Ashley Maart

K4 (Kindergarten Readiness)

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Beth Hraba

Kindergarten & First Grade

I was born and raised in Mishawaka, IN. When I was 7 years old, my mother started taking me to church. It was at the age of 7 that I recognized my need to accept Christ as my Savior. I attended a Christian school and then attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. It was at PBBC that I earned my degree in Elementary Education.

While attending PBBC, I met my husband, Allen Hraba. We were married in 1990. For the first year of our marriage, I taught at First Baptist Christian School in Mishawaka, IN. My husband and I moved to Taylors, SC in 1991. I taught fifth and sixth grade at The Academy of Arts, and Allen went to school at Bob Jones University. We were then called to Delaware, Ohio, where Allen taught at Delaware Christian School, and we attended Delaware Bible Church. It was during our 12 years in Ohio that Acacia, Alec, Austin, and Alayna were born. I stayed home and was involved in several ministries at the church.

In 2004, the Lord led us here. Allen began teaching Math and Computer Science, and I became an aide for 3rd and 4th grade. During my second year as an aide, I had the opportunity to substitute for the Kindergarten teacher during her maternity leave. In 2006, I was offered the Kindergarten teaching position.

My goal is to allow the Lord to use me in this role as teacher to direct the lives of young children spiritually and academically.

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Suzette Nelson

Second and Third Grades

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Emily Crothers

Fourth Fifth Grades

Originally from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, the Lord has been kind and gracious in bringing me to Chisago! I grew up in a strong Christian family and learned at a very early age to love the Lord and desired to follow Him in everything. In my young adult years, I volunteered at my local church as a children’s church teacher, in the nursery, and in the AWANA youth ministry. In these positions, I learned the importance of incorporating God’s word into daily instruction and the lives of children. It was there that I felt lead to become a teacher.

After high school, I attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. I received my Elementary Education degree with two minors in Language Arts and Integrated Science. During college, I was employed at a State Park as a nature interpreter where I was able to teach many age groups from preschool to adults. In 2018 I accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at a local public school. While teaching 3rd grade, I married my husband, Mitchel, who was then employed in the Michigan National Guard. He was transferred to the Minnesota National Guard and we decided to move to Minnesota so that he could be closer to his unit. Since moving, we have loved getting to know the people here and feel very blessed by the faithfulness of the Lord in our lives.

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Amy Cruz

High School English

I praise the Lord for His grace in allowing me to teach at CCS and share the truth and love of Jesus with the next generation. I grew up going to church and being immersed in the Gospel from a very young age. I came to know Jesus as my Savior in preschool while attending Cubbies. Since that time, I have been growing in faith through my church, small group, and opportunities to work in ministry. I am currently employed at my church as the Worship Administrator in addition to teaching at CCS.

I chose to teach because of my time working at Camp Lebanon as both a Senior Counselor and Junior Staff Supervisor. I loved the opportunity to minister to children. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Bible, an endorsement in Middle School English, and a minor in Music. I spent my first year teaching 7th grade English in the Anoka Hennepin school district. It has been fun to integrate music and faith into English Education here at CCS, and I am excited to see what God does this year.

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Crystal Crum

High School Science & Math

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Joseph Dutcher

Sixth and Seventh Grade Bible

Shelley Hraba

High School History & Speech

I have a degree in Education and Bible with a minor in Speech from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. I graduated from college in 1989. My family and I have attended Chisago Lakes Baptist Church since 1996. I have taught at Chisago Christian School (formerly Chisago Lakes Baptist School) since 2006. My husband John and I have three children. We have been thankful for the ministry that CCS has had to all of our children. They all three graduated from Chisago Lakes Baptist School before going on to college.

I came to know Christ as my Savior as a child. I am grateful for His grace in my life, and I am glad that He has given me the opportunity to work with children here at Chisago Christian School.

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Hannah Smith

Music Teacher

I am so thankful for this opportunity to teach at CLBS and to share Christ’s love with students through music! Growing up hearing the truth of my need for Jesus Christ led me to accept Him as my Savior at the age of six. I have grown in faith and in the knowledge of the gospel ever since then, attending Bethlehem Baptist Church and participating in Bible studies. In December 2018, I graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with my Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education. Numerous teaching placements in various schools, participation in college ensembles, and courses I took at UNW have all contributed greatly to my love for music and passion for teaching. I am excited to see what God will do this year in the music program at CLBS!

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