Meet Our Faculty
Teachers affect eternity;
no one can tell where their influence stops.
–Henry Brooks Adams
Megan Berger, Language Arts Faculty
English is so much more than tedious grammar rules and thick, musty books! As we study the English language, we learn how to communicate well and deeply with others. As we read through literature, we find some of the greatest ideas of history and then mesh them with our own. The study and use of English is priceless because connects us to the world around us in a rich and mindful way. As a new hire this year, Megan is excited to be a part of a community that values learning like this — as a means of personal and communal growth. Megan attends North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly Farms, where she serves with the college ministry and as one of the worship service leaders. She lives with her husband and her dog, Maggie, in Salem and loves reading, hiking, and traveling.
Alex Burgess, Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College
M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary
History comprises all aspects of human life, including the arts, religion, government, and technology. Everything has a history, and that’s what makes it exciting. Alex Burgess wants his students to discover through the study of history what it means to be human. He wants them to ask how we humans, as image-bearers of God, have both displayed our creative potential and misused our remarkable gifts. Alex especially likes teaching history at BCA because it is a school committed to exploring the most important questions of life. In addition to his teaching, Alex Burgess is also an ordained Congregational minister. Alex serves as the pastor of Ward Hill Church of Christ the King and guest lectures at theological training schools in southern Africa. He enjoys his family, music, books, and watching baseball.
Amanda Cable, Language Arts Faculty
Mrs. Amanda Cable’s passion for creatively teaching the classics combined with a genuine compassion for young people is what sets the tone in her classroom. After completing her Middle-Secondary Education degree with a major in English and a minor in Theology from Assumption College, Amanda earned a Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University. She spent seven years teaching full-time in private and public schools. Working at Bradford Christian Academy is an exciting new venture for Amanda. She has experienced the value of small group instruction and believes that this environment not only builds strong relationships between the teachers and students but also fuels motivation and accountability in the classroom. Amanda is excited that God has given her the ability to create a fun classroom environment that appeals to the unique learning styles of each student. This gift allows her to help young people shape their reading, writing and thinking skills so that they can be equipped to do the work that God has planned for each of them. Mrs. Cable lives with her family in Haverhill, MA.
Jesica Chaya, Mathematics Faculty
Jesica Chaya recently graduated from Merrimack College with a double degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education, as well as a minor in Spanish. At the completion of the education program, Jesica received a Massachusetts teaching license for Mathematics 5-8 and 8-12. Through the program, Jesica began her teaching career as a student teacher at North Andover High School. She is excited to begin this new journey in her life at BCA. Jesica’s passions include social justice, service, traveling, hiking, and her Lebanese culture. She attends St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Lawrence, MA.
Aleksandr Duba, World Languages Faculty
Aleksandr received a Bachelor’s of the Arts from Gordon College in 2015 and received his licensure from the state of Massachusetts in the same year. He majored in Spanish and Secondary Education. During his time at Gordon Alek studied abroad at Universidad Carlos Tercero de Madrid in Madrid Spain. He also he played four years of varsity soccer for Gordon’s nationally ranked team. Alek started his teaching career at Danvers High School where he student taught before being offered the position of long-term substitute which he did for the remainder of the 2015 school year. Alek is looking forward to his first full year of teaching at BCA; he looks forward to the community of students and teachers- a community that works and teaches in an environment full of love and grace.
Amanda Faucher, World Languages Faculty
Amanda Faucher serves in a variety of roles at BCA. She teaches 5th grade science, middle school Spanish and PE, and elementary Spanish and PE. She is also the middle school co-ed soccer coach. Amanda graduated from Gordon College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and participating in her young adult church group based in Haverhill.
Heather Gaither, Humanities Faculty
Heather Gaither received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She began her career in the Missouri public schools, teaching high school Language Arts, Publications, and middle school Language Arts. After moving to Massachusetts with her husband and two sons, she joined the Bradford faculty in 2005. She received her Master of Education degree from Lesley University. Currently, Heather teaches high school Psychology, Sociology, and Health.
