Staff & Faculty
Katrina Ruff joins LAH this year as our kindergarten teacher. She is a 2018 graduate of Logos Academy York, having attended there from 8th-12th grade, and is excited to transition from student to teacher within the Logos Academy community. She is also a recent graduate of Eastern University and Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College, with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. During her time at Eastern, Katrina worked at Children’s Garden Preschool in Wayne, PA. Katrina enjoys creative projects like painting and drawing and spends a lot of her free time with family and friends.
Madelyn is a 2021 graduate of Houghton College, where she received a degree in Inclusive Childhood Education with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. While at Houghton, Madelyn ran indoor and outdoor track for three years and played the violin in the college orchestra. Before attending Houghton, Madelyn graduated from Christian School of York, which she attended from pre-K through 12th grade. She is the oldest of four children, and she loves beach vacations, any kind of pasta, and playing Dutch Blitz. Madelyn married Tristin in June 2022.
Kim Beckum became the third grade teacher in September 2021. She is originally from South Africa, but grew up in New York City. Mrs. Beckum graduated from the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA, with a B.S. in Education. Prior to joining Logos, she taught in various parts of the world, including two years teaching 4th and 5th grade at an international school in China. One of her favorite hobbies is learning about and experiencing different cultures. Mrs. Beckum is enjoys helping students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. She is especially interested in students developing self-motivation.
Jamilah Tennant joined the LAH faculty in August 2021. She is the mother of three boys and a 2006 graduate of Harrisburg High School. After high school, she attended Cheyney University of PA for two years, where she studied early childhood education. She’s been working with children for 11 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Jamilah believes God has called her to Logos Academy Harrisburg, and she is beyond thankful to be part of the Logos Academy Harrisburg team!
Kelli Horn joined Logos Academy Harrisburg in August 2021 as the Attendance Administrative Assistant. In September 2022, she became the Lead Pre-K teacher. Previously, she was a 6th grade teacher in York County for 8 years. She graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been spending the past two years at home raising her two children, Lincoln and Kennedy. In her free time, Kelli enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, reading, traveling, running, and being outdoors.
Danielle Martin joins LAH this fall as our newest Assistant Pre-K teacher, but she is no stranger to the field. She has been working as a kindergarten assistant in both the West Shore and Central York school districts for the past six years. She absolutely loves working with children and helping them learn. She is married and has four children, Josh, Jordan, Bella, and Mia, as well as a fifth fur-baby named Milo (a goldendoodle). Danielle enjoys playing board games with her family, reading, watching movies and going to the beach.
Janell Neff comes to us with a wealth of experience: a B.S. in physical education with a health education endorsement, over fifteen years of teaching P.E. in various local schools, and coaching experience in basketball, volleyball, and track and field. In her spare time, Janell enjoys sports, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole Calabrese became the art teacher at LAH in the fall of 2022. Nicole is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Youngstown State University in 2003, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Art History. Since then, she has worked in various art fields including art therapy, art museums, and art education in K-12 schools. She’s been married for seventeen years to her husband, Joel, and they have three sons, Jojo-14, Michael-13, and Nico-4. All of the boys really enjoy baseball and football. As a family, they also love the mountains and hiking, especially in beautiful Pennsylvania! Nicole is excited to show the LAH students her passion for all things art.
Jessica Perla, also known as “Miss Jess,” joined LAH in the fall of 2022. She has been playing piano, singing, and engaging with music for most of her life and has been a private piano instructor for over a decade. Sharing musical knowledge and helping others gain a love of music is a huge passion for her. In addition to being a part of the LAH family, she directs the music for Second City Church and performs piano and vocals around the Harrisburg area. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends, especially with her two kiddos and their pet cat, Ash. Writing music, cooking, baking, gardening, and hiking are also fun for her. Jessica says, “I love being a part of this community at Logos Academy; it’s a huge gift in my life!”
