Faculty & Staff

Our teachers, administrators, and staff are at the heart of our mission to engage students to acquire wisdom, cultivate virtue, and pursue rigorous academic study within a Christian worldview.

Emily Ellingson

Emily Ellingson

Kindergarten Teacher

Emily grew up in Fargo as the middle child between a brother and sister. She comes to us after teaching kindergarten for seven years in the Moorhead schools. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Inclusive Education and a minor in Special Education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Dakota. Emily is excited to join the Capstone team and looks forward to guiding in the development of virtuous and knowledgeable students that see the fullness of what is True, Good, and Beautiful in Jesus Christ. 

As a Capstone teacher, Emily strives to be patient, gentle, and humble with her students. She sees the biblical narrative as central to how teachers teach and how students learn and prays that the Capstone faculty will be examples in word and conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity (1 Tim. 4:12).

In her personal time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, and spending time outdoors.

Holly Freed

Holly Freed

Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher

Holly comes to Capstone with 29 years of teaching experience with an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kaiser University, an EDS in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene, and a B.A. in Mass Communications and Marketing from Augsburg College. She comes to us from teaching in the Lisbon schools after serving most of her career in Minnesota public and Christian schools.

Holly is excited to be a founding teacher with Capstone Classical Academy, where she may use her God-given skills to inspire and equip students for a lifelong pursuit of learning what is Good, True, and Beautiful for God’s glory.

Holly and her husband, Stephen, are members of Harvest Fellowship in Sauk Rapids, MN, with which they engage remotely in weekly services and Bible studies. For Holly, next to God, family is everything. She spends her spare time with her grown children and grandchildren, crafting, and cleaning and repairing her 120-year-old home.

Jana Solhiem

Jana Solhiem

Administrative Assistant for Admissions

Jana and her husband, Troy, live in McLeod, ND, where they have parented their 7 children, whom Jana homeschooled for 20 years. Troy runs a Vision Fencing but is also transitioning into full-time ministry through Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Solhjems are members of Eagle Valley EFC in Christine. Jana enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids, traveling with her husband, cooking, and corgis! 

Prior to serving the Capstone community, Jana earned degrees in social work and child development and served as a guardian ad litem for the juvenile courts. She and Troy also facilitate a chapter of While We’re Waiting, a ministry to grieving parents.

Jana is our administrative assistant for admissions. She serves as our admissions concierge for parents, helping to make the admissions process as smooth as possible. She supports the rest of the administrative team in various roles as needed.

She is most excited about the rich Christian environment that Capstone offers, with a focus on the love of learning and community. Her prayer is that families and students join this community and feel welcomed and loved as they pursue an education that glorifies God in every subject. Her youngest son, Eli, is a 6th grade student at Capstone.

Kaylie Young

Kaylie Young

Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher

Kaylie comes to Capstone after teaching for 12 years in Enderlin and Casselton. She earned her B.A. in English Education from NDSU and her M.S. in Education with an emphasis in English from Valley City State. She is excited to be able to educate students in a classical model that also shows the centrality of Jesus Christ.

For Kaylie, good teaching is modeled after the greatest teacher, Jesus himself. She believes that through his words, she and her students learn what it is to truly become wise and virtuous. She strives to be a living example of Christ in fulfillment of the Great Commission. Her prayer for her students is that they learn and grow and become smarter than her.

She and her family are members of Kindred United Methodist Church, where she leads the Sunday school program. She and her husband raise three beautiful children and live on a farm in southeast North Dakota.

When Kaylie is not teaching at school or church, she loves to travel, read, and craft. She loves to learn, so her interests often shift to what she is learning about at the moment.

Kelley Peterson

Kelley Peterson

Administrative Assistant

Kelley Peterson lives in Fargo with her husband, Dave. Together they have raised three children, who are all living their young adult lives. They enjoy cooking, playing games, watching movies, and going to the lake together. For Kelley, however, serving kids of all ages continues to be her passion. In her personal life and her career, she has always been dedicated to service, learning, and caring for young people.

Kelley comes to us from Oak Grove Lutheran School, where she directed the lunch program at the North Campus and was known for her delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals and loving service to her students. She served her children through homeschooling for 10 years prior to that. She is excited about serving as a founding staff member for Capstone because she feels that the vision and culture of the academy are Spirit-filled. She is eager to see growth and joy in students as they are blessed by the model of classical Christian education.

Kelley is currently serving as an operations and logistics coordinator for the acquisition of equipment and furnishings for Capstone. She is working with the administrative team on lunch program solutions and supporting the rest of the administrative team in various areas of need. Her prayer for Capstone is that Jesus would have center stage and that we would be defined by joy as we build up the family of believers.

