Meet the Staff of NMCA!
While able to teach or work in a variety of different venues, the teachers and staff of NMCA have chosen to give sacrificially of themselves to educating the next generation of children, according to Biblical principles and quality academics.
Pastor Rusty Chatfield operates as the school's principal and administrator, while Mrs. Annette Thompson aids as his assistant principal for the school.
Pre-K and K-5
Mrs. Tracey Castleberg
Tracey Castleberg grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and went on to graduate from the University of Wyoming with a degree in elementary education. She became a born again Christian when she was a senior in high school. Mrs. Castleberg taught fourth grade in Madison, Wisconsin, at Abundant Life Christian School for four years, but she stopped teaching and became a stay-at-home mom when she and her husband, Scott, became the parents to their first daughter. Now with 5 children, she has taught in some capacity at NMCA since 2018.
Mrs. Peggy MacCurdy
Peggy MacCurdy was raised in South Bend, Indiana, and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio. She has spent her entire life attending or teaching in Christian Schools. She graduated from Hyles Anderson College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She has spent many years teaching in the classroom or homeschooling her four children. Peggy will be teaching the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes this year at NMCA.
Mrs. Annette Thompson
Mrs. Thompson grew up in Sunfield, Michigan, and then attended college at Michigan State University where she graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. With a love for teaching, she went on to earn an Early Childhood Specialist Degree with a ZA endorsement from Central Michigan University. She previously taught school at the Mackinac Island Public School, and at Faith Christian School in Lake Odessa. Annette Thompson has been an elementary school teacher at NMCA since 2001. While here, she has taught 1st-3rd grade, and she has been the yearbook adviser/producer since 2006. In 2020, she also begins her new role of acting assistant principal, along with her teaching duties in the classroom.
Secondary Level Teachers
Pastor Rusty Chatfield
Pastor Rusty Chatfield was ordained and became pastor of Pellston Bible Church (now called Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church) in 1983, and he has faithfully served this church body ever since. He is happily married to his wife Betty, and they have seven children together.
Pastor Chatfield graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible, and in 1988 he earned his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University in History.
Pastor Chatfield serves as the Superintendant, Principal, and History teacher for Northern Michigan Christian Academy.
Mrs. Betsy Springer
Mrs. Betsy Springer loves teaching writing and literature, with a focus on practice writing skills. Mrs. Springer was born in Ohio and attended Kent State University, where she began serving in ministry with her husband, Pastor Jason D. Springer, while finishing her degree in Secondary Education with minors in English and Music.
In 2017, Mrs. Springer earned a Masters in Educational Technology from Marygrove College in Detroit, and is currently working on her Ph.D in Educational Policy through Liberty University.
She teaches the secondary English classes at NMCA.
Mr. Robert Taylor
Mr. Robert Taylor is an NMCA alumnus and is excited that the Lord has lead him and his wife back to Northern Michigan. After graduating from NMCA, Mr. Taylor attended Maranatha Baptist University and then moved to Pekin, IL. Mr. Taylor enjoyed serving in the bus and children’s ministries at Faith Baptist Church and coaching soccer and basketball at Faith Baptist Christian School.
This year at NMCA, Mr. Taylor will be serving as athletic director and will additionally be teaching junior high math and P.E. for all ages.
Mrs. Trisha Taylor
Mrs. Trisha Taylor is excited to be teaching high school math and music at NMCA this year. She was raised in Abilene, KS but attended college in WI at Maranatha Baptist University. She graduated from Maranatha in 2016 with Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Math Education. After graduation, Mrs. Taylor moved to Pekin, IL to teach high school math, band, choir, and general music at Faith Baptist Christian School. In Pekin, she met her husband, Robert and they were married in 2018.
Mrs. Taylor will be teaching Consumer Math and Algebra 2 this year and will be preparing the Christmas and Spring programs.
Mr. Matthew Quick
Mr. Matthew Quick was born in Lansing in 1992, and grew up through his pre teen years in the Flint area in Burton, Michigan. After moving to Lapeer, Michigan, and after his teen years, the Lord led him to Fairhaven Baptist College to study for full-time ministry. In 2014 he graduated from Fairhaven Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music, and is continuing his education, pursuing a Master of Arts in Bible. After living in Northern Michigan in the Mackinaw City area for three years, he is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach Life Science, Biology, and Creation Science at NMCA, teaching students to have a Biblical Scientific Worldview.
Secondary Bible Classes are taught by local area pastors. During the 2020-2021 school year, Secondary Bible Classes will be taught by Pastor Josh Ferraiuolo, Pastor James Brabson, and Pastor Mark Drinkall.