Faculty and Staff
Laura Barger– Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Homeroom
B.A., Bryn Athyn College of the New Church; M.S. in Written Communications, National Louis University
Read Laura’s bio
I became a full-time teacher in the GNCS system in 1988 and have been teaching kindergarten, K-2nd or, 1st and 2nd grade ever since. One of my great joys is building relationships with the six-to-eight-year-olds who learn and grow under my care each year. In 2000 I received my Master’s degree in Written Communication from National Louis University. Providence led me to work at the GNCS where two of my loves – writing and teaching – go hand in hand.
Jennifer Overeem – 1-8 Art, 1 & 2 PE, 7th & 8th Drama & Speech, After School Enrichment Coordinator, After School Enrichment teacher
B.A., Columbia College
Member of the National Art Educators Association
Member of the Illinois Art Education Association
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Since I began teaching formal art classes at the GNCS in 1992, I have focused on helping students discover their creative spirit and connect art to their other studies. Skill development and exposure to different materials and ideas are the means by which the students build an understanding and enjoyment in making art. I challenge my students to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and to see the things around them from new perspectives. Currently, I am working towards an advanced art education degree.
Phil Parker – Principal, K & 3-5 PE, 3-5 Homeroom
B.S. in Education, Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
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As it came time for me to choose a career path, I thought back to my 7th grade teacher and realized what a huge, positive impact he made on my life. As an upper grades teacher at the GNCS since 1995, I have been able to do the same. Each day I am committed to making that positive difference in all of my students’ lives by discussing religion, reflecting with them on their choices, talking about morality, and many others. I am grateful that the Lord has blessed me with an ability to have these conversations.
The Rev. Mark Pendleton – Pastor; Religion teacher
B.S. in Physical Therapy, Temple University; Masters of Divinity (MDiv.) from the Academy of the New Church Theological School.
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I have been the Assistant Pastor at the Glenview New Church and Schools since 2002. Before coming to Glenview, I was pastor of the New Church of Phoenix for four years, Associate Pastor of the Oak Arbor Church in Rochester, Michigan for four years, and Associate Pastor of the Caryndale New Church in Kitchener, Ontario for three years. My greatest pleasures in teaching religion are in fostering healthy teacher-student relationships, helping students learn stories from the Old and New Testaments with affection and delight, helping students learn to think from religious principles, and seeing students grow in their relationships with one another and with the Lord. It is also my pleasure to be a part of a larger faculty of educators that works with care and diligence to set a safe and loving context in which students can learn and grow, both spiritually and naturally.
M.A. in Nonprofit Management
Read Kendra’s bio
I joined the Glenview New Church staff in 2015, and I am so excited to be a part of this small school community. Singing with the students, working gently on social skills, and seeing the wonders of learning through their eyes is what makes me smile every day I’m at school. I love watching these students explore the world around them with art projects, music, dirt, outdoor adventures and indoor adventures. It is an absolute privilege to get this time with your children.
Bonny Scheer – Preschool, K – 8 Music
B.A. in Music Education, Indiana University
M.A. in Music Education, VanderCook College of Music
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I have a Master’s Degree in Music Education and studied at Indiana University and VanderCook College of Music. I also specialize in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education and teach private violin and viola lessons. Something I love about teaching at the Glenview New Church Schools is the way that charity is evident in everyone, from the faculty to the staff to the students. The atmosphere here is one of a family, which is a rare thing in schools today. I feel very lucky to teach here.
Judy Teel – Director of Church Operations, School Administrative Assistant
B.A. in Communications, minor in English, State University of New York College at Geneseo
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My background in broadcasting and airline customer service prepared me well for the wide variety of duties I’ve performed since joining GNCS in 2005. Currently, as Director of Church and School Operations some of my responsibilities include ensuring all facilities and maintenance needs are met as well as fulfilling all scheduling requests for building rentals. Additionally, I assist the school’s Treasurer by performing all bookkeeping functions and am the liaison with FACTS Management, the company who handles all tuition and financial aid matters. It is rewarding to work in an atmosphere where teamwork, camaraderie, and dedication are high priorities.
Pamela Wild – Preschool, grade 3 – 5 Language Arts, Social Studies.
B.S. in Education
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I trained as an elementary teacher in South Africa and have been teaching since 2001. I am passionate about teaching the younger elementary class. I joined the staffed at GNCS in 2012 and I have loved every second of being here.