Faculty and Staff

Khela Smith  3 Year Old Pre-K Instructor

I’m Khela Smith. I’m starting my second year here at CCPA. I teach the K3 class and absolutely love all my littles I get to spend the days with. I truly think in some ways kids this age are the most challenging but they are also the most rewarding. We all truly learn something new every day in my room. Every day is an adventure that I am truly thankful for. I am from Carterville. I graduated from Carterville in 2001 and continued my education at John A Logan. I love my town and try to be involved in the community whenever and however I can. I love to get my class involved with the community as much as possible. I have two children. I have an eight year old son and a six year old daughter. They are both very active in sports and keep me really busy. I love sports. I played basketball and ran track and cross-country in school. Now I enjoy watching my kids try new sports and seeing what their passions are. I am excited to start this year and see what blessings we have in store for us!!!

Holly Erwin  4 Year Old Pre-K Instructor

My name is Holly Erwin and I am so excited to be part of the CCPA family again this year in the PreK 4 class.  I am originally from Newton, IL but found my home in southern Illinois 11 years ago.  My husband and I have three awesome kids and two pups.  I have a background in early childhood education and have worked with children, teaching classes for the last 6 years.  In my spare time, my family enjoys swimming, going to Cardinals games, and movie marathons.  Educating our future leaders is a blessing and I believe I have found God’s calling for me.  I am looking forward to a fun and exciting school year!



Rachel Seever   Kindergarten

My name is Rachel Seever.  I will be teaching kindergarten this year at CCPA.  I have been married for ten years to Steve Seever.  We have three children who all attend school here.  I graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2005 with my bachelors of science in elementary education.  I have endorsements to teach middle school language arts and social studies.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.  I am excited to meet each of my students, and can’t wait to watch them grow and learn this year.



Emma Tuthill  1st and 2nd Grade

My name is Emma Tuthill.  I am originally from Cape Girardeau, MO where I attended private school through 12th grade.  I attended Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO where I double majored in Special Education and Elementary Education.  During my college days, I meet my now husband and we were married in October of 2006.  We lived in Anna, IL for a year before moving to Pittsburg, IL to begin our family.  We now have three children Marissa, Noah and Laura.  Each of our children God has blessed with very special gifts and talents.  They remind us of these blessings on a daily basis.



Nicole Pyrtle  3rd and 4th Grade

My name is Nicole Pyrtle.  I will be teaching the 3/4th grade class this year @ CCPA!  I am coming back to teaching after being home with my children for the last 13 years.  My certification is in Early Childhood/Elementary from Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO.  I have 2 children, Madelyn and Josalyn, ages 8 and 12, married to Merlin for 24 years and live in Herrin, IL.  I enjoy sharing my part-time business, Jordan Essentials with everyone I meet, running, knitting and reading.  I am looking forward to a great year at CCPA!



Richelle Williams  Art Appreciation Instructor

My name is Richelle Williams and I am from Marion Illinois. I studied Art education at John A. Logan and finished my Bachelors in business management at Mid-Continent University. I have over 25 years of experience being an artist and I have subbed K-12 in Williamson County for over 5 years. I own a small home business where I paint custom signs, murals, and rent party décor. The Lord blessed me with a creative brain and a desire from the time I was a small child, to develop my talents artistically. I have had a range of wonderful mentors who always pushed me to pursue my love of art. I try and fit my creativity into every aspect of my life. I desire to spread my love of art to others and in the classroom. I am so excited to teach Art Appreciation at Carterville Christian Preparatory Academy. We have a lot of fun things planned and I hope that your child will come out of my class with knowledge of some art history, different media’s and a feeling that they can use their creative side in many aspects of their lives.

Elizabeth Ramirez-Null  Spanish Instructor

Hola!  My name is Elizabeth Ramirez-Null, and I am the Spanish Instructor here at CCPA.  I love to see those little faces as they learn Spanish!  I am so excited to start another school year at CCPA. I am originally from Veracruz, Mexico.  After I completed college, I moved to the U.S.A. and have lived in Carterville for ten years.  I am married and have been blessed with a beautiful daughter, who is seven years old, as well as two stepchildren.  I have been teaching children Spanish since 2011.  As you may know, Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. By giving your child an early start in Spanish, you have made a very wise decision that will benefit him/her greatly as he/she grows up.


Melissa Olsen  Pre-K Music

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Sarah Patton  Suzuki Strings

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Diane Taveau  Acting Administrator

Diane Taveau is a resident of Herrin, where I live with my husband and 3 boys, Jack, Sam and William. A local advocate of the arts, I frequently participate in community theater projects as both an actor and a director and I also advocate for arts for all ages through local performance groups like Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy and ArtStarts. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Education. In my role as Acting Administrator, I feel my first priority is to show the love of Jesus to both the staff and the students and to make sure that we are working to glorify God in all that we do here at CCPA!