Patti Tucker

Patti Tucker

Office Assistant

Patti will serve as an office assistant. In 2021, Patti and her husband Tom, and their two children moved to Fargo from Palm Springs, California. They attend Salem Evangelical Free Church in Moorhead.  Patti enjoys spending time with her family, watching cooking shows and learning new recipes, and exploring the area. 

Patti grew up in the church. She was involved with Young Life during her high school years and served as a leader at YL Malibu camp in Vancouver, BC. She has worked as a dental hygienist for nearly 20 years and served as an instructor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. While she enjoyed serving and getting to know her dental patients, she is excited to be working in an educational environment once again. 

Patti believes strongly in the role and mission of Capstone. She is honored to serve in a school whose mission is to train students on how to think critically within the context of a Christian worldview. She looks forward to serving students and their families and prays that each student at the school experiences God’s love on a daily basis and is encouraged to be all that God created them to be. 

Rachel Rebischke

Rachel Rebischke

Music Teacher

Rachel comes to Capstone after teaching for two years in China and then six years in West Fargo. She earned her B.A. with a major in vocal music education from Concordia College. She is excited to serve at Capstone and to share the beauty of our Savior through the beauty of music.

Rachel sees teaching as her calling to love her neighbor as herself as she gives students the tools they will need to go out and serve in their communities. She sees her students as unique image-bearers of God and places a high value on respect and dignity for each student to maximize learning in her classroom. She is excited to teach at Capstone because the music curriculum emphasizes great composers and their masterworks before teaching notation. This makes sense to her, for why should students care about music notation if they have not learned how to listen, to appreciate, and to care about the beauty of music itself? And why care about any music if it can’t point to the beauty and goodness of God?

Rachel’s family attends Lutheran Church of the Cross, where she directs the choir and plays handbells. When she is not making music at school or at church, Rachel enjoys performing in community theatre and rereading her favorite books by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. 

Roxanne Madson

Roxanne Madson

Third Grade Teacher

Roxanne has been a lifelong North Dakotan, raised on a farm with her eight siblings. She received an elementary education degree and a kindergarten license from MSUM and has taught for 14 years in the JPII Catholic Schools.

Her desire to join the Capstone community began by learning about the classical Christian model of education. She is drawn to its intentional pursuit of what is Good, True, and Beautiful and its goal of forming critical thinkers and articulate communicators. She feels it will be a great gift to participate in a community so clearly striving to draw students closer to Jesus through education.

Roxanne and her husband, Brian, are members of Sts. Anne & Joachim church. They have been married for 26 years and are raising six children from 8 to 23 years of age. Their family is often playing board and card games or on a bike ride. In her spare time, Roxanne enjoys reading, scrapbooking and baking.

Sheri Fisher

Sheri Fisher

Administrative Assistant, First Grade Teacher

Sheri Fisher lives in Fargo with her husband, Paul. Together they have raised three children and have served in Christian and classical education together for most of their 25 years of marriage. Sheri loves walking with her dogs and family. Her time with family is often spent following them over rocks, through the woods, on the trails, over mountains, and down rivers.

Sheri comes to us after teaching first grade for 24 years, 18 of that at Coventry Christian School, a classical school in the Philadelphia area. She particularly enjoys teaching young children the fundamentals of reading and mathematics.

Sheri is putting her teacher veteran status to work by finding and securing all of the curriculum materials and supplies for our faculty and students. She is putting together teacher curriculum kits and assisting in the organization of the staging area where faculty and staff can locate their materials and meeting with the faculty to design spaces that best meet their needs so that they can be excellent in the classroom. She has also been the primary assessment facilitator for students in our admissions process.

Sheri is excited to be part of a team that brings a new model of education to the FM area. It is her prayer that the Capstone faculty and staff will be the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve the students and their families. She prays that Capstone students continuously pursue God’s purposes and take delight in all that He has made.

Signe Edison

Signe Edison

Second Grade Teacher

Signe lives with her family in Fargo and attends First Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the lake. She comes to us from Independence Elementary School in West Fargo, where she has taught third grade for the last two years. Prior to that she taught for seven years at Arcadia Elementary School in Deer Park, Washington. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Valley City State University, a B.S. in Human and Family Development, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Signe is enthusiastic about the classical model of education because of its emphasis on thinking critically and expressing oneself winsomely. Her prayer for her students is that her students will develop their God-given abilities to their full potential, that they will internalize a Christian worldview, and that they will acquire lifelong tools for learning.

Sue Sikkink

Sue Sikkink

Business Office Administrator and Assistant Director of Development

Sue and her husband, Doug, live in Fargo with their three children, are members of Salem EFC, and enjoy spending time with friends, playing strategy board games, and hanging out. Doug has served as the director of FM Child Evangelism Fellowship for 12 years. Sue comes to us with experience as the office manager for Christian Adoption Services, where she supported the financial elements of the office and donor relationships.

