the beautiful island of Kauai to do an internship the summer after he graduated. The Makanalani internship was an amazing experience that helped him grow in his character, develop a deeper relationship with Christ, and he even met his wife there! He ended up doing the internship for an entire year and felt the island was brimming with opportunity to do all the things Chad felt God had put on his heart, like, working in ministry, working with children, educating, and writing. Chad is very excited to see how his identity as a storyteller for Christ plays out at Kauai Christian Academy, and to enjoy his married life on the island with his wife, another teacher at school, Brooke Campbell. 

Mrs. Crestienne Smith


Crestienne Smith was born and raised on the central coast of California. She has spent the last three years serving in Special Education in a school district near Yosemite National Park when she felt the Lord leading her and her family to Kauai! She is accompanied by her husband, Dean, and son, Sterling. Crestienne loves to help her students achieve their highest academic potential to discover all that God has in store for them. When Crestienne isn’t teaching, she enjoys running, cooking and playing Yahtzee with her family. She is passionate about connection and community and is looking forward to serving Kauai Christian Academy!

Mrs. Kristi Kelly


Kristi Kelly has been serving God through education for nearly 20 years. Graduating from Arizona State University, Kristi went on to teach a variety of ages and subjects in Italy, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Oahu and most recently back where she grew up, in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a love for our Lord and a passion for drawing her students closer to Him. She is excited to become part of the KCA family with her husband Beau and two kids, Micah and Kajsa. She spends her free time with her family, often hiking, running and traveling.


Mission Statement: Kauai Christian Academy exists to provide an academically excellent, Christ-centered education for the families of Kauai.

Mrs. Angela Reusser

Angie Reusser and her family moved to Kauai in December of 2019 after visiting the island numerous times over the years. They always knew they wanted to move here and God provided for them to relocate from Indiana. Mrs. Reusser has 17 years of experience in public school teaching in Indiana. She also spent 3 years in full-time ministry as the Global Teams Coordinator who trained, sent and received mission teams to NYC, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and India. Her love for God's Kingdom and for working with children have been beautifully blended in teaching kindergarten at KCA. She is entering her 4th year at KCA.

Mrs. Tina Noteware

Tina Noteware was born in Bermuda, raised in the UK and spent most of her adult life in Michigan where she graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Science.  The Lord called her to work with different learners in a variety of settings such as the public schools and a psychiatric hospital. During that time, she obtained a Masters degree in Special Education. Mrs. Noteware has a passion for learning and wants to pass that along; she also wants her students to discover the gifts God has given them.  She loves being able to freely share the Gospel with the students, pray with them and for them freely.  She loves to see each and every one of her students grow academically and spiritually. Mrs. Noteware is accompanied by her daughter Poppy who attends KCA and her husband who is a Clinical Therapist and will be working on the island for the State of Hawaii.

Mrs. Nori Scouras


Nori and her husband of 43 years have been following Jesus since the '90s and have been coming to the Hawaiian islands for just as long. Nori was born in NYC and has always been fascinated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She took her first oil painting class at age 12 and her first pottery class years earlier. She retired in 2017 from 30 years of teaching: 12 with little kids and 18 teaching high school art at the high school where her two sons attended in Ukiah, CA. 
She is very fond of snorkeling, whales and manta rays. She also enjoys traveling.
Life is an amazing adventure! 

Mrs. Jennifer Plunkett

In addition to being the wife of administrator, Daniel Plunkett, and mother of Judah, Titus, Darius, and Veronica, Mrs. Plunkett periodically stops by the school to help with administrative tasks. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Office Administration from Northland Baptist Bible College. 

PROVERBS 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he shall not depart from it.

Now accepting applications for 2022-23 school year!

