Mrs. Kay Clement
(262) 248-5255, ext. 120
Kay Clement is returning to our teaching staff to teach our preschool class. She taught our kindergarten for nine years from 1992 to 2001. Kay holds a BS degree in related art from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has recently started a custom embroidery and sewing business named Threads. She and her husband Dan have raised five children who are all grown up and out on their own. They are the proud grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren.
Mrs. Carolyn Dunn
(262) 248-5255, ext. 122
Carolyn Dunn has been teaching at Mt. Zion since 2000. She previously taught at Faith Christian School in Dixon, IL, for eight years in grades one through six. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. She has also spent six months each with YWAM - Denver and YWAM - Tyler, Texas. She has traveled to Mexico, Poland, Ukraine and Holland on mission trips. Her passion for missions shows in her classroom and in organizing school-wide mission projects. She says that teaching is what keeps her young. She is married and has four grown children living around the Midwest and six grandchildren.
1st and 2nd Grade
Mrs. Rachel Knapp
(262) 248-5255, ext. 124
Rachel Knapp is our 1st and 2nd grade teacher. She has taught kindergarten for three years at Mt. Zion, and art for six years. She also taught at Gloryland Way Academy in Baytown, TX where she taught kindergarten and 1st grade. Rachel attended Oral Roberts University for two years and is currently taking education courses at Carthage College to complete her education degree. She has proven to be an excellent classroom teacher. Her lessons are interesting and creative, and her students are motivated and encouraged. Before teaching at Mt. Zion, Rachel taught in another Christian school and home schooled her own children.
3rd and 4th Grade
Mrs. Nancy Bensheimer
(262) 248-5255, ext. 123
Mrs. Bensheimer is a Wisconsin native who grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison West High with honors. She was in National Honor Society and received a Letter of Commendation as a National Merit Scholar. She met her husband, William, while they were both attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. The Bensheimers spent several years in the pastoral ministry at churches in Indiana, Iowa, and New Mexico. The couple worked in Christian schools in Valparaiso, Indiana, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and Wausau, Wisconsin, in both teaching and administrative roles, until Bill’s homegoing in 2006.
Mrs. Bensheimer has taught 2nd through 6th grades and has served as elementary coordinator and school director. She has logged a total of 30 years in Christian Education.
Mrs. Bensheimer says that her mission is to help students to BECOME what God has planned for them to be: to BECOME like Jesus, to BECOME responsible servants in the Kingdom, and to BECOME motivated and enthusiastic learners. Christian Character traits are a focal point of her instruction. She believes God has called her to teach children to love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, strength, and minds, and do love their neighbors as themselves.
Presently Mrs. Bensheimer lives in Walworth. She has two children, and in the grandmother of eight. Two of these grandkids are enrolled at MZCS for this fall. In her free time, Mrs. Bensheimer enjoys learning about history, visiting historical sites, and taking scenic drives. She also likes to walk in the woods and go camping with the kids. She says she already has many good friends among the MZCS family, and is excited about the prospect of building more relationships as she joins this quintessential ministry of teaching children in the way of the Lord. Her encouragement to us is: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
5th and 6th Grade
Mr. Dan Clement
(262) 248-5255 , ext. 117
Dan Clement is both the 5th and 6th grade teacher and the principal. He has been with the school since its beginning. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and recently furthered his education at Trinity International University. He also coordinates and coaches in the sports programs. Mr. Clement and his wife Kay have five grown children.
7th and 8th Grade
Mr. Rob Micklinghoff
(262) 248-5255, ext. 125
Rob Micklinghoff is our 7th and 8th grade teacher. Rob has been teaching for 6 years in local private schools, and has ministered to children for the last 15 years at Mt. Zion Christian Church. He and his wife have taught Sunday School, helped in AWANA, and even taught together in school.
Rob and Donna have 3 children who are or have been through Mt. Zion. His goal is to make Christianity real to the students. No one is perfect, but God loves everyone. With that in mind, he tries to get the kids to think about what they do when no one is looking, making decisions today while it is easy, so that tomorrow, or next year, when the question comes up, there is no question, because you know the answer. He is also trying to get the students to take the next step and have them make a lasting mark on the world that they are living in.