April Gustafson, Science Faculty
April Gustafson graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biblical Studies. After graduation, April worked in experiential education for four summers through Wheaton College’s Honey Rock Camp, leading wilderness trips for high school and college students throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. During Honey Rock’s off seasons, April worked in a variety of socially focused pursuits including missions work in Europe, abuse advocacy, and residential work at a therapeutic boarding school. At Chrysalis School in Eureka, MT April created and instructed their dance program as well as tutored students in chemistry and general science. At BCA, April teaches Middle School Science. She attends West Congregational Church in Haverhill, MA.
Brian Indrelie, Bible, Theology, and Ancient Languages Faculty
Brian J. Indrelie is the chair of the biblical and theological studies department. Prior to coming to BCA, he previously taught Bible to urban youth at a rescue mission while living in Minneapolis. At BCA, Brian has built the four year high school Bible program, and has taught all Bible subjects including Hermeneutics, Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Thought, Ethics, Leadership, and Missiology, in addition to directing our all-school chapels and commencement exercises. He has also pioneered BCA’s ancient languages program, teaching beginning and intermediate Greek and Latin as well as Hebrew. In addition to teaching Brian established and advises the National Honor Society at BCA. Brian, his wife Joy, and his daughters Leah and Lydia currently live in Beverly. They are members of North Shore Community Baptist church, where Brian has served on the Leadership Council and where he currently directs the Adult Christian Education program.
Larissa Laver, Ancient History and Latin
Larissa Laver has enjoyed the mythology of Greece and Rome since she was a little girl, but it was not until late in high school that she realized her passion for Latin as well. She began to study ancient history in more depth at Gordon College, where she double majored in Ancient History and Classical Languages. Larissa began teaching formally at New Hope Tutorials in 2008. At New Hope, she taught Koine Greek, Latin, and Ancient History. In 2010 Larissa began teaching Latin at Covenant Christian Academy in West Peabody, MA. She worked to develop their Latin program, and has taught every level of Latin that CCA offers, ranging from 3rd grade through High School Advanced Latin III. Larissa has a passion for traveling (in 2014 she visited five different countries outside North America), and hopes also to expand her students’ perspectives of the world through travel abroad: she has led three international study tours in Italy and Greece, which have been among the highlights of her career. Further, Larissa serves as Adjunct Faculty in the World Languages Department of Gordon College.
Gayle Lynch, Faculty, Grade 1
Gayle Lynch graduated from Maryville College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught 2nd grade in Canton, Georgia for four years before moving to New England. Committed to helping children, Gayle has been involved in a wide variety of educational activities over the years, including teaching Sunday School and Missionettes, starting and leading a pre-school playgroup, being one of the founding families of Imajine That, and home educating her children for 10 years. She is Massachusetts certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as a Highly Qualified Teacher in New Hampshire. As an experienced educator with a passion for teaching, Gayle teaches the 1st grade class at Bradford. She is an active member of Rockingham Christian Church in Salem, NH, where she resides with her husband and three children.
Amy Marchese, Language Arts Faculty
Prior to joining Bradford Christian Academy, Mrs. Marchese taught in both the Chelsea and Woburn public school systems. After the birth of her daughter in 2008, she resigned from her teaching position to spend six wonderful years at home. Mrs. Marchese has a B.F.A., in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College and an M.A., in English from Salem State University. She is MA certified in Language Arts for grades 5 -8 and 9-12. She is thrilled to not only to be teaching Language Arts at BCA where she can share her love of literature and writing, but also to be in ministry….something she has longed for.
