Head of School, Bible
For nearly forty years, Tammy Walker has served in the field of education in a number of diverse roles. She has worked with students ranging from fifth grade through undergraduate classes. Her experiences have included Christian, secular private, and public schools, and she has taught in the regular classroom and in special education. Early in her career, she was blessed by the call to found a Christian school, Cornerstone Academy, where she was the Head of School and a full-time teacher for twenty-one years. An out-of-town job change for her husband resulted in her leaving Cornerstone. However, circumstances during the pandemic brought him home, and he is working locally again. Most recently, she has served as the middle school language arts teacher at Twin Oaks Christian School. After finishing the school year there, she officially joined the HCCA staff on June 2. In accepting God’s call to shepherd the students at Heritage, she is committed to pray for, to love and nurture, and to challenge each student to make glorifying God the hallmark of his/her life.
B.S. in Elementary Education, Minor in Bible - Lee University, 1983; M.Ed. in Educational Psychology - The Wichita State University, 1987
Larry Birchler started teaching at Heritage in 2016, but has been teaching since 1965. In that time he has taught in three different Christian schools and also taught college courses. Mr. Birchler earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in Bible from Covenant College, and a master’s degree in education from Whitworth University. Mr. Birchler is also an accomplished cartoonist -- he earned a certificate in cartooning and has published two Christian comic books. When not in the classroom, he enjoys collecting memorabilia from old western, superhero, and science fiction television programs. Fun fact: Mr. Birchler has taught high school and adult Sunday school classes for over 50 years.
BA in Mathematics, Minor in Bible - Covenant College, 1965; Master of Education - Whitworth University, 1974
Kathy Erickson has been a parent at Heritage since 2012 and the Office Manager for three years. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College and spent six years teaching sixth graders before staying home with her children. She has lead Bible studies, and been a school librarian. She has lived all over the country, coast to coast, but loves life in St. Louis. She has three grown kids. She loves sitting by the fire with the dog and spending time with family. She considers it a privilege to share Heritage with new families and and to share her experiences here as a parent.
BA in Elementary Education - Wheaton College, 1991
Lauren Garber started teaching at Heritage in 2018, but she brings 14 years of prior teaching experience. Mrs. Garber has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from University of Missouri - Columbia. Mrs. Garber enjoys “helping students understand subjects that they might have found challenging and then seeing them grab hold of a principle and develop interests, understanding, and a passion for the world around them.” She enjoys the classical education model because it takes an inquisitive approach to learning. Fun fact: Mrs. Garber has two goldendoodles named Zeus and Iris -- how classical is that? When not teaching she enjoys backpacking, pottery, and music.
BS in Civil Engineering - University of Missouri-Columbia, 1994; MS in Environmental Engineering - University of Missouri-Columbia, 1995
Director of Finance
Heather Griswold has been with Heritage since 2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics Management and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University. Heather spent 10 years working in the finance field in New York City, prior to staying home with her children. Heather has lived all over the United States and internationally in Spain. She has two elementary aged children and one child in middle school. In her spare time, Heather loves spending time with her family, being by the water, cooking, and discovering new Missouri hiking trails.
BA in Economics Management and BA in Spanish - Ohio Wesleyan University, 2001
Pam Harlow is passionate about Jesus, students, education, and families. She loves to incorporate sports into the lives of kids to encourage the development of their minds, bodies and spirits. She believes sports and teams give students the opportunities to grow and challenge themselves in new ways as teachers and coaches lead them to press on to their Higher calling in Christ Jesus. She has a teaching background (32 years at Hazelwood West High School teaching Social Studies) and coaching background, coaching cheer as head coach for Hazelwood West (18 years) and Parkway West (10 years) while teaching. She loves building into the lives of students and is energized by them.