Mrs. Hosanna Snyder

Hosanna Snyder was born and raised on our beautiful island of Kaua'i. Knowing that God told her she would work with children, she earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaii. She returned home, married her wonderful husband Joel, and has since been teaching and raising their three children, Judah, Angelina, and Vida. She desires to serve the Lord with her life and followed His prompting to join the Kauai Christian Academy family after several years teaching in the public schools. Hosanna has experience teaching in all elementary areas, art, physical education, as well as Sunday school. She is most excited to now teach children everyday about the love of Jesus! 

Ms. Melanie Hartshorn


Melanie Hartshorn’s love of teaching goes back decades, much like her love for Jesus. She decided to be a Christ-follower at age 10, while living in the East Anglia district of England. Her love of teaching and missions began to manifest during her high school years in Quito, Ecuador, when she accompanied her mother on weekly forays to countryside villages to teach Sunday school classes. Seeing the light in the children’s eyes when they heard of God’s love for them lit the teaching fire in Ms. Hartshorn. That teaching fire has resulted in a career that has allowed her to teach every grade, pre-k through adult, virtually every subject, and in many different settings. The one constant has been the thrill when “the light comes on” and confusion and frustration are replaced with understanding and mastery. Ms. Hartshorn has a BA in Academic Studies from Sam Houston State University and an MA in Education from National University.

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Mrs. Shiyloh McCormick


Shiyloh McCormick was born and raised in California where she found her love of teaching children through children’s ministry at her home church, teaching Vacation Bible School, and teaching Bible clubs at local, public elementary schools. Shiyloh started as an extended care teacher during Bible college and has had six years of experience working with children since then. In addition to her love of teaching, Shiyloh also has a deep love for music. She started playing piano when she was seven years old and has continued to play for fifteen years now. Shiyloh moved to the beautiful island of Kaua’i after marrying her husband in June of 2018. Soon after, she was welcomed into the Kaua’i Christian Academy ohana. She is beyond excited to see what this academic year holds and feels blessed to be able to do what she loves.

Ms. Katy Tucker


Katy Tucker recently moved to the island from Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University in Education and English Language Learners. Katy recently taught 4th grade in Tulsa. The previous year she taught 6th grade English and ELL. When she’s not teaching, Katy loves to sing and lead worship. Some of her hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, watching the sunset, and swimming. Katy can’t wait to teach her PreK4 class, build community at her church, and explore God’s beautiful creation here on Kauai.

Mr. Trey Arbo

SECONDARY TEACHER, Science, Math, Physical Education

Mr. Arbo and his wife, Jamie, and three children, Laura, Elizabeth, and Nathan, moved to Kauai from Georgia. Mr. Arbo received his teaching degree from Pensacola Christian College with a double major in Mathematics and Science Education. He has 16 years of experience in education teaching over 20 different subjects. His background is rich in awards and accolades, but he sees those things as nothing unless he is used by God to reach your child. He is excited to be teaching at KCA because he loves teaching and he loves seeing students succeed. 

Mrs. Rebeka Morales


Mrs. Morales moved to Kauai from Delaware to begin teaching at Kauai Christian Academy in 1985. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University that same year. She has been a teacher at KCA and with the Hawaii public school system for over thirty years. She and her husband Arnold have three sons and a granddaughter (who combine for over 45 years as students at KCA). Mrs. Morales is committed to and thankful for the ministry of KCA both as a teacher and as a parent.


Mrs. Danielle Taylor


Danielle Taylor was born and raised in Oregon and graduated from Portland State University where she received her degree in Business Management and Marketing.  While in Oregon she worked in banking for 13 years where she met her husband.  They visited Kauai for their 5 year anniversary and fell in love with the beautiful island and decided to make Kauai their new home.  They have lived on Kauai for 8 years now and God has blessed them with 2 boys!  As a family they love to explore all the outdoor activities Kauai has offer.  Some of their favorite activities are hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, and snorkeling.  Danielle is the master of ceremonies over Pizza Friday along with a plethora of other tasks.

Phone: 808.828.0047 | Fax: 808.828.1850
PO Box 1121 Kilauea, HI 96754