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.

Shannon Archer

Shannon Archer

Academic Dean

Shannon Archer earned a B.S. in Special Education from Moorhead State University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Jamestown. Her teaching career spans 18 years. She spent several years in public schools and four years at a classical education charter school in Minnesota. Shannon was at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo for the past six years.

As Academic Dean, Shannon assists the headmaster with programming decisions, supporting teachers and providing support for students as needs arise. Shannon is very excited to be part of the first Christian classical education school in North Dakota. She considers it a privilege to provide a biblical worldview while educating students. She has seen firsthand how effective this model of education was for her own children.

Shannon and her husband are members of Grace City Church in West Fargo. They lead a missional community small group, hosted weekly in their home. Her family also serves in the children’s ministry.

Shannon’s son, Josiah, is a senior this year, and her daughter, Tyndale, is a junior. Both attend Sheyenne High School.

The Archer family enjoys spending time at their lake cabin with family and friends in the summer and sitting in their hot tub in the winter. Most recently, Shannon and her husband have been enjoying rides on his “new” 1978 motorcycle.

Brittany Zinter

Brittany Zinter

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Brittany Zinter has 17 years of teaching experience in pre-K and kindergarten at Christian schools in both North Dakota and Minnesota. She spent the past 12 years at Oak Grove Elementary as a pre-K teacher and kindergarten teacher. Brittany has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Bible with a minor in Early Childhood Education.

She is so excited to have the privilege of pioneering the Pre-K program at Capstone. Brittany feels that the Lord will use her years of experience to develop a Christ-centered program that will help students grow spiritually, cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. Teaching students about Jesus is her favorite thing!

Brittany and her husband, Aaron, have two children, Lydia and Max. They live in Moorhead and attend Bethel Church, where they are active in music ministry and are part of a wonderful small group. Brittany and Aaron have also served as VBS leaders together.

Brittany loves to spend time with her family and friends, read, craft, and decorate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lindsay Peterson

Lindsay Peterson

4th Grade Teacher

Lindsay Peterson earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. She has homeschooled her children for the past 11 years and previously served as the Education Coordinator at The Perry Center.

Lindsay is excited to nurture the hearts of students and instill a lifelong love of learning and excellence. She knows that the Lord will use her years of experience as a homeschool educator as she transitions into the classroom. Lindsay enjoys making math come alive and diving into the question “Why?” with students. She desires that her classroom be a place of peace, beauty, and truth to inspire her students to model these characteristics in their lives.

Lindsay and her three children live in West Fargo and attend Harvest Valley Church. They enjoy playing games, hiking, watching movies, traveling, and going to Disney World. She also has two goldendoodles, Lexi and Minnie. Lindsay’s oldest child is training Minnie to become a certified therapy dog. They plan to visit hospitals and assisted living facilities to bring comfort to others. 

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.

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.

Sean Rebischke  

Sean Rebischke  

Band Teacher

Sean graduated from St. Cloud State University with a double major in Music Education and Social Studies Education with an emphasis in History. He has been a band teacher for the past 10 years, including seven years in West Fargo. He looks forward to building the band program at Capstone and is excited to work at a school where Christ is at the center.

The Rebischke family attends Lutheran Church of the Cross, where Sean also conducts the handbell choir. He enjoys sharing his love of books and music with his young son, future Golden Gryphon, Michael.

Chrystal Deringer

Chrystal Deringer

Phy Ed Teacher

Chrystal Deringer attended NDSU where she earned a B.A. in Physical Education and a minor in Coaching. She coached volleyball at Park Christian School for six years and was the physical education and health teacher there for four years.

As a physical education teacher, Chrystal is excited to come alongside the classroom teachers to instill discipline, respect, integrity, and joy in our students as they engage their bodies and minds in physical activity.

The Deringer family attends Lighthouse Baptist Church in Fargo. Chrystal and her husband, Aaron, are blessed with four children. They added a daughter-in-law to their family in July. When Chrystal isn’t sitting in the stands cheering for her kids or on the sidelines coaching, she enjoys playing pickleball, going camping, and being outside enjoying God's creation.

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. 

Emma Robson

Emma Robson

Latin Teacher

Emma Robson comes from a family of teachers. Three of Emma’s grandparents – and her father and his siblings – were all teachers. Emma is happy to continue that familial legacy! She graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English. Last year, she taught 2nd grade at Will Carleton Academy in Hillsdale, Michigan. 

