Staff & Faculty
Andy Phillips is the Executive Director/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. With the addition of first grade in August, 2019, we anticipate enrollment to exceed 50 students. Andy and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Liz Barna is our co-founder and Principal. Liz brings a unique set of skills to her role. She earned a BFA in Studio Art and served as an art teacher, but it was homeschooling her own children in the Classical method that truly prepared her for this role. As the mother of unique learners, Liz spent years learning how to adapt curriculum to fit their needs. She became convinced that multi-sensory, compassion-informed education would not only meet her own children’s needs, but all children’s needs. Liz jumped at the chance to be a part of a school that could bring this amazing, multi-faceted approach to the children of Harrisburg!
Melissa Hanna joined our team in December, 2018, as our Assistant Kindergarten Teacher. Melissa has extensive experience in urban cross-cultural settings. For the past five years, she and her husband Sal have served as house parents at the Milton Hershey School. Melissa transitioned to Student Support Coordinator in July, 2019. She provides support for students and families in addressing student care needs. She also supports our teachers and volunteers with classroom management. Melissa and Sal have two children: Tressa (13) and Sarai (10).
Cindy Kepko joined New City School 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 home school co-op. She is married to Michael and has three grown children.
Janay Jones started working in special education with middle school students in Harrisburg in 2016. She found the work challenging at first, but she and her students grew to be very fond of each other. In 2019, Janay joined Logos Academy as our Staff Support Assistant. She enjoys working with young children, and finds them very energetic and lovable. She also thinks the staff is very friendly. In her free time, Janay likes to walk along the riverfront with her husband of 2 years. She hopes to have children of her own soon.
Racquel Bratton joined Logos Academy as our Preschool Teacher in October, 2019. Racquel has always had a passion for teaching, developing kids, and speaking up for those who feel they don’t have a voice. At Nyack College, Racquel further realized her love for social justice. She had the opportunity to be a part of the Racial and Cultural Coalition, and she also worked at Children’s Bible Fellowship in upstate New York. Racquel has assisted special needs children and adults and has also worked as a preschool teacher. In July of 2018, Racquel and her husband, Donovan, moved to York, and Racquel started working at Living Word Community Church. In her free time, she loves to go to concerts, go on road trips, and watch movies.
Joy Paulding volunteered with us in 2018-2019 and is now excited to join Logos Academy as our Preschool/Pre-K Assistant Teacher and to be part of the children’s learning journey. Joy grew up in a large family with five brothers and sisters, and her mother home-schooled all of them. For Joy, every day was an exciting new adventure, and she credits her mother with giving her a love for learning. Joy enjoys hanging out with family and friends, babysitting her two nephews, spending time outdoors, photography, and interior decorating.
Jason Weeber was a faithful volunteer with our pre-K students before becoming lead Pre-K Teacher in July, 2018. His responsibilities expanded in November, 2018, when he became the assistant in Miss Liz’ preschool class. Fondly known by his students for his classroom portrayal of Pete the Cat, Jason has donned yet another hat on our team. In addition to teaching the pre-K class, Jason now works as part-time operations coordinator. He coordinates facilities use, supporting the teachers and administrative staff as needed. He and his wife, Livi, became new parents in the fall of 2019.
Becca Wierwille joined New City School in June, 2018, as the Assistant Kindergarten Teacher, and became the lead teacher in kindergarten that fall. Prior to this, Becca served as a language teacher in a variety of locations, teaching English in San Salvador, El Salvador, and Cusco, Peru; and teaching Spanish in Lima, Ohio. A graduate of Bluffton University, Becca is also experienced in Christian ministry, working with youth and children, and serving with nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Becca enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, Seth, and their dog Georgia.
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 incredible opportunities to work with a wide range of people: from adolescents in an emotional support program to adults with special needs. She is excited to bring her experience and passion for people into the classroom. In her free time, Angelina enjoys crocheting, cross stitch, and watching YouTube.
Jessica Kauffman is very excited to be joining Logos Academy Harrisburg this fall as our new First Grade Teacher. 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. Most recently, she worked as an elementary emotional support teacher with a local non-profit and as the Director of KidMin at her church. She married her fiance’ Clint in August, 2019, and became a family with his two amazing kids!
Sarah Baily is thrilled to be joining the Logos Academy team this fall as the Second Grade Teacher. Sarah is a native to central Pennsylvania and is excited to return to PA after serving in Nashville, Tennessee, for the past four years. While in Nashville, she taught ESL (English as a Second Language) at two different public schools. A graduate of Lipscomb University, Sarah earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and an ESL endorsement. Before moving to Nashville, she enjoyed summer ministry settings in both Mexico and Kenya, where she worked with children. In her free time, you can find her laughing with family and friends, painting, creating something, helping plan an event, or pursuing her love of singing and theater.