Kelly Vangeli – MS/HS Math Teacher
Julie Weaver – MS/HS Science Teacher
I began teaching at New Covenant in 2013, but my teaching career started at Cumberland Valley High School (Mechanicsburg, PA) in 2007 where I taught a variety of science and agriculture courses for three years. I then took a few years “off” from teaching while working for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Dauphin County Conservation District; both jobs allowed me to continue in the role of an educator, however I realized I would much rather be in a classroom on a daily basis.
Growing up in a rural area and playing outside in the woods and streams afforded me a love of God’s great creation from a very young age. In high school, agriculture (especially the animal side of it) became an interest of mine. My experience as a student at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University for five weeks during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school, mixed with my 4-H and FFA livestock projects, led me to pursue my Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences from Penn State. The fall after I graduated with my B.S., I went back to Penn State to gain my teaching certification. I am currently taking classes at Lebanon Valley College to earn my Master of Science Education degree.
Although I will always, in my heart, be a country girl from Perry County, I moved to Lebanon in the spring of 2012 when I married my husband, Bryan. In fact, Bryan’s claim to New Covenant fame is that he was the very first student to matriculate the entire way from Kindergarten through 8th grade at New Covenant(way back when 9th-12th grades weren’t offered)! When I am not at New Covenant, I can be found with my hands in the dirt of my garden and flowerbeds (I really enjoy preserving produce and fruit by canning and freezing), tending to my flock of laying hens and my small apiary (bee hives), helping out with my husband’s business, training for an endurance event (in January 2014 I traveled to Disney World and finished my second marathon), reading my Kindle, crocheting, baking, or hanging out outside (usually in the woods or on the water) with my husband and our dogs.
Bryan and I attend Lifeway Church in Lebanon where we also serve on various Impact Teams and are small group leaders. Some of my favorite music artists are Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp and Jeremy Riddle (“Sweetly Broken” is one of my favorite songs). I LOVE K-Love Radio, and listen to it often on-line (I also have been known to stream it in my classroom during independent work). A Bible verse that has gotten me through some tough times, and that is relevant in all seasons of life, is Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Bob Coldren –MS/HS History Teacher
I enjoy anything with history, golfing, camping, hiking, traveling and my family. Not too mention I am a Steelers fan. I also spend time reading from some of my favorite authors: Robert Frost, Charles Dickens, Alistair Maclean and Max Lucado.
Katelyn Uglialoro –MS/HS Language Arts Teacher
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kutztown University in December, 2011 with my BS in Secondary Education: English. I have 4 years of teaching experience from New Covenant Christian School.
I married my husband, Vince, in April, 2012. Our daughter, LinMarie, was born in February, 2015 and our son, Landen, was born in February, 2016. I am an active member of Mount Zion Road Church of the Brethren where I enjoy teaching Sunday School to kids in middle school. In my free time I love baking, cooking, and reading.
My favorite Bible verses are Jeremiah 29:11-13:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Cathie Ruth – Adjunct Faculty
Before choosing to stay home with my children, I taught for seven years, the last two of those being at New Covenant. I am now in my fifth year since my return to teaching in 2012. I earned a BS in Elementary and Kindergarten Education with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in December 1994. My husband, Ron, and I live in Cornwall with our two children, Adelyn and Jacob. I attend Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church where I serve with the Jr. High youth and in the nursery. My responsibilities at school change with the needs each year, so this year I am teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra I Core, Geometry, 8th grade Bible, Driver Safety Education, and 10th grade Health Education. The scripture that encourages and motivates me to continue to minister to youth is Philippians 2:14-16–“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” That, and they keep me young!
Doralee Shive – Spanish and Apologetics Teacher
I have been a part time high school teacher at New Covenant for many years. My degree is from Messiah College but I also attended Briercrest Bible College and Evangelical School of Theology. I am originally from Washington, D.C. but have southern roots. My husband and I live in Myerstown with their two cats.
I was raised in the Presbyterian church and my favorite scripture passage is Psalm 91.
Todd Swisher – Science Teacher
Irv Siegel – Adjunct Faculty & AP English Language and Composition
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Chris Light – Adjunct Faculty
My life verse is Proverbs 4:23.
Jessa Williams – Adjunct Faculty
In 2003, the Lord brought my husband and I together and moved me from urban New York City to rural Pennsylvania. I joined his ministry at Summit International School of Ministry, where he is the campus church pastor (Summit Community Church). I served as Internship & Missions Program Director and taught various courses as a faculty member at the school. Last year, I took the director role of Summit Kids! which is our children’s church program. It was from this role, I realized how much I miss the classroom on a regular basis, as well as a school setting with children & teenagers. Thus, began my journey to get back into regular teaching.
It is a joy to be able to serve & teach at New Covenant. New Covenant faculty & staff have proven to be dedicated people with so much integrity & love for every child and teenager. To be able to work alongside these faculty & staff is an honor for me, as I know I will gain valuable wisdom and experience from each of them. I love working with the students as they have taught me already so much within the classroom.
In addition to being married to a fabulous husband, Tim Williams, I am also the proud mother of my two children. They also attend New Covenant Christian School. They are the joy of my heart and it is neat to be able to share their world with them here at school. In addition to my love for Jesus & education, I enjoy ballet, knitting & reading a good book.
My life verse is Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Renee Groff – Adjunct Faculty
I graduated from Millersville University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education. I have ten years of prior teaching experience, most of it at Manheim Christian Day School. I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years before returning to the work force. My husband, Gary, and I have been married 28 years. We have two daughters, Molly and Hannah. We moved to Annville in July 2015 to help plant Lifeway Church, which currently meets at the Regal Theater at the Lebanon Valley Mall. My husband and I lead the Young Adult Ministry and serve on the Care Team. I came to New Covenant in early 2016 as a long-term substitute and was thrilled to come back permanently this year. In my free time I enjoy antiquing, rearranging my furniture, reading, and writing. I love the family atmosphere here at New Covenant, and I am grateful for the opportunity to impact the lives of my students.
My life verse is Isaiah 50:4: “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.”
Beth Lehman – Pre-Calculus & Calculus
Rebecca Myers – ESL Instructor, Teacher’s Aide, and Yearbook Advisor
I am very excited to have joined the New Covenant family. I was blessed to have come into a relationship with Christ when I was very young. As a military child I developed a love for travel, seeing God’s creation and other cultures. After graduating from Eastern Oregon University with my B.A. in history I traveled to Pennsylvania to attend Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Lebanon’s Discipleship Training School. When the course had finished I returned to Lebanon to take a TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) course. It was while taking this course that I met my husband, Max. We continued on staff at the YWAM base, leading another DTS, and I took over as the English as a Second Language teacher. We stayed there for 2 years. My husband now serves as Chaplain for the Lebanon Rescue Mission and I have joined NCCS as the academic English teacher for foreign exchange students. We do not have any children of our own yet but we have the privilege of fostering 3 children for now: Hannah, Gracie and Sean. We attend Calvary Chapel in Lebanon and are active in ministry. God is good!
One of my life verses is Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”