Ms. Julia Benson
SECONDARY TEACHER, English, Drama
Even though she grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, Julia Benson fell in love with the ocean when she went to Pensacola Christian College in Florida. In between trips to the beach, she earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Speech. Not only has she had the opportunity to assist and direct several plays and productions, but she has also been in many plays while in college. Her favorite role was Aunt Mary from The Happiest Millionaire. She looks forward to bringing these God-given talents into her classroom at KCA, and she plans to use the weekends to explore as many beaches as possible!
Mrs. Jennifer Plunkett
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/ELEMENTARY MUSIC/SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS
In addition to being the wife of administrator, Daniel Plunkett, and mother of Judah, Titus, and Darius, Mrs. Plunkett runs the school office. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Office Administration from Northland Baptist Bible College. Although primarily focused on the office, you can find Mrs. Plunkett all over campus doing a plethora of tasks.
Mrs. Anastasiya Shvets
Anastasiya Shvets spent most of her high school and college years working in children’s programs and interacting with little ones in various employment opportunities. She moved to Oahu from California after marrying her husband in 2015 and has fallen in love with the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands since then. With a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development from Cal State East Bay University she started teaching preschool on the island of Oahu and has found a love for guiding small hearts in the academic arena. She has discovered joy in sharing God’s love through singing, games, and curriculum, as she helps little ones become prepared for their academic future.
Ms. Breanne Brauer
Ms. Leah Farley
SECONDARY TEACHER, Math
Leah Farley is returning to the KCA ohana for her third year. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Spanish. Even though she grew up in New York, and went to college in Florida, Kaua’i has become home — thanks to the wonderful friends and hanai family she has here. She knows that teaching math at KCA is never a dull moment, and only gets better when she sees the light bulb moments for students who finally understand the concept! Add to that sharing Christ’s love each and every day, and there is nothing better.
Daniel Plunkett - Administrator / 828.0047 / firstname.lastname@example.org
George Milgrim - School Board President
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.
Mr. Lorenzo Menendez
Lorenzo Menendez was born in the small country of El Salvador in Central America where he lived for 8 years before immigrating to the states with his parents and sisters. He was introduced to photography the latter half of his Jr year in HS where he fell in love with the art form and to this day attributes this introduction to God bringing this into his life to keep him from back sliding. For the past 20 years he has fervently pursued photography in its many forms. Two years ago he moved to Kauai with his wife and 2 kids with a God given vision of starting a photography program to reach out to youth on the island. He feels that photography allows us to see beyond the surface of our beautiful world and glimpse into the creative heart of the Creator which adds enormous value not just to the world around us but into HIS infinite love for us.
Mrs. Liz Koga
Mrs. Sarah Jenkins
Sarah Jenkins is the daughter of Jimmy and Terrie Johnson and had the privilege of not only growing up on Kauai, but also receiving an impactful education for twelve years at Kauai Christian Academy, class of 2011. She went on to spend her four years of undergraduate school at Columbia International University in South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Bible and Teacher Education. Two weeks upon graduation she married her high school sweetheart before continuing to graduate school where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She and her husband then returned to Kauai so that Sarah could fulfill her dream of teaching at her alma mater. Sarah’s passion is showing children the love of Christ as well as igniting within them a love for learning.
Now accepting applications for 2019/20 school year!
Ms. Mary Grace Stevanus
Mrs. Sheryl Kerry
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER/PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Sheryl Kerry and her husband of 27 years, Robb, moved to Kauai from California with their three children, one of whom is grown and two attending KCA. Sheryl is in her 18th year of teaching. She has experience in public and private schools teaching almost every grade level. She chose to focus on Kindergarten because she wanted to give students a solid foundation and a love for learning which will springboard them into success throughout their years of education. Sheryl also teaches Physical Education at KCA where she strives to teach the whole child: mind, body, and spirit, the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Sheryl sees teaching not as a job but as a wonderful ministry God has given her to enjoy.
PROVERBS 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he shall not depart from it.
Dr. Jason Barber
Dr. Barber is our school counselor 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.
Mission Statement: Kauai Christian Academy exists to provide an academically excellent, Christ-centered education for the families of Kauai.
Phone: 808.828.0047 | Fax: 808.828.1850
PO Box 1121 Kilauea, HI 96754
Mrs. Rebeka Morales
5TH - 6TH GRADE TEACHER
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 twelve years. She and her husband Arnold have three sons (who combine for a total of 28 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.
Ms. Emily Hens
1ST GRADE TEACHER
Emily Hens graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. After teaching a year in Indianapolis, she knew it was time for a change of scenery and headed to Kauai. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, she is eager to get out and learn more about this island, build relationships, and continue to follow what the Lord has called her to do.
Mrs. Jamie Arbo
Mr. Trey Arbo
SECONDARY TEACHER, Science, 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 is joining the KCA ohana with over a dozen 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. On a side note, he grew up on an island in Georgia that was "muggy and buggy with lots of time at the beach", so Kauai feels more like home than he's felt in a long time.
Mrs. Shiyloh McCormick
2ND GRADE TEACHER'S AIDE, UPPER ELEMENTARY MUSIC, and AFTER SCHOOL MONITOR
Mr. Chris Cullen
Mrs. Karyn Van Zee
3RD - 4TH GRADE TEACHER
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.
Mrs. Hosanna Snyder
2ND GRADE TEACHER
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!