Emma is so excited to be part of Capstone’s mission to educate children for the kingdom of heaven through the exploration of goodness, truth, and beauty. She believes these things walk hand in hand, and it is a gift to be able to bring them into the classroom.

Emma and her husband, Luke, were married in July. They attend Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. Luke is originally from Fargo, but he and Emma recently relocated here and are looking forward to serving their parish in the coming months.

In addition to anticipating her first North Dakota winter, Emma enjoys reading, running, baking, cooking, and making Christmas ornaments. 

Becca Wunderlich

Becca Wunderlich

Classroom Aide

Becca is thrilled for the opportunity to serve Capstone as the Pre-K Classroom Aide and as a part of the Extended Care team. Prior to coming to Capstone, she worked several years in childcare, including at a daycare and as a nanny. Becca graduated from the Free Lutheran Bible College with a diploma in Biblical Studies. One of her greatest joys is working with children and sharing Jesus with them. 

Becca is drawn to the classical model because it is a thoughtful and intentional way of educating students. Her desire is that through this model of education, students would be filled with joy and a desire to learn. Her prayer is that the students at Capstone would seek truth, goodness, and beauty in all that God has created. 

Becca and her husband, Peter, live in Fargo and attend Bethel Church (Kindred) where they both serve on the worship team. She loves reading, baking, traveling, taking walks, and spending time with her family and friends.

Courtney Young

Courtney Young

Classroom Aide

Originally from Grand Forks, Courtney has lived in Fargo for the past four years. She attended Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, where she completed a two-year Christian Worldview program before earning a B.A. in the History of Ideas. This degree is a “Great Books” course, tracing the development of Western thought through seminal works of history, philosophy, and literature and evaluating these ideas from a Christian perspective.

Courtney is thrilled that Capstone will be her first experience in an educational environment. She has been passionate about the unique methods and goals of classical education for many years, especially after her college years gave her a taste of what it’s like to join the “Great Conversation” of ideas and questions that humanity has always pondered. Her prayer is that students would not only learn how to think and speak well, but ultimately “…that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery – Christ. In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:2-3).

Courtney attends Resurrection Church, where she helps lead congregational singing, among other duties. She enjoys taking dance classes, reading, watching and analyzing movies, and being loud and proud about her North Dakota roots.

Brooke Peterson

Brooke Peterson

Classroom Aide

Brooke will be a classroom aid for kindergarten, and she will also be part of the Extended Care team at Capstone. She was born and raised locally. Brooke is pursuing further education in psychology and education. She has a passion for integrating faith, mental health, and purpose. She hopes to be a classroom teacher or school counselor in the future.

Brooke has several years of experience working as a one-on-one paraprofessional. She has also served as a tutor, coach, and music director for theater programs in the FM area. She loves working with children, helping them to grow, learn, and engage in their interests.

Since 2018, Brooke has attended Burning Hearts Church in West Fargo and has been part of worship and ministry there.  She believes that a relationship with God is the foundation for a life filled with grace, love, and peace. She was drawn to work at Capstone as she realized how the school’s mission lines up with God’s call on her life. 

Tanner Wittchow

Tanner Wittchow

Campus Minister & Facilities Manager

Tanner and his family are new to North Dakota, but they aren’t strangers to the Midwest. Tanner grew up primarily in Wisconsin and has also lived in Minnesota and South Dakota. Prior to joining Capstone, Tanner served as the lead pastor of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church near Sioux Falls. For the past eight years, he has worked in vocational ministry and counseling. Tanner received his bachelor’s degree in Theology and is currently pursuing his M.Div. with Lamp Theological Seminary. 

Tanner works in the Chapel program as well as assists in many other areas around campus. He also collaborates with ministry leaders to strengthen and support the Bible and Theology curriculum here at Capstone. Tanner is excited to join Capstone in walking alongside the community to develop disciples for Christ who are able to think critically. He looks forward to seeing God work in the hearts of the students and see their theology expressed through their character. 
 
Both Tanner and his wife, Amanda, enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, and making memories. Their family also includes their son and German Shepherd.

Lynette Schock

Lynette Schock

Executive Assistant to the Headmaster

Lynette Schock is thrilled to serve in the role of Administrative Assistant at the south campus of Capstone Classical Academy. She feels blessed to be part of a team dedicated to cultivating students into virtuous people who are equipped to live well. 

She was born, raised, and educated in Valley City, ND. Lynette spent 18 years subbing and teaching at Nativity Elementary School in Fargo.