About Capstone, she shares, “The thing that sold me is that. . .theology is the ‘mother’ of all sciences and is the underpinning and overarching Truth that informs all other areas of learning. I am very excited to see it in action and the effect it will have on our daughter.”

Sue will primarily assist parents and staff with financial matters and is the staff member to reach out to with questions about tuition matters. She is serving as the dashboard manager for our donor relationships and is an important link in our development chain.

Her prayer is that God would bless our students in their studies with a sound mind, a desire to learn, and a passion to know Him more and for our families to be encouraged in their faith journey and as a result of their experiences with Capstone.

Emily Ellingson

Emily Ellingson

Kindergarten Teacher

Emily grew up in Fargo as the middle child between a brother and sister. She comes to us after teaching kindergarten for seven years in the Moorhead schools. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Inclusive Education and a minor in Special Education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Dakota. Emily is excited to join the Capstone team and looks forward to guiding in the development of virtuous and knowledgeable students that see the fullness of what is True, Good, and Beautiful in Jesus Christ. 

As a Capstone teacher, Emily strives to be patient, gentle, and humble with her students. She sees the biblical narrative as central to how teachers teach and how students learn and prays that the Capstone faculty will be examples in word and conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity (1 Tim. 4:12).

In her personal time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, and spending time outdoors.

Holly Freed

Holly Freed

Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher

Holly comes to Capstone with 29 years of teaching experience with an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kaiser University, an EDS in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene, and a B.A. in Mass Communications and Marketing from Augsburg College. She comes to us from teaching in the Lisbon schools after serving most of her career in Minnesota public and Christian schools.

Holly is excited to be a founding teacher with Capstone Classical Academy, where she may use her God-given skills to inspire and equip students for a lifelong pursuit of learning what is Good, True, and Beautiful for God’s glory.

Holly and her husband, Stephen, are members of Harvest Fellowship in Sauk Rapids, MN, with which they engage remotely in weekly services and Bible studies. For Holly, next to God, family is everything. She spends her spare time with her grown children and grandchildren, crafting, and cleaning and repairing her 120-year-old home.

Jana Solhiem

Jana Solhiem

Administrative Assistant for Admissions

Jana and her husband, Troy, live in McLeod, ND, where they have parented their 7 children, whom Jana homeschooled for 20 years. Troy runs a Vision Fencing but is also transitioning into full-time ministry through Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Solhjems are members of Eagle Valley EFC in Christine. Jana enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids, traveling with her husband, cooking, and corgis! 

Prior to serving the Capstone community, Jana earned degrees in social work and child development and served as a guardian ad litem for the juvenile courts. She and Troy also facilitate a chapter of While We’re Waiting, a ministry to grieving parents.

Jana is our administrative assistant for admissions. She serves as our admissions concierge for parents, helping to make the admissions process as smooth as possible. She supports the rest of the administrative team in various roles as needed.

She is most excited about the rich Christian environment that Capstone offers, with a focus on the love of learning and community. Her prayer is that families and students join this community and feel welcomed and loved as they pursue an education that glorifies God in every subject. Her youngest son, Eli, is a 6th grade student at Capstone.

Kaylie Young

Kaylie Young

Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher

Kaylie comes to Capstone after teaching for 12 years in Enderlin and Casselton. She earned her B.A. in English Education from NDSU and her M.S. in Education with an emphasis in English from Valley City State. She is excited to be able to educate students in a classical model that also shows the centrality of Jesus Christ.

For Kaylie, good teaching is modeled after the greatest teacher, Jesus himself. She believes that through his words, she and her students learn what it is to truly become wise and virtuous. She strives to be a living example of Christ in fulfillment of the Great Commission. Her prayer for her students is that they learn and grow and become smarter than her.

She and her family are members of Kindred United Methodist Church, where she leads the Sunday school program. She and her husband raise three beautiful children and live on a farm in southeast North Dakota.

When Kaylie is not teaching at school or church, she loves to travel, read, and craft. She loves to learn, so her interests often shift to what she is learning about at the moment.

Kelley Peterson

Kelley Peterson

Administrative Assistant

Kelley Peterson lives in Fargo with her husband, Dave. Together they have raised three children, who are all living their young adult lives. They enjoy cooking, playing games, watching movies, and going to the lake together. For Kelley, however, serving kids of all ages continues to be her passion. In her personal life and her career, she has always been dedicated to service, learning, and caring for young people.

Kelley comes to us from Oak Grove Lutheran School, where she directed the lunch program at the North Campus and was known for her delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals and loving service to her students. She served her children through homeschooling for 10 years prior to that. She is excited about serving as a founding staff member for Capstone because she feels that the vision and culture of the academy are Spirit-filled. She is eager to see growth and joy in students as they are blessed by the model of classical Christian education.

