Our Team

Bob Gresh 

• Founder • Head of School

Bob Gresh brings his entrepreneurial spirit to the Christian educational world. By the age of 30, Bob had built a Media Marketing and Design firm with 15 employees, founded a local monthly magazine as well as two start-up radio stations. His marketing, design, and business consultation garnered the Marketing Masters Award from Inc. Magazine and Missouri’s top Economic Development Marketing Award for two consecutive years. His customers have included The St. Louis Ballet, Mobile Oil of St. Louis and Moody Publishers. He is the author of  Who Moved the Goalpost? Seven Secrets to Sexual Integrity by Moody Publishers.

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He, along with his wife, Dannah, founded Pure Freedom which has offered faith-based abstinence resources and events for over half a million American teenagers around the world. They speak internationally at youth retreats, Christian schools, and conferences and were the keynote speakers at the World Hope Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, in November of 2005.

Nearly ten years ago, the Lord prompted Bob to switch his focus from the business field to begin to take care of God’s business. This prompting led him to the field of Christian education. In the Spring of 2004, Bob woke up in the middle of the night and penned the 40 Points of Grace which define the vision and personality of Grace Prep. Bob’s passion is to create a model that brings creativity, innovation, and academic excellence together with the resources necessary to prepare godly students to be world-changers. In eight years, Grace Prep has done just that.


  Dannah Gresh 

• Founder, Best-Selling Author and Speaker

Dannah Gresh is the author of multiple bestselling titles — including And the Bride Wore White. She’s a great encouragement to moms and women of all ages, having written Six Ways To Keep the Little In Your Girl and Six Ways To Keep The Good In Your Boy. 

She has long been at the forefront of the movement to encourage both tweens and teens to pursue purity and is often called upon to defend the conservative position of abstinence in national news media like USA TODAY, TIME, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, Chicago Tribune and Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a frequent contributor to FamilyLife Today, Midday Connection and is a recommended spokesperson on modesty byFocus on the Family. She has been a keynote speaker for Focus on the Family’s teen missions trips and cruises; and has headlined with David Platt, Kay Arthur, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John Piper, and others who seek to bring the body of Christ relevant, meaty scriptural truth.

Although the volume of her ministry has been focused on helping moms to help their daughters, Dannah also ministers to women in all walks of life, as she equips them to not only be better mothers but better wives and individuals.

Dannah lives in State College, Pennsylvania.


Beth Shearer | bethshearer@graceprep.com

• Director of Operations

Beth graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BS in Psychology and Minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies and from California State University, Fullerton with an MS in Clinical Psychology.   With her husband, Greg, and her three daughters she has lived on the West Coast, the Mid-West, and now the East Coast.  This experience has given her great appreciation for the beauty of diversity of our great country. Professionally, she has worked with foster children and families in the social welfare system, conducted research on sudden infant death in the SAFE Passage trial, and now finds herself in Christian education at Grace Prep.  She enjoys volunteering, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.  At Grace Prep she has found she enjoys working with all types of students to help them identify their interests and then develop a plan to help them reach their goal.


Ernie Ley | ernieley@graceprep.com

• Principal 

Ernie Ley joins us as a native of Northeast Ohio. Most recently he was on staff at Bedford Church of the Nazarene as the Executive/Administrative Pastor from July of 2015 to December of this past year. Prior to that experience, he had spent 13 years in secondary education as a team leader for an innovative initiative that created a model of providing a comprehensive mental health services program to the public school arena. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Kent State University. Ernie has been married for 27 years to his awesome wife Sonya, and they have three children, Callen, Adree Ana, and Makayla. In his spare time he enjoys reading a good book or annoying his kids by listening to (and singing along to) 80’s music. His life verse is found in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23:  “…I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” Ernie is extremely excited to join the Grace Prep team and continue to steward the movement of providing kids a quality education in the context of intelligent faith.

Jarrod Sechler | jarrod@graceprep.com

• Dean of Student Life

Prior to joining the Grace Prep team in 2010, Jarrod served as a youth pastor for 13 years. He has a degree in Art Education from Penn State University where he was also a member of the cycling team. He has bungee jumped out of a hot air balloon and ridden his bicycle across the US with his dad. Aside from making little bug-buzzing noises by your ear, he enjoys eating hot wings, hunting, spending time with his family and tending to his flock of chickens and his turkey named Chestnut.


Deb Moyer | debmoyer@graceprep.com

• English • Academic Operations

Deb Moyer’s academic background is in Human Development and Counseling. She graduated from the Honors College at Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies where she did research concerning mother-infant interaction. Additionally, Deb has a MEd in Counseling, also from Penn State. Her work experience includes teaching children with special needs and adults with mental health concerns as well as teaching at the college level. She has spent many hours volunteering with children and youth over the last twenty years, including Christian education and individualized tutoring. She considers raising her own four very diverse children including two Grace Prep graduates as her best experience for working with young people. Her favorite aspects of working with High School students are trying to harness the energy, creativity, and interesting viewpoints that the students have, and helping the students realize their God-given potential.