BS in Psychology, Sociology, Education - Southwest Baptist University, 1985; MA Counseling Psychology - University of Missouri, 1993; MDiv Equivalency - Covenant Seminary, 2008; Currently working on Doctorate in Counseling - Covenant Seminary
Humanities, Latin, Bible
Matthew Heckel has been teaching at Heritage since 2001. Dr. Heckel enjoys the opportunity to equip students’ minds and hearts with the knowledge of God and His word. He enjoys the classical approach to education because it encourages deep reading of texts that open God’s word to us. In fact, his greatest satisfaction comes from seeing his own children and students serve the Lord. In addition to teaching at Heritage for two decades, Dr. Heckel has been teaching at Missouri Baptist University since 2006. Dr. Heckel earned his bachelor's degree in christian ministries from Southwest Baptist University, master’s of divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. in historical theology from Concordia Seminary. When not teaching, you might find him reading, fishing, golfing, shooting hoops, or listening to Christian rock music. Fun fact: in his younger days, Dr. Heckel was a radio DJ for a Saturday night Christian rock show.
Master of Divinity - Covenant Theological Seminary, 1998; PhD in Historical Theology - Concordia Seminary, 2005
Music History, Classical Studies, Humanities, Bible
Liz Hobbs has been at Heritage since 2000. She enjoys the classical approach to education because it acknowledges critical stages in a student’s life that make learning more effective. Mrs. Hobbs sees a love of learning as essential to effective teaching and enjoys the challenge of developing curriculum: figuring out fresh and creative ways to teach a concept. In fact, as a Heritage teacher, she feels she is doing what she was created for. Mrs. Hobbs earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree in audiology both from Ball State University and a master’s degree in vocal music pedagogy from Lindenwood University. She finds her strength in the Word of God, and enjoys spending time studying the scriptures in her sunroom. Her other interests include biking, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.
MA in Audiology - Ball State University, 1979; MA in Sacred Music Pedagogy - Lindenwood University, 2000
Bethany Hockenbury first started teaching at Heritage in 2004. On any given day, Mrs. Hockenbury can be found teaching literature, writing, and history classes or setting up some fantastical theater adventure for the school to enjoy during our annual Shakespeare In A Week. Mrs. Hockenbury directs and produces this school-wide theater project where students build all the sets, produce the costumes, apply the make-up, and learn all the lines necessary to do William Shakespeare justice on stage -- in one week! She is fascinated by “The Great Conversation,” which is the process of listening and learning from our predecessors and then joining them in adding truth and beauty to the world around us. At Heritage, the Great Conversation is a daily pursuit, as we study our way from creation to the present. Mrs. Hockenbury holds a Masters in English Literature from the University of Missouri. She also taught English and writing classes for Missouri Baptist University. While she adores spending time talking about great books with her students, there are also days that Mrs. Hockenbury dreams of being a hot air balloon pilot in Australia.
BFA in English and Religion - University of the Cumberlands; MA in English Literature - University of Missouri Saint Louis
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BA in Mass Communication - Anderson University, 1996; Certificate of Completion (Spanish language study) - Instituto de Lengua Española, 2010
Math, Bible, Fine Arts, Physical Education
Tracey Myers is now in her second year on our teaching staff, although she brings many years of teaching experience. Mrs.Myers has taught middle school for 24 years. The majority of her experience has been teaching math although she has also taught art, P.E., science and other electives. She has an Elementary Education degree from Lee College in Cleveland, TN. She has a heart and passion for middle school students and desires to encourage and build them up in Christ during this time of growth. Her life is full of adventure with her husband and three sons. They enjoy sports, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.
BS in Elementary Education, Minor in Bible - Lee College, 1995
Lizzy Schott has been at Heritage since 2007. She brings a wealth of practical experience to the classroom by drawing from her previous work experience as a registered nurse, instructor, and motivational speaker. Lizzy enjoys classical Christian education because it gives students the tools they need to critically think about a topic and see how it fits with the Christian worldview. She enjoys teaching science, specifically, because it enables students to see evidence of God in what He has created. She gets excited when students have an "AH-HA" moment. Mrs. Schott earned her associates degree in nursing (ADN) from Maryville University, and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Concordia University. Fun fact: Mrs. Schott lived in Saudi Arabia for three years, and has enjoyed doing missions work in Haiti and Alaska. When not teaching, she enjoys helping people and spending time with her family and her dog Oreo.
AA in Nursing - Maryville University, 1982; BS in Nursing - Maryville University; BA - Concordia University, 2005