Kindergarten & Onsite Administrator
This is Mrs. Oettel’s fourth year teaching kindergarten at CCA, though she has taught various grades over her ten-year-plus tenure. She has always been a teacher at heart and can remember playing school in her basement as a child. Her experience in public, private, homeschool, and classical settings have helped her grow her skills as a passionate educator. Mrs. Oettel and her husband, Jon, have two children: Ahna and Josiah. She loves working with wood, crafting, coffee, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Favorite classic: "The Secret Garden.”
Elementary physical education; Logic; Dean of students
Mr. Rueter teaches Logic I and II and stays active by teaching K-6 Physical Education. He brings in various marketplace experiences, ministry experiences, and a passion for helping others pursue truth. He is enrolled in Reformed Baptist Seminary pursuing a degree in Practical Ministry. Married to his graceful wife, they are joyfully raising five boys. Whether camping, reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee or finding adventure with his family, he marvels at the gifts His Father has given him.
Favorite Latin Quote: "Deo volente meaning God willing."
Secondary science and mathmatics; Lead Teacher
Mrs. Fiske teaches middle school and high school science along with Algebra I and pre-Algebra. She graduated from Hillsdale College in 2011, where she earned a Bachelors of Science that included a Spanish major and Biology and Chemistry minors. After marrying her college sweetheart, she and her husband settled down in the Twin Cities where she taught as a Spanish and mathematics teacher at Liberty Classical Academy for four and a half years. When her husband's new job brought her to St. Cloud, she was overjoyed to find Calvary Classical Academy where she could continue serving our Heavenly Father as a teacher. Outside of the classroom, she takes any chance to travel, spend time playing in nature, and hanging out with her husband.
Favorite Book: "Tale of Two Cities by Dickens & The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis."
first and second Grades
Mrs. Dahlager graduated in December of 2015 with a major in Urban Studies: Development, a minor in Biblical Studies, and a second minor in Theatre. Before and after graduation, She was teaching young women to live a surrendered life to Christ at MN Adult and Teen Challenge in Minneapolis. Mrs. Dahlager will be helping, along with her husband Mike, to develop the drama program at CCA. In her free time, sheloves reading, playing board games, going to plays, and spending time with friends, family, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.<br>
Favorite Book: "Anne of Green Gables. It will always make me laugh and feel at home amongst its pages.”
third through Sixth Grades
Mrs. Vollmer is entering her third year as she teaches combined grades third through sixth. She is excited about combined grades, as they will lend themselves to great opportunities for teaching and learning by students across grade levels. She graduated from Wheaton College in 2012, studying literature and philosophy and in 2017 received her teaching license from the College of St. Scholastica.
Favorite Classic: "The Count of Monte Cristo."
Omnibus I&II, proctor for Omnibus III; Mathematics
Mr. Kor teaches Omnibus I & II, proctoring Omnibus III, in a series of VI. Omnibus is the literature-based cornerstone curriculum with theology as its base and history driving the dialogue, for the logic and rhetoric years. He also teaches mathematics courses at the secondary level. He moved to St. Cloud shortly after graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. After two years in St. Cloud, he met the greatest love of his life on this earth. Newly married to his beautiful bride, he and his wife, Hannah, currently live in St. Cloud. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, teaching, reading, watching movies, and building relationships.
Favorite Latin phrase: “Post tenebras lux" which means "After darkness...light" or "Light after darkness."
Latin; writing & Rhetoric; elementary mathematics
This is Miss Busch’s first year with CCA, and she is thrilled to be diving into Latin and Writing & Rhetoric with her secondary students, as well as keeping her addition and subtraction skills sharp with her elementary math scholars. She graduated in May 2018 from The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University with a degree in Classical Languages. One of her most transformative experiences in college was spending the fall of her junior year in Italy and Greece and watching her “dead” languages come to life. When she is not translating old books, you can find Miss Busch spending time with her family, running after a ball or frisbee, or adventuring in God’s beautiful creation.
Favorite Latin phrase: "From Jerome’s Vulgate translation of Ps 23:1-2: 'Dominus reget me et nihil mihi deerit. in loco pascuae ibi me conlocavit super aquam refectionis educavit me.'"
Mrs. Ratliff teaches music to Kindergarten students as well as engaging the students of K-2 in the musical tool of memorizing. In other words, she works with the teachers in delighting the students with their memory work in song. Her skills excel in taking facts and matching them to old-time favorites such as Hickory Dickory Dock. She graduated from Vancouver Bible College in British Columbia before serving as a missionary in Venezuela for 10 years honing her proficiency in the Spanish language and South American culture. Her husband teaches physics at St. Cloud State University, and they have 3 grown children (2 sons and one married daughter). She enjoys playing trombone and piano, camping, hiking and swimming. Mrs. Ratliff likes to sing hymns, especially in Spanish.
Favorite subject: "Choir, as I have always enjoyed singing."
Elementary Music & Chapel Worship Leader
Mrs. Freeman teaches music for grades 1-6, and leads chapel music weekly. With an Elementary Education degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, she began teaching preschool; then served as a Director of Children’s Ministries for a local church for several years. She has led worship for over 10 years, and feels it a privilege and great joy to serve the Lord through music! Her love of music began at age 3, when she started Suzuki violin, then played through college. Growing up in a musical family, she was always in choir, orchestra, and solo music ensembles, as well as theater. A highlight was touring Europe with Concordia Orchestra. Two of Mrs. Freeman’s greatest loves are colliding here in her role at CCA – kids and music. She loves creating music, time with family, and being at the lake. She and her high school sweetheart, Chris, share three children: Caden, Clara, and Corin.
Favorite Subject: “English, which lends itself well to music in song writing and singing.”
Nutrition and kitchen manager
Mrs. Wilke serves as the Nutrition and Kitchen manager at CCA. She has been ministering with her gift of cooking and serving for several years. She is married to Jeff, and they have two sons – Phillip and Stephen.