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. Janssen has a BA in Education from North Central University. She has taught at CLA since 2009, with experience in 4th and 6th grades. During this time, she has also coached Varsity basketball and softball. Mrs. Janssen is an alumnus of CLA, and class valedictorian. She has a passion for discipleship through Christian education.
Beginning in the Fall of 2016 she will be transitioning into primarily teaching Bible classes for our Middle School and High School students. Her goal is for students to begin to own their faith by knowing God’s Word, building a solid foundation for their beliefs, and providing opportunities to experience Christ through the Word, worship, prayer, and community.
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.
Mr. Meyer has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from North Central University, with a minor in Biblical Studies. Mr. Meyer also has a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University. Mr. Meyer is in the unique position of having taught at CLA during two time periods, at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Mr. Meyer taught fourth grade for 22 years at Christian Life until 2009. In 2015, Mr. Meyer returned to CLA to teach middle school and senior high classes. He is now teaching 3rd and 4th grade.
Before his return to CLA, Mr. Meyer worked at the collegiate and administrative levels. He has served as an adjunct professor at North Central University, where he worked with student teachers. Mr. Meyer has also taught education classes at St. Mary’s University in Winona. Immediately prior to his return to CLA, Mr. Meyer served as the administrator of a Christian school in Wisconsin.
My. Meyer is married to Mary and they have one child, Shannon. In his spare time, Mr. Meyer enjoys collecting old coins and books.
His passion is to help students become spiritually, academically and socially successful as they follow God’s plan for their lives. His life verse is 3 John 1:4 – “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
Pastor Kent Boyum
Mrs. Cochran is our secondary Science teacher. Mrs. Cochran is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In the years since graduating she has held positions within the engineering field, but she was also a Youth Director for a church and a substitute for paraprofessionals in the Lakeville school district for the past three years. We are excited to have Mrs. Cochran on the team to share her passion for Science and her love of seeing students learn new things and make connections to their real world experiences.
Mrs. Cochran has been married to her husband for twenty years and they have three children – two sons and a daughter. She enjoys running, camping, the outdoors in general, and even extreme triathlons that last for days! She has been involved in coaching track and field events and enjoys getting people excited about what she calls her gifting from God – the love of running.
Miss Chant 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 Miss Chant coming aboard in 5th & 6th grades, and encourage you to help her feel welcome and connected to your children.
Christian Life Academy welcomes Mr. Drayton Jones as our new Secondary Social Studies and Physical Education Teacher! He will also be stepping in as the head of our secondary Drama Club.
Mr. Jones has a BS degree in History, with English and Bible minors, from the University of Northwestern St. Paul, with a Masters in Social Studies Teaching from Bethel University. He has a strong background in Christian education, as he also graduated from Legacy Academy in Andover, MN. Mr. Jones also has an extensive background in theater. He attended UNWSP on a theater scholarship and has worked on productions as an actor and director. Mr. Jones is excited to teach in a Christian school setting and help students grow in their academics and spiritual lives in the same way that he was encouraged as a student.
We are excited to announce the hiring of Miss Courtney Parks who will serve in a role as Elementary Specialist for 1st-6th grades. She is a recent graduate of Bethel University which is known for its outstanding education training program. She has served as a mentor and tutor at Bethel, a substitute teacher in Lakeville, and as a special education paraprofessional at Summer Adventures program through the city of Lakeville. Miss Parks serves various roles which are designed to provide instruction to subjects in grades when they are in split-mode such as math or language arts (reading, spelling, etc.). Her role adds another valuable team member enabling us to provide more direct support to each student. She also serves as the Title 1 teacher.