Meet Our Staff
Ms. Rebecca Rixe
Ms. Rixe is a staple to the mission of CoLCA. She is the director of our preschool as well as acting director of the Academy, overseeing curriculum development, administrative duties, and licensing obligations. Ms. Rixe graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She holds her Director and Staff Credential with the State of Florida.
Mrs. Rachel Mikovich
Mrs. Mikovich joined Crown of Life’s teaching and ministry team in July 2014. She graduated from Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) in 2008 with a bachelor degree in elementary education and coursework and student teaching in early childhood education. In December 2012 Mrs. Mikovich graduated from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) with a master's degree in early childhood education. She has experience as an early childhood center director and as a 3-4 year old preschool teacher.
Ms. Sarah Ewald
Ms. Ewald joined CoLCA's staff the summer of 2016. She graduated from Martin Luther College in May 2012 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Ms. Ewald has 4 years of teaching experience in a multi-grade, parochial school in Michigan. She comes from a family of teachers, so the love of learning and growing in knowledge is a passion of hers and a welcomed blessing to CoLCA.
Ms. Angela Birner
Ms. Birner was a welcomed addition to CoLCA's staff at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. She comes to us from Alma, Michigan, where she spent 3 years teaching grades kindergarten through 3rd. Ms. Birner is a graduate of Martin Luther College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She loves that our curriculum is centered around Jesus Christ and his amazing love for us, and Ms Birner reflects this in her teaching and caring for each student.
Mrs. Ally Syverson
Preschool Teacher's Assistant
Mrs. Jen Chojnacki
Preschool Teacher's Assistant
Mrs. Chojnacki, a Canadian native, graduated from Martin Luther College with a B.S. in Elementary Education in May 2014. Prior to her graduation from MLC, Mrs. Chojnacki graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.S. in Psychology. She joined CoLCA in the summer of 2014 as our lead Elementary teacher. We celebrated with her and her husband the birth of their first child in May of 2016 and are thankful that Mrs. Chojnacki decided to remain a part of our school family in a teacher's assistant role.
Pastor Lucterhand serves as a member of the Board of Education for CoLCA and as pastor to the families and children of the Academy. He leads weekly children's chapel services for students and serves to gives spiritual counseling for families.
Ms. Bonnie Putnam
Ms. Putnam has a lifetime's experience as teacher and director of early childhood centers. Since retiring as an ECC director, Mrs. Putnam lightens and brightens each day as our secretary, showering our CoLCA families with laughter and Jesus' love.
Mrs. Patty Lynch
Preschool Lead Teacher
Mrs. Lynch has been an integral part of CoLCA's ministry for over 5 years. She began as a teacher's assistant and now serves as our Lead Teacher in the two and three year old classroom. Mrs. Lynch has a phenomenal grasp on leading and educating Jesus' little lambs, showing his grace and love in all she does.
Ms. Kaitlin Lynch
Ms. Lynch began as a teacher assistant in various classrooms during the 2014-15 school year. She quickly showed her aptitude and God-given talents for teaching little children. Ms. Lynch has been a Lead Teacher for our youngest 2 year old students. Currently she takes on a multi supportive role in one of our VPK classrooms, the 2 and 3 year old preschool room, and in our after school care program.
Mrs. Amanda Travis
VPK Teacher's Assistant
Mrs. Travis is loving known as Ms. Amanda to our VPK students. She became a part of our school family when her first son started VPK in the fall of 2013. After a year of volunteering within the elementary classrooms, we welcomed her on staff in August of 2015. Mrs. Travis has a B.S. in Business Administration from Rockford University (Rockford, IL), over 15 years of marketing experience, and lives to serve Jesus Christ and others.