Mrs. Marchese loves spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, watching good movies, running, and being outdoors. She attends Free Christian Church in Andover and lives in Bradford with her husband and daughter. Scott McGrath, History and Physical Education Faculty
Amy McGowan, Lower School Bible and Geography Faculty
Amy is thrilled to join the faculty of Bradford Christian Academy. She earned her B.A. in Christian Studies and Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the BCA faculty, Amy served as Academic Editor at Christian Book Distributors in Peabody, MA. A native of Texas, Amy and her husband, Scott, reside in Rowley, MA. They enjoy spending their spare time at Crane Beach, and are members of Northshore Community Baptist Church in Beverly, MA.
Scott McGowan, Lower School Bible Faculty
Scott McGowan received his Bachelor’s in Communication with an emphasis in speech. Following graduation he worked for the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District as a paraprofessional prior to arriving at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2009 he joined that Army National Guard as a Chaplain Candidate while in seminary. Upon graduation from seminary, Scott was promoted to Captain and currently serves as a Battalion Chaplain in the National Guard. He is ordained through the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference and currently resides in Essex with his wife, Amy.
Doug Osterloh, Science and Math Faculty; Student Council Adviser
Douglas Osterloh Chairs BCA’s expanding Science Department. At the high school level, Mr. Osterloh teaches Biology and Honors Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Placement Biology, and Forensic Science. On alternate years, Mr. Osterloh teaches Chemistry and Honors Chemistry, Environmental Science, Algebra I, and History and Philosophy of Science. He serves as the Chair of BCA’s Safety Committee and is the faculty adviser to the high school Student Council. Doug began his teaching career later after completing law school and practicing as an attorney for a number of years. He is also an EMT/firefighter with the Kingston, NH Fire Department. Mr. Osterloh and his familly live in Kingston, NH and attend the Rockingham Church in Plaistow, NH.
Nancy Overhiser, Language Arts Faculty, Wilson Certified Reading Instructor
Nancy Overhiser teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade language arts at BCA. She has extensive grammar school experience teaching third through eighth grades, with educational expertise in reading mechanics, vocabulary building, and writing proficiencies. Further, Nancy recently earned a Wilson Level 1 Certification. Prior to coming to BCA, Nancy taught at two Christian schools in Pennsylvania, taught adult ESL in Newark, New Jersey, and was a long-term substitute at Boxford Academy. She has also provided private tutoring for elementary and middle school students for many years. Nancy was recently certified as a Level I tutor for Wilson reading. Along with her husband, Bruce, she attends West Congregational Church in Haverhill, MA.
Tamara Panza, Technology and Design Faculty
Tamara is passionate, creative, and looks for joy and beauty in life that can be captured and shared through media and photography. She brings over a decade of experience working in a collegiate setting, inspiring students to develop and implement multimedia in a fast-paced, media driven society. As a parent of teenagers, it is her desire to inspire and draw creativity out of each learner that cultivates God’s design for each student. She graduated from Eastern Bible College with a BA in Theology and then from Ashland Theological Seminary with an MA in Counseling and Psychology.
Matt Perusse, Director of Communications and Performing Arts
Previous to working at Bradford, Matt Perusse lived in Los Angeles, where he worked as an actor, appearing in several films, television series, and national commercials. With a desire to teach, Matt was led to the Voyager Outward Bound School in Minnesota, where he participated in and led several expeditions, including dog sledding, white water rafting, and canyoneering. Matt then returned to New England where he began his career serving as a middle school teacher and director of theater. Matt has since received his Masters of Education from Gordon and Emerson Colleges and is pleased to serve as the Director of Communications and Performing Arts at Bradford Christian Academy.
Jessie Robie, Language Arts Faculty
Literature is a reflection of the world we live in and our aspirations for ourselves and our society. The writing process allows students to figure out who they are, organize their thoughts, and communicate their ideas and perspectives with others. Jessie Robie is eager to be a part of helping students improve their reading and writing skills. Through understanding literature and writing, she believes students can understand their place in the world and decide how they want to contribute to it. Previously, she taught English in South Korea and Composition at UNH and Hesser College. She teaches 9th and 10th grade Classic World Lit at Bradford Christian Academy. She attends Bow Lake Free Will Baptist Church in Strafford, New Hampshire.