Lynette and her husband, Shane, attend Calvary Fargo. They are involved in Bible study groups and the Board of Trustees. They also enjoy being Sunday greeters and helping out with various gatherings. 

The eldest of Lynette’s four children is getting married in August, so this summer has been a time of preparation mixed with lake time, bike rides, and gardening. 

Anne Peterson

Anne Peterson

Office Assistant

Anne Peterson has lived in Fargo for nearly three years, and she loves the small-town feel here. For more than 15 years, she has been honored to serve three different churches as an administrative assistant, working behind the scenes to help each church achieve its mission.

Prior to joining Capstone, Anne was the administrative assistant at River City Church in downtown Fargo, where she is a member. She enjoys serving in hospitality and the children’s ministry.

Anne and her husband raised four children and have ten grandkids, with whom she truly loves spending much of her time. Her other pastimes include reading, enjoying coffee with friends, or being anywhere there’s water.

Anne is excited that the children at Capstone will receive a quality, Christ-centered education – a strong foundation upon which they can build lives that enrich their communities and bring glory to God.

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.

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. 

Jana Solhjem

Jana Solhjem

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.

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.

Kara Orcutt

Kara Orcutt

Marketing & Communications Director

Kara is originally from Steele, ND, and graduated from MSUM with a degree in Mass Communications. She has several years of experience in marketing and communications in a variety of industries, from magazine publishing to engineering.

She spent the past 6 years homeschooling her children, who are now Capstone students. Capstone seemed a natural fit for the Orcutt family because they also chose the classical model for their homeschool. Kara was also drawn to the academy due to the emphasis on community among students and staff. Her prayer is that students will develop a love of learning and that God will be glorified as the vision and culture of Capstone unfold.

Kara is responsible for telling Capstone’s story. She provides editorial feedback and guidance for both schoolwide and external communications. She is also responsible for additional creative work, such as writing, graphic design, and photography.

Kara and her husband, Ryan, live in Fargo with their 3 daughters. They are members of Grace City Church, where Ryan serves as an elder and on the worship team. Kara volunteers with the children's ministry and assists with social media. Together, they host a missional community small group in their home each week.

In her spare time, Kara enjoys playing board games, cooking, proofreading, and snuggling her goldendoodle puppy, Phoebe.

Shannon Archer

Shannon Archer

Academic Dean

Shannon Archer earned a B.S. in Special Education from Moorhead State University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Jamestown. Her teaching career spans 18 years. She spent several years in public schools and four years at a classical education charter school in Minnesota. Shannon was at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo for the past six years.

As Academic Dean, Shannon assists the headmaster with programming decisions, supporting teachers and providing support for students as needs arise. Shannon is very excited to be part of the first Christian classical education school in North Dakota. She considers it a privilege to provide a biblical worldview while educating students. She has seen firsthand how effective this model of education was for her own children.

Shannon and her husband are members of Grace City Church in West Fargo. They lead a missional community small group, hosted weekly in their home. Her family also serves in the children’s ministry.

Shannon’s son, Josiah, is a senior this year, and her daughter, Tyndale, is a junior. Both attend Sheyenne High School.

The Archer family enjoys spending time at their lake cabin with family and friends in the summer and sitting in their hot tub in the winter. Most recently, Shannon and her husband have been enjoying rides on his “new” 1978 motorcycle.

Brittany Zinter

Brittany Zinter

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Brittany Zinter has 17 years of teaching experience in pre-K and kindergarten at Christian schools in both North Dakota and Minnesota. She spent the past 12 years at Oak Grove Elementary as a pre-K teacher and kindergarten teacher. Brittany has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Bible with a minor in Early Childhood Education.

She is so excited to have the privilege of pioneering the Pre-K program at Capstone. Brittany feels that the Lord will use her years of experience to develop a Christ-centered program that will help students grow spiritually, cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. Teaching students about Jesus is her favorite thing!

Brittany and her husband, Aaron, have two children, Lydia and Max. They live in Moorhead and attend Bethel Church, where they are active in music ministry and are part of a wonderful small group. Brittany and Aaron have also served as VBS leaders together.

Brittany loves to spend time with her family and friends, read, craft, and decorate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lindsay Peterson

Lindsay Peterson

4th Grade Teacher

Lindsay Peterson earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. She has homeschooled her children for the past 11 years and previously served as the Education Coordinator at The Perry Center.