Katia Barahona | katia@graceprep.com

• Spanish

Katia was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Honduras with her Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages with a specialization in French. She has over ten years of experience teaching French, English, and Spanish and has taught various age groups, from preschool to college. She has also volunteered in the church since she was a teenager. In 2009, she married her husband, Matt Wilmeth, and they have two children, Kirsten and Kesler. Katia has lived and taught in Honduras, New York,  and now Pennsylvania. Katia’s passion is teaching and trying new things. She also sings, plays the drums and enjoys all sorts of craft projects including Bible journaling, paper crafts, crochet, jewelry making, drawing, and painting. Katia enjoys challenging herself and her students to always be willing to learn new things.


Robby Gresh | robbygresh@graceprep.com

• Math

Robby Gresh grew up in State College and graduated from Grace Prep High School in 2008. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from the Schreyer Honors College of Penn State in 2012. Robby then spent a summer working as a counselor at a Christian camp in New Hampshire called Brookwoods. At camp, he had the opportunity to lead Bible studies and teach sports skills to children from the ages of 8 to 16 and realized that he enjoyed teaching. Robby received an M.S. in Engineering Science from Penn State in 2014 and is currently working toward a PhD. This fall he is performing research on thin film coatings formed using electron beam physical vapor deposition for corrosion protection and teaching Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Geometry, and Business Math at Grace Prep!


Joanna Haushalter | joanna@graceprep.com

• Office Manager

Joanna was born in Laramie, Wyoming but raised in State College. She has been married to her husband, Kurt, for 20 years and together has three children. Their son, Nick, is a Jr. at State High, their daughter, Amaryah, is a freshman at Grace Prep, and their youngest, Sean, is in 5th grade at Mt. Nittany Elementary School. Before coming to Grace Prep in January of 2017, Joanna worked for four years with 2nd graders at Radio Park Elementary. Her favorite thing about working at Grace Prep is the relationships she has with the students and staff. Outside activities such as hiking, kayaking, and playing sports with her family are her favorite things to do. She is proud to have her motorcycle license and hopes to have a Harley Davidson someday!


 Don Jones | donjones@graceprep.com

• History

Don grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania. He attended Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary where he studied a wide variety of subjects from theology, child and adolescent psychology, education, literature, and cultural and social anthropology. He met his wife, Sarah, while in college, and they moved to State College in 1999. Don has taught middle school Bible and Life Skills at Nittany Christian School as well as serving as a Youth Pastor at State College Alliance Church. In 2005, Don and Sarah moved to Berlin, Germany where they worked with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in discipleship training, children and youth work, family camp outreaches, English camps and helped start an art gallery. Don is fascinated by the former eastern block countries, postmodern and post-Christian thought in Europe and North America and how faith integrates into our everyday lives. Don loves traveling, reading, film, music and running obstacle/mud races! He has two kids, both students at Nittany Christian School. This summer Don and his wife celebrated 20 years of marriage!


Part-time & Advising Faculty

In addition to full-time faculty members, Grace Prep offers a strong slate of part-time and advising faculty. Each of these gifted individuals brings special training and experience in his or her area of instruction.


Leah Coll| leahcoll@graceprep.com

• Biology • Latin

Leah brings 15+ years of teaching experience, including homeschooling, teaching Latin at an online academy, and several years at Grace Prep.

Leah graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, spending the first ten years of her working life as a critical care RN.  When her first child had not learned to read by the end of public school first grade, she went to a local teacher’s store looking for a phonics program; little knowing it would launch a different educational journey for the family, with her role shifting from nurse to teacher.

As a side benefit of teaching her own children Latin, she became convinced that “all students should study this.”  Self-study and several PSU courses have prepared her to teach at the High School level.

Transplants from Ohio where her husband attended OSU medical school and remains a loyal  Buckeye, the family now splits loyalty between two camps. When not making lesson plans for school, she prepares for the Children’s ministry at her church, where she gets to spend time with some of her favorite people-children. She loves to read and discuss the Scripture,  garden, run, encourage a neighbor with some homemade chili, share a good cup of coffee with her husband, and nap.


Aleigha Gresh| aleighagresh@graceprep.com

• English • First Year Seminar

Aleigha is a member of the very first graduating class of Grace Prep High School and has returned to pour into the same scholastic family that developed her both spiritually and academically in her youth. She developed her love for language and literature as she earned her two degrees in English and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University and has spent over ten years in youth ministry and six years studying and presenting a biblical view of sexual integrity.

She is a savorer of cozy autumn evenings with a steamy mug of tea and a good book and also revels in summertime memories of digging in the family veggie garden. She adores a good adventure, whether she is excavating ancient artifacts in Israel, backpacking through the mountain peaks of Alaska, or rushing through the frigid air of her first skydiving jump. She holds a stubborn belief in the power of a fresh start and has found that both poetry and prose hold the ability to walk us through some of the deepest lingering questions of humanity.