Kelley is currently serving as an operations and logistics coordinator for the acquisition of equipment and furnishings for Capstone. She is working with the administrative team on lunch program solutions and supporting the rest of the administrative team in various areas of need. Her prayer for Capstone is that Jesus would have center stage and that we would be defined by joy as we build up the family of believers.

Patti Tucker

Patti Tucker

Office Assistant

Patti will serve as an office assistant. In 2021, Patti and her husband Tom, and their two children moved to Fargo from Palm Springs, California. They attend Salem Evangelical Free Church in Moorhead.  Patti enjoys spending time with her family, watching cooking shows and learning new recipes, and exploring the area. 

Patti grew up in the church. She was involved with Young Life during her high school years and served as a leader at YL Malibu camp in Vancouver, BC. She has worked as a dental hygienist for nearly 20 years and served as an instructor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. While she enjoyed serving and getting to know her dental patients, she is excited to be working in an educational environment once again. 

Patti believes strongly in the role and mission of Capstone. She is honored to serve in a school whose mission is to train students on how to think critically within the context of a Christian worldview. She looks forward to serving students and their families and prays that each student at the school experiences God’s love on a daily basis and is encouraged to be all that God created them to be. 

Rachel Rebischke

Rachel Rebischke

Music Teacher

Rachel comes to Capstone after teaching for two years in China and then six years in West Fargo. She earned her B.A. with a major in vocal music education from Concordia College. She is excited to serve at Capstone and to share the beauty of our Savior through the beauty of music.

Rachel sees teaching as her calling to love her neighbor as herself as she gives students the tools they will need to go out and serve in their communities. She sees her students as unique image-bearers of God and places a high value on respect and dignity for each student to maximize learning in her classroom. She is excited to teach at Capstone because the music curriculum emphasizes great composers and their masterworks before teaching notation. This makes sense to her, for why should students care about music notation if they have not learned how to listen, to appreciate, and to care about the beauty of music itself? And why care about any music if it can’t point to the beauty and goodness of God?

Rachel’s family attends Lutheran Church of the Cross, where she directs the choir and plays handbells. When she is not making music at school or at church, Rachel enjoys performing in community theatre and rereading her favorite books by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. 

Roxanne Madson

Roxanne Madson

Third Grade Teacher

Roxanne has been a lifelong North Dakotan, raised on a farm with her eight siblings. She received an elementary education degree and a kindergarten license from MSUM and has taught for 14 years in the JPII Catholic Schools.

Her desire to join the Capstone community began by learning about the classical Christian model of education. She is drawn to its intentional pursuit of what is Good, True, and Beautiful and its goal of forming critical thinkers and articulate communicators. She feels it will be a great gift to participate in a community so clearly striving to draw students closer to Jesus through education.

Roxanne and her husband, Brian, are members of Sts. Anne & Joachim church. They have been married for 26 years and are raising six children from 8 to 23 years of age. Their family is often playing board and card games or on a bike ride. In her spare time, Roxanne enjoys reading, scrapbooking and baking.

Sheri Fisher

Sheri Fisher

Administrative Assistant, First Grade Teacher

Sheri Fisher lives in Fargo with her husband, Paul. Together they have raised three children and have served in Christian and classical education together for most of their 25 years of marriage. Sheri loves walking with her dogs and family. Her time with family is often spent following them over rocks, through the woods, on the trails, over mountains, and down rivers.

Sheri comes to us after teaching first grade for 24 years, 18 of that at Coventry Christian School, a classical school in the Philadelphia area. She particularly enjoys teaching young children the fundamentals of reading and mathematics.

Sheri is putting her teacher veteran status to work by finding and securing all of the curriculum materials and supplies for our faculty and students. She is putting together teacher curriculum kits and assisting in the organization of the staging area where faculty and staff can locate their materials and meeting with the faculty to design spaces that best meet their needs so that they can be excellent in the classroom. She has also been the primary assessment facilitator for students in our admissions process.

Sheri is excited to be part of a team that brings a new model of education to the FM area. It is her prayer that the Capstone faculty and staff will be the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve the students and their families. She prays that Capstone students continuously pursue God’s purposes and take delight in all that He has made.

Signe Edison

Signe Edison

Second Grade Teacher

Signe lives with her family in Fargo and attends First Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the lake. She comes to us from Independence Elementary School in West Fargo, where she has taught third grade for the last two years. Prior to that she taught for seven years at Arcadia Elementary School in Deer Park, Washington. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Valley City State University, a B.S. in Human and Family Development, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Signe is enthusiastic about the classical model of education because of its emphasis on thinking critically and expressing oneself winsomely. Her prayer for her students is that her students will develop their God-given abilities to their full potential, that they will internalize a Christian worldview, and that they will acquire lifelong tools for learning.

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