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 administrator, while Mrs. Annette Thompson serves as the principal for the school. Mrs. Thompson is assisted by Mr. Andrew Vandeyacht, who serves as the assistant principal of the schoo.  

Elementary Teachers


Becky Flegal 

Becky Flegal was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada in a loving Christian family. She is the youngest of four children. She attended Bob Jones University majoring in Elementary Education. She met her husband, Matt while visiting family in PA. They have been married for 14 years and have three wonderful children. She has spent the last nine years homeschooling their three children- passing on to each of them hers and Matt's love of reading! Her husband is an intern pastor at North Country Baptist Church in Millersburg where they love serving the Lord together as a family.

Grades 1st-2nd

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 addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs Thompson serves as the school's principal. 


Mrs. Stephanie Chatfield

Stephanie Chatfield grew up in Petoskey, Michigan and went on to graduate from Northland International University with a degree in elementary education. Stephanie is married to Lee Chatfield, who is a 2006 graduate of NMCA. Together, they have 5 children (Lee, Noah, Matthew, Payge and Lincoln), all of whom are attending NMCA. Since graduating college in 2010, Stephanie has been a stay-at-home mom with her children. She is excited to use her degree, enthusiasm and experience with children in the classroom this year!

Grades 3rd-4th  

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 and 5th grade classes this year at NMCA.

Grades 5th-6th 

Mrs. Lindsey Vork

Lindsey Vork is a 1999 alumni from NMCA.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Art and Design from GVSU in 2005.  During her years of study, she completed multiple education courses at Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Grand Valley State University.  She is a happily married mother of 4, former homeschooler, and business owner.


Lindsey is blessed to be able to serve Northern Michigan Christian Academy as a teacher this year for 9/10th grade English, 7/8th grade Science, and 5/6th grade English and Creative Writing.  Her joy and hope is to encourage the students to learn in creative ways through a Biblically based Christian education. 

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 four PE Classes for the Elementary School, teaches 5th & 6th grade Bible, as well as serve as a classroom aide in the elementary. 

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 classes in the 5th-8th grades. 


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 7th-8th grade and 11th & 12th grade English classes at NMCA. 

Mr. Andrew Vandeyacht

Mr.  Vandeyacht is a K-12 NMCA alum. After graduating from NMCA, he received an Associate of Applied Science degree at North Central Michigan College. After which, he went on to receive Bachelor of Science in Biology: Pre-Med with a minor in Criminal Justice at Maranatha Baptist University.

After spending 3 years in the field of food analysis, Mr. Vandeyacht will be acting as the Assistant Principal and teaching Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science, and Chemistry. 

Secondary Bible Classes are taught by local area pastors. During the 2021-2022 school year, Secondary Bible Classes will be taught by Pastor Josh Ferraiuolo, Pastor James Brabson, and Pastor Mark Drinkall.