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.
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 Mrs. Kerry in the Kindergarten classroom.
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. She is also now mother to Eliana, her new gift from God.
Mrs. Shiyloh McCormick
2ND GRADE TEACHER'S AIDE, ELEMENTARY MUSIC, and AFTER SCHOOL MONITOR
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.
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!
Ms. Mary Grace Stevanus
Mary is from Nashville, Tennessee, and decided to move to Kauai after working at KCA’s 2019 summer program. Mary graduated from a Christian school in Tennessee and spent a year at Welch Bible College in Nashville before moving here. She is helping part-time in the preschool and will assist full time while Ms. Sarah is on maternity leave. She can’t wait to see what God has in store for her on Kauai!
Ms. Breanne Brauer
Bree is a wonderful member of our preschool staff.
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.
Mrs. Jamie Arbo
Ms. Jamie is wife to Mr. Arbo and mother to Laura, Elizabeth, and Nathan. She is a wonderful addition to our preschool staff.
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.
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.
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!
PROVERBS 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he shall not depart from it.
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. Allison Vieger
VISUAL ART TEACHER
Allison Vieger graduated from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication. She has worked professionally as a graphic designer, art director and photo stylist in Dallas and Los Angeles. She started to cultivate her love of teaching art at home with her son and daughter. Allison moved on to teach children and adult workshops for an art studio in Dallas. Allison's most recent experience teaching refugee junior high and high school girls at a non-profit in Dallas is closest to her heart. She loves watching her students be empowered and confident when they are creatively flourishing in their God given gifts. Allison feels so blessed to have recently moved to Kauai with her husband Taylor, her son Ryder, and her daughter Ruby who are loving attending KCA and growing in their new ohana here.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now accepting applications for 2019/20 school year!
Mr. Chris Cullen
Mr. Jared Miller
WEIGHT TRAINING TEACHER
Mr. Miller is the director of Trinity Fitness Kauai with a location in Lihue and one right here on the campus of KCA (workouts at 8 AM Monday – Saturday and 5 PM M/W/F). Mr. Miller teaches a strength training class for us.