Our Tutors

Lisa Bernard  |  Choir, Voice

Lisa-TCHA-bio-photo-236x300 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

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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

Nicole M. Davis teaches private flute lessons to students of all ages.  She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Concordia College and a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from The University of Northern Iowa.  She taught flute lessons to non-music majors at The University of Northern Iowa during her graduate school program as part of her teaching-assistantship.  She has maintained her private studio in the Twin Cities since the Fall of 2009.  Many of her students have been very successful and have accomplished things such as participating in All State, Honors Bands and Orchestras.  Several have received music scholarships and have continued in music at the college level.

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.

Kayla Krizek  |  Choir, Voice, Piano

Krizek3Mrs. Kayla Krizek is delighted to be a part of TCHA. She has taught music in public, private, and charter school settings to students in grades K-12 in the Twin Cities and holds a current Minnesota teaching license. She herself was homeschooled in grades 7-12! A member of ACDA, Kayla served as co-chair of the Minnesota American Choral Directors’ Association 4th-5th-6th grade Girls’ Honor Choir. Musical theatre is one of Kayla’s biggest passions. She has performed as the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Liesel in “The Sound of Music.” Kayla, her husband Elliott, and daughters Cora and Hazel enjoy being outside together, gardening, camping, and cooking good food. As a member of the Southern Gospel group Sweetwater Revival, Kayla travels and sings in numerous concerts and venues. She also works with new and expectant mothers as a certified birth doula!

Julie Nelson  |  Drama

Nelson3Julie 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

Noe.200Hello, my name is Miss Esther. I’m a junior in college and currently working towards getting a bachelor’s degree in Humanities. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my seven brothers and sisters and spending time with my friends. Some of my other hobbies include crafts, baking, music, and writing novels, short stories, and poems.

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. In 2014, I started my own dance class for the girls at my church. Then two years ago I began teaching dance at TCHA. I have a heart devoted to the Lord and love to dance for Him.