Lindsay is excited to nurture the hearts of students and instill a lifelong love of learning and excellence. She knows that the Lord will use her years of experience as a homeschool educator as she transitions into the classroom. Lindsay enjoys making math come alive and diving into the question “Why?” with students. She desires that her classroom be a place of peace, beauty, and truth to inspire her students to model these characteristics in their lives.

Lindsay and her three children live in West Fargo and attend Harvest Valley Church. They enjoy playing games, hiking, watching movies, traveling, and going to Disney World. She also has two goldendoodles, Lexi and Minnie. Lindsay’s oldest child is training Minnie to become a certified therapy dog. They plan to visit hospitals and assisted living facilities to bring comfort to others. 

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.

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.

Sean Rebischke  

Sean Rebischke  

Band Teacher

Sean graduated from St. Cloud State University with a double major in Music Education and Social Studies Education with an emphasis in History. He has been a band teacher for the past 10 years, including seven years in West Fargo. He looks forward to building the band program at Capstone and is excited to work at a school where Christ is at the center.

The Rebischke family attends Lutheran Church of the Cross, where Sean also conducts the handbell choir. He enjoys sharing his love of books and music with his young son, future Golden Gryphon, Michael.

Chrystal Deringer

Chrystal Deringer

Phy Ed Teacher

Chrystal Deringer attended NDSU where she earned a B.A. in Physical Education and a minor in Coaching. She coached volleyball at Park Christian School for six years and was the physical education and health teacher there for four years.

As a physical education teacher, Chrystal is excited to come alongside the classroom teachers to instill discipline, respect, integrity, and joy in our students as they engage their bodies and minds in physical activity.

The Deringer family attends Lighthouse Baptist Church in Fargo. Chrystal and her husband, Aaron, are blessed with four children. They added a daughter-in-law to their family in July. When Chrystal isn’t sitting in the stands cheering for her kids or on the sidelines coaching, she enjoys playing pickleball, going camping, and being outside enjoying God's creation.

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. 

Emma Robson

Emma Robson

Latin Teacher

Emma Robson comes from a family of teachers. Three of Emma’s grandparents – and her father and his siblings – were all teachers. Emma is happy to continue that familial legacy! She graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English. Last year, she taught 2nd grade at Will Carleton Academy in Hillsdale, Michigan. 

Emma is so excited to be part of Capstone’s mission to educate children for the kingdom of heaven through the exploration of goodness, truth, and beauty. She believes these things walk hand in hand, and it is a gift to be able to bring them into the classroom.

Emma and her husband, Luke, were married in July. They attend Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. Luke is originally from Fargo, but he and Emma recently relocated here and are looking forward to serving their parish in the coming months.

In addition to anticipating her first North Dakota winter, Emma enjoys reading, running, baking, cooking, and making Christmas ornaments. 

Becca Wunderlich

Becca Wunderlich

Classroom Aide

Becca is thrilled for the opportunity to serve Capstone as the Pre-K Classroom Aide and as a part of the Extended Care team. Prior to coming to Capstone, she worked several years in childcare, including at a daycare and as a nanny. Becca graduated from the Free Lutheran Bible College with a diploma in Biblical Studies. One of her greatest joys is working with children and sharing Jesus with them. 

Becca is drawn to the classical model because it is a thoughtful and intentional way of educating students. Her desire is that through this model of education, students would be filled with joy and a desire to learn. Her prayer is that the students at Capstone would seek truth, goodness, and beauty in all that God has created. 

Becca and her husband, Peter, live in Fargo and attend Bethel Church (Kindred) where they both serve on the worship team. She loves reading, baking, traveling, taking walks, and spending time with her family and friends.

Courtney Young

Courtney Young

Classroom Aide

Originally from Grand Forks, Courtney has lived in Fargo for the past four years. She attended Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, where she completed a two-year Christian Worldview program before earning a B.A. in the History of Ideas. This degree is a “Great Books” course, tracing the development of Western thought through seminal works of history, philosophy, and literature and evaluating these ideas from a Christian perspective.

Courtney is thrilled that Capstone will be her first experience in an educational environment. She has been passionate about the unique methods and goals of classical education for many years, especially after her college years gave her a taste of what it’s like to join the “Great Conversation” of ideas and questions that humanity has always pondered. Her prayer is that students would not only learn how to think and speak well, but ultimately “…that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery – Christ. In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:2-3).

Courtney attends Resurrection Church, where she helps lead congregational singing, among other duties. She enjoys taking dance classes, reading, watching and analyzing movies, and being loud and proud about her North Dakota roots.