Curtis Hershberger| chersh73@gmail.com

• Bible

Curtis was born and raised in State College, PA. He has been married to his wife, Nicky, for 10 years. Together they have 4 Children. Maya, Emma, Joey, and Gavin. Curtis graduated from the Joshua School of Ministry in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2007. Upon completion of the school, he spent 5 months working as a missionary in the Tamil Nadu Province in Southern India. In addition to teaching Bible at Grace Prep, Curtis is the owner of Blue Diamond Carpet Cleaners in State College. He is also a leader with 242 youth ministry and is pursuing a degree in Biblical and Theological Education from Liberty University


Christie Jester | christie@graceprep.com

• Honors Chemistry

Christie Jester grew up outside of Philadelphia and first came to State College to attend Penn State, where she studied Materials Engineering and Chemistry. After marrying her husband Bill in 1995, she moved to Austin, TX to pursue graduate studies at the University of Texas, earning Masters degrees in Organic Chemistry and Instructional Technology. In 2004, the Jesters returned to State College to live near Bill’s family. They have two teen boys; Zach and Caleb. Christie has taught a variety of secondary science classes for nearly 20 years at schools and homeschool co-ops in Austin, State College, and online; her favorites courses are physics and chemistry. Outside of school, Christie enjoys bird watching, astronomy, geocaching, and escape rooms.


Carrie Kanagy | carriekanagy@graceprep.com

• English as a Second Language Coordinator (ESL) 

Carrie grew up in northern New York and currently lives in Belleville, Pennsylvania with her husband Dave and their three children. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master of Science degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Wilkes University. After college, Carrie spent one summer teaching English at Lithuania Christian College in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Carrie’s family has hosted international students in their home from South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Carrie returned to teaching after being a stay at home mom for a number of years. She enjoys spending time with her family and helping her children develop their God-given talents. 2016-17 was Carrie’s first year with the Grace Prep team


Shauna McElroy| n8mc@yahoo.com

• Lunch Program 

Shauna and her husband, Nate, have been married for more than 20 years.  They’ve been blessed with one biological daughter and numerous “adopted” children.  Shauna enjoys the opportunity to support Grace Prep students and staff through volunteering with the lunch program.  Her free time is spent working toward a degree in biblical counseling from The Master’s University. In the future, she hopes to have a passel of grandchildren.  Absent that, a herd of kittens will do.

 

 

 


 Dr. Andrew Sicree | aas132@psu.edu

• Chemistry

Dr. Andrew Sicree comes to us from Dayton, Ohio, where he was born and raised – the second of eight children.  He graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh with his M.S. and B.S. degrees in chemistry (and English).  After spending 15 months as a volunteer teaching computers in Kenya, he returned to Pennsylvania and came to Penn State, eventually earning his Ph.D. in geochemistry and mineralogy.  Currently, Dr. Sicree teaches as an adjunct at five college campuses, including Penn State University and Harrisburg Area Community College.  He is married to Rebecca and they have ten children, three of whom currently play soccer for Grace Prep.  Dr. and Mrs. Sicree and their family attend mass at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College and live in Boalsburg at the foot of Mt. Nittany.  Dr. Sicree teaches chemistry for Grace Prep.


Rebecca Sicree| sicree@verizon.net

• Geometry

Rebecca Sicree was born in Heidelberg, Germany while her father was serving in the U. S. Army, the oldest of three children.  She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended college there as well, graduating with a B. S. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M. S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, both in electrical engineering.  She worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey until her marriage to Andrew Sicree.  She and Andrew have ten children, eight of whom have participated in Grace Prep’s sports or drama programs (or both).  Rebecca is a published author, whose humorous Christmas essays have been appearing in the ecumenical Christian magazine Touchstone since 2010.  In her free time, she also enjoys planning her family’s annual celebrations of Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday (which includes making a five-foot-long piñata) and of Twelfth Night (which includes writing and directing an original Christmas play).   The Sicrees are members of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College.


Connor Williams | connormwilliams7@gmail.com

• Graphic Designer

Connor grew up in Boalsburg and graduated from Grace Prep in 2016. He has worked for his dad at Mountain View Country Club since he was 12 and he started working for Grace Prep as a Graphic Designer in November of 2017. He developed his interests and talents with digital media in middle school at CLC Charter and throughout his four years at Grace Prep. This is also the time when Connor discovered his passion for music and heart for worship. He joined the Allan Scott Band in the summer of 2014 and has been able to travel the country sharing stages with major Christian recording artists such as Kari Jobe, David Crowder, Citizen Way, Plumb, and several others. Connor is currently enrolled in Penn State’s World Campus (online) in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. His other interests include hunting, watching movies and sports, and spending time with friends.