Sarah Foose joined Logos Academy Harrisburg in Fall of 2022 as a Spanish specials teacher. She is a member of Second City Church. Sarah grew up on three continents and cherishes speaking many languages and multiculturalism as a way of life. She has a BA in Spanish and Comparative Area Studies from Duke. Sarah has worked as an immigrants’ rights case worker, an HIV tester, and a teacher at a local classical school. She is passionate about understanding mental health and the deep healing effects of the Gospel’s message of freedom and forgiveness. Sarah enjoys teaching her two homeschooled daughters full time and of course, constantly learning new languages. Her husband is Jeremy.
Andy Phillips is the CEO/Head of School of Logos Academy Harrisburg. Andy started the school in 2014 after having served over 30 years as a Presbyterian pastor and church-planting mentor. Understanding the pressing need in Harrisburg for an accessible kindergarten readiness program, Andy proposed that New City School launch in September of 2016 as a free preschool. That first year, nine students participated in the program. In 2018, New City School affiliated with Logos Academy York and became Logos Academy Harrisburg. With the addition of third grade in August 2021, Logos Academy Harrisburg anticipates enrollment to exceed 50 students. Andy and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Jessica Kauffman joined Logos Academy Harrisburg in August, 2019, as our First Grade Teacher. By August 2020, Jessie became the Lead Teacher and has been a great mentor to the teaching staff. In June of 2022, she was promoted to Principal/Assistant Head of School. She is originally from Maryland and spent her first four years after college working overseas as an elementary teacher in international Christian schools. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2013 to pursue her master’s degree and also earned a Special Education certification and a degree in Crisis Response and Trauma counseling. She also worked as an elementary emotional support teacher with a local non-profit and as the Director of Kid-Min at her church. Jessie is married to Clint and became a family with his two amazing kids!
Angelina Bartorelli joined Logos Academy in August, 2019, as the Assistant Kindergarten Teacher. Prior to this, she worked as a Community Educator and HIV Prevention Specialist in a health center. Angelina has a BSW from Messiah College and an MSSW from the University of Louisville. Within the field of social work, Angelina has had opportunities to work with a wide range of people: from adolescents in an emotional support program to adults with special needs. As the Student Support Coordinator, she is responsible for implementing a K-3rd social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and is available to assist with family resource support. In her free time, Angelina enjoys crocheting, cross stitch, and watching YouTube.
Cindy Kepko joined Logos Academy Harrisburg in March, 2018, as administrator and business manager. Cindy brings an eclectic mix of experience to her position—she taught ESL to adults in Mexico and Botany to middle-school students in South Africa. She assisted a cyber-schooled student in his home from 10th grade through graduation. From 2007 to 2017, Cindy homeschooled two of her three children through graduation. During this time, she also taught Science and technical writing at a homeschool co-op. She is married to Michael and has three grown children.
Alysha Evans joined Logos Academy Harrisburg in August, 2022, as the new administrative assistant. Previously, Alysha worked as a support coordinator for adults with intellectual disabilities and as a group leader/counselor for fifth graders at The Salvation Army. She received her Bachelor of Social Work in Psychology from Hampton University and is currently attending Lancaster Bible College for a Master’s in School Counseling. In her free time, Alysha enjoys reading, and spending time with loved ones.
Nathanael Losch is the Operations Coordinator at LAH since June 2022. He has been remodeling homes for the past 5 years, while also building and managing short-term rental properties. In 2021, Nate earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business from Harrisburg Area Community College. As Operations Coordinator, he will be taking care of building care and maintenance, emergency preparedness and drills, as well as the student arrival and dismissal. In his free time, Nate enjoys helping with audience entertainment for the Harrisburg Senators, playing tennis, snowboarding and cheering for his favorite hockey team–the Philadelphia Flyers!
Katie Pershing joined the team at Logos Academy Harrisburg in July, 2020, as the Development Assistant. Prior to this, she served as the Donor Relations and Communication Coordinator at Logos Academy York. Katie has spent the past several years serving in the non-profit sector, specifically working with fundraising teams. In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Derrick, and daughter, Norah.