Monica Romig, Bible Faculty
Monica received her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her M. Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has served in youth ministry at local churches since 2007 leading Bible studies, teaching Sunday school classes and speaking at an evangelical camp in France. Monica teaches Intro to Biblical Studies, CP Hermeneutics, CP Old Testament and CP New Testament. She also has a passion for theater and has performed and directed various productions in school, at church, and in the community. She is very excited to be part of the theater team at BCA. She is also coordinating High School chapel. Monica’s husband Jonathan is a pastor and church planter; they are part of Cornerstone Congregational Church, a new church plant in Westford, MA.
Jenneth Scharlach, Faculty, Grades 3 and 4
Previous to joining the Bradford staff, Jenneth Scharlach taught for eight years at Boxford Academy in Boxford, Massachusetts. During that time, Mrs. Scharlach taught first grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade classes. She also taught Latin to grades 2-8 and general music for grades K-8. At Bradford, Mrs. Scharlach teaches a combined 3rd and 4th grade class. She is a founding member of the BCA faculty since the school’s opening in 2004. She is an active member of Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, MA. Mrs. Scharlach grew up in Georgetown and lives there with her husband and son.
Scott Sullivan, Faculty, Grade 2
Scott Sullivan graduated from University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Communications. Prior to teaching Scott worked for Franciscan Children’s Hospital and D.F. Sullivan & Associates. He has also done work for the Perkins School for the Blind and coached AAU baseball. Scott has been the owner and operator of his own painting business since 2005. Scott discovered his calling to education as a Sunday school teacher at Hope Church where he has taught for the past eight years. He returned to school for his Masters in Education. Scott says he knows he has found his true vocation when he sees the eyes of a child light up with discovery. Scott has been teaching students with diverse learning needs in Newburyport for the past five years. He is certified in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6 in MA and is pursing his dual Masters in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities. from Gordon College. He lives in Amesbury with his wife and two children and is an active member of Hope Church in Newburyport, MA.
Gina Sweeney, Mathematics Faculty and Senior Advisor
Gina Sweeney graduated from Merrimack College with a B.A. in Mathematics/Computer Science in 1980. Upon graduation she enjoyed working at AVCO Systems Textron as an associate engineer for 6 years. Following, she was a stay-at-home mom while she retrained to re-enter the workforce as a math teacher. In 1993, Mrs. Sweeney became a Massachusetts certified teacher of mathematics for grades 9-12, and a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Prior to teaching at Bradford she taught high school mathematics at Andover High School and middle school math at St. Augustine School, where she also served as a director/instructor of remedial math. Recently, she attended the AP Summer Institute at the SERC Institute in Winter Harbor, Maine and is now a College Board approved AP Calculus instructor. Mrs. Sweeney teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus. Her interests include higher mathematics, technology, and encouraging future engineers. In addition to teaching she enjoys guiding juniors and seniors through the college process. Mrs. Sweeney is married to her high school sweetheart. They reside in Methuen and are the parents of two college graduates.
Sally Teague, World Language Faculty
M.A.T.S., Old Testament, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Sally Teague comes to Bradford Christian Academy with experience teaching Latin at Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School in the Springfield, MA area as well as private lessons. She has found that Latin studies help students to develop a deeper understanding of many areas of life, including language, history, humanity and Christianity. She is looking forward to developing an excellent Latin program for Bradford Christian Academy.
Sally and her husband, Dave Teague, a pastor, have three grown children. They served in the Middle East for eight years, where Sally taught New Testament Greek in the Coptic Orthodox Seminary. Both also teach occasional courses for the Boston campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Sally’s book, A Reader’s Grammar of New Testament Greek, is nearing completion. Sally enjoys cooking and eating international food, gardening and being outside.