Brooke Peterson

Brooke Peterson

Classroom Aide

Brooke will be a classroom aid for kindergarten, and she will also be part of the Extended Care team at Capstone. She was born and raised locally. Brooke is pursuing further education in psychology and education. She has a passion for integrating faith, mental health, and purpose. She hopes to be a classroom teacher or school counselor in the future.

Brooke has several years of experience working as a one-on-one paraprofessional. She has also served as a tutor, coach, and music director for theater programs in the FM area. She loves working with children, helping them to grow, learn, and engage in their interests.

Since 2018, Brooke has attended Burning Hearts Church in West Fargo and has been part of worship and ministry there.  She believes that a relationship with God is the foundation for a life filled with grace, love, and peace. She was drawn to work at Capstone as she realized how the school’s mission lines up with God’s call on her life. 

Tanner Wittchow

Tanner Wittchow

Campus Minister & Facilities Manager

Tanner and his family are new to North Dakota, but they aren’t strangers to the Midwest. Tanner grew up primarily in Wisconsin and has also lived in Minnesota and South Dakota. Prior to joining Capstone, Tanner served as the lead pastor of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church near Sioux Falls. For the past eight years, he has worked in vocational ministry and counseling. Tanner received his bachelor’s degree in Theology and is currently pursuing his M.Div. with Lamp Theological Seminary. 

Tanner works in the Chapel program as well as assists in many other areas around campus. He also collaborates with ministry leaders to strengthen and support the Bible and Theology curriculum here at Capstone. Tanner is excited to join Capstone in walking alongside the community to develop disciples for Christ who are able to think critically. He looks forward to seeing God work in the hearts of the students and see their theology expressed through their character. 
 
Both Tanner and his wife, Amanda, enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, and making memories. Their family also includes their son and German Shepherd.

Lynette Schock

Lynette Schock

Executive Assistant to the Headmaster

Lynette Schock is thrilled to serve in the role of Administrative Assistant at the south campus of Capstone Classical Academy. She feels blessed to be part of a team dedicated to cultivating students into virtuous people who are equipped to live well. 

She was born, raised, and educated in Valley City, ND. Lynette spent 18 years subbing and teaching at Nativity Elementary School in Fargo.

Lynette and her husband, Shane, attend Calvary Fargo. They are involved in Bible study groups and the Board of Trustees. They also enjoy being Sunday greeters and helping out with various gatherings. 

The eldest of Lynette’s four children is getting married in August, so this summer has been a time of preparation mixed with lake time, bike rides, and gardening. 

Anne Peterson

Anne Peterson

Office Assistant

Anne Peterson has lived in Fargo for nearly three years, and she loves the small-town feel here. For more than 15 years, she has been honored to serve three different churches as an administrative assistant, working behind the scenes to help each church achieve its mission.

Prior to joining Capstone, Anne was the administrative assistant at River City Church in downtown Fargo, where she is a member. She enjoys serving in hospitality and the children’s ministry.

Anne and her husband raised four children and have ten grandkids, with whom she truly loves spending much of her time. Her other pastimes include reading, enjoying coffee with friends, or being anywhere there’s water.

Anne is excited that the children at Capstone will receive a quality, Christ-centered education – a strong foundation upon which they can build lives that enrich their communities and bring glory to God.

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.

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. 

Jana Solhjem

Jana Solhjem

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.

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.

Kara Orcutt

Kara Orcutt

Marketing & Communications Director

Kara is originally from Steele, ND, and graduated from MSUM with a degree in Mass Communications. She has several years of experience in marketing and communications in a variety of industries, from magazine publishing to engineering.

She spent the past 6 years homeschooling her children, who are now Capstone students. Capstone seemed a natural fit for the Orcutt family because they also chose the classical model for their homeschool. Kara was also drawn to the academy due to the emphasis on community among students and staff. Her prayer is that students will develop a love of learning and that God will be glorified as the vision and culture of Capstone unfold.

Kara is responsible for telling Capstone’s story. She provides editorial feedback and guidance for both schoolwide and external communications. She is also responsible for additional creative work, such as writing, graphic design, and photography.

Kara and her husband, Ryan, live in Fargo with their 3 daughters. They are members of Grace City Church, where Ryan serves as an elder and on the worship team. Kara volunteers with the children's ministry and assists with social media. Together, they host a missional community small group in their home each week.

In her spare time, Kara enjoys playing board games, cooking, proofreading, and snuggling her goldendoodle puppy, Phoebe.

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