At Naperville Christian Academy, we know how important it is that our students sit under godly women and men, Christians who are equipped to lead and teach children what it looks like to live a life following Christ. We constantly receive applications from amazing candidates who would love the opportunity to teach at NCA and are blessed to have such a qualified group of men and women teaching here.


Grammar School Faculty

Sumi Arun is our Pre-Grammar School teacher and teaches our afternoon session of the full day Kindergarten program. Sumi completed her Montessori training from the MECA Seton Montessori Insitute in 1992 and is AMS certified. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in area Montessori schools working with children ranging in age from 2 to 6 years old, including Kindergarten and Enrichment Programs. Prior to joining Naperville Christian Academy, Sumi began to integrate classical methods into her Montessori class as she prepared Kindergarten students for First Grade at Naperville Christian Academy. Sumi Arun lives with her daughter and three grandchildren in Naperville. She attends the Compass Church where she is active in the Adult Bible Study Ministry.
linda-2 Linda Dukes is our Preschool Aide.  She joined the staff of Naperville Christian Academy in 2015.  She has worked with children and youth in school and church settings for the past 20 years as well as raising her own family of 7 children.  She attends the Wheaton Christian Center where she has worked with the youth ministry and the Singles Preparing for Marriage ministry.  We are glad to welcome Linda to our faculty!
Jill Duvall is our Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Duvall earned her BS from Wheaton College and her MAT from National Louis University. She has worked as a substitute at NCA and at local schools for last two decades. She has also been the area coordinator and an active volunteer at Christian Youth Theatre (now Spotlight) and has taught and worked with the youth at Wheaton Bible Church and Harvest Bible Chapel. Mrs. Duvall is the mother of 2 daughters, one of whom also teaches at a classical school. Mrs. Duvall Joined the staff of NCA in 2013.
Danielle Walker teaches the 1st grade class and joined the NCA faculty in 2012. Ms. Walker earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute and her M.A. in Teaching from Trinity International University. She researched the effects of nutrition on student behavior for her Capstone Project. Ms. Walker is a member of Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, where she sings in the choir.
Lauren DeJong teaches the 2nd grade class and joined the NCA faculty in 2015. Mrs. DeJong graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Elementary Education. She became passionate about the classical education movement after a practicum at a classical school in her sophomore year.  Lauren is also a certified tennis professional.  She and her husband, Nick, attend Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.
Lisa Wiersema teaches our 3rd grade class.  Mrs. Wiersema has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Christian Education from Wheaton College.  She classically home schooled her three sons for eight years prior to joining the faculty of NCA in 2009.  Lisa and her family attend Redeemer Community Church in Oswego.
Jennifer Motes teaches 4th and 5th grade at Naperville Christian and joined our faculty team in 2011. Jenn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics minor from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She and her husband Philip live in Warrenville and attend Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton.


Upper School Faculty

Adam Bloom teaches Upper School Humanities, Bible, Latin and Logic classes.  Mr. Bloom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Thought from Grove City College and a Master’s Degree in Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton College.  Mr. Bloom served as an Editorial Assistant with Crossway Books prior to joining Naperville Christian Academy in 2008.
Scott Hermann teaches Upper School Humanities and Math classes.  Mr. Hermann has Bachelor’s Degrees in History and International Relations from Wheaton College and recently completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wheaton College.  Mr. Hermann joined Naperville Christian Academy in 2008.
Josh Jacobs teaches Upper School Science and Math. Mr. Jacobs joined NCA in 2010.  He graduated from Wheaton College with a B.S. in Biology and has been working and researching in the field of biology over the last 2 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Morton Arboretum.  He has a deep love for the beauty of the creation and has been actively involved in organizing and leading fellowship in the local Christian community.  Josh has a passion for worship, evangelism, and prayer.  He has worked in camps and done evangelism and training with Young Life and Youth With a Mission.  Mr. Jacobs lives in Wheaton and attends Church of the Resurrection.
Adam Stevenson is our Upper School Principal and AP Coordinator.  He teaches Upper School Humanities and Greek. Mr. Stevenson joined NCA in 2010.  Adam is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Languages, and Wheaton College, where he earned M.A.’s in Historical and Systematic Theology and Biblical Exegesis.  He has also done additional post-graduate work at Marquette University.  He loves sports and played soccer throughout college.  In his spare time he enjoys going on walks with his wife, reading, playing guitar, and running around on the soccer field.  He has taught in Sunday School and VBS, and has led small groups for college students.
Dorie Ytterberg teaches Upper School Math. Mrs. Ytterberg joined NCA’s faculty in 2010, having already been a regular substitute with us.  She earned her B.A. in Math from DePauw University and her M.A. in Math Education from DePaul University in Chicago.  Dorie and her husband, Brian have 4 children and live in Naperville.  Mrs. Ytterberg has been active at their church, Naperville Presbyterian, where she has run kids’ bible studies, hosted a small group with her husband, and worked with the youth choir.  Dorie has taught for 8 years and tutored math students from many area schools for the last 19 years.


Fine Arts Faculty

NCA faculty Melissa headshot (1 of 1) Melissa Anderson is our music director.  Mrs. Anderson comes to NCA with over 30 years of music training in harp, voice, piano and theater.  She has studied at the Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA and received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University.  She has performed with numerous orchestras including the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Virginia Symphony and Chicago Classical Symphony.  She has been a guest soloist at the Crystal Cathedral in California, the Fringe festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and numerous other venues.  She was the harpist at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for 6 years and has spent the last 15 years freelancing and teaching in the Chicago area while raising her 3 children, all who attend NCA.
Janice Wood is our Art teacher.  Mrs. Wood has a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising Design and Illustration from the Art Center College of Design.  With over 25 years of experience as an illustrator, designer, and fine artist, she has illustrated numerous children’s books, magazines, and educational products, and has taught art at the College of DuPage.  Mrs. Wood joined Naperville Christian Academy in 2009. Click here to view her artwork on her personal website.