Pastor Darin Kindle
Pastor Kindle has served as administrator at CLA since June 2002. He also serves as Associate Pastor at Christian Life Church. He has served in church and school ministry since 1989, most of which has involved Christian school administration. He has a BS in Pastoral Studies from North Central University, a MA in Christian School Administration from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Ministry (Missional Leadership) program through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
He is married to Kandi and has 3 children, Evan (CLA alumnus), Molly, and Bryce. He enjoys time with his wife and children, golf, graduate studies, and is a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan. Christian schooling is a passion because of the great potential God has placed in everyone and the privilege we have as educators to assist in the equipping and preparation process of each student.
Mrs. Fiore is the preschool and prekindergarten teacher at CLA. She came to CLA in 1999 as a teacher’s assistant in the kindergarten rooms. In 2002, she was promoted to pre-kindergarten teacher. In 2009, she also began teaching preschool. Mrs. Fiore’s passion is to help children realize how much God loves them and how He made each of them wonderfully unique. Her goal is to provide children with a loving, nurturing and supportive classroom that will lay a solid spiritual, emotional, social and academic foundation. She received an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy from Morton College. She is currently enrolled in the Child Development program at Concordia University, St Paul.
Mrs. Fiore and her husband Mark have two sons, Michael and Christopher, both alumni of CLA. She looks forward to gaining two daughter-in-loves this year. In her spare time, Mrs. Fiore loves to spend time with her family, drink tea, knit, read, and watch movies.
Mrs. Webster was hired in 2008 as the head of CLA’s After-School program, and in 2009 she stepped into the Before Care program. In 2010, she also began her role as the teacher’s assistant in the K3 and K4 program. Her desire is to instill students with an understanding of God’s love at an early age so they can carry His love throughout their lives.
Mrs. Webster and her husband Patrick have two sons, Joshua and James, and two daughters, Andrea and Allyson, both alumni of CLA. In her spare time, Mrs. Webster enjoys spending time with her grown children, as well as riding her motorcycle and horses with her husband.
Mrs. Troost has been teaching for twelve years, primarily in Kindergarten and first grade. She started teaching at CLA in 2011. Gina earned her BA in Elementary Education at North Central University.
Mrs. Troost enjoys teaching in the younger grades because of the high energy and love of learning that her students have. Kindergarteners are excited about discovering new things and have a great attitude about school. Gina’s goal each year is to set the foundation in place for a lifelong love of learning in her students.
Gina and her husband Andy have two children, Cole and Elizabeth, who attend CLA. Mrs. Troost enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, doing Zumba, and decorating cakes.
Mrs. Otterblad has been teaching at CLA since 1997. She received her BS in elementary education at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Mrs. Otterblad loves teaching 1st and 2nd graders. She is investing in the lives of children and being a part of building a strong foundation both academically and spiritually.
Mrs. Otterblad has three sons, Jesse, Luke, and Jake (CLA alumnus), as well as two daughter-in-laws, Gretchen and Emma. She also enjoys her time with her four grandchildren, Charlotte, Ruby, Nicholas, and Owen. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, gardening, sewing, cooking, reading, and traveling.
Mrs. Smith has taught physical education at CLA since 2011. She graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Physical Education and Sports Medicine. She later obtained an elementary classroom licensure from Hamline University and taught in the Minneapolis School District for three years. Mrs. Smith cares about each of her students; she teaches at CLA because she feels God has uniquely called her to the Christian school platform.
Mrs. Smith enjoys being outside and being involved with her family and church. She and her husband have four kids.
Miss Meyen is Dean of Students for secondary students at CLA. She was hired at CLA in 1998 as a Language Arts and Math teacher, but over the course of a few years, she started working with students in a Guidance Counselor role and went to part time teaching in the Math area. In 2013 she was promoted to the Dean position while maintaining a connection to the classroom through teaching two sections of Math classes. She received her BA Degree in Secondary English Education, with a minor in Mathematics Education, from Winona State University and a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul. Miss Meyen’s passion is to encourage students to see their future potential and start preparing for it right now. She wants them to be successful not just in high school, but to see them connect to the future calling that God has prepared them for after graduation, also.
In her spare time, Miss Meyen loves to explore all things British – from tea to the royal family to British authors. She also loves to travel and has led overseas student trips to the UK and Paris to inspire her students to be globally minded, as well as traveling with students on mission’s trips with CLA. You can also find her with a book at local coffee shops on the weekends, bringing together her love of literature and love of coffee at the same time.
Miss Hawthorne teaches secondary Language Arts. She received her BA in Secondary Education: Communication Arts (literature, writing, speech, etc.) from North Central University and has been teaching here at CLA since 2013. Her two greatest passions are literature and students. Reading is the gateway to learning, and it brings her incredible joy to see the middle and high school students making connections to universal themes and lessons from literature through the lens of a Christian worldview. Her goal for students is that they become lifelong learners whose lives are dedicated to actively engaging and influencing the world for Christ.
Aside from teaching, some of Lisa’s interests are drinking tea, traveling, terrible puns, and science fiction and detective stories.
Mrs. Larson teaches math in the high school. She has taught at CLA since 2008, but has been coaching volleyball at CLA since 1997. Denise graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mathematics and a MBA in Accounting and Finance. She has a passion for youth and young adults, and she loves to see them grow in their walk with Christ. Her goal is to see every student feel welcomed in her classroom and to succeed at and enjoy learning.
Denise and her husband, Nate, have five children – 4 alumni of CLA, and one currently attending – and one grandchild. She enjoys coaching, kayaking, and biking.
Pastor Kent Boyum
Mrs. Kastner is out 5th & 6th grade teacher. She is an exceptionally qualified candidate with a deep passion for Christian schooling. She holds an elementary education degree from North Central University with an endorsement for 5th-8th Math. We are very excited about Mrs. Kastner coming aboard in 5th & 6th grades, and encourage you to help her feel welcome and connected to your children.
Mr. Costello is our High School Bible and Physical Education Teacher.
Miss Rojas is our High School Social Studies teacher.
Mrs. Johnson is one of our Middle and High School Math teachers.
We are excited to welcome Mrs. Musser to our teaching team. She holds her undergraduate degree in child psychology from the University of MN and has worked for the last several years with young adults and children with autism. Feeling a call to continue working with children but in the teaching field instead, she completed the teaching licensure program through the College of St. Scholastica this year and will be completing her Master’s Degree in Teaching from there as well over the next two summers. Mrs. Musser has specifically sought out the opportunity to teach in the Christian school environment, in order to deeply engage in the holistic approach of both quality academics and intentional discipleship. Her giftedness in working with children, organizational and communication skills, as well as her enthusiasm to create a dynamic learning experience, is contagious.
Mrs. Eyberg is a 15 year veteran teacher who served most of her career in the New Prague school system and recently in District 196. She is a passionate believer in Christ and desires to work where she can utilize her experience and skills in an environment where she can also disciple children in their journey as a Christ follower. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning and was the technology leader in her school, providing leadership and training for various technology classroom systems. Her two school age children will also begin attending CLA in the fall. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Eyberg to the CLA community.
Elementary Music Teacher
Mr. Jay Webster is our 7th – 10th grade Science teacher.