Lisa Bernard | Choir, Voice
Lisa Bernard has sung professionally for over 25 years. Her voice has
appeared on numerous radio/TV commercials and she’s recorded
background vocals for many major Pop and Christian recording
artists. She scored a top ten hit with her song “Better Than You” as
Lisa Keith in 1993. Her favorite memory from that time was
performing on the Jay Leno Show. Before her professional career,
Lisa studied classical voice, enjoyed high school and college choirs,
and was selected for All State choir.
Lisa has devoted herself to the music ministry at church, as well as
leading choirs and music classes for the homeschool community. She
also enjoys performing locally with her husband, Spencer Bernard
( also a tutor at TCHA). 🙂
Being a homeschool mom, Lisa is excited being a part of TCHA and
all it offers home schoolers. She enjoys helping her students learn
about music, experience the joy of singing, and to glorify the Lord
with their voices!
Spencer Bernard | Guitar, Ukelele, Bass
Spencer Bernard has been playing guitar and bass professionally for
over twenty five years, and ukulele for five years. Before becoming a
pastor, Spencer was a full-time musician. He still plays guitar at his
church (Evergreen Church in Bloomington). Spencer is experienced in
many styles, and has taught guitar part-time since 1998. He teaches a
well-rounded approach that includes strumming, single note picking,
and music reading. He can also design a lesson plan around a
student’s specific goals and ambitions.
Nicole Davis | Flute
Hannah Jackson | Musicals
I am passionately in love with the art of theatre. I grew up in sunny
South Florida where I pursued musical theatre training with youth
performing arts studios. For some crazy reason I decided to go to
college in FREEZING cold Minneapolis, MN. At North Central
University I received a beautifully well-rounded education in theatre. I
was able to experience multiple facets of the university’s main stage
productions: performing principal and chorus roles, lighting design,
costume design, stage management, and assistant directing. Through
my theatre, voice, and dance classes I developed a deeper
understanding of the art form as well as improved my abilities as a
theatre artist. I love acting and directing equally. I live for the magical
sensation of immersing myself into a character and portraying her to a
captivated audience. I am filled with exhilaration when breathing life
into a script by orchestrating the components needed to effectively
portray a story. I LOVE teaching what I know to others. I want to spend
my life invested in the art of theatre.I never want to stop learning and
growing. I want to play a major role in keeping theatre alive and growing.
Diane Ryden | Choir
Diane Ryden is excited to join TCHA! She taught elementary classroom and choral music in the Twin Cities for 14 years before stepping away from teaching full-time to raise a family and homeschool her kids. Since then, Diane has stayed musically active by singing with Deo Cantamus and participating in the music ministry at church.
Diane graduated from Augsburg College (BA in Music Education) and the University of St. Thomas (MA in Music Education with an Orff-Schulwerk certification). She is passionate about helping her students develop their musical gifts to bring joy to others and to glorify the Lord!
Julie Nelson | Drama
Julie Nelson has always had a love for the arts. She has spent many years acting, dancing, and singing, and majored in Theater at Mankato State University. She is currently teaching Theater at South Heights Christian Classes (since 2011), In the Company of Kids Performing Arts Center (since 2010), and in 2013 started her own Homeschool Theater Company, “Acting With Character” which now offers classes and performance opportunities at TCHA and South Heights. Julie also teaches classes for children and adults with special needs, along with private acting classes, and has developed and taught an intergenerational Theater program for the elders and preschoolers at Ebenezer Care Center. Julie has acted, written, and directed many dramas and plays for various churches, Sunday School and homeschool co-ops. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love for theater with all her students and helping them explore their creativity and develop their unique talents. She is married and has four boys whom she homeschooled for eleven years.
Esther Noe | Dance
Hello, my name is Miss Esther. I’m the second oldest of eight kids and as a result love working with children. At present, I’m a junior at Thomas Edison State University Online and working towards getting a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis on writing, literature, and communications. I’m also a writer, have my own blog, and hope to be a published author one day. In my spare time I enjoy music, singing on the worship team at my church, crafts, reading, and spending time with friends.
When I was five, my mom enrolled me in my first dance class at a Christian dance studio. I loved it so much that I continued dance classes for nine years. As I grew older, I assisted in some dance classes for young girls, but eventually I came to a point where there weren’t any more classes for me to take. However, I wasn’t ready to be done with dance. Thus, in 2014 I started my own dance class for the girls at my church. Then in 2015 I was hired by TCHA and have been teaching here ever since. I have a heart devoted to the Lord and love to dance for Him.